Bible in 90 Days ~ Week 4 Check in!

Can you believe it?  After our reading today we will have read 1/4th of the Bible!  25%!  Isn’t that awesome?!  Doesn’t it seem like we just started?  I am loving starting off each day in the Word.  I love reading all the small stories of the Bible and marvel at some of them.  Why do you think God chose to tell certain stories out of what were obviously so many little things He could have chosen to tell.  Things have definitely been a bit more “lively” this week than the week where we read Numbers.  Some of them could qualify for the kids’ “Gross Stories of the Bible” class.  Yikes!  I’ve been loving reading about David this weekend!

How’s it going for you this week, Group 17?  Share in the comment section below!

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39 Responses to Bible in 90 Days ~ Week 4 Check in!

  1. Stephanie R September 10, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Ok still on track! I know I say that every week, but I’m pretty impressed considering our busy lives that I have managed to get in my reading every day so far even if it is often interruped by requests for strawberry milk or snacks. I actually had just studied this same section teaching the K-3 bible class at church the last quarter, and my main thought has not changed….how bloody and violent this section of the Bible is. My other thought is it would be nice to have a timeline for when all of these things happened so maybe I will jump online and try to find one unless anyone else on here knows of a good resource for that. Also I have a question for anyone in the event they read this…after Saul disobeys God and he decides to anoint a new king my bible states “God regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.” However, since God is all knowing He would have already known that Saul was going to disobey him so how could it be that He would be disappointed in something that was already a known? Any thoughts?

    • Glyniss September 10, 2012 at 7:17 am #

      My thought that could be way wrong is… that even though he knew what Saul would do, He still gives us free will to be what we want to be and do what we want to do so I wonder if/think that God wanted Saul to choose to submit to God’s leadership instead of just doing things his own way. Just as we usually know what our children are about to do, we still hope they will choose the best option. But unfortunately, we sin and our kids sin. and it makes us very sad. Israel kept begging for a king, instead of a direct relationship with God, even though God knew it would not turn out well, he finally let them have a king.

      • Stephanie R September 10, 2012 at 8:49 am #

        I guess that should have been more of my question. The use of the term “regret.” Was it that God regretted listening to the Israelites pleas for a king that He regretted or for picking Saul when He knew that Saul would not do what he wanted. However, God warned the Israelites that the king would not be a good thing so to that way of thinking shouldn’t He have been glad that Saul failed? Hmmmm…..

        • Laura September 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

          Not sure we’ll ever understand the answers. But this was not the first time we see evidence of God’s mind — Moses had to convince him not to kill the Israelites in the desert. Abraham tried bargaining with him to not destroy Sodom. And I think I remember in one of the minor prophets somewhere that one of the prophets was trying to change His mind. I think us trying to understand is a lot like an infant trying to understand higher math — we just can’t comprehend it.

  2. Glyniss September 10, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    I am still up to date on my reading. I am doing the Beth Moore Bible Study, A Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place for the second time and it is soo good! We are studying in Genesis and Exodus so those scriptures are fresh on my mind and heart!.

    It is so interesting to me that during David’s reign that God’s presence, if you will, dwelt in the tent David pitched for Him on the side of the hill. David was able to approach the presence of God directly, without the priests, and talk with Him and seek His will. and David did the will of God, most of the time. David had a repentant heart and God honored that, not that David had to be perfect just repentant and He forgave him. What a blessed hope for us all! We can sin and make a mess of things but when we fall on our face before Holy God, He will say, you are forgiven… Amazing!

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      You are doing great! Thanks for all your great insights.

  3. Sue September 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I got caught up and I’m on track again. I’m so happy we’ve got to the cool stories! Hope everyone is having a great week x

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      Awesome! I’m loving this week too!

    • Glyniss September 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      Whoo Hoo!! So glad you were able to get caught up!!

  4. Cindy Underwood September 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I am still on schedule which is a miracle after my week of working two jobs and my husband was in the hospital and had surgery. Also am writing a speech that I have to give next Fri. to about 50 women. Whew!!! I love reading the bible this way because it brings those cool stories together. :-)

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      Wow! You have been busy!! I hope your husband is doing okay! What is your speech on? How exciting! Congrats for keeping up while life is so crazy.

  5. Debbie Pound September 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    So, I am still behind in my reading, however, I am not discouraged and am still reading every day. The whole 90 day thing was just a suggestion right?! Seriously, I pray that this week God prepares my heart and time so I am able to get back on track.

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      Thanks for checking in, Debbie. Hang in there. The reading is definitely getting easier! Praying you can get back on track!

  6. Amanda September 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    I am no longer a day ahead, but I am on track. :) I am also enjoying the cool stories. One thing that stands out from this week’s reading, is how God made provisions for the poor like Ruth. It is actually one of His laws for his people to leave something behind when they are harvesting their crops so that the needy will have something. I know this is a part of the “old” law and that we are commanded to give of our blessings in the form of our contribution, but it makes me wonder if I am sufficiently caring for the poor and hungry. I have also been impressed with how just God is. He WILL punish. Scary thought……..

