God definitely has his Hand all over the Bible in 90 days program on MomsToolbox. No, I shouldn’t be amazed at that, but I am.
When I picked the dates to host this session I knew it would be tough. I was hosting a three-day professional event in New York 2 weeks before our start date and I was heading to a conference for the five days before our start date. But I wanted to host and I wanted us to finish before Thanksgiving.
I prayed and was determined and hoped I wasn’t more determined than I prayed.
I purposely didn’t go crazy promoting the read-through this time because I didn’t want to attract more readers than the volunteer mentors could take. I wanted to keep the groups small this time. I wanted every reader to get as much personal attention as possible. I wanted to eliminate as many barriers as I could.
One of the mentors asked if we could offer the chronological plan and, for the first time I said “Yes, let’s do it!”
She got to work on the reading plan and then another mentor got to work on a bookmark with that plan. I posted it. Life was rocking and rolling. I ordered a chronological Bible online to arrive while I was away so it would be ready for me Monday, Aug 20.
At about the same time, a volunteer contacted me who had helped by placing readers into groups in the past. She had done an amazing job and was one of my heroes that time.
“Why didn’t you email me for help?” she asked.
Of course I wanted her to help, but I didn’t want to pressure her, so I hadn’t contacted her.
She let me know she was ready to help, even though this time there was a lot more to contend with as readers could choose which plan they wanted as well as what check in style they preferred. But Farrell was still on the case. I was relieved.
And then the emails started coming in.
The chronological schedule we posted was not complete. It had errors. We needed a new schedule and a new bookmark. What would I do? I couldn’t fix it and didn’t know how to ask those that had already worked to hard to redo it. And I think by this time I was already in Oregon with awful internet connectivity. Yikes!
Next, we started to get a surge of readers and a surge of questions from the mentor team and I couldn’t get to my emails on several of the days because of travel and/or bad internet. Oregon and AT&T do not get along. I do remember responding to a few offers of help from previous mentors while on the plane waiting for the doors to be closed. I was thankful for those emails.
Farrell rolled with the punches of people changing groups and awesome mentors volunteering at the last minute and she even saw the other mentor’s questions in group emails and emailed answers to them. She responded to questions on MomsToolbox to assure everyone and help.
And I felt incredibly blessed to have her on my team.
And then Melissa worked out a new chronological schedule and Irene fact-checked it (three times, I think) and Dana started fresh with brand new bookmarks. And I bought another chronological Bible that did in fact follow our schedule. (The first one I bought, oddly enough, did not coordinate.)
And so many of you started reading on Monday. And your lives are already being changed, I just know it.
God has shown me this time, especially, that this is not my project, it is HIS. And He will bring into action whomever He wants to help.
I am honored and humbled by the volunteer efforts of so many who have stepped up and helped to make this program roll through the years. And I am blown away by the selfless spirit so many women have already shown in this session, just four days in.
For anyone who is reading along… Big stuff is gonna happen this session. God wouldn’t have pulled out all the stops and stirred the hearts of so many to give so much if that wasn’t true.
We must all finish together… because I honestly believe that is what He wants.
This session could have easily not happened. My life is extra hectic right now. Satan threw in lots of hiccups. But because we have a team united by His word, it continues.Thank you, God.
Thank you for calling me to share your word. And thank you for appointing the amazing, selfless women, some of whom I may never see until we meet in eternity, that you called to our team.
Readers: Don’t give up. Don’t stop reading. If you are already behind, catch up before Monday’s check in. I know you can do this. Other women have done it through tragic accidents, hectic baby-rearing, children’s sports, traveling and even moving cross-country. One reader said this was what helped her make it through her daughter’s open-heart surgery.
If you want to read His word, all of it, the time is now. God has done so much already to make it happen. Take up your Bible and read. And be touched. And be changed.
And be blessed by those amazing women on our lead time: mentors, pray-ers and Tweeters, who are committed to helping you.
If you want to do it you can. It will only be you that stops you.