In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth – Genesis 1.1
Today is January 1, 2017. It’s a brand new year and kicking it off with Genesis just feels right. Timely and appropriate. So today I flipped open The One Year Bible – a Bible that has 365 daily readings for each day of the year – and started at the very beginning.
Becoming an avid Bible reader is of the things I aspire to be. I’m embarrassed to admit that this is an “ongoing” resolution I make every year. I would love to be one of those people who can rattle off memorized scripture and weave them into daily conversations. (I am so impressed by people who can do that!) God’s Word has power, after all. I truly believe that. Look at Jesus Christ … He was constantly quoting scripture. And we know that if Jesus found scripture important, then it is – I mean, He is Jesus, after all. So I’d like to reach that point where the Bible “becomes alive” to me. I want to soak up the power of God’s Word into my bones, let them marinate within me – and by the power of the Holy Spirit – sit back and watch the transformation in my life unfold.
Ahem. I admit that despite my lofty – yet sincere – aspirations, I struggle with procrastination and laziness at times. The structured readings of The One Year Bible are helpful, but I confess that I need to become more consistent in my study of God’s Word. I’d like to reach a point where I crave it – and scripture becomes as natural as breathing and my Bible feels like an extension of myself. Am I there yet? Um no. Not even close. Please pray for me. I started this brand new blog today to help keep myself accountable – and also encourage anyone else who comes across it.
Me: I confess that I’m a flawed sinner. I want to be better, but I need your supernatural intervention to make this happen.
Him: Philippians 4:13 – I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.