Do you know how some reality captures your heart? This Christmas my heart has been treasuring the wonder that Jesus came so that we could know Him. What an inexpressible gift. We were lost in our sin, separated from God, and headed for eternity apart from Him. The God of the universe sent His Son to this earth to pay the penalty for our sins on the cross so we could know Him - and our lives could overflow with satisfaction in Him and glory to Him. Isn't this amazing beyond words? A verse that has been on my mind this season is, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29 This Lamb - Jesus - the perfect Son of God - coming to take away our sins. This is what our Jesus came to do. In trusting in and yielding to Him, our sins are washed away, we are given relationship with Him, and will live with Him forever. From this point, we can go deeper to know Him as the One who "...satisfies the longing soul." Psalm 107:9 This, my friend, is a reason to rejoice!
This is what we were created for. This is our soul's deepest need. This is where our hope lies. This is where our joy is found. Jesus. This Christmas may your heart overflow with joy and worship as you behold the Lamb of God who came so that you could know Him - and find all that you ever need!
Where is your mind riveted, heart set, and mind directed?
You see where our focus lies is very
Focus = "a center of activity,
attraction, or attention, a point of concentration, directed attention."
You were created to have Jesus as your focus.
When we lift the eyes of our heart to Jesus, our perspective changes - because Jesus
Putting our focus on Jesus shows that we know that:
~ He is our only hope.
~ He alone can satisfy.
~ He is worthy of our trust and all that we are.
Listen to this amazing promise:
"Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed." Psalm 34:5
Oh, friend, can you relate with me?
When I lift the eyes of my heart to Jesus - peace washes my soul, fulfillment
floods my heart, and security fortifies my spirit.
This is the beautiful thing:
When our eyes are on Jesus, the rest of our life is colored by the reality of
all that He is.
As I walk through my day focused on Jesus and I face an overwhelming situation,
I know that He is my help. If I face
weakness, He is my strength. If I face
pain, He is my comfort. If I experience
joy, He is my song.
I want to live a life that is riveted on Jesus, don't you?
I long for our life's cry to be "...our eyes are on You."2 Chronicles 20:11
If you are like me, you can get distracted.
It is so easy to get our eyes on ourselves, circumstances, people,
things... But these things are fleeting, empty, and can never deliver the
satisfaction that only Jesus can bring.
I love how Jesus in His love will not allow our focus to drift for long. He kindly brings reminders - whether in the
form of joys or trials - that lift our eyes to Him. As we regain our focus, His peace washes us
We need to have our eyes fixed on Jesus in all of the seasons of life - because
we need Him all of our life.
What are some ways we can fix our eyes on Jesus?
~ Choosing in our heart to direct our mind to Him.
~ Praying and asking for His help.
~ Being in the Word.
~ Memorizing and meditating on Scripture.
~ Journaling about His faithfulness.
~ Gathering with friends who love Him.
~ Having reminders of His love.
~ and so many more!
The beauty of having our focus on Jesus has been powerfully real for me the
past couple of weeks in different areas.
When my focus has been on other things, I found lack of peace. But, when my eyes have been on Jesus, and
considering those things with Him and in light of Him, there is inexpressible
Jesus invites, calls, and equips us to live with Him as our focus, friend.
As He is our focus, our hope is never disappointed, our heart is fulfilled, our
perspective is transformed, and our lives are lived differently in light of all
that He is.
There is no time like this very second to lift our eyes to Jesus and find the
transforming fulfillment of having Him as our focus!
Where is your focus today, friend?
May it be Jesus.
"...let us run with endurance the
race before us, looking to Jesus..."
Look to Jesus, friend. You will find
that He is all that you need. I am
looking with you.
We have had such amazing times looking to Jesus together at the Beautiful to God Class the past 3 sessions!
Together we have looked at:
Session 5 - The Power of a Pure Heart: We looked at the motivation for
purity being Matthew 5:8, the joy of Jesus purifying us, living from
that purity in every area of life, and seeking to honor Him in our
relationships with guys.
Session 6 - The Influence of Your Thoughts and Emotions: We looked at
God's Word being our Truth that we base our life upon, how we can get in
the Truth and have it in us, and how to fight lies with Truth.
Session 7 - You are Perfectly Made by God: We explored the beauty that all God does is an outflow of His character, the perfection of His plan, and the excitement of His individual plan for each of our lives as a part of the story for His glory!
