Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Laziness, and a few books


Remember last January, when I challenged myself to read a book a week? Well, the stats are in, and while I didn't make the 52 books I aimed for, I did read FORTY-SIX books this past year.

Woot Woot!!

It was so fun to put this post together, and to see all the books I've read this year. If only I hadn't fallen off the bandwagon at the end of the year though...

But more confessions after you view this large pile of books. Click on the month for the specific blog posts.

 








May (we moved)

May, June & July... for real



October, November, December (minus a few that didn't get pictures, and I can't remember what they were anyway).

As previously alluded to, I fell off the book reading bandwagon in November.

And in a really bad way.

I was recently encouraged to be more transparent **okay, so it was in a sermon to the whole church, but I think we all know what I mean when I say that I'm CERTAIN our Pastor was talking to ME** so without further adieu, I'll confess that I became extremely overwhelmed, overworked, and overtired in November.

Part of this has to do with my husband being gone for an entire month... but in all honesty, I can't blame my failure to his absence. I think the larger part of my exhaustion was my own laziness.

Wait? What?

How does laziness fit in with being overworked?

Well, I was lazy in the things that really mattered.

I got slack with keeping a household schedule, disciplining my children and reading my Bible. Instead of doing the "one thing needful" I busied myself with other activities. And I was so busy too! In hind sight, it is easy to see why I became so overwhelmed and tired though: I did everything on my own strength.

I did keep reading a little here and there, and I did do my devotions on occasion, but not with regularity or purpose. It's quite humiliating that among all the other books that I did read this year, I failed to complete my Bible reading plan in 2010, after staying on track for 10 1/2 months and having a newborn in the house. Yes. It's that sad. 

I still groan at my laziness, at how the Devil triumphed in convincing me I didn't have time, at the excuses I made up, but never really believed.

L-A-Z-I-N-E-S-S

But as I mentioned the other day... in Christ, we always have the opportunity to start afresh and anew. I'm so thankful that getting back on track is only a prayer away.

3 comments:

Corrin said...

Glad you are joining us at January Reflections. I'm encouraged that a mom of three could find so much time to read!

Sergeant Zapple said...

Wow, Kathryn that is a lot of books! I can't believe you moved, had a baby, and read all that. I must be quilting when you are reading. You are right about the laziness. Very encouraging post.

Kathryn said...

Kenna, one word: breastfeeding.

Seriously though, I think that is the only reason I was able to read so much this past year. I have had hours upon hours in which I was forced to sit still (and feed Noah), so why not sit still with a book in my hand and get some reading done? It worked out well, and I probably won't be able to read as much again until I have another baby. :) Haha :)

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