One Warrior's Walk...
What I read daily...
A Chronological Bible contains all the same content of God's Word as does a standard Bible. However, it puts the books, chapters and verses in order over a timeline that the events are believed to have taken place. And if there are two, or more passages that share the same details, they will be shown, one following the other, so the comparison of passages is simpler. (i.e. the Gospels) Since our minds functions in a chronological, or time based fashion, this gives a natural ease to the reading and allows us to see the unfolding and progression of God's mysterious plan for His creation from the beginning until now.
Why I walk with God...
Amos 3:3 says...
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed, (NKJV) or have an appointment? (AMP)
To walk forward in step with God, I must begin in agreement with Him. And what better way to connect with Him than in prayer BEFORE I begin reading... opening my mind and heart to what He has to say.
So how does one choose when and where to hear from God?
Well, there will never be an ideal time on God's or my calendar to meet, so I find choosing a consistent time works best. And if I put it first in the day, I choose to offer God the best of me and show Him that I am making Him a priority... the most important part of my day, and life.
When I study...
I personally find that I remember more when I take notes as I read. Research backs this up, showing that what people write down in their own hand as they study, is actually retained 85% more than other information read or heard.
For this purpose, I prefer to use composition notebooks due to their size. I use two facing pages per day, putting the date at the top of the left page. I begin by writing a list of passages on the left page that are most meaningful and I save the right page for a summary of what God is speaking to me through them at that time in my life. It is here that I will also add definitions to words that repeat or stand out, as well as an application for the passage in my life. This is how I begin each day's devotion to God.