Each year all readers in our family read through the entire Bible. It may be one of the most important things that we do. After all if our kids excel at calculus, read Latin fluently and are able to change the course of history with their oratory skills but do not know what God says, then we have failed miserably in their education.
After reading through the Bible in 90 Days at the beginning of this year with my husband and 4 oldest children (ages 9-13) and much prayer and consideration about our priorities, we decided to do it again in 2011 or rather we’ve decided to do it three more times this year.
Here is our plan:
- January- March – Read through the Bible using this reading plan (I’m planning on reading it aloud to those who are unable to read it themselves. )
- April – Memorization contest **(see below)
- May-July – Read through the Bible again (We have several beginning readers that we want to read through the New Testament during these months.)
- August – Focus on memorization
- September-November – Read through the Bible for the last time in 2010
- December – Focus on memorization
**During the month of April we’re going to have a family Bible memorization contest. It will probably function as it has in the past when we’ve offered a gift certificate to Vision Forum for the child who memorized the most verses in a two week period. We have offered one prize for the children who are able to read and another prize for those who aren’t yet fluent readers. The only difference is that we’ll have a full month to memorize. (Who am I kidding? Mark and I don’t have a shot at winning, our kids memorize much more quickly than we do.)
We’re not setting a goal for what we hope to memorize until after April because we would probably set it too low. When we’ve done memorization contests in the past, the children have memorized hundreds of verses. So the plan is to spend the month of April allowing the children to see how much they are able to memorize and then to set goals for August and December using that information.
Here are a few practical things that helped us read through the Bible in 90 days last year:
- Commit. Determine that you will do this and then do it. What do you have to accomplish that’s more important than reading God’s revealed will for your life?
- Schedule a time to read everyday. We scheduled an hour first thing every morning for Bible reading with some extra time each afternoon to finish up. Having more than an hour scheduled was very beneficial.
- Write dates on your schedule. It’s much easier to keep track of where you are if you’ve written the date beside each assignment on your schedule.
- Set aside a time each week to catch up. Mark and the children did not have the problem with this that I had but there were several points last year that I fell behind on my reading and needed to spend a couple hours on Sunday afternoon to catch up.
- Read with a buddy. Since 6 people in our home who were working toward the same goal it made keeping up much easier. Since 4 of those people were my children it made falling far behind or quitting a non-option.
Anyone with us on reading through the Bible at least once this year?
I’m not planning on posting regularly about our progress (if you’re curious feel free to ask ), but if you’d like to read through the Bible in 90 Days with a group beginning on Jan. 3, consider signing up at Mom’s Toolbox.