Blessed is he (she) who reads …

“Blessed is he (she) who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” Revelations 1:3

I see and hear the turmoil in the world today and wonder if anything is going to change, or are we just going to continue to live in a world of injustice, hatred, fear and mistrust. I have been told over and over that the world has always been this way, we just hear about it more because of news and televisions.

Others tell me that nothing is going to change until the Lord comes and reigns on high. Sure my life, like everyone else’s has had some major bumps and extraordinary highs. I have experienced life and death. I have been caught in terrible storms and beautiful sunlight. But that does not even begin to compare to those who face injustice and hatred. It does not compare to those who live in fear and have to hide in the shadows of society. It does not compare to those who are “still” sold into slavery. It does not compare to the heart wrenching grief after massive death and destruction in war torn countries.

For me, Revelations 1:3 really hit home the understanding of keeping God’s Word open and read. Those who read and study God’s Word will not only be blessed beyond understanding, but they will know the Lord is with them. I want to make very clear that in my understanding of Scripture, the Lord is with all of us – the good, the bad, the ugly. It’s just that some recognize the Lord’s work and others do not.

To keep God’s Word open in me, I am starting a new year-long Bible reading. I have read from Genesis 1:1 through Revelations 22:21, but this year-long reading is a little different. There are readings for each day of the year (ya, I know, 2016 has already started — you can begin wherever you would like) from the Old Testament, Psalm, Proverbs, and the New Testament. Because there are 365 days of readings, I am going to post 2 months at a time. The Book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is repeated over and over throughout the readings. Also Psalm has 150 chapters which repeats as well. You can eliminate the Psalm and Proverbs readings after you finish the first go-around, pick-up the reading at a later point or reread Psalm and Proverbs as listed.

Bible Year-Long Reading

January 2016

Jan.   1       Genesis 1 & 2  ∼∼∼  Psalm   1  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   1  ∼∼∼  Matthew 1 & 2

Jan.   2       Genesis 3 & 4  ∼∼∼  Psalm   2  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   2  ∼∼∼  Matthew 3 & 4

Jan.   3       Genesis 5 & 6  ∼∼∼  Psalm   3  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   3  ∼∼∼  Matthew 5

Jan.   4       Genesis 7 & 8  ∼∼∼  Psalm   4  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   4  ∼∼∼  Matthew 6

Jan.   5       Genesis 9 & 10  ∼∼∼  Psalm   5  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   5  ∼∼∼  Matthew 7 & 8

Jan.   6       Genesis 11 & 12  ∼∼∼  Psalm 6  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   6  ∼∼∼  Matthew 9

Jan.   7       Genesis 13 & 14  ∼∼∼  Psalm  7  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   7  ∼∼∼  Matthew 10

Jan.   8       Genesis 15 & 16  ∼∼∼  Psalm  8  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   8  ∼∼∼  Matthew 11

Jan.   9       Genesis 17 & 18  ∼∼∼  Psalm   9  ∼∼∼  Proverbs   9  ∼∼∼  Matthew 12

Jan. 10       Genesis 19 & 20  ∼∼∼  Psalm 10  ∼∼∼  Proverbs  10  ∼∼∼  Matthew 13

Jan. 11       Genesis 21 & 22  ∼∼∼  Psalm 11  ∼∼∼  Proverbs  11  ∼∼∼  Matthew 14

Jan. 12       Genesis 23 & 24  ∼∼∼  Psalm 12  ∼∼∼  Proverbs  12  ∼∼∼  Matthew 15

Jan. 13       Genesis 25 & 26  ∼∼∼  Psalm 13  ∼∼∼  Proverbs  13  ∼∼∼  Matthew 16 & 17

Jan. 14       Genesis 27  ∼∼∼  Psalm 14  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 14  ∼∼∼  Matthew 18

Jan. 15       Genesis 28 & 29  ∼∼∼  Psalm 15  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 15  ∼∼∼  Matthew 19 & 20

Jan. 16       Genesis 30  ∼∼∼  Psalm 16  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 16  ∼∼∼  Matthew 21

Jan. 17       Genesis 31  ∼∼∼  Psalm 17  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 17  ∼∼∼  Matthew 22

Jan. 18       Genesis 32 & 33  ∼∼∼  Psalm 18: 1-15  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 18  ∼∼∼  Matthew 23

Jan. 19       Genesis 34 & 35  ∼∼∼  Psalm 18: 16-36  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 19  ∼∼∼  Matthew 24

Jan. 20       Genesis 36 & 37  ∼∼∼  Psalm 18:37-50  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 20  ∼∼∼  Matthew 25

Jan. 21       Genesis 38 & 39  ∼∼∼  Psalm 19  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 21  ∼∼∼  Matthew 26

Jan. 22       Genesis 40 & 41  ∼∼∼  Psalm 20  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 22  ∼∼∼  Matthew 27

Jan. 23       Genesis 42  ∼∼∼  Psalm 21  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 23  ∼∼∼  Matthew 28

