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***Precious mamas, we've been using this week to plan and set goals for the new year. This post, which I wrote and shared here last year, has been on my mind as we plan our Bible reading for 2012. Maybe you need to read it again, too? I'll share part two tomorrow.***
"Dusty bibles lead to dirty lives."
I've heard this - read this - a dozen times or more. To me, it's one of those thoughtful, impacting little nuggets that makes reading a whole book just to stumble upon it, well... worth it.
Sometimes the book I'm reading may not be spectacular, but there's one thought in it that changes the way I think, and this is one of those thoughts. It convicts me.
Is your Bible dusty? Is is reflected in the way you live? In your relationship with Him? With others?
As my dear husband and I begin planning next year's Bible reading, I stumble upon this, from Dr. Hendrick's book Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible:
"You see, a lot of people nowadays are making all kinds of claims about what the Bible supposedly teaches - claims that are simply not true. A closer inspection of Scripture reveals that the Bible doesn't, in fact, teach what they say it does. Likewise, there are a lot of things that the Bible does teach that many people don't even know about, because the truths are deemphasized or ignored altogether."
Dear friend, beautiful mama, do you know what the Bible teaches? Have you read it for yourself? Studied it? Poured over it?
Have you felt His love, His story in it?
Have your tears ever washed over its pages?
It is for you.
Many of us want a word from God, but not the Word of God. We may own a Bible, but the Bible does not own us, it's not in us, not in our hearts and minds.
If you were without face-to-face communications with your husband for many years, and he carefully wrote you a book out of His tremendous love for you, and you longed to be reunited with him again someday, wouldn't you read that book over and over again, savoring every sentence?
Surely you would. How could you not?
"Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the Word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation." - 1 Peter 2:2
Later this week, I'll share some tips and a tool that we use in reading our Bible through, cover to cover. We've done it in years past, and plan to do it again this upcoming year.
Would you prayerfully consider reading the Bible through in 2012? Or perhaps at least one testament?
It will change you.
*Updated to add: You can now read part two here.*
Also shared at Women Living Well.