I am Queen of the Snooze Button. (All my former roommates will agree.) And this morning, I only pressed it once. One snooze, friends! One snooze! Of my accomplishments, this falls in the “epic” zone.
I fell asleep last night humbled. Humbled that people would do this challenge with me. Humbled that people cared to read about it. Tweets, texts, emails . . . I am not alone in this. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Armed with coffee (obviously), the Bible, my Moleskine journal and a candle, I began.
My goal in making Bible reading and prayer a daily part of life is to build a foundation in my heart. Unlike past attempts, my hope is to not rush through what I’m reading. No deadlines, no lists to check off. The perfectionist in me loves the thrill of crossing off and checking off and getting things done. But I know that I need to digest and understand and grasp what I am reading and what I am praying. And lists, for me, keep me from going slowly.
To begin, I’m spending time in three books: Matthew, 1 Peter and the Psalms. History + Epistle + Poetry. I was inspired by a year-long reading plan from the full-of-wisdom resource that is Ransom Fellowship. Called the Bible Reading Plan for Slackers and Shirkers, it breaks the week up by topic. A few days are spent on history, a few on epistles, a few on poetry. So I adapted this plan for daily reading, reading a little of each category every morning.
My biggest takeaway from Day One was found in Matthew: Immanuel. God with us. Three short words, full of greater meaning than we can grasp. Overwhelmed, really, that God is with us. Day in, day out.
Thank you, friends, for praying for me and joining me on this journey. If you’re doing this too, how did the first day go? What are you reading? What are you learning?