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Thanks Mike for your faithfulness in the ministry of this blog. You are such a blessing! I am looking forward to start the reading of the bible all over again in a few days, and I am committed to coming to this blog every single day from 1 Jan.

It's my desire to learn from the wise woman from Proverbs chapter 31. Her qualities and characters are what I aspire to!

I love Zechariah 12:10 "Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem." Thank You Lord Jesus for pouring your spirit of prayer and grace not only on the family of David and Jerusalem but also on us Your New Covenant people. Help us to do as zechariah prophesied, "Look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son.' Although Easter is months away, had you not been born then you could not die. Thank You in advance for the sacrifice You made on our behalf. Amen.

By the way, just saw We are Marshall, the true story of the Marshall University football team of 70 players and coaches and family that were wiped out in a single plane accident on Nov 14, 1970. How many of us well remember that day!!! Somewhat 'hollywoodish' but nevertheless inspiring. In one sobering scene the verse from Job 2 is seen hanging on a billboard, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.' Well worth remembering as we head toward a new year.

you know when I was younger I thought that Relevation was the "no-no" book of the Bible..so i never read it..how silly is that?? why is it that children think that?

2 thoughts:

1. If God counts teh stars and knows them by name, then i am motivated to tag my blog posts better

2. The WEdding Feast is a starting point for unity among believers. We should ask "who is going to be there at the Feast" and realize that people we may not expect to be there or want to be there will be chomping down on the grub right next to us.
Is God more eccumenical than us?

This is my first contact on a blog and am inclined to join the discussion. I am also making a personal commitment to read through. Thanks for what you are doing, and i willtry to contribute.

I like what you wrote " ... God really is not impressed with our shows of "strength" or "independence." God is much more impressed when we are dependent on Him". I told you about my 'friends', right? Those 'friends' that think I now join some 'weird community'. The 'friends' that probably think "Hmm ... Mae is passioned about what she does lately, so she must join a community ... because when you do things that you really don't want to do, then you join a church". LOL Yeah ... please forgive them.

Anyway, I now know who my real friends are, that means a lot to me. If I have to loose some people that were suppose to be my friends, well, so be it. I couldn't care less. I just hope and pray for them that some day they'll see the light. Well, I'm getting off track here ... What I was saying, I really like what you said about how God is not impressed with our shows of 'strength' or 'independence'. God is much more impressed when we are dependent on Him. That's just so true! Things are getting more clear to me every day! I realize that when I'm just doing the things I need to do as a Christian. Then God will see me, He'll hear me and He'll give to me. I can just do what I need to do and totally depend on Him and He'll give me what I need. For example: last Summer Rene and I hit rock bottom financially. Rene's former boss still owed us money and we really needed that badly! When it really hit us, I didn't have a job so I needed to just GET a job. No matter what it was. This all happened right before I was saved, a week or 2 ... I should say I was in the middle of everything. We hit rock bottom and then I started to go to the church.

Anyway ... I needed a job and with the lousy economy we have going on right here, it was pretty hard to get a job. I had to put my diploma's, workhistory and pride aside, I just HAD to take a job, no matter what it was. We needed money and right away! I just didn't have the time to go through serious and deep interviews and rounds blah blah blah. I just had to have a job, instantly. So I went to an employment-agency and they introduced me to HMS, where I work right now. I had an interview there and I was suppose to start as a parttime tele-marketeer. I was sad, but I realized we really needed the money. With all do respect for tele-marketeers, I don't think any less of them, honestly! But it's just that I always had managerfunctions, so this was a huge step back for me! But I just did it, I went to the interview and for some testings I did the tele-marketing-thing. Quite quickly the manager came up to me and told me they all thought I was too experienced to work as a telemarketeer and they wanted me to work as a Media Advisor. Which personally fit me more. Still not what I had in mind for myself to do, but again: we needed the money. I was happy though that I like the company and I really like the department I work in. When extra people were needed, I just went extra hours to the office, when other departments needed people I would just changed departements for a day or 2. Whenever there was something to do, I'd help out. I trusted the Lord that He'd shine through me and finally someone would notice me and opportunities would rise.

Everyday I go to work, with a smile on my face: I'm a child of God ... and I trust my Father! People started to call me "Mae with the big smile" and 3 weeks ago I had a talk with my boss and he said they would offer me a contract for a year. Which was great of course!!!! And last week ... I had another talk with my boss ... this one's even better ... He told me that 'whatever' I wanted to do within the company, they'd support me, all I have to do is let him know what I want to do. What ever manager position I want, they'll help me. I can choose a school that I want and they pay for the whole thing! So I'll start out soon as a teamleader, then I go to school and will be a Marketing Manager within a year or 2!!! So now, how is that? I depended on the Lord, I didn't complain, I just did what I had to do and He gave me this! Depend on the Lord, being patience ... it will all be allright.

