"I have treasured the words of His mouth
more than my daily bread."
~ Job 23:12
We are only eleven days into this new year, yet it seems like the freshness of a new year is already disappearing. Before any more days flip over on my desk calendar, I want to let you know what I will be up to this year. It has become my commitment at the beginning of every new year to decide what I will be doing to make progress in my Christian walk that year. So I often share my goals here at Joy In The Truth for the purpose of accountability. If I put it out there for friends to see, it helps me stay authentically on track.
Recently I read this in "Dear Sister" by Gisela Yohannan, and I wholeheartedly agree!
Do you have any specific prayer requests and expectations
for this year? I am not talking about a “wish list” of material
things or ambitions you might have for your life, family and ministry.
What I want you to consider is your spiritual life: the depth of
your personal walk with the Lord, your growth as a Christian, the
progress you have made toward developing a Christlike character
and, most of all, how real your relationship is with Jesus—if the
things you proclaim can be seen in your life.
Our time here on earth is so limited, and the years we have to
serve our God are so few, that it would be tragic if we let them pass
by carelessly and simply live each day without being conscious of
It takes God many years to train us and make us useful. The
quality and depth of work we will be able to accomplish largely
depends on the quality and depth God is able to work into our
personal life and character. Our steadfastness, genuine love and
trust in God’s Word—and conversely, our shallowness, lack of
faith and worldly mind-set—will all be reproduced in our disciples.
May God give us grace to realize the seriousness of submitting to
His hand when He works on our hearts.
So here is my commitment for 2013. Feel free to stop by unexpectedly and see how I am doing! I welcome your loving, gentle, steady accountability.
I will be reading the New Testament through in 2013. I have read the entire Bible through in one year twice. With other studies I am doing this year, I knew just doing the New Testament was best for this year. Here is a great link for Bible reading plans. It is never too late to start!!
My boss gave me this devotional by Charles Spurgeon, which I actually began in October 2012. So I will be finishing it January - September 2013.
You can read it here also: http://www.spurgeon.org/fcb/fcb-bod.htm
I am reading a wonderful book "Dear Sister" by Gisela Yohannan (wife of K.P. Yohannan, President of Gospel For Asia). Gisela's honest and loving encouragement to Christian women is amazing!
For the next 6 weeks I am doing the "Faithful, Abundant, True" Bible study by Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore (what a line-up!). I am very excited to dig deep into God's Word through this study.
Last, but certainly not least, I will be reading this challenging and encouraging Unglued 60-Day Devotional by my friend Lysa. Lysa's honest and consistent pursuit of holiness is shared in her down-to-earth girlfriend style in this call-to-action devotional.
Lysa wrote this recently about daily quiet time, and I feel like she was writing my heart. This sums up how God has ordained my morning quiet time for quite a while.
*Read God's Word every day
*Read something by someone you admire
*Read something by someone you trust
As I read Lysa's word and looked around at my dining room table, that is exactly how I spend my quiet/listening time each morning. I am excited for 2013 and how God will grow His character in me.
What are your Bible study plans for 2013? Do share!
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Blessings to you and yours!
Happy, Blessed New Year from our family to you!