A Dozen Daily Disciplines

Several people asked me what my dozen daily disciplines are.

1. Read the Bible. I read approximately 30 to 40 minutes each day from the Bible. 2 chapters each day from the Old Testament not including Psalms and Proverbs. 1 chapter in Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month. 5 chapters each day in Psalms, there are 150 chapters in Psalms so I read it through each month. 2 chapters each day in the gospels, Acts, and Revelation. 4 chapters each day in Romans through Jude.

2. Work at memorizing the Bible and reviewing verses already memorized. I spend 30 minutes each day on this discipline.

3. Spend 30 minutes in prayer by myself each day. This doesn’t count the many times during the day that I pray for what I see and encounter.

4. Pray my personal prayer of commitment each morning. This is not part of my 30 minutes of private prayer and takes about 5 minutes.

5. Pray with Patty.

6. Write in my journal which includes self-examination and confession of any known sin along with a written prayer for wisdom, strength, opportunity, and holiness. This usually takes about 15 minutes.

7. Write my blog, which usually takes about an hour of thought and writing.

8. Ride my stationary bicycle for one hour. While riding the bike I do my Bible reading and book reading.

9. Read 20 pages in good books in a variety of subjects.

10. Read my goals and do some writing on strategy for accomplishing them. I started the year with 71 goals and now have 50 left.

11. Write a ”to do” list for the next day, and review accomplishments of that day.

12. Record how I spent my time for the day under preassigned areas.

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