Becoming His

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Calling to God’s Word | By Angela Howard

From the time that I was a little girl I have always loved God’s Word.  I was enthralled by the repeated themes of God’s love, His mercy and His incredible power to change a willing heart.  As a task-oriented woman I have shied away from reading the Bible through in a year.  I feared that it would feel like a “to-do list” and would take away from my love for the life-giving influence of God’s Word.  I had read through the Bible, but never in a year and never in an orderly fashion.

As I started this year I knew that things would be different.  I felt a calling to discipline.  I felt a calling to immerse myself in the Word.
Psalm 27:8 (NLT) says, “My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”  And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Even before I started to read I felt great anticipation.  I knew that I would find life in those pages, and I knew it would be like something I had never experienced before.  I began to journey through the Bible using the same Bible reading plan you can find in the back of At the Feet of Jesus.  I found myself excited as I read through Numbers (is that even possible?) and saw a Holy God who was faithful to His word.  I saw the love of Jesus reach out to the outcast and to the sinner.  I experienced conviction as the Lord revealed parts of my heart that were not fully His.   
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us.  And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”  Romans 15:4 (NLT)
I found hope and encouragement to live in a world that is not my home as I wait for Christ’s return.  God has given us this great gift, the Bible, so He can come and talk with us.  Will we respond with open hearts and say, “Yes, Lord, I will listen.”?
I invite you to join me and read through the Bible in a year.  Your heart will be changed and your investment will be well worth it!
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Angela is an inspirational and educational speaker who teaches the hard truths of God’s Word in a fun and relevant way. She is also a writing assistant to Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Whatever she is doing, she has a passion to see spiritual growth and an increased sense of purpose in people’s lives. Angela and her husband Michael graduated from Northwest University in 1997 and have been married for 17 years and have 2 children. They currently live in Washington State.

You can follow her on her blog at No Ordinary Days

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