Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Bible in 90 Days Challenge is beginning again

Some of you may remember reading my check-ins this past summer/fall as the boys and I read (okay, listened) to the Bible over the course of 90 days.  This experience was pretty amazing.  I've read through the Bible before.  My kids have listened to the entire Bible a couple times before.  But wow, going through it at this pace really gave the stories new meaning.

Well, Amy of Mom's Toolbox is starting up again.  January 3 is the big day, and the 90 days goes through April 2.  Signup just started, at this link.

I've been praying about my involvement this time around.  And I just finished filling out the form to be a mentor.  I have decided that I am not going to read through the Bible in 90 days again myself... but I am going to have Connor following the teen schedule I saw here, and I am going to have William and Thomas reading to me from the various kids' schedules.

The teen schedule has them reading 2-3 chapters a day.

The tween schedule has them reading 1-2 chapters a day.  I'm thinking William can do that.

The kid schedule has them doing a chapter a day.  I think Thomas can do that.

The little kids schedule does a story a day out of a kids' Bible I don't believe I own.  I'll substitute.  I'm actually thinking I may grab my Sonlight Basic K Teacher's Manual and plan to read from Egermeier's doing two days of SL per day for the 90 days.  We'll see.  :)

So instead of me reading something like 15-16 chapters of the Bible daily, I'll be listening to 2-3 chapters, and reading a few pages to the little ones.

And encouraging others to be plugging along and doing their reading.  This mentor thing could be pretty neat.  I'm already praying for whoever gets stuck with me.  And I will be blogging about it.  Because I'm sure I'm going to get a different perspective going through the Bible this way.

Anyone care to join me?  You can even ask for me as a mentor, though I'm not sure why you'd want to...


Dawn said...

I joined and I requested you as a mentor. Thanks for posting about this - I'm looking forward to participating!

Amy@ MomsToolbox said...

I am so excited to have you on our team!! Thank you so much for offering to help... and for inviting others to read with you.
And I REALLY like your plans for the kids.. perfect!!

Wendy Kaye said...

Oh....I think I might want to join you...and have my kidlets join in as well....Sounds like a pretty rapid pace, though!!

Debra said...

Yay! Someone *wants* me! LOL!

Amy, I think the plan for the kids is going to be fantastic. I want *them* reading this time. Connor is debating reading the regular adult plan, but with some other things he has going, I'm pushing for the teen one.

Wendy -- it is a rapid pace, but wow, it was SO worth it. We listened through The Word in Promise, which required us to average 65 minutes a day. That is a chunk of time. I think the people reading were spending more like 45-60 minutes. Anyway, it was fabulous.

Michelle Smith said...

Oh, don't tempt me, Debra! I might just do that. I DO have the Bible on CD, dramatized. I could listen to that in the mornings and evenings when I'm just folding laundry, cooking meals, washing dishes. :)

And just whey would I not want you for a mentor? :)

Cristi said...

Thanks for sharing Debra. I'm thinking and praying about taking on this challenge for myself. I don't think there's any way that I can read to my kids for that long each day (in addition to schoolwork), but it might be a good time fore me to set-aside some time for myself each day and allow myself to refocus.

Debra said...

Michelle -- go for it! Really. That's what I was doing, for the most part. Listening while I did dishes. Or driving. Did a bunch of listening while driving.

Cristi -- there is NO WAY I could add me reading the Bible aloud (at this pace) to my day. That's why we went for the audio Bible. But you could seriously look at doing the regular reading yourself, have Addison do the teen plan (I linked it), have Brennan do the 9-12 year old plan, and maybe do something for Lauren with you reading aloud the little kid plan. I am still debating whether or not I am going to do that (me reading). I will be having my kids do their respective plans though. For the kids, no it isn't the entire Bible (well, the little kid plan is an entire kid's story Bible) but they are getting through quite a bit, and somewhat related to what you are doing. I think it is going to be pretty incredible.

Cristi said...

Even with an audio Bible, I don't think I could find time for all of us to listen each day. I feel bad for admitting that, but I still have major listening problems around here (i.e. trouble getting everyone to stop talking long enough to listen to anything more than a sentence or two long).

Brennan has several review Bible studies to work on in the upcoming months, but I might talk to Addison about the teen/tween plans.

Debra said...

Cristi -- it was HARD. It would have been a lot easier for me to do the challenge myself. And, um, that is why I'm not planning for us all to do it together again. I don't think that I can make that work again. Not this soon.

Jennifer said...

Thank you for sharing about this, and for sharing about your audio Bible inclusions. I'm signing up now for this challenge, for me. If the kids see me reading and want to join in, great. They will hear most of the part that I listen to.

Rodna said...

Hey Debra, I just signed up and requested you too!