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Passing off that gossip as a prayer request. Praying from my lips, but Read More Mar As I make a phone call to talk through my stress with a Read More Feb All this has happened to us, but we have not forgotten you or betrayed your covenant. Psalm Not gonna lie, sometimes life gets really hard. At times our battles are an intense, invisible boxing match, and the enemy seems to not only make contact on every upper cut but also win every round.

There are seasons when we feel defeated, wounded, abandoned, vulnerable, frustrated and forgotten. The psalmists felt this way sometimes too. My disgrace is before me all day long, and shame has covered my face, because of the taunts of the scorner and reviler, because of the enemy and avenger.

Our hearts have not turned back; our steps have not strayed from your path. The Read More Feb My son was fast, and he ran with a fast crowd. As a matter of fact, his entire track team was pretty fast! In the ninth grade, Steven participated in the conference track meet, running the meters. I was so proud of him as he ran like a gazelle around the first lap, about six feet behind the first-place participant. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! I have a confession to make.

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If you can use an app and wait less time than standing in line? I use it. If you can order ahead and potentially wait less time? I do it. But what if the desire for instant gratification is so strong that it makes me miss important parts of growth and relationship? Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see Hebrews Valleys are lined with disappointment and discouragement. Some people seem to thrive on adversity, emerging from their valley with greater strength and deeper faith. Others stumble and fall, giving in to discouragement and dropping out of the race.

The difference in outcome is determined by the way we choose to handle discouragement. We must respond to each valley with trust and faith. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. The greenest grass is always found in the valley.

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Shepherds and sheep are well acquainted with the fact that both mountains and valleys are an inevitable part of life. Remember — the shepherd has to figure out a way over the mountain and through the valley. If a sheep is injured, the shepherd must carry his sheep and tend to its wounds until they are healed and the sheep is ready to return to the fold. Valleys are a certainty of life.

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Your job is eliminated. Your husband is having an affair, or your teenage daughter is pregnant. Financial pressure suffocates dreams, Read More Feb Consider how far you have fallen! Note from Sharon: I know that devotions on marriage are difficult for many who are not married and perhaps would like to be. Whether you are married or single, please join us at GiG in praying for marriages all around the world. Maybe you appreciated his wonderful attributes, but now you take them for granted.

Between taking out Read More Feb Strewn across power lines all over El Salvador was pair after pair of dirty, old tennis shoes that had been tied together and strung over the wires that lined the streets. On the bus, our guide pointed them out. Telling the story that those tennis shoes serve as territory markers for the violent gangs and drug cartels. They establish boundaries and stake claim to who runs what in particular parts of town.

My heart sifted through the language, economic and cultural barriers that separated me from them. I was stirred to understand more deeply. Distressed by the implications and evil. Moved to do something. To help. To protect. As we got off the bus in each area, the guide gave specific instructions about what we could eat and drink, the time we had for the stop, the dangers of the area and the challenges the locals were facing.

I was grateful for his direction and knowledge. It helped me know what to do and how to respond. Made me feel more confident. More safe. A good guide knows his stuff. A good guide stays with you, even in the scary places, and helps you see and understand the history, significance and culture as you pass through new places. A good guide welcomes your questions, warns you of danger and points out tennis shoes on power lines.

God is not just a good guide, but the one and only perfect Guide. The Guide that walks with me along the path, offering protection and direction. Thanks for being my Defender and Guide. Thank You for offering me access to Your endless protection and direction. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Will you make the same request and response today? What do you need to trust Him with?

Click here to get yours now. Follow here. As we got off the Read More Feb Hamburgers can be cooked outside. We live in Kansas where the summer heat can be brutal. Why add to the rising temperature outside by turning on an oven inside? On one particular hamburger-kind-of night, my husband offered to do the grilling, but he had just gotten home from work and looked like he needed a nap more than he needed to grill anything. Rarely do I see more beauty on the face of a woman than on the day of her wedding.

Her eyes twinkle as she walks down the aisle toward her groom and her smile speaks to the confidence she feels. Brides are often consumed with the details of wedding planning. They reach out to best friends, family, co-workers and loved ones. They invite others to share in the big day. Brides know their Read More Feb Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. A quick look at my upcoming calendar nearly launched me in an enthusiastic episode of hyperventilation.

