January 1st is filled with bright dreams and great goals. Most of our goals won’t make it past January 15th. In fact, 80% of New Years resolutions fail by February. In fact, on average, the success rate for New Years resolutions is a mere 8%.
Have you gotten to the point where you’re rationalizing it’s not worth attempting the goal of reading through the Bible in 2017? Let me encourage you, then.
So if you’ve made it past February, you have already beat the majority of the odds. Now, how do you finish out your goal of reading the Bible this year?
Missed days can add up quickly when you have real life chaos. Even with best intentions it can be easy to prioritize something else above your reading time. Especially if you are a mom and love to put your tasks in last place. So, here’s a story of my March and how I’ve made sure that I am sticking to my goals. One day at a time and lots of prayer, grace and discipline.
March was filled with days that ended up becoming labeled “missed”. By the way, Satan loves to make you feel guilty, condemened and like a failure who should give up. Tell him to go back to where he came from. So as a pick up April and see the crazy March, I remember this year is a YEAR of GRACE! Hallelujah. I can pick up on the day of my reading plan and just start reading.
I want to show you what real life looks like sometimes. ⤵️
Lots of missed days in March. Should I say “let’s throw the towel in?”……
March 16, 17, 18, 19, 20…22,23….25,26,27…30,31
Absolutely not! I will get through the Bible and God will use every day to teach me. The truth is, if I’m not up by 4:45-5am, I just won’t prioritize time later in the day as easily. Things come up and the days go quickly. I’m sure you can relate?! So I know the key to success for me if making sure I get up early or schedule my reading in advance.
Bible study tip:
Schedule your time to read and study. Make an appointment with God. Pray for Him to keep you accountable.
I don’t share this to brag or reconcile for the days I fell behind. I share to show you that it’s possible to have real life and get through the Bible. Now, I’m almost caught up… a few more chapters in Judges & some New Testament and I’ll have my gaps filled. But the key to not feeling overwhelmed is not trying to jump in on April 1st and trying to make up for half of March. April 1 means you read the reading on the schedule for April 1. Then, if I have time I go back and read a chapter or two from something I missed. I actually find that the content I missed I am really craving to fill the gaps in the story from Judges and Joshua.
So, to catch my blog if my journey up, I’m going to share the verses I’ve been journaling. I just haven’t gotten them into the blog yet. These parts of the Bible have me gasping and writing WOW. It’s intense and so interesting. I can see the love story unfolding and it’s amazing me as more and more of the dots are connected for me. Remember: I’ve never read the Bible cover to cover (I’ve done a handful bible studies though). So majority of what I’m reading is fairly new to me.
April 1: Judges 8:33-34
33 As soon as Gideon died, the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping the images of Baal, making Baal-berith their god. 34 They forgot the Lord their God, who had rescued them from all their enemies surrounding them.
How often do we forget what God has rescued us from?
April 2: Judges 13:18
18 “Why do you ask my name?” the angel of the LORD replied. “It is too wonderful for you to understand.”
Manoah hadn’t known he was talking to an angel of the Lord. After the angel left he realized how amazing the meeting was. Manoah is the father of Samson. The angel was visiting for the second time to answer more questions about Samson’s future birth.
April 3: Judges 17:6
6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
This verse is said over and over again through the book of judges. Not surprisingly, the book actually ends on this note. Judges was a book that left me in awe. Why would God want to rescue us over and over again?
April 4: 2 Corinthians 4:6
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
Lord, let us be your light in this dark world.
April 5: Ruth 1:16-17
Ruth 1:16-17New Living Translation (NLT)
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”
Lord, if I can be half as faithful as Ruth in one part of my life, I know I would be blessed. Help us to use her as an example to follow. Amen.
April 6: Psalm 65:5
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
O God our savior.
You are the hope of everyone on earth,
even those who sail on distant seas.
God is faithful,
Faithful to answer our prayers.
Answer with awesome deeds.
You are our hope.
You are the hope of all in the world.
Lord, let us glorify you.
In Jesus’ name,
That’s my journey. I pray you are doing well. God is waiting for you to jump in today, meet with Him and talk with Him.
I’m praying for you!