A New Year ~ I've given it some serious thought, and have decided on some things I want to focus on. In 2011 and 2012 I read through the Bible with the "One Year Bible".
Last year I chose a different method of reading the Bible which didn't include reading it through, but taking books in the Bible and using John Mac Arthur's Study Bible, reading the scriptures and all his study notes (which are a LOT) and taking my own notes and observations. It was a very good study.
This year our Church is encouraging everyone to use the One Year Bible and read through it as a congregation. It's a wonderful way to read the Bible as each day (about 15-20 minutes) you read from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs so I will be using the One Year Bible again this year.
Last year I also competed by 1000 gift journal and that was such a daily blessing and made me intentionally grateful by listing my blessings. This year I will begin a new prayer journal for 2014.
My motto for 2013 was "I choose Joy" and I have to say, there were times it was difficult, but I tried to always choose Joy.
This year my motto will be "I choose to give" and I'm going to look for ways that I can give. Perhaps not so much money, but a smile, my time, more cookies, more visiting, sending more cards, more phone calls to my kids, more texting to my grandkids. I want 2014 to be my year of "giving from my heart".
PS ~ Today I found a Mother Goose book at the thrift store that has a poem or story for every day of the year. Some are short and make me smile so I'm adding a smile a day from Mother Goose to the top of my sidebar. Be sure and check it out.
What are some of your goals and plays for 2014?