“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5.
“When we understand that our lives depend on the Word of God, we are far more likely to hold onto those scriptures for dear life.” – Julie Maegdlin
• Start your day with God. Grab your Bible, your journal, a pen, and a chair. Ask the Lord to speak to you as you read His Word.
• Read John 1:1-5 and write verse 4 in your journal. For deeper study read the whole chapter.
The Magnificent Invitation
This week, we begin our study on the Bible–God’s holy, living Word. How on earth do we cover the topic of God’s Word in just a few short paragraphs? It is vast, this one. The Creator of the universe left us a love letter, words from the One who is called “the Word,” words to spend a lifetime thinking about. Scripture says that God is a mystery—and indeed He is. Even in heaven, we will not know all there is to know about God. But in the most gracious of moves, He left us His Word, and He gave us Jesus to show us the Father so that we may have an intimate, limitless, all-consuming relationship with Him.
God gave us His Word so we could know and experience Him. He is interested first and foremost in a relationship with us. Because of His desire to know us, He invites us through His Word to know Him, not just in our minds, but in our hearts too. Isn’t that a magnificent invitation?
Those of us who choose to know God through His Word understand that reading the Bible is far more than just an item we check off our to-do list each day. Reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word is the means by which we hear from God, come to understand His will on earth, and honor Him with our most precious possession: our time.
Dig deep today, even if only for fifteen or twenty minutes. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes to the words you’re reading in His Scriptures. Let His truth penetrate your defenses, and let His love illuminate your life.
Questions to Ponder
- In this life, with all of our burdens and busyness, it’s so easy to let our relationship with God become stale and routine. What kind of relationship with God are you seeking? In what ways do you yearn for more of Him?
- Write a prayer in your journal asking the Lord to fill these areas with His love and presence and to help you know Him more intimately.
We all know how important it is to spend time reading God’s Word and praying. A quiet time with the Lord can be so challenging when we have children at home, but it is extremely valuable during these crucial years. If you are having difficulty finding time to read your Bible, pray and ask God to help you. Ask Him to either get you out of bed a few minutes earlier in the morning or give you some other time during each day. I personally prefer to have my quiet time in the morning because I can be a better mom after I get my heart in the right place. Every night before bed, I asked God to wake me up early and give me an extra dose of His energy throughout the day. I can honestly say that everyday for 24 years He did just that.
I love what Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.”
There you have it! He wakes us up to listen as one being taught. Just ask!
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I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Randy and I have been married for 28 years and we have two grown children, Christie, and Jack, and one answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex. And now I get to be a Gigi to my sweet little grandbaby, Aspen! Yay!