"How have you been able to stay in the bible regularly for over 30 years? You aren't a theologian, you don't have a PHD, or a masters in ministry. You aren't even a preacher or a speaker on the bible. HOW do you continue reading and reading and reading?
I am a woman that loves God, you might love God too.
Since 1990, my world has leaned heavily on God's Word to steer me through my life. (read more)
People have asked me these kinds of questions for years.
Some have said things like, "I want to 'stay in the word' but I need a devotional or someone to tell me what I need to know from the words. Or, I need to have someone else inspire me."
"How do you keep getting inspired by just reading the bible?"
Recently a friend came to visit Blue Moon. He had some business in DC and made his way up to stay for a couple of nights with my hubby and I. After breakfast we shared some conversation about the RR&BCommunity my husband and I have been called to offer.
This business man took a look into the page offered for that day and said, "Robyn, this is something someone could take either hours or minutes to contemplate. Your questions are thought provoking. I can see getting real benefit by doing this."
I have discussed reading the bible and the importance of it for over 25 years now.
But this conversation made me stop and think? How? How have I stayed so deeply in the word almost everyday for the last 30 years. I am no more holy than the next guy. I certainly have not made all the right choices, nor lived some sinless life.
I still come to the word with an open heart, knowing that I need changing. That is probably the first thing. DAILY! I need changing. I need a renewed spirit.
People who have come to my bible studies have commented over and over again, "Robyn, you just present it differently." Or, "Your questions make me think." Or, "I always get more out of the Bible when I read it with you."
But, what brought me to it regularly?
How have I been able to hide his word in my heart?
I think God revealed it to me.
I am, by profession, a Reading/Writing Specialist. I apply what I teach in my own personal Bible reading.
I read thoughtfully. I am a thoughtful reader. I am a reading specialist. I learned how to read thoughtfully and I spent 13 years in the classroom teaching children how to read thoughtfully.
But children aren't the only ones that need to be encouraged to read thoughtfully. Many adults when desiring to read the bible daily find themselves relying on others to decipher what the bible says by reading devotionals, commentaries, or bible studies.
These within themselves are not negative options for reading the word of God.
But there is something very personal about reading the bible thoughtfully alone with God.
It is that special place that the Psalm 119:11 speaks of
"Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You." NASB
"I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I may not sin against You." NLT
As a Reading/Writing Specialist, I teach people how to read thoughtfully and how to write creatively.
As a bible teacher I have spent over 25 years teaching people how to read the Bible thoughtfully.
That is what we do in our community. I help people read the bible regularly and thoughtfully. With the end desire to hide His words in their heart. And the end result of that is to not sin against Him. Not for any other reason than GOD CHANGES HEARTS THROUGH HIS WORD.
If you are someone that values reading the word but has never been able to consistently do it. Or someone that has difficulty finding anything really interesting in the word, but believe you should be hiding it in your heart. We ask you to come with an open heart to join us in this endeavor.
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Psalm 119:25-32 NLT
25. I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.
26. I told you my plans and you answered. Now teach me your decrees.
27. Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28. I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.
29. Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
30. I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.
31. I cling to your laws. LORD, don't let me be put to shame!
32. I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding.
Psalm 119:25-32 NLT
May you be blessed this week.
I will see you here again next Monday.
Robyn Rochelle Cox
Because He IS the I AM, i am.
Apologies for last weeks non-appearance... One week out of 38 ⏤ Dang it! Oh how pride commeth before the fall...
I was seeing my friends off that had come to visit from Germany. She is a young German woman that came to the LORD with me over 10 years ago. I mentored her while on the mission field. I returned to the states three years ago. She wanted to come and see me and my man and allow me to meet her husband and two-year-old. They visited for over a week. It was a blessing. She too cried when she told me she missed our bible reading times and is thankful for this site. It might not be on my couch, in my living room, but it is my heart ⏤exposed and shared.
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Robyn Rochelle Cox
WHOSE AM I?