Creating Space

On this first day of the new year, I am beginning the One Year Chronological Bible.

It’s the New Living Translation (NLT), which is a version I haven’t read before.

In Genesis 1:6, God said,

Let there be a space.”


Other translations say expanse (NIV) or firmament (KJV).

Then God called it sky, the space that separates the heavens from the earth.

Space. Let there be space.

Notice the order of creation.

Day 1: Light
Day 2: Space (Sky)
Day 3: Dry Ground (Land)
Day 4: Sun, Moon, Stars
Day 5: Birds and Fish
Day 6: Animals and ManΒ 

Before God created life (Day 5), He created space (Day 2).

As soon as I have a little space in my schedule, I tend to fill it up quickly.Β  But God’s Word breathes a fresh message, one my heart has been sensing for some time: Create space. Make room for new life.

Like an empty womb, God will fill the empty space in our lives with new life.

But I need to be obedient and patient, resisting the temptation to fill up my “available time slots.” It’s a call to wait, and a call to watch, as He fills my time with His desires for me.

Do you find yourself rushing to fill up the spaces in your life?
(I know I do.)

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44 thoughts on “Creating Space

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  2. Denise, I love this post! I’m so glad to be visiting you today.
    I’m to forced to be still because of a cold which has me almost to weak to type! In a strange way, I’m enjoying it…in my weakness, He is strong….and in my stillness, I am making room for new life!

    Bless you and thank you for being such an inspiration!

  3. I’ve read this Bible and it is so great!! It keeps you on track and keeps you from being bored during some of the less interesting parts because you are always reading 4 parts at once. Happy reading!!

  4. I used to fill my schedule up with all the things I thought I needed to do and with all the people I felt I needed to see. πŸ™‚ I still do sometimes, but I am also learning to save some space in my days, & weeks. Sometimes, it leaves me the freedom to live in the moment…and that is usually when my creativity peaks!

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  6. Love the truth in your words: Like an empty womb, God will fill the empty space in our lives with new life. So true…makes me think of Mary and what God has been calling me to for the past couple of years…making space to hear Him…to be with Him…Happy New Year, Denise πŸ™‚

  7. Denise:

    I am also reading through the Bible chronologically this year (I actually started a few months back). I’m using my ESV translation with their suggested reading plan. I’m just getting into the kings and prophets – looking forward to reading the Bible this way.

    Just before coming to your site, the Lord had placed Psalm 119:105 on my heart, then I saw it on your header. I was thinking about my next post being on that verse and this just comfirmed it for me!


  8. yes. leaving space open. available. love these thoughts and ideas. God can’t move and work through us when there is no room. great reminder as we head into this new year!

  9. “It's a call to wait, and a call to watch, as He fills my time with His desires for me. ” …This was a word for me. I am printing it out as a reminder. Thank you!

    Happy New Year, my friend!


  10. Good point. We're always after the finished form, the final product. I should slow down here and ask myself a question: Will I let myself find Him in space? In the void of the still undone? Because I need to know love shines in space, too. I really do.

  11. It's so true – that when I have an empty space, I panic and think it should already be filled – when sometimes it is a space being held for God's next step in His plan for my life! Wishing you beautiful space management in 2012

  12. I just began the One Year Chronological Bible, too — online. I almost used the NLT, also, but decided on the NASB for a couple reasons. Wrote about it in my Jan 1 post, too! Plus, you and I are on the same page about “space.” I called it “white space,” and my first aim's to secure some! Wonderful to find this kindred spirit! God bless your year ahead, and thanks for this post!

  13. First, I bought the Chronological Bible for 2 people for Christmas. I'm thinking about getting it for my husband (so we can share) for His birthday. We've both done the Bible in one year, but not the chronological version.

    If you'd like, I'd love for you to link up this post for Soli Deo Gloria (see tab beneath my header). Funny, I'm talking about a similar thing in tonight's post — cultivating space, time, etc. The link up starts at 7:30pm CST tonight. Can't wait to journey more with you!

  14. “Create space. Make room for new life.”

    As I read this, I thought, “Make room for Me.” Do I fill up all of the space in my life and then try to make room for God? When I make space, I want to invite Him to fill it first.

    I loved this Denise!

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