Today, I am SO excited for you to meet one of my dearest friends, Wendy Pope. At our Proverbs 31 office, we are famously known as “the Wendys.” We have worked together for years and share a common love for God’s Word and a great passion to get women into His Word. We enjoy watching God’s Word come alive in their lives and begin huge life transformation.
For the past 7 years, Wendy has come alongside thousands of women from all across the world and walked through the Bible with them. God has blessed and grown her ministry, and I want to invite you to join her this year.
Below please find a message from Wendy’s heart to yours.
The Bible that Changed My Life
“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instruction.”
Psalm 119:18 (NLT)
In my mind I was not a “good” Christian because I had not read the entire Bible. I read the Bible to fill in my blanks for Bible study or to look up the verses listed in my devotional. Seriously? What kind of Christian was I?
I was the kind of Christian who suppressed the voice inside that whispered, “Read it. You know you want to” but listened to the voice that shouted, “You aren’t smart enough to understand all that stuff so don’t even try. You are doing fine with what you know.”
I was a changed Christian in 2007 when I made the decision to read the entire Bible. With an anxious heart, I went to my local Christian bookstore thinking: If I’m going to read the whole Bible, certainly I need a new Bible. After spending what seemed like hours previewing various types of Bibles in an array of colors, styles and formats. I pulled the One Year Chronological Bible from the shelf. I remember reading the word chronological and saying to myself, out loud, “The Bible I take to church isn’t in order of how events happened? No wonder it is confusing. No wonder I don’t understand it.”
The format of the Chronological Bible intrigued me. Short readings. (This was my favorite part because I am not big reader.) An easy-to-follow daily plan. An attractive cover. The best part to me was knowing I would read the Bible in the order the events occurred.
That year I read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I stumbled some, but I also learned a lot. I learned Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy really are difficult to read. They are full of laws, actual numbers and more laws. But through those books and the rest of the Old Testament, I learned to really appreciate the wonderful sacrifice Jesus made for me (because there’s no way any human on the planet could keep all of those laws).
I learned it’s okay if I don’t understand the everything.
I learned God’s Word is full of rich life application written to produce God’s best in my life. It is meant to be read and digested on a daily basis.
My mind wanted my heart to love God’s Word but it didn’t, not at first. My love for His Word has developed and deepened over the time. As we read it, we learn it. As we learn it, we live it. As we live it, we love it.
2015 will mark the eighth year of my Read Thru the Word online Bible study class. It would be a great honor to have you as a part of this amazing class! Women and men of all ages, from all walks of life, and all over the globe have satisfied a deep longing of reading through the Bible by participating in Read Thru the Word. My 84-year friend, Teeny from North Carolina is just one of thousands who finally read through the entire Bible with Read Thru the Word.
Have you always wanted to read through the Bible? Will join our class today? You will have the support and accountability of Christian friends to help you keep the course on the amazing journey. Yes. Today decide to read the Bible that WILL change your life.
Follow this link to my blog for a free sample of a Read Thru the Word video and sample journal.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us today, Wendy. I pray God’s rich blessings over you and your study this year. I pray His living and active Word will come alive just as He promises and do a mighty life-transforming work in and through every heart that participates. I love you, friend!
Now for the GIVEAWAY! Wendy has been gracious enough to give away one class membership (valued at $19.99). Please leave a comment by Monday, December 21st and share YOUR favorite Bible verse for a chance to win a membership to her class. Check back here (at the end of the comments) for the winner next week!
And the winner of Tracie’s book, Your Life Still Counts, is Jennifer who posted on 12/16 at 1:11 p.m. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and address by Monday, December 21st so we can send you your book.