Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Closer Walk


A little fresh air would be good for you just now. The weather is lovely; and a little stroll in the park will bring the colour back to your cheeks.
~J. Palgrave Simpson, 1884



One of my goals for the new year is to cultivate a closer walk with God.  A daily quiet time spent in reading the Bible, prayer, and praise should be more of a priority than it is.  It's not that I forget to have a quiet time.  I tend to rush it or get distracted.  My mind wanders.

I love the above quote.  I think it mirrors our walk with God.  If we do not make time to nurture our relationship with Him, we can become disheartened, pale ~ spiritually anemic so to speak.  With God as center of our lives and as we daily walk with Him, we do have color back in our cheeks ~ we are renewed, rejuvenated, and our spirit joyful.

It has been a while since I have done a personal Bible study and I think now is the time.  I ordered Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience.  Pam Farrel and Jean E. Jones are the authors of the study with illustrations by Karla Dornacher. I first learned about this study on Karla Dornacher's FB page.

I love her artwork and the reviews on this study are wonderful.  The study goes through the book of Psalms.  Included in each Psalm study chapter is a full size illustration to color  and a "margin-sized" book mark based on the coloring page.


I hope to start my study this week and bring more of God's color back to my cheeks.

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Gina~

    That is a great quote...nothing like a brisk walk to bring back the color in your cheeks! And you are right, so many folks are spiritually anemic, I get that way myself when I'm not studying and keeping God's word close to me. Loved these thoughts! When my father passed away, many, many years ago, they sang, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, at his funeral, I've always loved that song and the peace that it brings.

    I teach a Sunday School class, and this year we are studying the Old testament. I'm excited to get back to some of those old doctrinal concepts...it will be a good thing in my life, and hopefully in the life of the kids I will be teaching - 10 and 11 years old. I do love the Psalms, good luck with your studies, hopefully you will share with us!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

    P.S. I went to the Dr. yesterday - bronchitis! With antibiotics and cough syrup, I should be back to myself very soon.

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    1. Barb, I am glad you went to the doctor's and got some medicine. Do your best to rest and get better! I too love the Psalms. I find them so encouraging and comforting. xx

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  2. Sounds like a very interesting study, our ladies bible study is starting up in a couple of weeks

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    1. I hope so, Connie. Won't it be good to go back to a ladies study! I have missed mine. We start again on the 18th.

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  3. I started a daily devotional A Year with the Church Fathers by Mike Aquelina. My blog friend, Ginny at Small Things recommended it and it is so good. I am also reading through the Bible, doing one chapter a day so I can really reflect on what I read. I have attended Bible Studies at our church but while I start out with good intentions by the end of the study I am finding reasons not to get out of the house and go so home studies work best for me.

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    1. Arlene, that devotional sounds interesting. I will check it out! I plan on going to the ladies study that starts again in a few weeks. I know it is good for me to get out into a group so I'm determined to do so even if I'd rather stay home.

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  4. What a great start to the New Year Gina! I too need to take daily time to study my scriptures. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Love your SYC parties, Jann! {HUGS}

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  5. It is always wonderful to desire to be in the presence of the Lord more! I find that the more I make time for Him, the more time I want with Him. It is my refreshing time that keeps me going. I pray the Lord blesses your time in the Word and with Him this year :)

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    1. Marilyn, I agree with you completely! God bless you!

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  6. Daily quiet time is so important, Gina. Love that you are starting a personal bible study, too. I find that my 'quiet time' is right before I go to sleep. I tuck myself in and then do some spiritual reading. Right now I am reading a book on angels - our direct messengers to God and our guardians. I love the Psalms. They really do bring peace to the soul. Sending hugs xo Karen

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    1. Karen, I usually have my quiet time at bedtime too but I'm trying to have a midday one and an evening one. An extra official quiet time has calmed my heart about some things.

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But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859