My 2016 New Year’s Resolution

As the year comes to a close, many spend this day reflecting on the last 365 days and all the joys and trials they have experienced. Me, well, I’m spending the day trying to get caught up on life and wrapping my brain around the fact that another year has FLOWN by! I guess the saying is true… “life is like a spool of thread, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!”

My new year’s resolution has been the same for the last three years and I’m going to continue it for 2016 – Read the entire Bible cover to cover. It is my goal to make this my resolution each year for the rest of my life. I’ve been a Christian since I was 9 years old and I’ve gone to church my entire life, but until 2013 I had never read the entire Bible. I had always brushed it off by proclaiming myself as “not a reader”, but the team chaplain for the Colts changed that. He asked me to join a group to read The One Year Bible. I told him that I wasn’t a reader and made a few excuses about being a mom and traveling, etc. Then he told me something I’ll never forget. He said, “God gave you his word in book form, you need to become a reader.” Ouch! Point taken. So, I began to read The One Year Bible on January 1, 2012 and I made it to… February and quit. The next year I yearned to start over. I used a plan I found online and accomplished my goal at the end of 2013. It just so happened that 2013 was one of the worst and best years of my life. I was diagnosed with cancer, my grandmother who I was very close to passed away and near the end of the year I became pregnant with our baby girl. God knew I needed to be grounded in his word that year, and I’m SO thankful I was. Y’all it is only by God’s grace that I can keep this up because much to my mother’s dismay I am *still* not a reader.

 There are lots of plans for reading through the Bible. The One Year Bible is a very popular one, but I just can’t jump around to different passages. If I jump from Daniel in the lion’s den in the Old Testament to Paul in prison in the New Testament, my brain goes crazy and I can’t compartmentalize what I’m reading. So, I chose to read from cover to cover, Genesis to Revelation. I found a plan online and re-typed it in 2013. I wish I could give credit to the original creator. All I remember is that I got it off a church’s website. So… sorry and thank you!

I would love for you to join me in reading the Bible in 2016! It only takes 15 minutes a day. If you get behind (like I often do), just double up a few days and you’ll be caught right back up. Just print out the pdf below and get started tomorrow morning. I promise you won’t regret it!

One Year Bible Reading Plan

The picture of my babies below totally sums up their personalities right now. Luke can’t stand take a pictures and Lyla just wants him out of her way. Even though she’s the baby, she thinks she is the boss! I can’t wait to see how they grow and change next year!

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I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2016!


  1. Aunt Sally says:

    Thanks for inspiration on reading bible cover to cover.