B90 Online Registration is Open!

Have you been thinking about my invitation to join us as we read through the entire Bible from cover to cover in 90 days?  I sure hope so!

It’s time to commit!  Registration time!

If you are on Facebook, please do not register here on my blog.  Instead, join the Bible in 90 Days Summer 2012 Facebook Group!  It will be a place to check in on Sundays telling us that you are up to date, share favorite passages of scripture that you come across in  your reading, encourage fellow readers and share prayer requests.

If you are not on Facebook, please register by filling out this form!  I’ll be in contact with you soon!

 

Remember, Day 1 begins on June 3rd! So exciting!

 

Bible in 90 Days Begins June 3

For a while now, I have been feeling like God is asking me to read through His Word from cover to cover in 90 days once again.  I REALLY want to do it, but I have this whole “responsibility” issue which makes me feel like I NEED to offer support and accountability to others who would like to accomplish the same goal.  It’s rough.  I resisted. But, I can’t resist His calling anymore!  I’m nervous and scared and totally don’t feel ready to lead a ginormous group of readers, but I want to be faithful, whatever that means.

But first, I want to give a little bit of back story.

I joined my first Bible in 90 Days challenge with Mom’s Toolbox in July 2010.  It was amazing.  It was breathtaking.  It was life changing.

Since then, I have read through the Bible from cover to cover three times.  Each time, I get something new out of it.  My heart races and I feel my thoughts and my words and my actions changing and aligning more with what God wants for me.  Every. Single. Time.

You can read more about my different experiences in these old blog posts:

Bible in 90 Days:

My First Read-Through –

My Second Read-Through –

My Third Read-Through –

I’m asking you to prayerfully consider joining me this summer as I read through the entire Bible from cover to cover in 90 Days.  That is about 12 pages a day, or about 45 minutes of your time each day and it will run from June 3 to August 31.

How?

Grab a Bible.  If this is your first time reading through the Bible in 90 Days, I very strongly suggest that you purchase the official B90 Bible.  I wrote a post on that called “Why Buy the Official B90 Bible?”.  Please read it if you would like to be successful!

Grab a bookmark.  Print off Bible in 90 Days Bookmark sheet, cut it apart and hand the extras out to some friends.  

Join the Bible in 90 Days Summer 2012 Facebook Group.  I have recently come to appreciate the sense of community that Facebook Groups provide, so instead of a “Page”, we are having a temporary “Group“.  I know many of you are not on Facebook, but for those of us who are on Facebook, this will be an excellent place to connect.  It will be public for the first two weeks of reading as we are adding new members, but I will change it to secret after that.

If you are not on Facebook, sign up for a Mentor Group. You can register here: B90 Online Registration is Open!

Tell some friends about your goal.  You are much more likely to be successful if you have people around you who are encouraging you to reach your goal.  Accountability is HUGE with this challenge, so layers upon layers of accountability is extra important!

And then, just DO IT.  As the great Yoda said, “Do or do not.  There is no try.”

Are you considering joining us?

 

Why Buy the Official B90 Bible?

So you decided to take on the Bible in 90 Days Challenge!  That’s awesome!

Now, I know one of your big questions is, “Do I really have to buy the official Bible in 90 Days Bible?”

I hope to answer that question here.

When I first set out to read the Bible in 90 Days, I was determined to be successful. For me, that meant researching methods that helped others to be successful and gleaning as many tips as possible.

One of the first tips that I came across is to set aside my regular Bible and read from the official B90 Bible instead. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical.  I already own several different copies of the Bible in several different translations, including the New International Version, which is the recommended translation, so did I really need to buy a new Bible?  And, how different could it possibly be?

I decided to go ahead and purchase my official B90 Bible at the recommendation of others who had gone through the program, and I’m very glad I did.

This is what my B90 Bible looks like.  I took the paper dust cover off and it’s been abused a bit as I haul it around in my purse, but I like to think of it as being well-loved.

When I first opened it up, I thought to myself, “But, it’s just like all the rest of my Bibles!”

