Monday, February 25, 2008

Want to read the Bible "together?"

I think between the group of us P31 gals we've gotten most the questions about She Speaks answered. I realize I never typed out my whole process of how I came to be writing and speaking with P31 but it would be a very long post and maybe I will get to it one day. But honestly I'm more excited to get back to the subject of studying the Bible because I want to run something by you.

On Friday I tried unsuccessfully 3 times to post a response to your questions and comments in my "How do you study your Bible" post. Since I never was able to before I had to go on with my day, I thought about you through out the day and an idea began percolating.

So many women have expressed to me a desire to read the Bible and connect with God regularly but they just don't know how to go about it ... or they could use a little accountability in getting it done on a regular basis. Sound at all like someone you know?

I started wondering, would it help you if we could do it "together" several days a week for a month or so? We could all follow a plan I'd provide so we're all reading the same portions of scripture at the same time. I'm thinking maybe we'd move through each of the main women of the Bible. Then we could come here and check it off our to-do list by posting an "I'm done" once we've completed the day's reading.

We can even share in the comments any questions, insights, or reactions we have to the readings. That way we can also learn from one another after we've read the text and reflected on it ourselves. Along the way I would post some comments, some study helps, or some journal activities you could try.

This would be in addition to the other reading/studying I'm already doing. So I want to be clear from the outset that I would not be teaching an online bible study for us so much as hosting it by providing a plan, a forum, some direction and some accountability. I think it could be a fun experience!! I'm all about drawing women closer to the heart of God and to one another.

So what do you think, does this interest you? Would it help you to stay accountable to reading God's Word? If not, that's fine, it won't hurt my feelings. But if you are interested, jump on board and join me in March.

UPDATE: I'm so excited about all of you that have decided to do this - and its still not too late if you've visiting from my "Making Time" devotion today. In fact, any woman can join in at any time during the 6 week study. Beginning this week (March 10th) we'll be going through women of the Bible in chronological order, covering 3 women a week for about 6 weeks. *Everything you need to participate in reading the Bible with me will be posted here on my blog. So if you want to start (or just learn more), look in my side bar to the right under "Archives" and then click on "March 2008" and it will take you where you need to go.
And if you just want to check out other ideas of mine for spending time with God, you can search my blog for the words "time with God." Its my prayer that you will make it a priority to press into Him and be blessed in the process.

284 comments:

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  2. I'd love to participate in this!

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  3. Sounds great Rachel! When do we start? :)

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  4. Love it!
    Margaret

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  5. I came to your site to read some of the She Speaks Q & A... what a double blessing to be able to get involved in a Bible study!

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  6. I would love to do something like this!

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  7. Count me in! I think this is a great idea and a good way to grow in God's word,

    Tammy

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  8. this is exactly what i need right now. sounds like a great idea. just say when and where.
    have a super blessed day!

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  9. Sounds great! I look forward to checking in!

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  10. I would love to be a part of this.

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  11. I think this is a great idea. I am in too.

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  12. Sounds interesting, count me in.

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  13. I love my current study but am always interested in others. I will be checking back!!
    In His Graces~Pamela

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  14. This sounds like a wonderful sharing opportunity that I would be interested in participating in. I am not in a formal discussion group right now (aside from church classes) and I miss it. I love to glean from others and love to see how a group can all be reading the same passage and how God speaks so individually to each one, seeing what someone else saw that I did not, and the fellowship of study with other believers. Count me in!

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  15. I would love to participate! Being a night shift nurse, I don't get to attend my home church as much as I'd like. Things are always easier to accomplish when shared! Thanks for this great idea

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  16. count me in!

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  17. This sounds like a wonderful idea. Please count me in.

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  18. Please sign me up! I am a single mom of a two year and would love to do this. I am currently in school online, but know that I could find the time to do this. It is a WONDERFUL idea and thank you for hosting it!

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  19. I would love to be part of this!

