I am not one for making New Year's resolutions but the new year is naturally a time for reflection and reevaluation.
Here are a few of the things on my mind as this new year begins.
I was about 20 days behind in my M'Cheyne Bible Reading Plan which I was doing through YouVersion on my phone and Kindle. I am satisfied with that. I may try to switch over to D.A. Carson's revisions of the plan or I may just start it all over again. I like reading through the OT once a year, poetic books twice and NT twice.
I dropped off of my Morning and Evening devotions to fit in the M'Cheyne but I am ready to restart those. Spurgeon keeps me sane. One thing I noticed is that I have read Morning over and over again but have never really read more than a few days of Evening. I signed up for the YouVersion of Morning and Evening so I can actually read through the entire version of both. This will put me slightly off date but I am going to try not to be OCD about that. Sadly, for no known reason, that nags at me.
I am also trying to read a tiny amount each day in Spurgeon's The Treasury of David
. Someday I want to finish those volumes although for now I am on Psalm 2.
One sure sign that I am aging and my life is changing is that I have more time to spend in God's word. Next up knitting while watching Lawrence Welk reruns.
I have always read more fiction than non-fiction even though I do enjoy great biographies and memoirs. The last few years my fiction selections haven't really seemed to be all that enjoyable. I am going to try to read books that I enjoy this year. Right now I am reading Sally Wright's Watches Of The Night (Ben Reese mysteries), I had forgotten about the Ben Reese mysteries until Dawn at LadyDusk mentioned them. Watches of the Night is turning out to be the a great read. I am not sure which direction my reading will take me. I always feel so guilty when I look at the books I have bought and not read. I usually think that I will make a rule that I will not buy another book until I have read the ones I have already bought and then within seconds I find myself purchasing or borrowing another book. I find my Amazon balance keeps me from feeling like I am spending real money and when I go to the library I have no self-control at all. I now have a whole bookshelf in my bedroom full of TBR books. I did read one of them already this year: Over Hill and Dale
by Gervase Phinn. Very enjoyable.
Once again I find myself having to rethink this. We have spent the first semester singing again and it has been nice but now I find that with Emily graduating in May it is time to let her spend her time finishing other subjects and after all I need to get used to the idea that she is graduating. She may come into the room just to sing with us but if she does not I am not sure we will be able to continue. This makes me sad. Emily graduating makes me sad. Andrew getting humongous make me sad. Alex graduating from 6th grade to 7th is shocking. I constantly have to pray for wisdom. It is so hard to make decisions based on what is good for each individual and not just me. Baseball season also always knocks MT for a loop. This year I hope to change that but with Andrew playing for the local public high school I am not sure that I will succeed. Letting go of your first child is very hard; letting go of your last one is harder.
My online time has changed drastically over the last few years. I rarely am on a real computer. I usually check my mail on my phone which means I often read my mail without answering it. This applies to my blog comments also. If I am going to continue to blog I need a new vision. I can't just keep whining about my kids growing up. I need to find a way to encourage younger moms. I need to take time to write blog posts and redesign my blog. In many ways my blog time competes with MT especially if I fail to get up early.
Here I want to briefly note that I have mentioned the show Justified. The new season started last night and we did not even get through 15 minutes of it. It has now become TV:MA which means they must have run out of plot. I cannot in good conscience recommend it anymore and I hope I did not cause anyone else to try it out.
I am on week 6 of Couch to 5K and I am thinking of signing up for a 5k on Feb. 23. For some reason I cannot run on the pavement without becoming almost crippled for many days but the treadmill is not a problem. I thoroughly enjoy running as I can listen to audiobooks while doing it. Ah, peace and no interruptions!
Dana mentioned Zumba and it really looks fun. Do you Zumba? At home? At the gym? Tell me what you think.
In future posts I would like to reevaluate some of my purchases from last year as I prepare for next year. Those catalogs are rolling in and already I am in a muddle.
"St Augustine defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind of degree of love which is appropriate to it.11 Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.12 When the age for reflective thought comes, the pupil who has been thus trained in 'ordinate affections' or 'just sentiments' will easily find the first principles in Ethics; but to the corrupt man they will never be visible at all and he can make no progress in that science.13 Plato before him had said the same. The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting and hateful."
CS Lewis The Abolition of Man
CS Lewis The Abolition of Man