Finally, a plan for 2017…

Yesterday, I set forth a plan to spend all 365 days of 2017 only reading the Bible and nonfiction Christian books that follow a theme for each month.

January’s theme is Hope. Hope is defined as earnest expectation. My hope is in Christ [Greek for The Anointed One and His Anointing] and all that He has done for me and for you. To go with this theme, I am following along with Debbie of “Think On These Things” website, where we write a scripture verse every day. Think on These Things – Hope

My weekly goal is to memorize a scripture verse. For that, I am following along with Beth Moore’s group SSMT, Siestas Scripture Memorization Team, which can be found HERE. Their goal is to memorize 24 verses in 2017, which is 1 verse every 2 weeks.

My daily constant will be to read my Bible following the YouVersion Bible reading plan, “Bible In One Year 2017”. Download their app and join in! 🙂

Lastly, I have picked the two nonfiction Christian books that I will be reading in January.

  1. “I Don’t Wait Anymore” by Grace Thornton. You can find a description of this book on Amazon.
  2. “Driven By Eternity” by John Bevere. It’s available on Amazon and on their ministry website, Messenger International.

 

What are your goals for 2017? What do you want to accomplish by 12/31/2017?

Leave a comment and let me know. 🙂

Happy New Year!

 

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The New Year…What If….?

It is the last week of December and, as usual, I am pondering the new year.

What will be my goals, resolutions, and projects? What will be my focus?

I have some ideas such as:

  • crocheting more to stock my Etsy store and to prepare for the Christmas craft show in October.
  • exercise on a daily basis
  • healthier food and beverages
  • build more “Zero Waste” habits into my daily life

I also have been deciding on 2017’s reading challenge. There are two that I was contemplating.

Then, a small still voice said,

“What if…”.

I said, “Yes? What if…what?”

Holy Spirit: “What if you dedicated 2017 to only reading/studying/learning about God and growing closer to Him? What would that year look like? How would you be/Where would you be the last week of December, 2017?”

Me: “Wow! I could do that! But wait, in reality, could I really do that/would I really do that?? It would take courage, bravery, and loads of self-discipline and tough love to complete 365 days of only focusing on God. Do I have what it takes to see it completely through?? Yikes!”

Holy Spirit: “Grace, mercy, and love. You will fall and stumble, but I am here. My Grace is enough for you; for My Strength and Power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. {2 Corinthians 12:9}.”

Me: {Deep breath} “Okay, I will do this.”

I have a plan now. 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days of only reading God’s Word and (nonfiction) Christian books.

Monthly: Focusing my reading on the monthly theme:

  1. January: Hope
  2. February: Love
  3. March: Trinity/The Triune God/The Godhead
  4. April: The Resurrection and the resurrected life
  5. May: New Life/New creation/Renewing your mind
  6. June: Faith/faithfulness
  7. July: Peace
  8. August: Joy
  9. September: Patience/Endurance
  10. October: Goodness
  11. November: Thankfulness/Gratitude
  12. December: Kindness/Gentleness

Weekly: Verse memorization based on the monthly themes

Daily: Reading the Bible by following a YouVersion plan

This is my 2017 plan so far. I haven’t decided what books I will read for each month yet. I figure that I will read the books that I already own and also let the Holy Spirit guide me.

~ So, now, I invite you to join me. You can follow along with me or mix it up and read what is right for you. I plan to blog through this process on a regular basis, just not sure what a ‘regular’ basis will look like right now.

If you are planning to join me, then please let me know. We can encourage each other on this journey into and through 2017.

Happy New Year! : )

 

 

 

 

 

Book reading challenge has changed

Here’s an update to the book reading challenge that I was so excited to be a part of and get some books crossed off my list.

It is not going to happen as originally planned.

For one thing, we got a puppy two weeks ago and, apparently, I had forgotten how much time and attention they require. She is absolutely adorable and, right now, I would much rather play & snuggle with her than read a book. *Gasp* I know, right?! Shhhh, she is sleeping at my feet at the moment – that is why I’m able to type coherently.

For another reason and most importantly, the Holy Spirit has been nudging me, asking me, “Do you want more?”, “Do you want to be closer to Me?”, “Do you want to be at a higher place this time next year?”. I have answered Yes to all these questions. That means I must not fritter my time away here on earth. He is guiding me to read more about Him and so, I have changed my reading schedule.

Advent is almost upon us and I feel a renewed sense of Joy and urgency. He is coming soon and with each passing day, it gets sooner and sooner. I need to get ready!

I have decided to read Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts”, and the devotional that goes with it. I started them on Sunday and hope to finish by Christmas Day. I will also be following along with the book, “Advent Illustrated”, and the author’s associated blog. You can follow along also.

http://saralaughed.com/index.php/announcing-advent-illustrated/

As a Catholic, Advent and Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. In following tradition, I have bought an Advent wreath and candles. I will light it every night at dinner and say a special Advent prayer.

