|If you want to improve your Bible reading habits in the New Year, then this list is for you! There are apps, books, plans and tips that will help you read more regularly, remember what you read and love the word of God.
YouVersion Bible app for your smart phone
This is my favourite Bible app. It’s free to download and you can create an account which saves your notes and highlights into the app. The app is packed full of reading plans and you can get the Bible in any translation. https://www.youversion.com/
Try and memorise
Memorising parts of the Bible is a great way to write God’s truths on your heart. In some nations where owning a Bible is illegal, this is the only way Christians have to encounter God’s word daily, and they cherish what they have memorised! Try starting with a passage like Ephesians 2:1-10.
Try a new translation
If you’ve been an NIV lover for as long as you can remember, why not try the ESV? If you rave about the NLT, try the CEV! It can be really helpful to switch translations every so often, or at least keep different translations in your home. That way when you find a verse confusing, you can see what another translation says and see if that gives you clarity. Reading old familiar verses with different words can also be helpful for those who have been reading the Bible for a long time – fresh language will remind you once again of the beauty and wonder of God’s word.
Bible Society daily readings
Sign up to get readings and reflections delivered to your inbox every day. The full text of the passage is printed so it’s a great way to easily fit Bible reading back into your busy schedule, and the reflections will help you understand and cherish God’s word. http://www.biblesociety.org.au/dailybible
The Bible in a Year
If you’re up for a challenge, why not try and read through the Bible in a year? My friend Dave Miers prepared this plan – you read 3-5 chapters each day so it’s full on, but you’ll reap the benefits of soaking yourself in God’s word!http://davemiers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/read_the_bible_in_a_year.pdf
Try a new way of engaging with God’s word
Bible Gateway has a great list of suggestions for creative ways you can engage with God’s word. You might love journaling, song writing or dramatic methods of focusing on the Bible! See if one of the creative suggestions helps you reengage with scripture. https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/scripture-engagement/