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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Be A Woman of the Word

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“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

One of my earliest memories of my mother is seeing her sitting in the rocking chair reading her Bible.

One day, I picked it up and saw all the marks beside each chapter. I asked her what they were and she said they were for every time she read the chapter. I was amazed by the number of marks beside each chapter of the Bible. Besides spending time with God, she said that reading her Bible gave her guidance and help for living her life. Naturally, I grew up with the confidence that if I too read His Word, I would
find the guidance and help I needed. My mother’s devotion to God’s Word made an indelible impression on my young mind.

As we deal with the pressures of marriage, motherhood, career and relationships, our Bible reading often goes by the wayside. Yet, it is the very encouragement we need to thrive during this time of life.

The book of Proverbs is full of passages which encourage us to follow God’s principles. I Peter 2:1 encourages us to desire the Word in our lives the same way a newborn desires milk. Interestingly, this desire for God’s Word is in response to seeing the goodness of God. One of the best ways to “see” the goodness of God in the midst of trials is to remember His goodness in the past. It drives us back to the Word to look for more of Him.

Romans 12:1-2 encourages us to transform our lives by renewing our mind. What better place to renew our minds and keep our lives on track than reading the very words of God?
In the fast pace of life, remember to make the Word of God a frequent part of your life. It will give you teaching, correction, and training as you navigate this journey in life. It will keep you coming back for more insight, perspective and guidance.

“Father – help me to make time to read Your words to me so that I can transform my life for Your glory.”

What time can you set aside to read God’s Word and be renewed in your spiritual walk?

What lessons have you learned from God’s Word that you can share with others?

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Blogger I am blessed! said...

There really is no other way for us to grow, no other way for us to sin less, no other way for us to know God. There is no short-cut or B team plan. It's so amazing when we stop to think that the Maker of the Universe, the One who holds our very life in His hands, has revealed Himself to us and desires for us to know Him. And then what's sad is how little time we spend in the Word. I've been ashamed since starting the 90 day Bible challenge that I will have read the whole Bible in 90 days and it takes less than an hour per day. God is so good to be patient with us, but I want to start this new year off right- spending more time in His Word. Thank you for your encouragement!

January 6, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Laurel@FromMyHeartToYours said...

This is lovely, thank you so much for this picture! I read my Bible every morning by the fire and my children have commented several times about how they like that that is what they wake up to. :)

I posted about a Garden Filled with the Word on my blog - maybe you'll like it.

Be blessed dear friend
hugs from Canada

January 6, 2010 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

So true! I have very fond memories of my grandmother's Bible opened up on her kitchen table with the same marks as well. She is the one who encouraged me tremendously to be in the Word!

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January 6, 2010 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger marie said...

This is so nice ~ I wish that my children had the same memories about their mother reading the Bible so faithfully. They don't, because I didn't.
I pray that as I work to change that, my three grandbabies (all two and under) will see me in the Word and will remember that as they grow older.

Thank you for the scripture you shared and for the encouraging words.

January 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! Lately, I've been very convicted about the amount of time I read my Bible. Oh sure, I spend time reading it with my teenagers every morning before school, but I have not spent any time on my own...alone...reading His Word. Oy! It seems like every time I turn around, I hear God telling me He wants my undivided attention.

Thank you for your obedience in writing this post. It's one more avenue through which God is speaking to me about this topic.

January 8, 2010 at 7:54 PM  

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