I did the Bible in a year challenge for the very first time last year. It took me 226 days to finish. I started my challenge on the 25th of April and completed it on the 7th of December, 2017. My life was a bit rocky at the time and it would often times leave me impoverished. I needed to do something different, after all everything else was failing or only comforted me temporarily. Two beautiful souls, Soy (blog link here) and Naomi (blog link here), that I am proud to call friends, Godly friends, encouraged me here and there to reach out to God and recommit my walk. I decided it couldn’t hurt to turn to God. Best decision I ever made! That was when I first got introduced to the Bible in a year challenge. Apparently it’s a big thing in the Christian community (I can see why now). I decided to give it a shot. I wanted to read it from cover to cover to follow the story line and really piece all the stories together. What I did was, I divided the number of days remaining in the year by the number of chapters in the Bible. It came out to be five chapters a day.
Prayer felt really strange after not doing it for what felt like eternity. Feeling undeserving and unworthy didn’t help either (by the way, don’t ever feel like you have stumbled to a point of no return, especially with God. While we were still sinners, Jesus came and died on the cross for us. Romans 5:8). I said a prayer and I started the quest. I didn’t understand a lot and still don’t but I’m getting there. I fell asleep while reading some of the times (what can I say, it happens), but I soon after discovered audio which completely changed the game and sped things up a bit.
Completing the Bible for the first time made me realize certain things. I’ll just share a few:
• God’s promises are most times conditional.
• He uses the littlest of things to prove a big point.
• Everything and everyone has a purpose.
What my purpose is I am yet to find out, however, my mandate as a Christian is to share the good news about my friend Jesus, and how one can get to know Him as their personal Lord and Savior. I gave my life to Christ at the age of 14 but reading through the entire Bible really helped to put things into a perspective that I failed to do at that age. I am currently reading the Bible for the second time, taking it a bit slower to really meditate on God’s Word. I encourage you to do the same if you have not done so as yet. God bless lovelies.
– Tropical Tide