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The Risen Christ: Day 2

Whom Are You Seeking?

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Today's Text: John 20:11-18, Psalm 27:4-10, Isaiah 55:6-7

Text: John 20:11-18, Psalm 27:4-10, Isaiah 55:6-7

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
- John 20:15a, ESV

You know that feeling you get right before your favorite part of your favorite movie? The main character is finally on the verge of the epiphany you’ve been waiting an hour for, and you know what’s coming. Your shoulders tense and you hold your breath. You lean in a little closer so you don’t miss it.

That’s exactly how I feel about this scene from the gospel of John. I know the story. I know what Mary Magdalene will find when she looks inside the tomb. I know the identity of the man she supposes to be the gardener. Yet, each time I read the story, I exhale after the same word, every time:

“Mary.”

He spoke her name. The Son of God, now raised from His own grave, made His very first post-resurrection appearance to a formerly demon-possessed woman named Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2).

Why Mary? Why did Jesus choose her as the other character in this glorious, theater-worthy scene at the grave? Scripture doesn’t give us the answer to that question, but my heart can’t help but think it’s this:

Mary was a seeker. She sought after Jesus.

Mary saw the stone was rolled away, her Savior missing from the tomb – and she went in to look for Him anyway.
Two angels dressed in glowing white greeted her and most folks would have run – but Mary went to them weeping, asking for her Lord.
Then a face she could not recognize through her tears asked why she was sad, and Mary didn’t even answer the question. She jumped right to the seeking.

“Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” (v.15, emphasis mine)

Mary was simply and sincerely seeking her Lord. She sought Him when He was living, and she sought Him after He died. She sought Him relentlessly, even through the pain and confusion of a freshly broken heart.

Mary did not yet know the “why” of what was happening, but she knew this: she needed to find Jesus.

She sought Him, and He spoke her name.
He saw her, He knew her.
She called for Him and He called back to her.

“Mary.”

I long to seek Jesus that way. I want to look for Him with all I am, even when circumstances make the search feel futile. Like Mary, I don’t want to give up, I don’t want to give in, I don’t want to walk away shrugging. And when my heart is broken and I can’t see past my tears? I want to seek Him all the more.

I want to call out to the One who saw me and saved me at my worst, and hear Him call back to me.

“Amanda.”

Jesus knows my name. And, sister, He knows yours.

Let’s relentlessly seek Him today.

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
- Psalm 27:8, NASB

 

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  • Lord keep my heart and my soul listening for my name from your mouth.

  • I love this devotion so much. Thank you Lord for being with me in the worst and best times of my life. Help to keep my eyes on you when things are rough and when everything is fine. I am Yours and You are mine.

  • Jesus, you are always near me. Even when I seek other things and people for comfort you are near me. Take away the distraction that keep me from you. In your Name I pray. Amen

  • Roberta

    Lord, help me to sincerely seek you when the world is whirling around me and I seem to have lost my focus. Thank you for seeking me, and thank you for knowing my name. In Christ name, amen

  • Maria Easterday

    It’s amazing how the lord uses his people to reach others and how he penetrates into our hearts when we ask him.

    May the lord give us hearts after his this day and forever more that we may be woman of God so in love and chasing after our great savior. Even in the most difficult times when we seem to fall short.
    I just lift all you ladies in prayer today :)

    Just press on sisters cuz I need you guys to be right here with me.

  • Christina McDaniel

    Thank you Lord for speaking through Amanda today! As always when it comes from you Lord it’s exactly what I needed to hear!

  • Janell Rardon

    What a rich promise. Thank you , Amanda.

  • I would love nothing more than to seek HIM in everything I do. I am trying to get that close relationship with HIM. I know that HE is always with me. I, to, long to hear HIM call my name. I am just now catching up on the current plan. This is the perfect season to be anew in HIM. Thank you Jesus!!

  • Our easter service had a clip of this and I just couldn’t help but cry! He was alive! Praise God! He knows us all personally.

  • Katherine

    He knows my name!

  • Kasey Tuggle

    Wow! I’m so thankful for a Savior who cares about me personally! Who cares for each one of us personally! Praying I would become a daughter who seeks after my Father more! He is worthy of all of my love, affection, and praise!