Jan. 24       Genesis 43 & 44  ∼∼∼  Psalm 22:1-21  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 24  ∼∼∼  Mark 1

Jan. 25       Genesis 45 & 46  ∼∼∼  Psalm 22:22-31  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 25  ∼∼∼  Mark 2

Jan. 26       Genesis 47 & 48  ∼∼∼  Psalm 23  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 26  ∼∼∼  Mark 3

Jan. 27       Genesis 49 & 50  ∼∼∼  Psalm 24  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 27  ∼∼∼  Mark 4

Jan. 28       Exodus 1 & 2  ∼∼∼  Psalm 25  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 28  ∼∼∼  Mark 5

Jan. 29       Exodus 3 & 4  ∼∼∼  Psalm 26  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 29  ∼∼∼  Mark 6

Jan. 30       Exodus 5 & 6  ∼∼∼  Psalm 27  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 30  ∼∼∼  Mark 7

Jan. 31       Exodus 7 & 8  ∼∼∼  Psalm 28  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 31  ∼∼∼  Mark 8

February 2016

Feb.  1        Exodus 9 & 10  ∼∼∼  Psalm 29  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 1  ∼∼∼  Mark 9

Feb.  2        Exodus 11 & 12  ∼∼∼  Psalm 30  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 2  ∼∼∼  Mark 10

Feb.  3        Exodus 13 & 14  ∼∼∼  Psalm 31  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 3  ∼∼∼  Mark 11

Feb.  4        Exodus 15 & 16  ∼∼∼  Psalm 32  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 4  ∼∼∼  Mark 12

Feb.  5        Exodus 17 & 18  ∼∼∼  Psalm 33  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 5  ∼∼∼  Mark 13

Feb.  6        Exodus 19 & 20  ∼∼∼  Psalm 34  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 6  ∼∼∼  Mark 14

Feb.  7        Exodus 21 & 22  ∼∼∼  Psalm 35:1-16  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 7  ∼∼∼  Mark 15

Feb.  8        Exodus 23 & 24  ∼∼∼  Psalm 35: 17-28  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 8  ∼∼∼ Mark 16

Feb.  9        Exodus 25 & 26  ∼∼∼  Psalm 36  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 9  ∼∼∼ Luke 1

Feb. 10       Exodus 27 & 28  ∼∼∼  Psalm 37: 1-22  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 10  ∼∼∼  Luke 2

Feb. 11       Exodus 29  ∼∼∼  Psalm 37: 23-40  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 11  ∼∼∼  Luke 3

Feb. 12       Exodus 30 & 31  ∼∼∼  Psalm 38  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 12  ∼∼∼  Luke 4

Feb. 13       Exodus 32 & 33  ∼∼∼  Psalm 39  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 13  ∼∼∼  Luke 5

Feb. 14       Exodus 34 & 35  ∼∼∼  Psalm 40  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 14  ∼∼∼  Luke 6

Feb. 15       Exodus 36 thru 38  ∼∼∼  Psalm 41  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 15  ∼∼∼  Luke 7

Feb. 16       Exodus 39 & 40  ∼∼∼  Psalm 42  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 16  ∼∼∼  Luke 8

Feb. 17       Leviticus 1 thru 3  ∼∼∼ Psalm 43  ∼∼∼ Proverbs 17  ∼∼∼  Luke 9

Feb. 18       Leviticus 4 & 5  ∼∼∼  Psalm 44: 1-8  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 18  ∼∼∼  Luke 10

Feb. 19       Leviticus 6 & 7  ∼∼∼  Psalm 44: 9-26  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 19  ∼∼∼  Luke 11

Feb. 20       Leviticus 8 & 9  ∼∼∼  Psalm 45  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 20  ∼∼∼ Luke 12

Feb. 21       Leviticus 10 & 11  ∼∼∼  Psalm 46  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 21  ∼∼∼  Luke 13

Feb. 22       Leviticus 12 & 13  ∼∼∼  Psalm 47  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 22  ∼∼∼  Luke 14

Feb. 23       Leviticus 14  ∼∼∼  Psalm 48  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 23  ∼∼∼  Luke 15

Feb. 24       Leviticus 15 &16  ∼∼∼  Psalm 49  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 24  ∼∼∼  Luke 16 & 17

Feb. 25       Leviticus 17 & 18  ∼∼∼  Psalm 50  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 25  ∼∼∼  Luke 18

Feb. 26       Leviticus 19 & 20  ∼∼∼  Psalm 51  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 26 & 27  ∼∼∼  Luke 19

Feb. 27       Leviticus 21 & 22  ∼∼∼  Psalm 52  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 28 & 29  ∼∼∼  Luke 20

Feb. 28       Leviticus 23 & 24  ∼∼∼  Psalm 53  ∼∼∼  Proverbs 30 & 31  ∼∼∼  Luke 21

Today do something that will challenge you.

 

 

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