Read through the Bible—Week 15

After a day in Psalms, this week’s readings turn to the book of Acts, the story of the beginning of the church and how it grew as the gospel spread.

Day 1     Psalms 38-41
Day 2     Acts 1-3
Day 3     Acts 4-6
Day 4     Acts 7-9
Day 5     Acts 10-12
Day 6     Acts 13-15
Day 7     Acts 16-18

small WomansGuideBibleThe weekly readings on my blog are from my book A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, with simple background information, checkpoints, and journaling space. Available in print and e-book formats.

– Diane

Living a Godly Legacy—Part 1

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Last fall two different events—a sermon and a MOPS talk—got me thinking about how we pass faith on to the next generation. I realized we don’t just leave a legacy, we actually live it too.

Legacy: “A gift; something passed on; something received from the past; the influence of a person or thing.”

What we do every day, even the simplest choices and interactions, form the legacy we give our children and grandchildren.

For my grandchildren (and if I were raising children in my home today), I want them to grow up to know, love, and obey God all their lives. For me that includes knowing and loving God’s Word, having servant hearts, trusting Jesus for salvation, and growing to be more like Him. That’s the result I want my influence to have.

I do want them to remember me with smiles, but more important than their memories of me is the outcome, the effect, the influence of my life upon theirs. That’s what I know you want for your children too.

I need to be reminded just about every day that all my actions have impact on the present and the future. Maybe you do too. We will be remembered one way or another. We will influence others one direction or another.

The legacy we leave is the life we are living today.

Does that mean our bad days and wrong decisions ruin our legacy forever? Nope. God is in the business of redemption, and He is more than ready to help us leave a legacy of faith to our children and grandchildren.

It’s the overall pattern of our lives that has the most effect, and it’s never too late to begin to write a new ending!

Lessons Learned

What I want to share with you about living a godly legacy is based more on the mistakes I made and the things I didn’t do than what I did right when my children were young. But I also can encourage you because my daughters are godly women and mothers today, actively building faith in their own children.

Over the years and along the way, I’ve learned a lot—by getting to know God better, by parenting adult daughters, and by becoming grandmother to five little boys.

In this four-part series, I’ll share some of those lessons with you. We’ll look at our relationship with God and with our children first. Then we’ll see what God says we’re to do and look at ideas for how to do it.

Finally, I want to encourage you—you can do this!

– Diane

Read through the Bible—Week 14

This week’s readings all come from the first section of the book of Psalms, the “hymnal” of the Israelites, many of them written by Israel’s King David.

Day 1     Psalms 6-10
Day 2     Psalms 11-15
Day 3     Psalms 16-20
Day 4     Psalms 21-25
Day 5     Psalms 26-30
Day 6     Psalms 31-34
Day 7     Psalms 35-37

WomansGuidetoReadingtheBibleThe weekly readings on my blog are from my book A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, with simple background information, checkpoints, and journaling space. Available in print and e-book formats.

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– Diane

Read through the Bible—Week 13

wgrb17textUp this week, the second half of Deuteronomy, including Moses’ poignant glimpse of the land of Canaan. Then the start of the first book of the Psalms, the hymnal of Israel.

Day 1     Deuteronomy 16-18
Day 2     Deuteronomy 19-21
Day 3     Deuteronomy 22-24
Day 4     Deuteronomy 25-27
Day 5     Deuteronomy 28-30
Day 6     Deuteronomy 31-34
Day 7     Psalms 1-5

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– Diane

10 Kids Easter Books for All Your Easter Baskets

Helping children catch and understand Easter joy can be as simple as choosing a book to add to an Easter basket or give as a gift. Here are 10 good choices for you to consider.

indexMy First Easter (Worthy Kids/Ideals). Bright photos of Spring and Easter objects, one per page. Includes a simple cross.

51GX+JRlazL._AC_US500_QL65_The First Easter (Zonderkidz). A little lamb tells the resurrection story.

610bjnWrX7L._SX497_BO1,204,203,200_My Easter Basket (B&H Kids). Links the colors in a child’s Easter basket to a simple telling of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

71lJfWU4vmLThe Story of Easter (Worthy Kids/Ideals). A simple introduction to the meaning of the day—Jesus loves us.

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Jesus Lives! and Easter Surprises (Tyndale Kids). Both with stickers for completing the illustrations and other activities too. These books are a wonderful value.

71tS2bIh2wLThe Sparkle Egg (Worthy Kids/Ideals, above) and The Legend of the Easter Robin (Zonderkidz, below). Picture books for elementary grades both focus on God’s love and forgiveness.

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51vqC9wn1hL._AC_US500_QL65_My Friend Jesus (Thomas Nelson) introduces elementary-aged kids to the story of Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him.

HFEDKHope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids (Tommy Nelson). Short daily devotions for children and families too.

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– Diane

Read through the Bible—Week 12

wgrb17textJohn ends his Gospel with his purpose for writing, and Moses provides a “second law”–a second telling of the law—in Deuteronomy.