Paper bag? Anyone have a paper bag?! As I scanned Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and every day following for several weeks, any free time and possibility of rest were swallowed up by commitments and responsibility. I knew better, had been here before. And yet, once again, I found myself in a wrestling match between promises made and potential meltdown. The more I looked at the never-ending stretch of days, the more I felt buried under the weight of it. And with the weight came frustration, irritation, and anger.

Even panic. How Read More Feb How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. A chauffeured limousine pulled up behind the stalled car and a wiry, energetic man stepped from the back seat to offer his assistance. The well-dressed man then identified himself as Henry Ford. When our lives are broken, when the plan falls apart and everything goes wrong, we need to wait on Read More Feb As I sat in front of an oversized gilded mirror trying not to wrinkle my dress, I daydreamed about the man who would become my husband in just a few moments.

He was Read More Feb You see, no matter what I do, everything Read More Feb Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. You do too, right? Differences of opinion among people are more numerous than grains of sand in the ocean. Disputable matters in the church are no exception. Freedoms and convictions are not the same in every heart. Unfortunately, these areas of contention can cause conflict in our hearts, relationships, and communities of faith if we let them.

My family and I got thrown into a situation recently that caused some harm and confusion. The perception and convictions of another was pressed upon us, and the consequences were anything but peaceful. Much of Read More Feb But my much-desired beverage failed to appear. I began investigating and discovered somehow the grounds had overflowed the filter and clogged the whole process. I cleared the way and soon I had a hot mug of something wonderful in my hands again.

The lies we believe are a lot like those grounds in my coffee maker. They may seem small and harmless but they can end up totally blocking the love God wants to pour into our lives. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. Allan was a tough man. He married at nineteen, had his first son at twenty, then a baby girl at twenty-five. Over the next two decades he advanced Read More Feb Let me dwell in your tent forever!

Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! David was in a fragile place, desperate for God. Forced to flee because his son Absalom had rebelled against him. I call to you from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength. Lead me to a rock that is high above me, for you have been a refuge for Read More Feb Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. I told my young daughter she needed to wash her feet in the bathtub.

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She moaned. She groaned. She complained. I explained this was a reasonable request that would take two minutes. You would have thought I asked her to clean the entire house from top to bottom. Instead she just went into the bathroom, turned on the water, and dunked her feet in. I was happy to praise my daughter for her improved attitude and behavior, but when you think about it, she was simply doing Read More Feb He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely, goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. In my last devotion, I described a special Saturday evening revival service at our small country church.

I sat in my usual spot, desperately clutching the back of the pew in front of me while wrestling with God over the condition of my soul and my eternal security. I never missed a service unless I was deathly ill. I was a leader in our youth group, rarely failed to attend a youth activity and often brought friends who were lost, unlike me, of course, and needed to know God. How embarrassing to walk down that Read More Feb Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep he tends.

Shepherding was one of the oldest callings in Israel, even before farming. Shepherds traveled from place to place, living in tents while driving their flocks from one pasture to another. The sheep and their shepherd lived together every minute of every day. In fact, they were so intimately bound together that individual sheep, even when mixed with other flocks, could recognize the voice of their own shepherd and would come immediately when called by name.

A shepherd owned and marked his sheep. In some cases, the sheep were even branded, although branding is no longer an accepted method of identification because of the damage it does to the wool. Today, the ears of sheep are pierced with identification tags Read More Jan Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So, he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.

My youngest daughter Lucy eats slowly. One night at dinner as I finished up my salad, I looked over at 8-year-old Lucy and was shocked to see her plate was clean! She had beaten me at dinnertime. Immediately, I recognized this dialogue as a Read More Jan Why I said yes was beyond me. And now, five hundred expectant women were going to be staring me in the face. To top it all off, the theme was Unshakable Confidence in Christ. Two weeks before the event, I attended a luncheon where my mentor, Mary Marshall Young, was going to be sharing a short devotion. It was in a very prestigious part of town that I did not frequent.

One of those gatherings Read More Jan Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Cantaloupe may very well be my favorite food. When it is in season, I stock up and always have some on hand. On one particularly hot day, a lunch of cantaloupe sounded luscious … and it was. Afterwards, I was gone for several hours, running errands.

