And happy first blog post of 2012!
I want to start off the year with what I hope 2012 will look like.
But I also want to say, we all know that life doesn't turn out the way we want it 99% of the time.
But these are focuses, this is my heart.
In 2011, I was able to finally say I have read the entire Bible.
It was an 10 year reading plan.
I have a feeling the system is gonna be a best seller.
But this year, I'm going to make an attempt to read the entire Bible.
In one year.
Even if I don't complete it by December 31, 2012, I'm going to give it a go.
And stick with the order of readings.
So starting yesterday, I am reading Matthew/Ezra/Matthew/Acts.
Coincidentally, I finished off my 2011 reading in 2 Chronicles - and Ezra was next on my list.
Love how that works.
I happened across this book, which guides you through the reading schedule, and offers a brief devotional to go with it. It's just supplemental, but I'm excited.
I am also really excited for my new bedtime devotional book.
The last few years I have read through Through the Bible Through The Year, My Utmost for His Highest, Morning by Morning, and Evening by Evening - and I recommend all of them.
My friend Betsy told me about this blog of prayers she reads every night before she goes to sleep - and it was made into a book.
I have it on Kindle - so I always can have the devotionals with me wherever I go.
As for regular reading?
My goal for 2011 was to read 20 books in the year.
So excited that I was able to read 24 books!
I had no clue I'd be able to accomplish that!
I don't have a number goal for reading for 2012, but in my "serious book" category, I am startingThe Heavenly Man and The Holiness of God. We'll see where I go from there.
A few weeks ago I posted a pic of this awesome sign hanging above my table.
I also told you I would tell you more about it.
Basically, the last few months, this phrase has been resonating in my heart and in my head.
Life is filled with so many whys.
So many how comes.
So many I don't knows.
So often I lay in bed reflecting on my day, on what has happened through the day, in the past.
I don't have answers.
And I am comforted in knowing that I don't have to.
What I do know, is that God, our BIG, MIGHTY, God is working all things together for the good of those who love him.
I also know that He will glorify Himself to no end.
Knowing those two things, those are the only answers I need.
Maybe not the only answers I want.
But between God glorifying himself first and providing for our good as well, I am satisfied.
But sometimes that gets forgotten.
So, for 2012, this is my catchphrase, my mantra, my theme, if you will.
For His Glory, and Our Good.
So, do you have a motto, theme, goals for 2011?
Are you going to read through the Bible?
Part of it?
Seriously tell me, I want to know!
Let's do this 2012!!!