As of today, I'm on the reading for Jan. 29. But, I'm not giving up. I still feel motivated to complete this task...on time. I got behind about 2 weeks ago when I went to Atlanta. I left my reading Bible at my mom's house and did not get it back for a week. I picked up another Bible to read and printed out a schedule, but I wasn't doing the entire 12 pages of reading each day. As you know, it doesn't take long to get behind. Each night before bed, I would think about the fact that I was getting more and more behind. (Sad face).
I know that the only way I will catch up is to cut some time stealers out of my life. This week, I've decided to stay off of facebook and Twitter until I have fully caught up. And I am getting back to my commitment of no TV or internet until I've completed the reading for the day. (I'm on the internet now because it's important for me to use the online community for accountablity. When I finish this post, I will get off the net until I've completed my reading for the day.) On Monday, I read 2 days worth and wanted that to be my plan to catch up. However, yesterday I only did a little over 1 days worth of reading. So today, I need to do 3 days of reading. I woke up at 6:30 this morning and have already completed 1 day. My plan is as follows:
Feb. 3- Complete readings for Jan 28, 29, 30 (2 Kings 15-1 Chron 23)
Feb. 4- Complete readings for Jan 31, Feb 1 (1 Chron 24- 2 Chron 23)
Feb. 5- Complete readings for Feb. 2, Feb. 3 (2 Chron 24 - Ez. 11)
Feb. 6- Complete readings for Feb. 4, Feb. 5 (Neh 1 - Job 7)
Feb. 7- Complete readings for Feb. 6, Feb. 7 (Job 8- Job 41)
If I stick to my plan, I'll be caught up on Sunday! Yes, this is a lofty goal, but by God's grace and my hard work I will accomplish this.
The best times for me to read are early in the morning before the kids get up and around 1 pm when they take a nap. If I'm not done by then, I can also do some reading before bed.
Of course I'm not just reading for the sake of reading. God is using his Word to change me. As I'm reading 1st and 2nd Kings now, I'm seeing how so many Kings did evil in the sight of the Lord. I've been thinking about that a lot. When I pray, I pray that Eddie and I and our children would do right in the sight of the Lord. Each time I read that someone did evil in His sight, my heart sinks a little. O, that we would be people who pleased the Lord in all things.