90 Days Update

It’s about time I updated again on reading the Bible in 90 days.  In my last update, I mentioned that I was a little bit ahead.  I am glad that I did that or I would definitely be behind this week.  Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you and I have had a lot of days this week that didn’t go as planned.  While I was able to fit some reading in, it wasn’t a whole daily portion according to the schedule.

I have heard people say that reading the Bible in this way reads like a novel.  I understand why they would say that.  I am seeing the connection to so many things in the Bible that I haven’t even come to in my reading yet.  For example, as I read about King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles, the phrase, “In the year that King Uzziah died….” from Isaiah 6 came to my mind.  It gave me a whole new perspective on that chapter.  I know that I will never read it the same again.

Reading through Esther as a whole was so exciting, even though I already knew the outcome.  This is so easy to do since it is only 10 chapters.  And today I start with the book of Job.  I have been studying and teaching through this, but I am looking forward to reading it straight through.  I know it will help me as I prepare for my next lesson.

I am still a few days ahead which is an encouragement.  I know someone who is trying to catch up and I am thankful that is not me.  I think I would give up.  Maybe not…at this point, by the grace of God, I have read too far to quit.  If you would like to join me, it is not too late.  A lady in our church started 2 weeks ago.  Grab a schedule here, and start counting your 90 days from today.  Be sure to leave a comment below so I can pray for you and we can encourage one another.

90 Days Update

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am trying to read the Bible through in 90 days.  I asked for advice or encouragement in that post and I appreciate the one who commented.  It has helped me to get off to a good start.  I have definitely been tested this first week. We went out of town for a few days and it didn’t go as planned. And…I came home sick.  Since I knew we were going out of town, I decided to get ahead.  I thought that would be easier than getting behind and playing catch up.  As a result of being ill, I have had extra time to read.  I haven’t always felt like it, but as I began to read, I found I couldn’t stop.

Reading the Bible in these large chunks is pushing me in a way I have never been pushed before, but the rewards have been great.  I have asked the Lord to increase my appetite for His Word and He is answering that prayer.  I am making connections to different things in the Word that I have never made before.  I am seeing the big picture and it is a sight to behold.

Leviticus was a hard read at first.  The more I read, the more my heart swelled with gratitude for the one time sacrifice that Christ made for me and for the freedom that I have in Him.  I am now in Deuteronomy and God’s faithfulness is leaping off every page.

I am so grateful that I decided to take this challenge.  Even if I don’t finish in exactly 90 days, the experience is worth the effort.  If you would like to join me, it is not too late.  Grab a schedule here, and start counting your 90 days from today.  Be sure to leave a comment below so I can pray for you and we can encourage one another.

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“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” ~Deuteronomy 7:9

The Posts of My House

photo2And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, photo4and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  photo3And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  photo1And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

~Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Life is preparation…

…for eternity.  I heard these words this spring when a dear friend lost her husband.  As his final days were being lived, she kept saying, “We have spent our life preparing for this event.”  It was hard to wrap my brain around at the time, but the more I think on it, the more I understand.  Now I hear the words again in the post I am about to link to.  Make sure you read with tissues near by and your thinking cap on.  Maybe even take a moment to ask the Lord to speak to your heart as you read.  If you haven’t already begun to make your own preparations,  I pray that you will begin today.

From Amy in The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Thirsty?

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.  Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.  My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:  When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.  Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.  My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

~from Psalm 63

*I didn’t intend to take a blog break right now, but life is jam packed as our furlough approaches.  I hope to be back at the end of the week.