Happy New Year! Are you excited about 2013? I needed and found something to get really excited about, and it’s linked to my First Love. On the way to my mailbox is a new Life Application Bible. I’ve had one before, but I think I gave it away. This is a wonderful study Bible — some say it’s the best. I’ll be reading all the way through the new Bible, though it will no doubt take me more than a year. I want to do more than read. I want to study and meditate and write about God’s Word.
I’ve just finished reading the New Testament through in 2012. It was great! I read it on my phone every morning before I do any solitary other thing and will continue to do that. BibleGateway.com has handy reading plans, and there are several you can choose from, not to mention that you can read it in your favorite Bible translation.
The Word of God reminds me that the Almighty is so powerful. I know that God gives me the grace to accomplish balance in my life, and that’s my resolution for 2013. I want it to become a way of life. Common sense dictates that I should have already achieved balance a long time ago, and it should already be a habit.
But I’m talking about a balance with everything. Food, activities, what I do with my time, etc.
It’s important to me to spend a lot of time in the Word of God because I daily watch the news and other shows, almost none of which feed my spirit. The most important part of balance is to allow God’s Truth to have an input in my life that’s more compelling than the input the world has on my mind and heart each day.
I also need to establish daily ways to get more exercise, since I work in my den. I’m gonna feel so much better as I do a better job of achieving balance. And I’ll leave a few notes on Daily Pep Talk every day about something from my Bible reading.
I’m going to wait and delve into the Old Testament when the new black Bible with ivory flowers and my name imprinted arrives. Til then, I’m reading the New Testament.
What impressed me today from Matthew 1 was that there were 14 generations dividing the major moments in the history of God’s chosen people. God is very orderly (as well as Creative), and He has chosen a time when life as we know it will forever end on this earth. Every day of our lives impacts eternity in a positive or negative way, and eternity isn’t all that far from any of us.
All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.
New Living Translation (NLT)