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Reading The Word: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life

I thank God for His grace and mercy. I had two vending events this weekend, and both were great. The first was an old-school Gospel Fest at which I enjoyed watching the seasoned saints come out, dressed up, and enjoy the music. Although I did not know most of the songs, my husband did and he had many fond memories listening to them. His mom was a gospel singer.

The second event was also worthwhile. It was at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, which had 150+ vendors and a steady crowd. The layout, atmosphere, and organization of the event were superb. At both events, we witnessed and shared encouraging words about our Savior.

One thing that amazes me is when saints say they're not readers. I could take that two ways: 1) they aren't interested in reading my book, or 2) they truly don't read. Most of the time, they'll say I don't have the time. I understand how we can get so busy with life and not make time to sit down with the Father. I've been there, but I've noticed that when I don't make time to spend in The Word, my character can start to turn in a direction that is not as pleasing as my Father would want it to be. So, I encourage you that if you aren't a reader, please purchase an audio Bible. If you're driving or stuck in traffic listen to it. If you're working out at the gym or walking in the neighborhood, stick your earbuds in and listen to it. If you're cooking, washing clothes, dishes, or baking, turn it on and listen to it. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Here are a few reasons why we should read the Bible:

  • It’s how God reveals His character

  • It gives Instruction for daily life

  • It teaches you how to pray

  • It explains the gospel

  • It explains how to share the gospel

  • It teaches you how to trust God

  • It shows what God’s will Is

  • It is full of God’s promises

  • It teaches you how to forgive

  • It’s full of truth

  • It reveals how much God loves you

  • It provides instructions for daily living. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

  • It explains how to share the gospel. “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

  • It shows God’s will. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.

Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.

So… what’s this book about?

“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.

So… what’s this book about?

Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.

My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.

This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4

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