I am finishing off the clearout of my study this week.
It has taken a long time - more than the month I allotted to it because of several other things.
- It was in a very bad state, really bad.
- I took on #write31days challenge for the month of October where I had to write a blog post every day.
- I started a TSOL course (Learning to Teach English as a Second Language) in September
- My husband has been travelling a lot with his work - Yes I know that should mean I have more time to get at the Study but it also means I have more things to do at home and at church that he would normally do and extra calls from the kids to make sure I'm not too lonely and invites out for meals.
But the main reason is that there is far too much in the Study and far too much that I don't want to throw out.
I know I have all my nice boxes etc. to put things in (Storage Bargains) and I have been doing that but some things
- are hard to categorize
- some things are bulkier than others
- some things are used in Sunday School as well as the Kid's Club
- and well let's face it I just have this thing about things sorted into where or what they are used for but I can get so bogged down in that kind of thought that I never get the things finally sorted.
I also know that I am easily distracted.
You see I can see something that I have for a kids craft and then it reminds me of something else I saw on Pinterest and that means
- I just have to go look for that pin again
- and then I will just have a look to see if there are any other nice ideas on Pinterest
- and then I will just check my emails when I'm on the laptop
- and then a quick look into Facebook
- and then my messages
Now all of this really spoke to me about something else, another form of
I can sit down when I know I have a decent amount of time and do a Bible Study and I know that lots of you can too. But frankly this is not every day.
I can in fact sit down when I don't have a lot of time and read a few verses each day and I know you can too.
But I was also very conscious of the fact that I was always lifting my ipad and checking emails or facebook in the morning before I was picking up my Bible to read those few verses or to sit and study for a while.
Yes I could have been lifting the iPad to read my Bible App first thing but I wasn't.
You see I was too easily distracted by those "dings" and little notifications that keep popping up to draw me back into the virtual world.
So last Thursday 30th October I felt challenged
to determine that I should make a change in my habits
- because Yes it was a habit I had sunk into.
I was coming to the end of a month and the end of a blogging challenge so why not go straight into another personal challenge and make a new habit of reading
at least one verse from the bible
before I do any lifting of the iPad for anything else.
Hence of course I needed to tell Fred about this because I need to have to be accountable to someone but then he is travelling a lot these days so I decided to take it to my friends on facebook as well.
On Friday 31st October I posted this so I would now be accountable to them as well.
And that is how I got myself started.
Each day since then I have got my bible and I'm reading through Proverbs 31 before I lift the iPad.
Sometimes one verse sometimes two verses and making a brief comment my Bible Reading Journal.
Then later when I eventually go to the computer I post the verse(s) and my notes on Facebook.
On the first day I even made a graphic of the first two verses (just because I like playing with graphics).
So I have now today reached verses 8 & 9 which is the end of the first section of Proverbs 31 and tomorrow I start unto the Virtuous Wife section.
I really do hope that by the end of the 30 days it will have become a habit and one that I will not find easy to break.
Why don't you think about this.
Are your Bible reading habits good?
You don't have to wait to start something like this at the beginning of a month - you could start today!
What chapter or Book of the Bible would you start this with?
before you get drawn into all the other things in our 21st Century life.