Welcome to 2012!

Happy New Year to you and yours! Thus dawns the season of dreaming big and striving to be better.

As I look into 2012, the usual suspects are there: more exercise, healthier diet, proper priorities … you know, the ones always made and just as consistently broken. We all know January is hopeful with its new beginning (fresh, with no mistakes in it), but we also know that February, unfortunately, will find most of our newly-made resolutions forgotten or abandoned.

It doesn’t make sense. Resolutions, by the very definition of the word, cannot be broken. The are firm, like iron, yet we claim them so flippantly. I much prefer the word “goal.” It’s a little softer, with a bit more forgiveness built in. Of course, that could mean I make my goals with the intention of never fully keeping them. I may have to ponder that a bit more.

In the meantime, I will set my annual goals, but I am also choosing to focus more on the continuation of new habits: consistent Bible reading, regular discipline with my writing, jealously defending family time.

For the past two years I’ve hosted the Read with Me Challenge. Several of you have shared your testimonies about how this initiative has helped you or changed your perspectives on some things. It’s amazing what God can do when we intentionally seek Him through His Word. Let’s keep it up!

This challenge started with a small committed group reading the same passages each day of the year (or at least attempting to). The goal was to read through the entire Bible in one year (or two). This year the goal is simply to keep reading. It doesn’t matter which reading plan you use or how quickly you read … as long as you read. I will continue to post on Fridays about what I’m reading or some tips on consistent prayer and Bible time. If you have some thoughts to share, you’re welcome to guest post! Just let me know.

If you need help finding a plan or staying abreast of the plan you’ve chosen, check out YouVersion.com. This is an app available on android/iphone/pod/pad, PC, and Kindle fire.  Not only does it offer reading plans, it also lets you make bookmarks and notes (including highlights in various colors), and it will sync across all of the aforementioned devices.  As you read through each day, you can check off the readings (or it will check it off for you in some cases). It also provides the ability to download certain versions like the ESV/NASV to you device for offline reading.

This app is FREE as are some of the downloadable Bible versions.

Rick and I started the ESV reading through the Bible in a year plan. (I’m actually on Day 5, because I fear getting behind in coming months. I wanted to start the year ahead!) This plan (available through YouVersion) requires about 15-20minutes per day and “Includes readings from four sections of the Bible each day: the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.”
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