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We’re girls. We have hearts. And they tend to beat to a pretty romantic, dreamy, emotional rhythm. But that’s okay, because that’s just how girls are, right?

But what if our hearts steer us wrong? Could they steer us wrong?

Suzanne Hadley reminds us that the heart is deceitful above all things. There’s only one true guidepost to follow.

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My church’s current sermon mini-series is a discussion on heaven and hell, scary topics that are frequently put into dark corners and left to grow dusty for fear people will be offended if forced to look at them in the clear light of day. But is that as it should be? And if that old H-E-double-hockey-sticks place is so scary, could it be that it’s so because it’s meant to be so? Over at boundless, Gary Thomas shares why he’s a big fan of hell. It’s worth the read.

Evaluating afresh how I meditate on the Scriptures, I was inspired to hunt out a short series of blog posts I remembered reading last year. The Five15 blog, a ministry to the youth of Sovereign Grace church, posted a three-post series on spiritual journalling. It contains simple tips that may inspire you in your approach to Biblical meditation.

Check out part one, part two, and part three on writing the truth about grace.

You might wish to also explore the posts on praying, singing, and reading the truth about grace.

AND LET US not grow weary of doing good. (Galatians 6:9)

About ten or so years ago our family learned a new phrase: Happy Backs. It was a little trainer in manners. Mum and Dad would use it (and sometimes still do) when we were slouching; it would be a cheery reminder to correct our posture.

I think that Galatians 6:9 is the same kind of reminder to me. Maybe we could call it Happy Hearts. We get tired and worn out, and we tend to ‘slouch’ in our spiritual walk, but this reminds us to keep a happy heart while doing God’s will.

There is one particular area in which I tend to slouch, and I’m sure it’s the same for many of you—the practise of daily devotions. May I encourage you with something that helped me correct my spiritual posture in this area?

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As Volume 9 #3 goes to print, I thought I’d pass on to you a nifty new Bible reading plan I discovered.

Looking for something to freshen up my daily reading {which can sometimes become ritualistic and thoughtless if I’m not actively pursuing it with passion and creativity}, I came across a weekly plan which works through the Bible by genres rather than books. On Sunday, there’s a reading from one of the gospels. On Monday, it’s a piece of the law. On Tuesday, there’s some history. On Wednesday, a Psalm. Thursday reads through the poetry books of Scripture. Friday studies prophecy, and Saturday takes a peek at the Epistles. I’m excited!