Read the Bible in 90 days?
Indulge me in a selfish I-did-it type post. I finished the bible in 90 days! I debated about sharing because it sounds like bragging, but I did want to offer this story as means of encouragement. If you’re staring down a huge goal, that you don’t have to do, but you want to try, this post could be for you. If you’re working on building a discipline, one day at a time, I’m standing beside you as you try.
Building disciplines has become an important theme for me.
Healing from chronic, undiagnosed illness requires daily self-care to allow me to function. My brain is creative and craves freedom, so building disciplines is extremely hard for me. Scratch that… WAS hard for me. Once I had a few under my belt, I realized how freeing a good discipline could be. The good ones keep me healthier and happier. And freer to pursue my interests. Like art. Which requires discipline…
Starting January 1, I began a reading plan to finish the Bible in 90 days. It was intense at times, although only required about 30-40 minutes a day of focused reading. Sounds doable, but life gets in the way. So, I planned to read the bible first thing, not check any other messages, etc, until after I’d finished the day’s reading… On my phone… You know how hard it is to ignore those notifications in the top bar while you try to concentrate on something… It took some real jedi-mind tricks. It was easy on “normal” days but got more complicated on days we had company or were traveling.
Obedience is my theme word for 2018.
Building uplifting disciplines. Reading the bible was an act of obedience to show my commitment for spiritual growth.
Do you have a theme word for the year? Share yours below in the comments.
But, I finished it! Yesterday, March 29, was the last day, and only two chapters. It felt funny to be done because, without counting, I’d assumed 90 days would take me to March 31. So, imagine my surprise on March 29, when I scrolled down and it wouldn’t scroll any further. I’d reached the end of the bible. Que the angel music. It was dramatically… anti-climactic. I mentioned it to my husband and got a 6 am good for you! I had an extra 20 minutes that morning for mindless web surfing. And to think of my next morning routine, lol!
In November and December, I’d been planning and mostly dreaming about finally reading through the whole bible. By the end of December, I decided to make this goal happen. My original intention was to read the bible in a year. I installed the Bible Gateway app and looked for a plan. Unfortunately, they don’t have a bible in a year plan (or I couldn’t find it), so I saw and started the Bible in 90 days.
It turns out, 90 days was better for me, in the long run. And my more life-fulfilling. Reading through the whole bible has been a goal since college when I had tried and failed one summer. That summer had been about 90 days, so to re-do my goal of reading the Bible in 90 days brought it full circle for me.
The past 90 days of early morning, the mid-morning, sometimes late morning reading sessions has been a process and evolution of thought processes. The plan takes you straight through the Bible, start to finish. So, by mid-January I was mid-Exodus/Leviticus/Numbers/Deuteronomy. The weather was cold and so was my attitude. Have you read them? Do you know how much gore and how much of a downer they are, in general? People are sacrificing their kids. The earth opens and swallows people multiple times. It’s intense. I turned to trusted advisors who reframed the books for me. The old testament is a series of events where the Jews get called to obey God, forget, sin big time, and repent. Only to start the whole process all over again. Obedience. God is teaching them obedience. My theme word for the year. I laughed at the irony.
By the time I got to Revelation, I realized I don’t hate that book anymore. I used to dread the end-of-the-world type stuff and avoid it whenever possible. Call it immaturity or whatever, but I really didn’t like that stuff. As my faith and understanding have grown, however, I’m now completely fascinated by the stuff. Also, I have kids, which was a huge goal and I didn’t want the world ending before I had kids, selfishly.
Micah, Daniel, Romans and Revelation ended up being my favorite books this time through.
In the end, the daily discipline of reading the bible was noticeable. I’m making scripture a bigger part of my life and feeling my spiritual well fill up in ways like never before. The key to my success was – make it my top priority day to day, and push other things to the back burner.
So, there’s my summary of my experience reading through the bible. Have you read the bible? What did you take away?
After reading the first day in Revelation, I painted this abstract painting.
Check out more artwork here.
Below are some of the verses I highlighted. I’ve switched to the Holy Bible app by YouVersion. It’s easier to highlight, plus it has a read the bible in a year plan. I’m not sure what my next plan is going to be. Any suggestions?
Micah 7:9 Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until he pleads my case and upholds my cause. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.
Micah 7:18 – 19 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
Luke 16:10 – 11 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
Romans 7:20 – 25 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.
Romans 8:12 – 13 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 14:6 – 8 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.
Revelation 5:5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”