I am a retired public school teacher. I had the privilege of teaching children for 37 years and I pray I touched their lives a fraction of how they touched mine and continue to touch mine today.
For the past couple of decades I have been journaling my devotional time by writing down what God reveals to me as I read His word. I literally have volumes of these journals on my bookshelf in my home. In December of 2012, as I finished the book of Revelation I kept thinking about putting my daily thoughts in a blog. After several weeks of entertaining the idea I finally prayed, Lord if this is from you then I’ll go for it. Do with it as you will. And if it’s not from you, let it die a natural death.
So for a year, I posted my daily journal as I read through the Chronological New International Version of the Bible. Every day I prayed that God would use the thoughts he prompted me to write to bring someone closer to him. It gained about 100 followers, and if you are one of them, thank you. I continue to pray for you.
In 2014 I continued to read God’s Word and journal my thoughts. But I didn’t blog every day. My statistics tell me I posted 100 times that year. I let God nudge me to post those times instead of automatically posting daily. I read the Bible chronologically again, this time in the New Living Testament.
In 2015 I used a more traditional reading plan. Each day there was assigned an Old Testament passage, plus some psalms and proverbs, and some verses in the New Testament. I was blessed as God revealed a bit more of Himself as I read the New King James Version of His Word.
Last year I used the New American Standard version of God’s Word and shared my thoughts every day. Once again, I successfully read the entire Bible in a year.
But I found myself a bit frustrated at times when, in order to reach my goal, I felt I had to skip over some things God was speaking to me about so that I could finish Revelation by December 31. So this year, I’m slowing down.
I’ve decided to begin in Genesis and read one chapter, one verse at a time. I’ll think on Scripture a bit longer, meditate a bit more, and even break out some commentaries to see what others have to say about some of the passages. I won’t read the end of Revelation on December 31, I’m sure. But I’m excited about what God has in store as I allow Him to slow me down.
If you are just finding alighttomyway, hello and welcome. If you’d like, you can read what God put on my heart the last four years in the archives of this blog. I pray God will bless you as you open your heart to hearing from him through his Word.
Whether or not you make alighttomyway a part of your walk with the Lord, I pray that you will always… ALWAYS… make reading God’s Word a priority every day. Dear one, let’s determine to not only read it, but memorize it, meditate on it, pray over it. Let’s ask God to reveal himself to us in the intimate way he can and to prompt us to get out there and lead others to his saving grace. That’s what we were put here on this earth to do in the first place.
God bless you in 2017. I am praying for you.