Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 - Read Through The Bible Again

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.

3 comments:

Beverly said...

So impressed, few of us make it all the way through once in a lifetime. What I want to know is how do you let fall get by without carving a pumpkin?! lol

Susanne said...

I am hoping our church does this again - reading the Bible in 90 days - I very much enjoyed it the first time through. There is something to be said for the cross referencing of content and continuity that comes from reading straight through in a concentrated way. Well done you!!

Missus Wookie said...

I've been enjoying using the Olive Tree bible app which gives you the ability to read the same passage in different versions. The current study I'm doing is using the Message which I've not read in great detail before. Enjoying it tho'.

Reading the bible through is always a worthwhile endeavour tho' - well done on completing it.