Honey by the Spoonfuls: My Bible Journal
Since I began my public reading life, one of my greatest joys and most satisfying conversations with other readers is when they tell me I recommended a book they love. I truly get a little thrill when someone tells me she was in the worst reading slump and I inspired her to pick up a book, or that he finally picked up that book on his shelf for three years and found a new favorite.
Connecting people to books that mean so much to them—especially in busy seasons—is such a sweet perk to me in this whole “online reader” experience.
But encouraging people toward Christ—inspiring people to pick up their Bibles and read true honey words for the heart—that is what brings me the most joy. As a reader, people see my honest reactions and ramblings. You know which stories make me cry, which characters I cling to, which authors left me spinning. And I love showing this side of my reader life. But you don’t often see the biggest part of me and what I read for true spiritual nourishment.
Because I work for a Christian publisher and spend my days reading Christian manuscripts, the books I read for pleasure are usually vastly different. But I don’t typically share what I’m reading in the Scriptures, and those are the most precious, most life-changing books I read. Why wouldn’t I share my thoughts on these books?
Honey Words will be a reflection of what I’m learning in the Scriptures. If you’re here for my thoughts on non-spiritual books exclusively and you’d like to skip over the Bible journal, you are more than welcome. But if you’re curious and want to lean in, consider joining me.
Biblical literacy has become so important to me, especially in the last year. I’ve been a Christian since I was young, but what I’ve been learning lately—about redemptive history, finding Jesus in the Old Testament, and so much more—has humbled me on all sides.
I’ve only peeled the corner of what I know in the Scriptures, like drinking a spoonful in an endless ocean of honey, and yet it brings me peace beyond understanding. It anchors my sorrows to hope. It’s transforming me into his image one degree of glory to another, beholding his glory in that sweet sip (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Learning how to read the Bible is overwhelming, but we have a call to biblical literacy. We have a call to read, understand, and apply the foundational text of our faith. Puritan author Samuel Rutherford writes about how this takes work:
I urge upon you a nearer and growing communion with Christ. There are curtains to be drawn back in Christ that we have never seen. There are new foldings of love in him. Dig deep, sweat, labour, and take pains for him, and set by as much time in the day for him as you can; he will be won with labour.
But it’s more than a call, isn’t it? There are new foldings of love in him. It’s a true joy, a true gift, and we have so many tools to help us understand what we’re reading.
I will not claim to know everything—that would be absurd—and I’m not a seminary student. But I do have so many resources, including online tools like stepbible.org, blueletterbible.com, luminabible.org, thebibleproject.com, and much more to help with cross-references, comparing translations of the Bible, and providing historical context.
But most importantly, I have the Holy Spirit, who comes alongside me and convinces me of the gospel every day. With him and with Christ-professing community pressing in to the Word of God, I have the great honor and joy of stepping closer in intimacy to a near God, a sweet Jesus.
John 21:25 says, “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” We have eternity to know our savior, and even still, there will always be more to know. But we can grow in confidence of our knowledge of him.
In light of this, the book I’m currently reading is 1 Kings. In the coming weeks, I will talk more about what I’m learning in 1 Kings, including this idea of growing in wisdom and confidence of our knowledge of him. But in the meantime, I hope you will dig in to Scripture with me, regardless of what you’re reading, and find honey words that delight and nourish your soul. Let’s taste and see that the Lord is good together (Psalm 34:8).