    Cindy
    http://adopttaiwan.wordpress.com

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  20. Rachel: This sounds great! Please count me in! I am excited about studying His Word together! Thank you! Sharon

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  21. specialk1550February 29, 2008

    oh,oh,oh me too,me too. I can hardly wait.
    "K"

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  22. This sounds great! Looking forward to it.
    Blessings:)

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  23. Sounds like a great idea. Count me in!

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  24. Would love to do this! Count me in!

    Blessings!
    Dawn

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  25. I would really enjoy doing this. Thanks for putting it together!

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  26. Sounds great!! Count me in too!

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  27. Fantastic! Thanks for heading this up!
    Cayce

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  28. I think this is a great idea. I am in.

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  29. Please count me in.

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  30. I came here from a devotional that I get. Your Bible study sounds great. How do I sign up?

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  31. I would like to participate in the Bible Study how do I sign up?
    Lynn

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  32. How cool! I'd love to be a part of this!

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  33. I'm in! Looks great!

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  34. Is it too late, can I join in?

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  35. If it's not to late, I'm in!!
    Julie

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  36. I'm in !

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  37. Rachel, you have been an inspiration to me. Yes, I would love to join in this study. Love, Maricris

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  38. Awesome idea - can't wait to start!Jude 2!

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  39. I'm in! And thankyou so much for the reminder of emotions and not to let them control us. I love being this clay pot, but more than that, I love the creator of this clay pot and that He knows me so much better than I do myself, and running to Him with my emotions is better than running to the phone!! Smile!

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  40. Yes, I am in and thanks for doing it!

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  41. I'm in.
    dana l

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  42. I'm in. Can't wait to start!

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  43. I'm in I came here this morning looking for something like this Thanks

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  44. I'm In!!!!!! And so excited, thanks Rachel

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  45. I would love to join the study!

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  46. This sounds wonderful. Please count me in. I feel as though He led me to your site today and just in time to be at the beginning of the reading. Wow, does He care and direct our steps.

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  47. I'm in as well!
    Nicole

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  48. Please count me in. What's next?

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  49. i am excited to participate!!!!

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  50. Love too! Thanks for the offer.

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  51. Good morning, a prayer has been answered!!! I am so happy to be with your Bible read!!! God bless you ALL!!!

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  52. Done! I'm in it too!!!!!

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  53. Done! I'm in too!!!!!!

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  54. Thank you Anonymous, yes I am ready, willing and God willing able! I'm very excited to get started, looks like I was found just in time to start!!! A

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  55. I would like to join too.

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  56. I love this site... Thank you.God bless you.

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  57. Thank you Iliana, yes, I'm in!!! A

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  58. I did it, Sunday's reading early Monday morning, what a great way to start the week!

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  59. Hello,
    so nice to know about this, please I would like to participate in such a blessed venture
    Damie

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  60. Yes, I'm going to try my best to do this! I know - I spend time on this computer so I CAN spend time with God. I must --

    Sharma

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  61. This will be fun. I'm looking forward to it. Lona Jean

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  62. I am so ready for this study!
    dawelch

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  63. Sounds like fun..count me in.

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  64. Hi,
    Kris from Australia. Looking forward to reading the Bible with everyone!!

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  65. Thanks for doing this! It's just the "kick-start" that I've been needing!

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  66. Good to know you all and Rachel, thanks so much for thinking of what women truly need, to know God more intimately in a setting just for us.
    Thank God It's A New Day!

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  67. Sounds great. When are you starting?

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  68. I am male i hope i can participate

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  69. I began today! I will pass it on to my friends!

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  70. Best idea I have heard in a long time. I'm in all the way

    Leonie

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  71. I think this is a great idea. I am sending requests to the ladies in my family as well. What a blessed way to unite a family of women. Count Me in.

    Beloved

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  72. Thank you Rachel! This is an answer to prayer. God bless you for doing this!

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  73. i did it

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  74. I did it, and I look forward to reading the Bible along with you!

    Its ironic because my husband just gave a lesson in our SS class yesterday on Genesis 3...God's timing is awesome!

