Bible in 90 Days ~ Week 1 Check-In

Welcome to our first Bible in 90 Days check-in! I have joined Mom’s Toolbox as a mentor for a group of ladies who have committed to reading the Bible together in 90 days. If you’re not part of our group, you don’t have to be an “official member” – there’s still time to hop on and join us! Each week, I’ll be posting a weekly check-in post so you all can let us know how your reading is going.

Here is the schedule for this week’s reading:

Monday, August 20th – Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 16:16
Tuesday, August 21st – Genesis 17:1 – Genesis 28:19
Wednesday, August 22nd – Genesis 28:20 – Genesis 40:11
Thursday, August 23rd – Genesis 40:12 – Genesis 50:26
Friday, August 24th – Exodus 1:1 – Exodus 15:18
Saturday, August 25th – Exodus 15:19 – Exodus 28:43
Sunday, August 26th – Exodus 29:1 – Exodus 40:38

Since this is our first week, there’s no need to report on your reading, but I would like to take the opportunity to get to know you all a little better! Please leave a comment at the bottom of your post introducing yourself and telling us why you’ve decided to read through the Bible in 90 days.

I also want you all to know that my team will be in my prayers: Sheila, Cindy, Liz, Glyniss, Debbie, Sue, Tina, Stephanie, Trisa, Marie, Cindy, Michele, Donna, Amanda, Tena, Jean and Erika.

This next three months is going to be exciting! I can’t wait to get started!

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56 Responses to Bible in 90 Days ~ Week 1 Check-In

  1. Cindy Hill August 20, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Hi my name is Cindy H and I live in the update of South Carolina. I have a wonderful husband that allows my to stay home and homeschool our youngest two boys- we have a total of six children- our oldest married this past July, twin girls that are seniors and a son that is a junior. This is my second attempt at reading the bible in 90 days. I didn’t finish last time but am determined to do it this time! I even have one of my girls reading with me! I have never read through the bible completely but that is gonna change in the next 3 months! Looking forward to this wonderful journey with you all!! Thanks Laura for being a mentor!!

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Cindy! So glad you’re joining us. I failed the first time I tried doing the Bible in 90 days too, but the second time, I finished in 88! I know you can do it! I think it’s great that your daughter is reading with you!

  2. Glyniss McDaniel August 20, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I am so excited to begin this time of reading. I am also starting a Beth Moore Bible Study week after next so I am going to be reading a lot! I love Jesus and am so grateful for his love and grace! I am married to an amazing man, have three children and three children in love and currently have three grandchildren with two on the way! I do not currently work outside of the home but worked with birth to three year old children for over twenty years. I loved the families that I worked with and miss that immensely. God seems to want me to stay at home for now so I am enjoying hosting my sweet mother in law from time to time and playing with the newest grand baby weekly and the other two every chance I get. We live in South Texas and the other two live right outside of Washington DC. I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for each of us!

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      And what she didn’t tell you is that she’s my wonderful Aunt! :) So glad to have you on board!

      • Glyniss August 22, 2012 at 5:32 am #

        I am so glad to have this joint venture with you since we do not get to see one another very often! I got so involved in my reading yesterday that I read way past the assignment so I am almost a day ahead,LOL! I may need the cushion on Saturday. I will have Miss Kenzie! Love you!

        • Laura August 22, 2012 at 6:52 am #

          Me too! Mallory was reading through the comments last night and said, “Aww.. I love Aunt Glynnis, she’s so fun.” :)

  3. Amanda August 20, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Hi! I’m Amanda, a..k.a. Mama Train. I am a homeschooling mom of four boys ages 7, 3, 3, and almost 1. I live in Boerne, TX with my husband of 15 years, Ryan. I’ve read through the Bible a few times including the 90 Day schedule a couple of years ago. Loved. It. So glad to be a part of this group and for the encouragement from Laura to do this. Although it isn’t a good reason, with the chaos of having so many littles, I have not been feeding my soul properly. Let’s get this party started!!!

