“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭150:1-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


I closed another annual reading of the bible this morning. I would have to say that this year has been most meaningful, as the Lord has illuminated so many things in the text that I had never seen before. Through those illuminations, I have seen, more closely, the true heart of the Father and His love for us.

The year has been full of x-ray moments, when the Holy Spirit used the word to examine me, showing me things that I had so often sought to hide from myself. I mourned anew over the sins that I had allowed to continue, like festering wounds, frequently picked at and not fully healed.

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV

I can say, that the Lord has used His word to bring healing and maturity to me, preparing me for whatever He has for me in the coming year. It was fitting that Psalm 150 was amongst my readings at the end, for I cannot help but praise the Lord.

All of my studies and reading this year has lead me to this inescapable conclusion: GOD IS GOOD!

Like 2020, this year has had many challenges. And like the previous year, I marveled at the Lord’s uncanny timing, as each day had Scriptures relevant to what ever was on my mind and in my heart on a given day. It was like He was reminding me that I was not alone, that He was ware of my needs and concerns.

I am excited for tomorrow, for the cracking open of a new reading plan, and the anticipation of what the Lord will show me into 2022. As always, I hope to share my reflections with you, my gentle readers, as we walk the walk of faith together into the new year. I am considering, strongly, adding an evening devotion, kind of a daily reflection on the days events and how they can be faced through faith.

Brothers and sisters, consider reading through the bible this coming year. You will be amazed how the word will come alive, and the Lord begins to reveal to you His heart, and how He may transform yours in the process.

I am amazed each year, how the Word of God holds together, and how relevant it is, especially in these perilous days. I have a feeling we are going to see and experience things in the next couple of years that will be unsettling, but exciting as we see the unfolding plan of God.

I have been greatly motivated through my reading and study to be more bold in reaching people with the Gospel, telling them about Jesus and His finished work on the cross. The word has emboldened me, and given greater confidence.

We have a story to tell of God, the Creator King.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”
Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
John 1:1-4 NKJV

Let us go into all the world prepared to tell of the greatest story ever told.

I pray that you enjoy this Lord’s day, that the He blesses you beyond measure.

““The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’”
Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

Happy Sunday!

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