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Signs of resolutions

My 21-Day Sugar Detox Pinterest board is getting an increase in traffic and followers, and even my freezer and slowcooker boards are getting attention. People everywhere are vowing to be better versions of them! I’m still eating the treats from the Christmas stockings and wondering how much my family really needs to eat anyway.

I’m not resolving to do anything but take the adventure that Aslan sends me, but let’s be honest: The new year, beginning of the new semester, cold uninviting weather that discourages leaving the house is a perfect time to make new plan and try new things. So I’m trying some new things. Not resolutions, mind you, just new things.

calvin and hobbes resolutions

Every year, I say “I will do a read the Bible in a year!!!11!” and every year I don’t. (True story, I’m on year three of the year-long chronological plan.) I’ve learned I can either have time to pray and study a small portion of scripture or devotional or I can read 4 chapters day. I canna do both. But I really want to read the whole Bible and not just quit when I hit Numbers. (Numbers! *shakey fist*) So this year I’m listening to the Bible instead of trying to read it.  If I listen to four chapters a day, I’ll stay on track even if I miss a few days here and there. Plus, I can listen while doing my early morning chores: making my bed, wiping down the bathroom, getting dressed, etc. These chores are pretty much automatic and happen in my room before being inundated by children, so even though I’m not sitting in a beautifully lit, cozy chair with a lovely afghan and a cup of coffee that I can take a photo of for Instagram, I can still, ya know, learn more about God by hearing his word. (I may be bitter about certain displays of picture perfect spirituality that I’m almost positive don’t equate with reality.)

The other thing I’m doing is Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotional. You can get it for dirt cheap for Kindle (at that link), in updated but more expensive versions in book-book format, or my choice: as a daily email from Biblegateway. They have lots of daily devotions from which to choose. The good thing is that it comes to my phone, so I can roll over and dive right in when the alarm goes off. The bad thing is that I have to exercise considerable restraint not to check Facebook or Words With Friends.

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Other than the listening to the Bible instead of reading it, I don’t plan on making any big changes. I’m just going to try to do what I know I ought to do each day, and when I mess up, try again the next day. Call it the Dory plan of attack.

Just keep swimming

If you think about it, my Bible listening plan isn’t really a new resolution, just a new way to keep swimming.

Did you make resolutions this year? Have you broken them yet?

4 responses to “Signs of resolutions”

  1. Cindy Watson Avatar
    Cindy Watson

    Numbers, seriously Numbers slows you down! Well, I learned to love Numbers Junior year of college. It was two 18 credit semesters of nursing school designed to break us. Numbers 11:1 ” And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord and fire came down from heaven and burned the outskirts of the camp”. A friend and I would quote Numbers 11:1 in those early morning clinical days and in the middle of three hour lectures. It kept us going.

    1. April Avatar

      The Lord inspires in mysterious ways.

  2. Cindy Watson Avatar
    Cindy Watson

    Let me know how listening to it goes…That I would fail at, I don’t listen to it well.

    1. April Avatar

      Since it’s just four chapters a day, and I’m listening while I do light chores, it’s actually rather nice. I’m not sure how I’d do with say 30 minutes or an hour, or if I just had to sit and listen. But this is working well so far.

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