What would happen if you read your Bible everyday this year?
Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years or haven’t gotten around to it yet, this would be a good time to dust and open. A new year – the magic moment when self-improvement plans for body, soul, and spirit kick in. It’s amazing how turning a calendar page makes us believe we can rule the world in the next 365 days.
If we decide on a few do-able disciplines rather than hard-to-reach lofty goals, maybe we won’t let ourselves down.
How often have we said we’ll read the Bible cover to cover, only to get to the flood and call it a day? Even if we get past Genesis, we know we’re heading for Numbers and Nahum, and it just seems easier to quit now.
So, let’s start with a do-able. Choose one verse or portion of Scripture for the year. (I’ve been drawn to Colossians 3, the new self). Let it become ingrained, steeped-deep inside your heart so well, it begins to speak over your life.
It’s not simply a new year we need to be excited about, but an every-day-new-beginning where God’s mercies greet us faithfully. They are fresh to cover every failure.
I love to meet with the Lord in the morning before the day assaults me. I’ve spent many quiet dawns and silent nights in the Psalms with David. I need to read his journal.
And so, what would happen if you started a journal this coming year?
Discovering God – discovering you.
It’s a no-lose * no-lose, you can’t help but be changed.
Over the years I’ve shared with women the benefits of keeping a journal. I often hear the reason they haven’t started one is because they don’t know what to write. It doesn’t have to be a bestseller, just jot your life . . .
- the best thing that happened today.
- one thing you are thankful for.
- record a wonder
- dump your stress
- a victory or achievement
- a passage of scripture
- write out a prayer
Equip yourself with a 2014 survival kit to promote self-improvement this year. A Bible filled with miracles and a journal to record them. All of them.
Eager to hear, blessings on the coming year . . .