When I decided on this month's Quest...I was excited about it...until...I sat down to do the first day. Honestly, I was concerned I had picked something I wasn't really going to enjoy. BUT THEN...I did the first day, and I can say I am actually...Super Excited about this month's Heart & Spirit Monthly Quest.
It's something different...but the cool part is that it's already set up as a 30 day journey.
I can hear you now: "So get on it with already, Rosie...WHAT are you doing????"
Well...let me tell you. I am doing this:
Ok...I know it might not sound like the most exciting Quest I've come up with during this 2013 Year Long Adventure...but I think it is going to be an awesome experience for me.
The author, Max Anders, says "Just 15 minutes a day for thirty days is all it takes to learn the core teachings of the Bible, the geography of the Holy Land, and the key characters, places, and events of the Bible."
Now...I did grow up in a Christian Bible-reading family. I own several Bibles and have read and memorized scripture pretty much all of my life. I even taught Bible daily during my teaching days at two wonderful Christian schools in the Southwest.
I'm not a Biblical Scholar, but I've read it...studied it...prayed over it...and try to live my life by it's teachings. And yet...I'm pretty sure I'm going to get A LOT out of this September Quest and I am ready to delve into it for the next thirty days!
Today, my reading took less than 15 minutes and I already gained some interesting insights. Did you know that the Old and New Testaments can be broken down into groups to better understand what you are reading?
Mr. Anders points out that the first seventeen books of the Old Testament are Historical. These books share the story of God and the Hebrew people. The next five books are Poetry...and the final seventeen focus on the prophecy of Israel. Doesn't that make things more clear already?
In the New Testament you will find that the first five books are again Historical. These are the four Gospels and Acts. The next thirteen - the Pauline Epistles - are all written by Paul. Then the final nine are General Epistles written by a variety of different authors. All of the Epistles are written instructions on Christian doctrine and lifestyle.
I just found this way of breaking down the sixty-six books of the Bible so simple and helpful. I have to say...fifteen minutes into this book and I'm In. Yes, I think I'm going to enjoy my September Quest!
What about you? Do you have a Quest for the next thirty days? Please share it with me! I would love to hear what you are doing this month to renew your heart and create a steadfast spirit.