Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

03 August 2011

Status Report: August


Drinking...a cup of tea. I was recently introduced to black tea with mint. It's delicious. But the weather was too awful to head outdoors for mint leaves today so this is just the usual English Breakfast with a dash of milk.  I've actually reduced the amount of tea I drink lately...and feeling much better for it too.

Thinking...it has been a long time since I posted anything.

Watching...Masterchef and have absolutely loved following the progress of a dear friend's sister competing on it.  But I will be SO glad when Sunday's finale is screened, the tv can be turned off (for a very long time) and the evenings can be reclaimed.  And to the young member of this family who asked if we were going to watch "The Renovators" next, the answer is no.

Figuring...there may be a link between the "Thinking" and the Watching"...

Falling behind...in my daily Bible reading.  (This however is not linked to the "Watching.")  About a week behind at the moment.  Hoping to have caught up by the end of the month.  Currently in Chronicles, the 20s Psalms and Mark.  And loving our current sermon and Bible study series on Deuteronomy.

Wondering...if anyone has used the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan and if so, what you thought of it?  I'm wondering if I will give it a go for next year. 

Reading..."Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Christian History" by Diana Lynn Severance.  I'm fairly sure I'll be mentioning this one again.

Spurred on...by a post I read about looking to God in prayer for grace for the immediate now and not being concerned with or distracted by the list of things that need to be done by the end of this week or next week.  I can seek His grace for the end of the week things at the end of the week.  It's trying to live out Matthew 6:34. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Anticipating...writing a post on an excellent book I read during the holidays.  Soon.  Maybe after Sunday!!!

Also anticipating...tackling the room in our house dubbed "the horrible stuff room."  It was the room where we lobbed all the difficult to place stuff when we first moved here three and a half years ago.  It has been added to since then, but rarely subtracted from.  I have had the bright idea of giving that room 15 minutes of my attention each week and seeing where I am with it by the end of the year.  Fifteen minutes a week surely won't do me in...

Copying...Rebecca and trying to decide if I will do a status report every month.

10 comments:

Mrs. Edwards said...

Hi Meredith!
I haven't used the M'Cheyne plan for a full year's cycle, but I have used it along with Don Carson's devotional books that are organized according to that reading plan. I highly recommend Carson's devotional because it is encouraging and inspiring, but isn't just some pithy story--it is based upon at least one of the four reading selections in each daily M'Cheyne reading. (Actually, there are two volumes...confusing but will be clear if you look into it.)

For the Love of God, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by D. A. Carson

Even if I don't plow through M'Cheyne every day, I read the selection from the calendar day from time to time and/or look up Carson's comments on the section of Scripture that I happen to be reading.

Wendy said...

Meredith, I used the M'Cheyne bible reading plan for about 3 years running and really liked it. My husband uses it in the way Carson put it together with a one-page commentary for each day in his books "For the Love of God" I & II. We have got a lot out of it - it's amazing how often the readings are all linked (but, then God's amazing isn't he?!)

In fact this year I doing smaller amounts of bible reading (trying out the Explore bible reading notes), and I am really missing reading the larger chunks, I will definitely do more of the bible reading plans next year.

I noticed the esv website has a list of all of them, easily printable on 2 pages each - I have been tempted by the first one 'daily reading bible' and suspect I'll do that one next year. http://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans-devotions/ - I even did a chronological bible one year and got a lot out of that too.

Nice to read your update!

Meredith said...

Thanks Amy and Wendy for your twin recommendations! I remember you both mentioning it at different times in your blogs/our communications. Looks like a trip to The Book Depository for me later this year to get those Carson volumes.

Wendy, I have been using the "Daily Bible Reading" plan for the last couple of years and have loved it.

I really like to read through the Bible each year and I like the discipline of these sorts of plans to keep me honest. Definitely looking forward to the M'Cheyne version now, with such high recommendations. Thanks for taking the time to encourage me along on this one.
Mx

mattnbec said...

We have used the Carson book a bit. I like it.

And I like the update idea. Keep copying, I say.

Meredith said...

Thanks Bec. Looks like the update idea will continue on at least in some form...as long as I can live an interesting enough life to keep it going!!

Sarah said...

Meredith, your life is definitely interesting enough and I'm all for the status update :)

I'm reading through Chronicles too.

Meredith said...

Thanks Sarah! Problem is one can only have so many "tea with mint leaves" discoveries in one's life!!

Good on you for sticking with Kings and Chronicles. I found my yearly run through of Kings hard going this year. I normally love it but felt overwhelmed by the prevailing sin this time around. Seem to be doing better with Chronicles. Finding a few links with Deuteronomy that we are studying closely at church at the moment. All very interesting.
Mx

Sarah said...

A yearly run through?!? That's hardcore :)

I'm reading through it for the first time and I'm finding it hard going for the reason you mentioned - overwhelmed by the sin of God's people (even the kings who started well ended up falling away) and I'm reminded of my own waywardness as well. Also the names of the kings and who was reigning at what time is a bit much for my brain at times! Maybe I need to make a huge timeline for my wall...

Meredith said...

Tee hee! Just call me hard core then!! A yearly run through hasn't always been easy but it gets easier, more exciting and more wonderful with every year that passes.

The two main tricks to Kings and Chronicles are to understand what's happening with the north and south kingdoms (http://thekeytothedoor.blogspot.com/2009/02/navigating-around-kings-and-chronicles_27.html) and then to have two handy little road maps (http://thekeytothedoor.blogspot.com/2009/03/navigating-around-kings-and-chronicles_12.html) to help you make your way through this particular patch. I wouldn't venture into this territory without them! One is a general timeline of events. The second is a table listing all the kings under columns of north and south. You can see when they were in power and how they related to each other.

If you want to email me your postal address Sarah I can send you a copy of both. I have had both of these tucked in my Bible at the beginning of 1 Kings for about 12 years!! And I refer to them every year when I am reading through this patch.

Sarah said...

Thanks Meredith, they sound very helpful! I would love a copy of them and I'll email you my address. :)