When I began to take Christianity seriously, I knew it was time to focus on reading the Bible.  Even though I listened to the readings in Church, I had never read the Bible on my own – not even one full chapter.

I love setting goals – so I set myself a goal to read the Bible in it in its entirety – starting with Genesis all the way through to Revelations.  It took 6 months and to be honest, I grasped nothing, but I was so happy I could say I read it!

Somebody once told me, the first time you read the bible you may not understand it – but keep reading it and don’t give up. So that’s what I did, and now I follow a structured daily reading plan.  Reading the Bible daily has exponentially increased my spiritual growth.

Here are 3 things I did that helped me enjoy reading the Bible.

1) Bought a Bible in a version I could understand.

Any bookstore will offer an abundance of Bibles in all different colors and sizes. I bought one with a soft cover that wasn’t too big to carry and not too small to read.  I also wanted a version I could understand so I decided on the New International Version (NIV).

2) Added Bible Tabs to my Bible

As I studied the Bible more, I noticed I was wasting a lot of time navigating from book to book. I added Bible Tabs to my Bible and it has been a life changer! 
I bought these at Michaels – but you can check any Christian store or Amazon.
bible journaling bible tabs
This is what my Bible looks with the tabs on them:
Bible Tabs on a Brown Bible

3) Started Marking up my Bible with Highlighters

 I never had the desire to write notes in my Bible. It was almost as if the book was too holy and it would be a sin to mark it up. About 6 months ago I started to highlight verses that stood out and I haven’t looked back! It was the best decision I made.  Using the Bible as a workbook has made the process become personal and sacred.
I bought these on Amazon:
Dry Bible Highlighters green, red, blue, yellow

One Final Thought

Remember, the authors the Bible were real people. Real people living in a different time who were inspired by God. Real people looking through a particular lens, sharing their stories. Stories that shaped their experience and perspective. Our job is to read the story, highlight the themes and figure out how the message relates to our lives, in our time.

It’s not about the physical words we read, it’s about what happens to us spiritually when we read scripture.  What is the theme or the story trying to tell us about our life? How can we improve the areas of our life?

Don’t try and read too much in the beginning. If I were to do it again, I’d start small and focus on a chapter a day, or even a verse a day.  Reading the Bible is not a race. It’s a spiritual practice and should relax, encourage and motivate you.

If you turn this practice into a daily habit, be open and take your time, I promise, you will be enlightened!


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