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      So glad you’re in!

  4. Amanda August 20, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Oh, yeah! I am reading via a free iPad app that has the 90 Day Schedule and you can choose the version and oodles more. It is called You Version. Awesome app!

    • Jean Timaeus August 20, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Amanda, Is the app only for IPads and not phones? I can’t find it.

      • Laura August 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

        Follow the following link on your iPhone, and it should take you to the App Download: http://youversion.com/download

        • Amanda August 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

          Thanks for answering her!

  5. Jean Timaeus August 20, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Hi! Like Glyniss I’m really looking forward to this study. I have read the Bible through several times, but never in 90 days and not in a few years. I am eager to have the support and input of other Christian ladies as I make this commitment to be spending more time daily in God’s word.

    My two children have been out of the nest for some time now, and we have been blessed in the choices they made in selecting their mates. It is exciting to me to watch God at work in their lives, and I am grateful. We also now have 4 grandchildren that add so much joy to our lives. Our nest did not stay empty long as my mother now lives with us. I work as a secretary for the church, and my retired husband is a great help with my mother.

    For those who don’t know, Laura, aka Mama Tutu is my firstborn, and I taught Amanda in 1st grade Bible class…ummm…several years ago. She was precious then and is even more so now. Glyniss is my treasured sis-in-love. I look forward to getting to know all of you better as we study together.

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      Excited to do this together. We have an awesome team!

  6. Stephanie R August 20, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Hi I’m Stephanie! I live in Friendswood, Tx which is where I grew up. I have been married for (almost) 12 years. I have 3 boys ages 10, 7 and 3. I stay home with them, but work part time doing computer work. I’m blessed with the ability to work from home and I have a very understanding boss. I volunteer as a Child Advocate in Harris County so I currently have 3 more boys I’m looking out for through my work with them. I’m looking forward to using this time to do some study and find some time for myself now that the boys will be heading back to school. Thanks to Laura for letting me “unofficially” tag along.

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      You are quite welcome! Glad you’re joining us.

  7. Sue August 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi, I’m Sue. I live in the UK and am a single mum to 3 children, aged 16, 8, and 6. I’ve read the Bible in 90 days once before and even though it was sometimes a big challenge it was incredibly rewarding too. So glad to be a part of this group, and cant wait to get started!

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      Welcome Sue! My kids are 11, 8 and 7, so I’m right there with you (my 11 year old thinks she’s 16 – does that count?). We are happy to have you in our group!

  8. Debbie Pound August 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Hello all! I live in Zushi-Shi Japan and am married to my amazing husband, Scott. We have three children, ages 11, 8, and 6. My husband is in the military and God has blessed us with the opportunity to travel the world. As with God’s blessing, comes responsibility. The Japanese people are humble, kind, giving, and lost. I want to be able to share the gospel with them and point them toward Christ. I feel that it is important to know God’s word in order to effectively witness to them so, I have signed up for the 90 day challenge. I am also studying Japanese! Thank you Laura for being obedient to the Lord and leading this group. I am so excited to be diving into God’s word and am ready to absorb the lessons that He has in store for me.

    On a side note, I am 13 hours ahead of the East Coast so, it is already Tuesday morning for me! My posts may be a day early or a day late

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      How exciting! I am so glad to have you on our reading team. We certainly do span the globe! It’s very early Tuesday morning there… are you always awake so early?

      • Debbie Pound August 21, 2012 at 2:42 am #

        I am, the sun rises at 4:30am! Thankfully, I am a morning person:)

  9. Tina Grizzle August 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Hi! I’m Tina and live in Jackson, MS. I’ve tried to the Bible in 90 days several times on my own and failed. So here’s hoping a group setting will help me accomplish finishing! :D

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      Welcome Tina! This is your time to finish!! I failed the first time I tried on my own. The accountability of a group really helped me a lot.

