Reading the Bible in 90 Days

reading the bible in 90 days

When I was approached with the goal of reading the Bible in 90 days and learned that the plan just happened to finish up on the day of my 30th, I decided to give it the good old college try. After all, it sounds like a great goal to accomplish before a milestone birthday, right?

That is why you’ll find me reading and listening to large amounts of Scripture these days. So far, it’s ended up being about 12-15 chapters per day. I’ll finish up week 3 on Sunday, so I wanted to share what I like & don’t like about this reading plan in case any of you would like to embark on your own challenge of Reading the Bible in 90 Days…

What I like

I love the fact that I’m getting a broad overview of the Bible by reading the entire thing.
I like the different perspective gained from reading the book of Genesis in just a few days versus a couple weeks or month. Different things stick out to me when I’m reading large portions at one time instead of honing down on a particular verse or passage.
I like spending so much time in the Word. I don’t think it’s sustainable for the rest of my life. But I’m a big fan of using certain seasons to give an extra focus to certain areas of my life. That’s how I’m viewing this challenge.

What I don’t like

It is difficult. But nothing worthwhile was ever really achieved without difficulty, was it?
As I write this, I’m currently behind in several (cough, cough… 20) chapters. But I have time set aside for when I’m going to catch up and am just plugging along with a chapter here and there to whittle away at the 20 number.
After studying using the method in Women of the WordI must admit I really miss studying whole books of the Bible at one time. I was in the middle of studying Hebrews when I heard about this 90 day challenge. And stopping my Hebrews study was one of the main reasons I didn’t want to participate in the challenge! But I decided to just take a 90 day “break” and resume my study of Hebrews afterwards. While I love getting a broad overview of Scripture, I miss digging into the passages.

Overall

I’m incredibly glad to be doing this challenge. I wanted to read through the Bible this year, but was hesitant to abandon a deeper study of Hebrews in favor of a broad reading of the entire Bible. At this point, I’m anticipating ending this challenge with a better knowledge of Scripture as a whole that will in turn fuel my study of individual books.

And perhaps I’ll be spending the eve of my birthday holed up in my room furiously reading the last chapters of Revelation in an attempt to complete the challenge? One can only guess. I will, however, be sure to let you know how I fared once the 90 days are complete.

 

Have you ever participated in a Bible reading challenge?
What did you like/dislike about it?

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6 comments

  1. Rachel says:

    I’ve read the Bible in a year, but never done the 90 day challenge! Even then, I felt like I was reading just to hurry up and get it done! I can definitely see how a broad, quick overview of the entire book could be really helpful though! Keep up the good work! 🙂
    P.S. I just finished Hebrews too! 😉

  2. Anna says:

    I did that last summer while pregnant with our fourth. 🙂 It came after a long season of not being in the Word regularly. It was an amazing blessing. I finished just before my baby was born. I loved getting that bird’s eye view. I think I would like to do it every other year.

  3. Funny, I was just talking about this a few days ago with my pastor’s wife! I would love to take 90 days to really immerse myself in the whole entirety of God’s Word. I do read through the whole text in 12 months every 3-4 years, and really appreciate seeing the “big picture” themes and threads that are woven throughout Scripture. I think the 90 day challenge would show me even more of that. But I’m sure it’s a big commitment – and since we’re moving cross-country in a few weeks, now is not the best time to try! My goal is to plan it for sometime within the next 12 months, though. And I’ll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts after you finish!

  4. Christa says:

    thank you, Rachel! I’m looking forward to seeing what my “ending thoughts” are as to a 90 day Bible challenge. It’s certainly not sustainable long term for my current stage of life. 😉 But I’m hoping to at least finish it once!

  5. Katlyn Balbiani says:

    I am currently 5 months pregnant and a teacher ready to head into summer break – I think this would be the perfect challenge to commit to this summer – no excuses – plenty of time!

  6. Christa says:

    a really great idea, Katlyn! Would love to know how it goes for you! I’ve found it helpful to keep my eyes out for a theme as I read/listen through. It keeps my mind more engaged with the reading. 🙂

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