I have officially finished reading the whole Bible. In under ten months. For the first time in my 31 years. Every book, every chapter, every verse. I say that I did it, but in all reality, this was totally a God thing. This past year and some change have been the most distracting and unfocused of my life. So to have accomplished something that is a massive feat during that time makes me so grateful.
So this makes me a perfect Christian, right? I mean, I read the full Bible! Who does that besides maybe pastors? Wrong! I ain’t Jesus, so I am far from perfect. And I have seen so many wonderful people diving into their Bibles and reading them over time and time again. I’ve even heard so many stories of non-Christians reading it because, after all, it is a fantastic piece of historical literature. But I still struggle with life. I still have questions. I still feel like I have no clue what is going on. But I have hope. I have confidence. I have scripture backed prayers that help me get through day by day.
When I started this journey, I was seeking a deeper relationship with Christ. And I didn’t think that was possible without reading the Words that He left behind for us. Have I found that? I truly have. I feel like my hunger for God and His Word has grown. I feel like I am more likely to seek God first during situations. Or earlier in areas I am still struggling in. I find myself remembering things that I read more. And I have this strong urge to continue. I am blessed that I am in a position that I can do this every year.
What are my plans next?
I’ve talked about what I am currently doing a little in this post here, but here are more details. My day to day reading is in the New Testament. I’ve pretty much been in the Old Testament since June, so I am ready to get a refresher on the NT. Not to mention, I didn’t start using my color coding/highlighting system in my CSB Day to Day Chronological Bible until Genesis, so rereading the NT allows me to do that. For my deeper studying, I am starting with Acts and using BibleTalk.TV to go through the book. I also heard recently about a church that has done sermons on every book of the Bible, verse by verse. I’m going to check them out (online) and share them if I like them.
While going through my first reading of the Bible, I documented almost 75 different topics I wanted to dive deeper into. For example, finding out if affirmations and manifesting are biblical concepts (check this post out), looking into the different prophets, glorification. I feel like these are things that God specifically stopped me for. While doing my more in-depth study (starting with Acts), as these topics come up again, I’m going to pause and flesh these out. You will probably see more of this information in my Rhenáe’s Randoms posts. Speaking of posts, I am going back to posting my Bible reading and/or studying glimpses on my IG.
Why do I share? I want to continue to show you that it is quite simple to jump in and open your Bible and read and study it for yourself.
💙Look for what the passage says about God/Jesus/Holy Spirit.
💜Look for what the passage says about God’s Word.
💖Look for any prayers.
💛Look for what the passage says that you should be applying to your life.
💚Look for what the passage says about your identity in Christ or as a child of God.
🧡Look for things you shouldn’t do.⠀⠀⠀
Leave me a comment and let me know how your Bible journey is going!