Q: I know I should read my Bible, but it seems overwhelming and I never seem to have much time. Where should I start?
The books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are each an account of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. If you want to get to know your Savior, hearing what He had to say would be a pretty good place to start, right? It’s pretty phenomenal when you think about it… we get to listen in on what Jesus taught! Through the Gospels we get to hear what God-in-flesh had to say. Important stuff.
The books of Proverbs probably has the most practical all-around-life-advice of any other Bible book. And as a bonus, it’s 30 chapters long–one chapter for every day of the month. I can’t tell you how many times in my life a chapter in Proverbs was my go-to for quiet time with God. It covers topics like peer pressure, holiness, friends, making wise choices, drinking and working hard… just to name a few!
There are a ton of great devotional books out there too. A devotional (or devo, for short) pairs a couple verses of Scripture with a short application for each day of the month or year. I have some of my favorites posted on Pinterest. Or you could ask a parent to take you to your local Christian bookstore, or browse Amazon.com or ChristianBook.com.
Professor Horner’s Bible Reading System
Once you’ve started the habit of reading your Bible more, you might find you want to go even deeper. When you’re ready, and have a little more time (about 30-40 minutes a day), I’ve got to tell you about the best thing that’s ever happened to my quiet time. I can’t say enough about it! It’s a system that lets you read 10 chapters a day–yup, 10–and actually like it! Seriously–I can’t say enough. Check out Prof Horner’s Bible Reading System here.
It doesn’t matter as much where you start, as long as you start somewhere. I’m proud of you for wanting a deeper relationship with your Creator, sis! He won’t disappoint.