March Bible Reading Schedule: HOPE

Happy March, dear readers!

Winter is almost over here in the NorthEast, there is hope yet for warmer weather and sunnier skies.

I felt that HOPE was a very fitting theme for this month’s Bible reading as we’re preparing to leave the dim, cold winter behind and spring up with new growth and life…

The month begins in Song – heartfelt expressions of Hope from the book of Psalms. We read of the expectation of the Lord’s goodness and mercy and are encouraged to look towards His hand for the dispensation of blessings.  David “hoped continually” in the Lord, not once in a while, not once a week, not only when things were rough or well but Continually.

The passages in Jeremiah and Lamentations (written by the same man) are two of my favorite in the whole Bible. Jeremiah declares his hope in the Lord during times of desperation and abject despair and clings to the promise of sustaining life during times of draught and trial.

Entering the New Testament, Hope is given a Face and a Name – our Hope is founded in, secured by and tethered to One, Jesus Christ, our Savior. We hope in His life, His death, His resurrection and triumphant return. We have hope because of Him.

Enjoy, and may the Lord bless you through the reading of His word. May it dwell richly in us!

 

“But I will hope continually…”

Psalm 33:14

 

1) Psalm 22:9-10

2) Psalm 33:20-22

3) Psalm 42:11

4) Psalm 71:5-6

5) Psalm 71:14-17

6) Psalm 119:114-116

7) Psalm 130:5-6

8) Proverbs 10:28

9) Jeremiah 17:7

10) Lamentations 3:21-26

11) Romans 4:17-22

12) Romans 5:1-5

13) Romans 8:24-25

14) Romans 12:12

15) Romans 15:4

16) Romans 15:13

17) 1 Corinthians 15:17-19

18) Galatians 5:4-6

19) Ephesians 1:17-18

20) Ephesians 2:11-13

21) Philippians 1:20

22) Colossians 1:27

23) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

24) 1 Thessalonians 5:8

25) 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

26) 1 Timothy 1:1

27) Titus 1:2

28) Titus 2:13; 3:7

29) Hebrews 6:18-20

30) 1 Peter 1:3+13+21

31) 1 Peter 3:15

Bible Reading Schedule for February: Love

Hello!

I hope you all have been blessed this month in the Word – I know I have been!  I just finished the schedule for February and thought I would post it now before I forget.

I thought long and hard about whether or not to use a theme that coincided with secular holidays and whatnot, and in the end decided that our January readings about goodness would be followed up beautifully with scriptures concerning Love. It may seem a little cheesy, this being the Valentine’s month and all, but since our minds are already on the subject I thought – why not? These coming days will be drenched in glittering red hearts, chocolate boxes and sugary Hallmark sentiments, it should be at once sobering and exhilarating to remind ourselves what True Love looks and acts like.  This is an extremely wide subject in the Bible that we are seeking to cover in our shortest month so I found it necessary to group scriptures together. I find myself reading more than just the appointed verse for the day this month anyway so I think that will be OK.

May the Lord give us understanding in His word as we seek to know Him better through it!

Enjoy…

February Bible Reading

“Keep yourselves in Love”

1) Leviticus 19:18

2) Deuteronomy 6:5; 30:20

3) Psalm 11:7

4) Psalm 40:16; 119:97

5) Proverbs 8:17

6) Proverbs 10:2; 15:17

7) Matthew 5:43-46

8) Mark 12:33

9) John 3:16; 5:20; 10:17

10) John 13:34-35; 15:10

11) John 14:15; 14:21-24

12) Romans 5:5; 5:8

13) Romans 8:28; 8:35-39

14) Romans 12:9-10

15) Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14

16) 1 Corinthians 8:3

17) 1 Corinthians 13

18) Galatians 2:20; 5:6; 5:22

19) Ephesians 3:17-19; 5:2

20) Philippians 1:9

21) 1 Thessalonians 3:!2; 5:8

22) 1 Timothy 6:11

23) 2 Timothy 1:7; 4:8

24) 1 Peter 1:8

25) 1 John 1-2

26) 1 John 3-5

27) Jude 1:21

28) Revelation 1:5; 2:4; 3:19; 12:11

*What does this verse describe of the character of Love?

*Does this verse say anything about whom and what we are to Love?

*What does this verse describe about what Love ‘looks’ like when it is in action?

* Does this verse speak of whom or what God loves?

*What does this verse describe about the character and nature of God’s love?

Month-by-Month Topical Bible Reading Schedule: Seeking Good in January

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I know – this is a cooking blog.

It’s true that I do a lot of cooking, but I am also a very busy wife and mama who struggles to find quiet time and has been searching for a reasonable Bible reading plan to use this new year. This will not be the year I am able to read 10 chapters a day and finish the entire book by June. This is not the year I will be able to fill out a detailed prayer journal with sketches and personal observations about the devotional I am reading. This is the year I need scriptures to read out loud to my squirmy little one in the morning and then carry, pinned to my mental cork board, throughout the day to meditate on while I wash dishes, change diapers and, of course, cook.

Well, after a couple of weeks of praying and seeking the Lord for an answer, I got an idea.

Here’s the plan. I love topical studies. Love. Love. Love. I find it an extremely efficient and absorbable way to study God’s work. I believe that the Bible interprets itself and therefore when you read about a certain topic throughout the entire book, you get a complete and pure picture of it. Does that make sense? So each month Bruin and I will be studying a different topic. Each day gets a scripture or two to read and a question to answer or think about.

Since this good gift was from the Lord, I want to make it available to you readers, maybe it will fill a need in your own life? Let me know if you have any ideas for topics for future months. Some that I thought of were Joy, Peace, Hope, Faith, Speech, Thanks, Grace… etc.

Peace to thee….

Andi

January

“Diligently Seek Good”

Theme: Proverbs 11:27 “He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor.”

Scripture Readings:

1. Genesis 1:31

2. Psalms 65:11

3. Psalms 34:8

4. Psalms 33:5

5. Psalms 37:3; Psalms 34:14

6. Psalms 54:6

7. Psalms 73:28

8.Psalms 107:9

9. Psalms 119:66

10. Psalms 119:71

11. Proverbs 2:9

12. Proverbs 12:25; Proverbs 17:22

13. Matthew 5:16

14. Matthew 5:44

15. Matthew 12:34-35

16. Luke 10:42

17. John 10:11

18. John 16:33

19. Acts 10:38

20. Romans 8:28

21. Romans 12:2

22. Romans 12:21

23. Galatians 5:22

24. Ephesians 2:10

25. Ephesians 4:29

26. Philippians 1:6

27. Philippians 4:8

28. 1 Timothy 6:12

29. James 1:12

30. James 4:17

31. 1 Peter 4:10

Questions: What is being defined as ‘good’. How is this applicable to my life? What lesson, truth, promise, warning, example is there?  Pray about the scripture and ask the Lord to open your eyes to His truth. Ask for wisdom and the grace to, through His strength, hide His word in your heart and refrain from sin. Ask for the grace to abide in Him and receive life from His word.

Additional Readings:

Psalms 86:5; Psalms 100:5; Proverbs 22:1; Matthew 25:21; Mark 9:50; Romans 3:12; Romans 12:9;

2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Timothy 1:5;  2 Timothy 2:3; Titus 2:5; Hebrews 13:9