Women Wielding The Word: Stacey Pardoe

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Do you ever wish your desire for God’s Word was stronger? Do you want to be more passionate about spending time in personal Bible study?

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.  

Stacey Pardoe expresses so beautifully her desire for a deeper yearning for God. She’s sharing with us today how she intentionally works at fueling a greater passion for the Bible.

How I Fuel the Fire for Personal Bible Study

I remember reading the words on a sun-splattered spring dawn, and I could not honestly say I related.  The words went like this: “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalm 84:2 NIV).

I want both my heart and my flesh to literally yearn – to hunger – for God, but there are plenty of mornings when I open my Bible with waning enthusiasm.  A wise mentor once compared daily Bible reading to a daily bowl of oatmeal for breakfast: Most days, nothing unexpected happens when you eat the meal; nonetheless, it continues to nourish and sustain you day after day.

While I agree with this comparison, there are seasons when I find myself desperate to fuel the fire for personal Bible study.  I’ve found several key ingredients to fan the flame:

1. Being with Hungry People

Have you ever noticed that if the people in your house are intent on snacking all evening long, it’s far more difficult to practice self-control than it is to join them on a chip-munching binge?

In the same way, spending time with people who are hungry to draw nearer to God ignites the same passion in me.  There are a handful of friends in my life who talk about their Bible reading as if they’ve just had a very direct and personal conversation with God.  They speak of obscure Old Testament passages as if they have directly heard the voice of God thundering from heaven.

These friends inspire me to open my Bible with an expectation to encounter God in the reading every day.  Hunger for God is contagious. 

Can you resist snacking in the evening when the people you're with are munching? Stacey Pardoe shares how this experience feeds her passion for God's Word. Click To Tweet

2. Living Outside My Comfort Zone on a Daily Basis

The correlation between my zeal for Bible study and my passion for living out the gospel in my everyday life cannot be denied.  In seasons when I’m deliberately following God out of my comfort zone, I always find myself more attentive to his voice in my everyday moments and more desperate for his truth as I open his written Word.

This doesn’t mean I have to plan an overseas missions trip every two months.  It simply means I regularly ask God where I can follow him in sharing the gospel – whether by word or by deed – and I step out of the safety of my comfortable space to follow him. 

This might look like baking banana bread for the neighbors, prayer walking on the local university campus, inviting a new friend to church, opening our home for a community dinner, or daily taking steps to step out in faith to follow a long-time dream.  Living outside my comfort zone goads me to a place of greater dependence upon God, and when I am desperate for him, I am hungry for his written Word.

3. Simplicity

The spiritual discipline of simplicity helps me cast aside the distractions that keep me from pursuing God with focused vision.  Simply put, I limit the amount of time I spend on social media each day.  I limit clutter in my home so I’m not distracted by it.  I limit the commitments in our schedule so I have time to simply rest in God’s presence.

I make time to practice silence and solitude, bask in God’s love, and dig deeply into Bible study each morning.  The discipline of simplicity creates time and space to do more than merely skim the text of my Bible. 

It gives me time to wait for the Holy Spirit to illuminate a verse in my daily reading, and I make it a habit to visit biblehub.com and do a Greek or Hebrew word study on at least one word from my key verse each day.  I read commentaries.  I go deeper.  This kind of study fuels my hunger for God’s truth.

4. Time Spent Looking at Him

Finally, I make time to simply look at God.  It is said that we become what we look at.  I spend time simply seeking God for who he is, not for what he can do for me.  I set aside my long lists of prayer requests and questions about my future, and I simply fix my eyes on his glorious presence.

Some days, this means I study one of the hundreds of names he gives himself in Scripture and come to know him more deeply through his attributes.  Other days, I read the words of Revelation and imagine him seated on his throne as I worship him.  I often spend time outdoors admiring the works of his hands as they declare his glory and goodness.

I find that the more time I spend lifting my eyes away from myself and fixing them on his love goodness, the more voracious my appetite to consume his Word becomes.

"We become what we look at." Where have you been fixing your eyes lately? Stacey Pardoe shares how she keeps her desire for God's Word alive. Click To Tweet

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Meet Stacey

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Stacey is a lover of the woods, a passionate and imperfect follower of Christ, the mother of two blue-eyed children, the wife of Darrell, and much more.  A certified special education teacher, Stacey is on leave from the classroom for a season of chasing frogs and playing in creeks with her little ones.  She writes words about her walk of faith in the in-between moments, and she mentors and teaches the Bible to younger women.  Most of all, she is desperate to live out the love the Lord has lavished upon her and make that love known to the world.  She writes weekly at www.staceypardoe.com

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27 thoughts on “Women Wielding The Word: Stacey Pardoe”

    • Thanks for reading, Sarah! I used to really stretch out of my comfort zone more often, but it’s so easy to fall back into what is familiar! May we be attentive to God’s nudges to stretch out there!

