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Bible in 90 Days Update: Day 15

19 July 2010 4,265 views 8 Comments

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you might have read my little post about how I’ve taken on the challenge of reading through the Bible in 90 days.

I have to tell you:  THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!

Seriously.  Leviticus was actually fun.  Let me explain my thought process here.

In church yesterday, my husband mentioned to one of the older couples sitting near us that I was reading through the Bible in 90 days.  They were shocked and just couldn’t believe that I could read it that fast.  The gentleman (in his 70s) had only read through the Bible one time in his life.  His wife read through it last year, and she said it was difficult for her to get through it in one year.

This made me wonder WHY.  Why does reading the Bible from cover to cover seem like such a daunting task? Why is it held up as such an unattainable goal – something that we try for again and again only to fail miserably each time?

I really don’t know why.

But, I have to tell you that this experience of staying committed to my daily reading is totally different from all previous failed experiences.  I think the main reason is that I am just in the right place in my life.  Which, of course, begs the question, “Is there a wrong place in your life to read the Bible cover to cover?”  Well, of course not.

I simply feel the physical and mental energy, the excitement and quickening of my heart, and the JOY to be reading God’s Word that, I think, can only come from the Holy Spirit. God knows how much this means to me and how excited I am to see the completeness of His Word: all of the puzzle pieces fitting together and the history of His family coming alive.

It makes me anxious to get back to my reading.

Even through Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

I have another theory: If I had done a 1-year reading plan, I would probably still be in Genesis right now.  Wait.  Let me check.  Yep.  Genesis.  Which means that it would have taken me a month or so to read Exodus, then another month to read Leviticus, and so on.  Dragging out the less-than-exciting (but still very important) portions of the Bible would have led to burnout (for me, anyway).  By reading with purpose, while my mind is fully engaged, I have been able to read the drier chapters of the Bible and still take personal life applications and thoughts away from my time in The Word.

I am amazed by this.  I know I shouldn’t be, but I am.  I suppose you could say that I am in awe.

So, here I am at the end of Day 15.  I have a little more reading to do before I go to bed (wheeee!), and then I’ll be done with Deuteronomy.  I seriously can’t wait to get into Joshua!

Have you taken the challenge?  How is it working for you?

Linking this to Mom’s Toolbox Week 3 Check-in.

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