Dear Daughters & YBW:
I trust that you are doing well today.
In this letter, I want to encourage you to let God talk to you. What I mean by this is, I want you to get into the habit of reading the Word of God — the Bible — on a regular basis. Let the Word of God be your guide — not popular opinion, not your girlfriends, not your emotions, but the Word of God. Be a woman of the Word! Frankly, there is nothing more beautiful on God’s green earth than a woman who lives by the Word of God, and not by her feelings and emotions. Men are attracted to her, women respect her and listen to her, and children love her. The Bible refers to this woman as a virtuous woman — whose “price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). In other words, you cannot put a price on such a woman.
I strongly encourage you to make it a daily habit to read the Word of God, to study the Word of God, to meditate on the Word of God, and to live by the Word of God. Reading and doing the Word of God, young sister, will keep you from a lot of pain and heartache in this life. Psalm 119:11 says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” When you put the Word of God in your heart, your conscience will not allow you to linger in sin. The great preacher, D.L. Moody, once said, “This Book will keep you away from sin or sin will keep you away from this Book.” Reading and doing the Word of God will make you a smart and wise woman; it will make you a leader instead of a follower.
Notice what these women said about the Word of God:
“Scripture has phenomenal power, but unless you submit your mind to its inerrant truth, its power is largely lost to you.” – Martha Kilpatrick
“The Word of God is a Person. When you read it, do you see words or do you see Him?” – Jacquelyn K. Heasley
“That Book [the Bible] accounts for the supremacy of England.” – Queen Victoria
Again, let me strongly encourage you to love, cherish, read, meditate on and obey the Word of God, because, if you do so, it will make you a woman who is priceless.
With the Bible in my Heart & Hand,
“Study the Bible through. Never begin a day without mastering a verse from its pages. Pray it in. Never lay aside your Bible until the verse or passage you have studied has become part of your being. Put it down. The thoughts that God gives you put down in the margin of your Bible or in your notebook. Work it out. Live the truth you get in the morning through each hour of the day. Pass it on. Seek to tell somebody else what you have learned.” – J. Wilbur Chapman
“What makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how many times and how thoroughly the Bible has been through you.” – Gipsy Smith
“The Bible is God’s mirror which shows man as he is — not as he thinks he is!” – Selected
BIBLE GEM: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
TALK TO GOD: Dear God, thank you for Your Holy Word. Give me understanding as I read it through, but above all, help me to obey it and to hide it away in my heart. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
BOOK: Believing God, by Beth Moore
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This chapter is an excerpt from my book, Letters to Young Black Women: Loving, Fatherly Advice and Encouragement for a Difficult Journey. Click here to find out more or to purchase the book online.