Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bible in 90 Days

I am ecstatic right now, so forgive me when I SHOUT WITH JOY in this post! I haven't told many people that I was doing this, but now that I'm DONE... on-time even, I thought I might be able to encourage others out there to take time to read their Bibles. Amy, over at MomsToolbox, hosted a challenge to read through THE ENTIRE BIBLE in 90 days. I finished less than an hour ago. She's currently hosting a "celebration" and she has asked some questions. Here are my answers:

Why did you read with us? I was saved 14 years ago. Every year for the first 4 or 5 years, I read through the Bible. After that life seemed to be constantly changing (read: kids kept taking root in my life) and I couldn't seem to finish the Bible. I still read, but just not all of it. My most recent attempt was a one year Bible plan. By the end of the second year I still hadn't made my way through. That's when I saw this plan. I tend to do well at tasks for a short period of time and then taper off. I figured three months was a short enough time frame for me to attempt. I also started off thinking that I don't have to finish in 90 days, I can do it in 100 and still be happy, but somehow I managed to do it in 90!!!!

How has it impacted you? I feel like I have a better understanding of how the Bible fits together. Currently, I also feel JOY, which hasn't been around in quite some time. I just finished reading Revelation, at the beginning and the end it says, more or less, that he is blessed who keeps the words of this book. Ending with that gives me a renewed desire to serve the Lord with all my heart.

I want to know how you kept reading: Not sure how to answer this one. I guess it was all God. When I first started reading I kept questioning why I was even trying. Was I trying to prove something? Wouldn't I be reading too quickly? Didn't I have housework to do? By the end, though, I realized that God sacrificed all for me. Why can't I sacrifice some of my time to get to know Him? That can't possibly be wrong. God wants us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice and this is an opportunity to do that. (BTW- each day's reading takes just about an hour.)

How did you catch up? I guess Amy asks this, because most people must fall behind at some point. I know I did. When I was finishing up the OT I was about 2 weeks behind and I was going to give up. Then Amy wrote an inspirational post that was just enough encouragement to keep me going. I started reading two readings a day in the NT. Some days I only did one, but that allowed me to finish just in time!

What got in your way? Taking care of sick children, too many outside activities, sleeping in and some days I just didn't feel like reading for an hour!

What did you overcome? I guess I overcame my own doubts. And I overcame my handicap of not being able to read through the Bible in recent years.

What are your next steps? Now I know that I can spare an hour a day. I'd like to go back over some areas that I took note of and study them more in depth. I'd like to pray more fervently. I'd like to put to practice a lot of what I read (in particular showing love to the brethren in practical ways). I'd like to read through the Bible at least once a year.

Anything else? Reading the Bible fully in 90 days has made me appreciate some pillars of the faith. Off the top of my head I can think of George Muller and Charles Macintosh... both of whom read through the Bible over 200 times (I think!). They were used mightily of God and maybe that has something to do with the fact that they gave their time to God.  Now I don't want to suggest that every mother out there try this challenge, but I do want to encourage you to try to read and pray MORE. We can all benefit from more time with our Lord.


Amy@ MomsToolbox said...

I am so thankful that you read with us! You are not alone on that whole year is too long thing.. 90 days is challenging, but perfect, at least in my book. ;)
Please stay in touch and don't stop reading your Bible. :)

Missy said...

GREAT JOB! So happy for you! Congrats. Keep up the great habit.

Rambling Heather said...

Wonderful!! Isnt it great how faithful our Father is in leaving us this love letter?

Shawntele said...

Your post brought a smile to my face - I am shouting in joy with you!!

Congratulations on a job well done!

Your fellow Spring '11 grad,

Sarah said...

I could never read the bible in a year either. It is too long. 90 days was challenging but great. Glad you stuck with it and finished! Congrats!

glaucia said...

Awesome Michelle!!
So proud of you!
I must confess I am waaaaa--yyyy behind on my reading, but I am reading much more than I was.
Thanks for the encouraging post!
I will strive to finish within this year! :)

Hope Wilbanks said...

I'm shouting with you!! :) Congrats on finishing! I'm looking forward to doing this again.

Anonymous said...

Michelle - I will shout along with you - YIPPEE!! I'm so glad you shared your journey with others, and that you were able to achieve this great goal. I am like you - I had to do it to overcome myself (and I guess the enemy who wants to keep us from God's word). Congrats on the big finish!!

Becky said...

Congrats on your finishing, too!