Day 1     John 16-18
Day 2     John 19-21
Day 3     Deuteronomy 1-3
Day 4     Deuteronomy 4-6
Day 5     Deuteronomy 7-9
Day 6     Deuteronomy 10-12
Day 7     Deuteronomy 13-15

– Diane

Well-Nourished—by the Word

file000667247480Do you take a multivitamin or use a dietary supplement? I have, and now I keep some Ester-C and echineacha tea on hand to help me fight off colds. But day to day, I’m trying to nourish my body with a whole-foods, plant-based diet.

It’s a challenge to view vegetable and fruits, nuts and seeds as staples when they’ve been sides for so many years.

But it’s getting easier. And I feel better when I eat this way.

Why am I telling you this?

Because just as nourishing myself with physical food can be a struggle (do I want to chop up all these vegetables to roast for dinner, or could we just go out for pizza? . . .), choosing to “feed” on God’s Word can be a battle too.

Each Sunday I’ve been posting a schedule for reading through the Bible in a year, from my book A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year. Reading the entire Bible and discussing it weekly with a women’s group impacted my life in so many wonderful ways. It also proved the value of the practice of reading the Bible daily.

Probably because, as someone has said, “The Bible is the only book whose Author is present with you when you read it.”

But this year I’ve been struggling. Not just to read God’s Word, but to want to. Ugh.

Too much going on? Health issues in the way? Seemingly unending cold winter days devoid of sunlight? All of the above.

A sermon here, a few chapters there, an online search of verses related to a writing project . . . I’m in the Word, right?

But I’m starving.

Last night and this morning, I picked up a Bible in a different translation than I normally read. I checked the reading schedule and jumped back in. I asked the Holy Spirit to give me insight.

I read slowly, as if enjoying a health-giving meal that I didn’t want to end too soon.

If I want to make God’s wonders known to the next generation—and I do—I need the life-giving nourishment and power He spreads out for me every day. To see consistent time in His Word as the daily staple of my life, not a side.

How about you? (You don’t have to read through the Bible in a year. But pick a Bible book to read slowly several times, or a Bible study you’ve been wanting to explore. Listen to an audio Bible as you drive or run. Ask a friend to read with you and check in with each other during the week.)

We have an enemy who wants us weak and hungry.

But we have a Father who makes us strong and full.

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– Diane

Read through the Bible—Week 11

wgrb17textAfter finishing up in Numbers, this week turns to the John’s Gospel—a studied look at the One who is the way, the truth, and the life.

Day 1     Numbers 31-33
Day 2     Numbers 34-36
Day 3     John 1-3
Day 4     John 4-6
Day 5     John 7-9
Day 6     John 10-12
Day 7     John 13-15

– Diane

Read through the Bible—Week 10

wgrb17textIn Numbers all this week. The Israelites are preparing to enter the Promised Land—and bearing the consequences of not trusting God.

Day 1     Numbers 10-12
Day 2     Numbers 13-15
Day 3     Numbers 16-18
Day 4     Numbers 19-21
Day 5     Numbers 22-24
Day 6     Numbers 25-27
Day 7     Numbers 28-30

– Diane

A New Devotional for Kids by Billy Graham and a GIVEAWAY

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I have two copies of Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids to give away to readers on my mailing list. If you’re already signed up, you’re automatically entered! To join the list and be entered in the giveaway, just enter your name and email address in the box at the left.

When you sign up, you’ll also receive a free PDF download, “10 Simple Ways to Grow a Bible Reader (Without Being a Bible Scholar Yourself!)”

Giveaway starts March 1 and ends at 11:59 PM Monday, March 6. I’ll announce the winners in a newsletter that goes out on March 8.

HFEDKIf you’d like to add five minutes with your kiddos focused on the gospel and God’s Word each day—maybe during breakfast, after dinner, or just before bed—this new devotional by Billy Graham could be just the tool you need.

Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids is updated version of a classic Billy Graham devotional for adults, adapted and prepared especially for kids.

I did the adaptation for the publisher, Tommy Nelson. It was an honor—I was working with the words of Billy Graham! It was a struggle at times too—I was working with the words of BILLY GRAHAM!

I did NOT want to mess up.

Fortunately, a project like this goes through several layers of editing, revisions, and approvals. I’m thoroughly happy with the results!

Working on this book I began to think of Billy Graham being like the apostle Paul—never an easy life, perhaps sometimes downcast, but never wavering in belief in the gospel and commitment to the Lord, and always wanting to tell as many people as possible about Jesus!

What comes through loud and clear in Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids? Devoted faith in Jesus Christ, in what God has done through Him, and a clear call to accept the gospel that gives us hope—hope for today and hope for every day, forever!

Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids releases March 7. That’s coming up soon but if you don’t want to wait, you can preorder now from the publisher and other online retailers.

Want to preview the contents? You can see some of it here.

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– Diane

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