John 2015: Day 1

He Is The Beginning

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Today's Text: John 1:1-51


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. -

John 1:1-2, ESV

There is fresh calendar in my bag and one hanging on the office wall. The family whiteboard has been wiped clean, “January 2015!” written in bright orange at the top. It’s a new year, a new beginning, a chance to take a deep breath and start anew.

Only, the person resolving to do better this time around—to read more and rest more, to be an attentive friend and wife and parent, to take care of my heart and my body and actually be on time to something every once in a while—that girl is still me. And I’m still flawed, still tired, still making mistakes like a champ.

A fresh start is inspiring and oh so needed, but sometimes we don’t feel bright and shiny, no matter what the calendar says.

As a person who flinches at uncertainty and change, I love that John the Apostle begins his gospel account with such conviction—

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
- John 1:1-5, ESV (emphasis mine)

Does John sound iffy about any of this to you? No! He has seen this One who is a light in the darkness with his own eyes, followed him with his own feet, and he doesn’t waste any time telling us exactly who he knows Jesus to be.

He is the beginning—of everything (v.1).
He is the Word—the One by whom and through whom everything is made (v.3).
He became flesh and lived among the likes of a fresh-start-needing people like us (v.14).
He brought with Him grace and He heaps it on us (v.16).
Jesus is the beginning of our real, everlasting life—our life as children of God (v.12).

Friends, if we believe what John writes to us in this first chapter—if we believe God’s Word is true—then the fresh start we’re aching for is not determined by the date. Jesus is the beginning of things good, and we are found in Him.

If He is “the life that is the light of men” (and He is!), then we don’t have to wait for the calendar to turn to begin anew—the fresh grace and mercy we’re looking for is ours every time the sun rises.

We see Jesus call His first disciples in this chapter, and they catch just a glimpse of His glory. They’re amazed, and rightly so—this is the Son of God they’re meeting! Little did they know, they would see so much more. I can almost hear Jesus give a little chuckle as He says, “You think this is something? This is only the beginning” (v. 50, paraphrased).

This is a new beginning. And yet, this is only the beginning!

As you and I turn the page on a fresh, new year, let’s look back and marvel at all that’s come before. Whether 2014 brought joy or sorrow or everything in between, God was there. He’s been there from the very beginning, bringing life from death and light from darkness. Let’s see the glimpses of His glory and be amazed, and let’s look forward to all He has in store. Today and every day, He is our new beginning.

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  • I believe the dove was literal. Because he Saw the dove. I think it’s really cool have God uses the dove because the dove is a symbol of Peace :) hope this helped :)

  • Thanks Abigail! Verse 32

  • Was the Dove metaphorical or literal?
    So grateful for this study!

    • Abigail

      Hi! I would love to help you out, but I am not sure what verse. Could you tell me the verse please ? :)

  • I’m struck by how well John knew Him. He saw Him and knew He was the Son of God. He had no doubt and told everyone! He hadn’t met Jesus, had never seen Him before but he KNEW it was Jesus.

  • Liv Reese

    What really stood out to me was John 1:23 – what that means to me is that my conversations and my words to others should be in a way that allows Christ to enter into their lives by him speaking through me. We’re meant to be a roadway to allow Christ to enter into others, I’m simply a vessel in that process!

    • AJ

      I have read through the book of John several times in the last few years. I see things and appreciate these words so much more. I feel it touch my spirit as it never did before. So grateful for God leading me to this site.

  • Elizabeth

    I really loved the concept of everyday is a new day. You don’t have to wait for the new year to start. Life is beautiful, and everyday is a miracle.

  • Stacie Ioane

    Sweet encouragement. Thank you Lord for providing new beginnings each day.

  • Taylor Armienti

    This is so encouraging! I have just finished my fourth year in college going on my senior year and this couldn’t have been a better start of summer. It’s not a new, fresh start because Jesus is my new fresh start and he can make every day beautiful! I am so encouraged by this and excited to follow along even if this was meant to be read a year ago!

  • I needed a new beginning, life has been so hard for the past four years and I havent let got into my life. So ready for a new beginning with him and I’m ready to believe in myself haven’t

  • So encouraged by this!! Praise God for new and daily mercy!

  • Kasey Summers

    Jesus is my new beginning every day!! Love this!

  • Hello!!

  • Bethany Bratisax

    This is so refreshing to see so many sisters join together and take time to remember what God offers us. I’ve been wanting to read John and now I’m able to and gain a deeper insight in His words.

  • HelenWalksinAwe

    He is the light and the darkness could not comprehend the light.

    Very humbling to me, who wants to understand so much and feels anxious when I do not know and understand. How could I possibly understand the mind of the Author of Life?

  • Heather Shipley

    A lot of ‘new’ and exciting, yet scary things going on in life right now. I find peace knowing this is God’s plan and He has a way. What better time to get involved in a small group doing this study! Excited about what’s to come as we know… It’s only the beginning!

  • Kimberly L. Smialek

    It’s September 2015 so the calander is coming up on a new year. Thank you for reminding me that each day is a new one and Christ has gone before me and knows how with each step how today, tomorrow and the year ahead is going to “roll out”.
    Janelle I so appreciate your words of truth and encouragement.. I love and respect the way you are willing to “live your life ‘out loud'”. ❤️

  • Karleyanne

    I was just shown this app and I’m already in love! I’ve been wanting to read John for a while and I can’t wait to see what all I will learn about Christ from this!

  • I’m so excited to start this “new beginning” in the word with sisters in Christ! I have been wanting to study John and can’t wait to see the blessings that will come from it!

  • Aprilswalker

    A beautiful reminder of what is true, what is really real, and who God is. I’m so excited to get started on this journey through John.

  • “This is a new beginning. And yet, this is only the beginning!”
    Only the beginning! So encouraging!

  • Rexshell

    I was in need of a fresh start that wasn’t motivated by a facade of perfection, but rather an abundance of grace and God gave me that and this plan is aiding me as he does. I’m beyond grateful for this community and this study tool in general. My soul feels refreshed :)

  • Just found yall! In desperate need of a new beginning after living in sin and still desiring to go back. I need a new beginning. I need redemption only found in jesus. I miss my Heavenly Father. How far I have fallen. Thank you for this study and for a great tool to help me get back into the Word. He is faithful! Our twisted desires are nothing compared to his plan for his beloved children!

  • Thankful for finally getting into the Word with the help of this great app

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome to our community, Andria! So happy you are here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Thankful for new beginnings

  • Reilly Brown

    Seeking a fresh beginning with the love of my life. This is the most divine of places to begin.

  • Yeh to new beginnings. I need them EVERYDAY. Praise be to God

  • This is so amazing

  • Praise for new beginnings. And praise to the one who amazes us with his incredible faithfulness. In the beginning….since the beginning God had plan to redeem. To make new. Never goes back on his word!

  • In him was life!!! The light of men!! And The darkness shall not overcome it. Never ever ever ever!

  • Katie Ellisor

    I’m so thankful for this study.

  • So encouraging!

  • Christine Morgan

    I was just told about this app and I’m obsessed with it! I am very thankful

  • This is my first reading with this app and oh am I already so thankful for it! I was having the hardest time pulling anything from this chapter as I read it by myself until I read the devotional. Thank you Amanda for that! I just received my daily messaged from the Lord! :)

  • I’m happy to know the He is the beginning and is always there when we need Him. Thank you for being the Light in today’s dark world.

  • This gets me so pumped!

  • Kaz Williamson

    This is only the beginning:)

  • So encouraging and beautiful!

  • Bailey Schmid

    LOVED

  • Katherine Kopp

    “Today and every day He is our new beginning.” How encouraging to know no matter what we face throughout the day, joy and grace come in the morning.

  • I love how it says that in Jesus is life! A lot of times I find my “life”, or my meaning, my purpose, in everything BUT him. So good to be reminded that in him we only truly live, that everything else is we think fulfills us, will never bring us life like he does.

  • Susan Martin

    God knew exactly what I needed this blessed morning! Glad to begin every day with a Gods grace anew.

  • Amen God is truly the way

    • Amy

      I am embracing these wonderful teachings this beautiful day the Lord has given me again.

  • Brooklyn Bailey

    It is so wonderful to be reminded that God is ever-present and unchanging. Even when everything else seems uncertain or continues to change, he remains constant. Such a beautiful truth.

  • “that girl is still me. And I’m still flawed, still tired, still making mistakes like a champ.”

    TRUTH. oh, this brings me to tears!! Just found this app and am so excited for this study. How grateful I am that He is my new and fresh beginning, every day.

  • The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (‭Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭22-24‬ ESV)

    This verse came to mind after reading the last paragraph of the devotion. I definitely needed to hear this today, and am so thankful for the way God works in my life. Looking forward to the rest of this study! :)

  • Deborah Ruth

    Looking forward to this study =)

  • MochaMama

    The timing of this is perfectly awesome. I found the app yesterday, downloaded it and started going through what was available. What do I find a study on John which is in lock step with what we’re studying at church. I’ve had a desire for deeper understanding and this my friends helps.
    I’d also like to give SRT developers a shout out.the app on the iPhone is the bees knees

  • Katie Anna

    Just discovered this website and I’m in love! It is so refreshing to hear from other young women struggling with what I am struggling with and going through what I am going through. Thank you for this!

  • I had been putting this off. But it is refreshing and reassuring to know I’m sharing in God’s word with you all.

  • This was so much needed. Love what you guys are doing through the website. God is surely speaking through you guys and to readers like myself. Keep doing what you're doing. God is truly amazing.

  • I'm just now joining and have some to catch up on, but through this I am reminded of His grace. I like what was said…"If He is “the life that is the light of men” (and He is!), then we don’t have to wait for the calendar to turn to begin anew—the fresh grace and mercy we’re looking for is ours every time the sun rises". I need balance in my life with work, my home life and my children. When I excel in one area, I feel like I am failing in another area. That is a lie, but a lie I have believed. From this, I am also reminded (which I need daily reminding) that my identity is in Christ, not in my roles throughout my day and as long as I am doing all I can to honor and bring glory to God, I am doing enough and He is well pleased with me. Oh, how much pressure we put on ourselves, but God's grace is sufficient for us! 2 Cor 12:9 — But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  • I love how this entire chapter finds a way to glorify God in every verse! Vs. 8 Made me laugh, it just kinda took a break from talking about John and as a side note said “John is not the Messiah” then came back and said “Jesus is!… Got that?”

  • Madalynn

    ❤️ amen ❤️

  • Thank you Lord for making all things new. I will follow you…forward!

  • Thank you Lord for this new beginning, this day that you have made all things new!

  • Loved this! Excited to dig deep into God’s Word each new day. I’m so thankful for such a faithful and loving God! 2014 was a rough year and I let fear and anxiety take over too often. This time I’m resolving to take it day by day and remember that He is so faithful and never leaves our side. All we have to do is seek him! He overcomes all :)

  • I just found this devotional today….my new beginning. I pray the Spirit builds in me a passion, a fire to find and know God through the Wird.

  • I had also just started the study group today and must I say, John is such a perfect way to kick off a stronger relationship with The Lord!

  • Just started John, and am so excited to get back into His word. It has been an extremely tough few years, but I believe that thru all the heartache and turmoil, God will lead me to where I need to be. =-)

  • Caitlin Emfinger

    one thing I love is that in the book of John, the first thing Jesus says is “what are you seeking?” what are we seeking in this New Year? are we seeking for material things, or are we seeking Him? just a simple thought.

  • Nellie Ratliff

    Just started this study today because I was finishing up Ruth – which I LOVED, by the way – and I’m excited to dive into the book of John! I truly look forward to doing my SRT studies each morning. They have brought such encouragement to me and I love learning more about our awesome God. My favorite thing from today’s is that His mercies are new EVERY morning. Praise Him for that!

  • Laura Warden

    —the fresh grace and mercy we’re looking for is ours every time the sun rises. Love that regardless the amount of grace and mercy I required the day before, His mercies are made new each morning. Thankful that he doesn’t give up on me.

  • Just had to add this His mercies are new EVERY morning not just SOME mornings!!!

  • Katie Kresge

    So excited to begin this study. Just started over a week late, but better late than never. I was wondering as i journaled if there is a clear reason John referred to JESUS as The Word. If any of you have thoughts on that, I’d love to hear from you. :)

    • Tammy

      Hi Katie. My first thoughts on this, written quickly so I'm SURE there's much more to glean in God's Word: In Genesis 1 we see that God SPOKE ALL that is into existence. "God SAID, Let there be light. And there was light." Over and over again we see "God SAID". And then in Genesis 1:26 we see this: "Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…" A PLURAL pronoun referring to himself. The first reference to God's tri-une being. Conclusion: God's Word is POWERFUL… AND Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are ALL together at creation. The Bible is full of God's Words, i.e., INSTRUCTION on how to live… God's Word becoming Flesh is GOD's INSTRUCTION (so to speak) becoming a man… Jesus is God SO desiring to COMMUNICATE with His creation, that He becomes one of them… Just as we seek God's heart in His Word, looking for how to BE, how to LIVE, etc… NOW God becoming Flesh just brought ALL THAT to fruition or REALITY, or… FULFILLMENT. HE actually WALKED among us rather than spoke just through written words… HIS WORDS BECAME FLESH. Cool hunh!? God's just so awesome. :) I hope that helps??

    • Tammy

      Additional thought as I re-read: God's Word IS full of INSTRUCTION on how to live, but God's Word is also full of WORDS explaining who God IS… When those Words became flesh, We SAW who God is. :)

    • Jocelyn

      I think John introduces Christ as the Word to emphasizing His deity (King). Not sure if that helps but that’s how I understand it.

  • Marah Wood

    I just finished the Hosea study (my first SRT study) and started the study of John today! I am so thankful for SRT! This app has made a significant impact on me.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi Marah! I\’m so happy to hear God is using SRT to bless and encourage you. Praying He would meet you here each day! Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I look back at 2014 and what I see in big bold letters is “I failed out of med school” this beginning doesn’t feel exciting or God blessed, it feels raw, and grievous, full of shame and sorrow and regret and dread… But oh how sweet to be reminded that it is Only a beginning, one of many in a lifetime… And how precious to see again that the darkness cannot comprehend the light! In this dark year, there have been many things I cannot comprehend, how very thankful I am that all I must do is show up at His feet

    • Jennifer

      Do not see it as a failure. See it as that was not where God needed you to be. I know he will continue to do great things for you. I will keep you in my prayers that not only will 2015 be better than 2014 but that each day is better than the one before it.

  • Aidensmommalove

    Oh I can’t explain my joy…. overwhelmed maybe? <3

  • Amy Benton

    The beginning starts with Christ, not just the New Year! I love that, and I pray I live this truth out!

  • This Is my very first She Reads Truth study! I am so excited to begin! This first day was amazing. I can’t wait to dive deeper and learn more about our amazing God!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome, Ashley! We are so excited you are here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Georgia Clair W.

    I am so happy to be joining this wonderful community. I am so happy that the Lord has showed me a wonderful resource to learn more and grow stronger with Him! I am so ready to start anew and turn to Him for the hardships I face. I am so lost and in need of His guidance. Thank you SheReadsTruth!!!!

  • Olivia Rose

    searching for guidance. I am going though some hard times in my life. I pray to God for guidance but I can’t hear Him. I will never lose faith, however I am very lost :(

    • SheReadsTruth

      Olivia Rose, dear one! Thanks for sharing your heart with us today. Praying that God would meet you here each day and wrap you in the peace and guidance only He can give. Standing with you in trusting and expecting Him! Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Elle

      You are not alone in this struggle! My prayer for you is that you will feel and know how close to you He is even during these desert days!

    • Marah Wood

      Olivia, I felt the same way when I started with SRT. I would encourage you to try the Hosea study on this app. It is the perfect study for those who feel lost!

