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Start The Morning

Here we are about to start the month of July already!

If you missed the last blog post you might want to check it out. It includes a free download for calendar pages – July – December 2020

Are you participating in the June and July scripture writing plan?

I hope you will plan to join us for July. Check out the recent blog post for more information including the link to download a copy of the plan.

→→ Scripture Writing Plan

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Lately, I’ve been starting my mornings by opening the blinds of my second-story bedroom window and then stand there looking out toward the sunrise. Praise and thankfulness naturally happen once my gaze is fixed skyward. This is my brief early morning prayer time. Even if it’s only a very few minutes it seems to get my day going in the right direction. Next, I usually have a short time of Bible reading and scripture writing. Then I head downstairs for coffee!

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How about you?

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Please share in the comment section below.

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Psalm 119

We are beginning week 3 of scripture writing on the topic of God’s Word.

As you open your Bible to Psalm 119, I hope you will choose to spend plenty of time in this beautiful Psalm. We could have based the entire two month long scripture writing plan on this one Psalm. Please consider writing out more verses from Psalm 119 than what are listed on the plan.

The entire purpose of Psalm 119 is to show the value and greatness of God’s word. It is not only the longest chapter in the book of Psalms but the longest chapter in the entire Bible. Here you will find different words used to refer to God’s word. In the particular translation I am reading (NKJV), I find many different words for God’s word. Here are some of the words.

  • statutes
  • precepts
  • commandments
  • testimonies
  • way

What words do you find for God’s word?

Plan to spend time this week and beyond in this amazing Psalm. Perhaps read it in more than one translation, select some words to do a word study, meditate on the verses and let it guide you in prayer.

The longest chapter in the Bible is proclaiming the greatness of God’s word!

How does that change your perspective on spending time in God’s word and scripture writing.

Open my eyes that I might see wondrous things from Your law.   
~Psalm 119:18
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Scripture Writing – Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the June and July Scripture Writing Plan.

How did you like the first week of the plan? Did you write more verses than what are listed on the plan each day? I found that reading the surrounding verses to understand the context usually resulted in my choosing to write out a few more verses. After writing the verses I like to underline or circle key words and make a few notes in my notebook. Also finding this scripture writing activity to be a helpful guide for praying.

I’m really enjoying this theme of God’s Word. How about you? Please share something about your scripture writing experience in the comments below.

If you don’t know about the scripture writing plan, please see – Starts Today

Be sure to download a copy of the plan, grab a notebook along with your Bible and join us in the Psalms this week.

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Starts Today

June 1, 2020

Today is the start of the June and July scripture writing plan. The theme is God’s Word.

Reading the Bible can be compared to eating food. Here are a few of the ways and you can probably think of more.

  • Needed daily
  • Provides nourishment
  • Should be chewed well
  • Needs to be digested

Scripture writing helps you to slow down and focus on a single verse or small portion of scripture. Slowing down gives more opportunity to notice things that might have been missed before. You will find that the practice of writing scripture will help you listen carefully for what God is saying through His word.

If you have not printed out your copy of the scripture plan yet please click on the link below.

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Scripture Writing Plan

This blog post is your invitation to join me on an adventure of scripture writing!

Let’s enter the month of June with a plan for writing out Bible verses and then continue on through July. The theme of the plan is God’s Word.

All you need to do is click on the link below to download your PDF and then print out your free scripture writing plan. You can still easily participate even if you do not have access to a printer. Simply look on the PDF to see the verses for each day. These verses have been carefully selected for the theme of God’s Word.

If you have never tried the practice of scripture writing, this is the time to start.

Reading the scripture for the day and then writing it is such a rewarding practice. There are many reasons to love scripture writing and the verses selected for the June and July plan highlight many of these. You will immediately notice that it causes you to slow down, absorb the words and meditate on the verses as you go through the day.

Later there will be a follow-up blog post about scripture writing. But for now download your free plan, find a notebook and choose the time of day you will be writing.

June and July Scripture Writing Plan
from EverydaywiththeKing.com

Please leave a comment below to let me know you are planning to participate 🙂

You are always welcome to contact me directly by email. I will quickly respond!

Send me an email – Lynn@everydaywiththeking.com

Bible

Scripture Writing Plan

This blog post is your invitation to join me on an adventure of scripture writing!

Let’s enter the month of June with a plan for writing out Bible verses and then continue on through July. The theme of the plan is God’s Word.

All you need to do is click on the link below to download your PDF and then print out your free scripture writing plan. You can still easily participate even if you do not have access to a printer. Simply look on the PDF to see the verses for each day. These verses have been carefully selected for the theme of God’s Word.

If you have never tried the practice of scripture writing, this is the time to start.

Reading the scripture for the day and then writing it is such a rewarding practice. There are many reasons to love scripture writing and the verses selected for the June and July plan highlight many of these. You will immediately notice that it causes you to slow down, absorb the words and meditate on the verses as you go through the day.

Later there will be a follow-up blog post about scripture writing. But for now download your free plan, find a notebook and choose the time of day you will be writing.

June and July Scripture Writing Plan
from EverydaywiththeKing.com

Please leave a comment below to let me know you are planning to participate 🙂

You are always welcome to contact me directly by email. I will quickly respond!

