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My morning quiet time alone with God is vital. I need to read His Word and feel His embrace in order to really function at my best. I need His Truth to knock all of the lies I catch myself believing in my heart and send them far away from my thoughts. I need His presence, His peace and Hid grace wrapped-up in His love.
I need it, but if I’m being completely honest, there are days I openly miss it.
I miss seeing Him because the rush to get three kids out the door in the morning has me headed in every direction but quiet time with Him.
I miss it because I pulled out my phone to read His Word in the Bible App only to see that I had 7 text messages and a free redbox code to redeem.
I missed it because our puppy peed all over the living room floor after just being let back in from outside. I missed it because I let my own worries and thoughts take over my time with God.
I can get so distracted. Who wants accountability with a girl who forgets to put her earnings on in the morning (on a good day!)?
Evidently, many people do.
You see, as December marched on, I found myself wanting more. I knew my time with God was so incredibly essential, yet I had reached this point where I was going, “Okay God, where to next?” As I skimmed through my Bible app for another reading plan, something didn’t settle quite right inside of me. I didn’t want just another plan. I didn’t want to be continually sidetracked. I wanted to be intentionally in the Word every single day in 2018 – not to reach a goal or feel like I had accomplished anything though. No. I wanted to simply carve time and space in my life to sit with His Word, let it wash over me, let it build my curiosity and my hunger for His Truth.
For December, I quit my normal routine of my Bible reading plan. I began praying, asking God what 2018 should look like. I asked Him to show me where He wanted me to go.
On December 29th, I saw the “One Year Chronological Bible” audible edition fly across my computer screen. Curiosity got the better of me and I found I could grab the audio edition for just over $6. As many of you know, I love my audiobooks and deals. Needless to say, I snagged it up instantly. I had a plan! I love listening to God’s Word and now I could do it in just a few minutes everyday.
Yet, something still wasn’t right. I felt like God wanted me to step out in faith a bit more. He reminded me of my heart to sit with His Word every single morning and the reality that the enemy would try everything in his power to prevent that from happening. Let that sink in. Why was I being silent about this very real struggle?
God asked me to invite others into this journey. And I immediately said no. Seriously. No joke. I didn’t want to admit to someone else that I had fallen behind or that something didn’t make sense. Plus, who would I ask? Would they say yes? Suddenly my mind blasted back to the elementary letters on the playground – “Do you like me? Check yes or no.” Aint nobody got time for that, right?
New Year’s Eve rolled around rather quickly and I still had not mentioned anything about my one year Bible adventure to anyone. I sat comfortably in my seat on Sunday morning, surrounded by church family and friends. The message that morning reminded me that the “more” my heart was chasing after could not be found in the American Dream of perfection. So many of us walk around like we have our lives together when in reality, we are barely holding on by a thread. Families are hurting. Marriages are struggling. Kids are feeling lonely. Parents are getting older. Siblings are traveling farther. Jobs change. Life is crazy hard and we were not created to go through life alone, hiding behind flesh and a cheesy grin. We desperately need God’s Word and we need a safe place to connect.
What if there were people out there that wanted to intentionally spend time in God’s Word and we could hold one another accountable?
What if it didn’t even matter what plan you decided to follow, but just made a point to check-in and share what God was showing you through your time with Him?
What if there was a safe place to ask questions, get resources and totally admit when we have fallen behind without judgement?
On New Year’s Eve afternoon, less than 12 hours before the ball was to drop us into 2018, I asked my Facebook friends simply if anyone wanted to journey chronologically through the Bible in a year together. Not only was their a response but over 100 comments. I suddenly realized there were so many others that have felt the same way I had about wanting to get deeper into God’s Word but not sure about the whole accountability thing. I was not alone. I wasn’t meant to do Bible Study alone either (that’s why I love Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies!).
On December 31, 2017 late afternoon the group “2018 Walking Through The Chronological Bible Together” was created on Facebook. Just under 50 men and women from around the country have come together simply to grow together in God’s Word. Many of us are using the free Chronological Bible Plan from Youversion. Some are using other plans. Different Bible translations. Different technology. Reading at different times during the day. But we are all walking this journey together. The best part is, I’m not leading, but simply letting God move through what He is showing us daily as we journey through the Bible together.
If you are interested in joining us, simply add a comment below and search for the group on Facebook. If you have already ventured through the Bible in a year, I’d love to hear your story! Please share in the comments below!
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!