Item number 47 (Read Through The Bible Again) on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list is complete! I included this goal on my 50 Things list because it had been a few years since I'd taken time to read straight through, although I have done a lot of reading and studying personally and in preparation for Bible studies I've lead and taught.
I actually began this read-through in late March of this year using a 90-day reading schedule, however I ended up taking eight months to complete it. Regardless of the time, I am pleased to have read through the entire 66 books of the Bible in less than a year.
I have numerous Bibles in several versions, however my favorite is the New King James Version. For this read-through, I used the NKJV Study Bible I purchased in 2006. This is the fourth time I've read through this particular Bible. Robbie and I used a different Bible when we read it through (out loud!) together in 2007, so I've completely read the Bible at least five times in the past 10 years.
What I most love about reading the Bible is that I learn something new each time and different scriptures speak to me based on what's happening in my life. This year I was once again reminded that we don't have to be perfect for God to use us, we simply need a heart that seeks the Lord and His will.
Here's a look at the completed page in my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 mini-album.