I look forward to the new year because it is like a fresh snowfall, clear and crisp with no footprints. A chance to begin anew and learn more about my God. This year I have decided to read 12 devotional books, one for every month, on various topics. Coupled with that is a simple reading plan that follows a topic or theme for that month! I found these on Pinterest and am really looking forward to using them this year! If you are interested in getting copies I am more than happy to help or you can search for them on Pinterest(there are dozens!).
There are also several other great ways to read and study your Bible including:
The SOAP method.
Reading through the Bible by characters
Reading by topic or word.
The APPLE method.
My desire for everyone is that they grow in grace and have a renewed desire to be more like the Savior. The only way we can do that is by spending time daily with the Lord in His word allowing Him to speak to us. However in order for me to grow I have to be willing to let Him chip away what is not like Him and also be willing to apply what I learn. Would you join me this year in growing in grace? I would love to hear from you on how you plan to read the Bible this year!
Happy New Year everyone, may it be one of growth, change and drawing nearer to our God!
$1.87 was all the sum one young bride had to purchase a gift for her beloved husband. This was not enough to buy him a gift equal to the love she had in her heart for him. There had to be a way she could get the necessary funds in time for Christmas and she would not rest until it was found.
Christmas Eve finally arrived and the newlywed eagerly held her gift desperately trying to hold back her excitement. Her loving spouse, sitting beside her, was just as eager to give his beloved the gift he had bought. Yet when the gifts were exchanged they both realized they had given up the very thing the other's gift was meant to compliment. He sold his watch to purchase combs for his beautiful wife and she had sold her hair to obtain a chain for his watch. However they both realized that the love they shared was all they truly needed.
This is of course the famous story, "Gift of the Magi" by O'Henry. It is one of my favorite stories because of the simple truth brilliantly illustrated, selflessness.
Truly, Christmas is rooted in selflessness and sacrifice. God willingly sent His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus Christ, willingly gave up His throne to come and be born in a simple stable to poor parents in order to save a sin-filled earth. He became our example of what Christmas means. It is not about receiving the most gifts or even giving the best gift. It is a reminder that we are to live selflessly for others. To "do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" Galatians 6:10.
My Christmas wish to all of you is that God's love will be evident today as we remember the best gift ever given to mankind and throughout the coming year! Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone!
I am just an ordinary girl who is loved by an extraordinary God and I seek to love others the same way. I love to bake, read, do puzzles, watch Hallmark movies, and go shopping with my mom! This blog was created as a place where I could share some thoughts that the Lord has shown me and to be an encouragement to others who desire to know Him in a deeper way. My prayer is to learn to sit still and trust God with my future.
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