Holding Onto the Glow

You’d think I’d be ready for Christmas to be over – to wipe out all signs of our season past as we forge ahead into 2016.

How I miss waking up each morning and flipping the switch that lights our Christmas tree!  I miss the extra glow the Christmas season brings to my life.  Do you feel that way, too?

But, we can  hold onto that glow in our hearts throughout the year, even without the tree lights.  It’s true.  Jesus is with us every day, not only at Christmas.  Let’s hold onto that as we begin 2016.

Do you follow a Bible reading plan each day?  The Jubilee Journey group I traveled with (spiritually) last year is moving forward into 2016 without me. This year, I’m scaling back on some commitments.

What was I thinking last year, adding more writing projects?

The plan of reading straight through the Bible throughout the year was amazing – so amazing that I wanted to follow the same plan this year.   The YouVersion app is called (of all things) Eat this Book: One Year Bible with Daily Psalm.  (I tell you that in case you’re interested in checking it out.)

But, God suddenly knocked me over the head (because I’m a little dense sometimes) with what He REALLY wants me to do, and that’s to follow the same reading plan that many of our church members follow.  Also a YouVersion app, the Life Journal Reading Plan  leads you through The Old Testament once and The New Testament twice in one year.

This verse kept coming to mind a lot last week (because when I’m so dense, God doesn’t give up on getting through!).

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You all have been patient with me this week as I published posts about setting priorities and planning for the new year.  I’ve mentioned that this hasn’t been my practice in the past because I always wanted to leave things up to God (regarding the verse above).

I was hesitant to set goals because I never wanted to jump ahead of God.  But this year, as I began praying about 2016 (all the way back in August), He was faithful to be completely clear (Hallelujah for that!) about His  plans.

The Lord just unfolded His plans in front of me.  So, my plans are now His  and are confidently written as goals and commitments for 2016.  How cool is that?  I’ve never felt so at peace with beginning a new year.

God knew I only wanted His purposes, and the fact that He answered so clearly and completely makes me want to cheer!  God doesn’t always answer prayer so clearly, but when He does that, it’s such a neat thing.

Has God ever clearly laid out His plans for you?  How did it make you feel?  A little humble?  Surprised?  Filled with praise?  What?

It’s a spectacular first Sunday of 2016.  Let’s rejoice!


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  1. Robin says

    I, too, follow a daily Bible reading plan…I have for years. My husband got a pamphlet back in college and had the SAME pamphlet when we met. LOL (He is a good saver.LOL) I photocopied it and we all have a copy with our Bible. There is one NT and one OT reading daily. I also add what my church does….Psalms in the morning, and Proverbs at night. And in a month I have read both books. So every month we read both books in full. I do read my Bible on my phone most mornings…using an app. It’s a shame none of THEIR “read the Bible in a year” plans are the same as mine. So I have to look up on the paper what to read and then go to the app. (Am I asking too much wanting it ALL on the app? LOL)

    I am going to have to miss church today….something that is VERY rare. The new dog threw up this morning. We took him to the vet yesterday with his running nose and sneezing and they said it was just a viral thing and he needed no meds. (We all had prayed for him to be ok…not knowing the others were doing the same. God answered our prayers!)

    We are still not sure he is totally housebroken since he was a stray. We don’t have a gate YET. It’s on its way through Walmart. Once we put it up he can stay in the kitchen/dining room area. So, right now, we have to keep him in a crate when we leave….and at night. 1st night was a cinch….he went right in. It’s in my daughter’s room at night. 2nd day we put him in for 1.5 hrs because we went to the store. Hubby was home…he said he cried and scratched a while but then was ok. So he took him out eventually and took him for a walk. That night he cried and scratched and SHE couldn’t get to sleep so he came in our room and slept on his bed (and the blanket, and partially in the closet..LOL) He has that gross drippy nose. Dogs leave more crusty mess than kids do. Just sayin. He was uncomfortable. I am a light sleeper…so mommy was exhausted after that night. Ugh. Yesterday I took a 2+ hour nap after choir practice. (She stayed home with the dog.)

    Last night…crate in her room again. He was not happy at 1st but survived. LOL

    Today was to be 3.5 hrs in the crate while we were at church. (Would normally be 4.5) but that is too long for now…since he is sick, so Cali and I were skipping Sunday School.

    Then he threw up. Just missed Cali and her new dress! Vet opens at 10, so now she and I are staying home. We don’t want to stress him out in the crate, being sick, and risking him throwing up in there. He’d be a nasty mess and we can’t wash him til Saturday since he was neutered. He already is smelly enough.LOL

    Needless to say this has been a RUFF weekend! (Love my pun?!LOL)

    I think more people need to start PLANNING….like you are doing. Myself included. We seem to be afraid to do it sometimes. Overwhelmed, maybe? I do plan in my head…but that doesn’t always work. We need to SEE it, I believe.

    You are a great teacher…thanks for that. I love organization, but am one that, when I can’t organize “it” to a tee, it all goes willy nilly til I can find the time to organize whatever “it” is, to my satisfaction.

    I do come back to that scripture verse QUITE often.

    And today’s plan was thrown WAAAAY off due to our poor lil Quincy being sick “as a dog” (I couldn’t resist another pun! LOL) We also have to learn to be more adaptable. I LOVE structure in my daily life. When (not so good) stuff happens SUDDENLY…and I have to adjust …I get a bit anxious. I’m giving that to God cuz I know it’s just the enemy messin with me.

    Have a blessed week!

