Read through the Bible in 90 Days: The Plan

Thanks to all those who’ve decided to join the 90 Day Challenge hosted by Mom’s Toolbox with me and help and encourage others as we read through the most important Book ever written.

Here are our small group participants so far:  (Please let me know if you are unable to do this or would like to be removed from the list.  It’s also not too late to join, so let me know if you would like to be included.  For a larger list of participants sign up here at Mom’s Toolbox.)

If you’re doing the 90 Day Challenge, please head over to Mom’s Toolbox and sign up on this post as well.

Now it’s time to print off the schedule, put it in your Bible and to plan on WHEN you are going to fit your reading into your day.  Having a specific time set apart is an important first step.  I like knowing that I have to have my reading done before I…  (This helps keep me accountable.)

My plan is to read first thing in the morning.  I normally have a half hour  to 45 minutes scheduled for Bible reading and prayer, so I will just extend that time.  Since our older children all wished to take part in the challenge, I will be shifting our whole schedule to begin a little later to allow everyone extra time for their Bible reading.  Anyone who is unable to finish during the morning time period will have another opportunity at the beginning of nap time.  Rather than reading a “for fun” book, they will be able to finish any Bible reading that they have left.

I will be posting about our family’s progress every Sunday and including a Mr. Linky so that you may link up your 90 Day Challenge post if you’d like. Our family has also decided to commit to praying for each of the above challenge participants every day.

For more information, encouragement and participants head over to Mama’s Toolbox.

Please subscribe to the 90 Day Challenge discussion in the Olive community to keep up with the challenge, talk with other participants, share ideas, questions or just encouragement.

What is your plan to get your reading in?  Will your spouse be reading as well?  What about your children?

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74 Responses to Read through the Bible in 90 Days: The Plan
  1. Candace
    December 28, 2009 | 8:33 am

    Ok, Kimberly, I’m doing it! 🙂 I actually started already…to give me a few grace days should I need them. (oops, should I admit that? LOL) I printed off the schedule and have it in my Bible. I am going to read from the Message this time around. I know a lot will scoff at that, but I really, really want a better grasp of some of the OT passages that often times I have no clue about. I think this will give me a new perspective on some things. THANKS for sharing about this challenge!! 🙂

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    LOL! I’m so glad that you’re joining in Candace. I’ll add you to the list.

    I’ve been sooooo tempted to start because I know that I’ll need some of those grace days. (Yes, it’s great to admit that. It lets me know that I’m not alone.)

    The kids asked if they could get going, but they still have a few more days to finish up reading through the Bible from last year. I suppose if they finish up, then I should let them get ahead if they want. I can think of some worse ways for them to spend their time off of school. 😉

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  2. Brandy
    December 28, 2009 | 9:03 am

    Ok, Kimberly … I’m IN! I tried to do this 2yrs ago, but I got so far behind that I just kind of gave up. I’ve been getting up a good hour before my girls lately, so that’ll be the perfect time to do my reading … and I can do more during my 14 month old’s nap, if need be. Thanks for talking about this on Twitter … I’m SO FAR behind on my blog reading right now that I might have missed it altogether LOL

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m so glad that you’ll be able to join us and it just goes to show that Twitter can be a useful tool. 🙂

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  3. celee
    December 28, 2009 | 9:45 am

    Plan a time? Ouch. I guess I was just assuming I find so much time to read other books that I could set those aside and read the Bible exclusively. I think early mornings are good, as are evenings since my husband will be joining me. It might be fun for us to read after putting the kids in bed and then discuss our reading. I’m curious as to which of your “older” kids are doing the challenge. How old are they? My 10 yr old doesn’t seem ready, yet to me. It takes him soooo long to read his Sonlight reading each day that I’ve adapted it and read some of it aloud to give him less alone reading. I probably shouldn’t do that.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Our 13, 11, 10 and 9 year olds are going to be doing the challenge. We gave them all the option if they wanted to. We did tell them that if they committed, we would hold them accountable. Since Bible reading is one of their daily assignments anyway this will just add some more time to that assignment.

    Our 9 year old is an avid reader and can always be found curled up with a book whenever she has free time. So I think she’ll do fine. If she wasn’t such a voracious reader, I probably would discourage her from participating.

    I think it’s great that you read some of your sons Sonlight reading aloud to him. I think long term he will be a happier reader. 🙂

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  4. Tonia
    December 28, 2009 | 9:54 am

    It sounds like a wonderful idea – I’d like to join!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Great Tonia, I added you to the list. You make it an international challenge!

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  5. bunny
    December 28, 2009 | 10:19 am

    I’m in, now you will help keep me accountable. Morning is my best time, before I start getting involved with every thing else.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I think this works both ways.

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  6. Jessica
    December 28, 2009 | 11:02 am

    I’m in, I’ve always wanted to read the whole way through.

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  7. Kirsten
    December 28, 2009 | 11:17 am

    I’m in… I’ve been meaning to do it anyway, but needed some felloship and accountability to get it done. Can’t wait!

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  8. Kirsten
    December 28, 2009 | 11:47 am

    Argh! Help, me! I can’t download the schedule from your site or Mama’s Toolbox and I can’t find the schedule on the 90-Days site. Could you email it to me directly or assist in helping me?

    Thanks!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Glad to have you along. I emailed the schedule to you. Hope that did it.

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  9. Dawn
    December 28, 2009 | 12:29 pm

    Okay, Kimberly, the Olive Plants gang is in! Michael will be joining me. We will read for 30 mins in the mornings and read what we didn’t finish in the a.m. before bedtime. I have taken a purposeful break from blogging until Jan but will post about this and me weekly progress soon. Thanks for the link! 🙂

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  10. Kimberly @ Raising Olives
    December 28, 2009 | 12:35 pm

    I’m glad that you’ll be able to do this with us. I’m looking forward to doing this as a group and seeing how we are able to encourage each other when the going gets tough (or when we fall behind). 🙂

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  11. MomStarr
    December 28, 2009 | 12:36 pm

    I am going to join too. I am going to offer this to my two older ones and my husband this evening and see if we all can do it. I will have to probably split up the reading between early morning and bedtime. Being 40 and pregnant with number 8 and not to mention out of shape I am very tired these days!!! Thanks!!!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m glad that you will be doing this with me. I’m going to have to see how long the reading takes each day and see if splitting it up is going to work better than trying to do it all at once.

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  12. Sharon
    December 28, 2009 | 12:45 pm

    Count me in. I have convinced myself…. enough of the excuses. Yes I had a baby 6 weeks ago and I have two other little ones. I run on little sleep but what could be more urgent than reading and knowing scripture? I have decided to replace my blog surfing time and read while I pump (sorry for the visual). I WILL DO THIS! Thanks for the challange!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thanks for the reminder of priorities Sharon. I pray that this will be a wonderful blessing to you and to your little ones.

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  13. theresa
    December 28, 2009 | 12:54 pm

    Hubby, 2 daughters, one son, and self will be taking up this challenge! The youngest three will be listening along.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’d love to hear how reading this aloud works. I think it’s a marvelous idea.

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  14. Amy
    December 28, 2009 | 1:23 pm

    Hi Kimberly,
    I am in! SO excited about this. My husband and my boys ages 16, 14, and 11 are also in. We will all probably read part in the morning and fnish at night. Thanks for encouraging people to join in. It will be good. I was just looking at the calendar and realized that this will end right before Easter. That makes it seem more special somehow! Also, we are going on a quick trip in Jan and so we are starting today to help make up for that time we are gone.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m so glad that you will be doing this with us. I really hope that we can all help hold each other accountable.

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  15. Alicia
    December 28, 2009 | 1:37 pm

    I’m so excited to be doing it. My daughters are 8 and 7 and they want to do it as well. With all the homeschooling reading out loud I already do I’m afraid my voice may die by day 3. LOL hopefully not. Either way I am doing it!!!!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m so curious to know how reading aloud works for you all. I know what you mean by your voice dying, maybe your girls can give you a break here and there.

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  16. Alicia P.
    December 28, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    I’m joining in too! 🙂

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  17. Kim Yamaguchi
    December 28, 2009 | 4:54 pm

    Ok, we’re in too! My husband Mark and I will be reading through, using our KJV.

