Weekly Goals

Last Week’s Goals:

Pei Wei was not good to me this week, and I got pretty sick, so getting through the beginning of the week was rough. Every now and then we just have to take sick days, personal days, and rest days, and for me there was a lot of that. With Louis here to take care of Davy, I was able to try to just get better for a few days. Being pregnant, of course, also makes everything a lot harder, so some of these goals might have been doable in theory, but were much harder as it was Thursday before I even really attempted most of them. I know to give myself grace, so it isn’t a week I have regrets or guilt from.

Family

  1. Read 4 Chapters of This Momentary Marriage (Being in bed it might seem easy to read, but this book has a lot of big words and long sentences, which when feeling nauseous and dizzy were incomprehensible. Now that I am feeling better the book is making much more sense, so hopefully I will get the chance to make some headway on it this week.)
  2. Continue to Work on Mix for New Baby Kyrie
  3. Find a Pediatrician

Education

  1. Back to School for Davy—We took our “Spring Break” last week.—3 days this week.
  2. Bind Davy’s Books
    (Progress was made that was pretty darn good for being sick this week.)
  3. Begin to Read Educational Book

Ministry

  1. Bible Reading Plan
    (I read mostly because I read a chapter a night to Davy before he goes to bed, and I used my plan to choose some of the chapters. So only a few chapters were read.)
  2. Write Letters: (Thank You, Encouragement, Love)
  3. Work on Lebanon Packet for Incoming Teams

Personal

  1. Me Time Every Day
    (The great thing about staying in bed for longer periods of time is that you get to have some alone time during the day, so I actually was able to recuperate a lot mentally.)
  2. OBGYN Appointment (The baby is doing well, and my being sick seemed to just be food poisoning or something just not sitting well on my tummy, no worries.)

This Week’s Goals:

Family

  1. Read 4 Chapters of This Momentary Marriage
  2. Resurrection Eggs & Family Devotional Twice
  3. Find a Pediatrician

Education

  1. Fine motor skills practice
    1. Tracing
    2. Scissors
    3. Stamping
  2. Tucson Festival of Books Family Field Trip

Ministry

  1. Bible Reading Plan
    (Check Out how I made my Plan HERE to Make Your Own Bible Reading Plan!)
  2. Write Letters: (Thank You, Encouragement, Love)
  3. Tirosh Preparation and Packing

Personal

  1. OBGYN Appointment
  2. Hospital Bag Packing
  3. Me Time Every Day

Annie’s Bible Reading Plan This Week

Tuesday

Epistle = 1 Thessalonians

Gospel = Matthew 7-12

Poetry / Prophets = Proverbs 14

Old Testament = Deuteronomy 12

Wednesday

Epistle = 2 Thessalonians

Gospel = Matthew 13-17

Poetry / Prophets = Proverbs 15

Old Testament = Deuteronomy 13

Thursday

Epistle = 1 Corinthians

Gospel = Matthew 18-22

Poetry / Prophets = Proverbs 16

Old Testament = Deuteronomy 14

Friday

Epistle = Galatians

Gospel = Matthew 23-27

Poetry / Prophets = Proverbs 17

Old Testament = Deuteronomy 15

Saturday

Epistle = 2 Corinthians

Gospel = Matthew 28

Poetry / Prophets = Proverbs 18

Old Testament = Deuteronomy 16

Make Your Own Bible Reading Plan

My maiden name is Horner, so when I came across the Professor Grant Horner Bible Reading Plan I was intrigued. Then I saw the number of chapters that I would be reading each night and I left the webpage without another glance. Later, though, when I had not found a single reading plan that felt “Right”, I decided to make my own. And I used the Horner method as my starting point.

So, here is what I did with some steps to help you make your own Bible Reading Plan:

Get Your Priorities In Order

What you will read will depend a lot on what you want to read. I had two main goals as I started looking at Bible reading plans: 1) I wanted to read the Gospels more & 2) I wanted to read Epistles as a full letter-as much as I can read in one sitting.

Are there certain books you want to read? Make a list of those books, or the type of book you are most interested in. Brainstorm other aspects of Bible reading: Historical significance, Certain characters you want to know more about, etc.

