One of the best decisions I made in 2017 was to devote daily time reading and studying the Bible. My son Grant sent me a One Year Bible, which makes it simpler to read the entire Bible in one year. Spending this year reading the Bible daily has opened my heart to God’s pure love, which is available equally for all of us. It is his living Word, and he speaks to our heart through the verses.
So, beginning on December 30, I will be on Instagram live video, to facilitate us all reading the One Year Bible together. We will begin reading the January 1 pages, and keep going throughout 2018. The December 30 live video will be a Hello and orientation meeting, and then we will dive in beginning January 1 for all time zones.
Diving into the Bible immerses you in ancient history and humanity’s earliest awareness of our Creator. Our daily Instagram video will lend support when we’re reading about ancient customs that are considered harsh and patriarchal today. We’ll dive into the deeper messages beneath this historical backdrop, because reading the Bible daily is a transformative and healing experiences.
Spending 2017 reading the Bible daily has awakened me to know who God is. Before reading the Bible, I thought of God as a loving wise energy. So while I respected him and prayed daily, I didn’t feel close to him. How can you feel close to an energy? Reading the Bible has given me a personal relationship with God. Now I understand why Jesus called God “Abba,” which is an Aramaic affectionate term for Father, similar to “Daddy.” I can now fully feel God’s presence and love! I also have a deeper appreciation for God’s holy angels, after immersing myself in the amazing biblical angel stories.
Talk about heart-opening! When you can really know that God is with you, for you, and loves you, your fears and insecurities are reduced or eliminated.
If you’d like to join us on this journey, here’s how to prepare:
Please purchase a set of “Bible highlighter pens,” available at amazon, which are ways to highlight verses, without the color bleeding through much to the other pages. Or you can use colored pens.
Get or make a bookmark. It could be an actual bookmark, a sticky note, or anything that will help you to find your place for the next day’s reading.
Please set your daily schedule for reading that day’s pages from The One Year Bible. The daily readings will take about 10 to 15 minutes.I read first-thing before opening emails, texts, or engaging in anything else. If your schedule is better suited to read before bedtime, after work, when the kids are napping, that’s fine too. Commit to a regular time daily, and write it in your online or printed calendar. Make it a non-optional activity. Just like you always brush your teeth and hair, reading the Bible daily becomes part of your daily schedule.
Please choose a room where you will read, uninterrupted. You could read in bed, in your car, in the bathroom, or in the park. If you’ve seen the highly-recommended inspirational movie about the power of prayer called War Room, then you saw how to turn your closet into your prayer room.
There are no costs to join in the daily Instagram videos, and you don’t have to watch them daily. Instagram live videos stay up for 24 hours, so you can watch them any time during the day. You’ll find them at the top of the Instagram page, in the circle with my photo.
We will also continue to meet on my daily Facebook live videos from “Mornings With the Lord” at 6 pm Pacific, 9 pm Eastern (with a few exceptions when my schedule will occasionally necessitate me filming at earlier times).
May we all grow closer to God, and understand his will and plan for us. He made you for a purpose, and we are all here to support and pray for you during our daily video sessions.