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      Yay for being on track! :)

  7. Jean Timaeus September 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    It’s been a great week of reading for me. Like Glyniss , I always draw hope from the story of David’s sin and forgiveness. It’s also a reminder that even though God forgives us and holds us in His heart, there are sometimes consequences to our sins. The baby still died. Sometimes our present lives have challenges caused by earlier choices even though we’ve been forgiven.

    I was impressed that each time David considered going into battle he first sought the Lord’s counsel. Even though we can’t speak with God in the same way David did, I think we need to remember to seek His counsel before we begin a new direction or make a decision.

    The stories of Samson also tell me God can use any of us. Samson was a real stinker, yet he was God’s tool. It always amazes me that he broke down and told Delilah where his strength lay even after she had proved her unfaithfulness several times. I think it’s a good lesson on choosing our companions wisely.

    When God reminded Saul that when he was “little in his own eyes” God exalted him to king, it reminds me that God loves humility and that we can do the most when we get ourselves out of the way and let God reign.

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      I am so glad that all the character flaws of the “Bible Greats” are included in the Bible because it makes me feel like maybe there is hope for me after all!

  8. sheila September 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Just checking in. I had to stop and read this most beautiful book on hannah. You might enjoy it. I loved it. I don’t own a Kindle but have the free download of Kindle Cloud and it let me download it.

    Since i have read and studied the sacrifices and laws I struggled to get through those few books. But on ward I go. I love Gods word. Blessings, Sheila

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

      Thanks for checking in Sheila, and for the link! I love the story of Hannah. I will have to check out the book.

  9. Nori Scouras September 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Read right through lunch. Gaining ground and cha cha chaing toward a catch up!

    • Glyniss September 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Glad you are hanging in there! and cha cha chaing!

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      Awesome! You can do it!

    • Trisa September 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Aunt Nori?? I didn’t realize we are in the same group. =-) Cool…I couldn’t convince any relatives in TX to take on the challenge with me. Cha cha on with an e-reader and get caught up on one of your long walks!

      • Nori Scouras September 12, 2012 at 7:55 am #

        I listened to Genesis too many times and fell behind getting distracted! This is for my eyeballs, I’ve decided.

  10. Darci September 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I had to skip the comments because I’m way behind. But, I took your encouragement from last week and am reading a little each day. Most days only 2-3 chapters, but a little every day and it DOES make a difference in my life. I’m more aware of my words and how I speak to the students I teach. I’m more aware of the way I speak to my son and treat my husband. It’s having an effect knowing I’m spending that time with God every night.

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

      I’m so glad you aren’t giving up and that you’re allowing your reading to make a difference in your daily life. Hang in there, and keep on trucking!

  11. Erika September 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Well I continue to be about a day behind – I get caught up, I’m thrilled, and something throws me off again. I am a to-do list, get things done on time kind of girl, so it’s making me a bit crazy. I’m trying to not let it, since I know there are two grace days but I have a feeling I’m going to need them a bit longer! We just sold our house, and have 30 days until it closes, and have nothing lined up, I’m in panic mode. Which means all I want to do is bake, sew, or work on other projects (not read or pack, lol). Relying a lot on the constant reminder that GOD is the only one in control – these OT pics we’ve been reading about the blessings Abraham, Moses, David, Ruth, etc have been encouraging to me. Help me Lord not be like Samson or Saul and miss out on your blessings! In spite of all of that, I am enjoying the daily readings. It really feels good to have made it a priority to stay in the Word daily! Prayers would be appreciate that the Lord show us what he wants for us in this move.

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      Hang in there. It sounds like you are doing great considering all that’s going on in your life! Know that spending time daily in God’s word is the one that’s going to get you through this crazy season! Keep it up!

      • Erika September 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

        Just have to say I had such a nice surprise last night when I went to read – I was only 5 chapters behind! I forgot that I got a lot of reading done the night before. Whew! It felt so good to be caught up early today! Lots of packing done tonight! :)

        • Laura September 13, 2012 at 9:43 am #

          Woo Hoo! Awesome! :)

  12. Trisa September 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Officially checking in here. It was a tough week, and I struggled to get caught up, but I made it! In the last month at church, I’ve been teaching a unit on Men in the Old Testament, and my 3-6 year olds have learned about David, Samuel, and others we’ve read of recently. I enjoy it when God gets my attention by telling me the same story or scripture in different ways from different sources. =-)

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      I love how that works too! So proud of you for staying caught up!

  13. Cindy Hill September 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I am still on track though life just got really busy I plan to stay focused and continue my readings.

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      Awesome! Keep up the good work!

  14. Tena September 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Staying on track. Sometimes just barely. It is giving me a feeling of accomplishment and greater insight.

    • Laura September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      Yay! Satan can’t hold you back! :)

  15. Tina Grizzle September 11, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    I’m still a little behind. Hoping I can catch up this week. Hope everyone is having a great week!

    • Laura September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      Thanks for checking in Tina! Glad you’re still hanging in there.

  16. Cindy underwood September 11, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    He is much better thank you

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