I have a present for you today!
Being in the habit of daily Bible reading after having kids has been difficult for me. I’ve tried a few different things (Daily Audio Bible when B was tiny, Good Morning Girls when he was older, and various paper devotionals to name a few) but nothing has been able to stick through the various stages of motherhood I’ve experienced. I really do feel it’s important, especially reading the gospels as those are the words of Jesus and they are, in my opinion, the pure representation of what Christianity is all about.
Lent begins this week on Wednesday and one of my goals for this time of year is to start that daily Bible reading again, particularly verses that allow me to reflect on the season of Lent specifically. Thankfully, there’s a book (free online here) already put together that has reading plans for the entire liturgical year already laid. The only drawback for me was having to pull out my Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and figure out what the reading was for a given day. I do have the eCP app, but that’s also a little cumbersome when I’m trying to do the reading while nursing a toddler. So, I put together little bookmarks for myself with a weeks’ worth of verses that I stick in my Bible and can reference very easily.
Each day provides a Lesson, as well as readings from the Epistles and Gospels, and the morning and evening appointed Psalms (separated by an ampersand). For the Psalms, I’ve also included the chapters (in brackets) and verses (in parenthesis) that may be omitted if you’re shorter on time. To be honest, I rarely read these at the time of day I’m supposed to (though I have kept up on praying the hours which include Psalms), but I still try to get them in when I can.
I think even if you’re not Episcopalian, Anglican, and/or don’t follow the daily offices from the BCP, this can still be helpful. The readings aren’t too long (which is the problem I ran into with the Daily Audio Bible) and can be fit in whenever I have a few minutes to spare. I also like the idea of knowing that I’m reading what thousands, if not millions, of other people are reading and reflecting upon in the same day.
Today I’m offering up the next three weeks, with readings for the most common holy days as well. Feel free to print them out on cardstock and use them in your own daily readings! I’m sure as I make more of these, I’ll change things a bit (including the design). If you find it useful or have suggestions, let me know in the comments!