Wednesday, January 5, 2022

currently, January 2022

 

Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm linking up with Anne over at in residence for this monthly blog post. In this post, I'll be sharing what I'm currently anticipating, organizing, reading, resolving and scheduling. 

Anticipating:

I'm a creature of habit and anytime when I've been on an extended break or on a vacation, I always anticipate the return of a normal routine. I have myself on such a schedule and there are things I do each day that I crave when too many days go by when I don't have any alone time. For instance, I have learned to love the time in the day after my family leaves for work. I love to sit and soak in my Bible reading each morning, I love to write out Scripture of some sort (more about that in a minute) and I love to sit and just talk to Jesus. I do that throughout the day, actually, and feel like it's my own little personal retreat each day. 

As far as writing out Scripture, Shannon from swtblessings.com has stopped making writing plans in 2022. If this makes you sad, don't be! Click on her blog link above and find her plans with their printable versions there. There are so many topics to choose from! I may do this on my own this year and write out the books in the Bible we're studying to write on. If you want an actual plan, click here for a printable version. 

Organizing:

At this moment, I'm not organizing anything. I recently joined an email list from Clean Mama to help motivate me get the house in order. I say this like it's out of order, but it's really not. It's just that we still have people occupying all the rooms, and I don't mess with their rooms. That bothers me a little, knowing they're unorganized, but they're all grown too, so it's on them. I may work on getting our pantry organized at some point, because it's been all out of whack since before Christmas. 


I'm enjoying our home being a little more clean and put together since the holidays are over. 

Reading:

I'll do a bookish post at the end of this month to tell you what I'm reading, but I started reading the chronological Bible all over again. 


So, here's the thing about reading this again. I told my friend yesterday that because I've done this so much, my tendency is to go very quickly through each daily reading. I'm also a fast reader, so that just makes it even worse. My pastor shared some insight on this, though and that is to take each day slowly. This means that sometimes I'll actually read it and then read it again. The first time I read it, I will underline and maybe add a note in the margin of the Bible. (This one pictured above is a journaling Bible, which I love.) The second time I read or skim over it again, I'll make notes in my journal of the highlights of what I read, or I'll pick one takeaway from that day's reading. That's what I did on the day I took this picture, as you can see above. I don't always draw something to go along with it, but I did on this day. 

If you'd like more information on this Bible pictured, here is a link for the one my mom-in-love bought me for my birthday. To accompany reading through this again in 2022, my church is also offering a class on Wednesday nights, taught by three of my friends. I am making plans to attend that each week, because even though I've read through this on my own in years past, it's been ages since I faithfully attended the class each week. 

Resolving:

This involves a back story. There's a girl I follow on Instagram, Mel Larson, who started challenging people to take a step back and really evaluate what they spend money on. As someone who is very easily influenced, I noticed I spent too much money on Amazon last year on things people rave about on social media. I realized how dumb that is and I am resolving to change that bad habit this year. I am not including items that are considered necessities: personal hygiene items, makeup/skincare, and the replacement of clothing items as needed (for instance, if I rip my jeans).

This is something I haven't even mentioned to anyone until this very moment, so it's not like my husband asked me to cut back, which I would do again if he asked me as he has before. I don't work to contribute to our income, though and this may be something the Lord is working on in me as I've asked Him to help me to be a good steward of the money and time He has given to me. 

The hashtag is #12in2022 and I've not yet figured out if this will be something I reserve for Amazon, or if it's something in general. The girl I mentioned who does this applies this to her wardrobe, but I'm thinking I may need to apply this toward Amazon, since that's where I do most of my shopping these days. I've made my first purchase already, if that's the case, when the colored pens I love went on a lightning deal over the weekend. (I also purchased pillow covers, but those are to replace the ones I had to throw away before Christmas, so I'm not counting them.) 

I'm resolving to add some diversity to the books I read each month. I have a new reading journal that is helping me with this, since she has great options to add in to my to-be-read list. 

