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con·tent'ed·ness n.the state of being contented with your situation in life.
"...for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content..." ~ Philippians 4:11
"But godliness with contentment is great gain." ~ 1 Timothy 6:6
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This time last week I was a full 6 days behind in my reading. I should have been at Day 42 but I was stuck at Day 36 as a result of assorted illness and afflictions that ravaged our household. Not only was I 6 days behind, but I had, what I personally believed to be, the most challenging book to read ahead of me: the Book of Job. I honestly felt the enemy was at hand. No matter. I may have been behind but I sure wasn’t going to allow the enemy to keep me from goal. So here are 5 things I did to get myself caught up: I didn’t panic. This is a biggie. Panic has a way of taking our eyes off the mark. Every day that went by that I wasn’t permitted to read, I refused to panic. I kept assuring myself that God would help me find a way to get to it the following day. And I KEPT reassuring myself even when after a week I was still behind. God is sooo good! I doubled up on my reading. I figured if I could read two days worth of reading in one, I … Continue reading
Our family has survived our second week of the TV/gaming fast with zero fanfare. Some have asked “How can you call it a fast if it’s not absolute?” since we will allow TV and computer access on exception (for example, school & work related matters). I liken it to the Old Testament “Daniel fast”. Daniel and his friends refused to eat the rich foods from the royal table and ate vegetables & fruit instead. After 10 days they appeared to be healthier than the other Israelite captives (Daniel 1:8-16). While our TV/gaming fast is not 100% absolute unplugging, it has proved to be a healthier choice already: more rest, more human interaction, less attitude. Although of everyone in the family I think I suffered the most this week the night hubby and kids left me in the house alone for 5 hours while they went to watch the Phillies vs. Braves in Philadelphia. That night wasn’t just ANY night. It was THE season premiere of Glee, one of my favorite guilty pleasure shows. There was also that Netflix DVD of Ironman sitting on our desk taunting me for the past week. I was Glee’s own Sue Sylvester incarnate that … Continue reading
Today marks seven days into our family’s TV & gaming fast. The idea started years ago in my heart as a slooooow burn…and turned into a roaring fire a little over a week ago. I was fed up with the collective amount of time that each member of our family (including me) spent on mindless TV viewing, video gaming and computer gaming. All of our addictions started out innocently, of course, and with careful moderation: My kids never watched live TV; only carefully screened programs that were recorded on our Tivo. But even my 6yo ended up watching waaay more TV than he should have. I used Tivo to record my “guilty pleasure” shows that I only watched late at night after everyone else was fast asleep and my body could work no more. But staying up until 12-1am only exhausted an already exhausted mom even more. In addition, that midnight hour quickly became a time for an unneeded 4th meal of the day. My husband would come home after work and innocently tune into the news but then would end up surfing…and surfing…and surfing…until he finally fell asleep in front of it. When the Wii came into our house, … Continue reading
I’m 85% of the way through this 90-day challenge and, yikes!… has it ever started to FEEL like a challenge these past few weeks! I didn’t expect that AT ALL considering the content in the New Testament is so much easier to read than in the Old Testament. But I did underestimate my available time during the course of my day as our homeschooling work load increased and as our events calendar quickly started to fill up this month. For the first time during this journey, I found myself consistently 2-3 days, sometimes 4 days, behind schedule. The good news is I was able to get all caught up thanks to a camping trip that took my husband and boys out of the house this weekend. A major milestone that I reached on this challenge so far was reading the entire Old Testament from start to finish for the first time in my life. Woot! Woot! As of this writing, I’m in the book of Acts in the New Testament. Reading the first four gospels in a row in a matter of days was a personally moving experience for me. It was more powerful to me than reading it during … Continue reading
Yes, I’ve been quiet for a few weeks on this topic but not because I fell out of the “Bible in 90 Days Challenge”. To the contrary: I am still in it and am more than halfway through! It’s been a busy season as of late as homeschooling has taken the forefront after returning from our travels. It’s exhausting! But I’m current on my reading and so happy about my progress. We’re in Isaiah now. T-minus 40 days and counting!
