Monday, July 19, 2010

The Bible in 90 Days #8-14

Bible-in-90-Days1 Day 8 – Would I be awful to admit that I found today’s reading to be a little tedious?  I feel bad saying that about God’s Word – because I know He put it there for a reason – and it’s supposed to be useful for me. 

I will say that the homeschool mom in me showed up again this morning as I was reading --- I am managing a team that is putting together a new series of unit studies for TOS, and I found some great new topics for future studies!  I prayed  before my reading this morning that God would use His Word and that He would reveal to me what I was supposed to see; so I can only assume that this is it!

Day 9 – Today’s reading almost brought us to the end of Leviticus.  Because I’m kinda weird and don’t like to stop my reading in the middle of a chapter, I read through the end of 26 and almost continued through 27 (I may actually read that later today – just because!) 

When I was reading about The Year of Jubilee, the song “Days of Elijah” was running through my head.  I used to love singing this song with the praise team at our former church. 

Day 10 – Wow, already finished with Leviticus and starting Numbers.  I see where it got its name.  I’m thinking that God put this information in the Bible for numbers lovers like Brian and Gracie. :)  They relate to numbers.  Personally, I found today’s reading to be somewhat tedious with all the records and numbers; but I know there’s a message there for us somewhere. 

Days 11 – 13 – I’ve read 3 days worth over the past 2 days.  I thought I’d get a head start by reading Day 12 last night before bed (plans this morning) but ended up getting up at my normal time and reading Day 13.  I guess that means I’ve already developed this habit!  I’ve never read the Narnia books, so I’m participating in a challenge to read some or all of them this month (July).  Currently, I’m reading The Horse and His Boy, so it was a little funny to read about Balaam’s talking donkey at the same time.  Talking horses seems a bit far-fetched; yet this donkey talked in the Bible.  God doesn’t share this part, but don’t you think Balaam must have been shocked out of his mind when that donkey spoke?! 

Today (13) we crossed over into Deuteronomy and, lest we forget something we read over the previous few days, Moses does a quick recap for us here.  Chapter 6 contains some powerful verses – many that are familiar to us.  Many homeschoolers find verses 6 & 7 to be their inspirational verses for homeschooling ---

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Day 14 – Once again, I love how God knows his people so well.  He knows we’ll probably forget something we read in the previous few books, so He’s giving us a quick run-down of everything here in Deuteronomy.  It seems simpler to read, though – maybe because it really is, or maybe because it’s familiar now. 

Something that really stood out to me today was in chapter 11 – which is a great chapter all around.  It’s been so hot and dry here lately (though we did finally get a storm last night).  These verses (13 & 14) really caught my attention ---

So if you faithfully obey the  commands I am giving you today – to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul – then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine, and oil.

Hmmm . . . could God be trying to get our attention here in the US?  I think there have been several natural phenomena lately (such as the excessive amounts of snow in Washington D.C. this past winter) in which God is trying to get us “stiff-necked” people to turn back to him.  I’m so not into politics, so I’m shutting up now.

Note: I completed Day 14 on 7/13.  I’m writing as I read and saving in draft form.  How are YOU doing with your reading? If you would like to read what others have to say about their Bible in 90 Days experience, click here.


Debbie said...

Heidi- What a great post....I am in I Kings right now...I am reading faster than the schedule because with homeschooling and working part time starting in September I am afraid I won't finish. I found especially that with the passages that are more story-like I am more motivated to read them.

Jolanthe said...

Love your day by day post. :) I hadn't heard of the Narnia challenge ~ but that would be fun!!

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