Oh, no!  It’s totally NOT!  😉

First of all, although it is large print, it’s also pretty thin, and if you are going to be reading through the Bible in 90 Days, then I’m sure you would rather read through a thin Bible instead of a fat Bible, right?  This thinline version doesn’t have any extra notes in the margins or commentary at the bottom to slow you down and distract you from your reading.  The first week of my reading, as I was waiting for my new Bible to arrive, I read from my NIV Student version, which is a fairly thin version as well.  However, I found myself becoming distracted over and over by the footnotes and little devotionals sprinkled throughout.  When I started reading from my B90 Bible, I became engrossed in my reading and stayed focussed on the Word. It made a HUGE difference for me.

If I came across a passage that I didn’t understand and just could NOT get past, I would either write the scripture down to review later, or I would pause there and open up my NIV Study Bible until I could breathe a sigh of relief and move on.  It’s important to remember that the point of B90 is not to study the Bible, but to read the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us.  I love the quote by Dwight L. Moody: “When I study the Bible, I prepare myself to talk to others.  When I read the Bible, God talks to me.”

Another cool feature of the official B90 Bible is the start and end cues at the top of the pages:

These show up every 6 pages . . . or 12 pages, if you count front and back, but I like to think of it as every 6 pages so it doesn’t sound so intimidating!

When I come to one of these cues, I find a good place to stop (usually at the end of a chapter) and put my bookmark in place.

I found it to be very helpful to make myself a bookmark with two strings attached at the top. One string would keep track of where I am, and the other would keep track of where I want to be.

Another good tip, especially for moms who get distracted by children over and over and over, is to read with a post it note with an arrow drawn on it to point to the exact passage that you are on. I like to read throughout the day rather than all at once, so I found it to be helpful to keep track of the page and exact line I was on when my sweet boys required my attention.

Also, don’t forget to highlight or underline scripture that is especially meaningful to you! Keep a notebook to write down your SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) notes, too!

Above all, remember to pray each time you open your Bible to ask God to show you something new and speak to your heart. It’s amazing to me that even in the more difficult to read portions of the Bible, God still shows me some new application just for me!

So, back to the original question: Do you need to buy the official B90 Bible?  Well, you don’t HAVE to, but your chances of success are much higher than if you use your regular Bible.  In fact, I watched the video introduction when my church was going through the program and Ted Cooper said that the first time he lead a group through B90, only one person who started the program reading from his own Bible actually completed it.  Yikes!  I want to be successful, not a statistic!  How about you?

Are you a Bible in 90 Days grad? I’d love it if you could share some of your tips in the comments!

PS – You can purchase the B90 Bible on the B90 website, at your local Christian book store or on Amazon.  (There are no affiliate links in this post!)

B90 Update: Entering the New Testament!!

Can you imagine what our world would look like if EVERY Christian would read through the entire Bible?

We would change the WORLD.

Do you realize that only a tiny percentage of Christians have read through the entire Bible?  I was one of them for 34 years, people.  I taught Sunday School and Bible Study, helped lead Small Groups, sat on leadership committees, went on missions trips, attended Christian schools and colleges . . . and yet I had never read the entire Bible until recently.  There were whole books that I had NEVER EVER read a single word of.  There were stories that I had never heard about in Sunday School or preached from the pulpit.

I was taking an airplane ride through the Bible, only stopping at the big stories and completely missing the vast scenery God had put in front of me.

For those of you who are new here, I first read through the Bible in 90 days (well, 88 days!) back in the summer of 2010 with the Mom’s Toolbox group.  I was so changed by the experience that I really wanted to bring the program to my home church, so I ordered the materials on faith that my pastors would see my vision and agree to let us start the challenge at our church.  Of course, they did!!

My church is on Day 67, which means that tomorrow we jump into the New Testament.  I’m so excited!!  My husband (an overachiever) is already a few days into it, and he has pointed out how his perspective on the New Testament has completely changed now that he has read all the way through the Old.  He sees the connections, he recognizes it when Jesus and the disciples quote Old Testament scripture.  He sees how Jesus has fulfilled Old Testament prophecy.  Pretty amazing stuff!!

I’d like to invite you to read the New Testament with me in just 3 weeks. It’s only 12 pages a day, and will probably take about 30-45min. of your time each day.  It is engaging material with an eternal perspective that will change your life.  I promise you that.

