Christian Growth, Deeper Walk, Faith

When I Started to Read (with a Bible Reading Chart Freebie)

It was January 2010. Bro. Tim Green, who has always been one of my very favorite preachers, was preaching our church’s anniversary revival, like he does every year.  He preaches with the power of God. (One of the most memorable messages he has preached at our church was titled, “Can You Live With Your Sin, When It’s All Grown Up?” His deep, but calm and resonating voice still booms in my head when I think about that message, “What will you do with your sin, when it’s ALL GROWN UP?”)

In January 2010, I was a young mother. It had been about three years since the day at the altar of my church, where I fell down before the Lord with all my sin and all my humanity and begged him to forgive me. Salvation, begins a process of transformation into the image of Christ, for those who yield to the Spirit’s gentle voice. I was beginning that process. My oldest daughter was two, and my firstborn son was about three months old. The baby was freshly out of the children’s hospital, where he had almost succumbed to whooping cough. He had contracted the infection from his pediatrician, at his one month, well baby visit. We were so happy that the Lord chose to spare his little life, and he has been a great blessing to our lives. We know the Lord has big plans for him. (God used his sickness to answer a prayer of my heart, that the Lord would strengthen my faith. My husband and I both drew much nearer to the Lord during this time. We both experienced the presence of the Lord more real than either of us had ever before.) At one of the services of our January revival, in 2010, Bro. Green was preaching. I’m really not sure what the message title was, or even the subject. I know he was talking about how close we are to the return of Christ. But, I remember him making the comment, “What are you going to do when you have to stand before Christ, and you’ve not even read your Bible through once in your life.” The Holy Spirit convicted me that day, put his finger on my heart, and said “That’s you.” In my mind, I pictured me, standing before the Lord Jesus, so ashamed of myself.

1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

I decided that day, since it was a new year, that I would read my Bible through that year, and I did.  It changed my life. I finished, I think in October. There were so many things I didn’t know! I read with the understanding that I was just scratching the surface, because there were many things I didn’t understand. But the fire the Holy Spirit kindled in my heart was enough for me to read on, and still, I read on.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Since that time, the Savior has become more than life to me. When I started to read every day, I didn’t expect that the Word of God would come alive to me, as it did. I didn’t know how my faith would grow. I didn’t know how my prayers would take on the Life of the Holy Spirit through his word. I didn’t realize when I started to read how much reading the Word would change me.

John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

I don’t always do what I should, but He(the Lord Jesus through his Sweet Spirit) always does. He draws me, when I stray. He helps me, when I fall. He chastens me, when I sin. He answers, when I call.

One of the tools that I use to keep myself on track is a Bible Reading Chart.

If I don’t use one, I will never remember where I am and end up reading random portions of Scripture, without any real direction. JOHN1.pngWe get the Baptist Bread at our Church, and it has morning and evening readings to read the Bible through in a year, I know alot of people that do that. But, I like the flexibility of a simple book and chapter chart, so if I get behind or ahead, I can just mark where I am. I usually am reading in more than one place at a time, so there’s just alot more flexibilty and convenience with the chart.

I asked my husband if he would help me make a chart to share with y’all. He is an excel whiz, so I was really thankful for his help! So, here it is: Bible Reading Chart 2. I hope if you’ve never read your Bible through, my testimony might inspire you to give it a try! It will be well worth the time and effort!


Savior, More Than Life to Me

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Gos­pel Hymns and Sac­red Songs, 1875.Music: W. How­ard Doane;Sankey

Savior, more than life to me,
I am clinging, clinging, close to Thee;
Let Thy precious blood applied,
Keep me ever, ever near Thy side.

Refrain

Every day, every hour,
Let me feel Thy cleansing power;
May Thy tender love to me
Bind me closer, closer, Lord to Thee.

Through this changing world below,
Lead me gently, gently as I go;
Trusting Thee, I cannot stray,
I can never, never lose my way.

Refrain

Every day, every hour,
Let me feel Thy cleansing power;
May Thy tender love to me
Bind me closer, closer, Lord to Thee.

Let me love Thee more and more,
Till this fleeting, fleeting life is o’er;
Till my soul is lost in love,
In a brighter, brighter world above.

Refrain

Every day, every hour,
Let me feel Thy cleansing power;
May Thy tender love to me
Bind me closer, closer, Lord to Thee.


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9 thoughts on “When I Started to Read (with a Bible Reading Chart Freebie)”

  1. What an awesome testimony! Thank you so much for sharing. Several years ago, I felt that same conviction, knowing I had been born again for more than five years, and I had never even read the entire Bible. I still remember the day I read that last verse 🙂

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    1. I may try at the beginning of the year! Please pray that I can do it! 🙂
      Hehe, thanks for letting me know!! How “cold” was it? 😉 I understand about being cold! It happens to me too. Others tell me how warm it is outside, but I’m shivering and rubbing my arms when I go out there! 😀
      Thought you’d want to know … when you commented on Maddy’s blog I was thinking you were young, like my age (I’m seventeen). Then I got onto your blog and saw you’re married and have kids! I was like, “Ohh!” 😀

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      1. I will pray for you on your Bible reading!! That is so funny!! 😂 Because, I was thinking you were closer to my age. Nope, i’m an old lady… not really that old, but definitely not your age!! I’m 34! I have nieces closer to your age, though. It’s a fun time of life!!! I’m glad you told me that! Maybe I’m young at heart❤️ 😊😊😊

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      2. That’s not old at all! 🙂 When I’ve met people they think I’m older that I actually am … older than my sister who’s nineteen. 😉 In which I’m happy about that, but my sister isn’t (people usually think she’s younger than her age!)! 😀 I wear glasses, so I think that makes me look older. I don’t know. :p

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  2. That’s so funny! Y’all sound like my nieces. Brianna is 18 and short, so she already looks young, But she looks like she’s younger than Brinly , who is 13 and super tall!! I’m sure Brinly likes that, but I don’t know, I’ve never asked her!! One time the bank teller gave Brianna a sucker, and no one else , and she is the oldest of five!! Haha! I’m pretty sure she wasn’t thrilled 😁

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