It’s the home stretch, my fellow Bible readers! Fall is upon us, and that means we have one quarter left in 2012. Before I look ahead, however, I need to see how far I’ve come in my 2012 reading plan.
The Daily Drink = 12 minutes in the Word each day
By the end of Quarter 2, I was reading somewhere in Ezekiel. I mentioned that my reading rate was on track for two years rather than one. (hmpf.) During Quarter 3, I finished Ezekiel as well as Ezra, Galatians, Genesis, Habakkuk, Haggai, Hebrews, Hosea, Isaiah, and James. I’m currently reading in Jeremiah. I needed to know the painful truth of how far behind I’ve gotten in 2012, so I calculated the page count for each book of the Bible. I am exactly one quarter behind in my reading. So I will be done sometime in March, unless I read more each day.
The Sabbath Soak = dig into a passage of interest each Sunday
No extra soaking, but I continue to spend more time in the Word than on other days, which is a nice treat.
My progress isn’t on track, and that’s frustrating. But I am in the Word, spending time with the Lord, which is the point of a Bible reading plan. Being a whole quarter behind hurts a little, proving that I am missing more days than I think. I fall on grace and ask God to grow an unquenchable desire in me for Him and His Word.
I see myself as the tree in the photo I’ve titled “Crooked but Growing.” I’m a little off center, but still rooted and reaching toward the sun.
So that’s my 2012 Quarter 3 progress! I’d love to finish by January 1 . . . but that’s mainly because I would like to start something else for 2013, and I hate loose ends. I’ll be back December 31 to let you know what happens.
Did you embark on a 2012 Bible reading plan? I’d love to hear of your progress! Let’s encourage each other to press on.
“Crooked but Growing.” Normal, Illinois. Personal photograph by Erin Straza. September 2012.