Fifty-two. Growth.

Nothing earth-shattering today friends…

…just truth that has been hitting me over and over again.

It’s been two weeks into the new year and so far, I’ve been doing well with my daily bible readings — thanks, YouVersion πŸ˜‰ — and my little daily devotional reading. It’s been such a blessing to actually take time to read God’s Word every day.

I remember when I tried to do this before, and it was a chore. I was doing it by myself, I felt like it was just something that had to be done, it took up too much time…

Now, it’s actually such a joy.

My perspective has completely changed about daily Bible reading.

I’ve been really convicted to work on personal growth right now. And I’ve been praying about joy.

Joy isn’t the same as happiness, it’s not a temporary feeling but a state of being, and it’s something I desperately wanted to feel when connecting with God through reading His Word by myself.

For people who know me, you know I love to be with others so I get intense joy from corporate worship and fellowship and studying together, but I was struggling with trying to read and study and my own.

Right now though, it’s actually something I look forward to every day! I am absolutely loving it. I do feel joy when I’m meeting with God in this way!

The scriptures are so rich and every time you read a verse, God can reveal something new and mind-blowing to you (even if other people aren’t quite as impressed) and it’s exciting!

Sometimes I’ll read something I’ve read a hundred times before but something new will stand out to me, or will confuse me, and I’ll go look it up to see what others have said. Like the story of Noah’s nakedness when he curses Canaan, because of what his own son, Ham, had done. (Genesis 9:20-27)

It’s helpful, too, to have external encouragement from friends πŸ™‚

Also, I picked up a book this week that I have not been able to put down (perhaps to the detriment of my school studies…)

It’s called Loveology, it’s by John Mark Comer and it’s great!

Seriously, pick up a copy (I’m borrowing mine from the OPL). [Also, a bit of self-promotion here, I’ve been so impressed by this book, I’ve instagrammed a few pages (among other great photos!) and you should check me out πŸ˜‰ ]

Anyway, it’s a book about God, Love, Marriage, Sex, etc… and everything that goes along with that including waiting, and singleness.

Without going into all the convicting things in the book, the idea that struck me was how much time we spend on listing the qualities we expect out of a potential spouse, but we tend not to think too much about becoming that kind of person ourselves.

That’s why I’m so excited to devote more time and energy and effort into growing in my own relationship with the Lord.

Hopefully I’ll become a better person.

Anyway, this was another short one, just to encourage you to invest in your relationship with Christ.

Love you! God bless!

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Fifty-one. January 1, 2016: How do you spend your time?

Hello friends,

I haven’t forgotten about my little corner of the internet, I just haven’t been writing much lately.

But I want to get back into it.

I also want to dedicate more time to Bible study and personal growth.

I don’t want to call it a New Year’s resolution, but firsts of Januaries seem to be good times to start new healthy habits.

Devotional Books

These are some of the books I have that are supposed to help people develop daily habits of reading and applying God’s Word.

So I’m going to try it again.

But this time I’m working with my best friend πŸ™‚

Anyway, so today we started with the women’s friendship devotional (the first book in the picture) and the quote they used is really lovely

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible. – Corrie ten Boom

The devotional thought they shared was about building faith and being in a relationship with Christ. They also mentioned the many women in the Bible who were a “cloud of witnesses who went before us.”

Besides this devotional, I recently got a smartphone and downloaded the YouVersion Bible app. They offered a daily Bible reading plan for a year, so I started that today as well, and shared my thoughts with my friend. The first chapter was Psalm 1 which is only 6 verses long, but verse 3 really struck a chord.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in his season; his leaf shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. – Psalm 1:3 (KJV)

We’ve both read this passage before but this morning (afternoon) what stood out to us was that he would “bring forth fruit in his season” – as in, not ALL THE TIME.

This got us talking about being “too busy” and often adding more busy-ness into our lives just for the sake of appearing active. But in all our running around, we don’t devote time to reading and meditating on the Word. We’re always ready to do more fun stuff but when it comes time to do something vital to our spiritual health, we’re more loathe to do it… the world doesn’t reward it and excuses are easy to make up on the spot!

So we were really convicted that we need to learn to slow down sometimes and to read the Bible for the sake of reading His Word and connecting with our heavenly Father – not for show or to seem more spiritual, but because we genuinely want to grow in our faith and relationship with the Creator. There was so much more we discussed as well, but I’ll leave it at that.

So, while I can’t promise I’ll write every day, I do hope to share some short thoughts more often that will come from my daily readings, either from the devotional book, or from the Bible-in-a-year plan.

What will you strive to do in this new year?

Thanks for reading friends!

God bless you.

PS: This was such a short post compared to my previous ones! Happy New Year!