A New Year’s Resolution :: Chronological Bible 2017

One of my other New Year’s Resolutions was to switch the translation of the Chronological Bible that I am reading.  I have heard that it is helpful to read out of different translations, so here goes. Plus, I love to invite people to read with me and the NIV version I have is out of print, so folks couldn’t join with me.  I will now join with them.

This is the version I am diving into this year.

Chronological Bible New Living Translation

The Tyndale Chronological Bible, New Living Translation, 2007.  Available here on Amazon.

This will be my 6th year to read through the Bible this way.  I have talked about why I love this way of digging into the Word here and here .  Oh, and also here.  I kind of like this Bible.

I spoke at a Mops meeting recently and gave them a New Year’s Resolution because that is what I do! Ha ha. I invited them to join me in reading the Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation.  If you want to jump in and join us, please do.  It is fun to read in community, to have some gals you share with or ask a question about the reading.  Accountability, people.  That is what helps us keep those resolutions.

I will be posting on IG and writing on the blog about things I am seeing and learning periodically.  Join me?

This week in my reading I was struck with how much the LORD loves Joseph and was a part of his life through all the ups and downs.  Remember when Joseph was thrown in prison because of the deceitfulness of Potiphar’s wife?  In Genesis 39:21 it says:

But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love.  And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.

and then a few verses later in verse 23,

The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything.  The LORD was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

Faithful love.  The LORD was with him. The Lord caused everything to succeed for Joseph.  Our pastor said the phrase faithful love is translated in Hebrew, HESED.  A faithful, loyal love.   I need that.  You need that.  The people we come into contact need the Lord’s faithful, loyal love.

The Chronological Bible reminded me that God is a faithful God who is always looking out for me.  I need to receive that.  #RestandReceive

Today was a hard day.  I needed that reminder that His love is faithful and that He is with me even on the hard days.  How about you?

 

 

 

New Year’s Resolution Thinking

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I love New Year’s Resolutions.  Do I keep them? Well, maybe. Kind of.

This year when I was searching for 2016’s Resolutions, I discovered something terrible–

I make the same New Year’s Resolutions.  Every year.  And I never keep them because they go outta sight, outta mind, around February 1st.

I write them in different notebooks every year, in a rush to get them down and set.  Then I set that very same notebook down and can’t find it/remember where it is/ lose it.  Ack.  I am a mostly organized person so this drives me crazy.

One year I talked a friend into doing this Setting Goals System on Steroids curriculum.  Not the real name…will protect that company.  We ordered our pages and set our goals after hours of pinning interest boards and listing our good, bad and ugly to prepare for the monthly inventory.  This notebook was intense.  It had each week of the month sectioned off into tiny little squares where you had to put an X if you had completed that days specific goals.  So really 5 x 5 Xs.  Oh, my.  I gave up after about a month. I just couldn’t keep up.

Now I appreciate what she was trying to do. You have to review your goals.  They need to be measurable, etc.  And you have to basically remember from day to day what those goals are.

Ha.  I realized on Dec 24th this past year that I can’t even remember what my Word was for 2016.  Then my sweet daughter-in-law pointed out my cute chalkboard with the word WRITE on it.  “Isn’t that your word, Leslie?”, she gently asks.

“Oh, yes, I think it is,” as I hang my head in shame because it was sitting right there at my sink.  All Year.

Remembering is important when you are trying to keep a goal. Pretty basic.  So how do you remember?  I think one way is write it down.  In a book that you keep all those type things in. And then maybe you write it down in your To-Do list every day.  And maybe you tell people, because maybe they will remember and keep you accountable.  That is what I am counting on for 2017.

Having Time to do your new goal is also super important! I realized that I don’t carve out time to do my goals.  I write the same goal down and then don’t adjust my schedule to help me keep that goal. For example, I noticed in December when I started this process I found several notebooks.  Each notebook represented a year of goals and I saw that I wrote down “Read More” each year.

But did I actually read more? Well kind of, but not like I would have liked to.  I realized that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is also the definition of insanity. I know that I am not insane.  But obviously in this area, I am insane.

So in 2017 I have been working on this goal setting a little differently.  I decided that I needed to actually  schedule a time each day to read.  It was going to take a little work on my part.

I like to read at night.

I like to go to bed at the same time each night. We decided 10:00 pm was a good time to turn out the lights.

It takes me about 20 min to get ready for bed.

I realized I just puttered around each night up until said bedtime and then rushed to get into bed, but then there would be no time to read.  SO- A lightbulb flashed, and I came up with this brilliant idea.

I would start getting ready for bed at 9:00 pm.  Everything would stop at 9:00, no matter what I was working on, and I would get ready for bed.  Then I would have 30–40 minutes each night to read and also accomplish 10:00 pm lights out.

Brilliant!

And guess what? It is working!

Some nights it is super hard to not do one more thing- one more email.  One more text or check on something or throw something in the laundry or do one more to-do because you know, “it won’t take long.”

Now I put it all down because I have a SURSEE waiting.  30-40 minutes to READ.  Yippeeeeeeee!

But, it is work. It takes saying no. Now you might be thinking, hello? That is not that hard to figure out, but for me?  Well, it was a little hard.  The idea that I had to say no to somethings, to say yes to, reading, that was a hard concept.  I think I can keep packing the stuff in on top of other stuff and get it all done.  But my end of the year realization was, I had spent another year trying this stacking and packing, and it didn’t accomplish my reading goal.

This year is different.  I am getting ready for bed a little earlier and letting somethings go at night.  And I finished my first book of 2017 two nights ago.

What about you?  What New Year’s resolutions are you making and what are you letting go of or changing in order to accomplish your goals? Do tell.

#RestandReceive is also going well.  I am practicing resting in His word and His truth and receiving so much goodness. This “Read More” goal is also a subset of the Rest and Receive.  I have a few more resolutions that I will spill out over the next few weeks.  Sursees Galore. Plus I will share with you some of the books that I am enjoying as a result of carving out time.  Cheers to you whether you make goals or not.

xo

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