This is not a joke. Back in March I saw a post on instagram by Nathaniel Buzolic (@natebuzz) and he was reading through the Bible in 28 days, and reading around 2 hours a day. That specific day, I had spent most of the day watching movies. I had the thought, if I can sit and watch 2-3 movies, why can’t I read through the Bible in 14 days? So I decided I would start my first day of break between semesters.
I didn’t really have a plan, other than to read around 95 pages a day, and I didn’t want to stop in the middle of a book. So off I went on the first day reading Genesis and Exodus. At the end of the day, I couldn’t believe it, I had accomplished it! Days passed, and I kept reading.
I finally got to day 11 and I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to finish. What?! Day 11, when I had already read the entire Old Testament and Matthew and Mark… it was then that I started having doubts?! I stopped reading for a moment and realized that those were not my thoughts. Why would I start doubting myself when I was so close to the finish line? Instead, I realized that the devil was not happy that I was about to accomplish what I set out to do.
Not only was I about to accomplish what I set out to do, but I was posting on my instagram (@randimarieowens) every single day about what I was learning and people were being inspired and uplifted. Something was happening. Something was happening not only to me, but to those in my sphere of influence, and the enemy didn’t like it one bit. He wanted me to fail, but God! God was there cheering me on, whispering to me saying, “My beautiful daughter, you are going to succeed and I am so proud of you.” Of course, even if I wouldn’t have succeeded, God would have still been proud of me.
So what did I learn through this two-week journey? I learned that I am capable of doing way more than I would have thought I could have done at the start of the journey. I also learned that even when you are taking a quick journey through the Bible, God never fails to speak to you about His Word.
There are so many things that I have not seen, or realized, when I have read the Bible in a year, or random books here and there. While I know that not everyone has the time to commit to reading through the Bible in 14 days, I would love to extend a challenge to read through it in 28 days. Most of us spends at least 2 hours a day randomly scrolling through social media a day, watching Netflix, or play random games on our phones.
For me, I had to read the physical Bible, and throughout the journey I circled the names of Jesus, God, Holy Spirit, any pronoun that was in reference to them, as well as the attributes of God. I am sure I missed some, because let me tell you, some pages are almost filled with little blue circles, but it is so good to look back to see how many times God’s name is mentioned in His Word!
Over the next few weeks, I am going to post what I learned from each day… I did so in a short manner on my Instagram, but I want to expound on those posts and make it easier to find later on.
I hope you join me on this journey!