I read the entire Bible once before. It started when I was 17 and questioning everything and a friend suggested in my dark period that I read Ecclesiastes. That I might identify with the writer. I had never cracked the Bible before that. I didn’t know what those colons were for, why there were numbers, who the authors were, that there were 2 testaments (whatever that was), but my friend sent me a student paraphrase Bible and told me what to look up. My first thoughts were along the lines of.. Huh, there are actual words that I could understand there and that they were good words. Like book words that I liked. It was like a real book. That was pivotal for me. Then I read Proverbs. Not long after that I decided to follow Jesus Christ wherever He led me. That I wanted to know more about Him. I was drawn to Him. It was at that point that I wanted to know what it was that I believed. I wanted to go to the source before I bought into every word the preacher had to say. I began at the beginning. I ate, slept, and breathed that blue worn student Bible. I slept with it and a highlighter. I highlighted nearly every word. I was floored by it all. It was amazing. Since then I’ve read much of the Bible over, if not a daily reading then nearly that. But not like that time in my life when I was desperate for every word.
I decided in January of 2011 that I wanted to read the entire Bible from cover to cover again. When my boys asked if they could be a part of the reading with me I hesitated. I knew what was in there. Especially the old testament. There’s some stout stuff in there. And though I watch way too much tv and am exposed to way too much stuff I probably shouldn’t be, my children are pretty sheltered. Intentionally. They don’t know the words “r.a.pe”, or “s.e…x”, or how babies are made. They’re not there yet. I’ll be overly open when the time comes, but that time is not there yet. And I knew I would have some questions to answer if I started at the beginning and didn’t skip anything. I talked to Matt about it and I began reading.
This is our journey through the Bible with kids ages 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1.
(for the time being, the below list is in ascending order – older posts are listed at the bottom of the list moving to the most recent at the top)
- A Quick Update
- A. Observations On The Old Testament And Children
- B. Leviticus and Kids
- Birthdays, Praise, and Forgotten Wonders
- C. Finishing Leviticus - A Surprising Redemption Jubilee!
- Christmas Changes
- D. Easter Week with Little Ones - Looking for Something More
- E. Judges and Ruth - War & Love
- First and Second Samuel
- II Chronicles and A Direct Application for Us!
- Promises (and it has nothing to do with me)
- Today I Have Hope