When I walked back in the front door that afternoon, a foul stench nearly knocked me down. It was such a strong odor! A dead animal was my first thought. A plumbing problem was my next idea. I began a room-to-room search that ended abruptly at the kitchen sink. Opening the cabinet underneath, I nearly gagged at the stench that slapped me in the face. I instantly remembered that I had thrown Read More Jan A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

How, exactly, does this foolish woman tear her house down? Well, knowing and being a woman, I have a strong hunch: Her tongue, Ladies. The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I love the story of a tourist visiting the Grand Canyon. As he gazed in wonder at the sight before him, the tourist got too close to the edge, lost his footing, and fell over the side. Just before he went out of sight, the man grabbed a scrubby bush and held on for dear life.

What seems to be the problem? She was verbally abused and emotionally abandoned in her marriage from the very beginning. Her doctor explained that she had gotten a bacterial infection that can only be sexually contracted. Debbie was hospitalized for five days and placed on strong medications. The IV antibiotics she received unknowingly rendered her birth control pills ineffective, and a pregnancy with their first child resulted. So Debbie stayed Read More Jan I hopped up on the counter at the soda fountain and placed my five-year-old feet on the spinning stool in front of me.

Dad sipped on a Coke and talked to the lady behind the counter with the red-and-white-striped apron tied around her waist. I stood in the front yard waiting for the screaming to stop before I went back inside. Dad was drunk again, and Mom was screaming at the top of her lungs. Why did he drink? Why did Mom yell? Read More Jan Recently, I prayed and prayed without any change. I praised and worshipped, without a breakthrough. Empty handed. The Israelites trusted God way back then, sort of. As they saw the Egyptian troops chasing them down, they got overwhelmingly terrified.

And seemingly angry at their leader Moses. He God is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven. The holidays have a way of resurrecting old hurts. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the choice to forgive those who have hurt us. Refusing to do so extinguishes our joy.

Sometimes we just need to let go and cut our losses instead of allowing the weight of an unpaid debt deplete our mental and emotional energy. In other words, we can forgive the debt and set ourselves free. Years ago, Dan and I decided it was time to sell one of our old junky cars. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

But the other day a new thought occurred to me: What word am I not going to choose this year? It might seem simple to say worry or fear or envy. But none of those rang quite true. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him. The morning had been hectic and they were running late because the baby needed a last minute diaper change. Tara needed to get all three kiddos loaded up and to the car pool location quickly, but for some strange reason the back doors of her van would not open.

She tried her clicker. She tried the key. She tried jiggling the lock. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. As a high school junior, I decided it was time to take Homemaking I can still see Mrs. Bless her unsuspecting heart!

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She had no idea the challenge I brought to that class or to her career as a teacher. For weeks, I muddled through each lesson with a respectable, but less than stellar performance, until we hit the section on sewing. It would prove to be her undoing where I was concerned. Being the veteran teacher that she was, Mrs. Johnson took a deep breath and doggedly plunged ahead in determination, vowing she could teach anyone to sew — even me. I decided to make a blouse, Read More Jan I want to save him from all the bullying, taunting, and discouragement that destroyed him at his last school. Because, I know his pain.

It was amazing. With everything in me, my body seemed to run faster than itself. In fact, we nearly toppled over two Read More Jan Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. One highlight was rocketing up stories in a mere 47 seconds inside the elevator of the Freedom Tower. Once at the top, we looked for a good spot to take in the glorious view. The problem was they were not even looking at the city below. They were posing for selfies — lots of them!

They laid on the floor and posed. They struck different standing poses and snapped. I walked around and returned to that same spot about ten minutes later. They were still there! Posing in pursuit Read More Jan Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.

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Luke 3 tells the story of John the Baptist as he began his ministry. His job? Prepare the way of the Lord. Luke Many royal rulers and powerful leaders of the land are listed at the beginning of the chapter to set the stage and give us historical context, yet it is a normal guy, born to older parents, in an off-the-map-of-all-places-important rural village that the Lord called to be the forerunner for Jesus.

