A new Bible habit in 21 days
Good mornin’ to all y’all! So glad you dropped in! Grab a cup of coffee or tea or chocolate or whatever your taste buds are clamoring for and let’s visit!
I want to share with you something near and dear to my heart: Bible reading of the daily variety.
I use two Bible apps on my phone. Logos and YouVersion. The Logos is a byproduct of having their software on my computer. The YouVersion is free for everyone and works on pretty much all phones.
YouVersion is more than just the Bible. It is the Bible in many, many versions and languages. If you love the King James Version, it’s in there, as are the Darby 1890 translation and the Catholic version.
Matter of fact, there are 49 English versions! And you can switch between them as you’re reading a passage in order to better understand the Word.
As an example, let’s look at verses 1 and 2 of the 23rd Psalm:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
New American Standard:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
Amplified, Classic Edition:
THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. [Rev. 7:17.]
New International Version:
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
The Message (a paraphrase, not a translation):
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.
New Living Translation:
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
See? There are differences because the English language is so varied.
The point is not which version you read, but that you actually read it and allow the Holy Spirit to use it to bring you closer in line with Jesus.
Starting February 1st, YouVersion’s 21-Day Challenge begins. Apparently multiple studies have shown that 21 days of doing something makes that a new habit.
So, I’m joining the folks at YouVersion to challenge you to read The Book for 21 days in a row. If you do, I’m sure you’ll have new perspectives on many subjects and you’ll hopefully decide to do it again on Day 22 and beyond.
If you accept and complete this challenge, you’ll get this darlin’ little trophy in your app. Because, we all like trophies, right?
Before I forget, you can also befriend folks within the app and encourage them as they work through this challenge!
See those red hearts? When I click a gray heart, it turns red and lets that person know I’ve seen what they’re doing and like it. It’s like a virtual high-five.
So, if you haven’t already, download the YouVersion app from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
Discover the reading plan for you and be ready for your life to be altered by the One who created you!
Women's speaker, wife, mom & grandmother who loves to teach God's Word, drink coffee, cheer on her favorite football teams and capture nature and architecture with her camera. Faye is the author of Ramblings From the Shower | Integrity, Faith and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issues.