Welcome to 30 Days to Life Shaking Study in the Word!
Reading the Bible was never intended to be a chore and yet, let’s be honest, sometimes we struggle to understand it. Or we wonder if it’s applicable to today.
Whether you’ve been reading scripture for four weeks or four decades, it has the power to change you forever.
Martin Luther is quoted as saying, “The Bible is alive; it speaks to me. It has feet; it runs to me. It has hands; it lays hold of me.
I believe that.
My prayer is that over the next 30 days that you will begin to view scripture in a whole new way, that you’ll begin to believe this truth:
Scripture is a love letter
Like a love letter, the Word contains an invitation.
You were never meant to worship God from a distance. Scripture reminds you as it offers a glimpse into the Father’s heart. There you see Him reaching for you, even when you are tempted to run the other way. You watch as He steps into the messy parts of humanity with honesty and sacrificial love.
Like a love letter, the Word tells a story.
As you read, you discover that you were (and are) pursued with purpose. From Genesis to Revelation, the Creator that designed you asks you to walk with Him. To know Him. To be known by Him.
That’s the story. It’s unfolding, like all good stories are. Even better, you start to see your place in that story.
Like a love letter, the Word lets you know that you are accepted.
This morning my husband pulled me close. He was ready for work. I was still wearing pjs, and had a bad case of bed-head hair and halitosis. He whispered, “Babe, you’re beautiful.”
The mirror told me that I was far from beautiful, but he saw the woman he married 36 years ago. This man knows me better than anyone else. He knows my weaknesses, my strengths, and everything else there is to know about the woman in his arms.
Scripture reminds us that we are accepted right where we are. The Creator sees us through a lens of His handiwork. He knows what is inside of us. He knows who we are. If you’ve been waiting to be perfect somehow before reading this love letter, please know that it’s exactly what you need — right where you are.
It’s filled with guidance and teaching and it shows us how to see ourselves in a brand new way.
You find tools and insight that helps you no matter where you are in your journey. While you are fully accepted and loved where you are, it shows you how to take the next step and the step after that, all the way to transformation.
Like a love letter, the Word is inspired.
Love letters are inspired by the love that the writer has for the recipient. Scripture is filled with teaching, encouragement, hope, depth, and a blueprint for a new way to live, and those words are brought to life by the Holy Spirit.
But Suzie, it’s never been like that for me.
I hear you. That’s why we aren’t doing a traditional study. I don’t want you to check off ten chapters a week or even a chapter a day. We’re going slow. I randomly chose a book in the Bible because it’s not about the particular book or chapter (they’re all good), but rather how to read this love letter called scripture.
We’ll walk through this together for the next 30 days and I hope you never see reading the Bible the same way ever again.
I pray it shakes you up — in a good, good way.
So, let’s get started.
Consider that you’re gathering around my kitchen table. You’ve got your coffee or hot chocolate. Grab your journal and a pen and your Bible.
Now, open it to Ephesians 1:1-8.
You’ll be tempted to read further, but this isn’t an assignment. You are reading a love letter. Read it in your Bible, then read it three more times in a different version of scripture.
Here’s three if you like.
Why read it this many times? Well, we don’t want to miss what is being said . Now, put your name in this passage. I’ll do this with my own name.
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed Suzie with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer.
Before the creation of the world, he chose her through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence. Because of his love he had already decided to adopt Suzie through Jesus Christ. He freely chose to do this so that the kindness he had given Suzie in his dear Son would be praised and given glory.
Through the blood of his Son, Suzie is set free from her sins. God forgives her failures because of his overflowing kindness. He poured out his kindness by giving Suzie every kind of wisdom and insight . . .
Write this in your journal.
If you want to say anything to your Heavenly Father about these words, write those in your journal too.
What do you think about these words? How are they speaking to you?
For those of you worried about context, we’ll dig into that tomorrow. If you have questions about this passage, share them here. If you have thoughts, share them as well.
If you see someone who has joined this study and they are struggling, pray for them.
Father, thank you for the women who have come around this virtual table today. We have our coffee cups, our Bibles open, and our hearts prepared to receive whatever You desire to do in us and through us.
It’s a beautiful printable titled, “Six Scriptures to Help You Live Free.” It’s not just gorgeous, but it offers scripture that helps you live free in six different areas of your life.
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