Bible in 100 days–Say What?!

100 days to read through the entire Bible?! Does that sound impossible? Well, it isn’t! My friend Candace started a FB page that has grown to over 500 members!!!! 500+ people who want to hide God’s Word in their hearts–how AMAZING!!!!!

Yes, this seems like a huge task. The funny thing is, I haven’t found it as such. I have looked forward to each day to read more of God’s Word. I have seen things that are brand new to me, been reminded of things I already knew and just enjoyed spending time in the Word!

One of the first posts said to plan for 45 min a day to do the reading. The first day, I timed my reading (including note-taking and highlighting) and it took me 36:55 to finish Genesis 1-14! Basically, I would have spent that scrolling through Facebook or Instagram!

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I can’t wait to post on things I learn during this process!  Would you like to join us? Click HERE to read Candace’s blog about this and how to join. It’s definitely NOT too late!

#Biblein100days #prayingthescriptures

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My One Word

Have you read “My One Word”? If not, click HERE to read a little about the concept.

I have actually chosen a word the last 2 years (2013–Focused & 2014–Peace) and I wanted to do it again this year. While reading the devotional in my Bible about it this year, I was contemplating all kinds of words. I wanted to listen to God and see what word He felt I needed this year. My One Word for 2015 is CHANGE.

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Here is a little about how I felt God was leading me to this word:

Obviously, you generally pick this word at the beginning of a new year. People are typically very motivated at this time and are hoping to look down their list of “Resolutions” and start checking things off. Of course I, like most of you, have a list of things I would like to do/accomplish in 2015. A set of goals if you will. A lot of my time is spent on accomplishing those goals and then in a few weeks when I get off track beating myself up because I have failed at this or that. Sound familiar?

So, this year, the word that kept coming to my mind was CHANGE. This is the definition:

verb (used with object), changed, changing.
1. to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one’s name; to change one’s opinion;
to change the course of history.

2. to transform or convert (usually followed by into):
The witch changed the prince into a toad.

But what I want to do this year is focus more on even the seemingly little changes and celebrate those! That’s what motivates you! What happens when you start something for a “resolution”–like reading your Bible front to back or starting a new exercise program or using a budget–and then you miss a day here or there and then more frequently until you stop all together? You begin beating yourself up, don’t you? Saying things like “I knew I couldn’t stick with it again.” Or “Why do I even try?”. But, the truth is, even if you do something for a short amount of time you have still accomplished more than not even trying! You have still made a CHANGE!

So, this year I will be celebrating all the CHANGE in my life–big or small! I still have that little “list” of things I want to do, but I’m more focused on something that changes me than checking off a list.

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Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone and I have fallen behind on my goal to post more on my blog. Hmm–not surprising! BUT, with another year comes another list of things I would like to work on and this is on my “To-Do” list in BIG letters!

There are so many things I want to do this year and it seems as if a lot of it starts TOMORROW!!!!!  EEEEKKKKKK!!!! So, here goes!

Of course I’m on the “bandwagon” about eating healthier, exercising more, losing weight, saving money, getting organized and all the typical things that people want to start again in the New Year. But, I’ve also added some additional things that are important to me to this list! I would like to blog more, read more and read my Bible more–so spending more time in God’s Word is part of that.

I am involved in 2 online Reading Through the Bible studies–1 is in a year and 1 is in 90 days! Yes, I said 90 days to read the Bible from front to back! I’m sticking with both because the one that takes a year is different sections of the Bible….every day you read something different, but it refers back to the chapter you read the week before on the same day. We have a private Facebook group for discussion & prayer requests.

The other one you can find more information HERE! Candace has created a private FB for us to introduce ourselves and also for discussion with each day’s reading. This is gonna be great!

I’m also joining something I did a couple of years ago with Beth Moore’s SSMT (Siesta Scripture Memory Team). You choose a verse twice a month (the 1st and 15th) and memorize that verse. By the end of the year you have put 24 verses to memory!

I’m also wanting to get more scheduled….I love having a schedule and sometimes I can’t get everything in if I don’t have some guidelines!

So, here’s to a brand NEW year! I hope you will have a great one and I can’t wait to hear what you’re goals are for 2015!

New Year/New Me

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013! I never really want those years to go by because the older I get the more I realize that time goes by too quickly as it is.

2013 is going to be a new year for me. I have a friend who blogs (much better and more often than I) who spoke about a book she had read and put to practice choosing One Word each year. During that year you study about and try to live out the word you choose. This was something new to me, but sounded like it would be a great idea to start the new year out with. So, after thinking about the things I wanted to change and all the other years I have wanted to change the same things, I chose the word FOCUSED.

Now, that may mean nothing much to you at first glance, but this is my tale on the word I chose. I sometimes try to be “super mom” and do too many things at once. I have lots of changes I want to make, but I know if I go about them the same way I always have I won’t succeed. I have the propensity to flutter from thing to thing…meaning nothing really gets finished or completely accomplished. I also don’t do things for long periods of time. I am real good about it for a while and then just quit. That is why FOCUSED is the word for me!

I want to be focused on God and His Word, focused on my family, focused on our finances, focused on being healthy and continuing on my weight loss journey, basically focused on all those things that are important to me. That is going to take some sacrifice. I will be giving up some things in order to spend my time where it is best spent. I also know I will be met with disagreement on my choices or struggles that use up time I have carved out for specific things. The enemy doesn’t like people to be focused, he wants them to be running crazy and confused. I will not be easily confused this year!

I am also partnering with Beth Moore and her Siesta Scripture Memory Team. This is a year long journey to memorize 24 verses of your choosing from the Bible. I am choosing verses that, in my thinking, go along with my word focused.

I have SO much to say and I know that sometimes Facebook isn’t necessarily the best avenue for that to happen, so I am going to try and be more focused on keeping up with this blog.

Thank you for reading and please check back to see my progress for this New Year/New Me!

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