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Today is the day after Christmas, and I’m already languishing at the fact that I’ll be heading off to work soon, thus, officially ending my Christmas Holidays.  To be honest, I almost feel as though I need an extra day to rest and relax – it was a busy few days.  All good things usually come to an end; however, and the Christmas Holiday is no exception.  Since that is the case, let me offer you a short, but hopefully helpful Two For Thursday: Holiday Edition.

If you didn’t already have one, some of you may have received an Amazon Echo for Christmas.  Like Apple’s Siri, Alexa has burst onto the scene for Amazon, and she is now prevalent in many smart devices that are being offered everywhere.  From thermostats to door knobs, smart remotes to garage door openers and everywhere between, you can find an Alexa enabled device.  But in order to utilize Alexa efficiently, or to utilize her to fullest potential, you need to know what commands to give her.  This is where a group of authors over at CNET have hit a homerun!  An article posted on December 11, 2019 (most current update), entitled “Every Alexa command to give your Amazon Echo smart speaker or display” lists more commands than you’ll probably ever use.  You can set a daily alarm, send texts, adjust lighting, play music, create a shopping list, etc.  There is so much you can do, and the list is ever expanding.  The Editor’s note states that the list was originally posted on April 13, 2016, but it is updated regularly.  Why don’t you head on over and learn all that Alexa can do?

Many people make reading the Bible in its entirety a priority for the new year.  And like most, I’ve started a plan many times through the years only to see it go by the wayside after a few months.  It shouldn’t be that hard to do, but it always seems to be a difficult discipline to master – that of reading the Bible daily.  For those of you that are committed to continuing the tradition of reading the Bible through in a year, I’d like to present to you a pretty exhaustive list offered by Ligonier Ministries with the catchy title “Bible Reading Plans for 2020”.  You can choose from a variety of different plans such as Chronological, Historical, Two Year plan, 5 day plan, and many others.  All come with a PDF or website link so that you can print or access the plan that is right for you.  So if you’re one of the many that will once again plan to read the Bible through in 2020, head on over and check out the list.  Whether or not you choose one of the plans listed, please be encouraged to read your Bible daily.

As promised, today’s post is short and sweet.  I trust that you’ll get some use out of the resources that are provided, and if so, how about dropping me a comment to let me know that you did?  Thanks