If you are reading along and on track (or at least close to it!), you have now reached the mark of 21 days. Research shows that 21 is the magic number for creating a habit. Is there any better habit than spending time in God's word daily? Not in my opinion!
I just want to say how incredible it has been to read comments of God at work in your lives bringing you closer to Him, Him showing you his miraculous power in healing and provision, and the great comfort He has been as some of you have suffered great loss in recent days. I'm praising God right along with you in the victories and my heart is heavy in your sadness and I petition Him on your behalf for continued comfort!
I also want to let you know that my goal this week is to check in with those of you that haven't been checking in or have been struggling to keep up because of life's demands. I had hoped to send out those personal emails this week, but time just got away quicker than lightning! Please know that I have been thinking of each of you and praying often for you!
I do have a story I want to tell you of how God has definitely been in the details! A story of how our hearts do matter to Him and how "small" of a world we live in! (I have permission from both of these ladies).
When I sent out the welcome email requesting background information from each of you, a great majority of you responded and shared your hearts (on a deep level that I wasn't quite expecting, but was GRATEFUL for). Beth mentioned that she had recently moved and some of the concerns on her heart were the transitions she and her family were facing. For those of us that have moved and had to start over, we can definitely identify with how hard of a time it is. EVEN when God has led us down a new path and we know we are walking in His will, the transition can still be hard in MANY aspects on different levels. After reading some comments during the first check-ins, Teri realized that she and Beth not only live in the same state, but the same county. She sent me an email and asked me to forward her contact information to Beth to give Beth the option to contact her or not.
Here is the incredible part: out of this GREAT big world where 95% in this group don't know each other, something amazing happened. They discovered that not only did they live close to each other, THEY ATTEND the same large church! Since Beth hasn't lived in the area very long, she was starting over in a brand new church and it definitely takes awhile to start meeting people. The great thing is that the friends and people Beth HAD already met are the same people that are in Teri's group of friends. Hello big world.........meet the small world. All by God's design! When I read the email, I couldn't help but smile with how God orchestrated all of it! Way to go, God!
I can't wait to hear more and more stories of how God is blessing each of you. I know the comments revealed last week some amazing ones. Even with those that are suffering heartache, you can still feel how they are growing closer to God through it all!
I pray that this week continues to show that more and more to each of you! By the time you finish this next week's assignments, we will cross the threshold of being 1/3 of the way finished. Can you believe it? For those of you that have never done this challenge or have never read the Bible in it's entirety, that is an incredible accomplishment!
Don't forget that you can check out the "You are Here In The Bible" study tools here.
Here we go....this week's plan:
- Monday (23rd) 1 Samuel 28:20-2 Samuel 12:10
- Tuesday (24th) 2 Samuel 12:11-2 Samuel 22:18
- Wednesday (25th) 2 Samuel 22:19-1 Kings 7:37
- Thursday (26th) 1 Kings 7:38-1 Kings 16:20
- Friday (27th) 1 Kings 16:21-2 Kings 4:37
- Saturday (28th) 2 Kings 4:38-2 Kings 15:26
- Sunday (29th) 2 Kings 15:27-2 Kings 25:30