Bible in 90 Days: My Reflection

B90Days Finished TweetThe tweet above is a little bit misleading because I actually finished reading the ENTIRE Bible in 87 days!

Why Did I Read the Bible in 90 Days?

When I embarked on this challenge with Amy from Mom’s Toolbox and the rest of the #B90Days readers I honestly didn’t think I’d complete it.  I tend to jump into challenges wholeheartedly, full of gusto and intense dedication then midway through I just lose interest.  I start finding excuses for why I need to quit and then I do.  What kept me going through this challenge?  Well, honestly, it’s hard to quit God.

This challenge really just started off as another topic for me to blog about because I was running out of ideas for daily posts.  I know, totally the wrong reason for wanting to read the Bible but that’s the thing about God, He can take something wrong and make it right…

I started this challenge with the intention of writing a post every day, I ended up barely blogging about the challenge at all.  My lack of blogging about my Bible reading was purely intentional.  I wanted to meditate on the words without having to share my feelings.  I know, totally defeats the purpose of blogging, right? But this was something that I needed to keep to myself, the challenge became too personal.

Over the course of 87 days, I felt my heart being convicted by what I was reading and I started to feel subtle changes coming over me.  It really is hard to read God’s word without it touching your heart

What Touched Me Most?

There is a lot of brutality in the Old Testament ~ war, rape, murder, etc.  Much of this was in response to the direct disobedience of the people to God’s word.  I started thinking about the number of times that God would have been justified in striking me down right where I stood and my heart broke.

But I was also touched by God’s faithfulness and patience.  The people in the Old Testament actually had God walking and talking alongside them and still they were hardheaded and disobedient, yet, He kept proving His love for them repeatedly.  The only things He required was that they repent of their sins and worship only Him.

Even though I read the entire Bible, I think the verse that struck me most is the one that has always been my favorite:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

That scripture speaks to me because it sums up God’s love for us without condemnation and anger.  To me, that verse is overflowing with love.  God gave the son that He loved as the ultimate sacrifice for us and all we have to do is believe in Him and treat each other with kindness.

Where Do I Go From Here?

I plan to join Amy at Mom’s Toolbox for Blogging Through the Gospels.  If you’d like to join, just leave a comment on Amy’s blog letting her know.  And, this time, I do intend to actually blog because I’ll be reading and studying to learn and grow stronger in my faith…

I have also agreed to be a mentor for the next Bible in 90 Days Challenge that starts in July.  Yes, I’m doing it again…

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