I’ve had perfect vision my entire life up until around the age of 40 when I finally had to break down and buy dime-store reading glasses because presbyopia, otherwise known as aging eyes, finally set in. Since then it’s been 7 years of continually degrading vision with the need to purchase higher and higher magnification lenses and, ultimately, prescription bifocals. I have been literally chained around the neck by what my younger brother non-affectionately refers to as “coke-bottle granny glasses” (by the way, he has not so coincidentally been promised that he will suffer my same fate soon enough). Up-down-up-down-up-down onto my face with the glasses all the live long day. This was particularly dangerous while driving because I couldn’t see the GPS instructions on my iPhone without my glasses on yet I couldn’t see distance with them on. Forget texting and driving; shifting glasses off & on while driving is waaaaaay more dangerous. And never mind trying to wear sunglasses and read; you either go blind from the sun or you can’t read the print. And quite frankly, I was worn out from sitting on, stepping on, getting tangled in or panicking because I just plain couldn’t find my glasses. Fortunately, where once-upon-a-time LASIK surgery could not … Continue reading
Whew! Still on track after 34 days on the Bible in 90 Days Challenge! And exactly half of those days we were vacationing and/or traveling, including a 2-night side trip to get my eye lasered in San Diego! Other than carrying it with me (via iPad) everywhere I go, one of the keys to my success so far has been to READ THIS BOOK FIRST before I pick up any other. This essentially has meant that I have not been reading any other books for the last 34 days simply because my day doesn’t allow for anything extra. I’m not complaining, though. To the contrary: I’m THRILLED to have gotten this far and continue to feel that reading the bible in 90 days is absolutely 100% achieveable. In fact, for the past few weeks I’ve actually been looking forward to the following day’s reading; a first for me where bible reading is concerned! The only personal disappointment I’ve had during the past few weeks is not being able to participate in the weekly tweet-ups with my fellow B90-ers because of our vacation/travel schedule. All that should normalize in about another week, however. Keep lifting us up, oh, faithful B90 Prayer Warriors! T-minus 56 days…and counting!
I was feeling all pretty good about myself at the beginning of last week when I was a full 5 days ahead of schedule in order to prepare for upcoming vacation schedules. That was short-lived. Turns out it wasn’t vacation that set me back the rest of last week…Vacation Bible School did! Who knew that part-time volunteer work at 5 days of VBS could zap every last bit of energy I had? I had been suspecting for some time now on how pathetically unfit I was but that week resolutely confirmed it for me. Anyway, I’m back on schedule as of today. Phew. And just in time…our family vacation starts tomorrow <biting my nails>. I am secretly hoping to get some reading time in on the 7-hour flight but, then again, I could also be spiraling into delusion since we are towing 5 kids between the ages of 5 & 10. Soooo…I need those B90 prayer warriors to keep sending up those prayers, please! See y’all on the other side,
Officially, I’m on Day 11 of the Bible in 90 Days Challenge. Unofficially, I’m really on Day 16 (yay me!). I’ve been reading ahead whenever and wherever possible (have trusty iPad, will travel). The reason I have never been successful in previous (year-long) bible reading plans is because I inevitably get behind in my reading during periods of travel, of which our family takes many each year, then quickly become overwhelmed and discouraged by the backlog. Ultimately, I give up from such pathetic discipline. Not this time. This time I’m ahead of the game. And staying there. I wonder if my B90 facilitator and assigned B90 mentor praying for me all the time has anything to do with it??? Thank you, Amy and Jennifer! T-minus 74 days…and counting!
3 days down, 87 to go! I’m feeling good, confident and not at all daunted at the 12-page a day approach. I’m feeling especially giddy in using my iPad to read through the 90 day challenge. I have two e-reader apps downloaded so far: Apple’s iBooks and Amazon’s Kindle. I’m using Kindle to read the B90 Bible because Apple didn’t sell it on the iTunes store (their loss). How do I love the iPad as an e-reader? Let me count the ways: The iPad is so thin and portable that I can take it with me everywhere (by purse, by tote, by handled neoprene case). And I do. I can highlight, bookmark and make as many notes as I want. I can carry hundreds of books with me at a time, although on average I only read 2-3 at a time. Like most e-readers, I can adjust the font to a comfortable size which decreases eye fatigue. I no longer need to dedicate precious bookshelf space to my favorite books because I can keep them on my e-reader app forever and ever. The Pièce de Résistance: unlike the Amazon Kindle or other e-readers, the iPad has gorgeous back light for reading in the … Continue reading