Thursday, February 25, 2010

I did it! It took me waaaaaay more than 90 days but I did it!*

Back in June, I made a confession

And I am now pleased to announce that I have finally finished reading the Bible. 

My original plan was to read it in 90 days as the publishers of this particular Bible had intended.  But I quickly determined that I would read it in 112 days because I would not be reading it on the weekends.  (Slacker?  Hi, that's me.)

And I was doing pretty good with my reading until we took our vacation.  Sleeping in and not rising early to read my 12 pages caused me to get further behind.

No worries I thought to myself.  I'll have plenty of time to get back on track once the kids get back to school.

But the kids got back to school and I started working two mornings a week and volunteering one morning a week and I thought I would never finish.

But I made it!  This morning I finished Revelation and let me tell you - it makes me want to be a better Christian now more than ever.  Because ya'll there's going to be judgment.  Lots of judgment and I'm not sure how I'll fare.  I mean I can't even read the Bible in 90 days.  What other areas am I failing miserably in?

So my next step is to re-read the Bible.  I want to try to understand better what  I'm reading.  Right now I'm in the process of trying to find a good study Bible.  Does anyone have any favorites? 

I'm also contemplating reading a chronological Bible - one that arranges the Bible in the order of the events as they actually occurred.   Has anyone ever read the Bible this way?

Any thoughts, advice or opinions would be appreciated.

*And by the way, if you don't count weekends, it took me 198 days to finish reading the Bible. 


He & Me + 3 said...

Wow congrats. That is an awesome accomplishment. Good for you!

Annikke said...

If you find a good study Bible let me know!!!

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

Many congratulations, girl. It's great to have goals, but certainly don't kick yourself. God is pleased with your desire to follow Him closely... whether it's in 90 days or 200.

I love my Thompson's Chain Reference Bible. Takes a little getting used to, but I do love it so much.

Also, I might suggest something like BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). It's an in-depth Bible study that is non-denomonational. It's an 8 yr program (a year is the school year Sept-May). It was 7 but a new study of Isaiah is being added next year. If you're really wanting to dig in, IMO, it's the way to go.

As far as understanding what you're reading... try journaling (whether on paper or computer) attributes of God from each day's reading. It's a good way to force you to really look for Him on every page of scripture.


Lee and Beth said...

That's great, Beth! The awesome thing is that you read through the whole bible, not how long it took you. Try reading through it with a bible study, such as Through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, next time. My husband used his study, and it helped him to understand it so much more.
I'm proud of you! Great job! :)

Chris said...

I am SO impressed! That is quite an accomplishment! Personally, I think it was much better to take your time and drink it all in rather than try to rush in order to keep to a "schedule."

I love my NIV Study Bible, which is what I use the most. My first study bible was the Ryrie Study Bible (NASB). (I am sooo showing my age here!)

I've been wanting a ESV Bible. I saw ads for it just before it was released and it looks cool.... and pretty intense.

It'll be fun to see what people say in your other comments!

bevysblog said...

I love the Life Application Bible. You can buy it in many different translations. It has so much background info!!!

Good for you!

Pam said...

Great job! That is a really big commitment, and you did it!

I get a lot out of my Life Application Study Bible.

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Denise said...

Congrats sweetie.

another good thing said...

great job. have done it myself three times- and each time it was using a daily reading schedule bookmark thingie from my church. way easier to move along that way- and gives you time to absorb...
now that I think about it- I'm probably overdue for a full reread.

Anonymous said...

WOW. That is GREAT!

Kim said...

Wow Beth that is awesome!