Loving Being in the Word


Psalm 119:105 (NIV) “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.”

Let’s admit it – life is tough and full of uncertainties. It’s a natural tendency that we cling to something (or someone) when we face challenging situations or at crossroads.

Personally, reading the Bible has been a life-transforming experience for me.  From it, I gathered gems of wisdom from the writings of the different authors such as King Solomon the author of the book of Ecclesiastes. Lessons on human behavior, culture revolution and leadership from 1 and 2 Kings to the book of Revelation. From matters regarding finances, to relationships, it all can be found in the Bible.

Does that mean that the Bible is the magical quick fix answer to all our problems? The answer is no. In Psalm 119:105, imagine walking on a path in total darkness holding only a lamp. The light emitted from the lamp enables us to see just a few steps ahead, it doesn’t reveal the point of destination. One thing however is to ensure that the light is always near you to give you clarity on the surrounding nearest to you so that you may walk with confidence avoid potential danger. The principles and wisdom found in the Bible grant us ability to comprehend life, have patience in difficult situations and the grit to persevere.

If you are a Christian reading this and wonder how you can start reading the Bible, I’d encourage you to do the following:

  • Start by determining the specific part of the day that you wish to set apart (the time) to do your reading. For example, it could be every morning after breakfast while finishing a cup of coffee (which is my routine) or for some people who prefer reading the Bible before bedtime. The key is discipline and consistency.


  • If you are having difficulty to kick start your daily habit of reading the Bible, allow yourself time to get into the routine. You may want to start with the book of Proverbs from the Old Testament, reading it a chapter a day which takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, if you want to start with a book from the New Testament; the book of St. John is a great book to read, also begin with a chapter a day.


  • Some of you may have started a routine but find some books such as Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers difficult to read – why not try an audio Bible? Not only that you could download the app for free, with the audio Bible you could listen to the scriptures being read to you whenever and wherever – be it while you are getting ready for work, commuting or winding down for the day.

From biology stand point, a plant can’t grow without water and soil or an individual needs proper nourishment to function efficiently.  The Word of God is the nourishment to our understanding of who God is. There is no short cut to that.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35 (NIV)

Do you struggle with being in the Bible routinely?


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Hi MRP.  I am about to turn 35 and I am seriously discouraged about my prospects at getting married.  I feel like I have done everything to put myself out there.  I have asked friends and mentors to introduce me to people.  I have never turned down a blind date.  And at the insistence of a close friend, I tried online dating and have been doing it on and off for several years.  I feel like it has gotten me nowhere.  The last guy I dated through Match I thought was the one – he seemed like a great match and everything seemed like it was going perfectly until he suddenly told me that it was over.  It was heartwrenching.  I am tired of going on first dates.  I am tired of being hurt.  I know that sitting on my couch waiting for someone to show up at the front door probably won’t work, but then I feel like I have tried everything already.  Should I take a break or is that giving up?  The time is ticking!!  Help!


Dear Seriously Discouraged,

I think what you’re going through involves weight and wait.

First, let’s talk about the weight  of a letdown.

It is a special kind of hurt when our best efforts result in battered emotions.  And the Lord understands this pain well for it’s written, “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12 The Message). Imagine your heart laboring to keep faith renewed and a mind hopeful while cinder blocks of disappointment pile on. Like any object under enough strain, the heart will become crushed, sick, and weary.

Rest is restorative for the weary. Which is why I think it’s OK to take a breather from dating. Spend time with God and recover from the bruises. Let Him remind you of His love, purpose, and plan for you.  Hang out and laugh with good friends. Let them remind you that rich friendships and sisterhoods make days sweeter.  Do and discover fun activities by yourself. Be reminded of the joy that comes with accomplishing a self set goal.  A break from dating is only a comma in the story, not a period. Once you feel refreshed and your heart is rested, by all means, let your love journey begin again.

Now, about the wait for marriage.

Sometimes, singleness can feel like you’re living in a waiting room without a clock. No digital ticket counter. No calendar. There is no chronological instrument to tell you when your time in the waiting room will be over.  And that makes waiting even harder.

But it is encouraging to know that while we live linked to literal, biological, and cultural clocks, God doesn’t.  And since time is of no consequence to Him, neither are any of its constraints, snags, or limitations.  His answers never arrive decomposed or rusted, but brilliant and shining.

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” (Galatians 6:9 The Message)

Don’t become disheartened by how long you’ve been waiting or another birthday on the horizon without an answer. Where we see days, He sees His design. Trust that His design for you includes His best at the best time.