    • Thank you so much! Women need to back back in the Word – searching who God is in their life!! God showed me so many verses while fasting and the main one i declare is: “hunger and thirst for righteousness and you will be filled!” That is what the Lord promises us, so we wait in the Word and trust He speaks to us.

  1. I love this post, Stacey! But I especially like the practicality and specific examples for living outside of our comfort zones. I also am so glad you included something on simplifying our lives. I think that is so crucial to making time for God! Thanks for sharing and thanks also to Jana for this incredible and so very important series! Pinning and tweeting!

    • Thanks, Beth! Just yesterday, I actually got downstairs before the rest of the crew, and spending some time in silence and solitude on the deck was so refreshing! It reminded me of the importance of simplicity in my life!

  2. These are great tips, Stacey! I love being surrounded by others who have a passion for the Bible. It definitely increases my own enthusiasm! And I agree about living outside our comfort zone too – it’s not easy, but it is definitely the way to grow!

  3. Thank you, Stacey! I can’t even resist snacking in the evening when there are no people around me munching. LOL But seriously, I like your points here and it is so imperative that we dig in deep when it comes to personal Bible study. I especially love your point about time spent looking at Him. It’s so important that we are consistently casting our gaze on Him. I know for you, you have little ones watching you (mine are all grown) and if they see mama can do life without gazing on God they will assume they can do the same. “We become what we look at.” <— SO TRUE!

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    • Thanks for these encouraging words, Patsy! I was feeling discouraged because I’m interrupted 20 times every morning when I’m trying to connect with the Lord, and a friend reminded me that our kids need to see us showing up, even if we are interrupted. Your words were another reminder of this truth. And I always appreciate wisdom from more seasoned moms!! Your never fail to inspire me over at InstaEncouragements!

  4. I love tip #1 to be with hungry people. Such a great analogy to make for having godly friends. I have one friend in particular who loves Jesus so much that it is contagious. Thanks for sharing these ingredients to fan the flame, Stacey!

    • Thanks for reading, Lisa! Yes . . . I’m thinking of one “hungry” friend in particular, and these women are such a gift to us! And now…I want to be a hungry woman too! 🙂

  5. Stacey, I love your wisdom, and it always comes through with grace and is expressed with so much beauty. I’ve found myself nodding in agreement as I read, so it was a treat to find your smile here!

    • What fun to connect with you twice today, Michele! Thanks for being a consistent encouragement to me! You bless me so much with your wisdom every week!

  6. This is an awesome post and I love and agree with what you said about being with hungry people. I find when I am around people who hunger for the Word it definitely creates a desire in me to go deeper into it. When I am more isolated it becomes easy to become complacent and lose that hunger. Shared your post and have it scheduled to post to FB as well!! Thank you for linking up @worthbeyondrubies

    • Thank you so much, my friend! You bless me deeply! I’m praying for strength for you this morning as God continues to use you, even in the trials . . . perhaps I should say, especially as these trials roll in. You are pointing others to him, and it is a beautiful thing!

  7. Love this Stacey!! Especially your first point. My friends who love God and His Word reinvigorate my hunger for Him more and more!

    • Me too, Bethany! It’s such a gift to find community to really challenge and inspire us! Thanks so much for reading!

  8. I love this! All of these tips are great but the first one stuck out to me most today. In this season, I have really tried to intentionally surround myself with “hungry” people. It creates a huge source of accountability and encouragement like nothing else can.

    • I agree, Katie! As an introvert, it’s easy for me to slip into the recesses of my little world and overlook the need to live in community, but it is so so important! I’m grateful for these women in my life too!

  9. Stacey – this is one of the most practical and helpful posts I have read in a while. What a blessing! Each point is so true and so applicable to me. I so want to hunger and thirst for more of Him…and for more out of time in the word. Certainly more than another dish of nourishment:) (which, yes, is good – but just more!!) Forcing myself out of my comfort zone is a challenge but I have witnessed its benefits….but I truly need more hungry people in life. And not just the ones snacking in the evening!! Thanks again for your thoughts. I’m going to print them off and use them to keep encouraging me.

    • Jennifer, I’m so encouraged that these words were an inspiration to you! May we hunger for Christ above all else! I pray he stirs your hunger and thank him for drawing him closer to you through these words!

  10. Every single one of these suggestions is spot on. The ones that leap out at me are the snacking analogy (perfect!) and intentionally stepping out of my comfort zone every day. It has to be an intentional decision, and it all starts with simply, like you said, asking God.

  11. Love these suggestions, they are all great, my favorite is probably being around hungry people. I love my Bible study group, woman who always make me want more of Jesus. I also love the analogy of oatmeal every morning. Many Thanks 8)

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