Hey hey Monday!
Okay, you guys…I’m officially 101 days into The Bible Recap and loving it SO MUCH that I thought it deserved its own dedicated post 🙂 .
If you’ll recall, at the end of last year, I knew I wanted to read through the Bible (I’ve done it twice before using The One Year Bible), but after hearing so many friends and family members rave about The Bible Recap, I decided to go this route instead and have LOVED IT! I talked so much about it that my mom is now doing it too. Since I’ve officially done it 100 days, I thought it was the perfect time to share my tips and suggestions and hopefully encourage you to try reading the Bible all the way through too.
To be clear, everyone should visit Tara-Leigh Cobble’s website for all the information. You can read all about how to “do it” HERE on her site. That being said, there are several different ways you can “tweak” your study and after trying it two different ways, I think I’ve officially settled on what works best for me.
For starters…you need a Bible. I love my New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible. That’s the primary version of the Bible I pick up and use every single day. That being said, no matter which Bible version you use (or you can even use a Bible app like the YouVersion app), you need God’s word in front of you since that’s the whole point…reading through it from start to finish in chronological order. Awwwwww…what does that mean? Well, the One Year Bible that I completed twice was great, but it did not go chronologically. If you read through it that way, then every single day, you get an Old Testament chapter, a New Testament chapter, one Psalm and a Proverb. I liked that way of reading through the Bible, but I now MUCH prefer this way of reading through the scripture chronologically. I find that it all comes together much more clearly for me this way since it builds upon each other day after day. Plus, it’s SO COOL to see Jesus all the way through the Bible (yes, even years before He was born, He was there).
Next up, you need to know what to read each day. Her program is divided into 365 days with only 2 to 4 chapters of the Bible read each day. It’s amazing to me how I can read so little and yet, over a year, it adds up to so much. There are a variety of ways to know what to read each day. I purchased (as you can see in the first picture) her The Bible Recap book and her The Bible Recap Journal. Each day is clearly labeled with the scripture you should read. In the Recap book, she has about one and a half pages of commentary for you to read after you read her Bible. Honestly? That’s really all you have to do. Read the scripture, read her commentary…you’re on your way. I bought the journal where she prompts you to write notes, questions and there is a space where I write out personal prayer requests. This is a *bonus* step for sure but one I’ve enjoyed.
In London with my Bible Recap Journal.
Now, fast forward to my trips to London and Hawaii…on those trips, I didn’t want to lug my big Recap book with me, so I just brought my phone and her Journal. Each day, I read the scripture on my YouVersion Bible app and then I listened to her daily podcast commentary (instead of reading it in the book). Each podcast episode on her app is only about 5 or 6 minutes long each day, and I FELL IN LOVE with her audio version here. When I returned home from London, I started reading out of the Recap book and also listening to the audio, but after Hawaii (where I did the same routine as in London), I decided I much prefer to hear her slightly expanded audio commentary on the app and now, so I don’t even read out of the Recap book.
Okay, let’s recap the way I Recap…
#1: Each morning, I open up my The Bible Recap Journal to see what chapters of the Bible I’m reading that day. I read those chapters.
#2: After I read, I turn on her daily podcast where she reads her daily commentary (that’s also printed in the book) that expands and ties together what I just read. She presents the day’s reading in a ‘recap’ kind of way that really ensures I get all the details and how they tie together. I loved reading out of the big The Bible Recap book, but I do find that she expands just a touch more during each morning’s podcast episode.
#3: After I listen to her commentary, I open my The Bible Recap Journal and make notes about that day’s reading and write down my prayer requests.
#4: I pray.
Woohoo! Yesterday morning, I flipped over and completed Day 100! I get excited every single morning to sit down and see what I’m going to read and learn that day.
This is what the app looks like if you’re adding it to your phone.
So, I’ve really enjoyed these last 100 days and wanted to share my enthusiasm with you. I think the timing couldn’t be more perfect considering it’s Easter week 🙂 . For all of the information and ways to read through the Bible this way, head to her site.
If you have any questions about the way I do it, I’m happy to answer in the comment section below too.
Don’t forget to read my 25 Keys to a Peaceful Morning post too for more ways to make your morning more calm and less crazy. Starting each day with my quiet time in God’s word is the perfect way to help cultivate that!
Happy Monday, friends! xx