Send me an email – Lynn@everydaywiththeking.com

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Ascension Day

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Today is Ascension Day

We don’t seem to take much note of this important day each year. It seems lost between the Resurrection and Pentecost. I do wonder why we don’t put more focus on the Ascension.

What an amazing time the disciples were experiencing with Jesus after His resurrection! They must have eagerly listened as He taught them. Jesus spent time preparing them for His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The time was approaching quickly when the disciples would be sent on the mission to share Jesus with all the world.

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”      – Acts 1:9-11 

In his book, Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions, Timothy Keller writes “At the ascension, Jesus leaves the space-time continuum and passes into the presence of the Father. He is still human, still our second Adam . . . and still our Advocate—yet now he has been so glorified that everything he does has a cosmic scope . . . any time-space limitation passes away.”


Today Jesus is continuously present with us through the Holy Spirit and He is also present in Heaven. He is King over all always!

Let us be included with all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing and His glorious Return! (see 2 Timothy 4:8)

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.  – 1 John 2:28

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Psalm 25:14

My favorite daily Bible reading plan is the One Year Chronological Bible. In case you are interested in this plan, the month of May is a great time to start. Most of the readings are from the Psalms and it would be an excellent place in the Old Testament to begin.

Here is a link to a few earlier blog posts about the One Year Chronological Bible reading plan Leave a comment below if you would like more information about this or other Bible reading plans.


For those reading along in the One Year Chronological Bible reading plan, Psalm 25 was part of the daily reading on May 8th.

Let’s focus in on verse 14. So much in this one little verse! I’ve chosen to share the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition because it captures the point of the verse so well. Basically, the AMPC allows you to more easily understand the meaning of many verses without devoting time in research. I love being able to access the AMPC but of course, nothing replaces researching for yourself.

The secret [of the wise counsel] of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will let them know His covenant and reveal to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning.   – Psalm 25:14 AMPC

Here is an excerpt from what Charles Spurgeon beautifully wrote about Psalm 25:14

The higher spiritual life is necessarily a path which the eagle’s eye hath not known, and which the lion’s whelp has not travelled; neither natural wisdom nor strength can force a door into this inner chamber. Saints have the key of heaven’s hieroglyphics; they can unriddle celestial enigmas. They are initiated into the fellowship of the skies; they have heard words which it is not possible for them to repeat to their fellows. And he will shew them his covenant. Its antiquity, security, righteousness, fulness, graciousness and excellence, shall be revealed to their hearts and understandings, and above all, their own part in it shall be sealed to their souls by the witness of the Holy Spirit. The designs of love which the Lord has to his people in the covenant of grace, he has been pleased to show to believers in the Book of Inspiration, and by his Spirit he leads us into the mystery, even the hidden mystery of redemption. He who does not know the meaning of this verse, will never learn it from a commentary; let him look to the cross, for the secret lies there.

The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show th

You might also like to read this post – Secret Place

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Love to know your thoughts on this verse ♥

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Confident Trust

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.   – Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Do you actually believe this?

Is God with you? Is He your God? Will God strengthen you and even uphold you?

Those who have confident trust in God are able to answer YES to those questions.


He will not be afraid of evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.   – Psalm 112:7 NKJV

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.  – Psalm 112:7 AMPC

Let’s look at this verse in the King James Version with links to Hebrew word meanings from Strong’s concordance. Simply click on the links to learn more about these words.

  • heart
  • fixed
  • trusting
  • in the Lord

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart H3820 is fixed, H3559 trusting H982 in the LORD. H3068–   – Psalm 112:7 KJV

Here is what Charles Spurgeon said about this powerful little verse.

…resigning everything into the hands of God. “His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” He is neither fickle nor cowardly; when he is undecided as to his course he is still fixed in heart: he may change his plan, but not the purpose of his soul. His heart being fixed in solid reliance upon God, a change in his circumstances but slightly affects him; faith has made him firm and steadfast, and therefore if the worst should come to the worst, he would remain quiet and patient, waiting for the salvation of God.

I want to live like this! How about you? 

Confident Trust

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Christian Pandemic Response

What is the proper response to the Coronavirus?

Some things are common sense like protecting ourselves and others by following the suggested hygiene practices and social distancing.

But what is our response beyond these actions?


First of all, Christians should not be overcome by fear and panic.

_The Christian need not dread sickness, for he has nothing to lose, but everything to gain, by death._

It’s helpful to look to history for guidance.

Read this short excerpt from Martin Luther’s clear simple response to the bubonic plague in 1527.

We die at our posts. Christian doctors cannot abandon their hospitals, Christian governors cannot flee their districts, Christian pastors cannot abandon their congregations. The plague does not dissolve our duties: It turns them to crosses, on which we must be prepared to die.


Please read one more portion of Luther’s writing for a great balanced view. This is a handy guide to refer to during these days of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shal

Please don’t let this unusual time come and go without squeezing the good from it. Ask God to open your eyes to what He wants you to see. Know that Jesus is constantly with you. You may be isolated from others but not from Him.

I hope you are finding more time to be with Jesus and read His Word. Have you been spending more time in prayer? Are you unsure of how to pray? Pray by simply expressing your honest thoughts and feelings. Ask questions and then expect God to answer you in some way. I have found a very simple prayer from the Old Testament to be perfect for this time.

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.  – 2 Chronicles 20:12

Your comments are always welcome