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It’s time for the January 2018 Bible reading week 4 summary! If you are visiting here for the first time, 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. We are having such an encouraging time together in our Facebook group! The weekly videos have been an awesome way to connect and I love how inspiring everyone is. At the end of this summary post, you’ll find links to all the resources. Let’s take a look back at the last week of reading on choosing joy!
Trials of various kinds. James doesn’t describe the trials. Maybe because we don’t need a detailed description to know that no matter the trial, counting it joy is testing. I’m pondering whether or not I’m allowing the trials to produce steadfastness today. Anyone else? #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
Now to him. You see, it’s so easy to get caught up in our part. What we have to do. Where we need to go. What we plan to accomplish. Then we get frustrated by the obstacles and circumstances that pop up, because frankly, we forget Who it is all for. When we focus on Jesus, the One who presents us spotless before God with unfathomable JOY, then we won’t lose sight of his plans amid the obstacles. Then Satan can’t rob us of our joy because we know what matters. Make it a great Monday knowing that your joy cannot be stolen because Christ has already secured it!! #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
The psalmist expresses his desperation and determination to draw close to God in today’s #purejoyjournal#biblereadingplan . What if we too passionately longed for God’s presence and praised him for it? What joy is ours to hold on this Tuesday! Have a great day!
Joy results from doing right. While it seems simple enough, we (I) can get bogged down, searching for light or guidance from God, when I just need to do the next right thing. And the next right thing. And the next. What’s your right thing for joy results this Wednesday? #purejoyjournal#biblereadingplanEcclesiastes 2:22-26
Fresh joy is the result of humility. This morning I’m asking: is there an area of my life that pride is creeping in, making me think that my choice is the best without regard for God’s best for me? Make it a fab Friday by surrendering to God anew! #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
Jesus, my words fail me. The words of others may cut me to the quick. My own words come back to haunt me. Words alone can never be enough to give you the full glory of Who You are. Oh, but Your Word. Sustains me. Keeps me. Holds me. Secures me. Soothes me. Encourages me. Empowers me. Let my joy come from Your Word especially today. Thank you for it. #purejoyjournal#biblereadingplan
The preacher of Ecclesiastes gives his best recommendations for living life. As he explains that he doesn’t understand it all, he says what he does know— that choosing joy is vital. I’m working to make that choice a priority on this Monday! Join me? #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
Sowing is hard work and often yields tears. Oh, but when we push on, through the strength of the Lord, we find joy on the other side. Whatever your act of planting seeds consists of today, visualize the harvest. It is going to be beautiful!! #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
Sometimes I get so busy in the hustle and bustle that I miss those beautiful moments God is showing his love to me. On an ordinary day of the week, at an insignificant moment of the day, he whispers to my heart, our hearts, that he is near. That his love is far beyond anything we can imagine. That he longs to fill us with indescribable joy. Perhaps a pause is what your soul needs to remember his love for you! #purejoyjournal #truelovejournal
By his grace,