The position of our hearts matter!

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God does not see as man sees, since man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.””
‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7 NASB

Stand Firm in the Gospel

“Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner [that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I do come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit [and one purpose], with one mind striving side by side [as if in combat] for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Boast in the Lord.

Boast in the Lord!

“Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.””
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:5‬ ‭NIV

The Bible Reading Journal Series was established on January 19, 2019

Yes! The Bible Reading Journal Series turns 2 today and it has published seventeen different journals as of today… and counting.

The upcoming journal will be on self-care… stay tuned!

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Lord, Lead me in the Everlasting Way

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Wait Expectantly

“Therefore the LORD waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them].”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Our Steps are established by the Lord

“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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No Fear

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NIV

Jesus is our everything!

Lord…

Help us love on others as long as life lasts,
Help us not become spiritually dull,
Help us be strong in our faith,
Help us endure hardships.
Help us stay on the narrow road.
Help us make wise decisions.
Help us be humble and merciful.

We will keep on doing what is good and never give up.

We will honor the harvest of Your blessings, Lord.

We humbly come to you and ask for guidance, wisdom and discernment as we proceed with our daily journey.

Jesus is our everything!

Thank You for preparing us to be better equipped. We want to be faithful servants in Your Kingdom, Jesus, one day at a time!

Your Spirit gives us LIFE and joy.

In Jesus’ name we courageously pray and boldly praise, Amen

The Bible Reading Journal Series: Color Coding System

Every time I read my Bible, I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me thru the journaling experience including highlighting, meditating and journaling the selected Scriptures.

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.” Psalm 119:18 NASB

I pray over the following Scriptures when journaling and highlighting:

But He said, ‘On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it.” Luke 11:28 NASB

“Lord, what are the practical ways I can step out in obedience?”

As I read His Word, I truly delight on all of His precepts and promises. When His Holy Spirit convicts me of His commands, then I highlight the verses in BLUE.

But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28 NASB

“Lord, show me any unconfessed sin(s) in my life.”

When the Holy Spirit convicts me of any sin(s), then I highlight the verse in BROWN.

I also acknowledge sinful nature in the Bible.

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14 NASB

“Lord, help me forgive myself and/or others today.”

When the Holy Spirit convicts me, then I highlight the verse in PURPLE.

“O Taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8 NASB.

“Lord, show me your everyday miracles. Open my eyes, heart and help me count my blessings. I want to maintain a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.”

When the Holy Spirit convicts me of His character, then I highlight the verse in RED for His never-ending compassion, unfailing love, and morning mercies.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 NASB.

“Lord, I am surrendering my life to You, and praying over selected Scriptures.”

When the Holy Spirit convicts me, I highlight the verse in GREEN.

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Intimacy with the Lord

Closeness with our Lord = Quiet Time + His Word + Self-Examination + fervent Prayer.

Let us explore the daily process for the Bible Reading Journal today.
It typically takes me approximately 30 minutes to read a chapter a day and journal. It may seem a long time but our time with the Lord is priceless and memorable!

Once we read the chapter, we highlight and inscribe a selected verse or two in different translations. When I inscribe His Word, I am able to memorize it a lot easier. I then journal ‘how’ I am going to step out in obedience in practical ways.

Later I examine my heart daily so I may repent and forgive, count my blessings and maintain a prayerful lifestyle.

Cross-References allow me to dig deeper into God’s Word and Commentaries enrich my “journaling” experience.

“…but God was working in every detail. He was providing, humbling, sanctifying, forgiving, and drawing their hearts to His in the most necessary and beautiful ways.“ 
Whitney from Love God Greatly Ministries.

“When I read my journals, I see God’s fingerprints all over. Journals are my stones of remembrance (Joshua 4:23-24)“  Adriana Morales-Spokane.

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