Making the Most of 2018!

Happy New Year! I wanted to point you to some resources I’m enjoying and incorporating into my 2018 daily routine to help me make the most of my time this year.

 My top priority this year is to give top priority to God’s Word. To be equipped with the Word of God before I go about my day, I’m following Blue Letter Bible’s Chronological Reading Plan. (But they have many different plans to choose from if you'd rather another plan)

Blue Letter Bible’s Chronological Bible Reading Plan

I’ve read through the Bible in years past going straight from Genesis to Revelation. However this year I thought it would be neat to read through the Bible in the order the events happened. Here’s what the Blue Letter Bible says about this reading plan, 

“This plan does not read straight through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Rather, these readings are compiled according to recent historical research, taking into account the order in which the recorded events actually occurred. This is a fantastic plan to follow if you wish to add historical context to your reading of the Bible. If the schedule provided is followed, the entire Bible will be read in one calendar year."

If you prefer to read a printed Bible

If you’d rather read through your printed Bible, you can print out the calendar and keep it tucked in your Bible to let you know what to read each day throughout the year.”

Get your FREE PDF printable Bible Reading Plan from Blue Letter Bible to read through the Bible chronologically.

If you prefer to read the Bible on a digital device

 I’m loving reading through the Bible using the Blue Letter Bible app. Each day it tells me what to read and also provides a calendar that I can check off a box after I finish my reading for the day.

To get your reading plan started in the app, after opening the app:

1. Tap on the Bible icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Select your preferred version to read from. (I prefer the NKJV, but there are several good versions)

 Make sure you pick a version from the left column and leave the right column set at “None” If you pick a version for both columns, when you go to do your reading for that day you’ll have both translations side by side. That’s probably fine for reading on a bigger screen, but reading two versions side by side on a phone is a little challenging. So just pick one version and you’ll be able to read it easy on even a small phone.

2. After selecting your preferred Bible translation for reading, staying on that screen, tap on the words “Daily Bible Reading”

The screen will advance to a Daily Reading page.
3. Choose “Select Daily Reading Plan”

You’ll be given several different plans to choose from. For more information about a reading plan tap the blue “I” with a circle around it. Choose your reading plan as the Lord leads.

Scripture Memory Fellowship

Additionally, to guide me throughout my day, one of my goals for 2018 is to be transformed by the daily renewing of my mind by memorizing God’s Word each week. Last year I was super blessed to memorize the book of Jonah led by the wonderful people at Scripture Memory Fellowship. Jonah is my first entire book of the Bible memorized! Woo hoo! I’ve always wanted to memorize a book of the Bible, but it always seemed too big a mountain for me to climb. If you would love to memorize a book of the Bible, be encouraged, I do not have an exceptional memory at all. If I can do it, you can, too! 

I'm praying about joining them in spring as they lead people through memorizing three key verses in each book of the New Testament.  

Though I’m terrified of public speaking, as the Lord leads, I’d like to be able to share God’s Word with others. I am so inspired by how the Scriptures Donna Paulsen has memorized flows off her lips so naturally. My goal is to practice my memory verses so much that by the end of this year I’d be able to share a passage of Scripture both passionately and naturally, too. Check out this amazing video of her sharing about the two debtors.

Improving My Health

In addition to my spiritual goals, I feel a real need to turn from my overeating ways by implementing the insightful principles from the book, No More Dieting! I’ve found this book to be very helpful in curbing my overeating, allowing me to shed unhealthy weight surprisingly easy.  However, overeating is just one area impacting my health. The other part is my need to make good choices in what I choose to eat and drink. Having a big sweet tooth, I tend to gravitate to sweets and baked goods, as well as greasy favorites like pizza, burgers and fries.

So even when curbing my overeating, I’m still eating way too much junk. It wasn’t until I watched Forks Over Knives (on Netflix) and  the insightful free videos at Nutrition that I learned there is a huge correlation between diet and disease. What we choose to eat and drink directly impacts us either negatively or positively. I am amazed how many people are able to completely reverse the chronic diseases in their life and even get off medications, simply by swapping out their destructive eating habits for better eating habits that improve their health at any age.

Now middle-aged, for the first time in my life, I increasingly mindful of what I choose to eat and drink. More and more, I desire to do what I can, by intentionally watching what I eat so that I do not enter my golden years riddled with health problems I could have avoided now by tweaking the way that I eat. Some health problems can’t be avoided. I know that. However, I don’t want to needlessly suffer in the future from health difficulties that are totally preventable. Having seen and read amazing experiences people have had from implementing the principles from Dr. John McDougall’s book, The Starch Solution, I am loving reading it and already beginning to make much better food choices. I’m excited to incorporate my healthier eating habits into my family’s weekly menu.

Question for you:
-->So what resources are you benefiting from to help you make the most of this new year? What are your goals this year?
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