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Preparing for a Better Year: Proverbs 31

Better Year

Starting a new year can feel empowering and refreshing, but also overwhelming. 

What habits do I want to establish? What rhythms do I need to begin? What needs to be done differently in 2021? 

Proverbs 31 Ministries author, Binu Samuel, shares the best tool women of God can use to prepare for a better year. She says:

"The Bible is our sword. Hebrews 4:12a tells us so: 'For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword …' (NIV).

The enemy knows the power our Bibles hold, so he does what he’s done for thousands of years. He attempts to cut off our defense system at the root.

Sure, the Bible has never been so accessible, but unfortunately, so are a million other things, and those other things fight hard for my attention … and usually win.

You see, Satan isn’t intimidated by the number of Bibles in my home. He doesn’t mind that I’ve downloaded it on my phone or read an occasional verse of the day. He doesn’t care that I have a sword if I never really use it.

Statistics indicate that individual Bible reading has taken a strong hit in the 2020 pandemic. We may be spending more time at home, but we are spending less time in the Word.

I know it’s not easy trying to juggle new norms with less outlets for relief, but if there ever were a time we need to be soaking in God’s Word, it’s now! When we open up our Bibles (or our Bible apps) and read His Word, breathing in the God-breathed Word, the Bible will do what it says it will do — cut between our soul and spirit, exposing our innermost thoughts."

To read Binu Samuel’s entire devotion from Proverbs 31 Ministries, click here.

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About the Author: Rebecca Fulcer

After graduating from UW Oshkosh with her literature teaching degree, Becca felt a call to pursue international missions. In January 2017, Becca left the United States and joined the World Race mission and discipleship program where she traveled to eleven countries in eleven months to serve in various ministries.

Upon returning home, Becca heard about Appleton Alliance’s residency program and felt confident it was the next step. She is currently working with the Women’s Ministry department while pursuing her master’s in Theology and hopes to someday work in ministry full-time.

When not doing schoolwork, Becca enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, running, and snuggling with her dogs.

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