Would you be willing to give up a TV show or a few minutes of blog hopping to see your life changed through God’s Word?

If so, head over to Mom’s Toolbox for a whole slew of great resources and download a reading schedule.  Start on Day 68, beginning in Matthew.

Next, tell someone that you are doing this so that you can be held accountable with your goal.  You are welcome to join my church’s B90 Facebook Page.

THEN, pray that God will show you something new each time you sit down to read.  Pray that He will help you to stay focused so that you can read intentionally.

And, let me know if you are joining us!!  I’d love to be praying for you!

The Bible in 90 Days: Thoughts on Overcoming Objections

The last time I posted about reading through the Bible in 90 Days was just before my computer died, so I didn’t get to post a reminder just before my church started the challenge on February 27th!  Sorry about that.  Hopefully those of you who are participating are on track!!  Don’t forget to Like our page on Facebook so you can see reminders and participate in the discussion!! And, it really isn’t too late to join!!  I bet you could catch up faster than you would think!

I thought I’d do a little blog series about things that are on my heart throughout the challenge.  I don’t really know what to call it yet, because ideas are just sort of popping into my head without any rhyme or reason. You’ll forgive me though, right?

Today I want to talk about overcoming objections, because unfortunately these ideas have been ruling my thoughts for the past week.  I suppose this may turn into a place to vent, although I sincerely just want to share what is on my heart.  So, if I say something that offends you, I apologize in advance and hope we can open up a dialogue.

The back story: I first heard about B90 through some Tweets I saw on Twitter.  I wanted to know what these gals were talking about, so I clicked around and discovered that they were talking about reading through the Bible in 90 Days.  I was immediately inspired by the idea and kind of sad that I had missed the boat.  I just knew that I didn’t want to miss out on the next start date.

Fast forward: I was reading one of my regular blogs and the author mentioned that she would be joining the next B90 Challenge, hosted by Moms Toolbox, and she invited us to participate.  I was excited and a little bit nervous, so I read through the comments of that post to see what others were saying about the challenge.  Several comments were positive and coming from women who were just as excited to finally read through the Bible as I was.  One comment, however, stuck out to me.  It was from a woman who admonished the blog author that reading through the Bible that quickly was a poor idea.  I don’t remember her exact words, but the gist was that we wouldn’t “get anything” out of reading the whole Bible in 90 Days, and it was better to take a year or more (and she gave examples of how she was doing it with her kids as part of her homeschool curriculum in the next 2 years).  She said that it would be dishonoring to God to read through that quickly.

Talk about a punch in the gut!  This came from a Christian woman, so naturally I thought about it and stewed on it, wondering if there was something to her opinion.  Would I be dishonoring God by taking 3 months to read the Bible instead of a whole year or more?  Would I be reading God’s Word the WRONG WAY?

Soapbox moment:

GIVE ME A BREAK!!

Would I be dishonoring God by reading His Word? Absurd.  My father in heaven has been longing for me to come and sit with him and let him tell me his story.  He has been waiting for me to give him more than 10 minutes out of my day . . . and to give it consistently and wholeheartedly rather than in spurts of guilt ridden fervor.  I firmly believe that God feels honored when I read His message, whether I’m reading 12 verses or 12 pages.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am an avid reader.  I can’t stop myself from reading. I’m currently reading 2 books, a bunch of  magazines, and I’m ahead on the Bible in 90 Days challenge . . . because I am passionate!  I can’t STOP reading God’s Word!!  I get caught up in his history, his holiness, his passion for his people, and I can’t help but keep going to find out more and sit with Him a while longer.  My Bible is my lifeline to God!!  I love it.  I have to have it.  I am addicted to it.  Don’t tell me that I’m reading my Bible too passionately.  And, don’t tell me to slow down.

I’m feeling defensive.  As if MY GOD needs me to defend him. Pshaw!

Last week, I was sitting at a table and a friend swept into the room, sat next to me and proclaimed, “I am loving this challenge!”  Eyes sparkling, excitement in her voice . . . she felt it.  God was working.  Moments later, another friend sat with us and joined our discussion.  Passion and excitement took over.  What a joy to read God’s Word! And then a fourth gal joined us.  I asked her if she was participating in the challenge, and she immediately puckered up her face in distaste.