I'm resolving to do more things that make me smile. Just yesterday I did a few—I kept a candle burning most of the day, I sat and lingered in my quiet time a little longer, I cooked something yummy and healthy for my lunch, I let the clothes sit in the dryer a bit longer, I scheduled time in my day to work on blog things (like this post and some more that I started as drafts), I let myself relax and sit without feeling guilty. It's nothing earth shattering, but I'm resolving to lay aside the guilt I sometimes feel as I relish the phase of life I'm currently in.

What are you resolving in?

Scheduling:

I'm scheduling time to write. I have a writing deadline that I keep procrastinating about, but this is the week I'm starting to write again. I co-author Bible studies for women with four other friends from church and we're working on the one that will be published for us to take in the Fall semester of  this year. This one will be our fourth! As a team we've written on the books of Hosea, Philippians, Esther and now we're working on a combined study for the books of 1,2, 3 John and Jude. 

These are some VERY intimidating books in the Bible to write on! Feel free to pray for us all as we turn in the first portion of this at the end of this month. We were trying to write two a year, but realistically that just cannot happen. We have prayed about this and decided to make a change and do just one a year and doing another study already written in the Spring semester of each year.

I'd love to hear from you and some of what you're currently doing! Thanks for reading my blog, friends. Love to all. ❤

20 comments:

  1. I am doing some of things that you are doing- I like your lists and ideas. I may incorporate some of them in my own life. I may have to get a one year Bible. I read the Bible through in 2019 and am planning to read it in 2022 but I just have a sheet with which passages to read each day and then I look up all of the verses. I would be curious to know- if you want to share- how and why you and some ladies at your church write Bible studies as opposed to using a study that has already been written. I am not criticizing in any way- on the contrary, I think it is so neat that you write them. I am just curious about how that came about- future blog post idea if you care to share :).

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  2. I am with you about the frivolous spending. My husband is scheduled for shoulder/bicep surgery on the 25th. Every dollar counts because it is not workers comp related. I am trying not to let my anxiety of him being off work for several weeks rise and put more trust in the Lord.

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  3. Maria- Good morning! I love that you're an early bird, like I like to be. I wasn't this morning, though and slept in until 6:20. I love being up so early! I got some of my ideas on my "resolving" list from another friend, so I hope you enjoy incorporating some of that into your daily life!

    I have read the Bible in that way before, the way you're going about it now. I was going to read through the Bible I use everyday from cover to cover until I decided to do the chronological way again. I've done this before and have an old one that is the NKJV, but this new one is the NLT, which I like so much better. When reading chronologically, it's easier to use an actual Bible like that with daily readings, otherwise you'd be flipping back and forth a lot. Some of the chapters in certain books in the Bible come before others! It's crazy.

    So this semester we're doing a study that's already been written, which I'm excited about. The writing came about from my Pastor. My friend Amy is our women's ministry leader and he specifically asked her to start writing them herself for the women in our church, and he mentioned at some point her putting together a writing team, so that's how we all came about. She prayed and then came to each of us individually.

    We write these to help ladies learn to study inductively, or word by word and verse by verse. It's been a blessing! I don't know how long we will continue in this, because it's getting harder and harder for us to put them all together as life goes on and gets busier, or maybe the Lord will raise up a new team of writers. We're all here for it, for however long He has us in this position. So, we'll see! It's kind of exciting living life like that and not always knowing what's next.

    Thanks for the blog suggestion! I'll have to share that story someday on an actual post. Have a great day, my friend.

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  4. Jen, I am sorry to hear about your husband! When is his surgery? I'd love to know so I can be praying for him and for you as well, as you help care for him after and especially as you face weeks with him not working. We were there once, so I know exactly what you mean and can totally sympathize. It seems so simple, trusting in the Lord, but it's a whole different story when we actually have to actively (sometimes blindly) trust Him with all the details like this. I know He will help you figure it all out, though. You are so right, every dollar counts. We also don't eat out as much as used to, mostly since the whole pandemic thing started, but that helps as well.

