Sometimes step 1 is the hardest.
We think about all the other steps that will follow. And it seems too much. We’re overwhelmed at the thought.
So we do nothing.
I have a preferred regimen for my daily Bible reading. It’s a 2-year plan. It alternates two weeks in the Old Testament with one week in the New Testament.
I like to read my assigned chapters on my Kindle in bed in the morning. I highlight possible verses to journal about later. Then mid-afternoon, I read through old notes on those chapters. And journal about one new verse.
Except I haven’t been doing it.
Not at all.
The past few months I got out of the habit. I was trying to get other things accomplished, so I kept pushing it aside. And nothing is wrong with that. We’re not obligated to read our Bibles every morning.
But I want to read the verses. I like to. And I’ve missed it.
So to start again, I made a decision.
Instead of waiting until I can go through the whole routine again, I’m only going to do the reading. And forget about the journaling. For now. When our current memory challenge is over and #write31days is over and traveling slows down, I hope to pick back up the habit of reading previous journal notes and writing new journal notes.
But just because I can’t do it all doesn’t mean I can’t do some.
So I’ll do some instead of none.
Starting . . . now.
Here are our three questions of the day:
(1) What time do you wake up and get up on a typical weekday?
(2) Is there a project you’ve started but have stalled on?
(3) What spiritual discipline has God led you to use most effectively?
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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.
(1) I wake up to stay about 4:30am but I like to lie in bed and read or listen to podcasts for a couple of hours if I can before actually getting up. My goal is always to go back to sleep, but that rarely happens.
(2) Ugh, yes. Converting home video tapes to digital.
(3) Memorizing scripture is one favorite way I stay in close contact with God throughout my day (and night).
- A 2-Year Bible Reading Plan
Here is a plan to read the Bible through in 2 years instead of just 1. Be successful and finish slower instead of starting and giving up quickly.
- Start in Private
We carefully cultivate our outward image. But what about our private life? If no one sees it, does it matter?
- Not Ready? Just Show Up
Even when you’re not prepared, just show up anyway. God will show up, too.
- Do You Like an Audience? – Day 20 of Handmade
- Take the Shortcut? – Day 22 of Handmade