The Crazy Thing I’m about to Do

Adventures, Bible in 90 Summer, Book Review, confessions, Jesus, Prayer, Quiet Time

To give you some context, this decision was inspired by a conversation I had with someone who discovered a ridiculous fact about my life. I became a Christian at 15. I had basically 10% guidance from my youth group about HOW to read and study the Bible, so I haphazardly went through it with the church or on my own random flip through. I bought Student Study Bibles and pretty Bibles, I got checklist reading plans, and I purchased TERRIBLE dating guide books that I refuse to even link to here because I think they ruined my perception of Christian dating and really caused my heart to be taken advantage of.

Bible Study

Good Morning Girls – the start of my understanding of Quiet Time (this is the amazing ESV Study Bible)

Anyway, this isn’t about that.

What this is about is someone asked me about a book of the Bible I haven’t read. And I said “well, I haven’t read that one all the way through.” And this person sort of freaked out. My position is that you don’t have to read every single word of the Bible to know that you believe God created the universe, Jesus Christ died for your sins and is the way, the truth, etc etc. I just don’t.

But.

BUT.

I finally figured out how to study the Bible around 2010, after taking responsibility for myself and doing a lot of research. I would spend up to 40 minutes a day doing Good Morning Girls with my friends Natalie and Amanda. These days I spend 20-30 minutes studying my Bible every morning either from the Bible study I’m in’s workbook, or She Reads Truth. And I haven’t read the Bible cover to cover (in my defense I have read all of the new testament!).

I have no excuse to have not read the whole thing. Over the years I’ve tried doing a 1 year reading plan. In my best years I get to March and then I fizzle out. I don’t know if that’s March’s fault or Exodus’ fault. But I need to try something different.

I spoke to a friend/trusted leader from church about my idea and he thought it was a good idea. I called that person who called me out and told him, “This is your fault I’m going to have a reduced social life this summer…” and then I shared my crazy idea with him. I posted on twitter and facebook asking for guidance. And now, I’m telling you.

Wine and Bible Reading

(This is the Bible I might use. It’s my favorite purse sized Bible of all the ones I own.)

I’m going to (try to) read the Bible in 90 days. I’m either going to start Sunday, June 1st (because it’s the 1st) or Monday, June 2nd (because it’s a Monday). My preferred translation is ESV so I was planning to read one I already own, but I’ve also read that the Bible specifically created for reading in 90 days is a good recipe for success due to the clearly marked pages, the NIV translation is easy to read and it has a larger print that’s better for your eyes. I am going to swing by half priced books today and decide then.

So, you guys are always good at holding me accountable. And if you want to join in, I’d love to have you. Here’s the reading plan I’ll be following. I’m not doing a formal call to action, Mom’s Toolbox already does that, so there’s no reason to start on the same day. But I’d love to check in with you on twitter/the comments/instagram/fb if you’re going to start in the next few weeks, and we’ll spend the summer reading the Bible in 90 days. Leave your info in the comments here and we can be an encouragement to one another.

I’ll be using this hashtag: #Biblein90Summer

It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be quick. But I have a feeling it will be so, so blessed.

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    karriesmith
    June 1, 2014 at 12:30 am

    This is SO weird, because I have been super blah and down. I need to change something in my life, and whenever I feel like this, I always turn to God first. Then something happens and life gets in the way, and my relationship fizzles out, so when I feel like this (how I do now), I feel responsible for the bad feelings. I should keep a constant contact with Him and I don’t. I have actually isolated from all my friends in the last year, and I’m good with being by myself, but I’m starting to feel the negative effects of blocking everybody out. I think this is awesome, and I want to do this. I have made it to Matthew twice, but I fizzle out like you said. I feel like I’m rotting in front of the TV, and I don’t want this to be my life anymore. I always feel good when I’m doing meaningful things like this. I’m not religious, but have always believed in God, and I’m pretty sure I had this conversation with you before :) I’ve never been in a church group, and wouldn’t even know where to begin to try to find a church/group. I started the Bible at the beginning because I”m OCD, and did the opposite of what a controlling Ex said to do (start with the New Testament). I don’t think it’s a big deal that you never read a book that’s in (or not) in the Bible. Nobody can know everything. I’m going to check out the links about what you study. But I’m totally down to this with you and hope I meet some awesome people through this also!

    -karrie
    ksmith8@emich.edu
    Twitter: @karriesmith3
    IG: @karries3
    FB:https://www.facebook.com/karrie.smith3

    I don’t use Twitter a lot, but I can set it up so I get your messages, and maybe it will take on a usefulness for me ;) I’m going to tell my other internet friend, Brittany about this. I think she will be down. :)

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      Brittany
      July 21, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Karrie,

      I am finally going back through comments. I love reading them, but apparently suck at replying! I hope you’re doing well and bringing yourself closer to God!

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    brittany t
    June 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Brittany! I’d love to try this! It’s monday June 2nd, so I’ll start today! The other internet friend Brittany, Karrie (above) mentioned is me! hahah :)

    pinklemonadebliss@gmail.com
    Twitter: @littlequeen114
    IG: btrevino3

    I am like Karrie and not always on twitter, but hopefully i can get into a good rhythm this with you ladies because i suck at staying motivated! I am excited!

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      Brittany
      July 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Brittany, I hope you are finding yourself more in tune with God’s plan for your life!

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    Megan - FireWifey
    June 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Good luck girl!! I made it my goal to read the whole bible before I turned 29. I’m now 29 and I think I got about 1/3 of the way through. Maybe I need to make it a new goal. good luck, girl!!

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      Brittany
      July 21, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Yay goals! :)

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    stephanie
    June 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    let’s do this.

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      Brittany
      July 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Wahoo!

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    chelsea jacobs
    June 6, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Yes! So great.

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      Brittany
      July 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      It took me twice as long as planned, but it was so, so good!

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