Tuesday, April 5, 2011

90 Days in The Word

It was a sprint to the finish, but I did it, praise God! I was able to finish on time over the weekend.

I've learned much in the last 90 days:
  1. It really does not take that long to read through the Bible, especially when I consider how I've wasted hours and hours of my life on less worthy pursuits.  Most days I could finish the readings in about 30 minutes.
  2. I am still able to accomplish goals in my life. It has been a while since I set a non-homeschooling goal.  And, I think this is the first, ever, New Year's resolution I've ever met.
  3. Time slows down when I read The Word, as though God is slowing down time to help me not only read the Bible, but have time to do my other jobs, chores and activities during the day.
  4. The minor prophets are worth another read through. And, I'd like to move more slowly and deliberately through Psalms and Proverbs again.
  5. I really like the YouVersion app. I have the iphone one, and it provides a huge number of translations from the Bible (some to download, some only when wirelessly connected) and it has a huge number of Bible reading plans. It isn't perfect (especially in terms of formatting), but it is very, very  convenient. I used different translations during my 90 days -- NIV, NASB, NLT and The Message.
Now, about The Lord, I've also learned a lot:
  1. Reading through the Bible at this breakneck speed helps me to see the whole picture of the Bible.  God loves us.  He has done, is doing, and will continue doing everything to show he love to us.
  2. At the same time, there is no ounce or fraction of an ounce of sin that he can tolerate.
  3. I can truly see that there is absolutely NOTHING that we has humans can do by ourselves to be able to stand in God's presence.
  4. Jesus really is all about love and humility....put others first.
Have you read through the Bible?  What did you learn about yourself and God in the process?

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