Where He Leads: A Year of Allowing Him to Turn the Pages

I heard someone say, ‘don’t let your Bible just randomly open, have a plan to read God’s word everyday. Now I do agree we all need to get into the scriptures daily–soak it in as much as possible. And a structured plan is a good plan–reading the Bible in a year--a certain topic--a certain verse–mapped out for us in devotionals. Those are extremely important and I am grateful for those resources I have and continue to use.


But I have to respectfully disagree that randomly opening our Bibles is not a good thing. Because in the past randomly opening my Bible has led me to many scriptures and stories in the Bible that I needed for that particular time in my life. Some I have never read–some I am rereading and seeing with new eyes and a renewed heart. When it comes to God, nothing is pointless, luck, unplanned, or by chance–


So I thought about his statement again–his advice and decided, I’m going to allow God to randomly turn the pages in His Holy Word for 365 days. Every day, during my devotional time I will open His love letter and follow, pray–and see where He leads.


Day 1:

Nehemiah 6:9, For they all made us afraid, saying their hands shall be weakened from the work, that is be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

The book of Nehemiah, God has been leading me to Nehemiah’s story for a while now. I have been having problems with my right hand swelling, particularly on my middle finger in one of the joints. It’s not so much painful as it is inconvenient. So I took to Google–my grandson calls it “Goo-Goo” and laughs–online research, as most of us do now before going to the doctor--these days. And I read this could be the beginning of rheumatoid arthritis.


I believe we all take our hands for granted. Everyday tasks–weeding gardens, pecking out words on our keyboards, sending messages on our phones, lifting–tugging, kneading bread, changing diapers, and the list goes on.


With Nehemiah–he hammered nails with one hand and held a weapon ready to fight the enemy of God with the other. Nehemiah prayed for his hands to hold out to do the work of the Lord.


My prayer today, Lord--

Strengthen my hands physically, Lord. Strengthen my faith and trust in You. Strengthen my mind and strengthen my heart to serve others. In Jesus’ name, I humbly pray, Your daughter.


Day 2:

Ezra 1:6, And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver and gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things beside all that was willingly offered.


Lord, this morning–again the reference to our hands. They carried all they could–but the important thing I need to notice is this–willingly offered. Am I offering to the Lord willingly or out of what I think is obligation? Am I willingly giving of my time, talents, gifts, resources–or am I picking and choosing what I want to give? Am I missing what I am called to give because I am focusing too much on self, rather than You?


My prayer today, Lord–

God, help me to strengthen my hands not only physically, but strengthen my hands of giving. My hands of reaching out to others through word and deeds–using all that I have–what You have given me. For the uplifting and building of Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I humbly pray, Your daughter.

Day 3:

Oh how I love the book of Isaiah. Before I opened my Bible this morning I saw a little bird on my porch and others gathered at the feeder. One was singing–her little voice box was wide open in praise on this early morning. And I wonder if her song has lyrics and if so, what would the words be. I listened a little long and another one chimed in with a different song–but it was as if they had practiced in the largest cathedral–waiting for this one moment–and their voices were in complete harmony–singing to their Creator God. And I read the verses and reflect on how God sends His messages–His Word–His blessings through rain, snow, “in the thing” whether that be by the sea, the movement of the trees during a quiet wind, flowers and grass of the fields– or in a choir of birds’ songs on this summer morning.


Isaiah 55:6-12,

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while He is near:


Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.


For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.


For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:


So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.


For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.


My prayer today, Lord–

Please help me Lord to see Your Word–Your Goodness in all Your Creations. Help me to take time during the noise of the every day to stop and take notice of the things in which You have graciously given to increase my joy and see Your presence right outside my window. In Jesus’ name, I humbly pray, Your daughter.

Day 4:

Joshua, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

I love the book of Joshua for so many reasons, for one–it tell’s the story of the prostitute, Rahab.


Joshua, ch. 2;9, 11. And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

Verse 11–And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.


I know that the Lord–these are Rahab’s words. Her faith–she had heard the stories and she feared God.


Their Lord would soon become Rahab’s Lord.


Joshua 3:5–And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.


Joshua 3:7–And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.


Sanctify–

Dedicate to God

Cleanse

Purify

Redeem

Free from sin


I believe with my whole heart Joshua and his people weren’t the only ones sanctifying themselves–Rahab and her family were too.


My prayer today, Lord--

Lord, please help me to remember the courage, trust, and faith of both Joshua and Rahab. To sanctify myself daily and allow my life to show the goodness and wonder of You. In Jesus’ name, I humbly pray, Your daughter.

Day 5:

Ezra 1:6, And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver and gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things beside all that was willingly offered.


Good morning Lord, I turned to the book of Ezra and this verse just days ago. I have read the verse again. The chapter. And I look at these words again. Willingly. Offered. Strengthen their hands. I’m not sure why You wanted me to read this again. But I know there are reasons. I know You will show me in due time.


My prayer today, Lord--

Thank you God. Even when I don’t understand Your plans for me, help me to be still–have peace and trust You with today and all of my tomorrows. In Jesus’ name, I humbly pray, Your daughter.








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