  10. Stephanie S August 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    I am also Stephanie. I am married, no kids, 1 dog. Sounds like I should have plenty of spare time, but I have too many commitments so it doesn’t work out that way :) I have attempted the 90days program before and didn’t make it. I need to do it this time, and I am determined to finish!

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

      So glad to have you on board! Hopefully having the accountability of the group will help you succeed this time around!

  11. Trisa August 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Hi! I’m Trisa from Houston, TX. I tried reading the Bible in a year last year and got lost somewhere around 1 Kings, so I’ve got to do better than that this year. Last night I went through all 88 days and marked each daily reading in my Bible so I know where to start and stop each day. I’m also hoping my mom and niece will join me on this 90 day journey.

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      Welcome to the group Trisa! We’re neighbors — I live in Pearland. :) Sounds like you’re off to a great start! My mom is joining me this round also. It’s so exciting to do the program with people you’re close with!

  12. Nori Scouras August 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I am Trisa’s Aunt Nori. Really excited about this. Thinking about how I ought to be doing this multiple times a year. Thanks for the help!

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      Glad to have you with us Nori! I think we’re going to have a great group of women checking in!

  13. Michele August 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Hi,
    My name is Michele Willis and I am from SC. I have started reading the bible many times and have never finished(never made it halfway). I’m looking forward to this challenge and maybe with support from the group, I will complete the bible this time.

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      Hi Michele! I have been where you are, and having the accountability of a group helped me a lot! Hopefully we can lean on each other and push through. These are exciting times!

  14. Tena August 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Hello to everyone! I’m Tena from Manvel, near Houston. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 32 years. We have three grown daughters. The oldest two are married, giving me two great sons, and the youngest is a senior in college. We have one granddaughter who lights up our lives! I have worked for the same company for almost 33 years. I have never accomplished reading the entire Bible, although I’ve attempted a couple of times.

    I feel like I have been more of a surface Christian for a while now and believe that finally reading through the Bible will be a good way to begin turning that around.

    I’ve been blessed to know Laura the last couple of years. Although a “few” years younger, she is definitely an inspiration to me. May you all be blessed by having her mentor this group.

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      Tena is my singing buddy (Alto power!!) and she has been such a blessing to me. I am so excited that you’re joining us for our 90 day challenge. You WILL do it! :)

  15. Darci August 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    I am Darci from Friendswood. Ii have been married for 5 years and have two little boys that are 4 and almost 2. I am also a teacher and just started back to work today, so this is going to be hard for me! My husband keeps telling me that God wouldn’t want me reading His word under duress, but I want to do this. My family, as a child, never really went to church. Even as an adult, I didn’t feel at home anywhere till about a year and a half ago when we found an amazing church home and true family. Since then, God has been so present and real in my life, I want to understand Him more. I feel like this is the next step for me. And, if I can’t keep up, so be it, I’ll do it again. But, I am gonna get through it. I want to go to the Holy Land someday, but not until I have a much better knowledge of the history. So, good luck to all of us!

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      So excited you’re joining us, Darci! One way that I found helps to keep on track is to always have my Bible with me. (Easy with a smart phone!) That way, even if you have 10 minutes here or there, you can sit down and read a chapter or two. There are always going to be distractions – that’s Satan’s way – but this is really important too, and I’m glad you agree and are going to read with us!

  16. Cindy August 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    This is my second time doin 90 days I am very excited

    • Laura August 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      Thanks for checking in Cindy! Glad to have you on board!

  17. Sheila August 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    I am probably the oldest Mom in this group. I am widowed and my four children are grown and I have grandchildren. I love Gods word. I have been in Women’s Bible studies and Sunday School Studies all of my life. Having attended Bible college, I am still learning new things in the Bible. I really prefer to study the Bible more than just read it but I thought this might be good to “just” read the Bible this time. I can’t believe how much I have learned in just these few chapters of Genesis. Truly amazing. I am finding it very hard to not want to reference and begin to look for other verses pertaining to the one I just read. But, I am going to stick to just reading these next 90 days. Thank you for the email. Blessings to all of you ladies who are reading! I pray God will show you all, what your heart hungers for in his Word. Sheila…… I sing too Laura, soprano. I Love to sing to the Lord.

