A New Beginning (again?)

Over the last few days I’ve been thinking of how I could maintain some sort of regular blog without doing the same old thing, blogging through the Bible.

In the spirit of newness, I’ve decided to work my way through the Psalms. The Psalms have provided Christians throughout the centuries with a vast storehouse of worship material, lament, joyful utterance, and emotional vent. I’m going to work through a small poem for each of the Psalms. This may not be a daily devotion, as there are only 150 Psalms and 365 days, but I will try to be as regular as possible.

Feel free to join me in praying the prayerbook of the ages.

The End

Well, today is the first day I haven’t blogged a prayer, a Bible verse, and a short meditation in the last 365 days. It feels kind of weird. I thought that this day would be more liberating, that I would be able to look back with both pride and relief at the last year. And I do.

But deep down, I’m going to miss this. People have been asking me if this has changed me. I don’t know if I’d say I’m a changed man because of the blogging per se, but I have experienced the benefits of doing something beneficial in an habitual way. It’s really made me think about how my life is structured, how my days go by. It’s been good that way.

Blogging every day has really been tough sometimes. There were weeks I was going on holidays, and so had to blog a week early. It made me think hard about every day, to ensure I had done what needed to be done.

I believe this year has been a year of spiritual growth as well. It’s hard to be in the word of God every day and not grow! More than that, I’ve seen how God is able to speak through the scriptures. Each day I’ve seen God able to connect First and Second Testaments in ways that I certainly didn’t expect!

One of the things I learned was how little my friends know about the internet! Most assumed I was up before five, and didn’t understand the simple coding involved in blogging a hyperlink. But that was fun! I loved explaining those little things. It was great.

In the end, this has been a good year for me. It’s been good for me, and I hope it’s been good for you.

I have no idea what’s ups for this year, but I’ll keep you in the know!

Blessings,
Mike

Following

follow the leaderFor the less tech savvy amongst you, I just wanted to let you know that there are a few different ways to follow this blog:

1. You can have each blog post emailed to your email address.  Simply add your address to the box on the right hand side of the screen (or at the bottom, if you’re viewing this on a mobile device) and click “follow.”  You should receive an email update every time the blog is updated (I’ll try to limit it to once a day).

2. You can follow me on twitter by clicking the twitter icon at the top righthand side of the screen (again, on the bottom of the page if you’re mobile).  Every post I create is automatically posted to twitter (and my facebook page).

3. You can follow this blog via RSS.  To do so, you’ll need an RSS reader (there are many apps available for download as well as some web apps…if you want recommendations, let me know what operating system and kind of device you use in the comments).  Then simply click the RSS link at the top of the page (mobile readers, you know the drill) and your reader should easily link to it.  If not, copy the address and enter it into your reader.

4. Bookmark the page.  I’ll update every day.  This won’t allow you to receive notifications like the other methods, but it’s still a legitimate way to access the blog.  Heck, make it your homepage! 🙂

NB – a word about timing.  I’ve been irregular so far, but my intention is to write the blog post the night before, and have it auto-posted around 5 am.  That way, you early birds can read while you’re drinking your coffee or soothing your angry and awake children.  You night owls can read it any time after you wake up 🙂

If anyone has a request, just let me know.  You can leave a comment and let me know on this post, and I’ll see what I can do.

Blessings,

Mike

a new beginning

Tomorrow starts a new year: 2013. Every new year I decide this will be the big one, the year I do something important. So why not make 2013 that year?  This year I, along with some great friends, am going to read through the Bible. I’ve done it before but I want this to be particularly purposeful, so this time I’m going to blog it. My intent is to blog 365 posts in 2013, each describing my Bible reading and hopefully a short rumination about each passage. So without further ado…see you tomorrow.