I don’t know exactly when it happened, but sometime over the last two months I stopped reading my Bible. This is unusual for me, for even during times when I was so depressed that I could manage very little, I would still listen to the Psalms being read to me, and they brought me comfort. But in this chaotic time of life, when you would think my desperation for normalcy and comfort would drive me to the Word, instead I have found myself adrift, swimming in deep waters without my life jacket on and then wondering why it feels like I’m drowning. Is it any wonder that life has felt overwhelming and unmanageable? Is it any wonder my heart feels cold and lifeless, when I have cut it off from its source of true life?
I don’t write this as someone who has the answers but as someone who knows where the answers can be found. I am done with allowing my fear and anxiety and anger and sadness to rule me. I am submitting anew to the counsel of God’s Word and asking God to change me from the inside out. I am planning to camp out in Psalm 119 for the next four weeks, starting on Monday, July 13. If you’re burned out or tired or looking for change, will you join me? Here’s the reading plan I have outlined. Each week is around 40-47 verses, and you could read the whole chunk each day or break each day into smaller sections. (The number of verses each week varies because I tried to follow natural section breaks within the psalm.)
July 13-July 19: Psalm 119:1-40
July 20-July 26: verses 41-88
July 27-Aug. 2: verses 89-136
Aug. 3-Aug. 9: verses 137-176
I plan to start each week by reading through the whole psalm, and then I will spend the rest of that week on the allotted verses. I picked this psalm because I love the Psalms in general, and specifically, this psalm is rife with adoration of God and the written word He has given us. I want to fall in love with the Bible again, and I don’t know of any other way to do this except to spend time devoted to actually reading the Bible. I also plan to write out the entire psalm over the course of the four weeks. I have done this before with certain Bible passages, and I have found that it helps me to absorb the words more deeply and aids in my meditation of the Scriptures.
Accountability is a great way to help achieve a goal, and I would love for anyone reading this to join me in this endeavor. If you want to read along, please comment, and we can figure out a way to have a weekly check in of some kind.
If you’re already regularly reading the Bible, what are you reading right now? I always love to hear what others are studying!
6 thoughts on “Adrift (and a Simple Bible Challenge)”
I’m doing the summer bible reading challenge and plan to continue on with it- it’s New Testament right now – it’s been pretty easy since there’s an app, and really has helped with anxiety
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I understand completely. During the pandemic, my anxiety has been so high that I have found any reading at all to be very difficult. I finally started reading again but have found it hard to focus. I have drifted away from bible reading too, and was just thinking the other night that I need to start back with some sort of a plan. This sounds like a good place to start!
I wish you peace and blessings with this challenge.
Hey! I’m a little late to this, but I’d love to read Psalm 119 alongside you the next few weeks. The last couple months I’ve also struggled with my Bible reading, and I really appreciate this simple encouragement and plan to get back in a rhythm!
I’m so glad you want to join in! It’s never too late. 🙂
I’m doing II Timothy right now and writing out the entire chapter, as you suggested. It is helping keep me grounded as well. Girl, you know I’m praying for you!!!
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