Thursday, May 25, 2023

Blessed Assurance

When I was a young mother, a visiting preacher had challenged the congregation at our church to read the Bible through in a year. I accepted that challenge. 

At that time my husband left for work before 6 a.m. He would wake me up before he left.

I would ooze out of bed and fumble around getting dressed for work before our two active sons woke up. 

Once dressed I was ready for my time with God's Word. It took about a year before I could easily make it through the scripture passages for the day without having to backtrack until I could be fully awake and read with understanding.

Passages began to speak to me of a challenge that I was currently facing in a demanding work day or volunteer time. At first I would grab whatever was handy to write the verse down. I would stick in purse or pocket. 

That habit ushered in a major change in clothing purchases. Whether slacks or skirts, pockets were a requirement. When stress would strike, I could just whip my day's scripture out of my pocket and read my verse of the day.

As a retiree, I enjoy a slower pace and stay awake now . . .most of the time.  But it may just be that as a retiree, I am getting more sleep and are alert for those morning times with God's written word and the living Word Jesus.



  1. It's easier when they are old enough to let you sleep. 😊

  2. I'm glad that the Lord isn't on a time schedule. He just wants time with us. Bravo on the 1 year thing. I have to say I have never completed that goal...but I still have my devotions and bible readings every day.
    Love this post Linda!

  3. I read it through many years ago, but i did skipped some of the chapter with the begats and a few others that I just could not read. I believe that God would rather us learn as we read and not try to read through it. it was not meant to be a book to read, but lessons to learn and they are hard lessons and take time.
    I am sure it was a man that said read it through, not God since no one has ever seen/talked to him. I have favorite verses for different things that i memorized years ago and I use them as needed.

  4. I read the Bible through every year and have been doing it for years!!! :) I enjoy it and read some each morning after breakfast.
    I usually read it chronologically.