31st December 2010

Taking Stock

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)

Well, how did we do? It’s almost a year since we looked over our lives and made New Year Resolutions. Did any of us take up the challenge in drawing closer to God by reading through the Bible chronologically in a year? Or, like a lot of these resolutions, did it fall by the wayside as the year progressed?

Even if we didn’t manage to keep going the entire year—what we did do is an achievement. We would have spent time reading God’s word, meditating on the message for that day, spending time with Him.

One suggestion I would like to share, which helped me out quite a bit, came from a friend a few years ago. If you are reading this you have already discovered the wonders of a daily devotional such as day by day. I was introduced to a woman’s devotional called Encouragement For Today—similar, but focussing on some of the challenges women can experience juggling things in the 21st century. This devotional led me to the chronological daily readings, and this year I learned of Wendy Pope who writes a devotional blog. I don’t always read it, but I do appreciate her daily short emails entitled Walking With Women Through The Word, where she gives her take on the day’s reading. I don’t always agree with her—it’s a personal thing, depending on what we are experiencing at the time, on what stage of life we may be at, how the word of God affects us. Though we may never meet, she has been my iron sharpening iron friend this year. I won’t allow myself to read her messages until I have read the day’s passage first; which is a good incentive to keep up.

Mr second daughter went off to university this year and she’s now asked me to send her a chronological bible to start reading in the New Year. So it doesn’t really matter what age we are—there’s something for everyone in the Bible.

I hope you will add this to your list of resolutions for next year and plan to grow spiritually. I’ll end using Paul’s Final Greetings from 2 Corinthians 13:11:

Heavenly Father, thank you for this year of 2010. As it draws to a close let us
be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then You, the God of love and peace will be with us. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Jackee Brown 

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