A while back, I saw a book recommended on the Home Joys blog. It's called His Word in My Heart, by Janet Pope. It sounded great, so I put it on my wish list, and Jim got it for me for Christmas! This book is all about immersing yourself in Scripture by memorizing large passages or books of the Bible. I think it's going to be really practical and do-able, and I am really looking forward to using this tool to help me get to know God's Word on a deeper level this year. I have also been thinking about reading through the Bible in a year, which I tried to do a couple of years ago, but never finished (as you can see, some of my goals don't end up getting accomplished!). At the very least, even if I don't read through the whole Bible, my goal is to read at least a little something from it every day. I might work my way through the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. I plan to do my Bible reading from my ESV journaling Bible (pictured above) and my memorizing from the KJV, which is what I'm most familiar with, and thus, easiest to memorize from. :)
Another area I have struggled with is my personal prayer time. My prayers usually end up being little bits and pieces throughout the day, nothing focused or organized. I would like to make my own prayer journal, but that takes time . . . and I want to improve now! So, I ordereda like-new copy of the Busy Mom's Guide to Prayer: A Guided Prayer Journal (the older version--it looks like a new version is coming out later this month)--hopefully it will arrive this week! And I also picked up Power Prayers for Mothers from CBD's big sale, to give me some organization and starter ideas.
Jim and I are also planning to use Devotions for a Sacred Marriage each week together (another book that he gave me for Christmas) to aid in strengthening our Christian life as a couple.
So, in a nutshell, these are my spiritual goals:
- Memorize Scripture
- Read something from the Bible every day
- An organized and vibrant prayer life
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