Psalm 119 - Write through the Bible

This year I made the commitment to read through the entire Bible in a year. I've never done this before and actually finished a month, let alone 2! A few weeks back I finished Revelation and jokingly told my husband that I was done with the Bible, I finished it. I had decided to start my reading in 1 Corinthians because that's just where I happened to be reading just after the year started. I also figured that finishing the rest of the New Testament and the smaller books would be a good victory for me and keep me encouraged when I hit the law. I'm just about finished with Genesis now, and to see all of the check marks already on my Table of Contents keeps me motivated.

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I really wanted to pick another topical passage, but I also LOVE writing full books and even full chapters. I chose Psalm 119 because it's the longest book in the Bible, and often the one people cringe over. I wanted to be able to write it and find joy in writing it out. There is so much fun packed in these 176 verses.

JOY - Write through the Bible

Do you have a word for 2018? In the years past, I've never picked a word that will be my "word" for the year. As 2017 came to an end I started thinking about what I wanted to do differently in the new year. I wanted to slow down and read more, I wanted to be more intentional with what God has placed in front of me. I want to be happy and joyful serving exactly where God has me.

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While I am frustrated that a month has already passed and I didn't make extravagant changes towards Gospel living, I have continued to be more like Christ. I have made steps in the right direction. I really want to meditate on JOY this month, I want the joy of my salvation restored.

I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Print out the page below, or save it to your phone for easy access and write through these few passages from Psalm with me!

Did you pick a word for 2018, if so what is it? Is there a topic or book that you would like me to break down so that we can write them out together this year? Let me know in the comments below!

God's Grace

Last fall we were following someone to lunch after church. I spotted these gorgeous yellow wildflowers that followed the path of the power lines. I knew we couldn’t stop or we would be lost, but I begged John to stop at a later point. I just HAD to go back and capture God’s amazing artwork with my camera later.

When I stop to think about the glory of God in everything it takes my breath away. I start to look at every little flower, tree, cloud, everything differently! The fact that God made it just makes it simply amazing!  I can go overboard and focus on the details and miss the big picture, but I believe there is always a time when you need to focus on the details and see the majesty that God created. Looking at the beauty of one of these flowers makes me realize that God cares about the little things, but when you look up and see a whole field of them, you see a much bigger picture that God painted of his majesty.

I do this with my children too. When I start to look at them as gifts from God, when I think about their creation and existence and that it is because of God’s grace, I start to love and cherish them more. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of grocery store meltdowns and other embarrassing events I’d rather not experience.  But taking time to remember that God created them, they are HIS work, and that means they are full of splendor and majesty as well.

“Full of splendor and majesty is HIS work, and HIS righteousness endures forever” Psalm 111:3