In order to disciple their children with consistent grace and patience, parents need to remain anchored in the truth of God’s Word. Without a heart and mind steeped in biblical wisdom, parents will find themselves easily frustrated and even beleaguered by the daily trials that attend child rearing.

But with a new year comes fresh opportunity and motivation to establish a plan for regular Bible reading. At the Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor has provided a list of several different Bible reading plans. I would encourage you to spend some time considering what plan might work best for you so that you might begin, if you haven’t already, to cultivate the habit of continually feeding on the Word of Christ–for your own good and the good of your family.

The Word of God strengthens, cleanses, instructs, rebukes, challenges, changes, empowers, and encourages parents. Will 2012 be the year that you pursue these and more benefits afforded by spending time daily in God’s Word? We pray it will.

Please click here to access Justin Taylor’s list of Bible reading plans.

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