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Week 2 Update

Since I am so dedicated and motivated, I am actually a week ahead in my reading… haha, I wish!

I am actually significantly behind and feel more like a drowning woman in a sea of Scripture than a motivated and dedicated individual.  I am hopeful, however, that I can catch up and maintain a steady pace towards the goal.  I keep reminding myself that there is nothing more valuable I could be doing with my time than reading the Word of God.

Thank you to all those who have left notes of encouragement.  I hope to have a better report for next week!

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Bible in 90

Today I am going to begin a journey that both excites and scares me.  I am going to read through the Bible in 90 days.  It is my heart’s desires to get the broad view of God’s word through this quickly paced plan taking me from Genesis to Revelation in just a few months.  I am excited for the opportunity and accountability through Mom’s Toolbox.  Pray for me!

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Try New Adventures Thursday: Selling Stuff

I was over on my friend Alicia’s blog and thought it would be a perfect time to link up with her Try New Adventures Thursday.  I have way too much stuff.  And not quite enough money.  So I’ve decided it’s time to purge by liquidating some small assets.

Step 1: update my Half.com account to reflect the books I want to sell.

Step 2: update my school’s resource listing with the textbooks I want to sell.

Step 3: take a load of clothing to the local Plato’s Closet.  They purchase used clothing items; however, they are very particular about what they take.  I will have to choose only the newest and nicest items in the hopes that I can get a little cash for them.

The goal: $200 in 2 weeks.  And less clutter.  Check back soon for updates!

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I love it when…

GOD starts working.  It’s July 1st.  I finished my Women’s Ministry Certificate today.

In a few days, I will start a plan to read through the Bible in 90 Days, which will also include blogging through the Bible.  I can not wait to share what GOD does in my life.

I also received information on auditing classes at a local seminary.  My excitement over this opportunity is bubbling as I see so many things converging in my life.  Praise GOD for moments when He makes it so clear that His fingerprints are all over my life.  Just when I was feeling forgotten, GOD  is revealing just how invested in the details of my life He is.  I am so thankful that as Haggar said of the LORD, “He is the God who sees.”

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Sometimes

I am reminded of the pain of suffering so clearly right now.  I feel so blessed that my suffering is not of intensity of some I know.  The dear friend of a friend who lost her husband and is left with two small children.  The parents who are grieving the drowning of their small daughter in my local community.  The friend whose husband is facing eternity after a rock climbing accident.  His three children and wife are left behind, and I can only wonder where there hope lies.

As I thought back on what I knew of this man, I’m not sure that I even ever met him.  But I remember his wife talking about him.  I remember her discussing his spiritual journey the cleansing he went through with his guru-Deepak Chopra.  I was saddened that in my limited conversations with this family, one of my clearest memories is of their misguided draw towards New Age Philosophy.  I hope that he was saved at some point during his lifetime.  But my heart broke more grievously as I thought that the eternal resting place of his soul is quite possibly not in heaven.

Time is so short.  We do not know when the Lord will take us from this world and into eternity.  While I trust His sovereignty in suffering, I also want to use this as a reminder to redeem my time.  My life is worthless if not lived for Him.  My breath is in vain if it’s not used to speak the words of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  How I long to proclaim Him.

Cease from striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10