So I finally have a job… I’ve never really had a consistent job before and let me just tell you, that paycheck is a very nice thing! With said paycheck, I have purchased the She Reads Truth Bible and a brand new devotional that I’m really loving.
I wanted to use this post to tell you about these awesome products as well as share what I’m learning from them.
I was kind of in a slump. I needed a fresh template, something just a little bit new. I feel bad saying that I was getting bored with reading my Bible but it’s true. I just wasn’t finding that desire to really dig into my study anymore. Luckily it was time for a new Bible so I hopped onto the internet and clicked “Order”.
This Bible is so awesome. For starters it BEAUTIFUL. I know the creative directors of SRT worked very hard on making this Bible beautiful. It also has detailed maps, timelines, and areas of background information (that is easy to understand for those who aren’t Biblical History experts… a.k.a. me :D)
Now, the thing I’ve loved the most is their reading plans and devotionals inside the text. They have laid out ways to deeply study a book of the Bible while offering other verses to help you and SRT devotionals to go along with it.
Right now I am going through my favorite book of all time… Esther. I thought I knew this story like the back of my hand but boy was I wrong. On the first day of the reading plan, I read through Esther 1 which talks about Queen Vashti refusing to attend the king’s party.
That part never really made sense to me. I know that the Bible says that wives are supposed to submit to their husbands and obey them, but I also know that the Bible says to stay true to the Lord and stand up for your dignity.
Esther 1 is where the King calls for his queen because he wants to show off her beauty to the other men attending the party. The SRT devotional talks about both, Vashti the Bad (who disobey’s her husband) and Vashti the brave (the one who stands up for herself).
I have never really been an S.O.A.P fan. S.O.A.P is a method of studying the Bible that has you,
S: Scripture (Write out a specific scripture verse or passage)
O: Observations (Write out one or two observations from the text)
A: Application (Write out ways you can apply this to your life)
P: Prayer (Journal a prayer)
But I was in desperate need of a new devotional and decided to give this one a try. I had always found that devotionals with these repetitive methods became boring and were easily rushed through. But, thus far, this has been great for me.
I am only two days in, but I have already seen progress.
The first day started with reading some of Ruth and focusing on Ruth 1:20-21.
20 “Don’t call me Naomi”, she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
This challenged me to recall the times in my life when I felt broken and like the Lord had abandoned me. But then, in Ruth, we see that Naomi was never alone… she had her daughter- in -law, Ruth.
The Broken and Redeemed devotional is an easy, in depth study, that I can already tell, is making serious changes in my heart.
I am happy to say that the slump I was in concerning my spiritual walk has been thrown out of the window. If you find yourself in a dry season, I encourage you to find a creative way to encounter God. It can make all the difference.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster