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Numbering our Days for 2020







Being Intentional about Your Days

Psalm 90:12, 14, 16-17, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!"


Usually in November and December, I begin praying about the next year and considering the past year. Especially through Advent and focusing on the Messiah and coming Savior, I love giving thanks for all He has done in my life the past year and looking forward with expectation and begin planning for the coming year.


I think through things I need to change, things that I have committed to doing, my priorities, and such. I usually think through my biggest known sin struggles, and challenge myself with scripture to claim and/or books to read. I used to just kind of make a list and think through categories: Bible time, marriage, children, job, church, ministry, lost/evangelism, discipleship, prayer, finances, family, etc. But, this past year, in July, I went through Jennie Allen's Dream Guide as we were moving to the US, and I loved it. This guide walks you through gratitude, intentional questions, and helps you think through goal setting. I will be using the Dream Guide these next few weeks as I process through 2020.




 



In addition, here are some different resources I like to use to be intentional for the year. I do not do all of these things all of the time! But I have used all of these resources at some point in the last 5 years and recommend them for whatever season of life you are in or what seems interesting to you.




Devotionals

New Morning Mercies

Hands down, my favorite devotional is Paul David Tripp's New Morning Mercies. I have done this devotional a few times, and it is so good. I will be doing it again this next year. There is also a very beautiful gift version on Amazon, and I recommend giving this devotional as a gift!


"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." Lamentations 3:22-26.


New Mercies! New Beginnings! What grace! Every single day we have new mercies, a brand new day, and I love mornings and starting the day. I also love starting the New Year. Sarala did along with me one year, and I plan that my older boys will do it next year with us. We all share the kindle version.






Dinner Table Devotions

Our family did Dinne