  • Elizabeth

    I never noticed the chuckle in his voice either until this devotional. A good promise of amazing things to come :)

  • Alicia Mimms

    I’m so happy I started these daily readings! The Lords word is a wonderful thing, and a great start to the day!

  • Miranda Waggoner

    I have grown up in church and am now 25.. I feel I was a lost soul for a few years- figuring out who I was, what I wanted to do, where I wanted to be. I have found all of that! I have also started going to a new church called City Hope! 2 years strong & it is the best thing that ever happened to me! My faith is as strong as ever and I am always so ready to see & hear what’s next!! I love my lord and love learning about him!! I am excited to start this devotional!!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Miranda, praise The Lord for new beginnings! He is such a good Father, isn\’t He?! So glad we get to study John together!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Hi I had joined some time ago and then got side tracked I am now back with a bang as I feel I have fallen by the way side and need to get back to my first love which is Jesus who I have missed

  • So excited to start this new devotional!

  • I am a new Christian. Why didn’t I start here before?

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi Kerrin,
      Welcome to our community! We are so grateful you\’re joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Angelina

    John is probably my most favorite part of the bible. So much light and shine. I love that.

  • I started reading John jan first, but when I saw this I was sooo excite to join in!!!!

  • Sara Catherine

    This was just what I needed to inspire myself to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ! Thank you!!

  • Just started today, but I am excited to start each day with the word of God!

  • Tennille

    I’m in desperate need of a new beginning. 2015 has started off with my mother getting the flu and staying in the hospital currently and being terrified of losing her every moment . I am holding Him close to my heart, knowing that new beginnings with God are possible every day!

  • Britany Williams

    This has really got to me. God is GOOD all the time!

  • I hate to admit it but I’ve never read the whole bible, just bit and pieces. This year in 2015 to reach this goal.

  • Patricia

    Starting late as well, but jumped right in and read throughout! going back and reading slowly – the words are popping off the IPAD! God is good!

  • Hailey Roberson

    I’m starting this study a few days late, but I am incredibly blessed to be here. After being convicted of my decisions and actions during my first year and a half of college while at Passion 2015, Atlanta 1, I am so blessed to be able to praise such an accepting and forgiving God. It’s amazing to be cleansed by his blood and washed anew and this study is exactly what I need to start not just a new year, but a new walk with Christ!

  • Annabell Jennings

    I am very excited to be sharing this devo time with you ladies. Today was my start date and I’m okay with that. Your words resounded in my soul. Imperfect, but still accepted. Thank you Jesus for your love. Looking forward to reading your thoughts and sharing my heart. Blessings.

  • Melissa S.

    Good morning! a few days late, but so thankful to be joining you all on this fresh start. I’ve spent too much time this year stressed, tired, on the edge with no margin, while trying to teach my children to show grace and mercy to each other, while not setting that up for my life. here’s to a beautiful, hope filled new year, where I can begin every day in Christ’s new mercies and grace, focusing on the important, not the urgent.

  • Lisa Dittman

    This is an amazing study. I head up a women’s ministry, and I can’t thank you enough for this particular study, and interactive platform. My prayer this year is to move from being intentional in my studies to being truly aligned with Him every moment of everyday. Sharing His truths, and BEing More for The Kingdom. Thank you so very much. Your ministry is beautiful. Can’t wait to share. Grow us Lord!

  • The Voice to Text technology is amazing to me, but God has shown me this year that He has outdone Himself with an ancient wonder–Voice to FLESH. That His WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US IS ABSOLUTELY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! But it IS true. Wow. John 1 is such a treasure.

  • kaylajoy

    When I read about Nathanael, I can’t help feeling some similarities:
    Being brought to Jesus by people that love me, because they met Him first.
    Being cynical (and maybe a little sarcastic) about things I don’t understand like when he questioned “what good could come from Nazareth?!?”
    And, finally, being such an easy sell once Jesus showed that He knew me. :)

    Thank you, Jesus, for showing off in our lives in just the way we need.

  • What a perfect first devotion for me. After my marriage almost ending due to choices of my own struggles, major depression, anxiety and anger and the year ending with the death of my grandmother following over a decade battling Alzheimer’s I have struggled to find the light. Finally returned to church today and vowed to find my light and THE LIGHT again! Thank you!

    • Hayley

      Hi Karen, i just felt to reply to your post- I’ve never replied to one before! -I’m so glad to hear you’ve returned to church and are turning to God, He will stand by you and lead you through everything. I pray that this year is a year full of growth in your relationship with Him, and that you find healing in all those areas you were hurting over the past year. I wish you all the best x

  • I also heard the chuckle in Jesus words, like he was excited to show them what was next.

  • How lucky are we all to be blessed with a new beginning each and everyday? I know I need it! So overwhelmed by his love and mercy!

  • I am new to this app, and I am SO HAPPY to have found it. His mercies are new every morning!

  • TGIT…thank God it’s today!

  • ‘Today and everyday he is our new beginning’ eeeek!! What joy!

  • Kasey Tuggle

    Love that we begin anew with Jesus each morning. I love new beginnings and I love that Jesus never gives up on us and only has grace upon grace to pour out on his children. I’m so thankful for this study and thankful for the truth of this scripture. Jesus is the light in the darkness! He is my peace in this fallen world and he is my purpose.

  • Megan Sisk

    Oh ladies… My soul needed this today. I’m so grateful for the words in John. I am so thankful to have a hope that is greater than anything this world can offer me! Im so blown away by the grace and kindness Jesus gives freely to me. I’m so excited for a new beginning with the Lord.

  • shamekamichelle

    On the way into work this morning, I was listening to Joyce Meyer's lesson on "Not Being Trapped by Your Past." She explained that God loves us no matter what we have done. She made the comment "It's never too late to begin again." Her statement popped into my mind as I read John 1: 48-50 as Jesus tells Nathanael that He saw him before he saw Him and if he can see past himself to see the greater things that are before him. Although Jesus sees my tree and fruit (past sins, flaws, mistakes etc…), He sees greater because it is never too late to begin again; for, Jesus is the beginning.

    Oh I hope Chapter 1 blessed you the way it blessed me :D I can begin again no matter what I've done or do and how ever many times I need too!!

  • This verse was the verse first used to know God was real to me! I was involved with Jehovah Witness but I did not believe the things were as they said they were… God revealed Himself to me through this very scripture

  • Stacey Norby

    I thought it was so neat when reading the last paragraph how it was mentionEd that God was there the whole time “bringing life from death.” This last year has been a hard and uncomfortable season and in the last months I was convicted that there is ways something springing up (even when we don’t perceive it), he is making beauty in the ashes and working to bring restoration daily. Thankful for this reminder once again.

  • I love Jesus and the disciples responses to the possibility of who this Messiah is! Simply, 'come and see' – this year i pray that Jesus will take us on an adventure everyday with Him, showing us who He is and what He does. It's a simple invitation that we can give out to others and keep with ourselves knowing that everyday Jesus calls us to get excited about Him! I can never get my head around who He is and there's so much more I've yet to discover – Isn't His invitation amazing? 'Come and see!'

  • I LOVE the start of John–Christ is the Word. There is nothing that exists outside of the word. There’s a postmodern (and atheist, to be honest) theory that there is no reality outside of language, that we perceive through language so without it nothing is perceived. In other words, there really is no reality or truth; there is only language.

    • lauren

      As a Christian, I revel in this theory–because it’s true! The point it’s missing, however, is that CHRIST IS LANGUAGE. There is no reality, no truth, outside of Christ. It took humankind until the 1960s to figure this out outside of the wisdom of Christ. But those who know Christ have known it since the beginning. Just love love love this.

  • Stephanie

    If I’m being honest, 2014 has been a TOUGH year. Although entering a new year makes me feel lighter and hopeful, I am so grateful that our God gives us a chance for a fresh start every single day. Looking forward to sharing this study with all you ladies! Happy New Year :)

  • Bárbara

    Si no fue ayer, sera mañana, y sino el próximo dia. Nuestro Dios nos ofrece un nuevo amanecer siempre para volver a intertarlo todos los dias. Pero sabiendo que cada dia podemos ser mejores.

