03 January 2013

Well Begun, Although Not Half Done {yet}

You know that saying by Aristotle, "Well begun is half done"?  That's how I'm feeling today.  It's January 3rd and I feel like this year is "well begun" ....although certainly not half done--nor do I want it to be.  I'd actually like to slow down time a little if I could.  Wouldn't that be nice?  It's not reality though and so I am learning to prioritize and use my time more wisely.

I am on Day 2 of the Thirty for 30 challenge and I feel that is "well begun" also.  After prayer and consideration I have decided to go for it and tackle the plan to read my Bible in 90 days.  I've read my Bible through several times, but it's always taken me a year+ to do it before.  I've had the 90-day plan printed off for a while now and tucked into my daily planner though.  And since it's a new year I want to try my best to do it.

Each time I've read through the Bible new things jump out to me.  It's like that with anything that we repeatedly read or watch, isn't it?  The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on times that we revisit something more is revealed.  God's Word is no different, but actually even more so because it's alive.  The Bible is the ultimate "living book".  When we read it the Holy Spirit reveals so much to us if we just open our hearts to Him.

Yesterday I read about Noah.  What a man of God Noah was--he always impresses me.  The Bible doesn't give us a lot of details about him personally, but we know that he was one out of hundreds of thousands, maybe millions who truly pleased God.  He was willing to follow God and obey Him, taking possibly close to 100 years to complete his task.  That's commitment!  And from what the Bible tells us, God didn't really give him a lot of details about what was going to happen just the instructions for building the ark.

I want to be that faithful--even when I can only "see" one day at a time.  Last night I attended the visitation for a wonderful godly man in our church who has gone on to Heaven just this week.  As I was speaking with his precious widow, she actually was an encouragement to me even though I was there to give her support.  She is full of God's peace and was telling me how God has spoken to her to just focus on the day at hand, taking each day at a time.  And she is truly filled with peace and joy, even after losing her husband of 48+ years.

So even though I am keeping my eye on my goal--Thirty for 30--I am also just taking each day at a time.  I want to allow God to work in me each and every day, even though I don't have the big picture and don't know all of the details, I can simply trust Him for each day--one day at a time.  A simple truth, but very powerful.

I'd love to hear what you're reading this month and how God is working in your life!  And don't forget to head over to There Is Grace and link-up today!


Nancy@ThereisGrace said...

Great insight, Lora! I must say I am impressed at your zeal in tackling the Bible in 90 days. I tried the One Year Bible last year and didn't make it...you go, girl! Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up (again, sorry for the technical difficulties ;))

Marissa D said...

What great insight on Noah - the whole faith to keep at it for years. And to think those around him didn't support him, I mean if it were today I'm sure someone would have found a way to have him committed as they figured he was crazy. And yet he was able to follow through and complete the task God gave him.

And what a blessing to get such wisdom from a new widow. I'm always amazed at how peaceful true women of God are. That is my prayer, that in the future I am able to be such a woman of God to another Christian.

I look forward to hearing about your discoveries in the next 30 days!