Well, it’s a new year and a new decade. While most of our troubles, responsibilities, and cares did not fade away at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, a new year nevertheless can be an opportunity to start afresh. Many have begun a new Bible reading plan or Bible study. Some have resolved to improve their spiritual walk through more diligent study, prayer, and practice of other disciplines. January brings with it a sense of optimism.
What I would like to focus on in this new year, though, is not the new, but rather the already. I’d like to be more cognizant of and thankful for the small daily blessings God gives faithfully, and more keenly aware of His daily mercies (Lamentations 3:22-23).
How about you? How has the coming of the new year shifted your focus? Hopefully you still are planning to prioritize these weekly roundups! And with that, let’s embark on 2020’s first week in review (kind of):
- This looks like a good Bible reading plan if you’re looking to read it through in a year.
- I’ve mentioned more than once that I’m not very good at journaling, but I still found this article helpful.
- Here’s an approach for your devotional reading.
- This year, why not learn to study the Bible as a teacher of the Word?
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- This was an interesting article about prioritizing reading, and how reading several books at once may actually help you read more.
- I miss Jordy. Still, Go Pack Go! (My apologies to those of you who are indifferent to football. My team is in the playoffs, so you have to endure it a bit longer this season.)
- This video wins the internet for 2019.
- Has Nehemiah’s wall been discovered?
- Jesus wept. Why?
To believe that He will preserve us is, indeed, a means of preservation. God will certainly preserve us, and make a way of escape for us out of the temptation, should we fall. We are to pray for what God has already promised. Our requests are to be regulated by His promises and commands. Faith embraces the promises and so finds relief.John Owen