… a human mind is nurtured over time with hard work and discipline. – The Awakening of Miss Prim page 54.
Discipline is something I have have battled, no, been at war with since I left the halls of my hometown high school. I have struggled to be on a consistent schedule since life was planned out for me. This has been especially true when it comes to studying the Bible. Over the years I have sat through Bible classes, started countless reading plans, participated and led numerous Bible studies only to be waylaid by life. Something came up or the bible study ended.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsI recently finished Jen Wilkin’s book Women of the Word and walked away changed. I rarely finish a non-fiction book, usually, I drag my feet kicking and screaming all the way to the last page, but once I started this book I completed it in an afternoon. I sat the book down feeling admonished, corrected and equipped with a deep hunger to study my Bible. To truly love God more by knowing Him better. The whole premise of the book is “the heart cannot love what the mind does not know,” (page 31). If we truly desire to love God we must KNOW Him and we cannot do that apart from His word. Here is a favorite excerpt,
The answer lies in knowing God, in loving him with our minds. Never has the phrase “to know him is to love him” been more true. As we grow in the knowledge of God’s character through the study of his Word, we cannot help but grow into an exponentially deeper love for him. This explains why Romans 12:2 says we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. We come to understand who God is, and we are changed — our affections detach from lesser things and attach to him. If we want to feel a deeper love for God, we must learn to see him more clearly for who he is. If we want to feel deeply about God, we must learn to think deeply about God. – Jen Wilkin, Women of the Word, page 33
The challenge to love God with our mind is one God has been calling me to and after reading Women of the Word I feel equipped to tackle that challenge one day at a time. Jen lays out 5 P’s to study God’s word. She calls women everywhere to study with purpose, perspective, patience, process, and prayer. She provides helpful tips on how to dig into God’s word, what resources to use, and how to get started. After completing the book and spending some time reading through a few of the Epistle’s of Paul I decided to study Colossians. I have a burden to see my children better equipped than I was to study the Bible. My daughter is looking forward to studying along side me as we learn more about God. I am looking forward to learning more about God by digging into His word and coming away changed.