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?