Oh, my heart!

Her mouth spilled forth reasons why she isn’t reading with us: Because we can’t get much out of it when we read that fast.  Because the Bible should be read like a piece of poetry and savored and not rushed through.  She can see reading a chapter a day, but not the whole thing in 3 months.

I sat there in silence, letting her speak her mind, resisting the temptation to defend my God.  If I had said anything at that moment, she would have felt defensive herself, and I didn’t want that.  Besides, my thoughts were all jumbled up because I was in such shock that a fellow Christian was telling me that God couldn’t speak to me if I read his word too quickly.  That I was doing it wrong.  Intellectually, I know that she was justifying her reasons to herself, but my heart was crushed nonetheless.

Soapbox moment:

Don’t tell me that my God CAN’T teach me anything when I read His Word with passion.  I have never felt so in tune with God and so receptive to His teachings as I do when I am reading intently and intentionally.  Even better, I’m reading stories and passages that are rarely preached on in church and Sunday school.  God is showing me several new things each day.  What does that mean?  It means that my mind is FULLY on Him throughout the day because I can’t help but think about His Word and His teachings!!!  (Amen, and whew!!)  Oh, by the way, I’m believing God (for you fellow Beth Moore Bible Study peeps!).

I need to get down off of my soapbox, I know.  I am a woman of passion (just count how many times I have typed that word in this blog post and you will understand), and I can’t help wanting to spread a passion for God’s Word.

I do hope that if you have encountered people who have rolled their eyes or have been less-than-thrilled at your interest in reading the entire Bible that you are able to keep your wits about you and not lash out defensively.  I admit that the overwhelmingly snarky part of me wants to say, “Get behind me, Satan!” right to pucker-faced lady’s face . . . but then, that would be rather dramatic, wouldn’t it?  And, certainly not what a good Christian lady should do.  :) In my mind, though, I know that Satan doesn’t want me to read the Bible and doesn’t want me to tell others about my experience.  Unfortunately, Satan is using those pucker faced Negative Nellys in our lives to discourage us from growing in our walk with the Lord.  Wouldn’t those Nellys be appalled to know that?  I certainly would.

Any thoughts from you?  I know that I could be opening up a can of worms by asking for input, but I do want to open dialogue.  Have you had to overcome objections, or are you the one objecting?

 

A Bible in 90 Days Invitation

This morning I had the exciting, nerve-wracking privilege of standing up in front of my church to share about our upcoming Bible in 90 Days All-Church Challenge, which starts one week from today! I had been waiting for the chance to share my heart for this challenge for the longest time . . . or since August when I declared my desire to bring the challenge to Dallas.  I felt anxious to share information, address fears and shoot down objections, but I also wanted people to see my passion for the Bible and the mind-blowing power of His Word!  How do you do that in 3 minutes on a stage in front of hundreds with your tummy rolling and your voice and hands shaking?  I’m just hoping that God used my words, or at least the conviction in my voice, to inspire others to read, intentionally, every word of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  This is what I said:  (with just a teensy bit of ad-lib)

I read through the Bible from cover to cover for the first time from July 5th to September 30th, 2010 in 88 days. Before taking on the challenge, I figured that I had read most of the Bible, but I couldn’t tell you that I had read the entire thing.  I did a lot of jumping around from book to book in my 30 years of being a Christian, but it was always a goal of mine to read God’s entire Word.

See I love to read.  I’m constantly reading.  I can read a super thick book in a single day, and yet the idea of reading the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation was intimidating.

In fact it was a lofty goal, a pedestal goal, something that I was sure would take me a full year to accomplish since all I ever saw were one year plans.  And, I had tried those one year plans in the past, only to give up a few months in.

When I heard about the Bible in 90 Days challenge, I figured that I could do anything for 90 days. The more I looked into it, I realized that it was only 12 pages a day, or just 6 pages, front and back. It would take me about 30-45 minutes to read each day, and I could do that all at once, or break my reading up throughout the day.  Totally manageable!

