Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Archive for the month “January, 2013”


What a year it was!

I find myself sitting here thinking, what should I say? What do I do now?

Well, first let me commend you if you made it to the end… I know many who… just couldn’t do it. Many who did the reading, but gave up on the journaling…

Frankly, I understand.


I want everyone to keep in mind that I have been publicly committed to this. That doesn’t make it any easier, but it does up the commitment level considerably.

I almost started to say, “I had no choice.” But I did.

I guess I could have stopped…

(Honestly, there were plenty of times I wanted to…)

Not the reading… but the journaling. Many days I felt uninspired, but was keenly aware that there were many sets of eyes on my blog.

Knowing that inspired me to keep going.

The final tally of views of the blog?


Let me temper that number a bit… that’s 213 views per day, every day. We averaged 100 unique viewers per day, who each viewed it 1.5+ times… (Probably due to revisiting when it wasn’t posted by 8:00 AM a few times per week?)

All I really know is every week I had someone approach me to say thanks for the blog. That it inspired them to keep going. Or that they would do their journal then compare it to mine.

I also discovered early on that most viewers don’t like to comment. I understand that feeling of vulnerability… I experienced it many times over the past year. Almost daily.

I had to fight feeling like I sounded like a broken record! I mean, I have only so many stories and insights. Only so many themes to write about!

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Having said, that, this was transformational for me. I have a better understanding of the entire Bible than ever before. I did more personal research and reflection than ever before. I learned a lot along the way… about myself.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Life Journal Celebration Wednesday, January 09, 2013  6:30PM – 8:30PM at our Beavercreek campus!

Happy New Year!

God bless,




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