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Welcome, 2013!!

I love fresh starts and new beginnings~that's why I enjoy New Year's Day so much!  A whole new year ..."clean with no mistakes in it!"  It's as if God has an extra large dose of new mercies for us on this special day.

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 

(emphasis mine)

I am excited about what God is going to do in our lives in 2013!  I have great expectations for this year!

Thirty for 30
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I am also excited to have some accountability for my daily Bible reading.  I told you the other day about the challenge my friend Nancy at There Is Grace has given and I can't wait to join in.

The challenge is simply this: to read the Bible consistently, 30 minutes for 30 days in a row--January 2nd-31st.  This should help create a wonderful habit and set the tone for the rest of our year.

Now some of you have been asking if there is a specific reading plan for this challenge--a question that I asked also when Nancy first shared with me about this.  And the answer to that is "no, simply read or follow your own Bible reading plan".

However, I wanted to share with you a great website I have recently found that offers studies and reading plans.  Bible Study Planet has study plans for adults and children (I loved that!).  This would be a great place to start the year: choose your plan and jump right in!

Yesterday Nancy also offered some wonderful ideas and suggestions for developing your own personal reading plan.  So definitely check out her post on that!

Remember each Monday there will be an encouraging blog post about this on There Is Grace and each Thursday there will be a link up for you to share about what you're studying and reading.  Even if you're not a blogger you can share in this simply by commenting.

I hope you'll join us!  And Happy New Year!!


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