Monday, January 1, 2024


Today’sΒ Reading: Isaiah 26-27

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


An older woman in Nazareth Village teaches a young girl how to make a blanket from sheep wool. In our modern world where we are equipped with all kinds of supposed labour saving devices, we are too busy to take time to do such things. At least this is the case with most of us. Let us create an atmosphere of “Peace” in our homes by slowing down our frantic activities and by spending time with children and young people in order to pass on the knowledge of the good things of the past.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.


Chapter 26 is a good example of what a “Happy New Year” should be! Our key verse speaks of “perfect peace” (literally in Hebrew, “Shalom shalom – peace peace”). A double peace to all our blog participants!!! In this New Year let us take “the way of the just!” (26:7). Let us say to the Lord, “I will seek You early!” These daily blogs posted early each morning should help make the New Year the best ever!!!

Chapter 27 tells that God will be victorious over Satan. This is symbolized by “The fleeing serpent…the twisted serpent!” (27:1). Let us determine to “Resist the Devil and he will flee!” (James 4:7 – read James 4:7-10) Jesus said to His followers, “I give you authority to trample on serpents…” (read Luke 10:17-20). Let’s trample on the fleeing serpent this New Year! The result? “Peace…peace” (27:5)


Thank You, Lord God, for the blessings of the past year. In the New Year I ask for Your power and authority to back me up as I resist the Devil. I know he is not continuing to harass me but he’s fleeing away at full speed. I take authority and order him to stay far away! I pray in the Name of the One from Whom Satan flees, Jesus Christ! Amen!!!


Our eldest son, David Reynold, was featured on yesterday’s blog as he reported from Haiti. Just before he and Kathy left for Africa, they hosted Norma-Jean and me for breakfast at 7 a.m.; we had fish-shaped pancakes and read all the Scriptures where Jesus spoke of fish. At 8:30 we visited the magnificent new Toronto aquarium, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Reyn took pictures (check out one of Norma-Jean and me below). At noon we ate at a fish diner, and then in the afternoon we went to the Ontario Science Centre with its “Under the Sea” Omnimax theatre production. Our kids said the theme of the day was inspired by our commitment to follow Jesus and to let Him make us “fishers of men!” They are now fishing for men, women, boys and girls in Uganda, Africa (click here for an update).

HAPPY NEW YEAR from me to you!!!


Norma-Jean and me at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Aquarium in Toronto. This day gave me constant reminders of Jesus’ Words, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19) This may be the best New Years Resolution ever! All I have to do is follow Jesus and He’ll “make me” all I should be!!!

4 thoughts on “Monday, January 1, 2024

  1. Wonderful pictures of David & Norma-Jean! A great work Reynold & Cathy are doing. Amazing! Blessings on them and all our bloggers for a great 2024 and a closer walk with Jesus. Amen

  2. Happy New Year everyone….This conflicts with Elenor and Edward’s situation but I know our Holy Spirit will see them through.(Not ‘the’ Holy Spirit’,He lives ‘in’ us.)
    Our bodies can be compared to a spacesuit that enables an astronaut to survive in outer space.It has the life support systems incorporated into it for the astronaut to survive,Our bodies have the organs ,the life support systems,that the body needs to survive in this physical world.When they fail to function our soul/spirit returns to God.”Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord”.This world is temporary.It is we who are ‘absent from the Lord’.May they feel that ‘peace that surpasses all human understanding’.May God bless

  3. Amen to the comments above
    Also I’m so thankful for this blog
    I’m so thankful for a hundred words. CA
    There was a time in my life where I struggled to read through the Bible but never succeeded
    But now I am so thankful to David that he started this wonderful through the Bible reading
    It is a good feeling to know that now I have gone through the Bible because of this reading several times so thank you very much David
    Happy New Year everyone
    God richly bless you all in 2024

  4. Please pray for Anne Marie, a young lady who is handicapped & uses an electric wheelchair. She lives in my retirement residence as she needs a lot of help. Right now she is in hospital in intensive care with pneumonia. She is a courageous person. She has been in the hospital for over a week so for all the holiday celebrations. Thank you folk.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.