Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Testament 90

I mentioned before that my sisters, Dad, and I are embarking on a shared reading plan this year where we are reading through the 27 books of the New Testament within the first 90 days of this year.

We read 3 chapters a day, and track them with an app called Bible Progress - it's on my iPhone, but I'd bet that there is a similar app for Android users too. For us, we started on January 1st, but you could jump in where ever works for you - dates don't really matter -- it's all about having some quiet time with the Lord and learning what he has to tell you each day.

It has already shown to be applicable at where I've been so far this year -- working through walking away from some things, and knowing that the most graceful thing you can do at times is walk away and not let things continue to cause you to act in ways that you don't like.

I take full responsibility for my actions, and I do my best in all things to act as best I can... sometimes though, life throws you curve balls and that is where you either stay on that wild ride or you hop off and try to be better. I'm learning that sometimes that IS the Godly way - to make sure that you don't fall into traps that repeatedly cause you to do things that are unpleasing to Him.

To say that I've failed and sinned sometimes is an understatement - I've allowed things to go on and for myself to react in ways that are not in line with my beliefs, but I strongly believe that being real and owning those things are the best way to show the world what a Godly person is like. Instead of acting like I've got it all together 100% of the time -- because I don't. I try and I fail, daily. I just pick myself up and try again the next day.

Every time I read the Bible -- even passages that I've read before -- they mean different things based on what is currently going on in my life. It's amazing how a book that is so very old can speak to us today as clearly as it did in the days it was written.

I also am reading this time around while the boys are awake - in years past I read when they were sleeping, but I think it's good for them to see me: A) reading anything, B) reading God's word, and C) using the words  to help guide our lives.

I hope that you'll jump off on a reading journey of your own -- it may not look like mine, and I'm not 100% sure what mine will look like after March -- I'm thinking of reading through Psalms and Proverbs -- then moving through the Old Testament.

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