So, I committed to read, intentionally, every word of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and asked others to hold me accountable.

What I discovered is how ALL CONSUMING the Bible in 90 Days challenge is … but in an awesome way. When I read like this, my mind is on the Lord all day long. I’m constantly thinking about reading my Bible; from the moment I get up in the morning to the moment I go to sleep. One of the things I love about reading at this pace is that I can’t help but be focused on the Lord!

By reading with purpose, while my mind is fully engaged, I have been able to read the drier chapters of the Bible and still take personal life applications and thoughts away from my time in The Word.  I see the completeness of God’s story: all of the puzzle pieces fitting together and the history of His family coming alive.

I like this quote by Dwight Moody. He said, “When I study the Bible, I prepare myself to talk to others.  When I read the Bible, God talks to me.”

One of my fellow B90 readers said, “We don’t read the Bible in these large portions because we are amazing super saints. We do it because we are curious, or because we are flawed human beings desperately in need of our Lord.”

Does that describe you? Are you a flawed human being desperately in need of your Lord?

·      If you want to feel a real passion for scripture,

·      If you want to see the unfolding of God’s plan from the beginning to the end,

·      If you want a deeper connection with God, and you long to be close to God and feel his presence,

I would encourage you to join the challenge.

Maybe you are a new Christian or perhaps you are still seeking.  This program is perfect for you. In fact, the founder of the Bible in 90 Days ministry was an atheist when he set out to read the Bible in 90 days, and he became a believer before he even reached the New Testament.

The Holy Spirit moved in his life and the Holy Spirit wants to move in your life, too.

When I think about all that God has accomplished in my life as a result of spending so much time with Him, I get excited when I picture our church 90 Days from now.  You know what I think will happen?  I think that families will be strengthened, marriages will be restored, and we will experience a fire and a passion for ministry in Dallas and around the World.

God is going to do some powerful work in our lives!  Join us as we take on the challenge of reading every word of the Bible in 90 Days!

Did you miss out on the Bible in 90 Days Challenge happening over at Mom’s Toolbox? Would you like to join in? Our church has set up a Facebook page to encourage one another as we read through the Bible in 90 Days starting on February 27th (next Sunday).  Anyone and everyone, from our home town and around the world, is invited to join us.  If you would like accountability (and who wouldn’t?), please sign up on the Bible in 90 Days page at Grace Community Church’s website.  We’d love to pray for you and encourage you.

Please leave a comment on the page or here in the comments if you are joining us!!  I’d love to know!

Read Through The Bible in 90 Days – Starts January 3rd!

In just one week the group of ladies gathering over at Mom’s Toolbox will be embarking on another walk through the Bible in 90 Days. I am so excited!! Butterflies in my stomach excited!!

As you know, last summer I finally reached my goal of reading through the entire Bible from cover to cover.  AND, instead of dragging it out for a whole year, I read it in just 12 pages a day and finished in less than 90 days!  Eighty-eight, to be precise.  Hee, hee!

I invite you to go back and read some of my posts as I shared my experience the last time around:

This time around, I have committed to mentoring a group of women and encouraging them in their reading. I am so passionate about this life-changing experience and I desperately want others to have what I have.

Will you consider reading with us?

If so, please head on over to Amy’s post where she shares all kinds of details about the Bible in 90 Days challenge so that you can be successful in reaching your goal.  And then, SIGN UP so that you can be assigned to a mentor and be encouraged!!

Now, I have to share with you something super exciting that I could use your prayer for.  I approached my church about starting a Bible in 90 Days challenge, and it looks like it is going to happen starting in March!!  It’s going to be HUGE, with a sermon series and a Sunday School class and weekly check-ins and a video series and everything.  My handsome husband is going to be the up-front teacher guy and I’ll be his support staff.  Hee, hee!

At this point, I don’t know if I am going to join in reading with the group at Mom’s Toolbox or if I should wait until my church (and my husband) starts it in March.  I want to be an effective mentor and also be here to support YOU, my blog readers, but I think it is important to be on the same page with my church, too.  Argh!!

Advice, opinions and prayer are appreciated right now (for the next week!  yikes!).  What would you do?

Are you thinking about joining us?  I’d love to know!

