15 February, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

Although we are now well into the new year, I thought I'd share a couple of things I have determined to improve this year.  I have started various Bible reading plans, but I never seem to get to the end of them.  I start out well, but get slack as time goes by.  I tell myself that I'm a busy Mum with five children, but really, there is no excuse for neglecting God's Word.  So this year I have chosen a plan, and I intend to stick with it. 
I have been following Tim Challies' blog for a while now.  I enjoy reading his articles written from a Reformed perspective.  This year he challenged his readers to use Professor Grant Horner's Bible reading plan.  You can read all about it here.  The plan splits the Bible into ten reading lists, each list is a different length from all the others, the idea being that you will be reading a chapter from ten different parts of the Bible each day, but never reading the same combination again.  I challenged my husband to do the reading plan with me.  We began on 1st January and we have stuck with it so far.  I am really enjoying reading a variety of genres each day, and I really feel like I am being saturated in God's Word.  I am excited that it will enable me to get to know the Bible more thoroughly as time goes by.  There is a facebook group for those following the plan here.

Another challenge I have taken up this month, is to memorise the book of Titus.  Doctrines in the Kitchen is a facebook group set up to encourage mothers at home to be interested in, and to study doctrine.  Last year a group of ladies memorised Philippians, and this year they are memorising Titus.  I thought I would give it a go.  So far, I have Titus 1:1-5 memorised.  I am writing out the verses each morning and night, and reciting them to myself throughout the day.  The simple act of writing them out daily helps to store them my brain, and I find it is reasonably effortless to memorise the verses with this method.
You can find the Doctrines in the Kitchen facebook group here, and the Memorise Titus blogpost here.

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