Last year, I read all the way through the Bible. I would like to say this goal was well thought out and planned for months before the year started. But honestly, I was looking for a New Year devotional on my Bible App, and a “read through the Bible” option was available. So, I was like, why not?
I’ve never actually attempted to read through the entire Bible, but I now get the appeal. There is so much hidden in all of it. The Kings and Chronicles books give context to the minor prophets who give context to the letters from Paul. It’s all one really big picture. And I like reading things that are all connected.
However, I don’t want to do it again this year. Instead, I would like to try a few other types of Bible study, primarily verse mapping and memorization. Verse mapping was introduced to me last year, though I don’t remember exactly where I read about it. But I did copy the how-to onto a word document on my computer, so I’m excited to try it out.
Verse mapping is basically just selecting a verse and then really digging into it. Look at it in different translations. Pick out certain words and check them out in the Hebrew or Greek. Read for context. Read for revelation.
And while I’m digging into these verses, I might as well memorize them. I would like to memorize a few books of the Bible this year. And I’m going to go easy with the first one and pick a book with one or two chapters in it. Build up my confidence.
In addition to all of this, I want to do shorter, topical or seasonal devotionals. There are a few I have in book form, but most of them will probably be from my Bible app. And of course, whatever I find neat or insightful, I plan to share with you all throughout the year – whether from the verse mapping or devotionals.
Looking forward to digging deep in 2020!