A new start

Spring is all about the new start.

This morning I restarted my Bible reading plan.

It begins with four new starts. Genesis – THE beginning, Matthew – the coming of Jesus, Ezra – the new start of the people of Israel after captivity, and Acts – the beginning of the church.

I’ve always been encouraged by the central thought of being a follower of Jesus. I am forgiven. As such, the new starts are almost without number.

Because of the work of Jesus on the cross, I am forgiven. When I screw up, I am forgiven. (This is why Psalm 51 is so familiar to me.)

Restarting this plan is a new start, buts it’s familiar ground. Going through God’s story of grace each day is both familiar and encouraging. It reminds me that because of the mercy and grace of God, and (I should add) only because of Him:

I am not alone;

I am forgiven;

I am not forsaken.

Because of these facts, I can, thanks to the Spirit of God in me, give him glory and serve him.

Marinating our heart and mind in the Scripture each morning is a way to receive fresh grace from God for the day.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm‬ ‭19:7-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Though I read an actual paper Bible (old school), I use the YouVersion Bible app to keep track, here’s the plan…

You can find a pdf list to print by searching online.

BUT if you’re without yet the daily habit, that plan might be a stretch. This one chapter at a time plan might be a better place to begin…

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/56-the-essential-jesus

Long plan or short, plans can help us stay on track. Is it time to give it a try?

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