Times up?

January 1, 2011

I woke up this morning to the dreary knowledge that this time, I would not cross the finish line.  My plan had been to read and listen to it all night, getting enough done so that I could breeze through it today.  I fell asleep at 2:30, with only a few more chapters done.

I’ve mentioned on here several times that this doesn’t mean I’ve lost, or that I’ve failed.  On the contrary, I have read much more of God’s marvelous word than I would have otherwise, and that’s a score no matter what!

But there is something I’m not sure I’ve talked about on here before.  And that’s the simple question: Is this really the finish line?  I think the answer is no.  Even as the year starts to pick up speed and get more busy, God’s word is still important.  If you haven’t finished, you still can.  And if you did, there’s always more to be learned.  You might not read as much a day as the schedule has, but you can still read.

So I think it all comes down to: This isn’t the end.  You can still learn and grow.  And we’re all winners that have read even a chapter more than we would have otherwise.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Until next time,

Victoria

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A Dare/Goal Thingy

December 24, 2010

I don’t know about you, but my parents have a time set for waking them up tomorrow.  Many years my siblings and I have heard “If you wake us up before eight…” of course they never finish it, but we all get the point.  And the point of this is, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only family with this.  So if you’re behind, my dare/goal thingy (quite descriptive, isn’t it?) is for you to wake up a simple  half hour early and do some reading.  If you recall my last post you’ll remember that every chapter/minute of reading matters.  This will help you get a chunk done, besides being a really great way to start the day and remember what it’s really all about.

So take it or leave it, there’s my challenge.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Behind? You aren’t alone

December 23, 2010

I’ve talked to a few people recently who have informed me that their reading is not going quite as perfectly as possible.  And now, mine isn’t either :-/  With a whole day full of Christmas shopping, dentist appointments, and general chaos, I read about 10 chapters yesterday.  Oi.  I’m pretty much a whole day behind.

But I’m not giving up now, and you shouldn’t either!

Maybe you’re even more behind than I am; maybe you’ve only done your first day’s readings, maybe you’ve only finished Genesis… only you know!  And maybe you think you’ve passed the point of being able to do it… But don’t stop!  Please try.  It’s amazing how a few extra readings a day can help, or how much you can read on New Years night.  And remember there is a catch up day coming up (yes, it is Christmas.  But if you even manage to read ten chapters before you fall asleep that’s ten less you’re behind.)  I think it all comes down to reading whatever you can whenever you can.  I baked cookies the other day.  I read while they were in the oven because I knew in ten minutes I would have to pull them out, scoop more onto the tray and repeat it all again.  I was waiting for a chance to check my email earlier, so I opened up my Bible and get in a chapter or two.

So, my helpful tip for you:  Carry your Bible with you everywhere and get in some moments whenever you can.

But maybe you took on a little to much.  Maybe you didn’t realize that your two weeks would be so busy, maybe some things have come up.  That doesn’t mean you quit.  Maybe you should just rearrange your reading schedule.  Maybe you’re new goal is simply the Old Testament instead of the whole thing.  Or maybe it’s just the end of Genesis.  You can still complete a lot of reading, and really, no one is the looser when we’re reading God’s word.

So stop your pessimistic thoughts and get reading! (and stop your procrastinating too… we both know you could be reading your Bible instead of this blog! 😉 )

Day 1!

December 18, 2010

Hello everyone!  Hopefully if you’re reading this you’ve already made some amazing headway, and perhaps surprised yourself by just how much you can read in a short amount of time.

But, eventually your eyes are probably going to get tired from all the reading.  And let’s face it, there’s only so much time that you can sit still!!!  Which is why it’s sometimes nice to stop and take a break, switching over from reading to listening to the Bible.  It’s slower, but occasionally you just need to do something besides read.  That’s what I’m doing now.

So I went on a search for a good online audio Bible, trying to find something easy to navigate with someone reading faster than the slow voice most audio are in (Usually, slow might be just fine.  But when you have to read as much as we are doing it doesn’t cut it.)

I stumbled upon one I haven’t seen in previous years, and so far I’m liking it.  It’s http://www.davidpfield.com/audio-bible/AudioBible.htm.  For one, it’s got a nice pace.  Not one of those things you slowly fall asleep to.  It is however, a version I haven’t heard much about: World English Bible.  Does anyone know much about it?

The schedule at the very bottom of the link is kind of interesting, and if you have time (or want to procrastinate a bit) you might glance at it.  It’s optimally spread over 2 months, listening for only an hour a day.  It shows you how much more priority we all could put into the Word every day.