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  75. I think that this is a splendid idea. Thank you so much for all of the time, effort and devotion that you give helping others. I will be thrilled to participate. God bless you and all of your good works.

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  76. I wanna start, thanks for the opportunity!

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  77. You are an answer to my prayer. I attend a bible study which meets once a week but when I'm on my own I find it difficult to know what to study. I asked God to show me how to study his Word and I believe you are the answer to that prayer. Thank you for answering God's call to serve other women. God bless you. "Em"

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  78. I have been praying and asking God to show me HOW to do spend time with Him...He simply told me to get into His word..and now he's giving me the guidelines through you! I'm in! :o)

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  79. i am definately in ... and i can do this at my desk at work. god provides a few hours here of quiet time for me so this is the perfect opportunity to read his word.

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  80. Did it! Interesting.

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  81. I am SO exited about this!! This is exactly what i need.You are a blessing for starting this Rachel!

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  82. Sounds great. thanks

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  83. Yes, I want to join also as it will make me accountable. I had never read the NIV translation until today and found it very interesting. The part that really makes sense now is the control over husband part as I know a lot of ladies have trouble with this. I did when I was younger but not any more praise the Lord. Thanks for doing this.

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  84. This is great! I've read it.
    ~Lisa

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  85. Thank you for doing this Rachel. It is something I can do at my desk at work.

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  86. I'm in school study for a Master's degree (OVER AGE 40 and in a foreign country) and bearly have time to study for school with a hubby and a 2 year-old! But I know I need this, so sharpen me sisters, sharpen me! ;)

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  87. i too would like to participate.

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  88. I look forward to not only spending time in God's Word but spending time with sisters in Christ!

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  89. What a GREAT idea...I'm excited to get started! :)

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  90. Hey Rachel! I think this is a wonderful idea, I'm in!

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  91. sounds great. I would like to participate also

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  92. What a great reading to start-the Mother of all living things...
    but it tickles me, Adam blamed the woman,,,the woman blamed the serpent....if they had just obeyed.
    That's true for me too. 'if i had just obeyed' I will meditate on that word today-obey.
    thanks for the reminder, Lord

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  93. I don't just want to, I NEED to!!!

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  94. Thanks Rachel! I'm committing for the program!

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  95. I'd love to do this. I finished the first reading. this is a God send I so want to study and pray and get closer to God Thanks for setting this up.

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  96. this is exactly what i been needing,i oftenwonder if i'm studying the word right,i think this is god's way of helping me .through you.glory be to his name, i would love to join everyone.

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  97. God is in control of my time and He has guided me to this site to learn more of His word, thank you and blessings.

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  98. riding4jesusMarch 10, 2008

    I'd love to be part of this. I used to spend time with God every single day, but it's been kind of hard to get back on track since my husband died 3 years ago. I do okay for a couple of days and then I'm not etc. So count me in. This is just what I needed.

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  99. I absolutely want to join in this program!

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  100. I to would like to participate.

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  101. good morning, already read it, it was refreshing to know how and why our Lord created us.
    claudia

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  102. I'm In! This is exactly what I need right now. I am excited to see fresh eyes on this study. Everyone I currently study sits under the same teaching I do.
    Eve and Adam are the perfect example of how we have it all and want more, we are never satisfied.
    Thank You for all you do for women's ministries.

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  103. This is so exciting and wonderful. Thank you so much for being obedient to the Lord. Blessings, Jocelyn

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  104. I am new to discovering God's word and just getting to know Him. It amazes me every day the joy I feel!

    I love Rachel Olsen's daily emails! I am in!

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  105. Wow! In our church last night my husband preached about "what is a devotional time?" The Lord is really speaking to my heart about this and then to read the devotional for today. Well, I got the message!! I'm joining too!
    Thanks so much!

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  107. Count me in...how do I get started?

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  108. I am excited to have joined this and posted my response to today's Bible reading on the appropriate place. And found out how to get my picture and blog

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  109. Well my picture is still not showing am I putting it in the wrong place on my blog?

