January 2018 Bible Reading Week 1 Summary
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Welcome to the January 2018 Bible Reading Week 1 Summary! What a great beginning we’ve experienced in the Pure Joy Bible reading plan. Many readers have mentioned your one word for 2018 is “joy” and I just love how the Lord is working through this study to encourage your hearts. Also, the Facebook group is moving and grooving. I plan to post a live video in the group each week and fresh content is being shared each day. Why do I post this review each week? So that we can retain what we’ve learned! Let’s check out week 1 of Pure Joy Bible reading plan.
Discovering joy doesn’t have to be elusive. When we focus on who God is and what Jesus has done for us, then joy can easily be ours, no matter the circumstances! Savor Day 1 of the #purejoyjournal and #biblereadingplan !
1 Peter 1:3-9
I woke up to whimpering from my precious girl during the night last night. It’s not unusual these days. I’m just going to shoot straight this morning; sometimes I have a hard time seeing God in the thick of suffering. But the glorious thing about our God? We don’t have to see him to believe in him. AND we can expectantly be joyful because our God is good and makes all things good!! Whatever he does will be beautiful and wonderful, not because of us, but because of who He is!! If you’re struggling to see God in your situation today, that doesn’t mean he is not working. It just means we are limited and our God is NOT. Jesus, open our eyes to see your glory right where we are this moment. May we know the joy only you can instill in our hearts! ? #purejoyjournal#biblereadingplan #bibleverse#hellomornings
Such a powerful, encouraging, hopeful, joyful verse to read on the first week of a brand new year! If I could have one wish for you in 2018, it would be this verse. Have a wonderful Wednesday! #purejoyjournal#biblereadingplan #biblereading #bibleverse
Have you started to look ahead and feel like there is just no way you’ll make it? It’s too hard and you just want to ball up and cry? God’s people felt the same way in our #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan passage. Nehemiah’s word to them is today’s #bibleverse ! The joy of knowing God intimately fuels your heart, soul, and mind. Need more strength in your life? Get to know God more! Hope your Thursday is thriving!
Whatever sorrow or suffering the world brings to you today, it is temporary. No one can take away your joy in the promises of Jesus! Have a fab Friday meditating on this fact! #biblereadingplan #biblereading#bibleverse #purejoyjournal
There are seasons of sorrow. Sometimes the only thing getting us through is knowing those seasons are not permanent. Your joy will come; anticipate it in the presence of the Lord this morning! #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan#bibleverse #hellomornings
It’s amazing how a little time with Jesus can change your perspective! What are you enjoying most about the Pure Joy Bible Reading Challenge?
What a wonderful start to the first days of the Scripture reading focused on Pure Joy! I’m anticipating the upcoming week on this journey of cultivating a happy heart. I hope you are too!
By his grace,
January 2018 Bible Reading Plan
PURE JOY BIBLE READING PLAN AND JOURNAL
This past week has been a roller coaster, and it’s been hard to hold joy at times. I’ve been using these challenges as daily scripture writing, and when I went to do the writing on Saturday, the second half of Psalm 30:5 stuck out to me. “Weeping may come for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” I sent that to a friend who has also struggled this week. Sunday, on the way to church, I was randomly going through twitter and saw what my cousin had posted. It referenced that verse. I went to teach Sunday school, and the lesson was on Paul and Silas and how they didn’t let their present circumstances (being locked in prison) overcome their emotions. They still worshiped God with joy in singing and praise. Needless to say, that verse has convicted and comforted me these past few days.
I love how God works in our lives just like this!!
I don’t know what I am going through right now, but I am losing all of my faith. I’m doubting God, the Bible and seriously questioning that the bible is made up or just a fantasy story.
I am sorry that you are feeling this way. My prayer is that the Lord will make himself known to you and you will recognize him. He is with you!! Through all!
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