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  18. Debra
    December 28, 2009 | 7:38 pm

    Kim, Thanks so much for talking me through this! I did have a chat with my two oldest boys… and the decision was made that this would be a great thing to do… someday. Right now, we are going to stick with the plan to do a one-year plan like you described before, and my not so stellar readers can read the New Testament part of that.

    I look forward to reading about how this is going for you and your readers though!

    Thanks for making me think this through!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You are very welcome. I’m glad that you found something that’s going to work for your family. Two or three of our children will be reading through the New Testament this year. (One may begin a little later, when she becomes a bit more fluent in her reading.)

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  19. Tavia
    December 28, 2009 | 7:54 pm

    I’m taking the challenge and excited about it! I’m Celee’s Mom.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Glad that you will be able to join us and encourage Celee and her family along the way.

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  20. Stephanie
    December 28, 2009 | 7:55 pm

    We are in too 🙂

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  21. Michelle
    December 28, 2009 | 8:54 pm

    I have been afraid to commit until now, but I am really feeling led to do this. I have struggled to keep my daily quiet time consistent each day, so I have been reluctant to tackle something this intense, but I really feel this is what I need in my relationship with God, and I hope that having so many others out there experiencing this journey with me will help me to keep at it. Thank you for bringing us all together in this.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’ve also struggled being faithful with my daily quiet time since the beginning of this pregnancy and I’m hoping for the same things. Praying that we all grow closer to God as we make reading His Word a priority.

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  22. jeana
    December 28, 2009 | 9:07 pm

    I am absolutely in! I’ve been wanting to do this and can’t think of a better time!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Very glad to have you!

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  23. Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads
    December 28, 2009 | 10:55 pm

    My daughter and I will be doing this. My husband is on his own reading schedule, so he will not be joining us. He’ll be our support team. 🙂

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  24. Donna
    December 28, 2009 | 11:07 pm

    Count me in and maybe my 17 and 15 year olds.

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  25. Alene
    December 29, 2009 | 11:15 am

    First response ~ “Me, too! Me, too! I want to play, too!”

    Second response ~ “You have GOT to be kidding! There is NO way I can do this – fit this in to my broken world right now. I don’t need to fail at another thing. This is NOT going to happen.”

    Third response ~ Quiet waiting before the Lord. (Why does it always seem to take me three or four tries before I get to where I should have started? At least He gets me there eventually…)

    Fourth response ~ He seems to be giving the go ahead, and is placing a growing hunger in my heart to lose myself in His written word, in hopes of more clearly seeing and knowing the Living Word.

    Thank you for being His tool in my life in this area, Kimberly.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Your responses are very similar to what mine were. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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  26. Cindy
    December 29, 2009 | 11:31 am

    Wow, I was going to read through in a year but this is an awesome challenge. Please add me to the list.
    Blessings~Cindy

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’ve never read through the Bible this quickly either. I’m looking forward to it.

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  27. Alice
    December 29, 2009 | 6:51 pm

    I am nervously signing up! I have tried through the Bible in a year a few times before, and still have not completed it. I made it to Acts but not beyond, and though I have dipped into the remaining books here and there, I have yet to read the whole Bible from cover to cover. And I so want to! I’m not sure I can, I have four children aged 5 and under and am permanently behind on the housework – I don’t know where I will carve the time from, but I want to prioritize it and signing up for the challenge (especially with many others to encourage me along!) will be good for me! I want to do it! I’m excited to join in! 🙂

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You can do this and I completely understand where you are coming from. It is a decision and a matter of prioritizing. I’m committing to praying for each participant every day. We will do this together.

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  28. Jana
    December 29, 2009 | 11:15 pm

    I am also nervously joining! I hope that God will bless my intent and help me make it through! I think if I make His Word such a huge priority in my day, He will help me accomplish everything else I “need” to do in my day!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Welcome Jana. He will bless obedience. 🙂

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  29. valerie
    December 29, 2009 | 11:24 pm

    IM IN! wow, that sounded a lot like a commitment to me…..(starting to get nervous)……ok seriously I am in. Although I am going next from this comment to look at the schedule, sooooo…….nope, I’m not going to quit,I’m not I’m not I’m not!
    thanks for the encouragement. It feels good to join my sister in Christ on this.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Yes, it does sound like a commitment. 🙂 I’m thrilled to be doing this with you!