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  110. its great.im in!i want to mother for our lord,what agreat way to start.

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  111. Praise God any way may everyone have a terrific day. I love this help to discipline me to read my Bible every day.

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  112. Count me in!! When do we start?

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  113. Hey,
    I found out about this just in time, God's timing of course. I look forward to joining you

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  114. I prayed at the beginning of this month and asked God to help me commit to studying and praying for at least 31 days. How he answers prayers! I'm in!

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  115. I've been so lazy lately with my time in prayer and reading the Bible. There's always an excuse: have to study, have to work, have to go to college, have to go to church, etc. But I'm in, I am looking forward to this and I am realllly interested because we are going to be studying about the women in the Bible.

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  116. I did it! This is just what I needed. Thanks Rachel.

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  117. I did it! This is just what I needed. Thanks Rachel.

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  118. i would love too!

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  119. Awesome....you made this proposal on my birthday, but I'm just now finding it. Thanks for the gift.

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  120. I am in. Thank you Rachel for this opportunity.

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  121. Dear Rachel,
    I really enjoy your writing that I receive on Encouragement For Today P31. Thank you for offering this as it has blessed me and my daughters.
    May God continually bless you in your ministry. Colleen

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  122. I would love to be a part of this, so count me in.

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  123. I've been trying to do this for so long. This morning I got up and did it and it was so refreshing. Im glad i have a group to hold me accountable. IM SO EXCITED!!!

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  124. I've been trying to do this for so long. This morning I got up and did it and it was so refreshing. Im glad i have a group to hold me accountable. IM SO EXCITED!!!

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  125. I would absolutely love to participate!! Thanks, Rachel!

    Blessings,
    Lara <><

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  126. i would love to do it and have to be accountable to do it

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  127. This is something I want to do for the rest of my life!!!

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  128. I'm so excited about this. I read your devotional today and your project comes along at a perfect time in my life. I'm already making time in my life to sit with God every morning. I started a few weeks back, and it's made the most amazing difference for me.

    Thanks for putting this together! I'm headed over right now to see what I've missed so far.

    In Him!
    Jae

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  129. Oh this is AWESOME! Getting started on it right now! Thanks for doing this Rachel!!

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  130. Yes,Yes, Yes....I'm in too!

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  131. Thank God for you my sister, I have been trying to do this for some time but never knew where to start, what book to start at I was just at a lost. I have notice that when you get saved that know one tell you how to read your bible or how to spend time with God but I'm so glad that you have decided to help us with this thank you so very much. God Bless

    Susan

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  132. This is great! I found your site thru the P31 daily devotions and have been searching for a bible study! Thank you for doing this!

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  133. I think this is a great idea. I am currently struggling to "make" time to read God's word and spend quiet time with him. I think this will help a lot. Thank you so much.

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  134. Just found this site. I'm looking forward to it.

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  135. count me in! i so need this!

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  136. This is a great bible study tool for me.

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  137. So excited to be doing this with you! I need a little motivation to get me going in reading the Word.

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  138. I'm so excited! I desire accountability, and am looking forward to spending time pressing into my relationship with my father!

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  139. I have never done this in a group and would like to join. So, as of today, am in. Thank you for suggesting this.

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  140. Definitely count me in!!

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  141. What a wonderful idea! Maybe this will motivate me to focus on the Bible more.

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  142. This is great - count me in too.

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  143. I'd love to join in

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  144. I am definitely "in"!

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  145. I was excited until I couldn't figure out how to get this done...looking forward to the easy part....reading my Bible.

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  146. Just got finished reading. I have never thought to put myself in Eve's shoes before. How easy it must have been to believe the serpant. Then I thought about how easy it is for me to believe the lastes promises for weight loss, less wrinkles and all that stuff. How easy it is to be deceived!
    Jennifer D.

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  147. Count me in too! Thanks for all you do!

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  148. I am so excited to be doing this!!!!