Me too. The Lord spoke to John when he was in the wilderness and told him what to do Luke Then John walked his sandals Read More Jan But, the appointment would take just a few minutes. Just enough time to catch my breath. We went through the regular check-in procedure and then I settled in a comfy chair with a magazine that I would not have normally read. My, oh my, the trouble those Hollywood folks get into. Ten minutes Read More Jan Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

According to the American Institute of Stress, more than million Americans take medication for stress-related causes each week. Depression is an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual disorder. Something is out of balance. We have buried some pain instead of confronting it or we have misplaced our trust and sought help from impotent sources. In order to deal with depression, we must first come to a place of total and complete surrender to God and His plan of healing, even if Read More Jan Yesterday we began to talk about the spiritual discipline of rest. Our big takeaway from the first of word of the acronym, reflect, was this: when you reflect on God, you better reflect God.

In addition to prioritizing times of reflection, we also personally engage with the Lord. To go to Him in prayer and interlock our hearts, motivations, Read More Jan One day, as she was preparing for the lesson she would teach on Sunday morning, she had an idea for a fun illustration that would require a few props.

She asked her four-year-old daughter to help. My word, people! And, truth be told, I live smack Read More Jan Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Life is a marathon — not a fifty-yard dash. But instead of focusing on eternal things, we waste precious emotional energy and priceless spiritual power fixing our gaze on the here and now.

What I am saying is that much of our stress comes when we measure life and hold it up against the wrong backdrop. When our son was a little boy, Read More Jan If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. One of the most lovable and charming characters in the history of cartoon animation has to be Winnie the Pooh. He simply oozes adorableness and positivity. But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

My husband and our sons are celebrating the New Year with a camping trip in the dessert. I am home, undressing the tree and packaging our nativity set away for the next 11 months. These are my first quiet moments in weeks, with only the familiar sound of tissue paper crinkling as the soundtrack to my thoughts.

During the hustle and bustle of guests and going, little space remained for this sort of pondering. I was thinking of sitting down and writing down a few resolutions today. It Read More Dec And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

It took four years of fresco painting for the Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Commonly known as Michelangelo, his. The painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most remarkable in the history of Western art. One thing is for sure: the process that altered a ceiling from plain to fabulous required a lot of time, great discipline, and the hand of a master artist.

The same is true for us. The journey from broken into beautiful is a lifelong transformation that requires time, discipline, and a Read More Dec For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. After years of painful tests, expensive treatments, frustrating procedures and desperate pleas and prayers, our hopes of having children were shattered by his harsh diagnosis. My friend Erica does too. She came to my door with a package to deliver and a story to share. I signed for the package and we began to catch up.

Her kids are grown. Mine are teens. Her daughter just got married. My oldest just went to college. Mama to mama we shared and cared. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. I was wandering around the tourist area of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Rolex, Cartier, and Infinity—all for fifty bucks or less. Flashing fake gold and flaunting fake brands; their swift feet were ready to run if the authorities were to show up.

Then I spotted her. She sat on a bench with colorful scarves for purchase draped over her arm. A blue, yellow and red headdress wound around her head, and Read More Dec My sister loves socks. One day, we were shopping and happened to walk into a department store where neither one of us could afford to buy a single thing.

We were just passing through, on our way to find the bargains we could afford. I want a big box of socks. I would wear a different pair every day. Read More Dec I love holiday traditions. Each year my family dresses up and goes out together to a special Christmas concert in the days leading up to December 25th. And every year I hope and pray for one really good family picture of us together, with the boys wearing argyle sweater vests, and their hair combed back. Not a dozen pictures, mind you, just one special keepsake of a treasure where we all look happy. Happy is the goal.

I struggle with happy sometimes—especially around the holidays. We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him. Get yourself a good study Bible like the MacArthur Study Bible and just read a chapter a day and all the notes. Or get a devotional that takes you through a book I think its best to avoid topic devotionals because they too often take verses out of context and prevent you from seeing the overall flow of the Bible.

If it helps you to develop a consistent habit of daily Bible reading then I say go for it. There is only one reason I get up every weekday at am and go to the gym. His name is Peter. So, I go. In the same way, having someone or someones to keep you accountable for daily Bible reading can be a huge assist! My wife has a group of women from work who meet together once a week on their lunch break to discuss the Bible study they are going through. They work through a reading plan and study guide throughout the week, then come together to talk about it. Knowing that you will be meeting with someone who is reading the same stuff as you will help you to stay consistent.

