I’ve mentioned several times that I’m using an app to read the bible through this year. I’ve tried to do it many times, and have always quit. This app along with a Facebook group from my church have been huge in keeping me accountable. I am loving having this time set aside to read everyday.
Another aspect of the app that I enjoy is that Brian, who read the scripture, also does a brief commentary on everything we read. He also speak encouraging words from time to time.
I found so much encouragement in what he said to our “global campfire” on January 4th, and I keep coming back to it.
Time Of Mending
He said that 2021 can be a time of “mending” after the harsh year of 2020. Then he added, “Mending doesn’t really mean returning to status quo. It means a time to heal and pursue the way forward by pursuing the narrow path that Jesus will teach us about as we read the Gospels.”
How powerful. I learned in my grief from losing my first husband that I would never be the same, and as scary as that thought was, I tried to embrace it. I wanted to let grief change me, and I believe it did.
So here I find myself again at a time in my life that I can allow the mending of a really bad (certainly not the worst) year to change me. I don’t need to return to the status quo. I need a new way forward!
Without self reflection, I can’t allow the mending to take place. I can’t become a different/ better person unless I do the work.
We are all mending in some way from 2020. My journey will look completely different than yours, but I know if we all allow 2021 to be a year of personal mending and healing, our world will be a much better place.
So what am I going to do to continue on the road to mending?
- Continue reading and studying my bible. Concentrating on how Jesus lived and what he said. Try to have a deeper understanding of what it means to live as Christ.
- Do a lot of self reflection.
- Pay attention to my unmet expectations. My word for the year is “accept” not so much expect. But I know that life isn’t easy, and so I will experience unmet expectations (2020 certainly taught me that). Instead of expecting ease in life, I need to expect growth from the trials that life brings.
Will you join me in letting 2021 be a year of mending in your life? There is no time like the present for healing.
2021 can be a time of “mending”
Daily Audio Bible App– You can download the app here.
To read more on mending- Tragedy Happens