    Praying for you both! Have a good day, friend.

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  5. Saved that Bible on my wishlist. I have 80-ish days left of the plan I started almost two years ago. Eesh! I have never read the Bible completely, so when I started this 1-year plan, I told myself I was going to take my time and not beat myself up for not completing it in one year. I just want to accomplish this goal. After I do, I am going to look into this one; thanks for sharing!!

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  6. I just started yesterday reading the Chronological Bible on the YouVersion App. For something different for me, I’m letting them read it to me and I follow along. I’m just trying that, not sure I’ll keep doing it that way.

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  7. I just received a Chronological Bible today from Amazon and plan to put it to good use this year. I think I could likely use more thought on my Amazon purchases. It's just wayyyy to easy to buy and if we don't control it, it controls us. This was a most encouraging post and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  8. Anticipating and the routine this week has been good. I love your resolve to find things to make you smile. Exciting to hear about your new bible study book y'all are writing. Sounds like another great study!

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  9. I love your resolve to do something everyday to make you smile. I really need to take more pleasure in the simple things in life. Thank you for being an encouragement for this.

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  10. Bri, there is NO SHAME in that, my friend! That will be an awesome accomplishment when you finish! I have several friends who have read through in that same way, just by taking their time. I think you would love reading in chronological order! It makes it make so much more sense, reading it like a story with similar threads weaving throughout the entire Bible. I hope your week has been good so far!

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  11. Cathy, that sounds good! I like to listen to a Bible app on occasion. I almost always get something new from it when I do that. I will do that often as I'm studying a certain book and getting ready to write on it. It helps tremendously!

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  12. Lea, that's great! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have in the past. Thank you for those kind words! I love to encourage people. I hope your week has been good so far!

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  13. Marilyn- YES TO ROUTINES! I was so glad for this week to be here. I've thoroughly enjoyed every day! I think we should always find time for things that bring a smile to our faces! We would be so much happier. I hope you had a great day!

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  14. Natasha, thanks for stopping by and for those encouraging words! I hope you had a great day!

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  15. Probably should respond by email (I wouldn't want to offend anyone) but I had to stop reading posts about what folks were buying and their Amazon favorites, etc. I way too often found myself buying stuff for no other reason than a blogger mentioned it! What!?! I'm not criticizing the blogger - just wondering why I am so easily influenced?? Oh my. Anyhoo, hope you are having a good week. And that the weekend ahead will include a couple extra moments for you to indulge in your reading!:) Take care -

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  16. Yes, yes, yes and yes. So much of what you have written resonates with me. Want to make this the year I truly write, too. But haven't done much of it yet in this first week. Going to set aside the week each month that I don't help with my granddaughters to be writing week.

    I am interested in #12in2022. I am not sure I am understanding how it works. Will try to follow that hashtag on IG and see if I can figure it out. I want to quit being influenced by so-called influencers. Feels more like brainwashed.

    Okay so I left here long enough to read more about #12in2022. I need to figure out what is doable for me. But I have too much. Too many clothes, pieces of scrapbook paper, shoes, face cream, earrings. And it is time to quit this madness. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy New Year!!

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  17. That's cool you have a reading journal. Hopefully it helps you read more diversely this year!

    Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  18. Leslie, I am planning on doing that same thing with the #12in2022, and plan on customizing it for me and my trouble areas. Amazon is my biggest one right now, but sometimes clothes shopping can be troublesome as well. I also feel the need to simplify. I'm very interested to hear what other people do or feel about this. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Jennifer, I am guilty of that same thing! I wholeheartedly agree with you, my friend. Now, I do still love to read those posts and watch their Monday mail days, but I've not yet been tempted by anything at this point. I just really want to be a good steward. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I love talking about this kind of thing.

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  20. Thanks, Lauren! I love it so far. It was a good investment for the year.

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