Welcome to the January 2018 Bible reading week 2 summary! If this is your first time here, we are a community of Bible believers who read God’s word each day. Each month we follow a monthly Bible reading plan and each week, we glance back together over what we read in order to retain it. What a privilege it has been to join together in our Facebook group; I’ve so enjoyed reading your comments and encouragement to one another each day! At the end of this summary post, you’ll find links to all the resources. So let’s take a look back at the last week of reading on cultivating a happy heart, ready?
Jesus endured suffering for us on the cross so that the joy of salvation would be available for all. He went to hell and back for you and me to bring joy to all the world. In the moments of suffering, he felt forsaken but he did not stop his mission. Wherever you are in life today, whatever you’re suffering, there’s joy around the corner. The purest of joy can only be found in Jesus, the Joy-Maker. Soak in today’s #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplanand #bibleverse Day 7!
You know that feeling you get when there’s a little extra money in your pocket? That special sense of confidence when you can afford to buy something you’ve been waiting for? The psalmist declares the joy for his God cannot be compared to those scenarios. It’s a marvelous Monday to recognize true JOY! #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
What would it look like to live this Tuesday as if I am occupied with God’s joy in my heart? #purejoyjournal #simplytuesday #biblereadingplan
Isaiah prophesies over his people and gives them a word from the Lord like no other in today’s #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan . No longer would they be scavengers to meet their needs. This desert place where they lived was about to be completely transformed from dry and barren to desirous and beautiful. From wasted to wanted. The delirious joy the people experienced at the words of Isaiah can be mine and yours to claim today!!! God didn’t create your desert to be wasted. He created your desert for blossoms, for beauty, for singing and rejoicing! He’s still in the redeeming business!! And so very praiseworthy this morning!! Have a joy-filled Wednesday knowing that your crocus will bloom and it will be more beautiful than anything you can imagine!
You are called by the name of the One Who created you!!! Let’s take joy in the promises of the Lord today! #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
So many people ask how Taylor is doing and I’m never sure how to reply. One day she’s sitting in the chair looking at me like “Really, Mom? More pictures? You haven’t even brushed my hair yet.” And the next moment, her brain reveals its weakness through difficulty in swallowing or sitting. On Christmas Day, we chose to take her to Cleveland to be with family, even though I know that any kind of overexertion results in seizures. I try to treat her like Jesus, though believe me, I don’t always succeed. Would we leave Jesus behind on his birthday? Well, some folks do, but we chose to take her. Matt’s grandma is 96 years old and not well, so we didn’t want to miss. Taylor had 3 seizures on Christmas Day and she has been struggling for several days, crying out occasionally and making it known that she is uncomfortable, in spite of our best efforts to keep her comfortable. I can tell that she is fighting neurological episodes since I’m closely tracking her behaviors. Thanks for your continued prayers and be sure to hug your loved ones today, especially those who share your roof. Xo (Thursday, January 11, 2018)
Do you struggle with fully believing God will do what he says he will do? Wise men and women anticipate and expectantly appreciate God’s fulfilled promises! The wise men didn’t stumble on the Savior; they were purposefully led by faith. God used their human talents and skills to boldly and confidently adventure into the unknown. Then their hearts rejoiced at the sight of one single divinely-orchestrated orb! What might we rejoice about this Friday if we anticipate the star God places in our skies, a circumstance or situation reminding us that he always keeps his promises? #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
David, the writer of today’s #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan passage, asks God to cleanse him from sin. But he didn’t just request forgiveness. David missed the closeness of his God. He longed for full restoration, especially the pure joy he had before he chose to commit adultery and murder. I asked myself this morning: is there anything between me and my God that is prohibiting pure joy? Have a super Saturday knowing that God continually extends forgiveness when our hearts are true to His Word!
And so began the gift of another day and so it will end. What might happen if we too joined in the chorus of nature’s praise to begin and end the day? Have a super Sunday! #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan