Posting a bit early just because my house happens to be actually a bit calm right now! :) We also have some participants in different countries that are on different time zones!
This is it! We are at the starting line. Time to begin the digging in and reading God's word cover to cover....and hopefully in 90 days! Time to be connected to Him more than ever. A new year----a new chance for God to use each of us!
I'm so excited for EACH and EVERY single one of you that are reading along with our group.
Let me tell you.....
I am humbled.
I am overwhelmed.
I am nervous.
I am excited.
When I agreed to "jump in" in this capacity, I had no idea what God was planning. I still don't have a clue what is going to happen in these next 90 days. I know this....
He has already moved me. He has already allowed so many of you to touch my heart deeply. The openness that you've shared your own struggles and how transparent you've been literally shocked me. I'm fervently praying for each of those requests you have shared. Some of you are going through some very difficult times. Others of you just want to be that much closer to God----for this to be THE time that His love wraps around you so tightly that you can literally feel Him next to you. I'm praying that for you, too.
I'm "just" a mom. I'm no one of significance. To know that each of you is stepping out in faith on this adventure and sharing in this time together....is just overwhelming.
I'm also praying that I can encourage you along the way. I'm praying that my heart is open to be used by God in His way and in His power. Not of my own power. Not of my own strength. I don't want my own pride and selfishness to get in the way. I don't want to be a hindrance of any kind. I'm praying that God takes captive each and every one of my thoughts and leads me.
I'm believing in each of you. I believe you each made a commitment for a reason and that there was something specifically in the timing.
I admit that Satan has already been attacking. He doesn't want me to succeed in this task of leading OR reading. He doesn't want to see any of us succeed. Guess what? Our God is WAY bigger and WAY stronger! Crowding out the doubts. Feeding my faith so my doubts will starve. Praying that for each of you as well!
Ready....get set.....GO! We are in this together.
Be sure to check in each Monday. Let us know where you are. Don't forget that if you don't want to share with the group, you definitely have the option of sending an email. I can't promise to answer immediately BUT I will answer and I WILL pray! I will believe in you to succeed!
This week's reading plan:
Monday 2nd Genesis 1:1 through 16:16
Tuesday 3rd Genesis 17:1 through 28:19
Wednesday 4th Genesis 28:20 through 40:11
Thursday 5th Genesis 40:12 through Genesis 50:26
Friday 6th Exodus 1:1 through 15:18
Saturday 7th Exodus 15:19 through 28:43
Sunday 8th Exodus 29:1 through 40:38
For those of you wanting to read the SOAPS that Amy has posted on MomsToolbox in the past, week one can be found here.
Start strong this week. Don't let anything cause you to get behind. You don't want to get started out so early with being behind. Stick with it and let it boost your confidence.
If you get stuck on something, just jot down a few notes so that you can come back to it later. Highlight things that speak to your heart. Most importantly READ and PRAY. Ask God to open your heart to His word in a fresh, new, powerful way. It may be your first time. It may be the 10th time.....it doesn't matter! God WILL use this time with you!
Looking forward to hearing from each of you that you've gotten started! Ready....set...GO!