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  149. I'm in. God is good in how he always aligns His people! Amen.

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  150. A BIG (YES)...CANT WAIT, I THINK DOING, THE READING AS A GROUP WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN.......

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  151. When does it start? I'm In!

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  152. Always SmilingMarch 10, 2008

    I would love to do this especially as it is with other women to be able to read others responses.
    Thank you

    Always Smiling

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  153. Always SmilingMarch 10, 2008

    Thank you for the invite..
    Its some thing I'd love to do

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  154. I'd would love to!

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  155. Sounds good. Count me in.

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  156. I would love to participate in this study

    Tirzah

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  157. I think this is a great idea, Rachel. I'd really enjoy being a part of this!

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  158. Please count me in on this. I am so interested~!

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  159. I am in and ready to follow the Lord where ever he might lead!

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  160. I'm in .... When does this start.

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  161. Im i---this is God ordained I have been under attack for the last month or so, and I need to get closer to him!!

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  162. I'm not sure how to 'officially' join - but i'd like to join in.

    -it is hard to find that time with God.
    I had God tell me to get up earlier in the mornings to spend that time with Him. I failed - I've never been a morning person and though I did wake up - I fell right back to sleep. What blessing and precious time I missed. It's very hard to not give into the flesh. ...
    I'm looking forward to this learning time.

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  163. I have been reading the Bible now for sometime and every time I do one of my Bible study lessons and come across one of the Women in the Bible I am amazed as to how they responded to God. I Eve's case I feel she did get to be the first women to eat the forbiden fruit, have children, and lose one. But she did prepare away for us all to become a women who even with all that has happen still love the Lord God and gave Him praise when she gave brith to her first son. I think all eat from the tree of knowledge at times and learn things we should not have learned but the most wonderful part of all of this is when Jesus came and died for us and paid for the sins of all man kind and brought us a way back to our Father in Heaven.

    God Bless All

    Cindy

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  164. my name is jeanetta and i was so looking for a womens study. i can imagine i would have done the same thing eve done; simply because women like to know it all and have their hands in everything. we do not want to be left out. adam as the head should have stopped her we are merely helpers. just like a man too. i find that although eve introduced us to sin god still provides and he provided for them as well. even though it was a lot harder, we get stronger and tougher and learn from our errors. god is awesome. but i cannot imagine his disappointment. i hate to think i disappoint god. how about you. but we do when we disobey.

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  165. that last comment is so true. Praise God He sent His Son for us

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  166. I would love to join!

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  167. This will be great! Thank you!

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  168. I would love to participate in this!!!!

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  169. Put my name on the list, I am ready. I have surgery Fri (3/14) and the doctor said I will be down for 3-4 weeks. I am so amazed that God is working in the timing of this coming into my life. I look forward to praying for the other woman and studying God's word. Thank you for this opportunity and blessings to you.
    Please let me know what I need to do now to get started...

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  170. I'd love to participate in this and it looks like I made it just in time.

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  171. Latryce MartinMarch 10, 2008

    Count me in as well....cant wait!!!

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  172. This is a great way to study the Bible. Thanks.

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  173. I'm so excited to be in time to participate in this bible study!

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  174. This is exactly what i needed. I have been waiting for the desire to read his word inductively, but now i realize this is something i have to go after like the woman in Matthew 9:21-22!

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  175. I'd love to participate! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  176. I am definitely interested in doing this.
    Thanks,
    Amy

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  177. Thanks for this opportunity!!!

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  178. This is something I have been struggling with myself for a while now. I know Satan is using busyness as a way to keep us from spending time with God, and I won't let him do that anymore.

    I'm in!

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  179. Those questions are my questions. How do you not spin your wheels for an hour. 10 minutes sound great but it is also long without some direction.
    Thanks for the help. How do we begin.

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  180. I am so excited about this. I have been praying for God to open a window for me in this area. Thank you for following God's prompting in starting this. I am really looking forward to all that God wants me to learn with this...I can't wait to start.

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  181. this is agreat idea im in

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