Nov 10, 2011
Starting at the beginning.
This week a package came for me in the mail - my new ESV Reference Bible. I've read the New American Standard version since childhood but over the last year have been thinking of switching to the ESV, at least for a season. I appreciate that, along with the careful translation from the original languages, this version is also very readable - many sentences flow much nicer than in my NAS Bible.
Lately, I've been very aware that I need the Word. I've felt distracted and slightly overwhelmed by information (internet, articles, books, etc) - ideas, discussions, questions, thoughts...and I came to the conclusion that I need to be spending more time in Scripture.
Not reading or hearing about the Word so much, but reading it directly. Just me over an open Bible, spending time with the Lord and asking for understanding. I don't want to just know facts about God, I want to know Him intimately.
So one of my goals right now is to read through the Bible. (Not in a specified amount of time - just starting at the beginning and moving my way through) Partly to familiarize myself with this new translation, but mostly to spend more time in what I truly need, and less time with other things that steal my attention but are not necessary.