I just finished Day 5 of Goal 62. I finished Hebrews on Sunday and I loved it! It’s amazing how God can speak to me through different verses, and I always feel awed by how He connects something happening in my life at that moment to scripture. Hebrews was difficult for me, as you know, but after I got past the chapters dealing with Jewish traditions, it was much easier to understand what I was reading. Not to say that I didn’t understand the earlier chapters of Hebrews, but when I read chapters one through ten, I didn’t really internalize them as easily. Reading the devotional book on Hebrews really helped me get the main points of each chapter, though.
I’m on to James next! I read James this previous spring semester with my Bible Study at USC, so I’m fairly familiar with the content. However, I loved what having a devo book did for my study of Hebrews, so I’m getting one for James and the rest of the books of the New Testament (1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation). Thankfully, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude are all in one devo book, and 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John are all in one book as well. Revelation will probably be a very long devo book, but I’m sincerely looking forward to delving deeper into the hidden meanings and symbolism of Revelation.
On a different note, one of my close friends is getting baptized tomorrow (July 20)! I’m so excited for her, and it’s made me think of the absence of baptism in my life. I haven’t been baptized yet, and I’ve been a Christian since I was five. [A little back-story: My grandparents on both sides are Catholic, but my parents are Christian. When I was born, my grandparents wanted me baptized into the Catholic church, so I was. I have never been baptized as a Believer, that is, as a Born Again Christian.] I was almost baptized when I was in middle school or late elementary school (I can’t remember), but when it came time for it, I was pretty nervous and kind of wimped out. I didn’t feel ready for it, and looking back, I know that if I had gotten baptized then, it wouldn’t have meant very much. Being so young, I don’t think I understood the meaning of baptism as much as I do now.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Philemon 1:25) <3