Practicing Christian

My journey to getting it right….

Making Time–The Bible In A Year Challenge

So I’m trying once again to read the entire Bible in one year….I signed up online once before but it was tied to my old email account that I got hacked and locked out of, and I believe the website I was using shut down. Since my Nook died I decided to download the YouVersion Bible app onto the smartphone I was bullied into getting, and when I saw that they offered various Bible study reading plans I figured why not? (The fact that my Katrina pastor kind of shamed me back into it with a post that said, “If you have time for Facebook, you have time to read the Bible” might have factored into my decision a LITTLE….)

A little disconcerting that it started me on the same plan day as everyone else–instead of coming in at the beginning of Genesis and Matthew, I started with Job and 2 Corinthians. And not just Job–the END of Job, where he’s sitting in sackcloth and ashes and giving in to cursing God and then God gives him what-for. Interesting place to just jump in. The Hee-Haw song Gloom, Despair and Agony On Me kept ringing in my head as I was reading, especially since the next few days of reading was Ecclesiastes. Not exactly the most fulfilling and motivating reading here.

On top of that, the app is giving me awards and incentives and such–medals for completing my day’s reading or bookmarking or highlighting a verse. As I suspected, I started with a bang and then petered out, falling behind a few days….and it’s only been less than a week. I managed to catch up within one day on Monday….and then fell behind again. What’s more demoralizing is that my app sends me emails:


Um, yeah. Thanks. I KNOW.Though the option is a nice touch to help folks overwhelmed with daily reading not throw in the towel. I may wind up needing it.

I figured since I’m supposed to be “practicing” I should share my journeys and struggles and well as the reposts that inspire me. That’s the whole reason I started this blog in the first place. Hopefully I can recommit to this as well as the reading challenge and get to the “practiced” stage–build those Spirit Man muscles!


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