New Year Bible Reading

bibleOne thing I want more than anything else this new year is a deeper walk with the Lord.  I want my relationship with Him to be my biggest priority.  One of the ways I can do that is to spend more time in prayer.  Another is to spend more time in the Word.

I fully admit that I am not good with Bible reading plans. I start well, but finish poorly.  It took me two years to actually finish a one year reading plan.  So I don’t commit to them anymore.  I don’t want my quiet time to feel like an obligation or drudgery.  At the same time, I do want to read through the Bible cover to cover, otherwise there are books I would never read otherwise (like, for example, Leviticus.)

My reading plan is simple: I start in Genesis and just read.  Some days it might be a few chapters, some days a paragraph or two.  The key for me is there is no schedule and no pressure to finish by a certain time.  It could take me several months to finish or it could take a few years.  I can take my time and meditate on Scriptures as the Spirit prompts, or just read and read when my heart is just hungry for the Word.

Taking away the pressure of schedules and deadlines also takes away the guilt of not sticking to the plan or not finishing.  It allows me to enjoy my Bible reading with the freedom to slow down or speed up reading based on His leading, not my schedule.

Do you use a Bible reading plan?  I would love to hear about it and how you use it!

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Happy New Year!

I know it’s a little late, but I have been pretty busy here @ home just being wife and mom.

The new year is always a great time to look back and review how far we’ve come and reevaluate where we are going.  This past year has seen many changes and trials for ourselves and our family, and there have been many changes in our world as well.

One of the things that I’ve been battling for a long time is the clutter in my life.  Not just physical clutter, but life clutter.  I have come far pursuing old fashioned simplicity , but I still have a long way to go.   I’m not trying to live in the past, I’m just trying to keep from being overwhelmed by this fast paced, high tech world.  I’m not prepping for a zombie attack, I’m not trying to be totally self sufficient, I’m not trying to be green, nor am I trying to live a very spartan life.  I just want to slow down a bit, turn down the chaos and be purposeful and meaningful in the things I do.

Acts-20-24 – But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

One of the most important things for me is living my life for Christ and not for myself.  I admit that this hasn’t always been the priority.  It is easy to get caught up in living my life and really only focusing on my faith when there are problems.  I want to be different, set apart, belonging to God.  There aren’t very many good examples to follow in today’s Christianity.  Thankfully we do have good examples like Paul in the Bible.   I want to glorify God in everything I do, as fallible as it is.

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1 Corinthians 10:31-33 – Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 11:1 – Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

I’m not even sure I’m really making sense.  While I know what I want to do and where I want to be, I don’t necessarily know how to get there.  I will fail, but I will not stop trying and with God’s help hopefully even when I fall I can still point people to Him.