Encouraging Resources for 2018 Resolutions

Marry the Bible This Year

Happy New Year! With a new year comes opportunity to make fresh resolves, and for many of us, this process can be overwhelming. David Mathis writes, “If you’re looking for just one fresh spiritual focus for the new year, I’d like to offer a suggestion: Marry the Bible this year.” If you are beginning the habit of spending a few minutes with God each day, Mathis says this is a great start: “[Daily quiet times] are like date nights . . . but dates do not a marriage make!” His suggestions will help you ponder what a ‘marriage’ with the Word of God could look like for you in 2018. Read this post.

Free Audiobook: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

This month, one of the best books of 2017 is available as a free audiobook on christianaudio.com! Start off the new year by listening to 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke. Download this free audiobook.

A New Year’s Invitation: Resolved, to Tear My Heart to Shreds

When considering her New Year’s resolutions, Abigail Dodds discovered that her goals require many small victories over her sin: “My hopes and dreams are great and many and all of them require Christ’s righteousness and a killing of sin.” She explains, “I cannot be the kind of wife who helps and doesn’t hinder doing good everyday, if I’m stuck in the sin of a critical spirit. I cannot be the kind of friend who has another’s eternal well-being in mind if I’m stuck in the sin of keeping tallies.” Sound familiar? Abigail invites you to join her in resolving to repent of sin and return to the Lord this year. Read this post.

These Hibernation Days

Lore Wilbert reminds us of God's design for winter: “Winter is a fallen seed, before it has sprouted again,” she writes. “It is God’s gift to us, to teach us of the value of rest, quiet, hiddenness, and death.” These winter months offer us a chance to step back from the daily grind and, instead, look up: “What would it look like for you to rest, not so you can prepare to work again soon, but so you can remember you are the seed and not the farmer?” Read this post.

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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