My name is Connie, and I am a retired public school teacher. I had the privilege of working with children for 37 years and I pray I touched their lives a fraction of how they touched mine and continue to touch mine today.
For the past couple of decades I have been journaling my devotional time by writing down what God reveals to me as I read His word. I literally have volumes of these journals on my bookshelf in my home. In December of 2012, as I was finishing the book of Revelation I kept thinking about putting my daily thoughts in a blog. After several weeks of entertaining the idea I finally prayed, “Lord if this is from you then I’ll go for it. Do with it as you will. And if it’s not from you, let it die a natural death.”
So for a year, I posted my daily journal as I read through the Chronological New International Version of the Bible. Every day I prayed that God would use the thoughts he prompted me to write to bring someone closer to him. It gained about 100 followers, and if you are one of them, thank you. I continue to pray for you.
In 2014 I continued to read God’s Word and journal my thoughts. But I didn’t blog every day. My statistics tell me I posted 100 times that year. I let God nudge me to post those times instead of automatically posting daily. I read the Bible chronologically again, this time in the New Living Testament.
In 2015 I used a more traditional reading plan. Each day there was assigned an Old Testament passage, plus some psalms and proverbs, and some verses in the New Testament. I was blessed as God revealed a bit more of Himself as I read the New King James Version of His Word.
In 2016 I used the New American Standard version of God’s Word and shared my thoughts every day. Once again, I successfully read the entire Bible in a year and shared on this blog some things God laid on my heart.
But I found myself a bit frustrated at times when, in order to reach my goal, I felt I had to skip over some things God was speaking to me about so that I could finish Revelation by December 31. So in 2017, I decided to slow down.
I decided to begin in Genesis and read one chapter, one verse at a time. I took time to think on Scripture a bit longer, meditate a bit more, and even break out some commentaries to see what others have to say about some of the passages. It took me four days short of two years to read through God’s Word. I loved it.
In 2019 I read through the Bible chronologically from the NIV, and posted my thoughts every day. Then in 2020, I read through the NIV again but only posted as I felt God leading me to do so. I read from my mother’s Bible that year. She went to live with Jesus in 1996, and I have the privilege of having her Bible, complete with underlined verses and notes in the margin. It was incredibly precious to get to know the things that spoke to Mom, as I let God speak to me, too.
I began in Genesis on January 1, 2021 reading from an Apologetics Bible. It was an intense twelve months as I dug deep into God’s Word, trying to understand what skeptics and cults believe, then questioning why I believe what I do. It was a faith-affirming journey for me.
Last year I once again began reading through the Bible chronologically (which is my favorite way to read it). I used the NLT version, and appreciated the different wording that made me think more critically about some familiar verses.
So now it’s 2023. I’ve had some concerns about the newer translations of the Bible that have made it more politically correct, and some that have redefined sin. So, I got a KJV Chronological Bible. I’m going back to the basics. Now, let me be clear. I don’t think the KJV is the perfect interpretation of the original. I know there are other versions that are as close, if not closer to what God inspired thousands of years ago. But I’m looking forward to re-reading the words that I read as a child, and let God speak to me in the king’s English.
I want to thank those of you who have joined my journey through this blog. Thank you for your comments, likes, follows, and shares. I don’t know if reading my ramblings has sweetened your walk with the Lord, or convicted you, or caused you to think. But I’ll continue to share what God lays on my heart as I continue to read and study His precious Word. I’ll let him take care of the rest.
If you are just finding alighttomyway, hello and welcome. If you’d like, you can read what God put on my heart in the archives of this blog. I pray God will bless you as you open your heart to hearing from him through his Word.
Whether or not you make alighttomyway a part of your walk with the Lord, I pray that you will always… ALWAYS… make reading God’s Word a priority every day. Dear one, let’s determine to not only read it, but memorize it, meditate on it, pray over it. Let’s ask God to reveal himself to us in the intimate way he can and to prompt us to get out there and lead others to his saving grace. That’s what we were put here on this earth to do in the first place.
God bless you in 2023. I am praying for you.
Thank you for your visit. I see in your comments some people I follow and how have followed my page! Please stop in and read at any time…
Thanks Steve. I’m looking forward to sharing with you and learning from you. To the glory of God!
And the very same to you! Enjoy your day, Steve
Beautiful header photo!
Well thank you! 🙂
Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post. you have a great blog and will follow you soon 🙂 Blessing.
Thanks, Karina. I’ve appreciated your blog and am honored that you are here at mine. God bless you today and every day and may he continue to make you a blessing to others.
Hi, and thank you for following Lessons by Heart. I’m looking forward to reading more from your site! 🙂
Thanks. I am looking forward to learning more about our Lord with you. God bless you and make you a blessing.
This is Toni, is this Connie? Small world! So glad to connect with you!!
It is! I was hoping I could say hi. Am appreciating your blogs and plan to read some old ones as well. Glad we are able to be in touch.