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I have to hand it to the people at Nintendo. I never would have guessed I'd be buying a gaming system at my age, but just over a year ago we were able to borrow someone's Wii.  I faithfully used it to exercise with several times a week, so when it came time to give it back we decided to purchase one. 

I thought "The Biggest Loser Challenge" looked like it had potential, so my son bought the program for me as a Christmas gift last year.

Don't buy one.

I'd say it has more glitches than any program I've ever used, but since I've only used maybe three that statement probably doesn't carry much weight. (Weight...Biggest Looser...grin)

I have to say though, it did give me a very helpful fitness tip: The first thing you should do each morning is to drink a large glass of water.  The reason?  Your body gets dehydrated overnight and needs to have an infusion of water to function properly. 

It makes sense when you think about it, doesn't it?  It's simple enough that I found it easy to incorporate it into my daily routine. 

I think the same concept can be applied spiritually.  I just finished my chronological Bible this morning and read, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." ~ Revelation 22:17

Just as our bodies needed to be physically hydrated with H20, our souls need a DAILY infusion of Living Water to be spiritually hydrated.

Do you take a long drink every day?  A small sip?   Or are you parched?

Did you know the events depicted in the Bible are not in chronological order?  I was surpised at just how much it jumps around, but I have to say I really enjoyed reading the events in the order they occurred.  Then again, I am a chronological kind of gal.  I've read through "The Daily Bible" a few times now and I highly recommend it!

This particular version combines duplicate passages (as is found in Kings and Chronicles, for example) and lists the Scripture references in the side margin.  The Psalms, for the most part, are interjected into the events about which they were written.  For me, reading the four Gospels meshed together was the feature I appreciated the most. 

This year, I'm going to give a new chronological version a try (also a Christmas gift from my son - such a nice boy!) 

"Reading God's Story" doesn't have the date at the beginning of each day's reading like "The Daily Bible" does but is instead divided into 52 weeks, each broken down into seven daily segments.  Every day has a check box to mark as you complete it.   

This Bible is divided into three acts: 

Act 1: God's Plan for all People (Creation, the fall, and the flood)
Act 2: God's Covenant People (divided into 9 scenes)
Act 3: God's New Covenant People (the New Testament)

This year I hope to focus on the New Testament, and plan to read through Act 3 at least four times, hopefully five! 

What's your plan?  Unlike "The Biggest Looser," you have everything to gain and nothing to lose!

Lord, thank you for your Word!  Increase my capacity to absorb all you have to say to me!  I regret all of the years I foolishly neglected it and praise you for being the God of second chances.  I pray that you will work in the hearts of all who are reading this and give them an unstoppable desire to immerse themselves into Scripture daily.


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