Did God totally amaze you last week with things that were sitting in His word just waiting for your heart to hear? He DEFINITELY did me! I can't get over how much more this challenge means to me each time I do it.
I'll be honest and admit that last week was overwhelming for me as I got to know many of you a bit more. I care so much for each of you that have taken on this challenge. I'm so very thankful for how you have OPENLY shared your hearts with me. Emotionally processing it was hard, because I CARE and want to make sure that God is using me in His way. Thank you for your openness! I am absolutely praying for each of you. For some of you, I'd give anything to change some of the situations and obstacles you are facing. I can't do it....but I am storming heaven for you! I'm believing in faith that each of you CAN complete this challenge AND find your hearts strengthened, encouraged, and closer to God through each page.
Though I was overwhelmed at first with getting things organized and my heart being heavy for each of you, something amazing has happened in the process. When I open up His word, I find calm. I find focus and strength. I shouldn't be surprised. I KNOW that is how it works. Yet, I'm thankful and I'm moved that it never fails. His word is healing. His word is strength. It brings direction, focus, and HOPE. Granted, some times it's a bit hard. It's easy to get a little lost (especially in the coming days of the "harder" parts to read of the New Testament). It's easy to get sidetracked by demands on our time. It's even hard at times to resist the temptation to QUIT because Satan starts his attacks. He's definitely been in full force mode on my life and I know many of you are feeling it as well. But oh my....it is worth EVERY second we spend!
Just hold on. Don't give up. Keep reading.
Look how far you have come in just one week. Look at the commitment you have made and the fact that you didn't just "say" you were going to do it. You've done it. A little bit behind? That's ok! You can definitely catch up!
I'm proud of EACH of you for committing and starting. Keep it up!!!!
I can't wait to hear from each of you checking in this week! I think about 90% of you checked in on the blog or by email last week. That was fantastic!
A couple of quick things: please be sure to include your name if you use the anonymous posting. I DO have comment moderation turned "on", so your comments do not immediately show up. If you can't check in on Mondays, I don't mind if you check in later in the week! Some of your schedules prevent you from having much online time on Mondays. That is OK! Don't let "little" details stress you out! :)
This week's SOAP observations, background information, encouragement, etc... from MomsToolBox can be found here.
This weeks reading schedule:
- Monday Leviticus 1:1-14:32
- Tuesday Leviticus 14:33-26:26
- Wednesday Leviticus 26:27-Numbers 8:14
- Thursday Numbers 8:15-21:7
- Friday Numbers 21:8-32:19
- Saturday Numbers 32:20-Deuteronomy 7:26
- Sunday Deuteronomy 8:1-23:11