Have you ever stepped back to look at the habits and preferences you have? Things that maybe aren’t earth-shaking or mind-blowing, yet, practices that you routinely perform out of sheer enjoyment and pleasure?
As I was reorganizing some of my collectibles around the house, I took notice of the stacks of books that I’ve managed to keep throughout the years. And that includes the recent purchases of ‘must-have-this-best-seller.’ I must say, it was a workout in itself. Hardback and paperback … they were worthy of their own living space in a new bookcase.
You can say I’m an avid reader-writer. If given the option to go out for a stroll or cuddle up to a book, I’m slipping into my comfy pants for the page turning event. I’ve been known to devour three to four books in a month — and still retain the information! Yes, I do own and use my Kindle for book reading as well. While I prefer the tactile advantages (not to mention the opportunity to underline, scribble and highlight) that accompany the traditional product, if I didn’t have a Kindle reader, our home would look like a library.
Ah, the library … do people still go there to find books? I haven’t gone in years myself. The convenience of online purchasing just seems to take that joy away. And I find that I generally read books that I want to keep for the long haul and share (besides, I’m one of those that can’t keep to those borrowing deadlines).
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105. English Standard Version
As a child, the art of reading was so well cultivated within my persona, that even during the school holidays and breaks, I would be eager to get to the library to find me a few good reads to spend my free time. I was told, “If you can read, you can do (almost) anything.” Those were exactly the words this ‘do-er’ needed to hear to ignite the flame of learning.
And so the feasting began.
The Word of GOD beckons us to heed the wisdom found in it. That it will illuminate those dark places where we find ourselves indecisive or walking through seasons of daunting circumstances. Those places where we hide away from others because pain chased us into a corner. Your secret places of retreat where you go to escape the demands of life
Sweet Friend, seeking wisdom and guidance can be as easy as opening the Bible and feasting your eyes on the precious words that have been waiting for you. Words that tell you that you are lavishly loved … that your redemption from a war torn past is yours for the taking … that you were never alone in your trials, but that moving forward you can know the One Who was there with you and that He can’t take His eyes off of you …
Or maybe you need a place to ‘connect’ with the ones who’ve been there and done that — been where you are and trusted GOD for provision. I must say, that when I read the encounters of Ruth and Esther with their GOD, my heart melts. These were ordinary women that GOD knew (before they knew themselves) and handpicked them for extraordinary work.
Feeling like you are hopeless and neglected? Read about the encounters of the Samaritan woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery. Shunned by society, GOD worked in them to transform the world around them. GOD saw them before they saw themselves.
This day I am thankful that I have eyes that can read this Love Letter from GOD. It doesn’t require me to have a degree in theology or my attendance in seminary school. I can read it from Genesis to Revelation at my own pace and in any translation that I choose. I can examine every word laid out to me in print. I can even read it on my iPhone, my Kindle or my computer.
Sometimes we just want to curl up and ‘hear’ from GOD Himself — through His people that lived and wrote it down for our sake. They were just like you and me. Searching. Wondering. Asking.
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. Luke 11:9. New Living Translation
This insatiable appetite to read what GOD’s present day people are sharing is why my digital library is a gift of ‘space’ for me. So much information to glean from. Authors with the awesome gift of (what I call) lacing words to make it a pleasant, exciting and enjoyable experience to learn how to understand the workings of GOD in your life.
What we chase after … what we focus on … what we spend time with … we will find.
I am thankful that I can find so many answers in GOD’s Word by simply reading it.
When was the last time you encountered GOD in His written Word?
Maybe it’s time to go there and meet Him in that nook where you can read about how much He adores you.
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary