Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I've read 25% of the Bible!

I can't believe that I'm sticking to this! It is amazing to me that I have actually read 1/4 of the Bible. I have learned so much and have so much left to learn. My understanding in some things is pretty basic but I know that He reveals what we need to know when we need to know it and that I could read the same verse 100 times and He could show me 100 different things on one verse alone. I wonder what He has in store for me next :).

It has been a little rough at times. I didn't read too much last week but managed to catch up this week. Some heavy duty prayers must be going up for me! Thank you Lord!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bible in 90 Days Check-In

Ok, I admit it, I was 5 days behind in my reading on Friday. I've done A LOT of reading since then and I'm almost caught up. Now I'm just a day behind.

It's been an interesting read this last week. As I'm reading about the Israelites circling the city once a day for 6 days and then 7 times on the 7th day, I am actually amazed that they followed that instruction. What would I have done? Without a doubt I would have questioned it. I would have been like, and you want me to do that why? That makes no sense to me. Why in the world would I have to do such a foolish thing, can't you just let us go in and take the city now?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Busy Life

The last week has been so busy! I feel like I haven't even had time to breath and everything is starting to blur together. I am four days behind on my Bible reading! I was going to take today and simply do pretty much nothing. My intention was to catch up on my Bible reading, clean the house a little, exercise a little, and relax a little. Most of that didn't happen!

I spent several hours working on my daughters computer, because she somehow got a virus, so even though I did get to relax a little it doesn't feel as if I did. Plus I slept until 10AM and by four I was so tired I could hardly hold my eyes open.

I am very thankful that I did not have to go anywhere today. Tomorrow is another story altogether! I have a meeting in the morning and in the afternoon. I forgot to tell my husband that I'm going to need the van tomorrow so I'm sure he's not going to be too happy with me in the morning.

I've managed to read about 4 chapters of the Bible but that barely scratches the surface of how much I wanted to get accomplished with that today.

 Tomorrow I will make the time to catch up! Tomorrow will be a better day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Discovery

I seem to be discovering new things about myself a lot lately. That's not a bad thing but it kind of stinks that some of the stuff I'm learning is bad. Just tonight I was reading a book, a book about marriage, my favorite kind, and God used that opportunity to show me that I am judgmental.

Now I know that you're thinking yeah, right. You're a 35 year old woman with a grown daughter and you expect us to believe that you JUST realized that you are judgmental. I really do!

I've always been judgmental toward my family, that's no secret. My Mom and my husband bear the brunt of that judgment. As I said the book I was reading is about marriage and so it was speaking of being judgmental toward your spouse but God decided to show me that I am much more judgmental in other areas of my life than I realized.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Week One Complete!

Wow! That's the only word that comes to mind when I think about the bible reading I have completed in the last seven days. I have absorbed so much information and I have started a list of things to go back and look more in depth at when the 90 days are over.

Genesis was very easy for me to get through, Exodus not so much. It was long and tedious with many building instructions! I'm already having the same thoughts of Leviticus, only it's laws and instructions for offerings. Phew! I'm sure glad we aren't required to do all that! I kept thinking to myself that I'd surely starve to death if I had to sacrifice my food source because of the sins I committed! I'm also very happy that we live in a different time because it seems that the people of the Old Testament didn't have a relationship with God. Maybe I don't have all the information to form that opinion yet but that sure it the way it seems. They had to go through the Priests in order to gain atonement for their sins, sounds like the Catholic Church to me, instead of having a direct line to our Father.

Who knows, I may come back and read this post in October (after I've read the whole Bible) and see just how wrong I had it. Even if I do, that will be OK because it's all a learning process. 

You can read more about the other bloggers who are completing this challenge over at Mom's Toolbox.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Get with the Program

I need to get with the program! The get healthy, lose weight program but I really can't do it on my own. I have tried, really I have. I did really well for about a month, was actually losing some weight. I was working out almost everyday and I had so much more energy. Truth be told, I also felt so much better about myself just because I was taking positive steps in the right direction and it made me feel downright proud of myself!

