YES Ezekiel today! Yes!
You got to read it for yourself, it's too good: Ezekiel 37:1-14. "This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life." So good!
And I really love James too, the whole book, I always have. I try to make 1:19 almost my motto in interactions with people in this life: "quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Not that I'm always successful in it, but it's probably not a bad thing to think about often.
There's so many pockets of awesome in this reading today and I'm really energized by it. So I'm glad I did this in the morning before going to work today.
I'm also energized-ish by nerves today. I'm going to be reaching out and inviting more people to "the Bible Diary" today and I'm just a little distracted by that idea right now. Thankfully I wasn't too distracted while reading, just distracted now as I try to figure out what I want to say in this post today.
Blogging is a big thing for me. I've always wanted to do it but I've never had the courage because it's really scary letting people read what you write. I don't even like posting on social media, that makes me too nervous!
I have felt strongly from the beginning of this project though that this was not meant to be just for me. That it's meant for others as well, even though I may not know how yet. I hope to learn how to serve people better through this project.
But I also hope and pray that the knowledge that "the Bible Diary" is not private anymore won't inhibit my own experience reading the Bible this year. Because I do want to do this for myself too, of course. These past 60 days have been very sweet. I feel inspired in big and small ways every single day by the Word of God. I'm amazed at how much 15 minutes a day of reading the Bible fills me with truth and insight. And I don't want to allow the fear of what people may think diminish that. So that is my prayer.
Today if you are reading this, I think you should go read the passages for yourself. I know you will be awed by it. I think I personally was so awed by it because of having read through Ezekiel up to this point, but it does also stand alone.
Leading up to Thanksgiving I am writing a little bit about what I am grateful for at the end of every post. Every year when it comes to Thanksgiving I realize how seldom I practice gratitude and so when it comes to that holiday and someone says "what are you grateful for?" I'm often a little stumped! And that should not be the case.
Today I am grateful for the friends and family who have been supporting me in this project for the past 60 days. I'm grateful for the Word of God. And I am thankful for the opportunities God has given me through this project.
I am thankful for a God who breathes life into dry bones.