I can't lie; it's been a very difficult year [couple of..well maybe few years] for me. My spiritual life has been dry. I've found myself going, many times, to the well of His Word and walking away thirsty. I've been lonely, battling depression, lying old hurts at Jesus feet, but not seeming to get total healing.
But I've gotten help, because I've shared my needs. People are praying for me. And I am seeing results in tangible ways.
God sometimes has to completely strip us to get us to a place where we are willing to hear Him in even the "smallest" of places.
As I've cried out to know Him more... to sense His love for me...He has been revealing, not Only Who He is, but His great love for me as well...for God is love.
He recently brought a book to my attention, and somehow, I just knew I needed to buy it.....to read to my grandsons. Little did I know He wanted to use it to minister to me.
So what am I loving to read in my middle year days to remind me of just how much God loves me?
My new favorite book is...no kidding....The Jesus Storybook Bible. I am sure that many of you with young children have this book in your home library. Personally, I think everyone should own, or at least read, this wonderful book. ALOUD. Sally Lloyd-Jones has managed to communicate the Gospel story in a way that everyone can understand. I agree with Dr. Tim Keller who says that he "would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian."
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"Now some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn't do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing. It's about God and what he has done."
"There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them."
" So the three Wise Men... followed the star through the streets of Bethlehem, out of the nice part of town, through the not-so-nice part of town, into the really-not-so-nice part of town, down a little dirt track, until it stopped right over ...a little house. But wait. It wasn't a palace. And there weren't any guards. Or servants. Or flags. Or red carpets. Or trumpets. Or anything. Did they get it wrong? Or was this what God meant? Sure enough, in that little house ---there, sitting on his mother's knee ---they found him. The baby King."
It's true that Lloyd-Jones uses her own words and adds a dose of her sense of humor to the mix; this is a storybook Bible not a study Bible. It's the spirit of her words and the way she shows how "every story whispers His name" that captures the serendipity of the Gospel message.
And it ends as every great TRUE story should:"TO BE CONTINUED..."
I can hardly wait to find out what happens next :)