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Welcome 2021!

Happy New Year, my friends! I hope you had a happy end to the year that shall not be named. Last year is behind us finally and a new year has come!

I ended up falling asleep around 1:30 this morning and promptly woke up at around 5:30, so my apologies for any ramblings, misspellings, etc. I’m ready to face the new year, though.

Today is a cold, windy and rainy day. A perfect day to grab a book and cozy up in a blanket. It’s also a perfect day to get some crafting in or start planning things I’d like to do this year.

Do you have any resolutions this year? I have a few. Here are some of the things I’d like to accomplish:

-Grow a bigger garden this year.
-Read through the Bible
-Lose some more weight
-Learn how to knit socks

Not a very big list, I know, but the items are fairly large. I’ve already started on the the second item. You’re welcome to join me! It doesn’t matter if you’ve read the Bible a thousand times or have never cracked the cover of it. It’s a literary and soulful adventure. I think Christians too often get into a rut when reading because we forget that it’s not fiction, but rather our history! We also have this tendency to diminish the supernatural events that occur throughout Scripture. I want to rediscover the supernatural this year. If you’d like to join me in reading through the Bible this year, today’s reading is Genesis chapters 1 & 2, and Matthew chapter 1.

I can’t say I always understand everything the Bible says. Sometimes it gets uncomfortable. There’s a lot of people who get upset while reading certain portions of the Old Testament because of some of the punishments ordered by God. Honestly, I don’t understand them all myself, but I know that if God ordered it, it was for a reason that was in the best interest of His children (aka you and me!) I should also note that punishments in the Old Testament don’t always carry over to the New Testament. Things changed when Jesus came on the scene. 🙂

Should you decide to join me in reading the Bible this year, but find you don’t have a Bible on hand, may I suggest the YouVersion app? It’s a Bible app you can download for free and it has tons of versions to choose from. I don’t suggest The Message as it’s a paraphrase and not an actual translation of the original text. I’m using the app to read the English Standard Version (ESV). My favorite version is probably the New Living Translation (NLT), though. The King James and New King James kind of lose me with all the thees and thous. I should also note that being a Christian is not a requirement to read the Bible. I think you’ll find that some of the great heroes of the faith had some pretty significant struggles. Just proof that God can transform anyone who allows Him to.

Now that I’ve had my ramble, it’s time for me to end this post. My coffee cup is empty and the headache that’s making its appearance is yearning for relief. I had to go to town yesterday to get some more insulin for my mom, and while I was at the store I found some stress relief tea. It has honey and lavender in it. I think I’ll make some hot tea and just relax today after I clean Gracie’s water fountain.

Love you all and hope you have a wonderful rest of the day! Until next time, stay healthy my friends!

3 thoughts on “Welcome 2021!

  1. Hey Lizzie – Happy New Year! Good goals for the year. Just read this part:

    “ I can’t say I always understand everything the Bible says. Sometimes it gets uncomfortable. There’s a lot of people who get upset while reading certain portions of the Old Testament because of some of the punishments ordered by God. Honestly, I don’t understand them all myself, but I know that if God ordered it, it was for a reason that was in the best interest of His children (aka you and me!) I should also note that punishments in the Old Testament don’t always carry over to the New Testament. Things changed when Jesus came on the scene”.

    I hear you, I struggled with some of the OT after coming to faith. But over the years, it has been really helpful to understand 2 big things.

    1 – God’s perfect white hot holiness is just who He is. It is not meant to harm anyone. It is like the Sun in that it provides the light, beauty, and warmth for earth. But if we get to close, without Jesus, it is going to feel really hot.

    2 – context is really important in dealing with those challenging sections. Like Jericho being a picture of both God’s mercy on those who take it and God’s Judgement on those who reject it through Joshua – the man who has the same name as Jesus. The OT is generally not a story of good people doing good things that we should model life after. It is more like everyone repeatedly proving we desperately need a Savior.

    Sorry, just a couple of thoughts. God bless you and I pray your 2021 reading is wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Tom! I agree 💯. I was just trying to shed a little light on things for those who may not be familiar with the Bible. 🤗 Thanks for explaining it better! Lol Hope you have a wonderful 2021! 😁

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