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  30. Jennifer
    December 30, 2009 | 12:32 am

    I just found this through a facebook friend. I think I might be in with my kids (ds9 and ds11). I think we’ll be using Bible Gateway’s audio Bible, though, to help us. They like the voice of one of the readers. We’ll follow along in our printed bibles.

    What a neat site to find! I can’t wait to poke around a little more.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Using an audio Bible is a terrific idea. We have the whole Bible on CD (the little kids listen to it during their naps). So we may have to consider including that in our plans. Hmmm….

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  31. Michele
    December 30, 2009 | 10:35 am

    Hi Kimberly!
    Count me in. One of my goals last year was to read through the entire bible and I failed miserably. So I am going to give this a try. I am using the NIV. I have printed out the schedule and am excited about this challenge!

    Michele
    TOS Crewmate

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’ve also failed at trying to read through the Bible in a year. I’m most successful when my kids are reading it with me. Somehow I find that I can’t let them fail, so I mustn’t fail.

    I’m hoping this gives the same type of accountability.

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  32. Jenny aka Mother Hen
    December 30, 2009 | 10:36 am

    I’m in! Sign me up! Thanks so much for posting all the info about this, and how you fit it into your schedule. Thanks!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Welcome. (and I love your blog)

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  33. Carey
    December 30, 2009 | 3:21 pm

    I would love to join in! Thanks so much for doing this! I’m headed over to Mom’s Toolbox right now.
    Thanks,
    Carey

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m glad that you will be doing this with us Carey!

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  34. Dusti
    December 31, 2009 | 8:05 pm

    I was so blessed by reading how you read throught the Bible each year with your family. My hubby and I along with our older two started this last week. Thank you for sharing and inspiring others to focus on what’s really important. 🙂

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you for taking the time to let me know that this has impacted your family. Reading through the Bible together is a wonderful way to stay accountable and it sparks marvelous dinner time discussions.

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  35. Michelle
    January 1, 2010 | 10:39 am

    Hi Kimberly, we decided to do this as well. My husband, my two oldest children (11 and 9) and I will be be participating. Thanks so much!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    So glad to have you joining in. How are you doing so far?

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  36. Tonya
    January 2, 2010 | 7:02 pm

    I’m in too! I’ve done the first two days so far, and have so loved reading this much at one sitting!
    Thank you for the encouragement.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you for joining us.

    Today was a harder day for me (I didn’t want to get up). How’s it going for you?

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  37. MisMom
    January 3, 2010 | 6:59 pm

    Count me in! I’m up to date with my reading. I signed up with Mom’s toolbox, but I think I forgot to “sign up” here. Thank you very, very much for sharing this challenge. I’m very excited.

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  38. MisMom
    January 3, 2010 | 7:00 pm

    ooops, forgot to list my blog:
    http://blog.thejordanjournal.com/2010/01/happy-new-year.html

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Just added your name and link to the list. Our family is praying for you daily as we read through the Bible together!

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  39. TornadoTwos
    January 4, 2010 | 12:11 pm

    I just heard about this today, and I’m excited to join in. I have a couple days catching up to do, but I’m determined to be on schedule by the end of this week. My baby’s morning nap time will be when I read, and I will read a part to my 2 little boys during this time. And also I will do some in the evening before bed to encourage my older 2 to join in. I’m going to talk with them about this after school today.

    I’m excited!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Glad that you can join us.

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  40. Tamara
    January 4, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    I’m trying this too 🙂 Taking one day at a time. I’m done with Day 3 so far and hoping to be able to keep going. I’d love to accomplish this.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’ve added you to our family’s prayer list. You can accomplish this.

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  41. TornadoTwos
    January 6, 2010 | 9:35 am

    My 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter want to do this with me. My son says he can finish before me so he has a contest going, lol. Hey, whatever works, right?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m telling you, our kids are constantly pushing Mark and me. Competition for a 12 year old? Um yeah, he’s going to beat you. 🙂

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  42. Shannon
    January 7, 2010 | 10:50 am

    I’m in! I’m in! Just me but I am excited . . . even though it is a few days after the official start day!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m adding you and our family will be praying for you daily during this challenge.

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