When I became a believer, I literally knew nothing about God, his Word or what living like a Christian looked like. I struggled to make sense of things, to fit in to this very new life style, and to really live out the freedom I had been given in Christ.
Thankfully, I was part of a church that placed significant value on its members knowing God through the Word. I feel like my two years there were sort of like a mini-seminary degree. I was surrounded by people who loved to study God’s Word. They were never satisfied with the surfacy things. They dug deep, and taught me how to do the same.
Then, like a fish out of water, I attended Bible college. What Bible college did for my faith, was fill up my tool box. I had been given a few tools from my church in NY, but Bible college stocked that thing full! It also gave me a deeper desire to know God. I wanted to live my life in obedience to Him, but I also wanted to know him the way I saw so many of my friends knowing him. Bible college filled my toolbox and fueled my hunger.
Then, life happened. I didn’t spend quite as much time studying, and went more of the chapter-a-day route. That isn’t bad. God’s Word is ALWAYS profitable, so any time in it is great! But, I was becoming a bit malnourished spiritually. At the same time, life became a marathon, with lots of really big hills, and some pretty low valleys. I always felt as though I was hanging on by a thread. Which made sense. People who are severely malnourished, don’t usually have the stamina to complete a marathon. Yet there I was, running my hardest, on nothing but fumes.
Until a couple of years ago. God gave me some girls who really encouraged me to grow up in my spiritual life. He used them to challenge me, sharpen me and point me towards Jesus. He reignited my fire to really dig deep into his Word, so that I might know and love him more fully!
As I was having this reawakening in my spiritual life, I felt like I continued to come across others who didn’t have the tools to pursue God in that way. I know what it feels like when it seems as though everyone gets it but you. So, I wanted to help! I wanted to encourage those who felt ill-equipped, that they too, could study God’s word. I wanted to encourage those who had maybe not been digging deep, to begin pursuing God again, through his Word.
And then, I thought of my girls. At 12 and 15, there are so many things coming at them. We are constantly talking through life, and I am constantly trying to help them see things through the lens of Scripture. And moms, that is a good thing.
But what if there were a better thing?
I was convicted shortly after writing Rooted, that my girls don’t have some of the tools they need to study Scripture for themselves. I was convicted that they were just believing things we said, because we said them. I was convicted that that was not enough. I want my girls to think through everything they hear, even from me, and weigh it up against the truth God has given us in the Bible. I want my girls toolboxes stocked well before they leave my home.
We live in a generation of women who have been running marathons on fumes. Many of us biblically illiterate. We have gorged ourselves on everyone else’s view of scripture. While Christian books are amazing tools, and blogs can truly spur us on, apart from the Word we are malnourished marathoners. I don’t want that for my girls.
So what does that mean? That means I have to put in some time. I have to teach them the basics of studying the Bible. Yes, I have to talk to them, and help them to filter the world. However, I am convinced now, more than ever, that the greatest gift I can give them, is the ability to know and understand God through his Word, for themselves.
So, I am going to do something about this for my own girls, and I would love it if you would join me. Next month, I will be going through the Rooted Journal (Galatians version) with my girls. I will also be hosting weekly discussions over on our Facebook page, and will be sending you some great tips and resources throughout the month. Ladies, let’s be serious about filling out girl’s toolboxes.
Are you in? If so, here’s what you need to do:
Grab a copy of the Rooted Journal. You can get hard copies sent to you, or download a digital file immediately. Use the code DAUGHTERS for a 15% discount.
Then, make sure you like our Facebook page, so that you can follow along with the discussion and stay tuned for more info!