Posted by: macahajo | October 10, 2012

Time In His Word

Our daughter, Hannah and I have been reading the BBC Manual: Turning your bedroom into a Bible college by Gregg Johnson. In reading his book, he challenged Hannah to read the Bible daily & he gave pointers for consistent Bible reading including: Picking a specific time, choosing a specific place, a specific amount of time and a specific reading schedule.

Through reading Johnson’s book together, we’ve decided to read, during our own quiet times, through the New Testament over the next three months.

Johnson says that a preacher decided to live by the following rule: no Bible, no breakfast!.. so that he would daily be in the Word before doing anything else. I liked this idea! I have found that if I don’t read my Bible in the morning, then I often don’t because other things pull at my attention.

So, we both started reading through the New Testament during our personal quiet times. Beginning with the book of Matthew,  we both have been spending time with the Lord and in Bible Study when we wake up in the morning, mostly before we have breakfast.

I appreciate the accountability with my daughter; knowing that she is going to read the same chapters that I am and spend time with the Lord in the morning helps me to do it too, especially if there is a morning I’d rather sleep a little longer or so that I don’t get thinking about all that I have to do that day and get to it, before being with my Lord!

There is so much in the Gospels; so much to learn about Jesus and who He is. I sometimes struggle to read thru the Bible in a certain amount of time or so many chapters each day because sometimes I feel like I start to read it too fast to get it done, or I’m not taking in all that I want to. I tend to prefer a smaller amount of verses and reflect on those.  But I’ll continue to follow the NT reading in 3 months, however with the desire to let His Word dwell in me richly, I would like to write on a note-card or in a note-book: Scripture that stands out to me, Scripture that the Lord puts on my heart & Scripture that I’d like to memorize or meditate on.


  1. I love that you and your daughter are doing it together! Sometimes reading is more meaningful when you have someone to discuss it with, and like you said, it helps you both to be accountable. I started a similar reading schedule using Carson’s book, “For the Love of God” – the schedule has readings from 4 different books of the Bible each day, which at first I thought was too much, but actually it’s nice because sometimes one is boring – like a geneology or something (did I really just say that sometimes the bible is boring? oops.) but another will be more thought-provoking or convicting. Carson’s book has a short meditation to go with each day’s reading and in the course of a year you end up reading the New Testament and Psalms twice and the rest of the Bible once. I’m going to adopt your idea of journaling scripture that stands out or writing a verse to memorize on an index card. Thanks!

    • Thank you for your note, Terri! Carson’s book sounds good- I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for the suggestion.

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