Before we jump into the reading and devotional today I want to make sure you’re aware of some resources that we have for you to aid in your journey through the Bible in a year.
I highly recommend praying the Morning Prayer before reading the Word of the Day. It is an amazing prayer the Holy Spirit taught me that I think you would really like and benefit from as well. J If you want to read more about the story behind this prayer click here.
Also, to get the very most from these devotionals I encourage you to read the Word of the Day. It generally takes less than thirty minutes to read the entire thing. (You can click here to get a printable of the entire year’s plan, or here to find the Google calendar version, so you don’t have to wait for your email from me to get there in the morning before starting.) God has hidden gems, big and small, in His word for YOU in each and every reading. Sometimes they’re right out there on the surface and sometimes you have to dig a little deeper, but the Holy Spirit is faithful and will guide you to them if you open yourself up to receive a personal word from the LORD through His Word of the Day to you.
“For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the LORD from all your sins.” Leviticus 16:30
If God puts so much thought and care and detail into something that melts the moment it encounters the smallest amount of heat, how much more thought, care and detail do you think He puts into you and your life? You, the woman, who holds her family together, you keep everything running so smoothly that they hardly ever notice you’re there until you’re not.
And He appreciates it all.
Everything you do is under His watchful eye.
Fear not little snowflake: you are an individual, unique and beautiful.
HE protects you from the heat and keeps you from melting. He is the one who walks through the furnace with you and brings you out smelling like the rose you landed on. (Daniel 3)
Psalm 56:4 (HCSB) “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Psalm 91:5 (HCSB) “You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day.”
Luke 12:4 (HCSB) “And I say to you, My friends, don’t fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more.”
Proverbs 3:25 (HCSB) “Don’t fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes.”
Proverbs 29:25 (HCSB) “The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected.”
2 Chronicles 20:3 (HCSB) “Jehoshaphat was afraid, and he resolved to seek the LORD.”
Deuteronomy 1:21 (HCSB) “See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up and take possession of it as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 1:29 (HCSB) “So I said to you; Don’t be terrified or afraid of them!”
Isaiah 35:4 (HCSB) “Say to the cowardly: ‘Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God; vengeance is coming. God’s retribution is coming; He will save you.'”
Psalm 25:20-21 (HCSB) “guard me and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in You. May integrity and what is right watch over me, for I wait for you.”
Mark 5:36 (HCSB) “So don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows.”