Jesus is meeting us, working in our hearts, and deepening our vision to live the life He created us for in Him!
We are seeing more and more that Jesus is amazing and worthy of seeking with all that we are!
Journaling can be a powerful tool as we
embrace the journey of joy with Jesus!
There are many forms of journaling - life, prayer, etc. and each of them can have
so much value. Today are going to
focus on journaling our spiritual growth journey with Jesus.
Writing down what the Lord is doing in
our lives can help us to identify, clarify, and testify the Lords work in our
lives in a way that helps us grow in Him!
Let's look at 3 things journaling helps
us to do:
1. Identify - Journaling helps me to
stop and look at what the Lord is doing in my life.
Questions that can be helpful for me to ask as I journal include:
- What is Jesus doing in my life?
- What is a verse that has been especially meaningful?
- What is a lesson He is teaching me?
- What is a prayer on my heart?
2. Clarify - Writing down what the Lord
is doing in me, teaching me, etc. helps me to clarify in my mind what He is
Journaling can take me from saying, "The
Lord is so at work in my life!" to "The
Lord is so working in me to have a servant's heart by learning from His
example." Clarifying it helps
me to be more attentive to living it out in my moment by moment life.
3. Testify - When I have just written
down what the Lord is showing me, it is fresh on my mind to share with others.
It can naturally come up in conversation because you have identified and
clarified it, so it is easy to share!
Keeping a journal can be an incredible
Just today young women in my discipleship class were sharing how much
journaling was helpful to them in their journey with Jesus.
I would encourage you to start a journal of your journey with Jesus!
I promise it will be a rich tool in your
growth journey with Him - and a treasure to have for years to come!
" I will recount the steadfast love of theLord,the praises of theLord, according to all
that theLordhas granted us..." Isaiah 63:7
As we approach Thanksgiving, our hearts are reminded to give
thanks for all of God's blessings to us. This brings a sweet sense of God's
provision as our Source and gratitude for all He has given.
It seems that rejoicing takes us a step deeper - from gratitude TO the Source
for His gifts, to joy IN the Source - the Lord - as the Source of all true joy.
Rejoice means: "to feel or show that you are very
happy about something, to give joy to, to feel joy or
I was thinking on Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the
LORD always..." recently and noticed it calls us, yes, to rejoice, but
that we are to rejoice in THE LORD.
We always have a reason to rejoice in Him - because He is
Redemption for our souls
Hope our hearts need
Love our hearts crave
Peace that calms our souls
Joy that never ends
...and the list goes on and on.
Things, circumstances, and people all change, but Jesus
never changes. These other things can be gifts that cause us to rejoice in the
Giver, but He alone unchangingly satisfies.
We can even rejoice through hard trials, not because we like
the trials themselves, but because we know and trust that the One Who is Love
has a purpose that is much deeper. This purpose includes us coming to know Him
more through everything we face in life and, as a result, rejoice more in Him!
Friends, we can rejoice in our Lord always - for He is
"Rejoice in the LORD always, I will say it again,
rejoice." ~ Philippians 4:4
Will you allow Him to be your source of joy today?
My name is Mandy, and my
husband and I live in Minnetonka, MN. I have been very happily married
to Michael for 2.5 years. Currently, I am about to complete my masters degree
in music. In the meantime, I also teach in the Music Department at a Christian
college. In addition to music, some of my other interests include church
history and travelling. A recent joy has also been helping my husband as he
prepares to publish his first book!
How did you come to
I had the great
gift of being raised by parents who fear the Lord. At the age of four, I
learned of my need for a Savior and responded to the message of the Gospel. I
was then promptly baptized. Ever since that moment of salvation, God has never
ceased drawing me closer to Himself. The longer I walk with Christ, the more I
recognize my need for His sustaining grace.
has the Lord faithfully worked by His grace to grow you in Him?
While I walked in the
truth from a young age, it would be several years before I began to understand
my deep need for daily dependence on Christ. One wintry morning in 2003, I woke
up with debilitating pain in my lower back. Instead of getting better, the pain
remained constant for days, which turned into months, which turned into years. During this period, I desperately cried out for God to give meaning to the pain
I was experiencing. The promises from His Word assured me that He would never
leave or forsake me. So I learned to cling very close to Him during this time.
