Written By Jen
“In the reading, as we submit our lives to what we read, we find that we are not being led to see God in our stories but to see our stories in God’s. God is the larger context and plot in which our stories find themselves.” Eugene Peterson.
I so often want to share with you what I am learning. I will start a post and all I want to do is cut and paste huge chunks of the story I am reading. Over the past few weeks I have been reading the story of Joseph and it is moving my heart. I am captivated by the story of his life; from his birth to his death, it’s amazing. He lived a story of trial and redemption and we get to see how God was with him. We see his emotion, his pleading, his courage, his focus, his joy, his leadership and much more. I want to know him.
If you decide to do it, one thing I suggest is to say a quick prayer before you start each day. Something like this, “God please speak to me as I read your word. Would you open my eyes, mind, and heart to your ways? Teach me about you. Help me to see and know you. Please speak to me. Thank you. Amen.”
“This cluster of interlocking stories trains us in perceptions of ourselves, our sheer and irreducible humanity, that cannot be reduced to personal feelings or ideas or circumstances. If we want a life other than mere biology, we must deal with God. There is no alternate way.” Eugene Peterson.
So, instead of cutting and pasting the whole Bible for you here, I will just encourage you to READ. One other thing, this time I am reading the whole Bible in the Message version. Of course, you can choose any version you like, but it has been a treat for me to read it in the Message. If you want me to send you the excel sheet I made so that you can color in boxes as you go too, email me at graceFULLhome@yahoo.com or you can look at the not so pretty version here. I am going to be praying for you guys to choose to read and that it will be a RICH time spent between you and your God.