While becoming physically fit is definitely a goal of mine for the New Year, I'm quite confident that P90x would be a very daunting challenge to start. Instead, I cut down my caloric intake and did some Zumba in my basement today. Sadly to say, any inkling of coordination I may have gained from my Zumba stint months ago has been all but lost. Oh well... 2011 - time to get my reggaeton, cumbia, meringue, etc. on.
Yes, dropping weight and getting healthier is something great to strive to accomplish. However, how empty life would be if that was my only focus! I don't want to focus my life on LOSING, but on FILLING UP! What better way to be completely filled than to bury myself in God's holy word. I have found two wonderful ways to do just that!
First, I have decided to participate in Beth Moore's Siesta's Scripture Memory Team. In doing this, I have committed to memorizing 24 verses of Scripture in 2011. If you recall reading about my 101 in 1001, scripture memory is a long term goal of mine. Now, with the help and encouragement of my online siesta sisters, I believe, I will be successful in this task. In case you are wondering, my January 1st verse is Psalm 55:22 NIV "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken." In light of recent circumstances and my deep heartache for those I hold dear, this verse has spoken comfort to me. Knowing that God is My Sustainer has really helped me through difficult times. What better reassurance when the going gets tough than to have this arsenal tucked away in my brain?
Second, Mom's Toolbox is hosting The Bible in 90 Days, or B90x as many refer to it. This challenge is pretty self-explanatory... I have committed to reading the Bible in its entirety in 90 days. I am a Bible college graduate, I have studied portions and sections of the Bible at length, I have grown up in the church, I married a minister, etc., so why do I want/need to do this? So often, I lose the BIG picture. I want to take this short time to totally engulf myself in who God is! I want to see the connections between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. I want to remind myself that He is the SAME yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I want to read the covenants and promises He has made and bask in His glory knowing that He is who He says He is and is always faithful to do what He says He will do! I desire to bathe in the fact that I have a God in Heaven who has CHOSEN me, who has ADOPTED me, who LOVES me, not because of who I am but because of WHO HE IS!!!! Doesn't it sound wonderful? It won't come easy as the daily reading takes an estimated 45 minutes to an hour and a half each day, but really, is that too much to give to the ONE who gave all??? Pray for me as I complete this challenge, and I hope you consider joining me!