As a result, I tasted the realness and nearness of His presence as I couldn’t
have previously understood.
eventually brought healing to my back. But He had more lessons to teach me in
the form of chronic illness. When I was first diagnosed, I walked through some
times of true struggle and emotional pain. As a result, I had to ask serious questions
about everything I had believed about God and His Word. However, God, in His
grace, was patient with me, and He brought me to a place of peace and stronger
faith in Himself. As I look back, I am amazed at the riches of what God has
taught me through my pain. He has given beauty for my ashes (Isaiah 61:3), and has proven
Himself so faithful and joy-giving in all circumstances.
are practical ways the Lord has given you to help you grow in Him?
When I was twelve years old, I started prayer journaling. Each day I would write praises to God as well
as confessions, thanksgiving, and prayers for supplication. Through this
experience, I have kept track of God’s continual faithfulness to me in all areas
of my life. It is such a blessing to look back at a written record of God’s
sovereign hand in my life!
Also, the Lord has helped me to grow in Him through the area of
mentorship. I am so blessed to have been mentored by some exemplary older
Christians. These men and women have reached into my life with compassion and
patience as they have taught me what it looks like to walk with Christ.
As I have gotten older, I have also developed a heart for
discipling girls younger than myself. In particular, I really enjoy small-group
ministry. As I teach others, I find that the Lord convicts and instructs my
heart most of all.
you share 1 example of how the Lord is currently growing you in Him?
Right now, the Lord is teaching me the importance of "taking
every thought captive" (2 Cor. 10:3). So often, I find myself “listening” to my own fears and
emotions. Instead, I need to be “preaching” to myself. I need to constantly
remind myself of God’s faithfulness in the past, and His promises for the
future. Whenever I am successful in this area, I am filled with the joy and
peace that only He can give.
there any additional encouragement you want to share with our readers?
It is so important to use your youth for God’s glory! When I was
a teenage girl, I realized that the pursuit of Christ is very often a lonely
road. However, it is so worth it! As I sought Christ, He became my closest
friend and my deepest satisfaction. You will never regret using your youth to
grow deeper in the knowledge and imitation of Christ.
Whenyou trust Him as your Lord and
Savior, He redeems you, and He begins a beautiful work in you that He promises
Isn't this exciting?
Listen to this beautiful promise:
"...He who has begun a good work in
you will complete it until the
day of Jesus Christ..." (Philippians 1:6)
This is a beautiful thing.
Jesus is at work in you to grow you in Himself.
This journey of growth in Jesus is lifelong - bringing you into more of Him,
His likeness, and the life He created you to live in Him.
Every day of our lives Jesus has more to give us and more to grow us.Life becomes an endless opportunity to grow
in knowing more of Jesus, growing in His likeness, and living more deeply in
the life He created you to live.
This is a reason to get out of bed in the morning!
Lately I will often pray, "Jesus, Thank You that You are all I
need, that You are working in me, and that Your will for me is perfect!"
Oh, we can't afford to settle where we are - there is more of Jesus, His Truth,
and His work in us to grow in every moment!(Thankfully, Jesus loves us too much to leave us where we are.)
He is growing you for His glory, your joy, and the blessing of others.
We are going to look together at growing
in Jesus as a journey of joy in the acrostic J-O-Y:
J - Jesus - He is doing the work - the
beautiful, transforming work - in your heart, that spills out in your life.
"...itisGodwhoworksinyou, both to
will and to work for his good pleasure." Phil. 2:13
We cannot transform ourselves and bring growth - Jesus alone can do that.And He does.He begins the work when He saves you, and we depend on Him the rest of
our lives on this earth to work in us by His Holy Spirit.
He beautifully works to grow us in knowing, becoming like, and living in Him.
The deeper He grows us, the greater our joy!
He is amazing!
This is the gift of growth that He offers us.
O - Our opportunity - You have the joy
of embracing that work and growth by seeking for it, by depending on His grace,
and by allowing Him to work in you.
"But growin the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory
both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." 1 Peter 3:18
While Jesus alone can bring the growth in us by His Holy Spirit, we are called
to pursue it and allow Him to work in us.
Some ways we can do this are: walking with Him each moment, spending time with
Him in the Word and prayer, asking Him to work in us, responding to His working
in our heart in obedience, repentance, etc., filling our minds and hearts with
things that will help us grow in Jesus, and more! (A blog post later this month
will give you more ideas!)
Let's pursue growth, friend! Y - Your lifelong journey - It is a
lifelong journey that He will continue every moment of this life and complete
when you meet Him face-to-face.
"Therefore, as you
received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,rooted and built
up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in
Jesus is calling you to a moment-by-moment growth in Him - all the days of this
life. It is so helpful for me to
remember that we will never be perfect this side of Heaven, but are called to
be growing.This allows us to live in
the reality that we are needy of Jesus every moment, and He is everything we
need, is giving us the grace we need, and is working in us!
The Lord is at work in all you face in life to grow you in Himself.He knows what each one of us individually
need for the greatest growth in our lives. The happy times, the trials, the times of
waiting... all of these are tools in the hand of the God Who loves you to give
you what you need most - more of Him, His work in you, and the joy of living in
His ways - to grow you in Him.
This overflows in His glory, your joy, and blessing to others.
It is an amazing journey of growth.
This Sunday I had some special time with Jesus to reflect with Him on the
journey with Him so far - in all of life's joys and the trials - and rested in
the sweet contentment of seeing that: He is all I need, His work growing me in
Him is trustworthy, and that He will continue that work until I see Him
This is His promise for all of us, dear friend.
Let's remember this beautiful promise: "...He who has begun a good work in
you will complete it until the
day of Jesus Christ..." Philippians 1:6
His working to grow you in Himself is proof that you are His, that He is God,
and that He loves you.
May you be blessed as you walk today with Jesus and embrace the joy of His
growing you in Him!
We had a powerful time at the Beautiful to God class last week looking at the incredible reality of our identity in Christ!
Lord met us and the time was filled with rejoicing in, looking at
Scriptures about, and discussing the joy of our identity in Jesus! What
a matchless gift to be in Christ by salvation! We had in incredible
time looking at false identities we look to for value and at who JESUS
says we are in Him. It was life-changing. We came away with a deeper
passion for knowing it, living in the reality of it, and living from our
identity in Jesus to fulfill God's call on our lives!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." ~ 2 Cor. 5:17
I want transformation by the Truth to be a lifelong quest, don't you?
In seeking to know Jesus and be transformed by His Truth, one of the ways I have found to be so
helpful is to have Truth around, so it is in front of my eyes and helps me fix my
mind on it through the day. I love to: 1) Surround myself with Truth - to help focus on and bring encouragement in Truth
throughout the day. + 2) Help myself memorize Truth - by keeping the Truth before my eyes. So let's look at a few ideas: 1) Surrounding yourself with Truth - I have found this to be incredibly
helpful.This way as I look around
during my day, God's Word is before my eyes - and my mind, and then soul, are
filled with His Truth. Here are a couple pictures from my room:
2) Memorizing the Word - As I seek to hide His Word in my heart, it is so
helpful to keep it before my eyes. Here is one of my current favorite ways to do this - by putting it on the side of
my dresser so it is the first thing I see in the morning: Writing a verse on a sticky note and placing it somewhere you will see it is
also a fabulous help! There are so many other ideas and ways you can surround yourself with Truth,
too.I encourage you to seek Jesus for
ideas - and pick a verse and put it somewhere you will see it often! Then as you see, think on, memorize, and allow the Holy Spirit to apply the
Truth to your heart, you will see Him bring beautiful transformation! I hope these practical ideas are helpful on your journey with Jesus and being
transformed by Truth! "...be transformed by the renewal of
your mind..." (Romans 12:2)
I live in Minnesota with my
mom and two brothers (one older, one younger), as well as several cats and my
Siberian Husky. I love reading books, playing piano at home and at church,
baking anything and everything, and being involved with my incredible church
family. I am head-over-heels in love
with JESUSand am so incredibly thankful
to belong to such an amazing God! He has blessed me so richly, both with many
joyful times as well as some difficult trials. But, He has used every one of
these times to bring about the sweetest, richest, most unbelievable blessings I
could ever imagine!
How did you come to Jesus?
I have known who Jesus is for virtually my whole
life. And for a while I thought I was saved when I was really young. But, as I
look back over the years, I don’t see any outward evidence that I had truly
committed my life to the Lord. So I don’t think I truly became a child of God
until I was around eleven or twelve. Around this time, I remember struggling
with understanding what it really means to “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts
16:31). For a long time, I thought this simply meant possessing a mental
knowledge of who Jesus is and what He has done. But by God’s grace, I came to realize that actually belonging to Him is completely different
than merely believing in Him. It
was around this same time that I really started to dig into my Bible to find answers
to my questions about salvation. And I
found something utterly priceless: I found the Truth - Jesus Himself. In
His Word, I learned that to believe in Jesus meant that you trust Him to save
you from your sins, give your life to Him, and love Him more than anything else,
thatyou long to please Him in all you do,
that you are grievedby sin, and that you strive to be like Him! It is a total transformation of the heart!
