Alright y'all, let's get into it lol. How many of you have heard this story before...?
"Omg! So So I have totally always grown up being surrounded by the Bible. Annnnd I was raised in a Christian home and went to church every Sunday and like I totally know the bible! #John 3:16 Sis!"
Yeah....I'm sick of it too. Lol. So let's actually talk about the Bible here.
How do we use this?? Why are there so many large words-and why do we say "thou" all the time? I don't have any sheep...why does it keep talking about sheep...
I've been nervous to really dive in and talk about faith in general in our blogs, and so I've subtly placed verses in each post somewhere near the bottom. But I have heard so many of us ask questions--and this excites me! I love that we feel comfortable enough to talk about this!
Before we start ANYTHING, I want to say this; If there's anything I believe, it's that our faith is a personal journey. Only you can start it, and only you can determine where you want to go; how deep or how serious. I also know that God is a gentleman. He'll never force anything on us. Just know that we can ask questions, and not be in trouble just for asking them.
So let's really talk about it. Unfortunately, although I was in private school and church- a lot, I was never taught how to use it or how to read it. Y'all, I wasn't even taught why we should read it. I was only taught that you should. But in all honesty, now I can't go a day without spending at least 5 minutes with a Bible verse. I'm at this point where I really want to learn, and I'm wondering if you'd like to try with me? It gives me hope and refreshes me, and that's what I'd like for you. So here we go! Here are a few things that help me and a few reasons why I read the bible.
I read the Bible...
...To Get Answers
This is probably the most frequent way I use the Bible. For those who know my story (which I'll totally share if you'd like!) then you know this is how the Bible was really shown to me the first time.
With this idea, I decide to use google to my advantage. I will literally google a problem I have and then type "verse" lol. I will type "Stress-verse" or "Verses on Heartbreak" and read a verse at a time. I'll sit with it, think about what it means, and read again. Sometimes I end up reading the whole passage that the verse is in, and I walk away knowing a whole new part!
Did you the Bible is stories of other's lives? Some part of me believes that God did this intentionally so that we could all relate to soooooomeone's story in the Bible. When I feel terrified to enter a conversation, I remember Esther and how she was the queen of bravery and spoke anyway. When I feel misunderstood and weird, I think of how Joseph wasn't understood by his family, but God surrounded him with a place that made sense...and brought his family back together. It just shows me that I am not alone in anything I do.
(Tip! You can also reaserch who wrote the book/chapter you're reading. Sometimes it helps to follow the story when you know more about who has written that specific one!)
...To Remember Hope
There's always an amazing point in a Bible story that I like to call-"...but then God...".
There's always a "but then God..." moment for you. I like to keep this in mind whenever the world is swirling into chaos. I've tried really hard to learn how to say "This is is hard...but somehow God is going to turn this into something."
I don't know how long you've tried to read the bible, or if you even want to. But what I will say is that you are always welcome to try as many times as you would like. I know it sounds like a book of "do's and don'ts", but it's intended to keep you away from pain and towards happiness. I'm happy to practice reading with you too.
Just know that...
You deserve to know, with confidence, that you are loved.
Your Big Sister
2 Timothy 2:7
Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.