Happy New Year (or should I say Prospero Año Nuevo?)

Happy New Year everyone – I can’t quite believe it’s 2012 already! I know everybody says this, but I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a good one!

I have a few resolutions for this year, which I thought I would share with you all, hopefully it’ll make me more likely to actually stick to them. Although saying that, my resolution from last year came true, so I’m hopeful for this year too!

  • First up, I want to continue to read my bible more often. My OwnIt365 reading plan will help, as will listening to the Daily Audio Bible podcast which I have started doing every day.
  • I really want to pick up on my Spanish again. I loved learning it when I was at school (and I used to be pretty good at it), so I’m going to get myself learning it again. It may sound weird but I do sometimes still think in Spanish, does anyone else find themselves doing that?
  • Read more – I’ve signed up for Book Chick City’s 100 book reading challenge, which is definitely going to be a challenge, but hopefully one that is a lot of fun!

I’ve decided to combine the first two resolutions by reading my Spanish/English bible. I bought it a couple of years ago (it took me ages to find), it’s basically a bible with Spanish down one side of the page and English down the other:

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Hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll be able to read my Spanish-only bible (Santa Biblia), without needing to consult the English version or a dictionary so much.

If you’ve made a resolution for the new year, leave me a comment and let me know!

My YouVersion Reading Plan

I started a plan to read the whole Bible in 6 months on 6th June. It’s coming up to 6th December now, and I’m sorry to say I am nowhere near finished. I’ve found it quite hard at times to get into a routine for reading regularly, so I am only 43% through the plan. However, I’m not too disheartened, as the Own it 365 reading plan was supposed to be a 1 year reading plan, so I knew I was being quite ambitious. I’m still hopeful that I’ll be able to get back on track and finish the plan before 6th June next year.

When I first started the plan, I tried reading it on a night before I went to bed, but I often found myself too tired, so I was turning pages but not paying much attention to the words. I then started reading on my lunch break at work, but there were too many distractions in the office to concentrate fully. I’ve started reading now while I’m eating my breakfast, and I’m finding that it’s working really well.

img_3432-copyI love all the features that YouVersion offers. I’ve downloaded the free app to my iPhone and iPad, and these are synced automatically every time I read something. I can also catch up on my PC if I need to. I love being able to create bookmarks so easily (similar to the hundreds of sticky notes I’ve got in my Bible).

As much as I love the app, I do prefer reading my Bible, so often I’ll keep the reading plan open on my iPhone and use it to find where I should be reading in my Bible.

If you want to find out more about YouVersion, click the link below. Why not try the Countdown to Christmas reading plan to get you started?

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Philippians 4:4

Part of this bible verse popped into my head on the way home from work tonight:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

It’s highlighted and marked in my bible as it’s one of my favourites, and I’m glad that it came into my head today, as I think it was needed. Philippians 4 is one of my favourite chapters, and also contains my favourite verse, 4:13

I can do all things through God who gives me strength.

I got an email tonight from YouVersion, telling me ‘Great work keeping up with your reading plan‘. I’m guessing it’s just a standard system generated email, as it should really have said ‘Get your act together and catch up‘.

I’ve not been doing too well keeping up to it at the moment – I’ve not had time before work, and get too distracted at lunch time to concentrate on what I’m reading. I’m going to start getting up a little earlier to give me time to read and absorb. I’m currently about 30 days behind, but I’m hopeful that I can catch up.

I’m really enjoying reading through the whole Bible, I’m finding a lot of verses that I’ve either never read before, or have read and not taken in, so I’m looking forward to continuing and making some progress.

Bible in 6 months?

I sometimes have problems picking up the bible and reading it. Sometimes, I can open it and find exactly what I needed, and other times, I seem to lack the motivation. I’ve recently been reading a 100 day reading plan, which takes you briefly through the bible in (you guessed it) – 100 days.

Although I am really enjoying reading this and the notes that come with each day’s reading, I am not really reading anything that I have not read before. There are still some parts of the bible that I have not read, and some that I am not too familiar with, so my goal for the next 6 months  is to read through the entire bible.

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Rather than reading front to back, which can be demotivating when you know exactly how many pages you have left to go, I have chosen a reading plan on YouVersion which takes you through the entire bible, mixing in old and new testament. I read the descriptions of a lot of the ‘Whole Bible’ reading plans, and the one that caught my interest was OwnIt365. As you may guess, this aims to go through the bible in 1 year, but I have decided that I would like to read more each day, so I am aiming to read it in 6 months.

The good thing about YouVersion is I can read the days readings in my bible, online, or on my iPhone or iPad with the free apps that they have. You can also listen to the audio version on any device if you want. If you miss a day out, there is a ‘catch up’ button which allows you to move back to the last day that you read (could come in quite handy).

Here we go…