Ever notice how we begin to act like the people we spend time with? Without intending to, we find ourselves using the same phrases or responses as our friends or family.
Patsy Burnette’s desire is to become more like Jesus. She’s pursued that goal in the best possible way – by spending time with Him, reading His Word. And it shows.
While I’ve never met Patsy in real life, as a blogging friend, I have seen her humility. Her gift of encouragement shines through my screen with such intensity, I find myself humbled as I witness how passionately she serves her readers and fellow bloggers.
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.
Be encouraged as you read Patsy’s story of turning to her Bible for the power to change from the inside out. She’s learning to love God’s Word and live it out!
More Like Him, Less Like Me
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m not much for making New Year’s resolutions. Even when we do, by this time of year many of us have forgotten what they were. The new year is great for reevaluating your journey, but we can do that at any time.
In January 2015, I did that. I reevaluated my spiritual journey and made a positive lifestyle change. I committed to completely immerse myself in Scripture that year on a daily basis. I longed for God to make me more like Him and less like me. I needed this!
InstaEncouragements is Born
A few months into the journey, I felt the need to share what God was teaching me. I started creating daily memes and called them InstaEncouragements. I shared these on my personal social media. Friends liked them and reposted. Soon, it became obvious that InstaEncouragements needed its own home.
InstaEncouragements Instagram was born, followed by Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. As InstaEncouragements gained followers, people asked, “Can we buy these in print?” After months of prayer, we opened our little Etsy shop. A couple of years later, the blog was born.
I didn’t set out to create a brand, a social media presence or a blog. I set out to become more like Him and less like me. All along the way, I asked God, “What’s next?”
The One Book That Changes Me
From the beginning, I also hoped to be an encouragement to others who wanted the same. But, I didn’t want to only be an encourager. I also wanted to equip others so they could be encouragers, too! That’s where my heart is. I want to be more like Him and less like me and I want to encourage you and make you an encourager.
In doing so, I read parts of the Bible I’d never read before and learned new truths. I read parts of the Bible I’d read hundreds of times before, and still learned new truths! God’s Word is so relevant to every part of our lives and every part of His Word is relevant.
The Bible is our textbook for life, It’s God’s love letter to us. It has the answers to all the hard questions we struggle with. It’s filled with wisdom and truth for the asking. The Bible is the one book that can make you and me more like Him and less like us.
My Bible Reading This Year
This year, I am reading the Bible in chronological order of book authorship. I’m using this Bible Reading Itinerary. I’m also keeping a daily journal of what God is showing me through His love letter. I started in January with Job.
Did you know Genesis is not the first book of the Bible written? The book of Job was first. From Job, I went on to Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, and now I’m in Judges.
Every day is a new adventure and not a day goes by that I haven’t seen some new truth. Most every day there is some nugget of truth there waiting for me that I needed that day!
Another thing I’m doing is I am not only reading but also listening to the Bible. You can do this on your commute! This has helped me comprehend and remember so much more of what I’ve read. I’m an auditory learner, and I need to hear that spoken Word as well as read it. So, doing both at the same time is super helpful to me!
Ask God What’s Next
I hope this encourages you to be intentional about immersing yourself in God’s love letter to you. I’m a girl asking God, “What’s next?” and waiting for Him to show me. He’s showing me through His love letter how to be more like Him and less like me, and He’d love to show you, too!
The great thing is, you don’t have to begin on January 1, you can start today! Be intentional about becoming more like Him by immersing yourself in His love letter. I promise you, friend, it will be life-changing and there’s no telling how God will use it in your life. I know!
Patsy is a wife, mother of four, and grandmother. She is a Christian lifestyle blogger and content manager at InstaEncouragements.com with a heart for encouraging women to grow in and share their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. She drinks more coffee and eats more dark chocolate than the average person. Patsy lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and Ellie the cat.
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