2014 goal: scripture reading

I have always loved the scriptures. From the Bible to the Book of Mormon, I've learned to find peace and encouragement in God's word. When I got married, I began reading the scriptures with my husband, which has been an amazing blessing to our relationship. But it also took the time right before bed when I used to immerse myself in God's word individually.

Many of you know in December I read The Book of Mormon cover to cover. It took me less than 30 days, and let me tell you, it wasn't easy. And although I find an occasional challenge refreshing and renewing, I decided I wanted a different kind of scripture reading goal for 2014.

After re-reading THIS TALK, "How Do I Love Thee? I was inspired. The talk was given by Jeffery R. Holland, a general authority in my church. The video below shows the highlights of the talk. 

So I decided I wanted to study the scriptures looking for all the ways that God and Jesus Christ express love. I want to emulate the Savior, and become more like him. I want to learn to assume the good, and doubt the bad in those I associate with. I want to see the ways that Christ loves us, and the ways that he has ALWAYS loved his people, by studying His word, the scriptures.

I am going to put a Post-It flag in my scriptures next to each reference that shows us HOW Christ and God love. I think of the Primary song, I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus.

"I'm trying to be like Jesus,
I'm following in His ways.
I'm trying to love as He did,
In all that I do and say.
At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice
But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,
Love one another as Jesus loves you,
Try to show kindness in all that you do,
Be gentle and loving in deed and thought,
For these are the things Jesus taught."

Each Post-It flag will be a constant reminder of how I am trying to love as Jesus does, in perfect, unconditional love.

What scripture reading goals are you setting this year?

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Melissa said...

My husband and I just got married, and both of us have been inactive in the church for some time. This year, however, it's our goal to read the scriptures together, go to our new ward and prepare ourselves spiritually to prepare for a family :)

Sarah @ To Be Mrs. Collier said...

I love this goal. I've been doing the I am second 22 day challenge. Have you seen it?

Ashley Anderson said...

I yold myself I would read the BoM in 40days & 40nights.. but with they way the schedule breaks down I feel like im just "reading" and not studying. so I think my new goal is to finish by my birthday (which is august 1st)

melissa- your story sounds a little like mine :) feel free to chat sometime if you want!

Meagan said...

This is a great challenge! Love is great!