It is Monday again, which means it is time for another update on my Bible in 90 Days reading challenge! I have avoided checking in (at least publicly) every single week, simply because I am struggling with my reading and my own schedule. I don’t want my failure to keep up to become a stumbling block for anyone else who is working hard on the challenge!
Let me say – Although it may seem like it at times, I do not take this reading challenge lightly! Life has just been so incredibly busy and complicated and challenging lately that it has been so hard to keep up – with everything, not just this reading. If this were a “Bible in 180 days” program, I would be set, since I seem to average about half of what I should be reading daily! I am also keeping up with my own personal devotions, aside from the #b90days reading, as well as family devotions with our kiddos every night and so on. So please don’t get the mistaken impression that I (or we) are slacking in our time with the Lord, as a whole.
I am determined to finish, as I said before, and I will keep reading until it is done. That is a promise! I am enjoying reading all the SOAP posts Amy has been sharing all the way through, as well as many of the posts from those who are reading along with us. There have been so many great insights! I think, because of my long history with the Bible and church, I forget the reality of it at times. So many times it becomes easy for Scripture to just be words on a page. I have even struggled with that through this reading challenge – it’s been hard to focus on the actual reading and not trying to keep up the schedule. What good is it to me or to anyone if we complete the assignment but do not glean any truth from it at all?! The whole purpose is to grow – both closer to the Lord and in the knowledge of His Word to us. Keeping up with the bloggers who are participating has definitely helped keep it real for me!
I absolutely love Sarah‘s guest post today in fact! I can identify with so much of what she said – about the stereotypes and lacking the faith in herself to complete the challenge! My faith is a huge part of who I am today, and I think that it is pretty clear in my writing now. But because of my growing up surrounded by it through church and a Christian school, it became much more like a stereotype or a part of society around me, and not something that belonged to me personally. Reading the Bible was more commonplace than a privilege or a joy. I love what Sarah said here, “it is a story about us, about God, and love.” It is our story, as the children of God.
Now for the nitty-gritty… I am currently approximately twenty days behind. Ugh! I know that sounds awful! I am slightly proud to admit, however, that I was able to catch up on about four days of reading just last night, after my grouchy kiddos were in bed asleep! (The time change did not affect us very well at all!) I am hoping to continue a similar reading schedule for the remainder of this week, or at least for the nights that Hubs is off and home to help with the kiddos, so that hopefully by this time next week I can say I am caught up!! *Fingers crossed!* Say a prayer for me this week, and be sure to stop by Mom’s Toolbox to check in with the other readers as well!