i am going to warn you...this is a wordy post so stick with me.
do you remember back in january, when i told you all that i was going to read the bible, cover to cover, in a short 90 days?!? so, show of hands...who thought i'd finish on time? i got seriously behind 3 different times but each time managed, with some heavenly and earthly help, to catch back up and even got ahead several times. this has been such a testament of what i can accomplish when i put my faith and trust in the Lord. His word is a precious and holy gift and before i completed the b90days it was one that i had only half opened (well really i had only pulled out like one piece of tissue from the bag as i had never attempted to read cover to cover before in any time frame!) what kind of crazy person only opens part of a gift and leaves the rest sitting on the table?!? serioulsy, if you haven't opened the whole gift, i pray you will. it was a wonderful journey and the gift was so much more marvelous than i even anticipated.
if you will allow me, i'd like to share the email i sent to a dear friend who emailed me about half way through to see what i thought of the program. i hope it will help you realize this is truly an attainable goal!
last fall/winter i was really struggling with my day to day stuff...just didn't feel like i was doing "anything worthwhile" when it came to the word. i had been praying but was kind of feeling..."ruttish", if you will. well i was blog hopping and came across lifeingraceblog.com...it was late at night and jay was out of town so i was digging around on her blog looking at all kinds of fun decorating/recipes/etc...and ended up coming across the b90days program there. it felt like a huge answer to my prayer. for a moment i thought i was crazy! i mean it is an hour to an hour plus every day and 12 pages...i mean i like to read but this is no john grisham novel; i knew it would be a challenge but i felt like i could do it with His help. i got on amazon and ordered the b90days bible (just an niv without the study footnotes and i have a study bible which i would have found totally distracting and it would have taken me hours per day to finish the 12 pages; it was $13 and i figured probably worth the investment; it has been).
some days have flown by and i ended up a day or two ahead because i just couldn't put it down and then other days i felt like i was beating my head against the wall. i feel awful saying that about something that is in a whole so wonderful (and a blessing and gift from my heavenly father but i am being honest here and he already knows!) but some of it you just get so bogged down in words and kings and repitition of things you read the day before that it can be a struggle. i have often found myself seriously doubting what i will really gain from reading at such a quick pace but He never ceases to amaze me! my reading comprehension has always been poor and i may not be able to tell you diddly about what i read on monday but when i am in church on sunday or bible study on thursday mornings and something i have already read is mentioned that before i would have had no clue about, i am right there with them! that alone has been crazy amazing!
i really think i would find it harder to stick with if i was doing it spread out over a longer period of time...i think i would drown in the study part. i imagine i would get discouraged and give up when i got to something hard because i would be trying to figure it all out. but this is more of a plug along...read...remember you don't have to understand every word kind of thing. i had not even scratched the surface when it came to having read cover to cover and this is just such an attainable goal that i just feel like really sets me up for future study. it not only sets me up by giving me the back ground knowledge but has fueled my desire to read/learn more.
when it came right down to it, i figured if the guy who started this was an agnostic before he started reading and became a believer over the course of his reading in 90 days then i surely would get something out of it regardless of how fast i was reading. i won't be a bible scholar or anything come april 3 but He has constantly reminded me that time in His word is never wasted; it has been such a blessing.
i could go on but i have been working on sewing for h's birthday and i am a couple of days behind (i am on day 50 something and this is only the 3rd time i have been behind and they have all been "planned" for lack of a better word...He has totally provided the time for reading; whether it be getting up early, reading at nap time, not falling asleep before bed while trying to read etc.) so i am off to read but call me or email me with any questions! i would recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested!
hugs and blessings
if you have any questions, please email me; i would LOVE to help in any way i can! i read along with amy at mom's toolbox and they are starting up a new group in july...i encourage you to join if you are interested!