Helllloooo? Tap. Tap. Is this thing on? Tap. Tap.
[SCREEECH] Yeah, okay, I guess it is.
Well, ahem, hi there. I guess you are wondering why I've called you together. It's because I've decided it's time to dust off this blog and actually put something new up. So I'm wondering if anyone still reads blogs. Because obviously I've been missing from the blogosphere. My poor blog feed is jammed with hundreds of unread posts. And I haven't seen the inside of this blog since ... oh, wow -- August.
However, in my absence I've been doing lots and lots of reading. Most of it has been for the benefit of my book research. But some has been for the benefit of my soul. So the next few posts will carry some book recommendations.
We'll start with my latest daily devotions. The first recommendation I have for you is completely free. It's the Solid Joys daily devotional app from Desiring God. Each day has a short, but profound, thought. Here's what was published today:
“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:26)
Imagine being able to enjoy what is most enjoyable with unbounded energy and passion forever. This is not now our experience. Three things stand in the way of our complete satisfaction in this world.
One is that nothing has a personal worth great enough to meet the deepest longings of our hearts.
Another is that we lack the strength to savor the best treasures to their maximum worth.
And the third obstacle to complete satisfaction is that our joys here come to an end. Nothing lasts. But if the aim of Jesus in John 17:26 comes true, all this will change.
If God’s pleasure in the Son becomes our pleasure, then the object of our pleasure, Jesus, will be inexhaustible in personal worth. He will never become boring or disappointing or frustrating.
No greater treasure can be conceived than the Son of God.
Moreover, our ability to savor this inexhaustible treasure will not be limited by human weaknesses. We will enjoy the Son of God with the very enjoyment of his Father.
God’s delight in his Son will be in us and it will be ours. And this will never end, because neither the Father nor the Son ever ends.
Their love for each other will be our love for them and therefore our loving them will never die.
The second is a new daily devotional from Nancy Leigh DeMoss called The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings. It is a gorgeous book, pleasing to the touch with an engraved leather cover in restful slate blue. But the words are not always as comforting, and I mean that in a good way!
The devotion from today was titled "Sneaky Sin" and it was based on James 1:14-15 about temptation and sin and how sin brings forth death. As Nancy writes, "Don't think you're different, that you'll be able to handle it. Sin--all of it--has the ability to destroy you. Get rid of it before it becomes impossible to live with."
I highly recommend both resources to you to begin your day mindful of God's Word.