I pray that this encourages you in your walk and wait for love.

–Jen @ MRP

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October Challenge – Being in the Word


Alright, I am going to keep it real with you all. I am not that person. You know, the person who wakes up at 6 am so she can get in her quiet time with the Lord and always has at least one Bible study in progress. The one who spends her summer memorizing whole chapters of the Bible. The one who can quote you chapter and verse for every situation you might encounter. I have a best friend like that. But I am not her.

I am the person who has to be forced to be in the Word. Who needs an outside motivator, like a “chapter of the day” reading that appeases my Type A self. Who gets bored because (a) I have read it all before and (b) sometimes the life application just isn’t immediately apparent (I am looking at you, Numbers).

I am not proud of this. I want to be a “better” Christian. I want to be the best witness. But…life.  But…laziness.  But…I would rather be watching Netflix.

So what do I do? Well, for this month – coincidentally the one devoted to being in the Word – I am in two separate studies. One weekly at church and one biweekly with my friends. It is a scheduled activity that forces me to stay on track and reading Scripture.  I know myself and I know I need the accountability.

And as God does, He has used these times to speak to my heart at just the moment that I needed it. I will be honest: have felt emotionally depleted lately. No particular reason – my life is full and beyond blessed. But instead of feeling empowered, I just want to sit on the couch in stretchy pants and binge watch Project Runway (this may or may not have happened this weekend).  I don’t want to cook, I don’t want to clean, I don’t want to go out.  I really don’t want to do…anything.

In the midst of this low season, I read His word that gives me encouragement. I can feel it whisper to me, tugging on my soul that this too shall pass, that He has greater plans for me.

Most importantly, I have been struggling with a work situation – an interpersonal relationship that I thought was getting better, only to find that it had turned around and bitten me.  It has cost me lost sleep several times over the past few months and I have felt the sting of “righteous” anger (ahem, at least in my opinion).  But then when I went to my church study this week, God spoke the verse that we must all be slow to anger and slow to speak.  I felt that He was speaking right to my heart and telling me to slow my roll and reconsider my heart.

So, even (or especially!) in this dry season, I want to return again and again to the well of living water.  Only there can I be filled.

Have you been in a dry season when it comes to the Scripture?  How have you overcome it?

September Finish – Managing Conflict


Conflict is an inevitable part of life. When someone hurts us, anger is a common response. Yet anger is like a wildfire. If not properly handled, it will quickly barrel out of control and cause immense harm.  In James 1:19-20 we are taught an important lesson on anger: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” Anger does not produce the righteousness that we are called to.

What are the most common responses to anger? Some of us rehearse in our minds exactly what we want to say to the person who made us angry, and even how we would deliver the message so it gets across how we intend. Other people take the rehearsal a step further and actually deliver the message, and perhaps physical blows. Both of these methods of coping can be harmful. While anger is identified as one of the “7 deadly sins,” it is also not good for your physical health. Anger has even been linked to heart disease and high blood pressure. Clearly, anger can be a very dangerous thing.

So, what is the answer to conflict and to anger? The reality is we can’t go through life without conflict. There are even times when anger can be justified. Even Jesus got angry at the moneychangers in the temple, as they made it a marketplace instead of a sacred place. But it is our response to our emotions that we must be careful about.

  1. It is important to not respond right away–rarely has a response made from anger been healing or productive. Find a constructive way to deal.
  2. Seek people concerned about the same issues. If your anger is caused by injustice, find a path to fight for justice.
  3. When someone hurts you, find a way to take care of yourself so that you don’t spiral into negativity and cause further harm to yourself. This could be going for a run, deep breathing, taking a boxing class, or talking to a counselor.
  4. Tell the Lord how you are feeling. He can take it. Ask Him how you are to respond, both internally and to the person who made you angry in the first place. With any conflict, the Holy Spirit can help us find a way where there seems to be no way.

Conflict is something I dread. Yet I’ve learned that conflict can be an opportunity. Instead of wallowing in anger and falling further from righteousness, our response to conflict can be a way to grow in character.

By seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in times of conflict, we can also grow closer to the heart God has for us and the person who hurt us. Instead of letting anger dictate our responses, let’s work on Spirit-filled healthy responses and watch how we grow in virtue.


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Hello! My name is Lianna. I am 28 years old and live in Cleveland, Ohio.  I am a Master’s student studying to become a counselor.  My favorite things are traveling, learning other languages, singing, and journeying with others. I blog and hope to inspire others at sunflowersojourn.wordpress.com.