I have been studying the Bible in depth for about the past 14 years, and it is fascinating! But often, it is difficult to understand. Since most of us don’t live in that type of culture, we have no frame of reference for many of the traditions. The language can be a bit obscure sometimes, even in the newest translations. And, especially for first-time Bible readers, there’s a lot in there that just doesn’t make sense to us. But every time I read it I understand it better. I have also studied many reference materials, and even found great insights from historical fiction novels.
When I began this writing journey, I had withdrawn from social media, because there was so much negativity, and it just seemed like such a waste of time to me. But God spoke to my heart, planting the idea to use Facebook for Him. I was nervous about it at first, wondering if I knew enough about the Bible to “teach” it on Facebook. After all, I am not a theologian. I never took any college courses on the Bible. All that I know I learned in church and through my own studies. But I dove in and trusted God to guide me. I started in December 2014 posting a paragraph every day on my Facebook page. I took what I knew and tried to make it come to life in a way that would make modern Americans feel like they are part of the story. I am going in chronological order through the whole Bible, bringing in cultural and historical elements, and pictures and music here and there to help people understand it better. I started in December with the Christmas story for a couple reasons. First, because it was the easiest way for me to start, since I know the story so well, not to mention the beginning of the New Testament. Also, because it is a very familiar story for many people, and I hoped it would help the Christmas season come alive more.
I started posting here on WordPress a year later, but the posts are still shared on my Facebook page as well. I have been learning so much through this endeavor, and hopefully helping others to get to know Jesus better in the process. This December will mark the beginning of my fourth year doing this, and I can’t believe I’m still working on the New Testament! I thought I’d be through the New Testament in about a year, and then another three or so for the Old Testament. But I keep digging into the scriptures and finding gold nuggets that I have to share, and I do not for one moment regret taking longer than expected. I no longer feel like I don’t know enough, because God gives me all I need for each post. I’m not perfect, by any means, and I guarantee I will get it wrong from time to time, but I’m trusting God to help me get the most important parts right. So, please, dive in one paragraph at a time and become a part of the Bible, the greatest true story ever, with me!