    • says

      You do a lot of reading! I prefer reading my Bible, but it’s nice to have a phone app available for the daily books/chapters and for occasional reading while riding in the car. Our kids think nothing of pulling out a phone in the middle of church, but many “old-timers” think they’re texting in church.

      I’m sorry you’re dog is having issues! I hope he gets better soon – for his sake and for yours. You’ll get there. It’s hard now, but it’ll be worth it when he’s better and accustomed to all of you. 🙂

      • Robin says

        We have cell phone Sunday at our church where we are expected to text friends and post on social media where we are. And tell people they should come. Our pastor is 70, but very tech savvy, he used to train people on computers when he was working, so… LOL

        Our church is small, and the majority are over 60, but they all have cell phones or tablets! LOL

        Quincy is hanging in there. I made it to church and left Cali home with him. He is now on a bland diet for a few days. He may be sick, but he is happy here. 🙂

  2. Rhonda Allred says

    Good Monday morning and Happy New Year Kim!! Enjoyed all your recent posts on organization. Why is it that I want to clean out, re-organize and start fresh every January?? I’m not quite into setting out all my goals in such an in-depth fashion as you. Lol. Maybe because my work revolves around a calendar and commitments get put on it months in advance and I feel like I have to have a little freedom in my personal life.?? Ha!! Probably more like, it’s the tail wagging the dog or the dog wagging the tail!! Seriously, last year was so ????????? (losing my mother and all that that entails and there are still more firsts to get thru this year yet before I will feel like I have cleared the hurdles) and I’m not sure that I ever have such in-depth goals. Your beginning to pray about 2016 in August smacked me in the face. I didn’t think to start praying about it until Jan.1st!!!!

    Two years ago it dawned on me that I had never read the Bible completely thru (in a systematic fashion)just to know that I had read it thru so I started using a plan that was in my current Bible. I did really well until July then got behind. (It bothers me if I get behind and can’t check off the assignment for that day.) So I read off and on through out the rest of the year. Had good intentions to resume and finish last year but ….. it was a rough year, and doing it in order, I had come to a book that I didn’t particularly like and the perfectionism in me wouldn’t let me skip it so I stopped. LOL. I did finally set me mind to it and got thru that book and then promptly stopped again. Sooooo, I picked it back up on Jan. 1 and determined to finish it this year.

    I do have my quiet time (most mornings) and read out of several devotional books, all of which have scriptural references. One of my favorites is, “God Calling”. It was written in the early 1900s and is still on point (at least to me). My copy has a place for journal entries beside it and I like reading what my prayers were / what I felt God was saying to me in years past. Although this year, I realized that I have had the same desires / same struggles for years and never seem to achieve them / or get past them. I feel like I am just treading water yet the water continues to swish past me forever to be gone and I have nothing to show for having been thru it. (Don’t misunderstand me, I do see many answered prayers and know that God has carried me thru my trials.) I guess I am saying, shouldn’t I have more to show for my spiritual journey at this point?? Shouldn’t I have a deeper and clearer understanding at my age?

    Do you also feel like that sometimes? Have the same struggles?

    I still work outside the home on an at least 40+ hour a week job that requires a lot of mental and sometimes emotional commitment. Sometimes all I can do when I get home is just get us fed and keep the laundry somewhat caught up. I feel I have really become slothful in my homemaking chores (of which I used to really and still do enjoy) and basically just tread water in my spiritual journey. Can anybody relate to that??

    The Jubilee Journey sounded great last year but I knew I wouldn’t have the time. So do many of the other Bible reading plans you mentioned and mentioned in the comments but I guess I’m saying, there are many, some, at least one of us, that has trouble meeting such time commitments. What are we (me) to do? Is it just an organizational issue? Or a commitment/dedication/surrender issue?

    Thank you for providing the forum allowing me to get that off my chest. I look forward to your reply.

    • says

      I always get the itch to reorganize after putting away Christmas decorations, too. It’s a good time to do it, though. It’s been over twenty years since I worked an 8-5 job, and I always wonder how women who do are able to keep up. I am truly blessed to have flexibility with my time. I understand the difficulty in keeping up with reading all year. Last year, I dreaded getting into Leviticus, but it turned out to be one of my favorites. Sometimes we have to push through, I guess. There’s nothing magical about reading the whole thing in a year. Why not stretch it out and allow more time to cover it? I’m sorry you still have more firsts without your mom. I can’t imagine, since I’ve never been through it. But, I do know God is with you through it…and through your spiritual journey, as well. We all need to vent now and then. I’m glad you felt comfortable venting with me. I’m honored.

  3. Bev says

    Looks like a great plan for the year and I know you will be successful! I loved this very thought-provoking post.

    • says

      Thank you. As I read your post this morning, I was thinking of all three posts I wrote last week about planning for 2016. It’s really been a different process for me this year.

  4. says

    I love how you started seeking God in August and he gave you his perfect plan. I have no doubt that you’re new year will be an amazing one, Kim and I’m so excited for you and what’s in store. Unfortunately I’ve given in to living in limbo, the weariness of trying to make something from nothing, and an unexpected and unhappy announcement. And I have no plan… hopefully I’ll feel better in a few days and will be able to concentrate and move forward in that regards. Be blessed my friend! God is at work in your life!! [hugs]
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    • says

      Thank you, Diane. I’m sorry you’ve had disappointing news. Your road has been long – too long. I still pray for you every time I think of you, which is often. You have done amazing things on your blog! I’m sorry I don’t get by to see you more often. God is at work in your life, too. Don’t doubt that!