Blessings Between the Pages

Hola mi amor!   

How are you today? 

Today I wanted to write to the girl who is having a hard time getting in her bible. Whether it be a dry spell or feeling far from God, today I wanted to encourage you by letting you know this: Getting in the Word of God is maybe just what you need. You ready? 

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I was inspired for this week’s blogpost when I thought about all of those times where I really didn’t want to read my bible. Over the last few weeks, I’ve actually been reading through Leviticus with a few friends in an endeavor to read through the entire Old Testament. Leviticus, as you probably know, is not a book in the bible that many Christians, including myself for much of my walk, actually look forward to reading. 

But trust me, my love, it has actually become one of my favorite books in the bible so far. Through reading it, my relationship with God grew in amazing ways as I have seen for myself more of God’s heart for His people. The knowledge that I was gaining about God, about His faithfulness, His righteousness, His promises, was actually sustaining me and transforming me through the difficult time of starting school during COVID and other issues that I have been having. 

Seeing for myself the blessings that came from reading His word, I thought about you, the girl who is having a hard time opening her bible.

Before I say anything else, I want to say that I hear you. Maybe you are someone who doesn’t want to read her bible right now. Maybe you’re having a difficult season. Maybe you feel alone. Maybe your mental health makes it feel really hard to do that. Maybe you feel like God is far.

I’m not sure what you may be going through right now, but I want to first hold you right where you are. Sister to sister. 

I remember being in those places where I just didn’t want to read or I didn’t feel like it. It seems like there are so many reasons, seasons, thoughts and feelings to simply not read my bible. But what I have been learning lately by the grace of God, is that most times, reading God’s Word was just what I needed. Sister to sister, I want you to get all of the help and support you need, the help and support found in God’s Word. Let me explain. 


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Written on the pages of scripture is joy, truth, instruction, peace, and hope, and so much more. 

God’s Word offers: 

  1. Joy & Instruction.

I love these verses and was recently reminded of this Psalm by a friend I love who was actually giving me feedback about this blogpost. The beginning goes like this:

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm‬ ‭1:1-3‬

Written in scripture is joy and instruction for living an abundant, full, content, and prosperous life. When you need joy, spending time in scripture can truly offer that for you, a joy that no one can take away. When you need instruction, scripture leads us in our living. It is the means by which we learn to live wisely and righteously as women and people of God, which leads us to live fuller lives. It is living and active, meaning that God can meet you right where you are through the words on those pages (Hebrews 4:12). Scripture is like water to a tree, just what we need for flourishing and growing. So when you know you need joy and/or desire direction, run to that Word.   

  1. Hope and Peace

Written in scripture are wonderful promises of God that we need to keep us going. There are reminders of our inheritance as God’s people, of our hope for the future. There are reminders of the salvation to come, of God working things out for the good of those who love Him, of God’s mercy and faithfulness. Oh girl I can’t even count how many times God moved through a verse or a chapter of the bible in such a way that in a hard season, my heart was sustained and kept still. (See Romans 8: 15-17, 28; James 1: 12) 

3. Truth

Written in scripture is truth, love. In my own personal life, over the last few years, I have found myself at times really struggling mentally. This is not to downplay mental health at all (if you think you may be experiencing some mental health issues, please don’t hesitate to seek out support and counseling as I have), but when I look back, I notice that reading the bible was often this source of peace for me as its truth stood firm when my mind was doubtful, restless, and anxious. The sweet words of scripture were like aloe vera on a skin burn (you know what I mean?) (Hebrews 4: 12-13, 16) 

4. Reminders of Who You Are

Written in scripture are reminders of who we are. This is a big one love, and can really benefit the girl struggling with insecurity, a broken heart, or a big life change. In the bible is where we can find the truth about who we are as daughters of God over what others are constantly whispering about us. Here is where we find our confidence. (Romans 8: 15, Ephesians 2 :10, 19- 22) 

  1. Reveals God. 

And finally love, Scripture reveals God to us. Jesus says in John 5:39 that “(the scriptures) bear witness about (him).” Like woah. Through the scriptures, we get to be reminded about God, about His love, about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection that is our Gospel, our rescue story. I look back at so many seasons and think, wow, this one characteristic of God revealed to me in scripture really did hold me down, and I’m really hoping that you’ll experience more of that for yourself. (Colossians 1: 15- 20, 1 John 1: 1, 1 John 3: 16) 

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You know, I remember a long time ago when a fitness trainer I followed said something like “(when it comes to exercising) at first you don’t want to work out, but you never regret it when you do.” And honestly, the idea translates so well here. 

I empathize with you when it can be really difficult to read the bible and spend time with God. I know, amor. But I have seen for myself how much of a blessing it was to me when I put all things aside, opened my bible, and spent that much needed time with God, even when I felt like I couldn’t or didn’t feel like it. 

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SO here are some quick tips for getting back in there that has helped me: 

  1. Take it slow. Picking a book in the bible and reading faithfully or going through a devotional or bible plan has often helped me to stay consistent and have motivation to read God’s Word.
  2. Check out some resources online about verses that pertain to your situation. I do not recommend this being the only time that you are reading scripture, but printing out and praying over verses that pertain to a certain situation has definitely been a blessing to me at many points of my walk so far. (I have a list of affirmations here on my blog under the tab “faith!” God check that out if you need it)
  3. Read with a friend. I am currently reading the bible with a few friends and it has been SUCH a blessing. They have to only enriched my own bible study when they share what God is teaching them, but they are also the accountability that I needed in rough times to keep going.
  4. Create a morning or night routine and intentionally incorporate reading time in there. When I schedule my time to read, it really does help me get motivated to do what I know is just what I need.
  5. Remember my “why.” I listed so many why’s up there regarding why reading the Bible is a good thing and often the best thing that we can do in difficult seasons of our lives. Remembering that God wants to meet with me, that scripture is alive and active, that God is able to meet me where I am through His Word, and that reading the Bible is worth it to me helps to encourage my heart. 
  6. Pray. Ask God for help love. He is faithful.

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For girl today that needs it, can I actually pray this for you right now? 

Lord Jesus, I pray for my sister here. I pray for the girl reading who is having a difficult time opening her bible and spending time with you. I know that You know exactly what she is going through, and I know that You are right there with her.  I pray for her Lord, that You meet her. You have been so faithful each time to meet me right there in the pages of scripture and tell me exactly what I needed to hear and Lord, I pray that You’d do the same for her. Give her the strength, Jesus, that she needs to get up and prepare to meet with You. Remind her of your love, faithfulness, and promises to her. Lord, I pray that she will taste and see that you are so good and encounter You like never before. 

In Jesus name, amen. 

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Thank you so much for reading this today. I hope that it blessed you! Remember to keep me updated about how these blogposts are benefitting you via email (sheisallinministries@gmail.com) or instagram (@_sheisallin).

Con amor, 

Ash

P.S.

* If you are struggling with mental health issues, please seek the support you need. There is affordable counseling at Betterhelp.com for college students, and it has been a blessing to me. Reach out to a pastor or counselor. I am with you and for you.

* If you would like any prayer or support, you can always reach out to me at shesiallinministries@gmail.com

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