In May we spend time with the stories of women of faith in the Old Testament up to the time of David.  (Press or hover over a Bible reference and you'll be able to open the Bible passage in your browser. Press 'more' in the pop-up box.)

The goal of these readings is not to cover the whole Bible but to highlight devotionally significant bite-size portions of each part of Scripture. These stories are part of a longer narrative you might want to read for context.

Reading Plan

April
Thu 28 — Acts 26.1-11
Fri 29 — Acts 26.12-23
Sat 30 — Acts 28.23-31

May
Sun 1 — Psalm 4.1-8
Mon 2 — Gen 16.1-16
Tue 3 — Gen 21.1-7
Wed 4 — Gen 24.1-21
Thu 5 — Gen 24.21-32
Fri 6 — Gen 24.33-48
Sat 7 — Gen 24.49-67
Sun 8 — Psalm 16.1-11
Mon 9 — Gen 29.16-30
Tue 10 — Ex 1.15-2.10
Wed 11 — Num 27.1-11
Thu 12 — Josh 2.1-7
Fri 13 — Josh 2.8-21
Sat 14 — Jdg 4.1-16
Sun 15 — Psalm 30.1-12
Mon 16 — Jdg 4.17-24
Tue 17 — Ruth 1.1-22
Wed 18 — Ruth 2.1-23
Thu 19 — Ruth 3.1-18
Fri 20 — Ruth 4.1-22
Sat 21 — 1Sam 1.1-18
Sun 22 — Psalm 42.1-11
Mon 23 — 1Sam 1.19-28
Tue 24 — 1Sam 2.1-11
Wed 25 — 1Sam 25.1-13
Thu 26 — 1Sam 25.14-31
Fri 27 — 1Sam 25.32-42
Sat 28 — 1Kings 1.30-31
Sun 29 — Psalm 46.1-11
Mon 30 — Luke 3.15-22
Tue 31 — John 1.19-34

Lectio Divina

The Lectio Divina (divine reading) is an ancient Christian practice designed to help you prayerfully meet with God through the Bible. The attached plan provides some short readings to aid you in this.

READ: Slowly and thoughtfully, read the Scripture passage the first time. What word or phrase captures your attention and grabs your heart? Linger with it whenever this happens.

REFLECT: Slowly and prayerfully, read the passage again. What is God saying to you in this passage? offering you? asking you? What feelings are arising within you?

RESPOND: Slowly and prayerfully, read the passage again. Respond to God from your heart. Speak to God of your feelings and insights. Offer these to God

REST: Possibly read the passage another time. Sit quietly in God’s presence, asking, “What are you saying to me?” Rest in God’s love, and listen.