the gift that keeps giving

Are you thinking about Christmas shopping these days?  I am!  Are you clueless and asking God for direction?  Me too!  I realize that since my love language is words of affirmation, I am weak in the area of gifts!  Give me words; I’ll give you words… we’re all happy, right?  I wish it was so!  Somebody pray for me that I will love well those around me according to their love language needs!

I have a suggestion for gift-giving to ourselves!  You know how it works:  I’ll buy one for her and one for me….  But this gift to ourselves may not cost us a dime!  Let’s read all the way through God’s Word in the year 2012!  And why is that a gift to ourselves, you ask?  It is the one that keeps giving!

“You have made known to me the path of life; You fill me with joy in Your Presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11).

“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart” (Psalm 19:8).

“If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love.  I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:10-11).

Joy is a result of our following the truths presented in Scripture!  I feel certain that there are many just waiting to unwrap some joy this year!  Not happiness, J-O-Y, joy!  Happiness comes and goes according to life’s circumstances, but joy remains a constant.

2012 is a year of celebratory joy as we unwrap the goodness of God’s ways found hidden in His eternal Word.  His truth is a light for our paths, and we will avoid many pitfalls if we will simply read, believe and obey.

Starting in the new year, I will post a weekly reading plan that I have enjoyed following in the past.  But in the meantime, let’s get our minds convinced that we can and will do this.  We have 6 weeks to mentally prepare.  Are you ready for His joy?

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