I was having a hard time coming up with a topic for today’s blog. My husband, bless his heart, thought I should write a haiku based on the words in my tagline. But I thought you, dear reader, might need more than that from me today. Seeing as how it’s Tuesday and all. Hence the confessions to follow.
My tagline reads Christianity. Coffee. Chocolate.
Learning to die daily, we
arise to love now.
Coffee: black, sweetened,
with cream, iced, blended, strong, mild –
How don’t I love thee?
Chocolate, dusky joy
On my tongue. Siren song of
sweet bliss. Marry me!
Whew! Hey, I never said they were good. Now that’s out of the way, on to the meat of the matter.
Despite my best intentions, I have not been able to live life sugar-free. I’m living with less sugar. But I’m not avidly reading every label anymore. I try to eat with more intention. I don’t want an adversarial relationship with any food, except maybe lima beans. That being said, I have never, ever forgotten to eat. I have several friends who tell me they do on a regular basis.
I simply found life much less fun without the occasional cookie, pie or slice of cake. No, I don’t eat them all the time. But Cookie Monster is on to something.
The other confession I must make is that I stopped my 8-month Professor Horner Bible reading plan. It simply made no sense to me. I started out reading Matthew 1, Joshua 1, Job 1, Proverbs 1, Psalm 1, Acts 1, Matthew 1, 1 Corinthians 1, Romans 1, Genesis 1. I found myself unable to concentrate reading such a disjointed plan. I didn’t remember from day to day what happened or what truths lay in the previous chapter. I kept dropping the thread of the story or theme. I found myself simply going through the motions, making notches on my invisible belt. Ten chapters a day is nothing to sneeze at. I think I would have gotten more out of ten contiguous chapters, like in the 3-month Bible reading plan. Now that I’ve quit, it’s as if a great weight rolled off my shoulders.
My alternative is to read as I feel led. Doing it this way feels like free-falling to me; I’m excited and wee bit terrified at the same time. Won’t you join me?