I started doing my Bible reading, consistently doing my workouts, and marking it all off my calendars. The Bible reading schedule was one I found here, and I love her insights into what she's been reading. Granted, she's a day ahead, but oh well. Not like I do not know how it ends.
Today, I finished the book of Genesis. I have read this book of the Bible before, but I have never laughed, out loud, while reading it like I did this time. I realized that nothing currently going on in our world is new, nothing at all. Many people suggest Eve eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge was the first sin, but I believe it was Adam pretending like nothing was going on, not standing up in his role as the leader and stopping her. And when God asks them what just went down? Oh the excuses! I wanted to shout, "just tell them what went on, say I'm sorry!" Then, I realized I do the same thing when confronted with issues. I make excuses rather than simply saying I am sorry. I also love Abraham and Sarah, actually laughing at God as He says they will have a child. They laughed at God, the one who created them and the world they lived in. What?!?! How could they? Oh yea, I too have dismissed God's promises and thought, "Nah, never gonna happen." Oops, so I was wrong. All throughout Genesis, one after another hears directly from God, obeys or dimsisses Him, and with each one, God is gracious. He disciplines yes, but he offers grace along with that discipline (go on, read about Cain). It's incredible.
So, thank you Jodi for writing about the schedule to read the Bible in 90 days, it's doing wonders for me! And, it's so basic and simple, but I am amazed at how much better my days are when I am starting off with my reading. Funny, that helps put everything else into perspective, and everyday has been better - more evidence of God's graciousness in my own life.