How has the Lord used His Truth to transform
your mind, heart, and life?
His Truth is so powerful, and
I am continually being conformed to the image of Christ! The longer HE reigns
in my heart, the more fully He sanctifies my life and makes me more like Jesus.
By studying His Word and filling myself with His Truth, I am able to go from
living a life of sin to one of holiness and righteousness. By His grace and by living according to His Word, I can live each day
and look to the days ahead with joy and hope, with my eyes blissfully fixed on
What are practical ways you are in the Word
and have the Word in you?
This is definitely an ongoing
process! I am continually learning about new ways to be saturated with the
Word. So I will just share a few of the ways in which He has helped me to
treasure the Scriptures:
Daily devotions—I know this seems like a simple answer, but it
is so huge! Having a dedicated time with Jesus each day has definitely been the
biggest way that the Lord has helped me to hide His Word in my heart. Along
with this, a huge blessing has been to keep an accountability partner—one who has
come alongside me and encouraged me to keep pressing on toward Jesus, keep going
back to the Word, and making sure to spend that sweet, daily time with my
Be Surrounded with Scripture—I love to surround myself with anything and
everything that speaks of Jesus! Right now, I can look up from my bed and see
Proverbs 3:5-6 on my bedside table; Romans 8:28 and Psalm 139:23-24 on my
bookcase; a daily calendar of Psalms next to my bed; and a board crowded with
verses scribbled on post-it notes, index cards, and random scraps of paper, as
well as a list of verses on the Lord as our Guide, and other things like this!
I’ve come to the conclusion that you cannot have too much Scripture around
Keep a journal—Although I am not a huge journaling person, I
do keep a daily journal, in which I write out thoughts, prayers (often straight
out of Scripture!) and special verses that have stuck out during my devotions.
I love being able to carry a special verse or two with me throughout the day! I
have also been slowly filling up another journal with Scripture based on
topics. So, for example, I have a page on “Steadfastness” that is completely
covered with every verse I’ve read so far that deals with being steadfast in
the Lord. It has been such a blessing to be able to find encouragement and be
reminded of Truth when I am in need of wisdom, grace, peace, or anything else!
Verse cards—A few years ago, I wrote out a few meaningful
verses on small, pretty pieces of paper. I did this so I could keep His Word
with me at all times, especially during the times when I was feeling frightened
or anxious—like before a doctor appointment or a big speech at school. In those
times, I was so overwhelmed that I struggled to remember the verses I had just
read. So this was a simple way that I could find strength in His Word, no
matter the circumstance! As a side note, the particular verses that I chose
included Deuteronomy 31:8, Job 42:2, excerpts from Psalm 95 and 37, and Isaiah
40:28-31. I have become so familiarized with these passages after reading them
so many times, that I don’t even need the cards anymore. They are truly written
on my heart!
Can you share one example of how the Lord
recently used a verse to change you and your life?
My mom and I have been going
through a study on the book of Esther. I have read this book many times, and
every single time I uncover sweet truth and hidden gems. That is the beauty of
reading a book written by the King of kings! This time through, the Lord
brought to light a particularly precious truth: that even during the most
difficult times, He is deeply at work within us and in our circumstances. It
didn’t just “happen” to be that Esther was born outwardly beautiful, that her
parents died and she was raised by her uncle, that she pleased the king and
received his favor, etc. He was working
out a unique and beautiful plan! In Esther 4:14 Mordecai says to Esther, “Who
knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” Through
this verse, the Lord really impressed on my heart that everything that happens in
life, every “good” or “bad” situation, has ultimately been brought about by God and for God. I think truth this touched me so deeply because of some
difficult circumstances in my own life. There were so many times this past year
where I have gone to Jesus (often in tears) and begged circumstances to change,
because they were just so painful and hard to endure. But, praise the Lord, He did
not see fit to change anything. For Hehad
a different plan in mind, one that is far greater than anything I could ever
imagine. I don’t need to wait for
something to change, for life to get “better” before I live fully for God! THIS is the life He has given me, with
all its joys and struggles, so THIS
is the life I must choose to live out for Him each day. It is completely
incomprehensible to consider that the Living God has tailored a special life
for me. What a precious gift!!!
