Preparing for 2018
It’s that time of year again when you hear of people making New Year Resolutions. I am no different. I do try to set spiritual goals for myself that are realistic but also stretch me to depend upon God for lasting fruit. To that end, I have found Donald Whitney’s questions for self-evaluation very helpful. (http://biblicalspirituality.org/10-questions-to-ask-at-the-start-of-a-new-year-or-on-your-birthday/) I have been using them in my journal for the past two years. I answer the first ten questions between December 31 and January 1. And I use the remaining questions to answer in my journal throughout the rest of the month. Most of the time the answers overlap, but I do tend to gravitate toward a theme where I need to devote more attention. I hope it will bless you as you prepare for 2018.
Also, on Sunday I mentioned two resources that can help you work through Proverbs. For your family devotions, I recommended Marty Machowski’s Wise Up (https://www.amazon.com/Wise-Up-Ten-Minute-Devotions-Proverbs/dp/1942572743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514907049&sr=8-1&keywords=wise+up+marty+machowski) . For your individual growth, I recommended Champ Thonton’s book, Pass it On (https://www.amazon.com/Pass-Proverbs-Journal-Next-Generation/dp/1945270780/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1514908737&sr=1-1&keywords=Pass+it+on+thornton). But don’t miss the forest for the trees. prior to using either, I would commend you to read through the book of Proverbs all the way through.
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