January seems to be a fitting month to be reading Jeremiah and Lamentations. After the busyness of family gatherings and fellowship with friends, and numerous activities in November and December, January brings us back to routines. This is a good thing. Winter weather, shortened daylight, and maybe a return to the pressing cares of life seem to bring on the blues for many. Certainly, just watching the news can send us spiraling downward into sadness over the evil prevalent today. What a perfect time of year to meditate on the new mercies that God has for us. New mercies every morning – think on that!
Do you ever struggle with thoughts of what a person said to you [or didn’t say to you] to the point that it paralyzes you from being the Christian God wants you to be? The thoughts we dwell on define our moments. Our moments are a gift from God. Only by His Spirit can we walk in Truth. Listed are a few Scripture verses to think on this January.
My goal was to read the Bible through in 60 days, but it has turned out that I have read 60% of the Bible in 60 days! So I will continue reading and aim to finish reading the remaining 40% of God’s Word in the next 60 days! I wish I had attempted this Bible Reading Challenge 60 long ago. It is helping me in many ways. A few include accountability, flexibility, discipline, schedule & priority awareness, listening, studying, and more. Try it! You’ll like it!
Am I living my life in vain? Am I living for the purposes God created me? Am I purposefully living? Is my life counting for Christ? What are your answers to these questions?
This week, my reading is past the halfway point in the Bible. Psalms and Proverbs are some of my favorite books in the Bible. Even though I have read them through more than any other books in my lifetime, there are still new, fresh Truths that God teaches me. This Bible Reading Challenge 60 has Read More
The next few posts will just be a record for myself of this Bible Reading Challenge 60. I am catching up on my posts as I was unable to be at my computer for most of December. If you are reading this, thanks for checking in. Maybe this will encourage someone in some way, someday. Read More
Week 5 marks the least amount of weekly reading thus far, yet full of rich, applicable treasures. Nehemiah held some “Aha” verses – as if they were written to give me understanding of the times in which I live now. Esther needs no promotion – what a beautiful picture of courage and grace. Job, in the midst of losing more than I ever have – not only remained faithful to God, but also spoke confidently to his “friend judges.” He understood that God sovereignly allowed his life to be touched by great pain, and He trusted His God to be good.
Bible reading is a challenge at times. It seems that when I need the most nourishment from God’s Word is when my life seems like it is on the run! It is a proven fact that “fast food” and “eating on the go” are not healthy habits. Applied to spiritual nourishment, neither “fast food” or “eating on the go” are healthy habits for the soul. Nonetheless, as our bodies need food daily, so do our souls. I am one-third of the way to my goal of my Bible Reading Challenge 60.
Week 3 of my Bible Reading Challenge 60 was just that – a challenge! I’m quite behind in schedule I had set. No matter what Books of the Bible I am reading or how many or few chapters I am reading, there is Truth and there is Light, given my heart is seeking Him.
My reading record for week 2 is listed below. I have found that I can read faster using a Bible reading app on my phone, quickly highlighting verses that I want to mark. Then, when I have more time, I can mark the same verses in my own Bible and jot quick notes in my journal. I still prefer using my own Bible, turning the physical pages, marking and journaling as I go.