The Bible in 90 Days: I did it!

It feels so good to have accomplished a goal that I had set up on a pedestal for so long. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times here on my blog, it just breaks my heart that I bought into the idea that reading the Bible from beginning to end was SO difficult!  I know I’m not the only one who has believed that lie, though.  I would imagine that a number of my blog readers have attempted to read the Bible in a year, and then life interrupted, the goal was pushed aside, and then pretty soon you were 10 days behind with no hope of catching up.  Yeah, I’ve been there.  I believed it, too!

And yet, the part that embarrasses me and hurts my heart is that I am an AVID reader.  I read all the time.  I always, always, always read.  I’ve been this way since first grade, probably.  I used to hide books under my desk in class so I could read while the teacher was talking.  Even with kids (when most moms don’t think they have time) I am still reading a lot.  A whole lot.  Whether it is magazines, blogs, or books (lots of books!), my eyes are constantly digesting text.

So, why is it that I didn’t have time for the Bible?  Ouch.

When I heard that Mom’s Toolbox was starting another Bible in 90 Days challenge, I jumped in head first. I knew that if I mentioned my goal here on my blog that I would HAVE to complete my goal, because you guys were watching me.  So thank you, friends!  You were right there with me throughout this journey.

I finished reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation on Day 88:  September 30, 2010. I stayed up all night on Day 87, knowing that I was about 4 pages away from accomplishing my goal.  It was so exciting!  My heart was racing all night long!  (Okay, so it could have had something to do with the coffee I drank late in the day, but STILL!)

And, I felt like God was talking to me. I don’t have all the answers, but I did get some ideas about where to go next in my walk with God.  One thing I know is that I need to stay in the Word.  I need to continue reading my Bible daily.  I love it.  It energizes me and gives me fuel for my day (or the next one, as the case may be!).

I also understand the importance of hiding God’s Word in my heart. This means Bible memorization.  I have to tell you that this is one area that I feel SO good about.  I grew up in a Christian home (praise the Lord!) and attended Sunday School, Youth Group, Christian Camp (and everything in between).  I even attended a Christian school for a while.  Memorizing Bible verses was expected of me, and I was amazed at how many passages in both the Old and New Testaments that I could quote.  I even have entire chapters of the New Testament memorized.  I’m so incredibly thankful for this, and I realize the importance of continuing to memorize as well as pass on Bible memorization to my children.

The boys have had to memorize verses for school (Christian preschool and Kindergarten), Sunday School and small groups in the past.  This year we put them in Awana, which has been so wonderful for our family.  You can’t believe how it warms my heart to hear my 4-year-old sing-song, “God loves us and sent His son. 1 John 4:10”.  Cole is really enjoying the challenge (and we love making up little songs to make it easier for him), and Grant (who is a Bible verse crammer – last minute dude) is actually able to remember his verses from week to week!  A nice little side benefit of working with the boys to help them study their Bible verses is that WE are also memorizing the same verses.

Which brings me to my next idea.  For several years, I have wanted to post Bible verses around our house. You know: vinyl lettering, printed out and framed on the wall, etc.  As a teenager, we had a chart about religions of the world hanging on the wall next to the toilet.  I had it memorized.  We also had a quote hanging on the wall of the bathroom where we got ready in the morning.  Yeah. I had it memorized.

Why not surround my family with the Word of God? I have so many ideas that I hope to share with you soon!

So, what is next for me?  I’m definitely, without a doubt, going to be joining in with the next Bible in 90 Days challenge which starts on January 3rd.  In the meantime, I’m going to read through the New Testament a little more slowly (in a Bible with lots of notes!), and then I might start in on I & II Kings.

Are you wanting to read through the Bible from cover-to-cover? I highly recommend that you get a hold of the 90 Day Reading Schedule at Mom’s Toolbox (but read through the post first!!) and then jump right in.  Accountability is key, and I’d love to have you check in with me!!  OR, why not mention your goal to a friend and ask that person to read along with you?  And, finally, PLEASE join me in January and we can read through together.  I’d love to share this amazing experience with you!

So, did any of my blog readers jump in and read your Bible with me?  How did it go?