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New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014! 
As I was finishing out 2013, I spent some time looking back – way back, to my later teen years – to when I first really encountered both Psalms and Proverbs.  I remember that David challenged me, in Psalm 1, who I shouldn’t be listening to in my life, and what I should be focusing my attention on – we’re talking serious meditation here – if I want a prosperous life.  Then Solomon challenged me to pay attention to him, and what he has to say, in his rather intensive and extensive tome of wisdom, if I desire a prosperous and wise life.  He details both whom I should stay away from and whom I should pay close attention to . . . and some rather explicit notes on where I’ll end up if I don’t pay close attention to him.
What I did, those long years ago, was make the decision that I wanted to be like the tree that’s planted by streams of water, (Psalm 1) yielding good fruit in proper season, and whose leaf doesn’t wither, and whatever I do prospers!  I even crossed out “my son” – in the first three chapters of Proverbs – in my old devotional Bible, and wrote “Dale” in the text, because I’ve taken it personally and to heart!  I went on to focus my meditation and reading time on these two books, in a methodical pattern.  And I have no idea how many times I’ve read these books through, on the schedule I’m putting out this month, but I’m still at it.  If I’m gonna read anything for devotional reading, it’s gonna be these readings.  And, each time I read these first two chapters, on the first day of the month, I’m reminded again of the commitments I made before God all those years ago.  I’m still on the journey, and I’m offering it to us as we start the New Year . . . let’s start it out right!

Devotional thoughts

It’s December!  It’s Christmas time, and Christmas is all about Jesus!  So I’ve chosen to lay out the December devotional reading calendar around the life of Jesus, but in a different manner.  We’ll start the month by picking up and following the ministry of Jesus from His temptation time – this chapter immediately follows Luke’s rendition of the genealogy of Christ – and we’ll follow His ministry until a few days before Christmas, at which point we’ll switch our reading back to the nativity stories from Matthew and Luke.  Then, after Christmas week, we’ll finish the book of Luke, and look at John 1 as our last reading of the old year, to focus on who our Source is for the coming year. 

So there you have it.  And, if you’re anything like me . . . seems like we’re all in this thing called ‘life’ together . . . we need constant reminders of who Jesus is to stay focused on His primacy in our little worlds.  His birthday reminds me of that.  And reading about His life, again, reminds me of how important He is to me.  I never get tired of wandering along through the life of Jesus through the eyes and reports of the Gospel writers, and I always learn something new and see something I hadn’t noticed before.  So come along with me, one more time, as we see and hear the life story of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and soon-coming King. 

Merry Christmas!

Shalom . . .

December Devotional Thougts

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