Well here we are, at the end of another year. As I reflect back on 2016, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude over the many things God has done — both in my life personally and here at One Thing Alone.
As we close out the year, I thought it would be fun to share some highlights with you. Here are the ten most read posts on One Thing Alone from 2016:
When you learn that the most read post on One Thing Alone in 2016 was 2o Encouraging Scriptures for Moms, what does that tell you? To me, it means that there are a whole lot of mamas out there just like me who desperately need the truth found in God’s Word. If you’re a mom and you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the depth and demands of your many responsibilities, my hope is that you’ll find rich encouragement from these passages.
I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to know that readers are longing for deeper Bible study. If you’re looking for a resource to help you delve into Scripture, I’d encourage you to try this free resource.
In the Deeper Bible Study series, you will…
- discover afresh the power of God’s Word
- gain confidence in interpreting and applying the Bible to your own life
- avoid pitfalls common to Bible study
- identify a Bible study method that suits your learning style (coloring pencils? yes, please!)
- get answers to your Bible study questions
- be inspired by how other women fit quiet time into their busy routines
Do you battle with food addiction? Here are 20 verses from Scripture to encourage you and help you overcome this common struggle. For more on this topic, check out my book, Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction.
Looking for a meaningful way to express your gratitude or appreciation to someone? Here are 15 verses to use in a card, email, or text message.
Too often, I hit the ground running in the morning, my mind swarming with things I need to accomplish that day. I grew tired of the chaos as thought after thought lunged at my from every angle. That wasn’t how I wanted to start my mornings. I want to give my day to the Lord before my feet even hit the floor. So I wrote this prayer for me, and I offer it to you as well, that we may learn to start our day the right way.
Can people really change? Yes … and no. In this post I share a conversation I had with a friend, plus seven passages to spark lasting transformation.
I intentionally chose seven verses so you’ll have one for each day of the week.
Here are a few ideas of what you can do with one or more of the passages:
- Read one passage every day this week.
- Pick one and study it, writing down observations and applications
- Memorize one of the passages.
- Text it to a friend.
- Write one or more verses on an index card and put them up throughout the house, on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, next to your charging dock, above your computer, etc.
- Share it on your Facebook page.
- Write an old-fashioned letter (pen, paper, and stamp!) and include one of the passages.
- Pray the passage out loud inserting your own name in it
If you feel stuck in a spiritual rut, this post is for you. Just to be clear, this is not a To Do List to earn God’s favor — Jesus already did that for you. I do hope, however, that these ideas will encourage you to seek the Lord in new ways that will draw you closer to Him.
The list includes creative ways to worship and love God through the outdoors, the senses, ritual and symbols, solitude, confrontation, serving, celebration, adoration, and more!
My prayer is that we’ll learn to see and savor Jesus Christ in the little things, and that our walks with God would become just that: a constant motion forward, thanking Him and others throughout our day instead of just a few moments every morning.
I had so much fun with the Bible and Breakfast Challenge in October, didn’t you? It was such a treat to introduced you to 31 different women by sharing some of their favorite breakfast ideas and passages of Scripture. These bite-sized reflections were just what I needed to start my day in the right frame of mind. If you missed it, you can find links to the whole series here.
If you’re wondering how to study the Bible, I’d love to give you a glimpse into an easy method you could use every day.
All you need is yourself, your Bible, and five minutes, and you’ll soon be digging into God’s Truth for yourself! In this post, I use the acronym SOAP to help you remember the steps.
Thank you, friends, for your faithful readership over the past year! It has been an absolute joy to serve you in this place. Here’s to another fruitful year in 2017, by the grace of God!