Wednesday, January 14, 2009

At the Cafe Today: Like a Belgian Draft Horse--It's How I Read the Bible

*EDIT* I forgot I was posting at the cafe today. Please see previous post for AI Re-Cap and most significantly, the 2nd Ugly Mug Update.*

Last January, I charged into a “Read the Bible in a Year” plan like a souped up race horse breaking onto the track. It wasn’t the first time I had attempted the goal, but this time, I was determined to complete it.

Imagine how deflated I was to have to start again in April. Let’s just say that this time I trudged out of the gate like a Belgian draft horse pulling a Levitical plow. It has been slow going, but I keep telling myself, “Slow and steady wins the race,” or at least wins a sharp Sunday school lapel pin for managing to “stick to it!”

Why has this reading plan been so difficult? After all, I read a user-friendly version. I grew up hearing Bible stories and memorizing verses. I was a literature major, so I obviously enjoy reading. If you asked what book I’d take to a desert island, I'd reply, “The Bible.” And I’ve received much guidance and comfort throughout my life from this book.

I do what I can to remind myself, placing my Bible on my nightstand, slipping it into my purse to read in waiting rooms, packing it on trips, sticking it in my tote bag, plopping it into my car—it’s always with me. Yet, I often find myself walking by it on the coffee table. Somehow, I always seem to have one more laundry load or phone call or three more hours on the Internet before I can pick it up ....

Read the rest of this riveting admission of failure today at:

19 comments:

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Good morning Linda, I have never read the Bible all the way through..I need to find a copy that is easy to compare it with everyday life..Have a great day, Baba

james1-5 said...

So true, Sister. It's a heart thing...not a head thing :) Press on toward the goal, He'll make sure you get there.

I thought it was time for me to quit secretly reading your blog and send a quick note. I love it! You always put a smile on my face.

Many blessings to you!

~Susan

Merrie said...

ouch! Have you been sitting in my house?

Jeff and Valerie Carr said...

Thanks for the thoughts!

I've recently started a reading plan for the whole Bible, and am glad to not be the only one who feels like it is more a lesson in diligence and discipline. The first day was really exciting, and I'm only 14 days into it... I've started doing a devotional book seperately

Blessings!

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved this. You nailed it.

Roxanne Kristina said...

I just have to say this:

You are one cool chick.

I love your blog!

XOXOX,
R

Stacy said...

I have tried so many reading plans and have never finished any of them. I have such a love for God's Word that I would become very discouraged at my failure.

However, back in August, I decided I was going to read it like I would a novel. I would read at my pace and not on someone else's plan. If I had 5 minutes, I would read a couple verses. If I had an hour, I would read a chapter. If something spoke to me, I would read that portion again. No timeline. No assigned daily reading.

I was amazed at the pressure that was taken off of me. I started in August and have not quit. I just started Jeremiah this week and it has been hard at times, but well worth it.

Love your blog!

Debbie said...

Love the horse picture - clicking over now to read the rest because I really struggle with this myself.

Greg C said...

I did the same thing last year and after a few months discovered that I wasn't getting much out of it but trying to just read it all. So I slowed down and tried to understand what I was reading. I am now only on Acts and It has been 13 months but I am still at it. I will finish it and I will understand what I am reading. After I finish, I plan on going right into a reread of my favorite books.

fransmomma said...

i've tried reading through the bible several times and always get stuck somewhere in leviticus or numbers. its the same thing year after year. THIS yeat i'm reading thru it chronologically. i went from creation to job, which was such a nice change and i feel like i'm reading a story rather than 'just getting throught it'.
we'll see how i'm doing a few months from now.

fransmomma said...

i just gave you a blog award! come and see!! :)

RissaRoo said...

So true! Thank you for this post, I have been not-so-good at my daily quiet times lately and this post both makes me feel better that I'm not alone...and motivates me to get "back on the saddle". As always, you also made me smile!

Nel said...

Wow... You hit it right on the head. I have started so many times on a reading schedule, only to be disappointed in myself. That is one of my goals,to read the entire Bible. Maybe this year...

skoots1mom said...

it is hard to read it in a year, especially if you're doing any other specific Bible studies.
There's a good plan on BibleGateway.com also

I recently saw a copy of a "chronological Bible"...i'm going to get one of those hopefully for my birthday.

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Linda, I have to admit something to you, today was the first time I actually went and visited The Internet Cafe and I am so glad that I did. I loved reading the rest of your post and looking around. I will definitely be visiting the cafe more often

Marina said...

these is the first tiem i read the bible chronnologicaly too @ewordtoday.com its so nice b/c you can also listen too it and read along for those
names that are too hard to say
and its free !! i have really enjoyed studying the bible these way so far, marina

ps. did you get my email?

Debbie said...

I have said the same thing numerous times without success. And there is always something else to tempt me away. That darn devil.

Debbie said...

Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to check out my profile. Imagine my mortification when you ended up at my brain fart blog. lol That's my first blog and nearly everything goes there. I just recently started www.thensingsmysoul1.blogspot.com for a place to start a devotional etc. It has quickly become my Bible in 365 thought spot.

I re-read your article and perhaps diligence is exactly what we're supposed to get from this. Then maybe if we read it for a second year...lol.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

Jen said...

I just have it emailed to me. Then I make myself read it before I read all my blogs. Works like a charm. I've been thru the bible twice now and am doing the NT and Proverbs this year.

Let me also make perfectly clear: I AM THE MOST INCONSISTENT PERSON I KNOW.

xox