I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home with parents who loved
God and made church, prayer and spiritual growth a priority.
It was natural for me to see Mom sitting at the kitchen table reading
the Bible and to see Dad on his knees praying for our family.
They left me with a tremendous spiritual heritage.
This certainly helped shape my spiritual formation from a young age.
Because of the Bible stories I learned in Sunday school (and from
Dad reading them from the big red Bible story book we had), I fell in
love with the characters from the Old Testament. They became my
But I also fell in love with Jesus—
my ultimate Hero—
and His Word.
I know reading the Bible consistently is essential
for my spiritual growth. It’s a necessity.
I’ll never forget what my dad taught me.
He said, “Susie, if you’ll just read three chapters of the Bible every
day—and read five chapters every Sunday—you’ll have read through
the entire Bible in one year.”
It’s a great plan!
Have you read through the Bible?
If not . . . how about considering it this year?
One year I read the Bible through on my knees.
What an experience.
Another year I read it out loud.
God doesn’t care HOW you read it—
He just wants you in the Word.
Because we can’t grow closer to Him without it.
So whether you read it while standing on your head,
or while riding your stationary bike,
or when you’re soaking in the bathtub . . .
You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make in your life!
“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is
useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is
wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is
right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point,
fully equipped to do good to everyone.” (2 Timothy 16-17 LB)
Please pray for me this weekend.
I’ll be speaking in Miami, OK (about a three-hour drive from OKC).