Then I got sick, actually I think it was Breanna who got sick first. It threw me off and then when I came down with it, it was a killer! All told I lost a month and lost all motivation. I started in January of 2010 and believe it or not, it wasn't a New Years resolution. I got the EA Active for the Wii for Christmas and I was determined to complete that 30 day challenge. I did well up until around the beginning of February and I've been off track since then. I can count on one hand the number of times I have worked out since then.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A New Desire

I am happy to report that I am through Genesis! I am ashamed to admit that this is the first time I've ever read the entire book. Last night I decided to read today's assigned reading, or rather I decided to read some of it. I sat down and started to read and then couldn't put the phone down - I have an application on my phone that has the reading plan in it along with the correct version of the Bible. I ended up reading all the way through today's reading last night.

I always heard people talk about how the Bible is like a novel but my experience hadn't been like that at all. I was never engrossed in it and the little I did try to read just did not hold my attention at all. Really I guess it's more the Old Testament that didn't hold my attention because I've read much of the New Testament when I was a teenager.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Growing Up

Have you ever said or done something and later wondered if you did the correct thing? Well that happened to me just last night and I'm sad to say that it has been happening to me a lot in my lifetime.

I'm not sure if my decision last night was a reaction to the frustration I have been feeling towards my oldest daughter or something that had to happen. I mean, I know it was a reaction but it is also not a surprise and the consequences had been laid out. She knew that if this continued that there would be a harsh consequence. Last night was very truly the last straw for me.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Blogging through the Bible in 90 Days

Today marks day one in my journey to read the Bible in 90 days. I know that many people don't agree with this but there is a lot about the Bible that I don't know about and this is the quickest way for me to get an introduction to everything. It also helps build reading the Bible into a faithful habit. I will be devoting at least an hour a day to reading. That doesn't include the time that I will spend delving further into the word and actually studying what caught my attention. I know that God will reach out to me through reading his word (no matter how quickly I do it) and also through my faithfulness. I expect many great changes in my life as a result of this.

I've already seen some trials and I'm sure there will be many, many more before this is over. Last night I became sick, nauseated and couldn't' sleep until the early morning hours. I had planned on doing my reading as soon as I work up but I slept in and had other things that needed my attention. I'm quite certain that was an attempt to derail me from following through but it didn't work! Today's reading has been finished and my heart is a little lighter because I didn't let anything stop me.

It's not too late to join us! What could God teach you in 90 days? Join us over at Moms Toolbox for more information and to sign up!

For those of you that don't know me, I'm Brandi. I am a 35 year old SAHM of three beautiful girls ages 18, 12, and 4. I have been married to my husband for 15 years and he is in the Army. I also homeschool my girls. We currently live in Alaska. Although I'm not a "new" Christian I kind of feel that I am. I was saved as a child and rededicated my life in 2002. It's been an off again on again thing since then. It is my hope and prayer that I will build some consistency with my walk though this challenge. My bible reading is almost nonexistent and my prayer life is sketchy at best. I do believe all that is going to change with this commitment!

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Childlike Acceptance

Last night I started another new bed time routine with Breanna. Now, I know that I should have been doing this all along but I'm beyond making myself feel guilty for my past mistakes. I introduced her to prayer. We said a very simple, "Now I lay me down to sleep" prayer and I guided her through her blessings and of course being a four year old she had to throw in some cartoon characters. After we said the prayer I explained that praying is like talking to God/Jesus and that they enjoy us talking to them. I told her that she could talk to Him whenever she wanted to. Whenever she is afraid, nervous, happy, sad, or any other reason she can think of.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Demonic Influence

Do you believe in spirits? What about not so good spirits? Do you believe that spirits can attach themselves to you? Well I do believe there are spirits and I do believe that are bad spirits and I believe they can and do attach themselves to you if there is an opening and attempt to influence you.

I've struggled with an unforgiving spirit within myself for years. I finally let that go a few weeks ago and did something tangible to actually show the other party that I had finally forgiven them. What starts happening after I did that? You got it.... thoughts came to my mind, totally out of the blue with no provocation what-so-ever.