Fred and I completed our 40 Day Lenten Challenge
on Easter Sunday.
It took approximately 30 minutes each day and we read it aloud taking a chapter each.
Some days there were quite a few chapters and other days there were fewer chapters but they were longer chapters.
When I said on Facebook that we were going to do it another couple from our church decided to do it, another friend in church asked for the reading list, a friend in England asked for the info. and another friend in Geneva started it along with a friend of her's.
So with a little bit of contact during Lent we knew others were reading as well and it was a source of encouragement.
We used the You Version app on our iPads but others were using the reading list that was on the website of Margaret Feinberg the lady who devised the Reading Plan.
The You Version app was handy for us as using the reading plan on it meant that each day when we clicked into the app and hit the reading plan we were at the right place to start again and we could also tick off each chapter as it was completed and have the next chapter appear.
However because I love lists and ticking things off as I complete them I would have been fine with a pdf printout (like below) of the plan and a pen. Fred is happier with the app as he is not a pen and paper guy.
We mostly read in the mornings after breakfast .
Each morning now that Fred is not commuting to work we have breakfast together and then a short prayer time so when Fred didn't have to rush back to the office (all of the 10 yards from the kitchen) to take an early conference call for work, we would move over to the couch from the table and read together there.
Some days we would do the readings at lunch time instead due to other constraints and sometimes we broke up the reading time into two sessions if we felt we were getting tired and not concentrating well enough.
We never found it a chore.
The only thing was that with so much to read each day we did not take everything in fully.
I had sort of intended that I would jot down some things to look into later but that did not happen.
It is not a study time but is a time of reading God's Word as we are instructed to do and is important as well as pondering and studying and meditating on His Word.
What is the result?
We both decided that we should continue reading together in the same format each day.
So we have started to read the Psalms together to start with and then we will move on to Proverbs and after those we will decide where to continue.
The main difference will be that we are going to read only two chapters each day unless they are very short and then we will read up to four.
Perhaps I will be able to take a few notes on things to look into further after each of our reading times.
Did you follow the Lent Reading Challenge this year?
Did you do a different Reading Challenge?
Maybe you will be interested in following this challenge next year.
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