  • I am so looking forward to journeying with you, my sisters in Christ! What an amazing opportunity we have to share with and learn from each other. May this year with SRT inspire us all to live out these truths to those we interact with every day. ❤️

  • My first SRT study and I’m already loving it! :) trying to catch up now after technical difficulties!

  • Jennifer

    I needed this scripture and devotion! My Facebook status on New Years was “May your year have less sucky moments than 2014.” Obviously, 2014 wasn’t easy. How happy I am that God always knows what I need and He led me to SRT and this community!

  • It is so refreshing to be able to have the proof and the truth that we all are new in Him. So freeing!

  • Martha Peyton

    I just figured it out!

  • Martha Peyton

    I’m so excited to be here! This is my first time using “She Reads Truth”. I’m a little confused on where the lessons are once you purchase them. Looking forward to worshiping with you all. Happy New Beginning.

    • Giu Tessarin

      Welcome Martha!
      The lessons will be deliver to your app everyday. You just need to open the plan “John” and selected the day you want to read!

  • In Hebrew writing and teaching, contrast is often used to make a point. Psalm 1 is a beautiful example. Here is our text, I am struck with the thoughts of new beginnings. In Hebrews It is said that Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. But, He intervenes in our lives with His faithfulness, His wisdom, His justice, His righteousness, His love, His grace and mercy, His love and makes all things beautiful. Making for us “new beginnings.” So many times Jesus turns our seemingly forever sorrow into a beautiful new beginning of joy! I so love His Word and His faithful promises.

  • Veronica

    My husband is the greatest man I’ve ever met. But he has a weakness… He has a tamper and a vocabulary that not only is embarrassing but it isn’t Christian like. This year I KNOW God will work in his life and his grace will flow in my husbands life! 2014 was a great year but I know 2015 will 100x better because this time God is the pilot!

  • So often I find myself wondering what I did to deserve such grace, and that’s when I realize I don’t deserve it. But that’s what makes it grace! And He gives it freely and often and it is boundless. Grace upon grace. Love!!

    • Kasey Tuggle

      Amen! So perfectly put! We deserve the complete opposite of God’s grace. Yet he continuously showers his grace upon us day after day!

  • His mercies are new every morning! And think about it, somewhere around the world the sun is rising. It is always rising on some horizon. He is our new beginning always, thank you Jesus!

    • Lauren

      I’m with you! Some mornings are pretty hard to start, even just to get out of bed, but it’s easier remembering that the Lord has created a sunrise for me to see. Hallelujah His mercies are new everyday.

  • I love the fact that I had a chance to read Genesis 1-3 and than read John 1. What true connections between these passages. To see that Jesus was there in the beginning of creation and to know that he is here now with us. New beginnings!

  • Cassi Clerget

    I love the verse “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” — John 1:16. Jesus came to give us what had already been given. There was no moment where grace was missing. He simply came as a renewal of this promise of grace. He came so that we might truly believe we are saved in the grace.

  • Jennifer

    Love this and can’t wait to read more!

  • Jennifer

    Ah! What a beautiful reminder of grace and new beginnings every day! Thankful for the One who calls us each by name!

  • I missed yesterday but started reading this morning and felt such a peace after reading this. I was happy to let go of 2014 and to step into a fresh year full of his blessings. I pray every new year that this may be the year we get our baby… But if again it isn’t, I will praise him anyway. I will find miracles in the everyday and rest in his love a a grace.

  • Brittney Gray

    I’m excited about my new beginnings!!!

  • I love vs 1-8. So much power in those verses! So much truth! Thankful for my new beginning with Christ.

  • Courtney

    Thankfully we get a new beginning with Christ daily.

  • Ada Rouse

    John 1:5 is such a powerful verse. The darkness will not overcome. Amen.
    And the heaping of the grace every time the sun rises. Thank you, Jesus.
    Already loving this.

  • Can not wait to dive in!!!

  • Antimony

    “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (v 5). Love how the ESV translates the word “comprehend” as “overpower”. I think this adds a really neat angle! The darkness (sin, bondage, despair, death) cannot overpower the Light (freedom, hope, life). It tries. But it cannot win. January 1 is often a day of new starts and fresh beginnings. But God’s mercy is new EVERY morning. New hope awaits every day.

  • Excited about this new year and new study! Thankful that Jesus is always my new beginning!

  • Love this—> “Today and every day, He is our new beginning.”

  • loveHimso

    He brought with Him grace and He heaps it on us (v.16)….the fresh grace and mercy we’re looking for is ours every time the sun rises…At the end of the day I often reflect on how flawed I am and how much grace I still need. I often laugh at the days events and sometimes my heart is sadden at my actions and reactions. In fact, I think it's God's way of telling me how much grace I still need DAILY. When I think of all the grace that I need, I can extend that grace to others. Everyday that we have breath is a fresh start to make things right …To receive His grace….And to share that grace.

  • AshleyDawn

    He heaps grace upon us! Thank you Jesus! I need lots of grace daily. I love how John is so bold about who Jesus is! I just want my life to boldly show his love and grace. Jesus is so cool. My hero!!!!!!

  • “But whoever did want Him, who believed He was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.” Dear Jesus, I do want you! Make me into who You want me to be!!

  • Chelsie Ann

    Knowing, seeing & understanding that Christ is the beginning of everything has brought me peace & freedom! My goodness how there is so much freedom knowing that Christ is before me in this coming year. I’m free from the failures & upsets that will come. I’m free from making idols out of the good things that God will bless me with. Christ truly is the beginning of everything that will come & knowing this encourages my heart to praise him! What great truth to have on the first day of the year. Blessings! :)

  • Krista Wilbur

    Paired with today's #365DaysofTruth reading, this is just a beautiful punch in the gut. I am so tired of the Krista that I've been. I have felt like a fake and a liar and I was so excited for January 1 to roll around so I could start fresh. What a powerful, beautiful reminder that Jesus is good forever — unceasingly good! — and that I needn't wait for a specific date to start over again. Amen!

  • Morgan B

    New beginnings can be intimidating… Like a fresh notebook that I don’t want to write in for fear of messing up the clean, perfect, first page. But notebooks are useless without notes in them (so silly of me)! I’m thankful that He has a fresh page of LIFE for me everyday…’cause I’m a terrible speller and make lots of typos.

  • 2014 can best be summed up as: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." I had two defining dark moments. In each, there was redeeming light. God's grace touched my family in more ways than one. My brother would not be here if it wasn't for God's saving grace and the angels sent his way. Further, I still struggle with another dark part of the year, but today's reading really helped me see that there was so much light. That faith in the Father can make all things right. If anything 2014 taught me to have unyielding faith. This year's new beginning is to continue this unyielding faith. To accept that things happen for God's will and that all I can be is faithful and try to live in the word.

  • 2014 was a tough year for my family. I love (and need) being reminded that even in the worst moments He was right there in the turmoil, stress, loss and fear. So grateful for that. Blessed assurance indeed.

  • I am so ready for a new beginning. I wrote in my Christmas letter that 2014 was a tumultuous year. The first half of the year was filled with setback after setback. The two most devastating setbacks were the loss of my grandmother and the loss of my job. However, as I learned at a conference in November, the setbacks in our lives are really setups for what is coming down the road in Gods' plan for us. This idea was coined by a high school student at Lutheran High School in Orange County, Jake Olson. I believe that in 2015, I will begin to see what God was setting me up for as I continue searching for a job. I am so grateful for the reminder of John 1.

    • Carolyn

      “the setbacks in our lives are really setups for what is coming down the road in God’s plan for us. ” I love that! Thanks for sharing. I pray you will soon find that job God is preparing for you!

  • "—the fresh grace and mercy we’re looking for is ours every time the sun rises."
    I love this! What a reassuring truth- God is good!

  • Clella Fox

    I'm looking forward to studying The Word!

  • What a fantastic way to start a new year! By reminding ourselves that in Christ we always have a new beginning!

