90

I did it.  I read through the entire Bible.  In 90 days.*

It was one of those things I always felt a little guilty over not doing. (Not the 90 day part – the reading through the Bible part).  Over the years, I’d started several of those “through the Bible in a year” programs   Somewhere around Leviticus, I’d lose heart, and my good intentions would become distant memories.

But 90 days instead of 365?  I could commit to 90 days.   January to March.  No problem.  After all, those are the long, boring months after the holidays, right?

God knew that just three weeks into this venture, I’d experience the greatest loss of my life so far.  But for some reason (divine, no doubt), I didn’t quit my reading plan.  As a matter of fact, it became even more important to finish it, to read this whole book, spoken by and written by the God I needed so much to trust.

Reading the Bible straight through showed me again how it’s a complete story – the story of God’s care for His people, the story of His grace and His mercy.  And the story of His plan.

He always has a plan.

I had a plan to read through the Bible in 90 days.  But God had a plan to show me even more of Himself.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.         Hebrews 4:12

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:11

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.         Psalm 119:130

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

*(I heard about this 90 Day reading plan on a radio program called “Haven Today”.  Here is a link to download the plan:  http://www.haventoday.org/schedule.pdf.  It took me about 45 minutes each day.   I’d read some in the morning and then more over my lunch hour.  Zondervan publishes a 90 Day NIV Bible, but I used my own version.)

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