    • Laura August 21, 2012 at 8:10 am #

      It is hard not to dive deeper sometimes. It would probably be a good idea to read with a notebook handy to write down questions or verses you’d like to go back and study in depth later. I think detailed studies are so beneficial, but it’s also cool to just read the Bible as a narrative and get the “whole picture” in such a short time. We are so happy to have you with us! It looks like we have a great age-range of women — from young with no children all the way to several grandmas!

  18. Liz August 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Hi, My name is Liz and I live in Friendswood, TX. Laura is a friend from church. She is an encouragement and I heard about this Group from her. I’ve tried to read the Bible in a Year…..twice, and was unsuccessful. So HEY, 90 days, SURE, I’ll try!!! I am hopeful I can do better since Reading has become a FAV pastime for me since December, finally!

    Besides the sacrifice of HIS Son, the Greatest Blessing GOD has given me is my husband Jonathan and our son Kyle. We’ve been married for 19 years and Kyle is 13. GOD put special people in my life to show me MY need for HIM AND I am grateful. I was not raised in church and was baptised when I was 25.

    BLESSINGS to each of you!!! Have a HAPPY READING week!!!
    liz

    • Laura August 21, 2012 at 8:11 am #

      So glad you’re joining us. You’re not just going to TRY, you’re going to DO it! So excited for you! ;)

  19. Erika August 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Hi! I’m Erika – I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where I am a wife and stay at home mom to a 4 year old boy and 17 mth old girl. I have been a Christian my entire life, and never have read the Bible the entire way through (gulp), but I am encouraged that I can make it through this challenge, even a midst the chaos I live in daily ;) I’ve learned that I am wired for taking on big projects and thrive on being overloaded, so this task should be right up my alley. Even better, it will be so rewarding to spend so much time in the Word daily! Thanks for the opportunity, and most importantly, the accountability. :)

    • Laura August 21, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      Hi Erika & welcome to the group! I remember those days all so well. There are several ladies here with small children. Hopefully you can all be an encouragement to one another!

  20. Marie August 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi! My name is Marie and I’m from Maple Grove, MN (suburb of Minneapolis). I’ve been married for 11 years and have 2 kiddos – an 8yr old son and almost 3yr old daughter. I’m a teacher and currently enjoying every last second of my last week of summer break!! ;)
    I bought a “The Bible in 90 Days” bible awhile ago with every intention of accomplishing it. I cringed when I discovered today that I actually wrote the start date of my first attempt (’05 -ugh) in the back. Sadly it moved from a bookshelf to a box and into storage until recently when I saved it from a storage relocation. And I’m convinced that stumbling across a blog button within days of rediscovering my bible was not an accident. I’m really excited to start AND COMPLETE the challenge again and am thankful for the opportunity to join others as I do it!

    • Laura August 21, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      It’s so awesome when we see the Holy Spirit’s direct guidance in our lives! I am glad you’re here with us and know that this will be the time that you will FINISH the challenge of reading the Bible in 90 Days.

  21. Cindy August 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I didn’t share much. I’m from Birmingham al. I have son in CA and two grandsons. Lost my 20 year old daughter last year to auto accident. Looking to get close to God again

    • Liz August 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      Cindy, so sorry for your loss.

    • Laura August 21, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      How terrible! I am so sorry to hear this. I hope this next three months will be a blessing to you!

  22. Darci August 21, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    I made it through the first reading yesterday and I have some notes I’d like to share, with questions, too.

