My Tools for 2016

2016 is off and running and it seems I am already hanging onto the coat tails. For the past I don’t know how many years, I have read the Bible through in a year.  I start each January 1 and read it through.  It’s hard some days to carve out that few minutes to read scripture but I have disciplined myself to completing the task.  Oh I failed for many years before I conquered this goal.  Now I can’t imagine having a year where I am not reading through the 66 books.

My morning devotion weapons.
My morning devotion weapons.

 I use the One Year Bible NLT.  Each day is broken into a reading in the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.  It takes about 15 minutes.

 I then read a daily devotions from “Jesus Calling:  Finding Peace in His Comfort” by Sarah Young.  

I have it downloaded on my ereader. You wouldn't believe how many times I have had my devotion reading in a waiting room somewhere.
I have the book downloaded on my ereader. You wouldn’t believe how many times I have had my devotion reading in a waiting room somewhere.
This is a picture of the table of contents.
This is a picture of the table of contents.
A picture of the daily devotion. You can't imagine how many times I have opened this book in the morning and the devotion is spot on for I am going through at that particular time.
A picture of the daily devotion. So many mornings I have opened this book and the devotion is spot on for I am going through at that particular time.

Something new I have added to my daily devotion time is writing the scripture.  I came across the website www.swtblessings.com.  

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This takes me about 10-15 minutes to write each morning.  I can’t believe the difference it makes to actually spend a few moments writing the Word.  It causes me to actually ‘think’ about what I am reading and writing.  I also find that I am picking my notebook up several times throughout the day and re-reading the scripture that I wrote for that particular day . 

No fancy journal, just a spiral notebook and ink pen.
No fancy journal, just a spiral notebook and ink pen.

If you aren’t already having a quiet time, I encourage you to start with one.  Maybe just read Sarah Young’s devotional, or write scripture each morning.  In my life, I have to start with the daily reading of God’s word.  It sets me right.  It makes me keep my eyes on Him.  It helps lead me in a better prayer life.  It allows me to receive my direction from Him.  I grow personally closer to Him.  

Try setting a personal quiet time, even if it is no more than 10 minutes, as a 2016 goal!

Love ya,

Jody and Edna

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