Reading (most of) The Bible in 12 weeks

I am going into week 5 of this reading plan and I am in shock I am on track.  I’m not what you would call an organized or structured person so staying on task or keeping a schedule are not usually my gifting.  Hopefully I am better at impromptu coffee dates with friends and noticing when there is a need.  I know for a fact that I am not a schedule keeper but I do like parts and pieces of my life to be at least a little organized.  Keeping this reading plan scheduled and structured has been great.

I was exhausted at the end of summer.  We had a great, fun, family filled time but ZERO structure.  I also didn’t have the time or brain space to write with all the kids home all the time.  I fought it for a long time but I finally relinquished to the season and loved (for the most part) summer just being the summer it was.  Summer being completely void of structure made me crave a little perhaps that is why this plan has been a breath of fresh air.

I started out with an extremely rough plan for what books I would be reading during each two week section.  As you can see there are a lot of question marks because I was and still am unsure of exactly how it will play out.  It boils down to about 20 chapters a day.


A huge point I need to make is that this is not the entire bible.  I didn’t include Leviticus because I knew it would bog me down.  There is beauty and purpose in Leviticus but I didn’t want to get hung up on it during this plan.  The psalms are beautiful and I will hopefully jump into them when I get through the narrative of the bible.  I will be able to see the emotions and thoughts of the people who wrote them line up with specific events I have just read.  And since the psalms is a giant book I didn’t include the Psalms in this plan.  Again not because it isn’t important or critical to the scripture.  It was just not a right now book for this plan.  Proverbs was also not included.

(Here is a little about Leviticus….7 Reasons to Read Leviticus)

The plan is broken into weeks.  Each week has 5 days worth of reading.  If I don’t get it all done I can use Saturday or Sunday to catch up.  Having Saturday and Sunday to catch up has been super helpful.  If I would have scheduled the readings for 7 or even 6 days of the week I think the brain games of feeling behind would have already gotten to me and I’d be feeling like giving up.

I will be updating this post as I move along from week to week.  There will be the a tiny bit of information on what is included in that chunk of the narrative, what books and chapters were read, and probably some thoughts or aha’s I had while reading.

If you are looking for a bible reading plan maybe this one will work for you!

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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Week 5

These two weeks were a struggle for me to get done.  (P.S. So were weeks 7 and 8 for me).  I ended up taking two weeks to get through 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings.  Which means my plan for week 6 never happened….I will have to touch back on those 6 books….

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Week 6

Week Six just plain old didn’t happen….

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Week 7

Oh the prophets….Yesterday I just had a conversation with a friend about how absolutely lost I am when I read the prophets.  It was a struggle to get through.  I made it through but worried that I wasn’t retaining or learning anything.  It is frustrating when it feels like nothing is happening or I am not making any connections in my bible reading.  However, I had to remind myself that even if it doesn’t ‘feel’ awesome or I can not see any growth happening that does not mean all hope is lost or the time I am spending reading is worthless.  Scripture is a here to show us our need for a Savior and show us Jesus.  He is there in the word so it is worth my time to crack my bible open.

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Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

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  1. Pingback: Reading and Wrestling the Bible | Loved In Spite of Self

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