Monday, January 10, 2011

Week 1 - Blogging Through the Bible in 90 Days

MomsToolboxSo I've reached the end of the first week of my challenge of reading through the Bible in 90 days.  It was pretty difficult to find the necessary reading time that I need daily.  It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour each day to read the devotion, but I'm getting through.  I don't have a lot of time to read at once, so I've had to break this up into little morsels of time that come up, but I'm getting through it.  Not having a set time to read this each day is becoming a concern for me because it could very easily get me off track.  So I need to work on that and come up with a better plan.  And to be honest - I haven't technically read all of this so far....I've listened to it too.  I don't know if this is considered "cheating" because we aren't supposed to skip any of it if we get behind - so listening to it has allowed me to squeak more time in and complete the devotions.

So our first week brought us through the first two chapters:  Genesis and Exodus.  A lot of this is very familiar to most people.  What I love about reading parts of the Bible - is that whenever I sit and read it..I get something different out of it then I did before.  Which is great because even though I read the same stories I'm familiar with...something new always sticks out.  I think where you are in life, situations you've been through, your character, etc...all have an effect on what you choose to gleen out of scripture reading.  It is my desire that after reading scripture - I never walk away with nothing and to find something that is applicable to my life.  I also like to get off on other trails so just sticking to the reading has been some what of a challenge.  But I've started a little journal log of things to go back to when I have more time.

But here are some of the thoughts I've had from this past weeks reading:

1.  Gen. 1:29 - when Adam and Eve were being instructed on what was food, it was only plants and there was no meat included.  I've heard before that our teeth were not created for meat-eating..want to look into this somemore.

2.  Gen. 1 - creation in general is amazing.  Think about what "create" means:


1. to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.

2. to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
Most of you who blog have created something and are creaters.  Creating can be time consuming, tiring, difficult, and yet very rewarding.  It's amazing to make something out of nothing.  So trying to grasp that God created E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G out of nothing is pretty crazy.
3.  Gen 19:  Why do you think Lot's wife disobeyed and looked back?  She was instantly turned to stone and she knew that would happen if she looked back.  How often in our lives are we forced to move on from something yet we can't help but look back or even revisit them old chapters in our lives?
4.  Gen. 22 - This is so crazy to me - being asked to sacrifice your child!  We need to give also emphasis that it was is only child, a son.  That was huge for people in those times.  Thank God that he didn't have to sacrifice his child...that would be horrible.  On the flip side - I couldn't imagine being the child.
5.  Gen 25: - first twins E-V-E-R!  Awesome
6.  Exodus 1:  Being asked as a midwife to kill all little boys once they were born.  Horrible thing to be asked to do, and amazing that the midwives wouldn't listen to their king and refused to do it.  I kind of compare this to jobs now.  How often are we possibly asked to do something in our jobs that is immoral?
7.  Exodus 3:  God speaking from a burning bush....I'd crap my pants.  I try to think of how Moses would have responded if he were just walking along thinking of what to have for dinner or whatever and God speaks to him from a burning bush that was not actually burning up!
I'm learning more and more and I'm looking forward to linking up with other fellow bloggers doing this same challenge and seeing what they are learning and what is sticking out to them!
-Mamma G-

New Year = New Reading

Oh wow - it's been a few weeks since I lasted posted!  I need to get back in the swing of things.  The holidays made my blogging schedule fall a little to the back burner, but I plan on getting back to it.

So I have decided to take on some reading challenges this year and I'm so excited about them.  I always enjoyed reading and I will go through spurts of reading where I will read anything I can get my hands on and then I won't read any books for a little while.  Well I want to read more.  So it just so happens, my lovely family gifted me a Kindle during Christmas and I've been happily pushed to dive back into reading more.

So the two reading "projects" I'm excited about are:

1. - On Jan. 3 I checked the "Blogs I am Following" on the Blogger dashboard and seen this awesome challenge of Blogging Through the Bible in 90 Days over on Mom's Toolbox.  Now - I have never actually read the Bible in it's completeness from cover to cover.  I've read my bible, but never from front to back (the Bible isn't in order anyways - which is why it can be intimidating for some people to actually read it).  I have also been feeling a little guilty lately for not reading it as much as I probably should.  So when I stumbled across this challenge mixed with blogging - I thought it would be great and really felt like I should give it a go.

2. - Right around Christmas I had a cousin mention about starting a book club and she wanted to know who all may be interested.  She had enough response of interested people that she started a book club.  So, now I'm also in a book club.  I've never been in a book club before.  I've thought about it a year ago and even began to search it out a little, but then dropped it and never picked it back up.  This month we are reading Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin.  I have already read the book and I would recommend it to anyone who is an Alice In Wonderland fan.  It is the story of the real Alice who was the inspiration for the novel to be written.

So - I plan to do a little blogging each week to link up for the Bible challenge and what I'm learning there as well as a little blip on what our book club is currently reading.

-Mamma G-