  • “Today and Everyday he is our New BEGINNING” Amen!! This is exactly what I have been looking for to gain a closer relationship with God. Here’s to 2015, a new beginning and walking closer in my faith to the Lord.

  • ..we don’t have to wait for the calendar to turn to begin anew—the fresh grace and mercy we’re looking for is ours every time the sun rises.

    GREAT REMINDER!

  • I am new to this group and am super excited to have discovered this study! It seems that we are all a group of women searching and a lot of us have had a hard time recently. We are who Jesus came for; we are who Jesus came to dwell among and that is amazing!

  • Such a powerful chapter. I love that the disciples just *saw* Him and knew to follow. The Light shines in the darkness. Praise God for our glorious Light, the Son. May we follow Him.

  • Hi everyone!! I am new to this website and I am trying to strengthen my relationship with God. can anyone give me tips on how you take notes during your bible study time. thanks so much:)

    • Brianna

      The best way I take notes Is to apply the words to my life. How can they better my relationship with not only God but also with the people around me. I love to just take a notebook and dissect each verse. There is really no set way in how to study the bible it is just that you put in quality time and real time with Christ.

    • Jessie A.

      I literally write down EVERYTHING that comes to mind and is able to be written. Word definitions, quotes, relating verses, thoughts, verses that stick out to me, questions I may have, etc. Later when I’m going over it, all of my notes make it so much easier to remember everything I studied, and I can also see how God has revealed things through what I’ve studied! Don’t be afraid to take lots of notes. I’ve found that there is nothing that’s “too stupid” or unrelated to wright down. It all comes into play.

  • God keeps bringing me to the wordplay on light & darkness – my verses for 2015 are Isaiah 60.1-2…and I am thankful to find Him as both my Light in the darkness and my Guide into this brand new year!

    “4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

  • citychick

    Loved today’s words. A perfect way to start the tear :).
    ” the fresh grace and mercy we’re looking for is ours every time the sun rises.”
    Amen Sista :).

  • So so encouraged by all the beautiful sharing here. Sisters, God has called us his own, warts and all. And a fresh start every morning? Sounds like what I need, with the stressors and shorter fuses. Let’s dig in to these studies!

  • LaurenC_

    The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it! Praise God! Happy New Year!!

  • A fresh start, grace and mercy available to us even in the moment of the day when you feel like you’ve failed…stand, brush off and let His grace pour over you like a refreshing shower cleansing your heart as you keep turning toward Him. {So grateful for this; already today with my thoughts and words I’ve messed up *sigh* GRACE. }

  • Christine

    Oh praise Him! I love you so Jesus! You have made me new, restored me from the dead, removed my affliction. Given me a new name. I was dead and now I LIVE! Fully, in Him. 4 years ago I was a heroin addict, broken and hopeless. Today I know hope. I know love. I am healed. Raised from death. By His amazing grace. I take it for granted sometimes, but I love this community. Being in the word everyday keeps me on fire for Christ and the TRUTH foremost in my mind and heart. Thank you friends!!

  • It feels so good to know that, God is the beginning. And it doesn’t have to be a new year to receive His awesome grace and mercy. However, with the new year, I have hope and faith seeping out of my pores!

  • He gives me new grace and new mercies every time the sun rises. Thank you Jesus!

  • Today's study taught me that life begins with God. More often than usual we (I) place value in the things that I think sustain me through life. Money, material things, a job, success etc. those things are temporary but God gives us everlasting life. I asked myself if God took away everything that I valued would I be satisfied with the everlasting eternal life He has promised us? I'll be honest, I wasn't able to answer it with joy and complete certainty. My prayer is that I become so satisfied with life in Christ that the things of this world no longer satisfy me. I admire John. Standing out in the desert, stinky, hot and looking like who knows what. Yet none of that mattered to him. His focus was undeniable real. He didn't care about the things of this world. He just wanted people to experience the life that God offers us.

  • Every time we come and fellowship with Christ, we walk away with a fresh start- a new beginning. What joy!

  • Nikki Gould

    How awesome for John to first lay eyes on the one that he is Forerunner for. Oh that I might feel that same excitement and exaltation looking to Jesus day by day.

  • Michelle C

    Thank you She Reads Truth for putting this study together. As I read John and study I pray I can be less so He can be more. And to all of you dear ladies here I can identify with all of your hopes and fears, triumphs and failures. But as we study His word may we be receptive of Him molding us into who He wants us to be. (((Hugs))) to you all.

  • I decided I’m going to read the Message version of John as well and verse 12 really jumped out at me:
    “But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.”

    This is definitely my prayer as I look at today as a fresh start. I do want Him. I do believe He is who He claims and He will do what he says. He is making me into my true self and I couldn’t be more excited about what that means for my 2015 and beyond.

    Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow with all of you!

    • Rachel

      I used to hate the message version, but verses like that have begun to win me over!

      • citychick

        Me too :). I’ve found great inspiration in TM version. I didn’t read it for years though. Funny how that is sometimes :).

    • Lisa Dittman

      Beautiful. This verse embodies the spirit of REAL GURLZ. http://www.realgurlz.com
      Women seeking: Authentic…Real…Transparency…Truth! Amen!
      Thanks for sharing the MESSAGE version. It’s beginning to strike a cord with me too. (I go back and forth reading multiple versions to ensure my understanding and discernment over the scripture.)
      Have a blessed day/year. Loving this study already!

  • 2014 was a year that brought my college graduation and my wedding, but also family heartbreak and the re–disovery of who I am. I am anxious for this new year because I hope it brings me praying more than talking about struuggles and healing to my broken heart and unstable marriage. Verse 12 stands out to me because I claim God's name, and I need to cling that He will bring light to my darkness.

  • As I ponder vs 38, I picture Jesus, ahead of me on the road, looking back at me, seeing that I am following Him. I hear Him ask me "what are you seeking?" I don't want to return His question with another question….I want to answer Him, purposefully answer Him. I am seeking more of Him and less of me. I am seeking more dependence on Him for everyday living. I am seeking more of His joy in my marriage and in my family. I am seeking more trust, less fear. I am seeking a walk with the Lord that is more focused, more intently focused on His tender loving presence in my life. I am seeking, really seeking HIM.

  • I keep focusing on the circular notion of John 1:15. The verse, to me, just feels completely all encompassing and I am finding so much comfort in that. Like a warm blanket, His strong arms wrapped all the way around me. I am, at age 30, participating in my very first Bible study and already I am finding comfort to replace the hesitation and fear. I stumbled across She Reads Truth in just enough time to get my study pack and "start fresh" with the worldly New Year. I know this is no coincidence and instead quite feel like God is speaking his own John 1:50 to me – I ain't seen nothing yet!

  • Thankful for a new year….the excitement and possibility it always brings. I’ve never been into resolutions much because I know that they don’t last for me…..my human will and flesh fail me. This year, I pray for a year full of living in and experiencing grace and truth. I was struck by John 1:17 “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” I am thankful for a Savior who is grace and truth….I pray that I remember that and experience that and Him more deeply this year. While I don’t make resolutions I certainly have some goals I’d like to see this year and I pray that I am focused on grace and truth on the journey toward those goals.

  • Melina Taylor

    Beautifully Written. There is so much faith within his words, He knew who Christ was. What a great reminder that although our flesh may wait for the calendar date to turn for a fresh start. Gods grace and mercy is new everyday and we don't have to wait, but moreso be willing. Just re-reading this scripture over and over again reminds me of WHO God really is! In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God! The word was already written, God already had EVERY SINGLE WORD! But, he waited on the right vessel to deliver it to his creation. Oh, Glory!!

    Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this beautiful community!

  • I’m excited to be in this study, learning Truth from my Jesus!

  • Such a good, clean fresh start to a new “you” and a new day!

  • I am so excited for this study! I am really needing some spiritual growth and I am excited for the chance to actually study God's word instead of just reading portions of it in a devotional book! She Reads Truth is such a great ministry! I haven't been a part of She Reads Truth for very long, but already I am sensing some spiritual growth and renewal in my life :)

  • So happy that we can follow Him together!

