Sunday, January 16, 2011

Confession: Some Things I’ve Been Putting Off

Michael and I finally went ice skating last night! I have never ice skated before and now I know that I love it! But I just knew the ice skating rink was going to blow up or something before we got there because so many things had gotten in the way of us going.
(Aren’t we cute?  J …Please do not comment “No, you are not cute.” That would really hurt my feelings.)
Now ice skating is a big accomplishment because this was my Christmas present from Michael last year.  It just didn’t work out to go last year because I was crazy busy trying to plan our wedding and find another job since I just graduated. Plus we lived 45 minutes apart from each other at the time and it was just difficult to schedule.  This year we live together, so that wasn’t so much an issue. And I’m not NEAR as busy.  But we kept getting sick each time we planned to go! (I was still sick with chest congestion yesterday, but I tried to keep it on the DL so my hubby would let me go, and now my cough is worse (like he said it would be if I went while I was sick), but it was so worth it.)
But anyway, yeah, I got my 2010 Christmas present (Miss Scruffy) from him 5 months early and my 2009 Christmas present from him 13 months late. (We also celebrate Valentine’s Day the weekend after Valentine’s Day because the restaurants are not as packed.)
Now, what else have I been putting off? Well, organizing my recipes and learning to speed read.  But the worst thing I have been putting off is reading through the whole Bible. God has been poking and prodding at me to do this for at least three years now through sermons and people and Bible studies and my Bible reading (I do read the Bible, just not enough and not certain books like Deuteronomy and Isaiah and Revelation. I’ve actually read Leviticus…can you believe it?) But God keeps working on my heart more and more and He hasn’t given up. God is so good to me. I’m a selfish sinner, but when He looks at me he sees Jesus’ perfect life in place of my very imperfect one.  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5: 21). That is one of my favorite verses.  And God keeps reminding me how bad I am and that what I deserve is hell and how His grace covers all of that.  And I want to know that God, the creator of the universe that I can now call my Father, more.
Today in church, Pastor Lance said I could read the Bible in less than a year if I read just 4 chapters a day.  That’s nothing. That will take like 20-30 minutes (Maybe 40 in my case. I am so slow.).  What am I putting more importance in than that, getting to know my God more?  Lance also said if you are too busy to spend time with God, then God never meant for you to be that busy. 
And so, I am going to re-evaluate my priorities, and I am finally going to read the Bible in a year.  And I am telling you this because then I will be held accountable, and I won’t do this without accountability.  So feel free to ask me how I’m doing, and let me know if you’d like me to do the same for you.
Well, that’s what I’ve been putting off.  What about you?


Anonymous said...

I've been putting this off too! I started it once, and I got through Genesis I think...and then it fizzled out. Can we do this together and hold each other accountable? Do you have a plan that you're following? (Like, some OT, some NT?) Or are you just reading straight through? It would be neat to be reading the same things at the same time, so let me know!

ContentEwe said...

Yes, let's do!

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