52 VERSES FOR 2015

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     Well the new year is here (actually it has been for 20 days), and I have yet to share with you my goal for 2015! 

     I love new year’s resolutions!  I’m quirky like that.  It just seems to be a fresh invitation to do what I’ve not yet done, or change what I haven’t yet changed.  I usually write down about five things that I want to accomplish in the new year.  At the end of the year, I assess the damage. 

     Last year’s list looked something like this:

1.  Read through the Bible

2.  Attend one Weight Watcher’s meeting per week/lose 20 pounds

3.  Attend Crossfit class 3x per week

4.  Write more

5.  Finish Hayley’s Christmas stocking (that I started cross-stitching when she was one)

     Here’s how it went down:

1.  I READ THROUGH THE ENTIRE BIBLE IN 2014!!!!!  WOO HOO!!!!!!!!

2.  I attended WW for 2 months, struggled with weight loss all year, and managed to lose 12 pounds. 

3.  I never made it to Crossfit more than twice per week.  Usually it was once a week.  I finally withdrew my membership in October. 

4.  I didn’t start writing until September.  A bit delayed, but better than nothing.

5.  I didn’t finish Hayley’s stocking.  I did put some time into it.  Maybe next year…

    
     As you can see, I’m pretty proud of number one.  This was THE biggest accomplishment I’ve achieved in a long time.  And I’ve been wanting to do this for years.  If I accomplished nothing else on that list, I’m proud of number one, and the glory goes to God for enabling me to do it.  It enriched my time with the Lord considerably.  It gave me a plan, and I had to follow through every day or else I got majorly behind, and that’s no fun.  It put me in the habit of daily spending time with the Lord.  This has always been a priority, but having a plan and a goal made it work.  In fact, I enjoyed it so much, that I’m doing it again this year!  I didn’t plan on it – I started out January 1 reading a passage of Scripture.  But by January 2, I was back on the wagon.  There is just so much to learn, every time you  read Scripture.  Seeing the Bible as a whole – how things fit together – and some days the different passages even coinciding in their message. 

     I used The NKJV Daily Bible, and it has the date for each day and Scripture from the Old and New Testament to read. You should try it sometime!  There are several plans out there, even phone aps for reading the Bible through in a year. 

     What about the things I didn’t accomplish?  (Not to mention the ones I didn’t share.)

     Numbers 2 and 3 go together to form a new plan for me that I’ve been on Since November and am very much enjoying.  I’ve found a clean eating plan that works for me, and exercising at home is the answer.  I don’t have to leave the house, I don’t have to count road time, I can work it around my Sawyer babysitting schedule, and it just fits.  Yay!!

     Number 4 is coming along.  You guys can keep prodding me.  At this point, I just want to be faithful to write once a week.  I’m not planning on writing a book, or getting famous, or going on book tours.  I’m not into that.  I just want to write for my little circle of people and be an encouragement.  That’s all.  That’s enough, at least for now.  Just to be faithful to that is my goal.

     And Hayley’s stocking…well, I still plan to finish.  She may have a kid or two by then, but it’s happening.  Eventually.  And then I’ll start on Kylie’s.  Yes, I realize that my youngest is 18 years old and in college.  Here’s the thing – I did one for my two eldest, and if I finish Hayley’s, I’ll have to make Kylie’s.  Hey, wait a minute – I think I just figured out why I haven’t finished that stocking after all…

     Ok, back to the opening line – my goal for 2015!!!  I’m so excited about this, and it ties in with my number one accomplishment of last year.

     As I went along in my Bible reading, I began underlining verses that I found, nuggets that I wanted to commit to memory.  Then I decided the best place to put them was in my iPhone notes.  I began working on these Scripture verses as I applied my makeup and fixed my hair each morning.  The Word was soaking in, all over me.  I was meditating on it as I drove to pick up Sawyer on my babysitting days.  I noticed things in these precious passages that I hadn’t before, as I mulled and recited and memorized a little at a time.

     And I was able to share these passages of Scripture with friends in need.  I had them at my fingertips and there were countless times when I looked up a particular passage to help encourage a dear friend.  What a resource!!!

     And so, now, I have a myriad of verses, lots I’ve not yet committed to memory, but I want to.  So I figure the best way to do it is to pick one per week, and by the end of 2015, I’ll have 52 verses in my head! 

     So here’s the deal.  I want to share these Scriptures with you.  Actually, I have been and you didn’t even know it, but if you’ll look back at my entries this past year, there were several verses of Scripture written in italics.  These would be my iPhone go-tos.  But let’s make it official.

     Once a week, I will share with you the verse I’m memorizing.  You can join me in memorizing if you like – I’m asking you to take the challenge!  I’ll tell you what drew me to that Scripture and what it means in my life.  And I’ll do a bit of digging on the truths thereof.

     I’ll also have entries once in a while about my family life and our funny happenings.  So that won’t go away completely.  But this will keep me writing, and this will be my main focus of the year.  I can’t wait!

     So, be looking for the first verse very soon.  I know, I know – we are 3 weeks into January, and already behind 3 verses.  Don’t worry, I feel like we can catch up. 

     “But what if I stink at memorizing?”  You say. I know you’re out there.  You can’t memorize anything to save your life.  Well, I’m not that good at it either.  My brain is not as young as it used to be.  But, there are ways to do this.  Notecards stuck on your kitchen or bathroom sink, on the dash of your car, and of course, the obvious iPhone notes ap.  You can look at these whenever you’re waiting in the car on a kid, or in a doctor’s office, or the DMV – trust me, you need a verse for that place – there are plenty of times in our lives when we are waiting.  Most of it we’re wasting on Facebook anyway, and who doesn’t need to give up some of that time, right?  Yeah, one of my resolutions for next year is to stop wasting so much time on Facebook.  The smart phone world has made a lot of things easy for us, and sometimes it’s too easy to waste time on stuff that’s just not really that important.  Anyway, what I’m trying to say is an old ditty I learned long ago, “Good, better, best – never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best!  Hey, I’m preaching this stuff to myself, people.  But I figure if I need it, maybe someone else out there does too.  I’m trying to be transparent, here.  It’s not easy to do that, but I feel it’s surely what we need to be in order to boost one another up and help each other along in our journey.

     So what do you say?  Are you up for the challenge?  Will you join me in memorizing one verse a week this year?  And if you already have a plan of action, share with us!  If you don’t choose to memorize these verses, that’s ok, you can still read along and glean from them.  God’s Word is alive and powerful, and applicable to us today! Let’s arm ourselves with the Word as we go into this new year.

     “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 2:12-14

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