1.31.2010

One Month Check-In!


Hello everyone!!


Just a quick note to say
happy ONE MONTH day!


You all have been reading the Bible everyday for a whole month! Woo, doggie! That's so insanely amazing!

I thought that now would be a good time to check-in with one another... to see who's still plugging away (or who's still desiring to even if you're not 100% caught up! That's great too.)

How is it going for you guys? What have been your greatest challenges in reading? What have been your greatest joys while reading?

Any cool stories of what God has done in this month? Any suggestions for this site or things you'd like to see more of? How are the prayer groups going?

I have been blessed by you all, and am SO thankful for you. I can honestly say that I could not have made it this far without you. Your insights have really helped me along the way!

So... great job, everyone! you're doing awesome! :)

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23 comments:

Melanie said...

I am so glad that I am doing this, still. In all honesty some days go by and I have to spend the next couple of days catching up.But, I have been so blessed during this time. Most importantly by reading I have felt so much more closer to God that I have in a long time! He is blessing me. Making me realize His awesome love for me and for that I am thankful!

Allie Garcia said...

i spend alot of time playing catch up- but im still playing. God has spoken to me so much lately about the impact His word can have on a life. We've only just begun :)

Carbo1021 said...

I have so enjoyed getting back into the Word. I am definitely playing catch-up some weeks but I'm still in.

sasha said...

I too am part of the catch-up crew some days; God always pull me back, and for that I am so thankful. my perspective also has returned to what it was when I felt closer to God, pre-marriage, children, work. I realize again truly why we're here, and it is only for One purpose! And Emery, thanks also for that post a while back on your blog, the seven day parenting challenge, awesome awesome and such a great reminderamidstthe dirty diapers, whines, and barf lkol

Laura said...

I'm still here and so beyond blessed by it.

This has been a particularly difficult month in my family and yet I feel incredibly lifted up, above it all. Like God is putting his peace in my heart every day.

I'm excited for the next 11 months and am praying that God uses me and these groups in a way that our own earthly minds and hands couldn't come close to.

Thanks Em for this great idea!!

Jess Beresh said...

Loving this process, and looking forward to 11 more months. I'm particularly enjoying the Old Testament readings, and learning a lot that I hadn't connected before.
I feel like God's blessed me for simply taking steps toward Him, so thanks to you guys for helping keep me accountable in this journey.
I'm learning a lot in my life right now, and I feel like this has helped me stay focused on Him, and be intentional in seeking Him.
good stuff.

Katie said...

I'm learning more about the Bible than I ever have. Today in church they said that Christians know less about The Bible today than every before, but for once I didn't feel a part of that statistic!

I love this, thank you for all the work you put into it, Emery!

Emily said...

I can't believe it's already been a month! I feel like God has already worked so much in my life since starting this. Reading everyday has allowed me to focus so much more on Him throughout the day and continually be thinking 'what would God want me to do?' (Every time someone starts to wear on my patience I think to myself 'Jesus LOVES this person! He made them and they're here for a reason.' and my outlook completely changes. It's amazing.)

I feel my heart becoming fuller and my faith growing everyday. I find so much comfort and peace within myself because of Him, and I feel like he has wonderful things in store for the next 11 months! I can't wait!

Kate said...

Playing a little catch up but I am still here and motivated. This month has been a major roller coaster, more so than other months. The Lord has placed some trials in my life such as health issues and my husband being away on duty, but He also answered a MAJOR prayer last night that I have had for over 3 years. God is so good and I'm so thankful I have people to encourage me in Guam and on the internet!

sheila watson said...

this is wonderful! i love reading all the posts..the Word of God is so eyeopening and heart rendering to me..when i see God's plan begin to unfold for the ages it literally takes my breath away..thanks emery for doing this and connecting all these people..it's great..just think ..one of these days we're gonna recognize one another in the kingdom to come..WOW

Liz said...

I've found that trying to do the reading just isn't happening over the weekend. I still have my prayer time, but since I don't go to bed on a regular schedule I find myself not keeping up with my reading each night.
I know it's not the best, but I've decided to just let Monday be my "catch up" day. I'll still try to remember to read over the weekend, but I won't beat myself up so much when I forget!

Thank you all so much for being such a wonderful source of accountability for me!

Kristy said...