So what I was going to say about my 'friends'. They don't understand how Christians can be in problems or like me having a job that is way underneath of what I can do. They think all Christians should have everything they want, because 'God can do everything, right?". I just smile when they talk like that!! I mean, I'm still Mae! Mae with her struggles, Mae the human being. I'm still the same person! I just found a way to live my life differently. I found Jesus ... But it all doesn't mean that I'm still in a learning process! But come on! The thing that happened with my job, that proves that eventually, when I just be me, when I just do what I need to do, do not complain and put a smile on my face ... I get what I deserve!

Lots of great stuff! We are so blessed when we finally see our need for God's strength and know ours is nothing. When we are solely dependant on Him! Our fallen nature wants to be independent and rely on oursleves, but God will show every believer how inadequate we are. Some ppl will have to go through trial after trial to get the message, some Christinas cling to their 'strength' for yrs. We have to know its all God. We have nothing of ourselves! Like Zech 12:5 says: "Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, 'The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God".

God will get the glory when others see HIm moving in our lives. Thats the goal...and how blessed we will be, its one of the best things in the world when i finally learned total dependence on Him. (not that I dont still sometimes try to do things on my own...but God reminds me lovingly). Plus, I'm miserable when I try to be independent! Thank God!

Psalms is beautiful. Rev is just the best thing ever. ha!!! I cant wait for that sucker to burn forever. the enemy is an evil liar murderer, mere words cant describe it...he will get his punishment and I will be in the front row cheering. slam dunk

What a blessing you are to many, Mike.
Have you ever considered a different format for a year, such as chronologicaly?
After 3 years w/you I am going to go with the chronological format in 2008.
The site is - www.bibleplan.org/ch/nkjv/

This passage really appealed to me today. I like the part that says I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold.

How do you think God does this? I think it’s the hardships we go through, He will allow tests, trials and tribulations, we call on Him through prayer and then it goes on to say I will answer them. I love The Message version where is says I’ll answer them personally. God answers our prayers personally, with all the automation we have in the world today isn’t it a little refreshing to know that He looks at our needs personally? He will say these are my people, and they will say The Lord is our God.

I never thought that I would actually appreciate the suffering that God is putting me through, but I will bear it with gladness in my heart. I want to be refined in the Lord’s eyes and I desire to be purified.

Test me Lord, refine me, purify me, for I desire to be your people and I desire you as my Lord.
7 "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
the man who is my partner,”
says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
“Strike down the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered,
and I will turn against the lambs.
8 Two-thirds of the people in the land
will be cut off and die,” says the Lord.
“But one-third will be left in the land.
9 I will bring that group through the fire
and make them pure.
I will refine them like silver
and purify them like gold.
They will call on my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘These are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”

Zechariah 13:7-9 NLT
7-9"Sword, get moving against my shepherd,
against my close associate!"
Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
"Kill the shepherd! Scatter the sheep!
The back of my hand against even the lambs!
All across the country"—God's Decree—
"two-thirds will be devastated
and one-third survive.
I'll deliver the surviving third to the refinery fires.
I'll refine them as silver is refined,
test them for purity as gold is tested.
Then they'll pray to me by name
and I'll answer them personally.
I'll say, 'That's my people.'
They'll say, 'God—my God!

Zechariah 13:7-9 The message

First, I thank you Mike...your insights have blessed me this year. I look forward to the 2009 with hope and anticipation of what my Lord will teach me.
I share in as few words as possible my first hand expereince with the feast of the bridegroom. As my grandfather was dying he was so excited because he kept telling my grandmother that the bridgroom was coming and he could see the table with the feast lying on the table. The nurse in the room kept saying I am sorry that he is not comprehending anything as he draws closer to death. With glee in my grandmother's heart she kept telling the nurse that my grandfather WAS comprehending and that Jesus was on his way to take my grandfather to the feast. My grandfather died with his last words being He is coming, the Bridegroom is coming and the feast is prepared!! A few days later my grandmother led the nurse to the Lord! ...God is good and yes, He is coming!!!

Thank you for the blog! You are in my prayers often. I had a dream about my Grandaddy years ago that it still so real to me. He took me all over heaven and told me there was plenty for everyone. there were water faucets like you see at Ripley's Believe it or not everywhere we went. The healing stream? Looking forward to '09. God bless you and your new bride.

I am very excited about completing my first year on reading the bible. I also am cheating a bit and am going to try to finish reading the remaining chapters, before the alloted time.

I thank God for all His servants who serve Him in the way that He has purposed, touching the lives of many - so may God make His face to shine upon all, who continue to prosper in His word.

It was nice meeting you Mike (inadvertently - smile) and all of my brothers and sisters; I pray the strength of the Lord for you all in these days that we live.

I was hoping that Mike would change the format he used this year (and previous years), as I learned from Leroy Duke above; so that I may continue with this website. I e-mailed Mike personally and inquired about the same, changing the format; because I would like to also read the bible in its chronological order. Since it is on my heart to read it in the chronological format, I searched the web and found a site. But I will also add the link that Leroy shared, thanks Leroy.

And Deb, what an awesome testimony about your grandparents!!! I love it!!! Praise the One and only true God, maker of heaven and earth!


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