Reading Truth

by Kim on July 3, 2012

There’s been a lot of buzz on the blogosphere lately about something called She Reads Truth. This is a daily devotional run by a couple of incredible women, and it’s Seriously. Powerful. Stuff. Even if you’re not “religious,” (the word makes me gag a little because it’s soaked in negative associations…but that’s another post) I guarantee you’ll find amazing truths in these ladies’ words. Guarantee.

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I started following the She Reads Truth reading plan with super low, low expectations. I’d been following a similar plan through our church earlier in the year but had fallen off the wagon due to boredom, laziness, and just generally sucking at it. So, my relationships with reading plans officially tainted, I was hesitant to let a new one into my life.

But this one’s different. SO different. These women are dead on with their interpretations of scripture and the way they correlate it to everyday life.

Here’s how it works: There are daily scripture readings you find on YouVersion, a Bible app (the reading plan is called Living the Surrendered Life). I have YouVersion on my phone and read the verses before bed. The readings are always SUPER short, like a few sentences (the other day it was just one sentence), so the time commitment there is literally nothing.

Then there’s a short devotional that goes with the verses. That’s where the truth bombs start to drop on you hard. I feel like these women are living in my brain, thinking my thoughts, smelling what I smell. (what?) The point is: every word hits home and it’s all just so refreshing and empowering.

Along with the devotional, there are “action steps.” You’re given questions to think, journal, and pray about.

Want a Sneak Peak?

Here are some examples of recent devotionals (we’re only on day 13, so pretty much all of them are recent…and it would be easy to dive in and catch up if you want to join in the fun!):

Verse: “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:11-12.

From the devotional: “…Gratitude. Yep, I believe it’s really that simple. Oh, it may not be what Paul was thinking when he wrote what he wrote. But for me, it’s the very mindset that is the catalyst to contentment in my life.

On days when I wish I could buy something new for my home, I stop and realize that I have a home. There is devastation all over our world everyday and many would love to have the ‘little’ that I have. On days when I wish I could drop an extra 10 pounds, I stop and remember that there are probably plenty of people who struggle with obesity who wouldn’t mind residing in my body for a while. On days when I wish my kids would give me some space, I remember that these days are fleeting and one day I’ll wish they were little again…”

My thoughts: This is one of those things that we need to be reminded of constantly, and I found this description of the inner conflict we all deal with very refreshing. I wish I could get into the habit of stopping myself when I sense this discontent popping into my head, and turning my thoughts toward gratitude instead.

Verse: Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'” James 4:13-15

From the devotional: “When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to be a teenager. When I was a teenager, I couldn’t wait to go to college. When I was single, I couldn’t wait to get married. When I was in college preparing to be a schoolteacher, I couldn’t wait to get in the classroom. Eventually, my husband and I wanted to have children. Four years later, we had our first son. Five years after that, our second son joined us. I couldn’t wait for them. During our days of trying to become debt-free, I thought ahead to days of being generous to our church and to others…”

My thoughts: This one hit me hard because I can SO relate. I’m sure most of us can-especially women. We women always have a little life roadmap drafted in our heads. If we’re on track, we’re feeling ok but impatient and eager to get to the next step. If things don’t go as planned, we’re deeply distressed. Either way, it’s hard to just be content with where we are now.

We also spend a lot of time in Nostalgia Land. Yearning for the old days. Wishing we had done whatever, gone wherever, spent more time with this and less with that.

So basically, we always want to either go forward or backward, but we never really want to just be here, now.

I’m trying to be really conscious of this with my son-appreciating where he is right now-but I’m already starting to feel the roadmap mindset creep in. “I can’t wait until he’s sleeping through the night” … “I can’t wait until he’s talking” … “Won’t it be fun when we can take him to the zoo/park/pool/etc./etc.” I try to catch myself when these thoughts start rising up, because I know that when he hits those milestones, I’ll be thinking “Remember when he used to fall asleep in my arms and let me hold him for hours…”

 

If you’re interested, I’d encourage you to get on board and join all the cool kids at She Reads Truth!

Welp, gotta go check out tonight’s reading!

~Kim

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Paula July 5, 2012 at 2:35 am

Happy Independence Day, Kim! What an awesome labor of love you’re creating! Thank you for including me in this beautiful journey! God Bless you and family!:o)

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