2017 Bible Reading Plan

2016 is quickly coming to a close.  I’m not terribly upset about that.  While 2016 had some amazingly wonderful moments, it has also included some of the hardest of my life.  And whether it will be or not, the hope withheld in the newness of a brand spanking untouched and untarnished year, makes 2017’s approach all the more exciting.  Something about fresh starts, new days dawning, hope comes in the morning. Ah, hope.  Such a generous & grace-filled word.  I am counting down these last few hours until we say au revoir to 2016 forever!

I’m not really a resolution kind of gal.  I lie.  Actually, I am.  If you know my personality even a smidgen, you can see that I am a goal setter.  I put my mind to something & I get it done.  Often with lots {and lots and lots} of complaining at times.  But I, nevertheless, get the goal met & crossed of the list.  So, I actually am the resolution type…except that for some reason this goal-setting, list-crossing-off, bucket-list-finishing gal has a problem getting through resolutions.  And as much as I love a good goal set and achieved, I loathe the setting a goal & missing it even more.

So resolutions.  They’re a strange bunch.  Perhaps fueled by all the hope I was talking about before.  New day dawning, spanking fresh start…blah, blah, blah.  Resolutions get somehow thrown on paper in permanent sharpie in a whimsical, wishful way full of hopes & dreams.  And nearly every actual new year’s resolution I’ve ever set for myself has gone uncompleted.  GASP!  I hate unfulfilled goals.  Failure.  That’s what resolutions bring.  From all out hope to utter failure in a matter of usually two-three months.  It’s daunting.

All this to say.  No resolutions for me.  Well.  Except one.  But I’ve given this some real thought, not just unicorns dancing on clouds thought & I’ve put some real planning in motion to see that I fulfill this new year’s resolution.  Because a goal without a plan is just a wish.  So plan I have.

This year I resolve to read the New Testament.  You see, every single year in recent history that I can remember I have resolved to “this year read the Bible”.  And by mid Leviticus I’m out.  Done.  Fini!  Have you ever tried to read through the Bible cover to cover?  It’s not an easy read.  Some of these Old Testament books are weird.  Just plain weird. They are hard to get through.  So I quit.  sigh…

But not this year.  I’m tackling the New Testament & while i know there will still be some weird moments {like all of Revelation} I’m thinking I’m much less likely to throw in the towel like I do every time I get to Noah getting drunk and sleeping with his daughters.  To make this resolution even more attainable, I’ve made the reading fairly easy.  One chapter a day with a very relaxed 2 chapters a week over the summer.  No excuses about time. Oh, and I’ve given myself Saturdays off too.  I’ve picked an order that will likely keep me interested {such as separating the gospels, one per quarter rather than all four back to back}.  And if all that weren’t enough, I made cute little cards to put in my planner to remind me to read.  I have no excuses for this not being a resolution I can accomplish.  And I’m kind of excited. Both to actually finish a resolution & to read the New Testament.


If you’re in the mood to read through the New Testament or part of it, I’d love to have you join in the fun.  I have included a printable for free that you can print off at home that includes the entire year of reading. It will print 2 months per letter sized paper.  Or if you are interested, I also have printed sets that will fit the medium sized The Happy Planner available for $6 at my Etsy site.

You can get a Happy Planner from Michaels right now on sale {HUGE SALE}.

Please let me know if you’re reading along.  I’d love to know there’s someone else out there in the same part of Scripture with me each day.  My plan to is post about what I’m reading fairly regularly to help keep me accountable.  The more the merrier.


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16 thoughts on “2017 Bible Reading Plan

  1. I am in and totally with ya! I need someone accountable to me. We can motivate each other and help each other understand some parts. I Actually I love Leviticus. I had a pastor go through it one year a long while ago. So fascinating! I’ll see if I can printable set. Thank you. Wolf

  2. This is a great idea! Thank you so much for the free printables to help with that. I have only made it through from Genesis all the way to the maps one time in my entire life. It took a lot to get through all the “begats” in the old testament. And yes, some of those books seem weird.
    May you have a great 2017!

  3. I have been looking for a bible reading plan just like this! Thank you for your generosity in sharing this. I’m excited to read along with you. Let’s make 2017 a year of God’s Word sisters!

  4. Hi, I was excited to come across this bible reading plan! I am looking forward to this journey – thanks for sharing!

  5. I’d like to have the smaller version and I’m happy to purchase them from your etsy shop but the pages that fit my 3-ring planner are 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Is that size available?

    1. Absolutely! If you select the “A5” variation & then just send me a message with it to remind me to trim to 8.5 x 5.5, I can do it no problem! I won’t punch them, because there are so many different configurations that I don’t want to punch it incorrectly for your planner. Thanks!!

  6. Hi! I’m so happy that you have put this together for us. Reading the Bible mire often is important to me! I am getting “caught up”… and look forward to this journey.

    1. So glad you’re reading along. I’d say just start in Ephesians & read Galatians over the summer when the reading is less. That way you don’t feel like you’re having to catch up too awful much & you can just enjoy Ephesians.

  7. Thank you so much for designing these and letting us have them for free. That is very generous of you. They are so attractive! I discovered this later in the year so have been reading more to catch up. I hope you will do this same thing again in 2018! It would be much appreciated. I print mine on card stock and put in small binder. I have also really enjoyed your “ease anxiety” cards. Have made them for myself, grandchildren, and put them in a graduation card this week. I do them on kraft paper like you and round the edges, then put them in a small flat kraft colored bag and they fit perfect. Thank you again sooo much!

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