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Finding a Way Out of My Funk … with Scripture

I have been restless recently. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I am ALWAYS uncomfortable now that I’m about in the 3rd trimester (which also means I can’t sleep), the fact that the New Year is turning, that I’m staring down the reality of life with an infant (and a toddler) very soon, or the fact that I’m turning 30 soon. But I know I’ve been pretty difficult to live with recently, and if I’m honest, I just want to crawl in a hole and not come out until I sort this all out.

But I can’t do that. I have a very cute 13-month-old to attend to, not to mention a wonderful husband who would like a little of my attention – and, for goodness sakes, it’s the holidays and I need to be kind to my family, too.

In order to re-orient myself right now, I have been grasping at straws, to be honest. I have submerged myself in fashion magazines and online [window] shopping; and instead of finding some kind of grounding, this has left me more discontent (go figure, right?).

I have also been craving scripture, though – reading the Bible. So a few days ago, I dusted off a one-year study Bible from our basement and started reading. I loved the guidance of the readings – because at this point, I feel like I need someone to just tell me what to read.

My angst is still hovering quite closely overhead, but I think I’m at least on the right track now. Timothy writes that “all scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, correcting, rebuking, and encouraging.” So, even though I can’t quite put words to my state except to call it a “funk,” I know the power of the living word to saturate my life is just the cup of water that I need right now.

So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when I noticed a lot of other mom bloggers tweeting about reading the Bible through from cover to cover in 90 days. I did some quick math in my head (okay, there’s nothing quick – or accurate – about me doing math in my head) and realized that would almost precisely put me at the birth of this second baby.

I decided to jump into the challenge. What better way to prepare my heart and my mind for this new season in life – new baby (and also my 30th birthday soonish) – than saturating myself in scripture. It’s a do-able reading load (works out to about 12 pages a day), but it’s the daily act and consistency that is the real challenge.

I’m glad to be on board with other bloggers during this challenge. Man is not an island, for sure. And Lord knows women love to take up a challenge as long as they can bring a friend or two along.

Are you up for the challenge?

Follow Mom’s Toolbox on her blog (or twitter @momstoolbox).

You can follow me on twitter, too (not just about the Bible reading challenge) @wholelivinggal and the hashtag #b90days.

Spirituality is one of the primary foods that I talk about – so I am feeding that craving right now…

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Comments

  1. * anne says:

    So…I like the idea and am totally on board. But is it weird to say I would rather read out of my own Bible than the one they specifically sell? Except, I don’t see anywhere the divisions or a way to keep track on my own. Tricky, they are.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago
  2. * Luanne says:

    I’m in too! But I agree with Anne…hmmm…

    And I was thinking about this a little too and maybe your exercise challenge you were trying to come up with is really supposed to be this…to exercise your love for God and opening your heart…after that is in place, everything else falls into place! Just a thought 🙂 I miss you! Please lets have a date soon, we both need it! 🙂

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago
    • * heatherehammond says:

      Luanne,

      I think you’re absolutely right about the “exercise” component in my life right now. I really don’t need a physical challenge these days (I have enough!), but I could use the spiritual exercise.

      I’m attaching the reading schedule that I’m using. Looks like there may be an iPhone app, too, though that you might want to check into! Check out all the tweets at #b90days on twitter – it’s really cool to see so many women committing to this!

      I would LOVE date with you. I have DV:FX next week, so I should probably lie low – but the week after that is WIDE OPEN – just let me know what works for you.

      love, HH

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago
  3. Heather,
    Love your honesty here and think you’re probably right on track. There is something about reading the Word as a discipline more than for what you can get out of it that is powerful…and God always uses it. I hope you find peace in the pages. 😉
    Also wanted to tell you that I just loved looking thru the pics of your Musical! What an AWESOME experience to have accomplished…you go with your creative self! Truly. You should be very proud!

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago
  4. I’m doing this too! I thought about using my own Bible (there’s a free downloadable bookmark with the schedule at biblein90days.com ) but I like the larger print in the 90 Days Bible.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago
    • * heatherehammond says:

      Hi Ruth,

      Thanks for your comment on my blog! I actually got a head-start on the 90-day Bible-reading challenge cause I’m having a baby March 22, so my goal is to be done by then…and I can definitely see the benefit of larger print already!

      Happy reading!

      -Heather

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago


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