    Genesis 1-16
    1:9 And God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky be gathered into one place so dry ground may appear.” And so it was.
    -To me this indicates proof that our continents were one continent “Pangea” at one time.
    1:26 Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves.
    -Who is us? My husband said it’s the trinity.
    In Chapter 5, it is describing the descendants of Adam. There are two things I found interesting.
    1. People always discuss the geneaology given in the Bible and how it’s not necessarily accurate, that it was written to manipulate the numbers or make things sound nicer. In my Bible, it says, “his son Seth was born…” and the footnote says, “the ancestor of Seth was born” showing that the lineage is not necessarily described accurately.
    2. It goes on to describe the descendants, their sons and how long they lived. But, in verse 21, when it comes to Enoch, he died early and it specifically says, “Then suddenly, he disappeared because God took him.” Why? Is this something we learn later in the Bible? Why did everyone else live so long and Enoch was taken suddenly?
    Chpts 6-8 This is the description of Noah and the flood, a story that I think most Christians have heard no matter what their walk. However, I always thought it was 40 days, 40 nights and done. As I read through, I was surprised to find that Noah and his family and the animals were on the ark for almost a year, I think it times out to about 10 ½ months if you count it all. Wow!

    Okay, here’s something I’m confused about…in Chapter 6, verse 3, God says, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, they will live no more than 120 years.” But, in Chapter 11, we see descendants of Noah living 200+ years, 400+ years, and so on. Any thoughts?

    Okay, that’s all my thoughts on the first reading. I feel enlightened.

    • Laura August 21, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      I think it’s great that you’re keeping a notebook for questions as you go through the Bible. It will help you later when you want to go back and look at things more in-depth. I enjoyed reading your comments.

      Yes, I understand “Us” to be the trinity. And I’ve always understood that Enoch did not die, that he was just taken to heaven, much like Elijah, only without the chariot of fire. :) Why? I don’t know.

      Some things that we read are hard to understand. Hopefully the things important to our salvation will make sense, and all the other stuff (120+ years, etc.) maybe will be answered when we get to heaven! :)

    • Jean August 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      Darci, Concerning the “Let us” I agree with your husband.

      John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

      Concerning Enoch, Hebrews 11:5 says, “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him’; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” So as Laura said, it was not that he died early or suddenly, but that he went to be with God. I can’t say I understand it, but I find it wonderfully fascinating.

      Concerning the ages, I don’t have a scripture, so I can only give an opinion. If you notice the ages of people in the following chapter you will see their lives begin to get shorter. So it looks to me like a gradual thing. Terah died at 205 and by the time Abraham was 99 he considered himself an old man, and Sarah and he were “past the age of child bearing.” Adam on the other hand was 130 when he begat Seth and then he had other sons and daughters. Noah was 500 when he had sons. So we see even though the life span did not immediately change to 120, by Abram’s time there was a definite change in expectancy.

      Just my thoughts. I hope you find them helpful..

  23. Laura August 23, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    This post shares some thoughts I had last time reading the Bible in 90 Days at this point. http://trainsandtutus.com/thoughts-on-genesis/

    Hope you ladies are all doing well! If you can make it through the first two weeks, you have a much higher chance to be successful!

    • Jean August 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      I loved reading your post from last year. I think it’s so important for us to remember, as you said, that when things look dark God is still in control, and He has reasons we cannot know. It’s also important to be forgiving as Joseph was. We need to remind ourselves that when we are wronged, God can bring good from the bad.

      I’m on target for the 4th day. Yea! One thing I’m enjoying about this is being more aware of God’s word even when I’m not reading it. Reading this much daily helps to focus my heart on His word, and I find myself considering through the day what I’ve read.

      • Glyniss August 24, 2012 at 6:36 am #

        Me too, Jean. I have pondered many things I have read and am so glad I did not have to live through those plagues!! I keep reading all the commentary in my Bible as I read and then reminding myself to just read the Bible. I do believe that the “Let us” is referring to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. That in itself is a great mystery of the faith….How God is three separate beings yet one God. I do know this that God is good all the time!

  24. Cindy Underwood August 27, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Going great! Neat story I work at a center for homeless men and one of the guys here is doing 90 days with me.:-)
    Cin

    • Laura August 27, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      That is awesome that you’re sharing with others! Keep up the good work!

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