Is it really 2018? Have I really been blogging for five years? It doesn’t seem so long ago that God laid on my heart the idea of publishing my Bible-reading journals. But here I am beginning year 6.
I want to thank those of you who have joined my journey. Thank you for your comments, likes, follows, and shares. I don’t know if reading my ramblings has sweetened your walk with the Lord, or convicted you, or caused you to think. But I’ll continue to share what God lays on my heart as I continue to read and study His precious Word. I’ll let him take care of the rest.
For those of you just joining me, 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.
In 2016 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 last year, I decided to slow down.
I decided to begin in Genesis and read one chapter, one verse at a time. I took time to 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. Today, after a year of reading and studying, I’m only in the book of Job to begin this new year. Quite a departure from reading through the Bible in a year. But I’ve learned so much, and enjoyed digging deeper into these precious verses this year. Maybe I’ll finish Revelation at the end of 2018, and maybe not.
If you are just finding alighttomyway, hello and welcome. If you’d like, you can read what God put on my heart the last five 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 2018. I am praying for you.