Is there any additional encouragement you
want to share with our readers?
Any advice I would give you,
dear friends in Christ, I give to myself as well! So I will just echo to you
what the Lord is continually teaching me: Do not grow weary of reading His
Word, but continue to fill yourself up
(even to overflowing!) with the Living Water you find within its pages. Do
not be daunted at the prospect of how much you still need to learn, but let
this blessed knowledge drive you to soak up every little drop of truth you can
uncover. May you go forth today with the written Word of the Living God in your
heart. May you continually turn to Jesus Christ and fervently pursue His
example with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength!
had such a beautiful time at the Beautiful to God Class this week
looking at the importance of inner beauty and keys to developing inner
Together we saw the Lord's incredible plan for beauty - the life of Jesus filling and radiating from a heart - and looked at ways we can allow the Lord to fill us with His beauty!
We had a meaningful session, powerful discussion, sweet prayer time, good fellowship, and a great time memorizing 1 Peter. 3:3-4. "Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4
We long to grow in this true beauty as Jesus lives in and through our lives for His glory, our joy, and the blessing of others!
are some of your powerful Summer Devotions Pursuit testimonies! We were
so blessed receiving testimonies of what the Lord did in your hearts as
you spent time with Him this summer and wanted to share some. He is
amazing! (For those of you who mailed in your charts, your reward
packages should be arriving soon!) May Jesus bless you as you continue
to seek Him - He truly is the greatest Reward!
am really glad I did the Summer Pursuit again this year. I have grown closer to God and have learned a
lot." ~ Madisen B. of MN
feel after doing Summer Pursuit my faith and love for God has strengthened and
grown. This has been a great summer of
blessings from the Lord. I am so glad I
was able to do Summer Pursuit this year."
~ Rebekah R. of NE
summer the Lord has brought me close to Himself and taught me so much! It was truly a blessing to learn about the
depth of His love. The Lord has taught
me abundantly this year! Thank you for
this opportunity!" ~ Gabriella I. of MN
summer of devotions has been great! I’ve
learned so much and grown. I feel like
God used this summer to help me have a stronger relationship with Him. At times, I had my doubts about whether or
not to continue doing the chart and when God intervened and took hold of my
thoughts, everything I read seemed to be so rich. I love doing this chart during the summer to
have that reminder in the midst of the busy summer to spend time with Him." ~ Miranda B. of MN
summer God showed me how much I need Him and what His death truly means to me,
that I stand “…to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from
accusation” (Col. 1:22) holy before Him.
He always goes to the heart of the matter too. He also knows me better than I know myself, I
learned a lot about submitting my will to His, He has the big plan/picture in
mind. Also learning to fear Him, my
relationship is always changing/growing with my Father." ~ Jasmine J. of Alberta
Summer Pursuit was amazing! When I first
heard about it from a friend I wasn’t sure that I wanted to do it. But I thought it might give me some good
accountability so I started in. The
first few weeks were fun and easy. I was
so excited and often went past the 15 min.
And then it got a little harder.
There were many days I’d wake up just completely not wanting to do my
quiet time. But because of this I’d
persevere, do it, and find joy in His presence.
And then our 3 week trip came and that was some of the hardest days to
do it. There were many days that were
busy and full of traveling and seeing family.
But because of this I tried my best to do it and was always thankful
when I did. My heart has definitely drawn
closer to God through this summer! Thank
you so much for putting this on!" ~
Hannah E. of FL
entire summer has been enriched by my devoted and consistent Bible reading,
thanks to this worthy pursuit. Being
“forced” to spend time with Jesus has helped strengthen my relationship with
Him as well as pointing out areas in my life that needed to change. I was also so much more diligent to memorize
God’s Word. I now have all of
Philippians 2, Psalm 23 & 46, and more hidden in my heart forever! God also worked in my life through my telephone
talks with Hannah. We both were
encouraged to find similar areas of struggling which we now work together to
fix in a God-honoring way. Thank you for
aiding me in my walk with Christ." ~
Hosanna K. of KY
has helped me a lot I did this
last year and it was great. It motivated
me to read every day. And after it was
over I read maybe 1 chapter a day. This
helps me to spend more time because I am being kept accountable. Keep
up the great work. And remember “the best reward is knowing
Jesus”.' ~ Maria M. of MN