Tuesday, February 15, 2011

If at first you don't succeed...

Waaaaaaaay back in the last days of 2009, I decided I would read through the Bible in 2010.

I liked the idea of using a plan similar to this one, that skipped around to a different place in the Bible each day of the week.

I printed this color-the-boxes-in checklist and got started!

And then 5 days into 2010 I had a baby. 

I kept reading, but my progress slowed from 3-4 chapters a day to 0-2.

Fall of 2010 rolled around, and my fun checklist definitely had a good number of boxes shaded yellow, but there was no way I was realistically going to finish by the end of the year.

So I reset my goal to finish by the end of the 2010-2011 school year and recalculated how many chapters a day I needed to read to finish by the end of May.

Somewhere along the way I reprinted and recolored my purty little checklist, because that purty little baby had torn it in two.  Somewhere else along the way I only began loosely following the 'skip-around' plan.  Mostly I'm just trying to fill in all the little boxes and absorb at least some of God's word at the same time.

And now, here we are at just around 100 days until the end of May, and guess what?  I have a LOT of Bible left.  All of Numbers.  All of the 1sts & 2nds of the Old Testament.  All of Jeremiah and Ezekiel.  All of John,  Acts and Revelation.  A lot of little books and odds and ends chapters scattered throughout.  

But then, there are all those bloggers that have read the Bible in 90 days, so it certainly seems do-able that I can read about half of it in 100, right?  Right!

So today, once again, I recalculated my chapters per day goal (6 or 7) and off I go, for the final push!  May 31st, here I come!  

I'll keep you posted. 

Have you ever read the entire Bible?  How many times?  What was your method and how long did it take?


Karen@Candid Diversions said...

I read through the Bible pretty much every 18-24 months. A year doesn't work for me since some days I have (make) time for 3-4 chapters and some days are 1 chapter days.

My mom had a pretty good plan on her blog this year, mostly chronological with some NT & OT every day. If I wanted to read through in a year, I would have tried her plan. But my way works for me. ;)

Jennifer said...

Good for you - sticking with it! I have tried a few times...then don't seem able to keep up with it and then "quit" when defeated. Pitiful, I know. Definitely an area would I could use some more discipline!

Wendi said...

I am actually doing the Bible in 90days program and its not as overwhelming as I worried it would be :). Considering I had been trying to read through the Bible on my own...and after 1.5 years I had finally reached Proverbs :)

You can definitely do 1/2 of the Bible in 100 days...I am rooting for you :)

Michelle said...

I tried plans. I tried this. I tried that. I finally finished the New Testament.

And then I just picked up the Old Testament and started reading straight through. When I did that, I figured out it's just a story. Sometimes told over and over (because 1&2 Chronicles is basically 1&2 Kings over again), but much more interesting that way. I am in the middle of 2 Chronicles, and intend to just keep plowing through until I finish. I will get there...one day!