It’s true. Every day is an adventure, sometimes beautiful like a vista from a mountaintop. Other times, the trail is obstructed and we find that most of our day is spent climbing over the gnarled tree roots of our daily struggles.
That’s why the very best thing we can do every morning is set our compass afresh. It doesn’t take much to get our thinking off by a degree or two–and we all know the implications of wrong thinking can be great over time. Our own human heart misinforms us. Satan is ALWAYS waiting to misinform us. Others, in their imperfections misinform us. So there is no more important work than setting our hearts aright before we venture off on the day’s journey.
And nothing does that better than the Word of God.
It’s the beginning of a new year and the perfect time to scoot on over to your nearest Bible app and find a daily reading plan that takes you through the Bible in a year. A few months ago I realized that in the busyness of life, I was becoming rusty on my recall of certain Scriptures. Another reason to take myself back to the schoolroom.
For me, the best way to get the Word into my heart is audibly. On a walk. With my dog.
On my Bible app there is a button to press which reads the passage aloud. By the end of my walk I’m as convicted and encouraged as the Holy Spirit desires. Sometimes I’m surprised at what details I had forgotten. Mostly, I am impressed with the awesomeness of God and find it easier to move forward in the day with the resolve to do my work well.
So find a reading plan and a routine that DAILY works for you. Below are some links to reading plans you might like. And may God bless you this New Year!!!
2017 Bible Reading Plans
You can check out plans on the “Bible” app by Life.church on your device OR….
5 Day Reading Schedule:
Ligonier Reading Plans: www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/
ESV Bible Reading Plans: www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans/
The Change Your Mind Plan: www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-change-your-mind1#When:08:01:00Z
God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment: jimhamilton.info/2014/12/03/read-the-bible/
Read the Gospels Every Day: www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php/2016/12/19/2017-bible-reading-plan-read-the-gospels-every-day/
What a beautiful act of hospitality–something to help us remember that there are good people all around us. (As I write this in Uncle Harry’s Bagelry, I realize the person next to me is buying breakfast for someone of lesser means.) My heart is encouraged. I hope yours is to. Let’s pray that we see who God has for us to love this New Year.
Tourists take Edinburgh street beggar to Sweden for Christmas – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38468558
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all today. I’m choosing this beautiful rendition of “Alleluia” for our Christmas post. It is raw and heartfelt and beautiful as well. May each of us rejoice like this today!
Gerrit Van Honthorst ( 1592 – 1656)
A King Upon the Field
At last! At last! A king upon the field!
That lay four thousand years without her Sun,
And groaning bore the necessary days
Until her longed for Sovereign be revealed.
At hand! At hand! A kingdom is at hand!
For all who are as orphans in the world,
Now brought from east and west with such a call
Which powers of hell can never countermand.
Awake! Awake! O sleeper, to His light,
Your heart of stone turned flesh beats full of life,
Once dying yet now living bend the knee
And pledge your King your love, your life, your might.
–Elizabeth Bridges Hiett
The 4th week of Advent is here! The 4th candle is known as the Angel Candle or the Love Candle. May God bless you with His joy as Christmas Day draws closer!
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” ~ Luke 2:10b-11
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” ~ John 3:16-17
‘Tis the season for all things yummy. Few things are more iconic to Christmas than gingerbread. It doesn’t take anything more than some dough, frosting and an assortment of candies to dazzle little eyes and gather young and old together to build or decorate all manner of fun shapes and structures.
Here’s to rejoicing in all the happy moments Christmas can bring!
How To Make Gingerbread Cookies
Who knew that Philippians 4: 4-6 could sound so beautiful in song? The third Sunday in advent is known as Gaudete Sunday–named after the first Latin word in the service:
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione et obsecratione cum gratiarum actione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.” Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85 (84):1
The Gaudete Carol is an ancient one, dating back to at least the 16th century. May we rejoice, as Paul says to in Philippians, in Christ and all His gifts to us this season!