Bible Challenge

I read some last week, but didn’t make note of it. I’m going to take a break from posting about this for a while because I don’t get on the computer every day anymore, so am not keeping track of it as well. I will keep reading, but just won’t post about it weekly.

One thing that has helped is having a daily Bible study. The one I’m using now will be done at the end of February, so I’m going to look online for a free daily study to do. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Bible Challenge: Week 15

This is another installment in my personal Bible Challenge weekly updates. If you don’t know what this is or want to know how it started, follow this link to the introductory post (opens in new window). If you simply want to read more posts like this one, choose “Bible Challenge” out of the category cloud on the right sidebar.

First, I want to apologize for getting this post up so late. I’ve been limiting my computer time in an effort to (1) do more house cleaning, (2) do more school work, and (3) do more knitting. It’s working–I’ve been doing some of all three–but it means this weekly post gets forgotten and I don’t post as often. Although, the post frequency might be caused by my not having finished any projects recently!

So, I didn’t read very much last week, but here’s the list:

Monday: Mark 1:35-39
I’m still following the Bible study notes I have and am enjoying them. This one was about establishing a set time each day to meditate on the Word of God. By the word “meditate,” I mean to simply focus on God’s Word and being still and listening to God as He reveals understanding and knowledge about His Word.

I like this, but haven’t tried it yet. If I read the Bible in the morning, the passages I read tend to resonate all day with me. I end up thinking about it and forming opinions and interpretations, and will sometimes end up doing a bit of research in the evening to see what others have to say on the scripture I read. So I don’t have a time each day dedicated to being still and quiet and only thinking of the scriptures I read, but I do contemplate them throughout the day.

I can see how this would be beneficial, but am not sure how I might implement it just yet. I think it is definitely important to spend quiet time with God, but I guess I feel like I don’t know how to do that. It seems silly, I know! Just sit there and be quiet and still and let scriptures run through your mind as they come up. Easy. But it’s more intimidating than you might think!

Tuesday: Revelation 4:1-11
This is where the writer introduces the concept of worship. He defines worship basically as the adoration of God and His character. Well, how can you adore God’s character if you don’t know God’s character? Reading the Word of God is one way to learn about who God is. And this knowledge, in a Christian especially, usually spontaneously results in awe, admiration, and adoration, as it should.

I imagine it in this way. Let’s say I have an acquaintance I don’t know very well. If I learn that, for example, the acquaintance volunteers at the homeless shelter once a month, then my curiosity might be peaked and I would think pretty well of the person. I gained knowledge of some behavior, and that behavior gives me insight into that person’s character. I might think they are giving and selfless. Thus, my perception of them increases. It works similarly for bad perceptions. If I were to learn that an acquaintance stole from a friend, then I wouldn’t think the person wasn’t someone I’d like to get to know further.

God reveals His character through His Word in records of His actions (that we can then extrapolate from, as above) as well as His pure revelation of His character to people in past. I imagine that Abraham, after the almost-sacrifice of Isaac, probably learned a lot about God’s character through that experience.

The writer here encourages me to ponder God’s character and to spend time worshipping Him.

Wednesday: Job 42:1-6
The writer explains here that in order to truly worship God, we must know that God is worthy of that worship.

Thursday: 1 Chronicles 16:7-36

I didn’t read any of these days. I am now playing catch-up on the studies for those days.

Bible Challenge: Week 14

This is a weekly update of my Bible reading last week as part of my Bible Challenge: a personal goal to form a habit of reading the Bible every day. Choose the category “Bible Challenge” on the right side menu to see more posts like this one. The introduction post explains how this began.

Monday: Matthew 4:1-11, Acts 17:1-15, Genesis 35-37
I worked through the study for both today and yesterday, since I was lazy yesterday. I am really enjoying this small study and have recently noticed there is a free online supplement to this little booklet. I’ll be checking that out today, as I’m sure I will find it helpful.

One obvious, though unforeseen, happy consequence of spending so much time in God’s Word is that navigation is getting easier. I used to get a bit frustrated because I’d have a verse in my head and I’d know the book, but it took me a long time to find it. Or when I would try to study, I’d spend more time at the Table of Contents than in the actual Scriptures! Since this study has me flipping throughout the book, I am remembering where books are in relation to others, and am thus better able to navigate. A joyful side effect!

Tuesday: Psalm 39:1-13, 1 Samuel 1-3
Nate and I read from 1 Samuel last night together. I read from Psalms for my personal study.

Wednesday: Luke 18:1-8

Thursday: Jeremiah 33:1-9

I didn’t read either of these days. I didn’t forget, I was just being lazy about it.

Sunday: Luke 11:1-13, Isaiah 65:17-25,Philippians 4:1-9

Bible Challenge: Week 13

This is another installment to my weekly Bible Challenge posts. Choose the category “Bible Challenge” on the right to read more entries, and read the Introduction post for some background.

I didn’t read.

Tuesday: 1 Timothy 4:1-16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Galatians 5:1-15
Since the Bible study I’m using actually goes by the date, I decided to play catch-up today from not reading Sunday or Monday. I am journalling about this study on my computer and am enjoying it so far. The lessons are brief, but thought-provoking, and the extra questions on the side are interesting. The two questions that went along with 1 Corinthians actually stumped me for a while, but more reading and quiet thinking produced some answers.

I hope to maybe revisit this journalling in the future as I gain more understanding of the scripture. I am curious to see if my answers would change.

Wednesday: Romans 8:28-39
This day’s reading was about “discipline with direction.” Instead of elaborating here, I’ve posted a separate blog post about today’s reading.

Thursday: 1 Timothy 1:1-11

Friday: 2 Timothy 3:12-17
These few days I’ve spent a lot of time in 1 and 2 Timothy, which I have read before, but not studied much. These two letters are quite interesting though, and I am learning a lot.

I am enjoying the daily Bible study I’m doing. Each day’s reading and accompanying passage is short and includes two questions at the end. I’ve been journalling through this, discussing the passage and my thoughts and then answering the two questions. Some of the questions have been difficult, but I’ve managed to answer them all and have learned a lot in the process.

I’m not doing my reading in the “Shirkers and Slackers” program, just the study stuff. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself and take on too much at once. I may pick up the other again later on. I hope that Nate and I will start reading out of the S&S program each night, while I do the other study on my own.

Saturday: 1 Timothy 4:1-16
Yes, this passage is the same as a few days ago, but the focal verse was different.

I didn’t read or do my study today. Nate and I spent the entire day being lazy, as I like to do before starting another semester. It was an enjoyable day and before I knew it, we were in bed falling asleep and I realized I hadn’t done my study. I plan to do today’s study tomorrow along with that day in order to catch up.

Bible Challenge: Week 12

Alright, folks. It’s been 3 months since I started this personal challenge, so this post will be a recap of the past 12 weeks.

First, I’ll go ahead and mention that I didn’t read my Bible at all over this past week. The husband and I have been away from home for nine days straight visiting family and friends for the holidays. I didn’t pack a Bible because every time I do, we never read it, and this time would have been no different. It’s embarrassing, but it’s the truth.

Over these past 3 months, I’ve had some pretty good weeks and some not-so-good weeks. There have been weeks like this past one where I read only once or twice, if at all. And there’ve been a few weeks where I’ve read almost every day. Unfortunately, I have not had a single week of 100% success.

I received a lovely gift in the mail from a friend: a note and a January/February daily devotional. She was in a shop, spotted it, and thought of me. I’m going to read that every day to find encouragement, and I pray that it will help me form a habit of reading every day.

I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂 If you are also participating or trying to read your Bible every day (maybe it’s your new year’s resolution), please let me know how it’s going or your plans for the new year.