Well 2011 is finally here and many of us have made resolutions, and are excited to see how our efforts are gonna pay off. I for one have decided to read the Bible in a year, hence getting on a plan. I know there are tons out there. I had used a really good one at You Version during the Christmas Season and an Advent Wreath calendar from Focus on the Family also have Logos Bible Software and Bible Explorer on my laptop that utilize reading plans as well, but I really like to be in the Physical Bible when I do my reading. Those Pc tools are great for reference and study, but nothing, in my opinion takes the place of a bound Bible. I found some great plans at Discipleship Journal and have personally chosen the Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan. For me it’s just easy to tackle one thing at a time, then having to be all over the Bible in a single reading. I have enough multi-tasking and multi-reading to do in seminary so I want my Bible reading to be simplistic. This brings me to my other plan for the New Year; simplicity. I have been cleaning out a lot of clutter in pretty much every area of my life and have declared my own personal theme of peace. Jesus was the Prince of Peace and I am seeking to simplify my life and have peace. We can get so tangled in the stuff of life that before we know it we feel overwhelmed and feeling deflated and unfocused. I have vowed to take things one month at a time, Planning out as best as can, but at the same time, living in the moment and enjoying the simple things in life like spending time with my daughter, and helping her also to learn the Bible stories in her books. I have taken a few small steps in organizing things such as my files on my computer and getting rid of many links and sites I have saved in folders that I never got back to last year in hopes of acquiring yet more information. It’s been interesting too to come to the realization that we all have our own preferences and that’s Ok. For example, I was looking at ereaders online, reading reviews, ect; and people can debate products till they are blue in the face but the deciding factor is always preference. Some folks like touch screens some don’t’, some swear by an ipad and all its multi-functions, while others swear by e-ink technology such as in the Kindle and non-color nook. I bring up this silly point to bring us back to what one reviewer stated which was what does it matter the tool you use, just as long as your reading. Same can be said in pretty much anything. What Bible reading plan, what study method, what tools you choose to use to accomplish your goal doesn’t really matter, just as long as it is helping you accomplish your goal, then the rest of that comes down to individual preference usually. Another interesting trend (if you want to call it that) I have noticed this past year was the onslaught of reality TV and reality Face book. Yes all you have to do I turn on the TV or click to your page on FB to get the latest scoop on how people live life. Guilty as charged, as a blogger, I say it, and likewise as a face book user; but it has gotten a little tiring for me recently. Do I really want to be spending my time checking in on peoples latest status updates or could I be utilizing my time better. Don’t get me wrong, FB is a great tool for keep up with friends and family, but it can also become dramaville if you let it. I personally have not had that bad of experiences, but we have all heard the stories, seen the woe is me post or the friends we had to delete for their constant inappropriateness in a public forum. Point being, all things in moderation and for me, I need to cut down on my “face time” with face book. Well, for now that about does it for me and my plans of a deeper dive into the word of God and simplifying so that I can hear and comune better with my Abba Father. Of course I’m gonna have to blog, that’s just the fun part of the journey. So let me close by asking you what your plan is for the New Year. What things do you want to change? How do you want to grow closer to God and what steps are you taking? Sharing the Journey is part of the Adventure!