September 6, 2013 by Heather
Since it’s Friday, I thought we could pretend that we’re sitting on the couch here together drinking a cup of coffee and rambling about who knows what. Basically, solving the world’s problems while also nurturing our caffeine addiction and putting off laundry and other things. Win, win, win. Here’s what I’d tell you about…
Sixteen days ago I started the Read the Bible in 90 Days plan. Even though I took Old and New Testament classes in college, I’ve never read the entire Bible. Might explain that D I got in Old Testament… Anyway, I decided a few weeks ago that it was something I needed to do. I looked at different plans – read the Bible in a year, in six months, in three years. The 90 Days one seemed kind of intimidating at first – it’s about 14 chapters a day. Which doesn’t sound that bad until you are deep into Leviticus or Numbers and then it’s like… whoa. But then I realized that if I did it, I’d be finished by Christmas! So I’m doing it. Takes about 45-60 minutes a day, usually early in the morning with my coffee. It’s been really, really good. Except for Numbers. Numbers was a doozy.
I made One Pot Chicken Risotto for dinner last night. I used shredded Brussels Sprouts instead of peas because Andrew doesn’t like peas. I love peas. That’s how you make marriage work kids – even though you love peas, you leave them out if your husband does not like them. Or just add peas to yours. Whatever.
I think I’ve decided to not look at fashion magazines anymore. At least for a little while. I’m talking like Glamour, InStyle, Self, Health, Shape, etc. They just kind of make me feel like crap…? I checked some out at the library a few weeks ago and devoured them all on the couch one afternoon and it left me feeling not so great about myself. Do you think that’s what they are trying to do? I love reading all the tips and stuff like that, but knowing how to correctly apply my lipstick or get sculpted triceps in five minutes is not worth the blow to my self esteem. I’ll take lipstick on my teeth and jello arms over that any day of the week.
Back to my Bible reading. Before I started the 90 Day plan, I was doing what I normally do and just flipping pages until I found something interesting or that I had read before. I’m not sure where it was or exactly how it was phrased (again, that D in Old Testament), but I read something that said to “live boldly and without fear.”
Live boldly and without fear.
It’s been replaying over and over in my head ever since, and then last night I was finishing up Deuteronomy and read this:
“The LORD is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
And it just jumped off the page at me, like hello, you want to know HOW to live boldly and without fear? This is how you do it. So no matter what it is that takes boldness and courage – whether it’s a new job, a new baby (or parenting in general..), cancer – do not be afraid, He will be with you. Isn’t that powerful?
Live boldly and without fear. Whatever that means for you, right where you are now.
HAPPY WEEKEND!! & thanks for the coffee date.