Women Wielding the Word: Gwen Thielges

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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.

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Meet Gwen

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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14 thoughts on “Women Wielding the Word: Gwen Thielges”

  1. I have one sweet and beautiful memory of that wonderful song, Jesus Loves Me.

    The night in mid November 2011 was dark, wet and windy on eastern Prince Edward Island. That month had seen cool temperatures and a vicious nor’easter blow through. Our homeless family of 4 lived under a tarp in the woods for close to 40 days enduring the hardship and hunger that accompanies such difficulty. Unfortunately, as a severe asthmatic we needed to get power to run the machine that dispensed medicine. There was a nearby public building where we could get a little power when necessary but the 1/4 mile trip one way was awkward, especially when I would have an asthma attack several times a day. With this constraint in mind we moved closer to the building, leaving our tarps behind. That was not a good decision.

    Although we had a bit of cardboard for protection the winter winds whipped through our clothes which we damp from the rain. We were too exposed. Although we had be safe from harm as Jesus was watching over us there remained the threat of hypothermia. By early morning the constant chattering teeth told me something needed to be done. I got up, determined to bring back the tarps from our old camp.

    I started slogging through the muddy, soggy field to get to where the forest where the tarps were. Depression dogged my every step tempting me to curse God for the misery. I had lost that battle too many times before and was not about to lose it now. With chattering teeth I began to sing Jesus Loves Me. The rain and wind did not stop. The field was as muddy as before. I still couldn’t see a thing. BUT. There was a change. In the spirit, hidden from the physical eyes and ears I just knew the choirs of heaven and Jesus Himself joined with me in singing praise to the Father. This lifted my spirit out of the miry clay and encouraged me.

    I eventually found the tarps and managed to bring one back to family. Under that little shelter our body warmth brought us back to life. All the while Jesus stood watch over this little abandoned and forgotten family. His love never left us.

  2. Yes, it is–a love letter from God–Gwen! And with that in mind, we should be much more excited and primed to read and learn from it each day! Thanks so much for this reminder and for Jana sharing your encouragement with us today! Pinning and tweeting!

    • Yes!! “…we should be much more excited and primed to read and learn from it each day,” I couldn’t agree more. My prayer is for me, my loved ones, and all believers to desire more and more of the gift of His Word in our lives! Thank you for sharing by pinning and tweeting – that is so appreciated!

  3. Love the thought of a love letter. His Word is powerful, yet it draws us to an intimacy with Him we don’t find in other books. My study times seems rather ho-hum at times, but then there are times when the Word dances to life. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m finally listening 🙂 or it’s simply God’s perfect timing, but those moments are life-changers. He’s so good.

  4. I love this picture of the Bible as God’s love letter to us. We should all be compelled to read it all of the time- it is simply too easy to get distracted and off track! Great encouragement today to keep reading!

    • So glad you were encouraged, Katie! I agree that is too easy to get distracted…definitely something I pray about in my life – to stay focused on Him and His love letter! Thanks for your comment!

  5. I love how you say there are times when the Word “dances to life.” Yes, it is a living Word! And praise God, it is written with each one of us in mind!! Lord, help us approach our quiet times with You with gratitude. Thanks for commenting, Kristi!

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