I am honored to be raising my daughter with this godly man. He reads to her from her Danish Jesus Storybook Bible (“Hvad Bibelen fortæller om Jesus”) while she slaps the pictures with her little hands. And I enjoy watching them. Their interactions are precious.
Note: Our family was, up until just a few weeks ago, part of a small church plant called Anker Kirke, but through much prayer and outside wisdom and counsel, we made the difficult decision to stop planting for now and integrate with a local church Københavner Kirken in Copenhagen. Read more about the reasons here. I wrote this for our website over a year ago while we were still living in Malmö, Sweden, and I had just found out about an online community for women who want to be in God’s word. I have since then followed several “She Reads Truth” plans on the site, and sometimes even completed a few.
We have all tried it, and probably failed.
We set big goals for ourselves and try to live up to them. And when we don’t, we excuse it with busy lives or unrealistic goals. In January 2012 I started the one-year-Bible reading plan via my YouVersion Bible app. At first, I was excited to read my Bible daily and didn’t miss a day. After a while though, I started to forget and miss days, so I had to use the “catch me up” function, which brings the last finished day to the current day. Today, over a year later, I am currently on day 57 of the 365 day plan. That’s right, that’s how many times I have missed my reading and used the “catch me up” function.
What that means is that the reading plan has been working more as a weekly plan than a daily plan — on average at least. I haven’t read the one-year-Bible reading plan once for the last couple of months, and I realized that reading multiple chapters per day seems like a grueling task — like something I had to get through instead of something I looked forward to. So I started to look for a new Bible reading plan, hoping to find something that would seem more doable, practical, and appealing to me. And in the YouVersion Bible app, I came across the “She Reads Truth” reading plans, which sounded really interesting.
The “She Reads Truth” plans aren’t long or overwhelming — only 10 or 15 minutes every day. Now, spending daily time in the Bible is something I look forward to. Every reading has a short devotional, some with questions that have I used to examine my life, with notebook in hand. Jesus is speaking to me through it. I’m relating to the text, I’m learning and growing, and most importantly I’m in my Bible and enjoying it. Now, I can proudly say that I have completed my first reading plan through the YouVersion App. Granted, it was only 11 days long and it was Paul’s letter to Philippi (Philippians). Not too long, not too complicated, But very rich in content and something I could manage.
So if you are like me, and reading the whole Bible in a year seems like a daunting task, maybe you need to take it slow. Do smaller portions, a little bit each day. Find a reading plan that works for you. Most important of all; stay in the Word. Stay close to Jesus. And keep growing in to the wonderful identity you have received in Christ, knowing that his power is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Jesus keeps pursuing you, even if all you ever bring is mess. He takes you by the hand and leads you by still waters (Psalm 23:2). Why? Because he loves you. He loves you so much that he died for you.
But he didn’t just die for you, he died in your place.
He took all your shortcomings, failures, and sin on himself, so that you could be with God — the King of the universe. Don’t you want to know him? He wants to know you, and he is calling you. So get out your Bible, or your smartphone app and dig in to God’s Word, the Bible. This is where he has revealed himself; and I promise, you will not be disappointed. I recommend starting with something like “She Reads Truth” on the YouVersion iPhone app or website app. They have reading plans for Philippians, Colossians, Galatians, Ephesians, and more, they take between 10-15 days to complete, and they all have daily devotions.
Dig in, start getting to know Him, or get to know Him better.
He’s waiting on you.
At the beginning of the year I started this project ‘365 days of joy’ and I thought I would be able to post a little something every day. And then I didn’t because I was too busy doing other things like wiping vomit off the floor, changing the bedding, changing Magnolia’s outfit again, feeding her, putting her down for a nap. The list goes on. All that to say, life as a mother is busy!
It doesn’t mean that there aren’t moments of joy every day, there are plenty, I just don’t always have time to blog about them. Does this mean I am quitting the project? Absolutely not! I am just going to let it take the time it takes, maybe I will get to day 365 in 509 days, maybe it will be more, but I will get there.
Today’s photo is actually from yesterday. Magnolia fell asleep when we drove to church, we tried to keep her awake as the transfer from car to stroller rarely goes well, but she was so out of it, that it wasn’t a problem. Forget the sleepless nights, forget the sickness, forget the sore back from yet another night of holding her in my arms – that beauty right there is a miracle. And she is my miracle, absolutely stunning. I mean look at that face, how can you do anything but love her?