I am still here and reading along ! Sometimes I have two days to read at once but it's still manageable. I can't say I have enjoyed the Old Testament as much as Psalms and the New Testament. So much deceitfulness going in the Old Testament that it leaves a bad taste in my mouth some days, but I know that I am just having a hard time relating to life then and that I am still learning much and will be blessed by what I am reading! Emery, thanks so much for this idea and this group.

molly june. said...

wowzas..ONE MONTH!!! :) reading the bible everyday has left me inspired, encouraged, broken, loved, full, & changed. somedays i am singing & jumping for joy & other days leave me realizing how sinful i remain & how much more i need jesus!

my favorite part is connecting with all of you on here. i've been learning so much!

this has been so good. sosoo good. it has been ONE whole month of peaceful sleep for me!! no pills!! ahhhhhmazin' i tell you :) our God is amazing!

autumn said...

I have had to play catch up twice, and it was kind of lame. I could feel myself speeding through instead of reading slowly and deliberately...but now I am getting back on track. Emery, I am in the same place you recently wrote about on your blog, I am on the edge of a huge chasm that is overwhelming me and the little table clothe I have been using to cover it up is falling fast. It is scary and taking the steps to cross it is even scarier than looking down into it. I think that the only thing keeping me from caving completely into denial is my daily readings. Especially psalms lately, I am so lifted up and loved and full from them..and often times convicted too. I have been reading the psalms aloud to my baby and she chats (this is a new development and SO EXCITING) along with me. It is inspiring and I know it is God giving me the most extravagant gifts I could ever desire.
ps. Is it too late to get into a prayer group?

Candace said...

I am definitely part of the catch up group, but I am not letting it get to me like I usually do. I made this challenge for a new years resolution last year as well and do to the constant catch up amongst my crazy life, I gave up. So this year I am doing my readings as much as possible, and trying to make time for them each day. But if I miss one I reflect back on the day and realize God is/was still speaking to me.
I really enjoy having a group to read this with, it is comforting to know others are questioning the same things I am. God is speaking wonders through all of you and this is an awesome group to be a part of.
Thank you Emery for encouraging us all!

Andrea June said...

I'm not caught up because I moved across the country right after I started...but I'm stoked to get on track with you all :)

Diane said...

Wow, ladies - congratulations on your commitment to a life-changing reading program! I've read through three times in the last four years, the best blessing I've ever had.

I do have a word of encouragement if you find yourself "behind". If it was a day or two, I could catch up fairly easily. If it got beyond that (I'm not exactly sure what happened last August...), I found it easier to read the current day toady, and go back to do the "catch up" bit by bit.

It makes it seem not quite so overwhelming to be behind (which in itself can make you reluctant to go back to reading, getting further behind...and maybe giving up).

May God bless you all richly in the reading of His word!

Charlotte said...

Like a lot of you, I am also playing catch up. But I am still so excited to be part of this program! I think about how this one month has already begun to change us... and we still have 11 months to go! It will be amazing to see the differences by the end of the year. :)

M i n t a y a said...

I am still here and I am also part of the catch up group. I really struggle with my current situation right now. I even had a thought of giving up my faith...anyway, I will try to keep reading and praying that God will help me out...

Christopher Clark said...

This has truly been the most excited and inspired by the Bible I have ever been. I have so loved reading the comments and questions. They have caused me to read deeper, study longer, and pray harder. Thanks to all who are sticking this out!!!!

Anonymous said...

Still here and enjoying it. Some days blow me away and some days i feel a little disconnected but all in all it has been amazing.

Thanks Em for doing this.

Harmony

stina said...

i'm still here and enjoying it too, still catching up and my life is wild right now...i'm at a place of immense healing amidst a storm at sea...sometimes i feel like life is not even really happening these days (more like months)...
i LOVE and look forward to these daily readings though, because i (&not saying i'm alone in hard times, because that's a part of life..) have so many intense situations and circumstances surrounding me right now. sometimes i want to give up on some of the best things because they're daunting and scary...and i almost always wonder whyonearth i just can't get hired part time at starbucks already so that i have have insurance and extra money on the side of my new career in the spa world (my start day is FINALLY this week)...
and i'm researching adoption info because my baby in jamaica is still growing every day and i just don't feel right if i'm not doing what i can.
i'm supposed to go watch the superbowl with siblings/friends/a fam from my church...
but i'm stuck on adopt.com
......................all that to say...i really REALLY need and want to and look forward to continuing to catch up & BE caught up on reading through these scriptures every day, because honestly without lots of influence from the Lord every day, life just feels like it can suffocate at times. anyone know what i mean?

stina said...

oh! molly june-i wasn't ever using sleep meds, i just suffered with sleeplesness for YEARS (especially this winter, almost never sleeping during the weeks around the holidays. grr.) and in these recent weeks, i've begun to get tired by if not before ten pm and sleep soundly through the night, too! AND wake up EARLY, energized!?!
cheeeeers to that!

do you ever use herbal teas to relax? just curious. i haven't been drinking them just because i started working late & don't take the time to make it, and ironically, i'm sleeping better....interesting.....