Tuesday, August 15, 2006

~Proverbs 31~

Last night I finished my Proverbs 31 “challenge”. I read the chapter once through each day for a month. I wrote earlier in the month how the Lord had used the verse about the tongue to speak to me. This portion of the Scripture is an oft-studied chapter by women. I can get down the part of burning the midnight oil, but the part of getting up before the sun…well, I have to work on that one!

I’m really glad I was able to accomplish my goal. I hate to admit it, but I had become a little lax in my Bible reading, and knew that I needed something to get me back into the habit of daily Bible reading.

My next plan is to read the New Testament in a relatively short amount of time. I’m not sure if I’m going to go for one month, or two months. Kim and her daughters over at Life In a Shoe just finished reading the New Testament through in one month. It’s a good way to get the “whole picture” instead of just reading bits and pieces here and there.

What are you currently reading for your daily devotions? I’d love for you to share!

16 comments:

Roberta said...

Hi Tammy! I am going through the NT w/ Psalms and Proverbs. It is supposed to take 31 days, but I am a bit behind. It covers aprox. 15 chapters a day, which is a *meaty* change for me, so even if I split it up 7 chapters is more than before. When Kim said {paraphrased} 'would we read just a paragraph of a favorite book, or how often is only one chapter enough', that really struck me. Add to that the total daily time I read blogs...I felt very convicted. I want to hunger and thirst for Him and it is so refreshing to become saturated in God's word, not by my strength but by His Spirit.

Mrs.R said...

I'm glad you completed your challenge, Tammy. : )

annecourager said...

I'm working through Self-Confrontation: A Manual for In-Depth Biblical Discipleship by John C. Broger. It's a very intensive look at the Scripture (with MANY scripture references to look up) as being sufficient to meet every need/problem in our lives... because if our lives aren't right before God, then how are we supposed to disciple others? ("You hypocrite! First remove the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck in your brother's eye!") I'm only in Chapter 3 right now. The book has covered the basics of salvation (the basis for biblical change); the necessity of self-confrontation with the Word as a prerequisite to help others; and currently the sufficiency of the Scriptures/power of the Holy Spirit.

It's very convicting. I could spend weeks on each chapter just meditating on the hundreds of scripture references alone.

Mrs.B. said...

Yay for Tammy! Congratulations!!

Sis. Julie said...

I'm in Psalms and Proverbs. I've needed alot of encouragment lately. Just like David encouraged himself in the Lord I've found myself having to do that as well. And the Word of God has been the tool that has been used to help me through. There is much encouragment in the book of Psalms and much conviction in the book of Proverbs.

Kim C. said...

Yay for you!
Isn't fun to reach a goal? It makes you want to set another one right away so you can have that good feeling again!

quiltermom said...

Hi Tammy, love you site! I read a proverb daily & 1-3 chapters a day, depending on how long. I try to do my reading in the mornings at work on break or in between phone calls when its very slow(I work in a call center). It seems that I have to do my bible reading in the morning because once I get home, start dinner, give teenagers attention, etc, I'm pooped out. I can relate to feeling guilty about reading blogs and such and not spending time in the word like I should. Your blog is one I read everyday at work during my lunch hour. quiltermom

Christine said...

Congratulations, Tammy! I am reading through Luke right now. It really is amazing to read each book of the Bible. The continuity it provides is very helpful.

Jessica said...

I have been going through a lax time too in my Bible reading and your post is an encouragement. I like your Proverbs 31 challenge...and I think I may do that.

I want to be hungry for God's word and apply it to my life, for it to be rich, and fulfilling, but I need something to get me out of this dry and dusty stage.

Currently I ready some Psalms most days, usually random, and look up some verses pertaining to what I am going though in life, but I know that I'm not getting much depth.

Courtney, Jer.33:3 said...

I'm doing a yearly Bible schedule that goes through the OT once, the NT twice and the book of Psalms twice ( I think ). Right now I'm in Luke, Romans, Jeremiah and 1 Samuel.
At times its hard for me to stay on schedule too whenever I'm VERY busy or out of town. I eventually get caught back up though.

Anita said...

Our family is doing Starr Meade's Training Hearts and Teaching Minds Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism

Mrs. U said...

Hi Tammy!! What a blessing that you have accomplished this!! I am sure the Lord has taught you BUNDLES about Himself and His ways.

I am currently reading through Hebrews. I read the Bible and use a study guide that one of the Sunday school classes in our church is using. I really like it! I have MUCH to learn about the Lord and His Word!

Thank you so very much for sharing this!!

His,
Mrs. U

Bethanie said...

Romans. Its not been a book that I was really interested in, but now I'm floored by it. Especially with Chapter 4.

Ornaments of Grace said...

My husband and I are using the plan on our church website. We will have the Bible read in 222 days. It is a very feasible plan if you ask me. I think there is an average of 5-8 chapters each day. That could change as I keep going, but so far in the 2 weeks I have been doing this plan, it has worked very well. Here is our plan if you or anyone else is interested. There's also another plan we have just to read it in 1 year...it is for beginners mostly...but here is the one to be read in 222 days.

http://www.learnthebible.org/bible_reading_222.htm

Lula

Tammy said...

Thank you for all the comments! It's been encouraging to see what others are doing in their personal devotions!

Jessica, I feel blessed that my post could be an encouragement to you.

Happymama said...

My husband and I read the Baptist Bread Daily Devotions. It's a month by month booklet that our church gives out. But we also have a book that we choose. For instance, after he reads his devotional for the day, he'll read a chapter out of one of his Oliver B. Greene Books and does that until he has finished it. Besides regular Bible reading and the devotion booklet, I also choose a book to read. Right now, I am also reading one on Hell by Oliver B Greene.