“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to hear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and by doing them that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children in Israel.” Deuteronomy 17:18-20
Wow! We have reached a mile-marker day and I can’t let it pass by without pointing it out and reminiscing at least a little bit. As it stands today, I have been writing for 4 years, published 345 blog posts which have been viewed 4,846 times by people in 71 countries. Those posts have turned into 10 books
During this time, I read and wrote my way through the Bible from Acts to 2 Kings, then back to Acts and on to Deuteronomy.
It was when I got to 2 Kings that I came to an interesting juncture. While I had been reading and writing through the Bible the whole time, I hadn’t been consistent in reading, posting or publishing. Then I got an email from a woman who had purchased Mission Minded Mom on Kindle and was enjoying reading through the Bible with me alphabetically. However she had finished the book and wanted the rest of the series… the alphabetical Bible reading series I hadn’t kept up with and ends at Deuteronomy 15:23. It was in that moment that a conflict arose in my mind. God had issued me a challenge and I had taken Him up on it, write through the Bible in a year. And I started out like gang-busters too, like I usually do. But then I missed a day, and then another day, until I had fallen so far behind I had used up all my “grace” days. That was the beginning of the end for me. It’s when I started giving up. I started letting myself stay up later and later which then gave me an “excuse” to sleep later rather than getting up. I was giving up the gift to myself of 30 minutes of breathing in the peace-filled Word of God before the morning chaos.
The first thing to fully drop off was the publishing of the e-books; and that my friends, is today’s mile-marker. We have reached the last reading from the last published e-book of Season 1 (You Have Been Redeemed). I find it no small coincidence that as I reach this mile-marker, I am finalizing the publishing of the first e-book of Season 2 (Jesus Loves YOU it should be up and available by tomorrow afternoon – God willing).
But what is amazing me right now more than anything was re-reading those posts. Not the last one from the last published book, but the next post after that. I mean just look at the title, “A New Book”. I was so excited to be finishing The Pink Polka dot Kitty, and to know now where God has taken it since then! Wow!
I had a pastor’s wife purchase it for her daughter’s Christmas present. Later this pastor’s wife contacted me and let me know that her daughter reads PPDK, every day and then ends up calling her mom to tell her what God told her through it! I don’t think there’s a much higher compliment than that, is there?
Anyway, back to our mile-marker. So I had marked in my Bible this place where I had left off in publishing the e-books and I’ve been eagerly watching it approach over the last few days. Mostly, because I’m thrilled to PASS IT!!! To get farther than I did last time, well, as long as I actually publish this month’s book that is I suppose. J But then, as the icing on the cake, for there to be a scripture in today’s reading about the king reading the book of the law (aka. The Bible) every day of his life, well, that was just poetic in my eyes. When I finally gave up trying to make things work in Season 1 and decided to start over and allow myself to move on to a Season 2, it was only about a week into it that I was pleading to God to help me NEVER stop reading His word and writing about it. This is something that I truly want to do every day of my LIFE. I know that “for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) but I’m praying that the season for writing through the Bible never ends for me. (God-willing.) While I may continue counting up the seasons every year, I pray that the project have no end. That it continue to cycle around my life like the sun cataloging more and more milestones with joy and pain.
I have discovered such beauty and love in His word and it has been through writing about it that I was truly able to absorb it and bring it to light in my life. May God BLESS our reading and writing from this mile-marker on throughout the rest of this 365 cycle for LIFE!