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There are some books we read quickly and then there are others we do not.

This one I wanted to sit long and drink in.

That I might taste it’s truths on the taste buds of my starving mind.

In hopes it would fill my aching stomach with lasting nourishing truth.

Truth that when completely digested would bring life giving energy to my hands and feet.

Hands and feet that used to be busy serving the Lord and had grown still and stiff from hurts and wounds still needing to heal.

I know these truths are buried in these chapters and verse, because I know the Lord himself can be found there.

The Word was God and the Word is God.

What my aching belly really needed was the Lord.

His truth.

His character.

His perspective.

His reality.

So, I went to His word consistently.

Is the most important meal of the day breakfast?   No, it is the meal before breakfast, the meal of His Word.

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a JOY and a DELIGHT of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”  Jeremiah 15:16


Reading Plans, YouVersion & John Piper

I am not even sure when I first started using the YouVersion app for reading my Bible, but it is just old hat now.  I don’t carry my Bible to as many things as I used to.  I don’t need to, I have it with me all the time.  I have it with me when I go to church.  I have it with me when I am in the carpool line at the school.  I have it with me when I volunteer at my kid’s school.  I have it with me on field trips, public school field trips.  I have it with me when I attend a luncheon with the district superintendent.  I have it with me when I am in the grocery store and when I hit the gym.  I have it with me on the soccer field.  I have it with me because it is on my phone and easily accessed at all these locations!

A few months after I started using my app Bible more than my paper Bible I decided to give the reading plans a try.  I was hooked immediately!  It is so simple.  The reading plans keep a record of where I am, what I have read, what I need to read and all at the touch of my finger.  And when I complete a plan I get a little check off thrill and it goes in my completed plans list.  For this girl who loves lists and loves to check things off this is a thrill indeed and a good motivator.

Over the last 6 months, or so, I have been reading through the New Testament, and I am only a few chapters away from finishing.  It is the first thing I do in the morning, and I mean the first thing!  I grab my phone and without waking anyone who remains sleeping in my house I am reading away in my reading plan through different books in the Bible.  I love it!  It has changed the way I read.

I was excited to discover, thanks to my husband (!!), the following article.  John Piper has now put out seven new reading plans available in YouVersion.  As soon as I complete the last chapters of Revelation waiting for me I plan to choose one of these new plans and give it a try.

I am a big believer in change, in trying different things!  I do so with my Bible reading from time to time.  I have had several different methods and enjoyed them each for different reasons.  I will be blogging about different ways I have read my Bible in the future to give you ideas to try or fodder to spark your own ideas.  In the end what matters is our consistent time in His word in order to have consistent time at his feet, in this case at the touch of a finger!  A touch of a finger casts us down at his feet to sit and listen, anywhere, anytime!


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