Make Your Own Lists

One of the things I really like about the Grant Horner System is the lists. The idea of his plan is that you read one chapter from each of the lists every day. This is an ongoing plan which will allow you to read certain parts of the Bible multiple times in a year (Gospels – 4 times, Pentateuch – 2 times, Paul’s Letters – 4 to 5 times, Wisdom Literature – 6 times, Psalms – 2 times, Proverbs & Acts – 12 times, History and Prophecy – 1 ½ times), and at least the whole Bible in a year. Each time you get to the end of the chapters in a list you start over, which means you will never read the same ten chapters twice.

How I Made My Lists

Since I liked the idea of reading through the Gospels and Epistles several times, I knew I wanted one list for each. I also wanted to read bigger chunks together, so my first two lists turned out like this:

List 1 (Read 5 Chapters = 26 Days): Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts

List 2 (Read an Entire Letter = 22 Days) : Rest of the New Testament

You Can Do It, Too!

Using the Priorities you brainstormed, make several lists. You can decide if you want to just make one list, or as many lists as you want. Then, each night you read from all the lists.

This is also where you can stop and just start reading. You now have a plan, and any time is a good time to start reading the Bible.

Going Further

When I realized that my lists meant that I could read through the entire New Testament each month with a few days to spare, I was very encouraged! I realized that I might be able to actually read more of the Bible than I had given myself credit for, so if you are looking at your lists and wanting a fuller plan, keep reading.

How Long Does it Take to Read the Bible?

This is the exact question I typed into Google, and the website that came up first was http://www.howlongdoesittaketoreadthebible.com/ which was pretty fascinating! After determining how fast I read I was able to determine that I could read the whole Bible in a year at just 10 minutes a day. Wow! So, I decided I could do that!

So, I added a few more lists

List 3 (1 Chapter = 493 Days): Poetry & Prophets

List 4 (1 Chapter = 405 Days): Rest of the Old Testament

So, now I have four lists and will read about 14 chapters a night, which is funny because I thought 10 was crazy, but I also have written little notes for my own plan that allow some nights to be less and still accomplish my goal. For instance, each month I plan on reading the whole New Testament, but with several days off. On those days that I want to read entire stories in the Old Testament I am not limited to 1 chapter.

Make Reasonable Goals

Give Yourself Grace

Just Read.

Weekly Goals

Last Week’s Goals:

Family

  1. Begin Hospital Bag for Kyrie & Mommy (Louis and I made lists for Kyrie, Mommy, Daddy, and a Big Brother kit for Davy and are planning on taking the next two weeks to pack the items on the lists.)
  2. Write Love Notes to Louis & Kyrie
  3. Keep Reading This Momentary Marriage

We went to the zoo three times this week, got to visit with friends, and were really together as a family all week. It was a wonderful impromptu holiday week! I feel very accomplished in our week.

Education

  1. Bind Davy’s Books (We bought Minion Duck Tape and so I think I will use that, so one step toward this done.)
  2. Choose Pictures for Arabic Picture Books (Louis has continued to do this and share with me pictures he has taken.)
  3. Reestablish Potty Routines (While Davy is still not coming to me to initiate using the toilet unless it is nap time or bed time, we are using the toilet with less fuss and keeping the pull ups dry more often.)

Ministry

  1. Write Lisses to Lebanon blog post.
  2. Find a morning to study next chapter of 1 Samuel
  3. Bible Reading Plan
    (This week I read 62% of my plan, and one of the main reasons was my lack of Me Time.)

Personal

  1. Me Time: Make hairbows, cross stitch, or read. (There was one day this week that I made this a priority, and there were a few nights that I sat and read the Bible, but it was still a struggle.)
  2. Write Review of The Girl in the Steel Corset
  3. Write Review of The Rook (Check out this book review HERE)
  4. Library Trip

This Week’s Goals:

Family

  1. Read 4 Chapters of This Momentary Marriage
  2. Continue to Work on Mix for New Baby Kyrie
  3. Find a Pediatrician

Education

  1. Back to School for Davy—We took our “Spring Break” last week.—3 days this week.
  2. Bind Davy’s Books
  3. Begin to Read Educational Book

Ministry

  1. Bible Reading Plan
  2. Write Letters: (Thank You, Encouragement, Love)
  3. Work on Lebanon Packet for Incoming Teams

Personal

  1. Me Time Every Day
  2. OBGYN Appointment