It feels so good to have accomplished a goal that I had set up on a pedestal for so long. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times here on my blog, it just breaks my heart that I bought into the idea that reading the Bible from beginning to end was SO difficult! I know I’m not the only one who has believed that lie, though. I would imagine that a number of my blog readers have attempted to read the Bible in a year, and then life interrupted, the goal was pushed aside, and then pretty soon you were 10 days behind with no hope of catching up. Yeah, I’ve been there. I believed it, too!
And yet, the part that embarrasses me and hurts my heart is that I am an AVID reader. I read all the time. I always, always, always read. I’ve been this way since first grade, probably. I used to hide books under my desk in class so I could read while the teacher was talking. Even with kids (when most moms don’t think they have time) I am still reading a lot. A whole lot. Whether it is magazines, blogs, or books (lots of books!), my eyes are constantly digesting text.
So, why is it that I didn’t have time for the Bible? Ouch.
When I heard that Mom’s Toolbox was starting another Bible in 90 Days challenge, I jumped in head first. I knew that if I mentioned my goal here on my blog that I would HAVE to complete my goal, because you guys were watching me. So thank you, friends! You were right there with me throughout this journey.
I finished reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation on Day 88: September 30, 2010. I stayed up all night on Day 87, knowing that I was about 4 pages away from accomplishing my goal. It was so exciting! My heart was racing all night long! (Okay, so it could have had something to do with the coffee I drank late in the day, but STILL!)
And, I felt like God was talking to me. I don’t have all the answers, but I did get some ideas about where to go next in my walk with God. One thing I know is that I need to stay in the Word. I need to continue reading my Bible daily. I love it. It energizes me and gives me fuel for my day (or the next one, as the case may be!).
I also understand the importance of hiding God’s Word in my heart. This means Bible memorization. I have to tell you that this is one area that I feel SO good about. I grew up in a Christian home (praise the Lord!) and attended Sunday School, Youth Group, Christian Camp (and everything in between). I even attended a Christian school for a while. Memorizing Bible verses was expected of me, and I was amazed at how many passages in both the Old and New Testaments that I could quote. I even have entire chapters of the New Testament memorized. I’m so incredibly thankful for this, and I realize the importance of continuing to memorize as well as pass on Bible memorization to my children.
The boys have had to memorize verses for school (Christian preschool and Kindergarten), Sunday School and small groups in the past. This year we put them in Awana, which has been so wonderful for our family. You can’t believe how it warms my heart to hear my 4-year-old sing-song, “God loves us and sent His son. 1 John 4:10”. Cole is really enjoying the challenge (and we love making up little songs to make it easier for him), and Grant (who is a Bible verse crammer – last minute dude) is actually able to remember his verses from week to week! A nice little side benefit of working with the boys to help them study their Bible verses is that WE are also memorizing the same verses.
Which brings me to my next idea. For several years, I have wanted to post Bible verses around our house. You know: vinyl lettering, printed out and framed on the wall, etc. As a teenager, we had a chart about religions of the world hanging on the wall next to the toilet. I had it memorized. We also had a quote hanging on the wall of the bathroom where we got ready in the morning. Yeah. I had it memorized.
Why not surround my family with the Word of God? I have so many ideas that I hope to share with you soon!
So, what is next for me? I’m definitely, without a doubt, going to be joining in with the next Bible in 90 Days challenge which starts on January 3rd. In the meantime, I’m going to read through the New Testament a little more slowly (in a Bible with lots of notes!), and then I might start in on I & II Kings.
Are you wanting to read through the Bible from cover-to-cover? I highly recommend that you get a hold of the 90 Day Reading Schedule at Mom’s Toolbox (but read through the post first!!) and then jump right in. Accountability is key, and I’d love to have you check in with me!! OR, why not mention your goal to a friend and ask that person to read along with you? And, finally, PLEASE join me in January and we can read through together. I’d love to share this amazing experience with you!
So, did any of my blog readers jump in and read your Bible with me? How did it go?