I don’t get a kick out of being bossy or preachy. So if that blog title sounds that way know that I’m not hitting you over the head with my copy of the Bible.
What I do get a kick out of is reading God’s Word. It’s been a long road to get here though.
Let me be honest: I’ve never been the queen of having a quiet time. In fact, “quiet time” makes me cringe. I get the usage and it makes sense, but I feel that it’s gotten overly-packaged. It lends itself to being just one more thing that believers have on a to-do list, something that may not get done leaving the person to feel guilty because they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) carve out a few moments for that quiet time experience. I know that’s been me. Guilty and ashamed I would give up on the idea of the “quiet time” altogether and just go about my life, feeling like I was missing something.
And I was missing something – time alone with God.
I finally came to a point where I stopped calling it a “quiet time” and leaning on it as something absolutely necessary for my relationship with God. In relationships you spend time together. There is talking. There is listening. Sometimes there is all silence. Tears. Laughter. Honesty. Truth. It’s a part of a relationship. Why was I trying to get by without partaking of the very basics of relationship? I was reading about other people’s relationships. I was hearing from pastors on Sunday mornings. But why wasn’t I spending time with God?
Just so you know…God answers prayer.
He doesn’t always answer in the way we want Him to or in the time frame that works best for us, but He does answer. Praying for God’s will is vital. If you want to see God work, pray for His will to be done. If you know Scripture well enough to know the promises of God and what He is capable of, pray to Him about it. He will show up. What kept popping up in my mind this morning was just this: God delivers.
I know this for many reasons, but several months ago I began to pray for God to give me a hunger for His word. I wanted to feel linked to it. I wanted to experience it as Him communicating with me through the pages. I didn’t want it to just be a book. A history. Some commands. I wanted it real and personal, up in my face, wrapped around me in an embrace, relationship with God. And…God delivered. I can only explain it that one way. Because I’m head over heels for the Bible. Not that I hated it before. I’ve been surrounded by God’s Word all of my life. But right now I need it to be me and God. I need to talk to Him and listen to Him. I need to be all in to this relationship that I have claimed since childhood. I must be changed. I must spend time with my Father.
There’s nothing supreme about me for wanting to be in God’s Word and that I do it every day. I have struggled with this for years. What you need to know is that it is worth your time. This book written so long ago, it DOES apply to you. It applies to all of us. And it is just as applicable today as it was when it was penned for the first time by the very first scribe. It is used by God to communicate with us. It is life changing and life giving! It renews the mind and we are transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ. It is the very best thing and if you’re not reading from it every day I beg of you – READ THE BIBLE! Ask for God’s help and watch Him deliver!
I had the privilege to receive a review copy of the new Study Bible for Women in the Holman Christian Standard Version (HCSB). I use the HCSB in my own studies. It’s my go-to version every day.
It is really well done and full of top notch information from some of the most scholarly women of God. I have no objections to the men that contributed to my HCSB study bible, but it’s really cool to get the opportunity to study under wise women of God. And they’re here in this version from B&H Publishing!
This study bible comes in various cover options and there is even a version with index tabs (one of my favorite additions to any study bible). And it’s absolutely lovely inside! Take a look at this sample from the B&H Publishing website:
You can also check out a pdf sample HERE.
This study bible is beautifully done. If you’re in the market for a new study bible – if you are about to commit to READ THE BIBLE!- this is a great place to start.