Daily Bible Reading

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January 2, 2019

Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 1-2
 
On Wednesdays we are reading from the book of Psalms. This “has been and still is the irreplaceable devotional guide, prayer book, and hymnal of the people of God.” (Wiersbe) A songbook, the Psalms are filled with prayer, praise, and exhortations. As you prayerfully read each Psalm listen to God speaking to you.  In this blog I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts and prayers, and you are welcome to share in the comments how God speaks to you.
 
Psalm 1 tells us right off the bat of the blessings of being in God’s Word. I love the description of the one whose “delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.” When we consistently meet with God through His Word we are “planted” (established), strengthened, fruitful, and victorious.
 
I was, or at least attempted to be, an athlete in High School. One hot summer day our coach had heard all he could stand of our complaining about the heat, the sweat, how hard practice was, how tired we were, and a multitude of other things (I have discovered I can be most creative when I am lamenting!) He called a halt to practice, gathered us together, and eloquently pointed out our lousy attitudes, our ungratefulness for the opportunities we had, our short-sighted focus, and our immaturity.  He told us that we had potential, real potential to win the conference, and that some of us could go to State. He said that anything worth having was worth working for, and anything worth doing was worth the effort to do it well.  Then, of course, he clarified that we weren’t suffering, that we didn’t even know what suffering was, and that if we wanted to learn, all we had to do was keep on whining…  well, we got the point.  At least for that day.
 
This is a clear memory – it may have been the first time I realized that though the work was hard I was really grateful for the opportunity, and excited about the potential.  As we begin the Daily Bible Reading (DBR) plan this year, it is going to get tough.  We will get busy, tired, and distracted. But I pray we will get excited about the opportunity to meet with God in His Word daily! That we will clearly see the goal of being well established, refreshed, and fruitful as a way of life. That we will embrace the effort required to “delight” in God’s Word, and to allow Him to fill our minds daily.
 
Father, create in me a hunger for your Word. Give me the discipline to meditate on it continually, and to allow it to change me from the inside out.  Make my life as stable as a tree planted by streams of water, fill me with life and fruit, sustain me and make me a blessing to others.  I am so grateful that You know me, and that You love me. Amen.
 
 
 

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January 1 2019

Daily Bible Reading for January 1, 2019: Joshua 1 – 5 (History)
I am deeply grateful to my parents for instilling in me from a very early age the love of reading. There is so much to read – newspapers, magazines, biographies, history, fiction, and non-fiction. There are hardbacks, paperbacks, and now eBooks. (Kindle is my friend!) But there is one book that is radically different from all of the rest – God’s book, the Bible.  What makes it unique is that God, the Creator of the everything, has given it to us and preserved it for us. It is literally “God-Breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is how God speaks to us today.
Last year we read through the New Testament together in a 5-day reading plan.  This year we are expanding this to read through both the Old Testament and the New Testament in a 7-day reading plan. Each day will have a reading from different types of Books found in the Bible; Sunday – The Epistles, Monday – The Law, Tuesday – History, Wednesday – Psalms, Thursday – Poetry, Friday – Prophecy & Revelation, and Saturday – The Gospels and Acts. This plan will take us through all 66 Books of the Bible in a year.

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