Friday, January 5, 2007

And We're Off!...

All right, Buds, the blog is off and running! 2007 marks the year I've committed to reading the entire Bible in a year and several of you have joined me in that commitment. Our goal is not so we can say we did it, or even to expand our knowledge of scripture (though that will be a nice perk!), but rather, to better know the very heart of God. In today's reading (Gen. 12--15) I noticed how Abram built alters after he encountered God in special ways. A friend once pointed out that when we take the time to note praise and thanks for what God has revealed to us or done in our lives, we're building an alter of sorts, too. That's my hope for this blog...that it becomes a place where we can stop and give glory and honor to the One who makes all things possible.

Since I'm new to blogging, I'm gonna throw a few "housekeeping" items at you. If a post is labeled "RTBIAY" that means the posting is directed towards those of you who are Reading The Bible In A Year with me. (Yes, it took me hours to come up with that!) Any other labels will probably be self-explanatory. I'm hoping you'll see some labeled "Shane" as I encourage my incredibly better half to contribute from time to time.

Lord, I pray that this blog will be used to carry out Your will. Let it be a tool for encouragement, enlightenment, seed-planting and tending--an all-around forum for "lovin' on others" as You want us to. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

3 comments:

JenniferLayne said...

Here I am, finally. I've been reading every day, but haven't had internet at home to respond. I snuck into Tim's office today. I am so super excited about doing this. I know you all have already commented on previous chapters, but one thing that has struck me is how very different our world is from the world of Adam and Eve and Noah and his family (I mean, what exactly did they do on that ark without cards for playing euchre and ipods and portable dvd players??!!??), and yet how "the same" we as people are. We're still trying to push our limits, blame other people and situations for our sin, hide from God, etc. I was also blown away by the fact that God was sorry he had created man. I never want Him to think that when He looks at me, but I'm oh-so-afraid there are moments when He does. Well, that's all I got. I've been storing that up all week. Later, Jennifer

M. Milbourn said...

well...I've not kept up with the reading, but I've never typed on a blog before, so I wanted to try. It types pretty good. I think I like it. I think I may be back. Even though I've not kept up with the reading, I can't miss a good "blog party"...
Missy

karenkeim said...

You guys are all blowing me away! I love reading your blogs and being challenged and encouraged by you. I feel old enough to be a mother to most of you, but you make me feel like an "equal". Thank you for that! I have to admit I'm a little behind on my reading, but hope to get caught up soon. A little "God-irony" -- at the same time Kathy suggested reading the Bible, our Sunday School class started an Old Testament survey. Isn't He amazing? Love you guys all so much!