  • BDBell44

    The beginning…Jesus! Keeping my focus on HIM is a great way to start 2015. I have the joy and the best way to keep it is priorities –
    Jesus, Others, You..(JOY). Thank you for fresh beginnings!

  • Im thrilled to be a part of this study.

  • Very good, I'm excited to read more http://love-pink-forever09.blogspot.com/

  • Ashley Rouse

    I love that in John 1:16 is says that we have received “grace after grace from his fullness.” It doesn’t matter when choose to start fresh or if we choose to. It doesn’t matter that our resolutions for the New Year start on this specific day. God doesn’t run on our calendar, but He is continually pouring his Grace over us giving us His blessing to start clean and fresh every day, every hour, every minute. So today, I rest in knowing that no matter how this year goes, My Beloved is with me and He is constantly redeeming me, forgiving me, and making me whole. Through HIS fullness.

  • "Jesus is the BEGINNING OF OUR REAL LIFE" – I love that. Not a New Year, the beginning of what is real is with Jesus. Hallejuh!

    • Sereta

      That is my favorite part too.Sometimes we get so distracted we forgot the Jesus is the beginning of everything.

  • With the new year comes new motivation for me to dive into The Word each and every day. While I’ve dabbled with She Reads Truth in the past, I put it on hold to start my walk with God with a mentor. It is only fitting that I turn back to this beautiful ministry and use it to guide my daily reading. I am more excited about this than I’ve been about anything in a long time. I am anxious to see how He will speak to me and open my mind to new ways of thinking and a new approach to this thing we call life. I don’t know about you but I was humbled by the statement “He is the light…every morning should be seen as a new beginning” I am not quite sure why but it moved me and a light bulb sort of went off in my head! I am excited for this journey with this community and look forward to all that it will bring. happy new year everyone!

  • Kaitlyn McKinley

    Waking up this morning, my heart was just filled with peace and even more so as I read this sweet passage in John this morning. New year excitement gets me every time, but this year I worried that I had too much going on in my life to really feel refreshed. And then I realized, of course I have too much going on. I am a messy person, with a messy life, living in a messy world. The precious words of John really turned that discouragement into joy when I finally saw that Christ is the light in the darkness every day, and He is the power behind being a true follower of Him. So, with that in mind, I am overjoyed to think of how God will bless and strengthen us as a community of believers. I will be praying that God’s word will more deeply penetrate our minds and hearts. I am so excited that our fresh start today is rooted in Christ and the fact that the New Year is a metaphor for what we can have everyday by the new mercies of our Savior.

  • Ladies, I have read John 1 many times before and I absolutely cannot believe that I have never noticed this until now. Look for the pattern of SEEN –> BORE WITNESS. In verse 14-15: "We have SEEN his glory, glory as only the Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John BORE WITNESS about him…) Later in verses 29-34 we see this pairing again, culminating in verse 34 which I drew a huge box around in my Bible: "And I have SEEN and have BORNE WITNESS that this is the Son of God."

    What a profound Word of the Spirit this morning, on the first day of a new year. It was like the Lord was challenging me, "Sarah, you have SEEN me and experienced my grace. You know me to be the Son of God. Now get out there and BEAR WITNESS." So often I fall into the habit of hiding in my little safe Christian bubble and I don't take the risks to bear witness about Jesus to the world. There have been numerous instances lately where non-believers at my job have been asking me questions about my faith out of clear blue sky and I've been wondering what was going on with all that.

    I have my answer now. I have SEEN. Now I must BEAR WITNESS.

    • Ali

      Yes! Thank you Sarah! Every grace and new mercy is for us to better reflect His Gospel to the world.

  • Dee Carmen

    Well said! So excited for this study! Amen!

  • elkunkel

    Amen. Such a sweet and powerful reminder of how present He always is.

  • I went to bed last night not all that excited about 2015…but this morning there seems to be a hope emerging!

  • Danielle

    I, too am loving this plan! I also can't see the 365 Days of Truth:( But something that stood out was that I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET and John's certainty. He had no second thoughts when he wrote those words about his and mankind's glorious Redeemer. This year will be really great for me, using this plan and hopefully the 365 Days of Truth; it's pretty fitting that we'll start with the Beginning and God's hands producing the perfect world only to fall by the First Adam and his lover, Eve due to the serpent's lies, and the Second Adam, Jesus making a blank slate and a fresh start.

    Reminds me of this song… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGw0AWpTUUI

  • I for one am extremely excited to see what He has in store for 2015. I love the fact that each of us women, each with our own stories, our own journeys, our own hangups and past mistakes, can come together on this January 1st and share in the gift that is the Word. In the past I have started and stopped reading the Word because of many different reasons, but mainly because i didn't see the "living and breathing presence" in my own story. That being said, I am going to look to the Word this year with fresh eyes. I look forward to the journey that we are all going to take together over the course of these next 12 months. I want you to know that although I do not know your names individually and we have never and more than likely will never meet face to face, I will be praying for you on a daily basis. I pray that the Word will come to life and begin to walk and talk before your very eyes. I pray that the arrows that may…more than likely will….be thrown your way will come up short each time and that the shield of His love will be there to protect you. I love you all and I look forward to getting to know you more. Much love.
    -Renee

  • jenntenh

    So excited to follow along! I read the Bible for the first time, cover to cover, in 2014. It was my resolution. My life was changed inexplicably. I'm still like a kindergartner in faith, but I'm reading through it again this year, and looking really forward to digging a little deeper and learning a lot more this time around. Cheers to 2015!

  • I am so excited to start a brand new year committing to the studying of The Word … And ESPECIALLY The Book of John. John’s writing has always been my favorites in the Bible! I love the beauty of his poetic style. My prayer is for God’s continued grace in my faithfulness to Him and His Word. Father God equip me for what You have for me TODAY. Help me to focus on hearing You, following and obeying You one day at a time. Help me not to “concern myself about the future and what I’ll wear or where I’ll go or what I’ll eat or drink for each day has enough concerns of its own”… Matthew 6:31-34

  • Millicent

    So much truth in this reading! His mercies are new every morning. There was a lot of stretching and molding in 2014, I am so excited for what 2015 has in store :)

  • 2014 started very difficult for my husband and I, we had a new baby and he had just lost his job. But 2014 showed us the true faithfulness of God, providing for us things so much better than we ever could have dreamed. Very excited to see what God has in store for us for 2015!!

  • Beth Warner

    Oh I can tell I’m going to love this study already!!! The Lord has been with me through these past two years of chemo, radiation, scans and Dr.visits. He has out shined any darkness that has tried to take over me. I completely expect him to do the same in 2015, as I wait for him to open doors and close doors to let me know which way to go. So many blessings have come my way through this, and I know he has more in store. So excited for this new year!!! God Bless you ladies, enjoy your day!!xo

    • Alicia

      Beth what an awesome attitude and faith. I want what you have. I worry I won’t be able to handle tough stuff like you have. Praise God for you.

  • 2015 is off to a great start with the book of John! How amazing it must have been to have a first hand account of seeing Jesus face to face and knowing good things were coming our way. Happy 2015!

  • Monica V

    This is just perfect for me. Although 2014 had some really great moments it was still tough. It started with my aunt (who raised me and is more like my mom) passed away very quickly. My relationship with the dwindled because i just plain got busy with a new little one. Now my son is 17 months and I am due with number two in April. I am so ready for a fresh start, a fresh grace, and yes.. this is ONLY the beginning! So excited!

  • I love the feeling of a new year. Something about it just naturally produces hope…..no matter what the year behind you brought, it is comforting to look forward and think about the new possibilities. That's wonderful and yet our hope wains with the first thing that goes wrong. The reality is that we don't need to look forward to a new year or even a new day, Jesus provides hope any moment we want to seek it. Relief in the late nights, refresh for the long mornings and a renewing for any day that lies ahead. We shouldn't put so much weight on a *year*, Jesus can carry our burdens and our concerns. My hope moving forward is that I *know* Jesus as John did. That I am quick to see Jesus. Think about how John referred to Him in verse 29 – "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." I can feel the pure admiration and love in how he refers to Him, the way he chooses to express who He is. I certainly hope that others see Jesus as they did from John when I speak about Him. ~ B

  • I can’t find the 365 day plan, did it not launch yet?