The Word of God was given to the church, so studying it together is most fitting. Plus it keeps you honest about developing your habit of daily Bible reading. Another benefit of meeting with believers to discuss your daily Bible reading is that it gives you a chance to share what the Lord is teaching you from the Scriptures.

Sharing what you are learning in your daily habit of Bible reading not only blesses those with whom you share, it all encourages you to stick to the habit. The purpose of daily Bible reading is not just that you will know more. When we see our daily habit of Bible reading actually changing our lives, our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions, it motivates us to keep on reading.

To apply what we are reading requires effort, however. We must actively be thinking about the meaning of a passage, and prayerfully seeking how it might apply to us. We need to take the time and sweat to meditate on how we can apply this particular passage to our lives. If you are applying the Word to your life, you will soon find that daily Bible reading has ceased being a chore and has subtly transformed itself into a joy. You will find your heart filled with more peace, more joy, and more solemn love for your Lord.

Your friends will be blessed because you made daily Bible reading a habit. I also blog for The Master's Seminary. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Leave this field empty. The thing that has come to be a concern to me is that we are using books authored by others to study the Bible. I know what you mean, BlackWolf. Ultimately, we trust that the Spirit will guide us into all truth John , even though we will always be partially reliant on human teachers to help explain the meaning to us.

I think you will find it to be a helpful resource! Way 3 and 5? Thanks for pointing that out! The headings for points 3 and 5 were both missing. Thanks for your work. Great post! What a wonderful list you compiled here! I would LOVE to try all of these! I must share this post with my friends! Alex, Thank you very much for compiling this. Our church has used different year through the bible reading plans over the past two years.

I was looking for something different that we could use this year. This is a wonderful resource and is an answer to my prayers. God Bless you! Hey there, Alex. Thanks for compiling this list. Thanks for compiling these and giving an overview of each. I know you invested a bit of time for all of us. It is not unnoted or unappreciated.

Thank you for serving the Body of Christ and those who are seeking Him. Looking for a daily bible reading plan for my junior high student age Our youth pastor sent him home with a Read the Bible in one year plan, that has chapters to read daily, but it is hard to keep up with all his schoolwork! Any chance you have made one for younger readers…. We would rather see him keep up with it, than throw up his hands in despair because he gets so behind,. BTW rubbing out pencil on cambridge bible paper stretches it, especially laterally. Vertically not so bad, but it looks like water got on the paper.

Hey Alex. Do you have a plan to go thru the Bible in one year, but once a week have a study for a group to review the past weeks reading. Maybe with a video to view before disscussions. I would like a 1 year chronological of old and of new at same time, red letter of new. Am I over looking it in what you have to offer? There is at least one. Thanks Alex for SOO many different reading options all compiled together — blessings to you! Hi Alex, thank you for all that you have gathered here.

I was curious to see how others read the Bible…so many plans sound like a race or a challenge…. I start with the 1st chapter from Genisis, a psalm, the 1st chapter of Isaiah, the first chapter of Matthew and the first chapter of Romans and I read as much as I want to each time and then stop and mark my place. When I finish the psalms, I start over again.

When I finish the gospels, I start over again. I was debating adding a proverb a day…. As I finish the other sections, I start again. God always manages to use those readings to touch me that day with whatever I may be going through and often He links the readings together. Best of all, I never finish, and I keep finding motivation to keep reading. God bless you, Bethani Ann. What a great idea. Thank you Any excuse for multiple ribbons in my bible! Awesome job with these reading plans! Is that a typo, or does it mean to read the whole book of Hebrews? Hi, Thank you Alex, great work.

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Do you have reading plan that you read different book everyday but same story? Thank you. Hi Alex, You have done a great work, God bless you. I appreciate that very much. Thank you so much Alex. Tran; thank you for such good resources. I have wondered many times ways to suggest studying the Bible to new believers or even non-believers who seem interested.

This is a very nice resource. This is a super resource. Thank you for putting it all in one place and including a short review. Great work.