This is it! THIS is the week that you can look back and say you've made it 1/3 of the way through! For those of you doing this for the first time, can you believe it? Can you believe how much of the Old Testament you have already tackled? Granted, you may have more questions than EVER at this point, but that is OK!!!!
I personally get excited during this particular week of the challenge. This is about the time the first time reading that I finally realized how possible it was to stick with it. My confidence grew tremendously during this week. The habit had been formed! In subsequent readings, I love getting to this week because I know that it gets a bit easier from here out. It's like there is a little switch that happens in my head that gives me a boost EVERY time. We are almost through the hardest part of the Old Testament.
I continue to pray for each of you OFTEN. I'm still amazed with how much God is blessing each of you EVEN THROUGH very hard times. From your comments and emails, I know that God is at work. I know that some of you are struggling because you are behind or that God hasn't answered prayers in ways that your heart desires. I urge you to not give up on either one! Just STICK with it! Keep reading and keep praying.
I admit that I had a rough week and have felt a ding or two in my "armor", but at the same time I've felt God so close and so faithful. Sometimes we get hard news or those we love make decisions that break our hearts. It's out of our control, but God is STILL near. Even through loss, stress, and heartache...HE IS CONSTANT!
I had hoped to contact each of you personally this week, but to be honest time slipped away. I battled insomnia over the last two weeks and running on an hour or two of sleep a night somewhat put me out of focus. (OK, my husband is probably laughing his head off at that. Let me rephrase that....I didn't know whether I was coming or going many days!!!). Fortunately, the battle seems to be over and the last 3 nights I've had wonderful, deep, refreshing sleep. For those of you that I haven't contacted yet, I WILL! I'm slowly working through the list and have about 25 of you left. I basically just want to give each of you personal encouragement!
Here we go with this week! If you want to check out the tools mentioned in previous weeks on MomsToolbox (specifically Ted Cooper's You are Here in the Bible)...the link is here.
Monday: 1 Chronicles 1:1 through 1 Chronicles 9:44
Tuesday: 1 Chronicles 10:1 through 1 Chronicles 23:32
Wednesday: 1 Chronicles 24:1 through 2 Chronicles 7:10
Thursday: 2 Chronicles 7:11 through 2 Chronicles 23:15
Friday: 2 Chronicles 23:16 through 2 Chronicles 35:15
Saturday: 2 Chronicles 35:16 through Ezra 10:44
Sunday: Nehemiah 1:1 through Nehemiah 13:14
I look forward to hearing from you! Have a FANTASTIC week! May God pour out blessings in amazing new ways and pull you closer to Him than ever before!