Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bible Reading

In 2010 Gess and I followed our Daily Bible Reading plan and read the entire New Testament together.  I tried other things the last few years but this year I think I want to begin it again.

If you read one chapter out of the New Testament just 5 days a week, you will have read the entire New Testament in one year.  This is something that many adults do not even do, even though it requires very little time and effort.  It's so pleasing to see a child with special needs accomplish it.

Before we used Bibleplan.org links and read it using the Readability feature that I had mentioned.  This year however we are using my new Android tablet.  (Well, it's not that new anymore, I got it over the summer.)  This allows us to get the font to a comfortable level for Gess.

The version we are using is the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).  This version is actually FREE on Kindle.

The English Standard Version (ESV) is also available for FREE on Kindle but I prefer the HSCB for Gess as I feel she can understand it better.

Now for regular study and church use Gess actually uses the New King James Version (NKJV).  While I prefer modern versions for her comprehension, all modern versions use the paragraph format rather than the verse format.  While they put the numbers in the paragraphs it makes it really difficult to find a specific verse, especially if you have special needs or vision problems.  We have found the NKJV Giant Print Bible a great fit for Gess. Not only can she easily read the font, but she can find the verses too! Her Sunday School teacher says she is doing much better with it and I see that myself as I watch her using it at home.  We picked it up at our local Wal-Mart for about $13.00.

Another great activity Gess is doing is a daily devotional given to her by our pastor after she was baptized.  Unfortunately I was not as consistent in helping her develop that habit so she hasn't gotten very far in it, but we are starting it again and she is beginning to work in it more regularly. It's for kids who are new Christians.  You can pick them up at Lifeway.

It is a pleasure and joy to see Gess grow spiritually as she studies and reads God's Word.  Today she learned some interesting facts about the bible and shared them with me.  What a blessing to witness the joy of a child discovering the amazing wonders of God's love.

1 comment:

jeana said...

Wonderful resources, thanks for sharing!


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