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June Resolutions Update

1) Read through my Bible this year before I get married May 23 this year; the entire thing, cover to cover, reading at least a chapter every single day.
I’ve moved from page 729 to page 777 and finished Matthew and Mark this month; I wish I could say that it’s because I’m spending so much time meditating on each passage but it’s actually just because I’m spending so little time reading. At fifty pages a month and a little under two hundred pages to go, I’ll certainly finish the whole thing this year, but I’d like to be able to focus more on what I’m reading. Now that I’m into the schedule for my work training, that should get easier, but life is pretty hectic. I’ve got to do a better job of setting aside time to read the Word.

2) Use my credit card whenever possible but never carry a balance.
Still good to go. Two hundred dollars in cash rewards racked up so far this year.

3) Contribute the maximum amount to my Roth IRA account.
Another five hundred in the bank this month. I was all in the Fidelity Balanced fund, but I’ve recently started going into the USAA Precious Metals and Minerals fund and the Buffalo Small Cap fund. Please don’t take this as financial/investment advice or endorsement of those funds - I make no claims about how any fund will work out for anyone!

4) Build a three-month emergency fund.
Done.

5) Get my two-mile run time under 15 minutes.
Well, I ran a few times this month, and swam a few times, but as my quiet time has suffered, so has my physical fitness. I have started doing a set of push-ups as I roll out of bed in the morning, but that isn’t really geared towards fitness; it’s more for waking me up on those days I have to be at work at 0430. I really need to push myself to run more often, run harder, and run longer distances this month.

6) Finish the Navigators’ “Design for Discipleship” series of Bible studies.
I’m still in book 5; it’ll be finished in July. I do need to get on the ball with it, though, since I’m still in chapter two!

7) Blog at least once a week, plus a monthly update on my resolutions.
This is one thing that hasn’t suffered from my increased load at work, because I had a pretty large backlog of posts built up that saved me from having to do much writing this month. I posted every single day from May 16 to June 19, and I’ve posted every other day since then. And this post is on time! Unfortunately, the other shoe is about to drop and while I have post topics lined up for the next two months on an every-other-day basis, very few of them are fleshed out and complete. So I’ve got some writing to do. July’s theme for me? Discipline.