Diets, Smallville, and Devotions

Daily Reading

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Joshua 1:8, ESV

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With summer quickly approaching, as usual, people are focusing once again on how they are going to “slim-down,” and get their summer figure back before it’s too late.  Personally, I have been one to jump on this bandwagon, and before I know it, fall off again and again.  Some of my past fitness attempts have included such notable efforts as:

  • “Tom Welling By Spring Break” (Assuming that I’d be ready for summer well before summer…I’ve tried this one twice.  Failed both times. BTW, Tom Welling plays Clark Kent on the WB’s ‘Smallville.’)
  • “6-Pack In 6 Months” (I still am “carrying around” more of a “2-liter bottle” than a “6-pack.”)
  • “It’s Not a Diet, It’s a ‘Project.'” For a while, I tried to refer to any dieting activity as a “project.” This, under the assumption that diets usually fail, while I’d be motivated to complete my latest “project.”

The point is, I usually make excuses regarding something like getting in shape,  something that takes effort, but would be tremendously beneficial to my overall health.  In reality, I just need to DO IT, and stop making excuses.

The importance of being in God’s Word everyday cannot be overemphasized when it comes to the overall health of our walk with Christ.  Many people offer excuses for not studying their Bibles everyday such as, “I don’t have enough time,” “I forgot,” or “I’ll start next week.”  Also, many people are willing, but often say, “I don’t know where to begin,” or “It’s all too confusing.”  Not spending consistent time in God’s Word results in a pretty measly, often lethargic, and mediocre Christian life.  As followers of Christ, when it comes to reading his Word, we just need to DO IT, and stop making excuses!

Recently I have come across a devotional that has been a encouragement to me, and a great help in keeping me in the Scriptures everyday!

TABLETALK, from Ligonier Ministries and R.C. Sproul, is a great devotional for those who desire to effectively learn God’s Word, and thus have a greater desire for God and his people!  Click here to get a FREE trial!

Check out these other great devotional guides

OUR JOURNEY: Request your copy of this daily devotional, Our Journey, featuring the spiritual challenge and encouragement from: James MacDonald, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Crawford Loritts, and more!

PIERCED BY THE WORD: Pierced by the Word takes up thirty-one subjects as unique as “How to Be a Refuge for Your Children,” “How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God,” and “Embracing the Pain of Shame.” Some are longer, some shorter, like the real-world conversations they so closely resemble, and each comes from the fertile mind of John Piper and is written in his own inimitable style. Together, the readings will lead to a deeper understanding of God and a cleaner, clearer relationship with Him. Most of all, Piper’s approach shows how meditating on God’s powerful Word can affect every aspect of our lives.

TASTE AND SEE: This revision of the follow-up to the popular A Godward Life adds twenty fresh entries to the original 120 daily meditations that are solid meat and sweet milk from God’s Word. The new entries broach current and controversial subject matter, such as partial-birth abortion and gay marriage. Piper asks the hardest questions and finds wonderfully poignant but practical and applicable truths from the Bible. These 350 pages of substantive spiritual nourishment will brace readers’ minds with truth and nourish their hearts with God’s sovereign grace. Pastors and lay leaders particularly will appreciate the three indexes included. They don’t need to look any further to find a pertinent illustration or tidbit of inspiration!

PRAYING GOD’S WORD DAY-BY-DAY: With half a million copies in print, Praying God’s Word is author Beth Moore’s best-selling release to date. A landmark book among women and men, it continues to serve readers in “tearing down strongholds by captivating our minds with the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Now, the perennial favorite is available in a convenient day-by-day reading format as Beth encourages readers to seek the mind of Christ through fervent daily prayer directly from Scripture.

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