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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jesus is the Word

Have you ever wondered how some women are so intimately connected with Jesus and why they look forward with great expectation to spending time in His Word? For the first three years after re-dedicating my life to Christ, I pondered this very question. Frankly, I really couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. I had enough to accomplish each day and adding Bible study to my never ending to-do list seemed impossible. And when I did actually try to read the Bible from beginning to end, I always got stuck somewhere in the middle of Deuteronomy. The problem, however, was with my perspective.

What I eventually realized is that reading the Bible is not something that we do; it is someone we encounter. That someone is Jesus Christ. John 1:1 says "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The simple and beautiful truth of Scripture is that true intimacy with Jesus occurs when we become willing to linger awhile in His Word. This is because Jesus is the Word.

The reality is, if we want to know more of our Jesus, we have to know more of His Word. As we become grounded in God’s Word, we cultivate a depth of intimacy with Jesus that leaves us with an unquenchable thirst and an insatiable hunger for more of Him. Through His Word, we discover His attributes, His character, His likes and dislikes, and His plan for our lives. We can then experience abundant life because we are aligning our hearts and minds in accordance with God’s pleasing and perfect will.

I'll leave you with this question to ponder.

If your husband wrote you a love letter, what would you do with it? Would you only read it on Sundays?

Or would you cherish it...read and re-read it... until it was barely legible, tattered and tear-stained from the fullness of joy found in its presence?


Katie said...

GREAT Post!!!

debbie g said...

Love it, Stephanie! Our church has started a New Testament Challenge,with the whole church reading through the NT in 10 weeks. I wrote a piece for the church blog about the Bible being God's love letter to us. Thank you for confirming what I was feeling!

Stephanie Garneau said...

Thanks Katie for always encouraging me in my calling! You are such a great friend!

YEAH Debbie! So excited we can keep up through blogging and share our hearts. I can't wait to look at your blog. Thanks for sharing and for your ministry to moms!

Anonymous said...

Loved it...so true! Love, Michelle

Paige said...

Yay! I finally figured out how to do this! Thanks, Steph! Your words spoke directly to my heart.

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