Last year I participated in the Joyce Meyer Promises for Your Everyday Life devotional. It's one you can have on your smart phone through the YouVersion Bible App. According the application it says that I'm 99.7% finished with this devotional. Now I know I did my best to read them every day but perhaps I forgot one? I guess I'll have to see if the app can catch me up.
In addition to that particular devotional there were four others that I read every single day: Streams In the Desert, Believing In Myself, and two Al-Anon Devotionals. I thoroughly enjoyed them all including the Streams In the Desert one.
This year on YouVersion I'm reading a one year bible plan called: Eat this Book, One Year Bible with Daily Psalm. What I like about this particular bible plan is that it starts from the beginning of the bible in the book of Genesis. Most one year plans skip around and have a little of the Old Testament, a little of the New Testament, a Psalm, and then a Proverb. I'm not a fan of that one so I decided to go with this one instead.
For some reason when I saw the "Eat this Book" part of the title I just kept thinking, "That's what I want to do! If I could, I would eat this book!" LOL :)
I know I won't be able to read every single day but I'm sure going to give it one heck of a try. On the days that it is impossible for me to read I will catch up and not give myself a hard time over missing a day. Sometimes life happens and you can't read.
The other thing that has me tickled pink is that my nine year old is going to do the bible plan with me. For the last two days she has curled up in the recliner next to me with her bible. We read quietly and every once in awhile she will ask me a question. She's asked if she can do this with me in the mornings before school. Who am I to tell her no? Of course she can read the bible with me! This warms my heart.
This year I put the Streams In the Desert devotional on the shelf to let it rest. I am; however, going to start the other three over again to see if I can pick up anything that I may have missed last year.
Remember that book I was reading called, "Disarming the Narcissist?" Well, I finished it. Boy was that book really good. I could identify with a lot of the book. My journey through Psychology has taught me an awful lot about why people do what they do and how to combat it. I think this year I will continue to dive into topics in Psychology. It's been a kind of awakening for me and it has strengthened my outlook and improved my self-esteem greatly!
I've also signed up for women's bible study at church. I have enjoyed getting together with other gals once a week and am always looking forward to learning something new about the bible. The neat thing about these particular bible studies is that our speaker is able to teach us about how people lived back and then, what some of their customs were, and why they did what they did. It is fascinating learning about the apostles and understanding what it is they were talking about. It's one thing to read the bible and try to apply it to your life but to be able to step back in time and learn about those people, their cultures, and how the laws worked back then sheds a light over the story and how things went down and just exactly how incredible our God truly is!
On the exercise front I'm going to keep at it. I've been taking a break but will be getting back into my routine tomorrow. I'm also starting my scale over again. I'm not in a hurry to lose the weight because I know slow and steady wins the race. I know that as I lose the weight it will stay off. It took time to put it on and it will take some time to take it off. I am determined to get it done.
Okay, now it's your turn. What are some of your goals for 2013? Don't be shy, leave me a comment or two.