- Homemaking & Creativity
- Books to read: I can’t help it. I’ve got to get the reading in there somewhere, and if it can help me reach my goals, well, more power to me!
I’m not going to share all of my goals with you for two reasons. No, three! First, many of them are private! Second, I haven’t come up with all of them yet. I don’t like to rush the process. Like I said, “Little by little, one area at a time.” Third, you need to work through your own goals, not copy mine. I am me. You are you. Profound, I know. I will share a little bit, along with one of my book lists at the end, and maybe in a later post I’ll write about a few homemaking goals.
First, I have really been lagging in systematic Bible study, so I want to commit to finishing up my study of the four gospels, in which I am reading similar passages from each on the same day and comparing them. I wrote a list of the next 16 sets of verses, figuring I can complete one of them every 3 days or so. Time to read, time to reflect, time to respond. Maybe I’ll even print out some Read ~ Reflect ~ Respond Scripture note pages for this endeavor. (That brings to mind Dave Abney’s sermon at Lake Baldwin Church on the habit of meditation from last Sunday. “The life that abounds is centered on the story of redemption.” Scripture is a mirror of our souls, a window into God’s heart, a gateway to prayer, a path to obedience.) I also want to take the plunge and memorize Scripture again, since that is such an aid to meditation. (If you can remember it, you can dwell on it even when the page isn’t in front of you. It seeps into you and becomes part of you, shaping who you are and what you do.) Ann Voskamp, one of my favorite bloggers, is recommending the whole book of Colossians as a 2011 goal, and even provides links to a booklet to help us along the way. (See here: Colossians in a Year: 2 Verses a Week.) I’ll bite. I guess that’s one way we actually can borrow someone else’s goal. I memorized it over 2 decades ago and I’m still quite familiar with the general outline, wording and concepts, even though I can’t quote large chunks of it anymore.
“Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-2
That much I can type “by heart” since my younger children and I often sing it into our souls, memorization and meditation by melody. Those words themselves capture the spirit of why I want to saturate my mind with Scripture. I just downloaded a free NIV Bible app to my iPod to make it easier to find the verses I am going to memorize. (I already have the ESV on it.)