I haven’t received a lot of love letters. I’m the “word person” in our marriage. (My husband declares his love for me in many other ways!) But if I did get a love letter, you can be sure I’d drop everything to read it immediately, if possible. If I had to wait to read it, my thoughts would still be fixed on the precious message inside.
Have you ever thought of the Bible as God’s love letter to you?
Sharing stories of how God has impacted our lives encourages us and builds our faith. It’s one of my favorite things to do! The Women Wielding The Word series is meant to be an encouragement to you. I’ve asked other bloggers to share what their time with God looks like and how the Bible has impacted their lives.
Gwen Thielges enjoys reading her Bible like a love letter. Her delight in the love of God as experienced through the pages of His Word is contagious! Here’s Gwen.
The Love Letter You Don’t Want to Miss
“For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 33:4)
Imagine if someone you deeply love handed you a love letter. A love letter in which they poured out their heart about their hopes and dreams for your relationship. I am guessing you would find the very next opportunity to read the words on those pages.
Although we have daily access to a love letter from God – the One who created the concept of love, there are times we avoid even opening it."Although we have daily access to a love letter from God – the One who created the concept of love, there are times we avoid even opening it." Click To Tweet
I would love to say my personal Bible study time is steady and scheduled, but I’ll confess it would be more accurate to describe it as haphazard and hit-or-miss. There are days I am distracted while I read, there are days I wake up too late and therefore rush my reading time, and there are days I miss it altogether because of poor planning. But on “best-case-scenario” days when I spend meaningful time with the Lord while drinking hot coffee under a warm blanket, His Word soothes my soul, sparks my spirit, and motivates me to live His love out loud.
Presently my morning method is to read a daily devotional and the chapter of the Bible where the corresponding verse is found. The Holy Spirit is faithful to guide my eyes and heart to a specific passage, and He speaks to me about how I can learn from it and apply it to my life.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” This verse can repeatedly ring true in our lives, including the area of Bible reading. If we ask Him for wisdom as we read, He will generously provide it. It is exciting when verses we have read several times throughout our lives offer brand new enlightenment.
We can potentially gain Godly wisdom by reading Christian books or listening to Christian speakers share their heart about the Bible, but allowing these practices to replace Bible-reading will cause us to miss the gift of a life-changing love letter specifically designed for each one of us.
In this love letter, God reminds us who we are, whose we are, and who He is. With our identity found solely in Him, He can continue to give us a clear vision of what a loving relationship with Him looks like and guidance on how to communicate His truths to the world.
The lyrics to a familiar song from childhood come to mind when I think of the importance of Bible reading.
“Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me!;
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.”
Oh, how He loves us. And oh, how His love for us can be discovered and rediscovered through the pages of His holy love letter. May we be refreshed, renewed, and re-energized by the Bible and its life-changing message.
Dear Lord, we thank You for Your Word – a book filled with life, lessons, and love. Give us a new enthusiasm for diving into Your holy love letter and sharing its beautiful message with the world around us. In Your name, Amen.God's love for us can be discovered through the pages of His holy love letter. Read how Gwen Thielges spends time in God's Word. @gthielges Click To Tweet
Gwen Thielges resides in North Dakota where she is an author, blogger, church worship leader, and Kindermusik educator. She is married to her high-school sweetheart, Darren, and they are above-and-beyond grateful for their three sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.
Gwen credits the immeasurable love of Jesus, the love of her amazing family, and strong coffee for her writing inspiration. Her devotional for college athletes, All In For Him, is available on Amazon.
Her heartfelt desire is to encourage others to strive toward a deeper faith and a wider witness.
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