Happy New Year…With the start of a New Year is the beginning of new resolutions…new words…new disciplines. Some of my fellow authors have shared their words, so I thought I’d share mine along with a Bible reading tool I discovered thanks to Tricia Goyer and am loving! Be sure to read all the way to the end for a way to enter a new giveaway I’m offering this month, too!
First my word…
Every year I pick a new one. When it’s a new year with a fresh calendar page, it’s time to pray about what my focus should be for the new year.
An opportunity to embrace the unknown of the future…
Or cower in fear of what’s to come as it hides behind the veil of the unknown.
As I look at 2015, there are a couple things I know. I will teach at Purdue this spring. I will homeschool my children. I will earn my MBA in May.
Yet there are a host of unknowns. When will I write my next book? Who will it be for? What will the genre be? Will I do more legal work after I complete my MBA? Will I teach more or fewer classes?
I’m a person who loves a ten-year plan. Yet lately it feels like I’m being asked to run on a five-month plan. It’s okay. I’ve walked with God long enough to trust that He has things in my future. Things I may not be able to anticipate at this moment, but still I know there is a plan. And in the right time, He’ll let me in on the next step. After all isn’t that what faith is about? Trusting Him with the full journey of my life?
So as I prayed about the word I should focus on this year, the word He whispered to my heart through songs, through prayers, through life, was BRAVE. At first I tried to shrug the word off. I’m not exactly known as a shrinking violet or someone who isn’t willing to do counter-culture things (As one of the older homeschoolers when it became legal in Nebraska — that definitely led to a need for bravery!) Yet as I tried the word on and prayed about it, it feels right.
Like 2015 might be a year filled with new opportunities…opportunities that will be uncomfortable, scary, and call me to be brave all over again. To follow God into unknown territory in ways that I know I can only do with His help.
So here I type…with a wee bit of hesitancy…as I embrace the word. Brave. Here’s to a year where each of us gather our courage and follow God a bit deeper into who He’s called each of us to be…all for Him!
Maybe you’re like me. Many years I start with the desire or will to read the Bible in a year. I’ve even done it a couple times. Not nearly often enough though.
I have a chronological Bible that I love because it puts all the passages in chronological order. It was a great way to mix up some of the passages that I know cold and see how the whole book fits together. This year the Bible is packed and I have no idea which box it is in…so I needed something else.
Tricia had posted on Facebook that one of her friends Joanna Weaver had created a Bible study tool that Tricia was using. Over the weekend I popped over…already feeling behind because I hadn’t started on January 1st. I could have. After all I spent the entire day in the car, but let’s face it — I simply didn’t.
So on the fourth I popped over to Joanna’s website. And guess what? The page let me pick the day that the Bible reading plan would start. So I’m not behind! Anyone else find that psychologically comforting? To start knowing you’re not already behind?
I have a new Bible, the Holman Study Bible for Women, and I’m already loving all the notes and additional material. I think this is going to be a great year. Would you like to join me? Together let’s see what God reveals to us as we start the New Year with Him.
Let’s grab our Bibles, Journals, and reading guides and see what riches God has to reveal to us…maybe in the passages we think we know the best.
Anyone with me?
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