Tuesday, April 3, 2012

B90 Final Check-In for Jan-March 2012 Session

I missed getting a check-in post up Sunday night for this final post, but I most definitely didn't forget about each of you!

I can't tell you how big my smile was to start receiving emails and blog comments from those of you that have already checked in as FINISHERS!  Some of you even had commented/emailed a few days prior that you just didn't think you would be able to do it AND then YOU DID!  So very proud of you!  EACH and EVERY one of you! Be proud of the fact that you didn't give up---and many of you had REAL reasons that could have derailed you! 

I know there are probably a few more of you that have finished or are REALLY close!

I have to take a moment and really say how proud I am of my husband.  He has not had the patience (focus!) in many years to sit down and read.  It just isn't one of his passions like the rest of us in this household!  He had tried to B90 with me the last two times I participated but he just never really found a rhythm or got in the habit.  He did it this time!  I'm so overjoyed with pride in him because I know this was NOT easy for him and that it took FULL commitment.  The sweetest part was the fact that he wouldn't go to sleep until he had finished----late on day 90!  *Kev, I'm so proud of you & seeing you complete this just makes me so excited about what is waiting around the corner for us.  I KNOW God is using this to lead us in a new direction! Stronger. Together.*

So, my question is:  How does it feel to be finished?  How has God really used this time with you?  How do YOU feel?  Did you want to give up and now feel such a great accomplishment for persevering?

Just soak it in and let His word continue to work in your heart.  Let it draw Him closer and closer!

Now what?  What is your next plan?  Whatever *that* may be, just don't stop here.  Let this 90 day journey be a catalyst for even more growth!

For me, I'm going back and highlighting in my actual Bible everything I bookmarked on my phone.  Some things are for deeper study, some are just to soak in and write how God is using that verse in my life, and many will be for memorizing.  I'm re-reading areas that were confusing or some that really spoke to my heart in specific situations.  I'm taking some time to catch up on some other reading (most specifically some GREAT books I purchased at Hearts at Home).  My husband & I are also both reading the Resolution books that are part of Courageous.  We are already discussing when we want to start another 90 day plan and if we want to do it as a big project again, or just as a couple/family.

For those that haven't finished:  please don't give up!  Don't let the 90 day number discourage you.  Just finish!  Push through and don't give up.  Don't discount this time that you've spent in His word.  I've said all along--the 90 is just a number---it's what is taking place in your heart and your commitment to be in His word that matters.  I'd STILL love to hear from you as you finish!  I'd still love to say congratulations! Still cheering you on!

I most especially want to say THANK YOU!  Thank you for allowing me to spend this time with you.  Many of you have TRULY touched my heart and changed me!  Thank you for allowing me into your hearts and sharing your lives with me.  Thank you for allowing me to pray for you on specific issues.  Simply...thank you.  It has blessed my heart more than I can ever express. 

Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to partner with each of these women (and a few men!).  Thank you for moving my heart and continuing to show me the power of YOUR word!  Thank you for moving in me and for opening up so many doors!  Thank you for forgiving me when I've failed and continuing to offer me grace.  Thank you.


gyopo said...

Hi. This is Sam from Korea. I am about 16 days behind...my bookmark is at Luke 20. I admit that I am a little bit disappointed with myself. I went through a lot of ups and downs during the past 90 days - church issues...family issues...struggling with an unforgiving attitude/heart....but I also let myself get distracted by the Internet/computer...posting on Facebook/Twitter and reading the newspaper online. I am still struggling with family issues and church issues...but I plan to finish reading the Bible cover to cover. I will check in when I actually finish reading Revelation and cross the finish line. Thank you, Tracye, for your prayers and encouragement. May God answer all of your prayers according to His will and in His timing.

TN Quiltbug said...

Thank you once again, Tracye, for coordinating this program. It shouldn't be this way, but I know I always do better when I am accountable to someone else. Why we humans do that I don't know, but we do! So thank you for being that thing that wouldn't let me just give up--because I knew I was going to report to you on where I was in the reading each week! My new plan is to hand copy the book of Matthew. I have started--only at the end of chapter 1 now, but it is going to be wonderful. SO very much different from the 90 day program which goes by so fast. I have already spent two days only on chapter 1!

Tracye said...

Accountability works! I need it in SO many hours! I love the idea of copying scripture. I am anticipating doing that with quite a few Psalms and chapters of Proverbs. I found I highlighted so much that it would just make sense to write it all out! Choosing Matthew was a great choice.

Kevin said...

Thanks Tracye for all the encouragement along the way and for believing in me. This has been a huge step for me and has brought back my love for reading that I had lost for so many years. This was a challenge for me since I am not a sit still kind of person.
What I have gained is an appreciation for God's chosen people and an understanding that if not for grace it would be impossible to make it to heaven. The stories and struggles just seem to come to life and reading thru so fast really tied God's whole story together.
I am eager to do it again. And now it is on to The Resolution for Men and it has not been a disapointment.