Friday, December 30, 2016

Daily Bible Reading Plan Specially Designed for Widows

Dear friend,
Daily Bible reading is God speaking to YOU! It's not something we have to do, it's a privilege we get to do! Would you like an audience with a king, president, or even your pastor but they're too busy for you? Yet the Creator of the Universe, the Savior of your soul from hell, has given us his wonderful words. They work to direct us, to love us, and to comfort us. Let them speak to you every day this year. Copy the calendar below, paste it into a Word document and hit print so you can keep it in your Bible.

Overview:

This Bible reading plan is something I've been working on for over a year and I'm very excited about it because it's specially designed for grieving people and widows. I know that we all have good intentions, but during the first year or two of widowhood it's nigh unto impossible to try to read through the entire Bible in one year. Don't set yourself up for failure! Following this plan will help you read through the entire New Testament, selected Psalms, and the books of Proverbs and Ruth.

Special features:

  • Most months will start with a portion of Psalm 119 to remind us of the wonders and benefits of God's Word. 
  • The four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are spread throughout the year, one for each season. Ruth is read in April, the month corresponding to the barley harvest in Israel. 
  • Proverbs is read in September so we can store up nuggets of wisdom for the holidays and other challenges of life. 
  • I'm especially excited about the Psalms I've selected! They are to paired with New Testament passages so you can experience the rich wisdom and cohesiveness of Scripture and the doctrinal foundations of our faith. Plus you will find the heartfelt laments of Psalms which comfort and resolve our grief. 
  • Everything else is chronologically ordered as best as possible while keeping each month self-contained so books do not overflow from one month to another. If you miss some days of readings you will have a fresh start the next month. 
  • * means widows are mentioned in the chapter!

If reading each day is too much at this time, decide to read only certain books, or the Psalms, or only on particular days of the week. The choice is yours to use this as you see fit. In any case I know that the Lord will bless your time in his Word!

January 2017


Sunday
Monday
Tues.
Wed.
Thurs.
Friday
Sat.
1
2
3
4
5

6
7
Start the year in church
Psalm 119:1-16
Matt. 1*
Psalm 130
Matt. 2
Psalm 72
Matt. 3
Matt. 4
Psalm 37
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Matt. 5
Matt. 6
Psalm 145
Matt. 7
Matt. 8
Matt. 9
Matt. 10
Matt. 11
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Matt. 12
Matt. 13
Matt. 14
Matt. 15
Matt. 16
Psalm 62
Matt. 17
Matt. 18
Psalm 34
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
Matt. 19
Matt. 20
Matt. 21
Matt. 22*
Matt. 23
Psalm 11 Psalm 122
Matt. 24
Matt. 25
29
30
31
Matt. 26
Matt. 27
Matt. 28
















5 comments:

  1. Thank you, Ferree!
    I have a son who lives with me who is also grieving and has mental disorders. I hope we can try this together. Thank you for all your work.

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  2. This is wonderful. Thank you for letting us out of the "prison" of feeling we must always read the WHOLE Bible (altho that's a worthy goal). This will give us a nice win and a hunger to read more!

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  3. I already do follow a "simple" Bible reading plan to make sure I stay in the Word ( 2 chapters a day in each the Old and New testament-you get through the NT about 3 1/2 times for every time through the OT) BUT I truly appreciate this lay out! I am going to put in my Bible at work and start a dedicated time there of Bible reading in the belief it will make being there more joyful.Thank you for all you do Ferree! Mary T.

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  4. Six days in and my heart has been blessed every day. I read it out loud, sometimes pausing when a passage shouts out at me; and when done, I make notes in my 2017 Bible journal. Thank you for this, Ferree, it's a wonderful gift to widows everywhere.

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