  • I’m always amazed when I read this chapter at how Jesus gives Simon his new name before Simon even speaks. Jesus sees Peter knowing all the ways that Peter would mess up and fail

    • Elise

      And still names him “the rock”. It reminds me of the hope we have in the Gospel. Jesus looks at us and knows our flaws and shortcomings, yet still claims us for his glory and purpose.

  • Verses 50 & 51 in the Message say—

    "Jesus said, “You’ve become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET! Before this is over you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again.”

    Its like the words just jumped off the page, well screen, to me! YOU HAVEN"T SEEN ANYTHING YET JESSICA! I think I shouted *Hallelujah!* in my mind :)

    Happy New Year Ladies!

  • Thank you Lord that I have a new beginning in You with You. Thank you Lord that I do not have to wait until January to start anew- all I have to do is pray to you and read this passage to remind myself that You are the giver of all things new, right and just. I love you dearly.

  • We had a very rocky 2014 in our house, but God's love, grace and mercy were evident thru it all. I definitely grew in my faith last year and can't wait to dive in even deeper in His word this year. Each day is a new beginning…..so ready to follow where He leads! He lead me to SRT a couple of days ago…..excited to "meet" a community of faith filled women!

  • His mercies are new – not just on new years day – but, EVERY MORNING! Amen!!

    Beckey
    http://reallyreallyrealhousewives.blogspot.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork

  • KC Blessed

    Good Morning this New Year Ladies,
    I feel so blessed to start the year with God’s word and a distant, yet connected group who are seeking to gain an ever growing closeness to our Lord and Savior.
    This study group has helped me “keep my mind stayed on Jesus” in 2014 and now begins 2015 with joy and much anticipation of deeply knowing more Truth.
    As we enter this new year, yet another new beginning that Christ makes available to us;
    I pray that all is well with you all.
    That chains of bondage are broken, wounds are healed, spirits are lifted, and a closeness of incomparable measure to our Heavenly Father and the saving grace of Jesus is gained.

  • Stephanie

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  • Even when I am in the sunset of my life, He is a new beginning each and every morning. How can I thank you enough, dear Jesus? Blessings for all my SRT friends.. You all are such an inspiration to me. Hugs.

  • Susan G.

    So excited for this study! Thank you!

  • Love this reminder. He is our new beginning – every day and every moment. Thank you! Loving this study already.

  • Ready to start the new year and every new morning this year with Jesus! And this is only the beginning! So excited for what he has in store!!! His plans > my plans!

  • Kelly_Smith

    I love new beginnings! A new year, new month, Mondays, mornings. The start of a new journal, a new calendar, a new book. I love possibilities, fresh starts, promise. It is pure joy to know that, in Christ, there is always a new beginning. Always.

    Yet this I call to mind and therefore have hope. Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

  • Brittnie

    I love the reminder that we don’t need a new year to start a new… HE is our fresh start everyday. Amen! So excited to follow the study and join the SRT community. :)

  • Kendall_S

    struck by the first question John records that Jesus asks:

    what are you seeking? (v.38)

    how would I answer Jesus?

    am I seeking to make a new set if 2015 goals that i accomplish all on my own strength?
    am I seeking to check things off a to do list so i can be finished with my chores for the day?

    OR

    am I seeking to know Him?
    am I quietly going through each day and putting forth Christ?

    what am I seeking? what does my heart reveal in its answer and what is my right response in order to glorify God?

    still mulling this over……

    • Laurie

      Good insight!

    • MNmomma

      You nailed what I have been pondering…..what am I seeking?? Where is God leading me? Am I listening?

    • Jill R

      Very thought provoking question(s) here. Thank you for sharing as it has also provoked me to consider these questions, as well as considering the faith that was already given to the first disciples that they were able to drop everything and go with Him. Will my faith be that strong? Will I recognize Him when He returns for me? I pray every day for open eyes and ears, but now perhaps I need to add an open heart. Blessings!

    • Corrina

      Love that you are wanting to answer Jesus’ question. I need to ponder that myself.

    • Onfaith

      love this! ~ B

    • Alicia

      Me too. Very well said.

  • Happy New Year Sister's…..praying His Blessed Assurance over each of us….that whether good or bad, happy or sad, empty or full….He is Emmanuel…God with us….and that already warms my heart…

    He is ….He is…He is…He is…

    Amanda, if I may be so bold….as a believer, with a capital B, surely it's not 'if' ( that implies a maybe), rather..,..(.If ) He is “the life that is the light of men,” we don’t have to wait for the calendar to turn to begin anew—the fresh grace and mercy we’re looking for is ours every time the sun rises….Let begin this new years day, in sure and steadfast knowledge that He is….everything we need, or want…and that fresh Grace and Mercy are ours each day…
    What an amazing thought, that no matter how the day before ends….He is the beginning of each new day…and not just that…a whole heap of Grace and Mercy comes with that Sun rise….

    Thank you Lord God for you in my life each day, for the Grace and Mercy you bestow on me each day…I am blessed totally by you Lord God…Thank you….for everything…in the powerful name of the One who gave it all….Jesus…Amen…

    Love and hugs, Sisters….xxx

    • LaurenC_

      Happy New Year sister! Your post reminds me of Ellie Holcomb’s lyrics — “As sure as the sun will rise and chase away the night, His mercy will not end. His mercy will not end.” Praise our God that His light shines in the darkness – every darkness – and the darkness will never overcome it!!

  • Desiree du Plessis

    WOW….so excited for this….just what I needed…thank you

  • What a great reminder! 2014 was a hard year for my husband and me but throughout it all I could see Gods provision, love and mercy. I love this reminder that every day is a new beginning. A chance to do our best for our Lord. And the reminder from verse 51 that we will see glorious things!

  • So good. May we have such conviction! Looking forward to the fresh start I have in Him. Loving the fact that He's got 2015 covered already.

  • Comforted by the truth that I can begin again in Him perpetually. I’m apprehensive (but excited) to begin the new year in the Word and with a community (I’m new here!). I’m guilty of distancing myself from others so as not to be vulnerable or accountable. Ready to change that! Happy new year!

    • Anna

      I'm in the same boat with you!! I think we've made a pretty great decision starting our new year this way :)

    • Branna

      Hi Mindi! Reading your words felt like my own. I am new here too, and new to any sort of bible study. At 30 I'm terrified to admit this is my first one EVER. I pray God continues to comfort you as you dive in to the community. Happy New Year, sweet girl!

  • On my Facebook I wrote that I don’t have a man to wake up to but God and a group of women pouring over scripture :) Three words jumped out at me while reading as this marks the start of my countdown till I launch on World Race. THE NEXT DAY, my next blog will focus on this. I have $4,500 of $18,000 but I have never winced at the numbers or doubted His provision for the number of days He has in mind for me living as a missionary…instead I’m focused on what I’m doing with TODAY. How would you spend (yet often waste the same as I) today differently if THE ONE you are supposed to devote your every thought breath and overflow to SHOWED UP? Food for thought as I will undoubtedly fail with you and yet in His kindness get a do over. If you want to follow my journey you can visit http:// brookeleffelman.theworldrace.org

    • Sha'terika Perkins

      Hey Brooke!

      I did the World Race and just got back in July. I am so excited for you! I definitely understand the challenging but beautiful journey of support raising. God does so much in our hearts through it–and the hearts of others. It's a ministry all it's own:) I will be praying for you and look forward to reading your blog. Blessings!

      Sha'terika (shaterikaperkins.theworldrace.org)

  • Happy new year all! I am resolving to hold myself “accountable” for studying and being in The Word more this year. God bless you!

    • b11n11

      AND how awesome that He gifts your wearied flesh a few companions to journey it with you. I’m feeling blessed as well.

  • drshanwalks

    Happy 2015 sisters! A new beginning is here! I am resolved to move forward and conquer the things that have held me back! Thank you God for strengthening me even as I write this! Amen.

