Welcome to the Pure Joy Bible reading summary week 2! I can hardly believe that we have already completed two weeks of this month’s Bible reading plan. I’ve already been both challenged and charged so much by the Scriptures. I pray it’s the same for you! Let’s check out a summary of this week’s passages. Ready?
He endured the cross because he knew the joy on the other side. The joy of obedience to his Father. The joy of sacrifice- laying his life down for the world. The joy of defeating death!!! The joy of giving abundant life to all who choose!!! Jesus- our founder–provides our joy!! Yesterday was a joy-challenged day, but this morning I am reminded again- HE is our joy!! #purejoy #feellikepreaching#biblereadingplan #biblereading
It’s a wonderful thing to celebrate when life sees success. Think of your happiest, fullest moment and Jesus brings more joy than even that. Praise him for being the ever-listening God who provides light and joy! #purejoy#biblereading #biblereadingplan
What is the point of Monday? The beginning of the weekly toil. The work God has given us to do. Solomon reminds us that it really doesn’t matter when we rely on God for everything. This passage is so very personal to me. Oh to embrace this instruction: “God keeps Rachel occupied with joy in her heart!” ❤️ Happy Monday! #purejoy #biblereadingplan #biblereading Day 9
There are a lot of desert places in life. Dry, hot, desperate places where hope is less visible and completely intangible. But God. He takes those desert places and revives them. He moves us through the desert so that we learn how to see the crocus right in the middle of it. When I reflect back on the deserts of my life, they are the places God drew me closer to him than I ever thought possible and I can rejoice. Please pray for my friends, Ann & Dave this morning, they are walking a desert place right now as I type. Their son, Jakob, is certainly walking the desert this morning as the surgeon works right now to remove a brain tumor from the base of his skull. Jesus, I beg you on their behalf for wisdom and guidance for the surgical team. I pray there would be no residual effects from this surgery but that the crocus would bloom and we would see your almighty hand like never before. We praise you and thank you for being the One in control when things seem out of control. We praise you in advance for the beauty we will see in the future through this situation and we ask for your mercy and grace right now. Amen. Love y’all. Please pray with me. Rejoice evermore; pray without ceasing. #purejoy#biblereadingplan #biblereading
Isaiah 35 is one of my favorite passages for so many reasons. If you’re reading along with the free #purejoy #biblereadingplan printable, you’ll see Isaiah 35:1-4 for today and if you are using the #purejoy journal, you’ll see Isaiah 35:4-10. Sorry for the reference difference! However, we are reading Isaiah 35 again on Day 27 and this is accurate. You see, this chapter contains 5 references to forms of the word “joy.” This makes me stop and think that God doesn’t repeat himself for repetitions sake. He repeats his words for my sake. Cause I’m a hard-headed stubborn chick who often goes on her merry way without paying attention to the details that she should. So meditate on Isaiah 35 today! Can’t wait for the day that sorrow and sighing flee away for good!! Ps: Our prayer request from this morning: Jacob is in recovery! We will know more tomorrow.
For many years I felt isolated and alone. Partly because of life seasons and stages; partly because I didn’t think others struggled like I did. God drew me to His Word and for over 15 years, he continually draws me to the Bread of Life, where I find daily bread. These are the life-giving words I choose to chew on, savor and grow by. I didn’t know the joy that God gives through his word for many years, even as a Christian. Once I discovered the beautiful, intimate conversations I could have with the Lord though his Word and prayer, I knew I was meant to share how simple and yet profound it is to spend at least a few moments in God’s Word daily. This is the reason I offer the #biblereadingplan each month and this is the reason I’m loving my #purejoy journal. Jesus, may your word fill our souls with joy today as we realize the life you provide. #biblereadimg Day 11
To some it would seem that today’s #purejoy #biblereadingplan should have been in December. But I’ve thought over the wise men on their journey to see Jesus and I love this fact about their joy: They got excited, full of joy, not when they saw Jesus, but even before then. They saw the evidence of his presence. They took notice of his nearness. They believed with all they had that the long-awaited King had come and this star was evidence! Though it would be days before they laid their eyes on the precious God in the flesh, they rejoiced in anticipation of what was to come. Next time I’m struggling to see God’s hand in a particular situation, I’m going to remember to look for stars- pieces of evidence that show me God is near. I’m going to keep my eyes resting on the star- the promise that he is always near and working for my good. I’m going to rejoice in anticipation, just as wise men and women should!! Have a thriving Thursday! #purejoy #biblereading Day 12
His forgiveness is available time and time again. And it brings joy. It allows us to hear the joy above the noise in our lives. So thankful! Have a fabulous Friday! #purejoy #biblereadingplans#biblereading
Well, Friends, that’s a wrap for this week! I pray that each day you are discovering that the Pure Joy Bible reading plan is just what God has for you, because as long as you are in his word, he will bless and provide exactly what you need!
Thank you for your word. I don’t know where I’d be without it. I don’t know where I’d be without you. May the Pure Joy Bible reading challenge continue to motivate time in your word. For those of us using the Pure Joy journal, I pray that we would continue to reflect, meditate, and write out our hearts for you. That the act of pen to paper would encourage a history of spending time with you and growing to know you more. We thank you and praise you for being the joy of our hearts! Amen.
Have a wonderful weekend!!
By his grace,