You have 5 days to prepare for Advent and 31 days to prepare for Christmas. What are you doing to prepare and make it special? What are you doing to get ready for Jesus’ coming?

Join me in getting ourselves ready! This is an exciting time!

As Pastor Brian C. Houston says, “The best is yet to come!”

 

Nov 6th Update to the Reading Challenge

Hello all!

I have updated my book list on my last post. There a quite a few Christian books that I want to read, so I replaced some of the books below with some selections from Christian authors.

The happy news is my local library received “In the Heart of the Sea” as an inter-library loan. I picked it up today! Yay!! I put down “The Historian” for now to start reading this ‘new’ book. I also picked up “Moby Dick”. My plan now is to read these two books and then move on to another category. I am not sure which one yet.

On an exciting note, I found out last weekend that they have made a movie out of the book, “In the Heart of the Sea”! I saw the trailer last weekend and my hubby couldn’t figure out why I was so excited. LOL! By the way, when I chose that book, I had no idea that a movie about it was coming to theaters. That just seals the deal for me. ; )

It is not too late to join us in this ambitious endeavor! : )

Please let me know if you are joining us. I might just have a little surprise for you at the end of it. ; )

You can connect with me here, through e-mail, or by facebook. Just ask.

Have a blessed day!

Angela

A Book Challenge…because you are never too busy to read!

Updated Version 11/06/2015

I am excited to be a part of this reading challenge!!!

Go to Megan’s website and read all about it!

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General rules:

  • The challenge will run from November 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on November 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on January 31 will count.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long, unless otherwise noted. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print version meets the length requirement.
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book during a later check-in, that’s fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • Rereads can be used for a maximum of three books in the challenge. This rule is meant to encourage you to try new books while still allowing you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the summer 2016 challenge.

And now for the exciting part: the challenge categories:

5 points:  Read a book that has between 100 and 200 pages.

~~ “Audacious” by Beth Moore. 192 pp. Kindle book.

10 points: Read a debut book by any author. (The book does not have to be a 2015  debut.)

~~ “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. 240 pp. Kindle book.

10 points: Read a book that does not take place in your current country of residence.

~~ “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. 550 pp. I have had it on my book shelf for 6 months begging to be read. ; )

10 points: Read a book that someone else has already used for the challenge. — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Kristen @ See You in a Porridge.

~~ Tentatively: “Fried Green Tomatoes” Will determine for sure at a later date.

15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym (e.g. Robert Galbraith, Sara Poole, J.D. Robb, Franklin W. Dixon, Mark Twain, etc.). — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Megan M.

~~ “City of Dark Magic” by Magnus Flyte. 464 pp. Not sure where I will get it.

15 points: Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man” or “woman” in the title (or the plural of these words).

~~ “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. 416 pp. Will have to buy it.

15 points: Read a book with a one-word title (e.g. Attachments, Americanah, Uglies, Wild, etc.).

~~ “Endurance” by Alfred Lansing and Nathaniel Philbrick. 357 pp

20 points: Read a book with a person’s first and last name in the title (e.g. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle).

~~ “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. 870 pp. Have it on my shelf!

20 points: Read a food-themed book. — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!

~~ “As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto” 432 pp. Been hanging out in my Kindle for a year waiting for me.

20 points: Read a book with a verb in the title. (For any grammar nerds out there, I mean “verb” in the most general sense, so gerunds count. For non-grammar-inclined people, just use any book that appears to have a verb in the title!)

~~ “The Seven Habits that will change your life” by Adam Houge. 220 pp. On my Kindle.

30 points: Read two books with the same title (by different authors). — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher bevchen @ Confuzzledom.

~~ (Easy Peasy on this one) “The Historian” 1st book by Elizabeth Kostova (909 pp) and the 2nd one by Rachel Bohlen (316 pp).

30 points: Read a nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject (e.g. a biography and historical fiction novel about the same person; two books about a specific war or event; a nonfiction book about autism and a novel with a character who has autism, etc. The possibilities are endless!).

~~ Super excited to read these books! : ) Fiction book: “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville (544 pp) and the NF book: “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick (302 pp).

Sooo, that’s it for now. I’ll be checking in on the progress of my reading and if I change the books.

Why don’t you join us?! 14 books in 13 weeks! So doable! ; )

Starting anew and keeping it real.

Hello all!

I am restarting this blog! I know, it is super exciting. ; )

My goal here is to share life with you. We can learn from each other. You will find book and planner reviews, organization tips, crochet chitchat, some whatnots, and Bible study notes.

I will keep this blog G-rated and I would appreciate it if you do the same please. No cursing and no negativity. You can expect me to be honest and forthright with you. Like my title says, I will keep it real. ; )