Just One Thing

There is no greater endeavor for the coming year … no higher calling … and no more important discipline.

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What if I told you that there is one simple change that you could make in the coming year that would change your life exponentially?

Would you do it?

What if I told you that there is one daily discipline, which takes about 15 minutes a day, that is stronger than an anti-depressant, more powerful than a personal trainer, and brings greater comfort and wisdom than the most renowned counselor you could possibly find?

Would you participate in this discipline? Would you?

What if I told you that I, a formerly depressed woman, currently experience such joy and peace in my soul that it reaches far beyond my circumstances, past the difficult people in my life, and overcomes my socio-economic level?

What if? Would you believe me?

Now … it is certainly not a “magic” fix … although it is indeed a miraculous prescription!

I have found that participating in this simple yet meaningful practice delivers eternal rewards and rejuvenates the woman that I am with inexpressible joy and purpose.

Are you in? Are you willing to take the plunge with me at the beginning of this brand new year?

If you know me at all … and if you understand the miracle that God has caused to happen in my life after years of depression …then you know exactly what I am going to tell you to do.

Read your Bible.

Read your Bible every day with joy and delight!

Immerse yourself in its powerful principles and in its extravagant peace.

Think about the Word of God … talk about the Bible … make it part of your emotional DNA.

Read your Bible.

Did you know that the Bible has healing power over sin, sickness, and emotional pain?

“He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:20)

Did you know that the Bible is able to do for you what other resources are unable to accomplish in your life?

“My soul weeps because of grief; strengthen me according to Your word.” (Psalm 119:28)

The Bible is the greatest source of healing, comfort, wisdom, and peace that has ever been known to humanity.

“This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your Word has revived me.” (Psalm 119:50)

Whatever you have gone through in life … the Word of God has the power to heal your heart and to assuage your pain!

I guarantee it!

Whatever you will face in all of your tomorrows will be bearable because of the wisdom and strength found in the Word of God!

I guarantee it!

So many people just simply don’t know “where” to begin reading in the Bible.

I don’t believe in playing “Bible Roulette”. Have you ever heard of “Bible Roulette”?! That familiar but frustrating game is when you just open your Bible and frantically look for a magic answer to whatever conundrum you have found yourself in on any given day of the year!

I believe that God’s Word is powerful and a wise counselor.

I also believe that the Bible holds the answers for God’s children when it is applied appropriately … when it is treasured daily … and when a heartfelt longing for God’s opinion is desired.

If you are wondering how to approach reading the Word of God during this calendar year, let me give you a couple of suggestions:

1 Set aside 15 minutes a day to read your Bible. Perhaps on the weekend, you would be able to set aside 20-30 minutes a day.

We spend our lives doing so many different and various activities and often ignore the importance of daily time focused on God’s heart and on God’s will.

God’s heart and God’s will are only found in the Bible … it is His eternal gift to us!

We go to the gym, play computer games, talk on the phone, watch pointless TV shows and clean things that will just need cleaning again tomorrow!

The investment of time that you give to the Word of God will be the best investment of your entire life!

2 – Choose a Scripture once a month to memorize.

At the end of the year, you will be the beneficiary of 12 new Scriptures that are hidden in your heart!

On the first day of every month, simply write out a verse on a 3 x 5 card and then carry it around with you.

When you are waiting in a line, read your memory verse … when you are in a doctor’s office, read your memory verse … when you are on the verge of frustration, read your memory verse.

By the end of the month, it will be written on your heart!

3 – When you are in a difficult situation in life, get on your knees with your Bible open.

Ask God to speak to you through His Word.

Reverently open your Bible and bask in all that He is and all that He has.

The best place to start is to study the verses that are on your daily plan for that day.

4 – Make it your personal goal to share with someone once a week what you are reading in your Bible.

Ask God to open doors for you to share a Scripture with someone.

Perhaps you could set a monthly appointment with a friend and determine that you will only talk about the Bible!

5 – Remind yourself that as the children of God, we do not primarily read the Bible for information but for transformation.

Even if your mind does not understand what you have read, your spirit is being renewed, strengthened and restored! I guarantee it!

“So I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever!” (Psalm 119:44)

My heartfelt prayer for your life in 2022 is that you will begin to fall in love with the God of the Bible!

I pray … that His Word will fill you with new wisdom and with fresh strength.

I pray … that you will hide God’s Word in your heart … like thousands have done before you … and that you will stand victoriously at the end of 2022 with joy in your heart.

Just one thing … read your Bible.

There is no greater endeavor for the coming year … no higher calling … and no more important discipline.

Just one thing … read your Bible



This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Carol McLeod Ministries

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Carol McLeod is a best-selling author and popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. Carol is a prolific author and loves digging for truth in the Word of God. Carol writes a weekly blog, “Joy For the Journey,” that has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women. Carol also writes a weekly column for “Ministry Today.” Carol has been married to her college sweetheart, Craig, for 41 years and is the mother of five children in heaven and five children on earth. Graduates of Oral Roberts University, Craig and Carol have spent the past 38 years pastoring churches across America.