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Full And Complete Lives

Full And Complete Lives

29 January 2010

Today’s Reading: Exodus 23-24; Psalm 14; Acts 5

Scripture:

25 But you—you serve your God and he’ll bless your food and your water. I’ll get rid of the sickness among you; 26 there won’t be any miscarriages nor barren women in your land. I’ll make sure you live full and complete lives. (Exodus 23:25-26 MSG)

This is one of the scriptures that’s on my “Verses for Daily Reading” list. I’ve been doing a Through The Bible In A Year reading plan since 1980. In thirty years, that’s a lot of chapters and verses! The plan I use and the translation I read changes from time to time, but the ground covered remains the same. I read the Bible in the context of my daily life. I read in the context of my responsibilities and tasks, my successes and failures, my faith and my fears. I read for nourishment and soul-health. I read for a word from God for my “right-now” life!

Over the years, certain verses or short passages have been “quickened” to me by God’s Spirit as I read and think about my life and my needs. When that happens, I grab what God gives me. I used to underline and bookmark the verses and go back to them as needed. Then there were more. I wrote them on a half-sheet of paper and put them in my daily reading Bible and started reading them each morning before I did my reading plan for the day. Then I became a computer guy and printed them on a half-sheet – there were getting to be several of them by this time.

I’ve stayed with the “Verses for Daily Reading” and now I have twenty-seven verses or short passages on the list. Some of them are from God’s voice to me many years ago. Some of them are from last year. I didn’t choose them, they chose me. I read them every day because they are like vitamins to keep my soul healthy. I read them every day because they remind me of how God spoke to me a word of faith for my fear and a word of direction for my confusion. I can’t wait to see what God adds next!

Look again at today’s short passage above. Imagine what was going on in my life when God gave it to me. Today, with God’s permission, I give it to you.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for my “Verses” and for your Voice. I believe someone who reads this needs this word from you today. I partner with you in giving them the gift of a word of faith for their fears and a word of assurance for their doubts. In Jesus’ Name!

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