  • Candacejo

    Our Pastor taught last night "Our times are in His hands" from Psalm 31:15 "But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, "You are my God." My times are in Your hand…" As Amanda said, whether the year was good or bad, prosperous or not, healthy or not healthy, God was there. He was in control and He will continue to be in 2015.

    Just as He saw Nathaniel under the fig tree and KNEW WHAT HE SAID about Jesus, He knows all about us too. And like Nathaniel, even in our shortcomings, He takes us in under His wing and prunes us, preparing us for His service.

    If we say as David did, "I trust in You, O LORD, my times are in Your hand…" we can approach our new beginning with joy and confidence. Whatever comes this year He will not leave us nor forsake us. The God of the universe is FOR ME! ♥

    Happy New Year to my SRT sisters!! (several have asked for a link to my Daniel Fast devotional http://www.hopeinthehealing.com/2014/12/26/prepar… and yes, it is in paperback and kindle)

  • As I sit here with most of my children still sleeping, I am taking an inventory of last year. And although many good things happened to my family, I find myself looking over a year where I have been complaining, stressing, panicking, yelling more than ever before. I thought things would get easier when children get older, but I find that perimenopause combined with young adults, teenagers and toddlers is not going very smoothly. What I need more than ever is God's GRACE! I am choosing this as my One Word for 2015. I am praying that I would understand, accept, experience God's grace and extend it to others. I am so glad that John 1 show me that Jesus is FULL of grace and truth (v. 14) and that He heaps on us grace upon grace (v.16) and give us a new start.

    • b11n11

      He couldn’t have chosen to weave a better word into your story. Grace fills the gaps and serves as a reminder every day of how relentless His pursuit.

    • Julie

      Talyq, I'm not in the same life period as you but I experience the same, reminding myself of His Grace. I get so caught up in me and what I'm doing or not doing and continually remind myself He who came who always was who always will be! Offers me grace upon grace.

    • April

      I loved that verse, too…Grace upon Grace…..I don't think I ever really noticed that before. And I can relate to your struggles, with a pre-teen who acts like she's going on 20…So thankful His grace is new and available to us every morning…and all the hours and minutes from morning to morning.

  • Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— I struggle with believing either God is real or that I am really saved. I live in such fear so much of the time. I hate that I am more after what God can give me (products of faith) than just loving Him. I want to want and believe in God for who He really is–not just a concierge. I don’t want to work under my own strength but to look on this great, loving, merciful Father. I don’t want to just agree with what is said about Him. I want to KNOW Him. Praying that this study will be used by God to break through my mess and fear. Thank you for creating this app.

    • Phylecia Wakeman

      Alicia, I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes I feel as though my heart is numb, like I haven't really "seen his glory" like the apostles did, because if I did, I feel like my actions and my heart would be overflowing with humble worship, adoration and love! I *want* to "want Jesus" with an unquenchable thirst. And because I don't have this, I doubt my salvation as well many times. I pray that this study for both you and I and anyone else will show us his glory and make our faith sure. One thing is for sure though, it's only by God's grace that you and I are seeking him in this study and we can be thankful for that!

    • sharijune

      I'm praying for you today Alicia.

    • Andrea

      Feeling the same way. You aren't alone. Longing for my head knowledge of God to be transmitted to my heart!

    • Amy

      I would like to share something with you that just struck me. First off let me say, I have struggled with these EXACT same feelings/thoughts/emotions. I felt like it was myself writing your comment. I am slightly heartened to see that I am not alone, and yet slightly disheartened, because when I saw 5 replies I thought someone has given you a scripture or something to help with these feelings of doubt. Anyways, I was reading on and came across Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am WITH YOU do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." BOOM! lol I feel like this scripture says it all. I doubt, God does not, I struggle, God does not. If everyday I get up and I still have the desire to know Him more, to "want to want Him" then that is all on Him, not me, because ME says, "Why believe? Why keep trying? You can't really believe all of that." The part of "me" that says, I still want God, and I still want to be His, is His strength in me. That is Him with me. That is Him helping me, and you. I will not be dismayed! God Bless you, my prayers are with you all.

  • Kelly Lynn

    As a new member of Shereadstruth, I’m SO excited to begin a devotional adventure with all of you. I’ve been going through a very rough time (battling anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and dropping out of school) and haven’t been being spiritually filled like I should be. Studying the Bible alone can be hard for me, so this support will aid me in so many ways. Today is my new beginning!

    • Shelly

      In almost the exact same situation as you Kelly. I pray this year and this bible study will bring us into His presence and remind us once again what truly matters in life: knowing Him and making Him known.

    • Shandi

      I feel for you. I'm in a very similar situation, although currently in graduate school, feelings of loneliness/sadness uncertainty of things to come, 2014 may have been the roughest year for me to date. I like you, have not felt spiritually filled, I find myself getting "busy" with other things and not taking time to slow down and hear from God. I am so broken and in need of this fresh start! Excited to start this with you all!

    • Gabbby

      Same here Kelly, I’m new to #SheReadsTruth and I’m very excited to start. However I’m bad about sticking to a plan, school has been kinda crazy and sometimes have no time for anything. on a good day I get 6-5 hrs of sleep, I’m constantly stressed, anxious, and tired because of school and this semester I found out I fail two rereq couses pushing me a year behind to graduate. I’ve been so sad since, but decided to start the she re add s truth community for support. I am glad to see someone in a kinda similar case. Good luck and god bless.

      • Kelly Lynn

        Hi Gabby! I totally know where you're coming from, it's so hard juggling school, work, social life, and spirituality all while trying to get sleep! That was me last year for sure. Good luck to you and God bless!

    • Marci

      I am also new and am looking forward to the fellowship and learning in this group. God Bless you!

    • shamekamichelle

      I am so glad you decided to seek God :D I became a member a few weeks ago and it has been such a blessing. The support from other women has been amazing. I have been able to stay focused. God can heal you of everything as you give him your yoke because His is lighter and He will provide you with rest (Matthew 11:30). Please feel free to reach out whenever necessary. I have also joined Instapray and that application has been a blessing too. You submit prayer requests and a community of people are supporting and praying with you. You should look into it.

    • Karen

      You aren’t alone in your struggles and now we’re not alone in our redemption.

  • julesinschools

    It's good to know that God was there in the beginning and knows how everything works, even me, and there is nothing that is going to take Him by surprise and there is nothing He is not capable of dealing with if I allow Him to.

  • Today and every day, He is our new beginning.

    YES YES YES!

  • Michelle

    This will be my 30th year of digging into the Word! I am so thankful for this ministry of She Reads Truth for another fresh way to approach my Savior and grow closer to Him. It’s gonna be a great year, ladies. Blessings–M :)

  • thisgalsjourney

    Amen.

  • Demi-Brooke Kerr

    Such a perfect reminder to start the new year with!

  • torontogirlwest

    Amen!!! What a wonderful reminder this was! :)

  • I cannot wait to get started! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • RobertsinMada

    Amanda! Thank you sweet friend. Yes, such truth. Grateful that His mercies are new every morning!!

  • Oh that I may be more like John — also pointing to Christ in whatever I say and do. Help me, Jesus, to live a more selfless life!

    Happy new year friends!

  • Imagining the excitement of the men as they recognize and realise that they have found Christ – Look!! This is the man we’ve heard so much about, that we’ve been waiting and aching years for.

  • Stephanie Volkmer

    This combined with the song Blessed Assurance that is playing in the background brought me to tears. He is constant, He is faithful. No matter how many times I screw up, He alone is always constant…and I am so grateful for this. ❤️

  • LeinoLife

    This past year held more sorrow than I ever imagined. Grateful for His redeeming, strong love that carried me through and carries me into all my tomorrows, no matter what they hold in store. Our God is faithful!

    • Kristie

      I pray that 2015 brings more joy into your life. Thank you for continuing to show faith despite all of that.

  • Just what I needed to read and reflect on as we embark on this new year!

  • Alannah Renee

    Yes! So good. I’m pumped for this.

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