So tell me what you think of the link.  Happy reading/listening everybody!

Get ready people!

December 17, 2010

Tomorrow is the start of everything!!! 🙂  Chapters and chapters will fly by (at first anyway, they eventually start to inch by in the end, but you’ll find such things out on your own) as you dive into the Word of God.  I can’t wait!

We officially have 50 people now, according to Facebook, btw.   That’s amazing!  I’m excited to be reading with all of you!

Updates and Updated!

December 12, 2010

First, the schedule page is updated!  The dates: December 18th through January 1, have been applied to the full schedule, and the new New Testament Only one is up as well.  One more thing off my list!

Also, as our Facebook Group informs me, we now have 44 people attending! (And that’s just on Facebook)  That’s amazing!

6 more days until reading!

Testing, One Two Three… Oh, Hi!

December 9, 2010

Another Christmas season is here and with it comes the much desired Christmas break…. and the third annual Christmas Bible Reading Marathon.  We’re still working on an official date and updating the site.  Everything as of yet is still last years material.  When it does finally get up to date, remember that we play really loosely around here, and as long as you’ve read your Bible a little more than you would have without this marathon, we consider it a win.  So if our official date doesn’t work for you, just do it whenever it does!

I know there were a lot of mistakes in some of the schedules from last year, and I plan to fix that ASAP (or at least fix last years problems and probably create some new ones :P)  Also, several people have decided they are too busy to do the entire Bible, and are just doing the New Testament (I’m starting to think I might be a part of that last group)  I’ll hopefully get a schedule for that up when I do the others.

So anyway, this post is just a general update and a reminder that we’re about to set this in motion again!!!

Is it over already?

January 2, 2010

Today is the last day.  The two weeks have flashed by with the hundreds of pages that we have all turned one after another.  We have fought against hard odds, and probably show some of the scars left from them.  (I don’t know about any of you, but I am tired from the early mornings and the one all nighter I pulled).  Surprisingly I don’t have any paper cuts from all the pages I have handled.

The feeling of being done, and closing the Bible after two hard weeks is one of great accomplishment.  This is my first year making it.  Things come up, priorities shift, and sometimes we can’t get it done.  That’s ok though.  No matter how much you have read, or haven’t read, you have read more than you normally would have, and that’s all that matters.  We don’t do this for personal glory, but for God’s.  The things that we learn from this are so that we can live a better life for Him.  Remember to give Him the glory.

As we head into this bright new decade 2010, lets not lose our reading momentum.  I don’t expect us to find the time to read 60+ chapters a day, but what about 3 or 4?  Certainly we could find time for that?  It’s something I have been convicted of these two years after I finish this.  I’ve read the Bible in two weeks, can’t I spend more time on it then 10 minutes a week?  Think about it as you go to put your Bible away tonight.

Good job everyone!  No matter if you just finished Genesis, or if you closed your book at Revelations, by God’s good grace we did it.

Solo Deo Gloria!

Victoria

More mistake >.>

December 31, 2009

ok, on December 30ths date, where it says Matthew 12-21, it is supposed to be Matthew 12:1-21. 

And, it appears that I accidently put Matthew 12-50; Luke 8 on there twice.

Actually, I put Matthew 11, Luke 11, Matthew 12:22-50; Luke 8, and Matthew 13 twice also.  Pleas forgive me for that.

AND when it says Luke 17:11-18-14, it’s really supposed to be 17:11-18:14

Edit: one more.  Matthew 15 is supposed to be Matthew 15-16

Another Edit: When Mark 10 appears, it is supposed to be Mark 9-10

Thanks for putting up with my everyone!

Got some catching up to do?

December 31, 2009

Well, if any of you are at all like me, you’re a bit behind and are trying to figure out how to end on time and not stress yourself out.
So I decided to come up with some ideas to help you catch up.

1. the one I tend to do (though very very tiring) go to bed a little bit later, and/or get up just a little earlier. It’s amazing what 30-50 minutes extra can do!

2. Listen to the Bible! While you’re cleaning your room or the house. while you’re getting ready in the morning, and if you have to when you’re eating if you have to. Basically if you’re not reading you should be listening!

3.  if you’re doing it with a sibling (or even if you’re not) take turns reading it out loud.

4.  Read every spare minute you have! carry it with you in the car and read! (just don’t drive and read at the same time please, we’d like you to stay alive…)  and don’t give up! 

Hope this helps and please post your own ideas!

~Sara