Isabella Alden strongly believed in spending a few minutes with the Bible every morning; and that even one verse, thoughtfully read, helped fortify and strengthen Believers in their daily walk with God.
Several of her novels were based on that premise, including:
Frank Hudson’s Hedge Fence
Her Mother’s Bible
The Exact Truth
We Twelve Girls
In each story, the main characters committed to memory and relied upon a single verse of scripture every day to help them in their daily lives. She called these stories “Golden Text” novels.
Isabella brought the same concept to The Pansy magazine. In 1895 she began publishing a regular monthly feature in The Pansy called “Daily Thoughts.”
“Daily Thoughts” was printed on the first day of each month, and consisted of a list of Bible verses meant to be read individually, one each day.
She chose each verse carefully, with the prayerful hope that each one would inspire her readers to live their lives for Jesus’ sake.
With each verse she offered a brief comment or question to help her readers better understand the text.
Her verses for January 1895 all came from the book of Psalms. You’ll notice she didn’t print the actual verse, but only gave the citation. She hoped doing so would encourage readers to open their Bibles each day and look up the verses for themselves.
You can click here to open a full-size PDF version of Isabella’s Daily Thoughts for January, which you can use, print, save and share with others.
Or click here to download a simplified Word version.
Please join us again next month to see Isabella’s “Daily Thoughts” for the month of February.
If you’d like to know more about Isabella’s novels mentioned in this post, click on the any of the book covers to learn more:
4 thoughts on “Daily Thoughts for January”
I was searching for a new bible/devotional readings for 2020. Thank you for this excellent resource! I’m looking forward to the monthly print outs.
I’m glad you liked Isabella’s “Daily Thoughts,” Debby! —Jenny
What a wonderful way to memorize the Bible, a verse per day. I was encouraged to write a verse down and meditate on it all day by carrying it with me. However, it is better to minimize the verse because it cannot be lost. Thank you!
“If you memorize the verse, it cannot be lost.” That’s a wonderful incentive! Thanks for commenting, Luba. —Jenny