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Becoming a Woman of the Word: A Journey Through the Bible

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For Christmas 2015, I received a Bible study book titled, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin.

At first I wasn’t sure what to expect from the pages of this relatively thin book.

I’ve spent a lot of time reading study guides for various themes or books within the Bible, and I figured this would be similar.

I was correct on only one part.

It is a book on studying the Bible.

What it ISN’T is a manufactured Bible study.

Within the first seven chapters of the book, the author shows you how to approach the study of any book in the Bible (and preferably every book in the Bible) for optimal literacy.

This includes studying with the five “Ps”:

  • purpose
  • perspective
  • patience
  • process
  • prayer

Bible literacy isn’t a phrase I was familiar with.

What is Bible Literacy?

According to the Northwest Centre for Biblical and Theological Literacy,

Biblical Literacy describes the ability and motivation of people to read the Bible with sufficient understanding so that they can explain its basic meaning, having sufficient knowledge and skill to use resources that enable them to discern the basic meaning of a biblical text. It includes the ability to apply this discerned meaning, i.e. biblical wisdom, to contemporary life.”

Since I’d focused on the word Joy for the year, I realized I need a better scriptural understanding of it.

I didn’t want to understand how a single verse on “joy” applied to me, but how that verse applied to the bigger picture of God’s love and plan for everyone.

Only then would I be able to see how it applied to me in the present and future.

Why You Should Become a Woman of the Word

In a day and age when more and more people are not only turning away from God, but are antagonistic towards anyone who dares to trust in Him, it is important for us to have a clear, educated understanding of God’s Word.

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The Bible is the inerrant Word of God.

It doesn’t change.

It isn’t corrupt.

People will tell you you’re wrong.

They’ll offer you opinion stated as fact.

Some will twist the scriptures to fit their personal agenda.

We must know what the Bible says and what it means–both historically and applicably.

Our own relationship with Christ might not be affected by their misunderstandings, but our children’s relationships might be.

The Bible is Not a Fairy Tale

The Bible was provided for us so that we would know what was expected of us, and what we could in turn expect from our God.

Within the sixty-six books of the Bible we learn how to raise our children, love our spouses, and how to love our neighbors while not loving or applauding their sins.

We see the great love, righteousness and compassion of God who created EVERYTHING, and loves us without fail.

People read these stories and consider them fairy tales.

Stories made up to explain away situations they otherwise had no answers for.

As Christians we know this isn’t the case.

The Old Testament gives us a detailed account of all the things we shouldn’t do–and how God loved the Israelites so much that he forgave them time and time again; finally disciplining out of love when they refused to listen.

In the New Testament we see the miracles.

The unbelievable, awe-inspiring, miracles of Jesus.

Jesus Performed Miracles: The End

There are people who will latch on to these miracles and claim they didn’t happen.

That they couldn’t happen.

The only problem with their argument: It’s wrong.

Jesus performed miracles.

This is a fact.

A fact supported by historical research; not just research done by people predisposed to seeing miracles, but also by secular historians and scholars.

If we don’t study the Bible, we won’t be able to respond to those who haven’t discovered their faith in Jesus.

As a mother I need to be able to guide my children; to help them find the answers they seek, and to know how to articulate the truth when confronted by their secular peers.

We also need to study the Bible, because it’s the voice of God speaking directly to each and every one of us.

Daily Study

When you have a relationship with someone, you spend time with them. You talk to them, ask questions about them, and seek answers to who they are.

The same thing needs to happen when you want a personal relationship with Christ.

You can’t expect a relationship–or an understanding of the scriptures–to happen if you’re not spending time together.

Women of the Word makes it possible to do more than just scan a verse and take it out of context, because it sounds like a verse to make you feel better about yourself.

The more time you spend with God (in prayer, in study, in contemplation) the closer you’ll get, and the more you’ll understand.

You don’t always need to spend hours diving deeply into the Word, but you need to meet up with God, in peace and quiet, each day.

There are dozens of ways to “fit” God into your day; between scrolling social media and running your kids to their activities.

However, we shouldn’t have to squeeze God in.

He should be our top priority.

After all, we’re His top priority.

I know it won’t be easy, but learning a new habit–especially one that will help you grow each and every day, isn’t always going to be easy, but it will always be worth it.

First thing in the morning, before you get overwhelmed by your ‘to do’ list, grab your Bible, colored pens and pencils, and a notebook.

Then take a breath, and say hello to the only one who has loved you without ceasing since before you were born.

He’s been waiting for you.

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” -Proverbs 1:5

Until next time,


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Sare’s May 2019 Book Recommendations

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

C.S. Lewis

From “Strange” Kid to Bibliophile

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As a child I was always the odd one in any group of children.

I didn’t have a television in my room, or a phone beside my bed. I didn’t even have a Nintendo (let alone a Super Nintendo).

What I did have were undusted shelves filled with well- loved books, and a library card with impressive late fees.

Now that I think about it, those fees are likely still waiting to be paid.


In my twenties things changed little as far as my books went. I still wasn’t in style. I still didn’t really fit in. Not even with the people I considered friends.

Thankfully, I’ve learned the error of my ways.

Or else, I’ve just matured and found other like-minded bibliophiles to call my friends.

Regardless, my bookshelves are even dustier than they were when I was a child, and there are quite a few more of them than there were(thanks to various book recommendations)–much to my husband’s consternation.

My Love of Books Has Grown in Proportion to My Age, and Access to Book Recommendations

Where I spent most of my adult life reading and enjoying contemporary novels (mostly of the cookie-cutter variety) homeschooling my children has brought growth to not only my experience as a mother, but to the types of books I enjoy.

At any given moment I might be reading one or two personal development books; and for every contemporary novel I read, I now enjoy a classic as well. In fact, I just finished Jane Austin’s “Emma” this afternoon.

However, since I seem to always be reading something or multiple somethings as it often is, I thought to share some of them with you.

Who doesn’t like book recommendations?

My Current Three Book Recommendations

Book Recommendation #1

May 2019 Book Recommendation

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do— Amy Morin

I’ll be honest, I’ve spent my entire life not feeling like I was good enough. There are still days where I feel this way. I accept this knowledge at the same time as being determined to change the mindset that allows those negative and inaccurate thoughts.

Amy Morin does an excellent job of pointing out things we as women should not do, in order to be mentally strong and confident. She gives real life examples of how these thirteen things play out in the lives of women she has counseled.

Each of the thirteen chapters discusses a different thing a mentally strong woman wouldn’t do.

For example: They Don’t Compare Themselves to Other People (the title of chapter one).

Several of the chapters really hit home for me, and helped me to realize a few things I’d been ignoring about myself.

If you’ve ever lacked confidence, were afraid to step outside your comfort zone, wanted to reinvent yourself, or just wanted to add tools to your toolbox of life; I highly recommend this book.

A caveat: this does have a secular focus, but that doesn’t detract from the author’s knowledge or the help you can receive from between the pages of this book. I fully intend to read the other books in this series as well.

Book Recommendation #2

Introverted Mom Spirited Child–Jackie Lee

Recently I’ve been fighting the need to stay home and hide away.

Unfortunately, hiding away doesn’t happen, because of my four children.

Two of these blessings definitely fall into the “spirited” category.

So often I find myself feeling out of my element, and out of control.

The constant battle of wills leaves me even more drained than I am after spending a day in a crowded social situation. The older I get the longer it takes to recharge, and the harder it seems to be to find a few moments to catch my breath.

This book, while short, helped me to understand that I’m not alone, and that my “spirited” children are truly gifts. Especially to an overwhelmed introvert who feels like I’m doing it all wrong.

Not everything needs to be a battle. Accepting our children for who God created them to be–high spirits, strong opinions, and all–brings a measure of calm to life.

Book Recommendation #3

May 2019 Book Recommendation

Introverted Mom–Jamie C. Martin

I tell you what, if I didn’t know better I would say Jamie was hanging out in my house, or at the very least had a hidden camera stashed behind a stack of books or a empty Amazon box that hasn’t been broken down and taken out to the recycle bin.

This book is everything I hoped it would be.

The proverbial bat signal of introverts, calling us to stand together (from the comfort of our own homes), letting us know that we are not alone, and in fact the world needs us just the way we are.

From the quotes to the peek into her own struggles as an introverted mom, her words refreshed my over-burdened heart.

As a mother who doesn’t just struggle with anger, but wrestles with it like Israel and the angel, this passage is one of many I highlighted:

Comparing anger to hunger helps. After all, we don’t try to eliminate hunger from our lives. It’s just a cue, a signal that our body needs fuel. Anger is also a cue from our body, a signal the we need to pause.

We don’t just “press through” for the sake of it. We change course, walk away, breathe before dealing with the situation. Anger points the way toward peace if we pay attention.”

Jamie C. Martin — Introverted Mom page 30

Along with her own stories and words of encouragement, she included the stories of others–their success, failures, and tools for overcoming the rough moments of being an introverted mother.

If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for, Introverted Momma? It’s available at everyone’s favorite one stop shop–Amazon.

Do you have any book recommendations you’d like to share? If so, drop them in the comments. I’m always looking for a few more good books.

Until next time,