A bible, a journal, and a sweet potato

14 Jan
Are these the items you bring to work too?
They seem standard to me, but you might not think so.
I’ve begun a journey with the help of a dear friend of reading the New Testament.  I usually have a break during my work day (while the baby is taking a nap) to read the chapter of the day, and I make notes in the journal. The sweet potato is my lunch.  I’m going through a phase right now.  It used to be a yogurt and a banana.  And I seem to remember obsessing over tuna fish salad with onions for a while…………..
As I type that sentence I realize how odd it sounds.   Oh well.
Isn’t it funny when you explain why you have certain items in your possession it’s not that bizarre anymore, but if I were pulled over by a police officer and he opened my bag and saw those items he might raise an eyebrow. Excuse me ma’am, what are you doing with a bible and a sweet potato?
Well the important thing to take away from all of this is that I’m reading the bible!  Can you believe it?  I’m so excited.  I’ve read portions of it, I love the book of Psalms,  and even attempted to start from the beginning and make a go of it.  I don’t consider myself a stranger to it’s teachings, and I am very familiar with many verses. But this is the real deal.  No skipping passages, no skimming parables, even those I’m familiar with.  I want to really know the Bible.  I plan on taking it slowly, and luckily my ‘tutor’ seems to have the patience of a saint.  We’ll see about that.
I have no doubt that so many of you reading this have already read the Bible.  Really read it.  Cover to cover.  And you may even be wondering what the heck I’ve been waiting for?
I have no excuse that would satisfy you.
And finally no excuse that satisfies me either.
Wish me luck.  I will keep you abreast of my progress.
I have to go to the supermarket now.  Running low on sweet potatoes.
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37 Responses to “A bible, a journal, and a sweet potato”

  1. Mark Myers January 14, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    I suggest you try a chronological Bible. It helps with the Old Testament to put the prophets in their historical context. Good luck, its a rewarding experience.
    I take yogurt and an apple by the way…

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 6:24 am #

      Thank you Mark! 😃😃

  2. Shelly January 14, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I love reading the Bible. I try to read a different version each year. I like reading it chronologically because it helps me get a better perspective of the big picture and helps tie different passages that occurred around the same time together. You are in for an amazing adventure as you dig into God’s Word and you will no doubt be a blessing to your friend!

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks Shelly Im very happy to be doing this and I am so impressed by your reading!!! Yay you!!

  3. Sally January 14, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    No matter how you read the Bible — chronologically or in bits and pieces — be sure to save a little time for moodling (from Brenda Ueland’s delightful book, “If You Want to Write”). You can moodle while you eat your sweet potato.

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 8:29 am #

      I have no idea what that is but it sounds so intriguing!!! I will look into moodling!! Thanks Sally!

  4. TIA January 14, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I have attempted this from front to back on several occasions, but I always end up skipping to the New Testament….and truthfully…that was a long time ago! Good luck on your new journey….especially through the part about who begat who….:)

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      Lol. Thanks TIA. STILL LAUGHING. LOL

  5. Michael January 14, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    We’re on the same journey! I created my own reading plan since all the others just don’t cut it for me–and it’s going really well. What a rich experience! May God’s wisdom overwhelm you!

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 10:43 am #

      Michael i had to laugh. Im quite certain it will overwhelm me!!! Lol. So glad you are taking this journey too!

  6. Moore to ponder January 14, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    I tend to skip and skim, too. I sort of made a New Year’s Resolution to do the very same thing. :)


    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Let me know how it goes Theres!!

  7. Ellie www.newcreationsministries.wordpress.com/ January 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    I’m reading Beth Moore’s book, “To Live is Gain” about the life of Paul. It is so interesting because it not only teaches us how Paul grew up and reasoning but correlates what is happening along the time line of Acts, his travels, writings, friends, imprisonment . . . It also puts you in the frame of mind as Paul when he wrote to the Galatians, Ephesians and others. Gives me a new respect and clarity for the apostle. I bet you’d like it too,

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      I took a screen shot of the phone im reading this on the minute i read im reading this book. Lol. Thanks Ellie ill look into it ASAP. ❤❤

  8. mari January 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    I carry my Bible everywhere, is on my Kindle :0) I tend to focus on one book at a time. I have yet to finish the whole book…there is just too much to study and ponder :0)

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      I know what you mean. I am determined this time though Mari. Lol. I want to hear it all finally ya know??

      • mari January 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

        I don’t know if this is something we can achieve. The reason is that I will loose too much in hurrying :0) I

      • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

        I know what you mean. Lol

  9. mlhutchinson January 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    One of the things I love about reading God’s word is that even passages you think you are familiar with can show you something new each time you read them. :) Have fun! :)

  10. mkenny114 January 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    How about trying this reading plan – http://chnetwork.org/2012/08/free-resource-updated-version-of-our-read-the-bible-and-the-catechism-in-a-year-guide/

    It is structured for reading the Bible and the Catechism side by side in one year, but could easily be used over a longer period. Breaks the Bible down nicely into short sections for study and reflection.

  11. Kelly Grace January 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    You’ll be so blessed by this habit Kate. Here’s my favorite verse about taking in God’s word: Jeremiah 15:16 in the old King James. I love the descriptive words:) Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by they name, O LORD God of hosts. If you’re a NT girl try 2 Timothy 2:15.
    For the tech fans there’s an app called YouVersion. You can select a Bible Reading plan and it gets delivered to your phone or tablet. I still like holding my Bible, but in a crunch, like waiting for the AAA guy to come change a flat or give my battery a jump, it helps me ‘redeem the time’.

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank you Kelly this is is awesome!!!

  12. anon4him January 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    You go, girl! :)

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Thanks!!!!! So cool of you to cheer me on!!

  13. ssgt leslie January 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    not at all, i carry a jewish prayer and psalm books with me. good luck with your learning. and thanks for sharing.

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

      Thats so cool leslie!! And thanks so much!

      • ssgt leslie January 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

        when i have some down time, mostly at the airports, i will take out the prayer or psalm book and do my thing. happy learning. will strengthen your beliefs and outlook on life.

      • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

        Im really looking forward to just that!

  14. Shade January 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Hurrah… I’m so excited for you Kate!! What a great way to start the year, May the experience be joyful and a transforming encounter with Christ! Richest blessings and more to you :)

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

      Thank you Shade!!!! You are my cheerleader!!!!

  15. neodecaussade January 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Dear Kate Bortell,
    Best wishes. I found the suggestion of Mark Myers to be inspiring. To read the New Testament in chronological order of the dates they were written is an awesome idea. People never think to read Paul’s epistles first. Now I may begin my own New Testament journey.

    • katebortell January 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

      Mark would be pleased to know that!!!!

  16. vwoods1212 January 15, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    better late than never. go for it:))

  17. lundygirl January 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi kate, this is great. keep us posted on how you are getting on.

    • katebortell January 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      I sure will! ❤

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