Monday, April 15, 2013

My name is Marla Douglas. I have been married to my husband, Larry, for 46 years. I have three married daughters who have blessed me with four beautiful and amazing grandchildren. I have been a Christian for many, many years. I have attended church all my life; reading and hearing the Word.

As 2011 came to an end, Pastor Tom invited us (the church) to read the Bible through, along with him, in 2012. Larry and I knew immediately that we wanted to take that challenge! I cannot begin to tell you what a blessed year that was. In the past I had shied away from most of the Old Testament...not having any interest in all the wars, laws and the endless lists of "who begot who!” Not to mention my inability to pronounce all the names and cities!

This time was so different. Every morning I grabbed my Bible eager to read. Sometimes I would get so engrossed in reading that I would find myself reading into the next day's verses! To say that God planted a new excitement in me for His Word is putting it lightly! After reading the assigned passages each morning, Larry and I would have many great discussions throughout the day about what we had read. It was fun seeing phrases to worship songs that we knew and re-reading favorite scriptures. My favorite will always be John 14:1-6, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

So, what did I do once 2012 came to an end and I had completed the challenge? I started it all over again!! This time I am using The One Year Chronological Bible. And I love it!

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