Monday, February 22, 2010

Bible in 90 Days {B90} ~ Day 53 Check-in

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Ahead. Behind. Almost caught-up. Caught-up. This week has been a whirlwind of craziness and I have to say it drives me NUTS getting behind in my reading. Truth be told, I like to have a little ‘buffer’ and usually read a few chapters ahead ~ for some reason it makes me feel a little more on top of things.

One thing that I will note about this challenge is that it has helped me prioritize things that I am doing ~ weeding out things that I really don’t need to focus on and helping me see things that do require my immediate attention.

Like Bible reading {ahem}.

I loved Isaiah and probably did more underlining this week than I have in any week prior. Good stuff. Promises. Prophecies. So much more. The reading for this week went from Ecclesiastes through Isaiah ~ and here are a few of my thoughts:
  • Ecclesiastes made me sad for some reason, but the last few chapters had some verses I really liked. Ecc 11:3 ~ “Don’t let the excitement of your youth cause you to forget your Creator.”
  • Song of Solomon is one of those books that I squirm when reading. I think it’s because it feels like I’m reading something WAY too personal…and just getting a bit more information than I need/want. Reading through this time made me wonder even more ~ did they just say ??? or am I just reading into this too much? :) Just sayin’…
  • Really hoping that Isaiah had a nickname for his son {Is. 8:3}. Can you imagine having to call Maher-shalal-hah-baz inside to wash up for dinner?
  • I have immense respect for Isaiah. I just don’t think that I could walk around naked and barefoot for 3 years {Isaiah 20}. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to hear the command from God to do it.
  • Isaiah 26:19 again makes me wonder what Israel believed would happen to them after they died. I don’t remember any specific teaching on it in our prior reading ~ any insight from anyone?
  • Need to find a printout of the gazillion prophecies that Isaiah made concerning Jesus and the fulfillment of those prophecies. Pretty sure it’ll be a long list….
  • The last part of Isaiah states again and again ~ “I alone am God” ~ how many other things do we have that we put before God
  • The Sabbath passage {58:13} is giving me some things to think about personally…ouch.
  • Isaiah 43:22 ~ ‘…you refuse to ask for my help. You have grown tired of me.’ Just gave me a mental image of the MANY times I say to my children ~ ‘all you have to do is ask me to help you and I will’ … and they stubbornly refuse and keep trying to do it {unsuccessfully} on their own. How stubborn am I???
If you are interested in learning more about the 90 Day Bible reading challenge, you can read more about it at Mom’s Toolbox ~ she’ll be starting up the challenge again on July 1st. You can also download your own printable reading bookmark if you want to join along in the challenge ~ you can start at any time because the bookmark isn’t dated. :)

3 comments:

  1. Jolanthe,

    You truly have a lot on your plate. You brought up some great points! It is funny how long some of these names were and how we got to the shortened versions today.

    By the way if you get a moment, stop by and join in the 2 book giveaway I am hosting today!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging comment today! I greatly admire your ability to stay on track!

    It's so clear to me that the reason I am so far behind is that I have not prioritized and have put other things ahead of reading the Word. And that makes my heart sad too. I am doing a major readjustment this week, and I'm going to catch up!

    Thank you so much for your prayers! :)

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  3. Congrats on staying up to date on your reading. I had some of the same thoughts - especially about the names and the command to go naked for 3 years.
    On Song of Solomon, Tommy Nelson has an awesome teaching on that book. It is intended for couples but really explains things well. And, yes, it probably did just say what you thought it did and no, you are probably not reading too much into it! :)

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