New Year Plans

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This time of year most of us are thinking about the future.  We’re setting goals, dreaming dreams and planning all of the ways next year is going to be different than the last. Except for my family.  Over the New Year’s holiday we are generally recovering from a natural disaster.  

I don’t believe that any days are inherently unlucky, but if I did, I would say New Year’s Eve is our Friday the 13th.  It’s like magnet for catastrophe.  

In the past six years we have had a house fire, a water leak that ruined our living room floor and a gruesome emergency room trip when my wife lost a fight with an immersion blender.  I will spare you the details.  

As you can imagine, these curveballs played havoc with our New Year plans.  The year I thought we’d be hosting a New Year’s Day party, I found myself ripping up laminate flooring.  The year we were supposed to do Christmas with my mom, we spent hours getting my wife’s finger stitched up instead.  And the year we had the fire, it took weeks of dealing with insurance and home restoration people to get the house back to normal.  

The good news, though, is that these nasty surprises have taught me a valuable lesson about life that sets the tone for the new year.  Make all of the plans you want, but hold on loosely because you never know what the future holds.    

James 4:15-16 says “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that’” (NLT).

In other words it’s better to hold on to God than whatever plans we’re making for our lives.  Our circumstances are unpredictable, but God’s faithfulness isn’t.  It’s great to have to goals and dreams, but far to better to have a God who will walk with you whatever life throws your way.   

God’s Big Christmas Adventure Now Available On Kindle

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This Christmas God is on an adventure, and your family is invited to join Him. In God’s Big Christmas Adventure we’ll follow God on His epic quest to save the world beginning in Bethlehem on that first Christmas night.

God’s Big Christmas Adventure is packed with six family devotions written to help your kids experience the wonder of the Bible throughout the holiday season and in the new year beyond.

This devotion book also includes includes a special bonus section with ideas for new Christmas traditions to help your family make unforgettable memories and experience the power of God’s love.

Don’t settle for an average Christmas. Dive into God’s Big Christmas Adventure and let your family’s holiday adventure begin!

Free Christmas Bible Study

Believe it or not the holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, that means you’re about to enter one of the busiest times of the year.  Ironically the season that is all about celebrating the birth of Christ can be one of the hardest times to connect with Him.

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That’s why I created a free resource, The Holiday Road Bible Study, to give us an excuse to take some time during the weeks leading up to Christmas to reconnect with God.

The Holiday Road Bible Study is a four-week Bible study based on the book Holiday Road: A Christmas Devotional.  It can be used as a companion to the Holiday Road devotional or as a stand-alone study without reading the book.

Each week’s study contains a devotion from Holiday Road: A Christmas Devotional, along with an in-depth Bible study packed with verses and questions to help you dive deeper into God’s Word.

The Holiday Road Bible Study can be done on your own to enhance your personal quiet time during the Christmas season or with a group of friends to get you talking about the Bible and learning together.

The Holiday Road Bible Study is totally free and is just an early Christmas gift from me to you to help you have a meaningful and joy-filled holiday season.

If you like the study, I would love it if you would share it with your friends on social media or drop me an e-mail at jasondbyerly@gmail.com and let me know what you think.

The Holiday Road Bible Study is available as a printable PDF, a MOBI file for your Kindle and as an ePub that can be read in iBooks or other e-readers.

Download The Holiday Road Bible Study.

I hope you have a joyful holiday season!