  • I get emotional reading this part of his Resurrection. I myself relate so much to the story of Mary Magdalene, and feel that sometimes if I lived in the time of Jesus on this earth my life would look very similar to hers. To long so dearly for Jesus, in a way we all could only imagine. Yes, Jesus lives today and forevermore, in our souls, but to be able to experience him in the physical form, to touch him, hear his audible voice, smell him, be near him in such a different way. Can you only imagine what that would have been like. How could she not weep for her LORD?!! Her friend and companion that she lost. The urgency of her seeking makes perfect sense, and i just love his response to her. “Mary!” That exclamation point speaks so much. Like, “Mary! I haven’t left you.”

    So good. Can’t wait till I can see His face tangibly after this life. I know He will be calling my name! “Chantel!”

  • Beautiful and powerful!

  • This was so beautiful, it brought me to tears. To think that our risen Savior knows MY name. If I seek him, he will call to ME, by name. Wow~ thank you for this reminder!!

  • Jesus, you’re part of my life. I want to be with you and follow you. Father, I’m grateful for you have forgiven me and for the unique plan you made for this daughter of Yours. Amen

  • Alex Evans

    This was so good. I want to seek Him in all the ways I know, because he knows our names too.

  • Krista Rae

    Even in the midst of heartache, sin, and fear, Jesus’ words and love speak to my soul. I know that no matter how many mistakes I make or how unclear the future is, Jesus, the Risen Christ, is the one thing that will be where I first found Him: Elevated high, risen as my Lord and Savior.

  • This is so good! Jesus reveals himself when we seek him. “Lord I know I fall so short in this area and I am so easily distracted. Help me to seek you! Give me a heart to seek you no matter what I am going through. I want you to reveal yourself to me and call my name!”

  • Dana Lomeli

    It truly is wonderful, as well as mind boggling that despite all my wrong doings, and short comings, HE still knows my name<3 i love that Mary sought so fervently for jesus not only before, but after his death as well. I wish to have a love like Mary with my savior. Despite and rough patches, confusion, and feelings of loss, that i too would seek after Jesus, knowing that he will never forsake or turn away from me but rather welcome me with open arms<3 this is something i struggle with, but am working to make him my "go to" in times of need<3

  • addyson Riddle

    oh my goodness y'all!
    I have to share with you something that blew my mind while reading this. Jesus didn't just mention that God was his father, but he also mentions…

    "Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

    THIS IS AMAZING YALL!

    His God only in connection with US, our father only in connection with HIM.

    Meditate on that. Realize that Jesus, the LIVING BREATHING GOD, called part of his own being GOD.
    Jesus only called his father "GOD" in his darkest and toughest moments. We have communion with God because of jesus.
    He gives us this gift. He bore the cross so that statement could reign as truth.

    I also pray that we can each have the fire for Christ like Mary did.
    I personally struggle with that. I find that when all is good in my world I keep him on the back burner. just in case, ya know?

    He needs to be my focus.
    He needs to be my main course.
    I can't set him on the back burner only to forget about it and let the food burn.
    I must be constantly adding new ingredients,
    inviting more people over so that I can pour into their lives,
    and they can pour into mine as well.
    I want my life to be filled with his heavenly smells.
    I want to live in gods kitchen!

    …and that's my weird kitchen/God analogy of the evening…

    I love you all. you are beautiful, and I'm proud to say that i have so many wise and intelligent sisters!!!

  • What a beautiful thought–that one day I will meet Jesus and He will call me by name. The sweetest sound that must be!

  • Antimony

    Mary was seeking Him. But He was also seeking her. He knew she would be there. He understood her grief. And her need for His presence. And He was there.

    • Kasey Tuggle

      Thankful for a Savior who seeks after us! Even when we are faithless, he is faithful!

  • Lyndsay

    God knows my name and he is always listening as long as I seek him. I love him and he loves me. I really needed this today, it was great comfort thanks so much for this !

  • I recently posted the lyrics from francesca batastellis song “He knows my name” at work just to remember that God sees me and the things I do and not to look for affirmation from others…today’s devotional reaffirmed that He knows our names and encouraged me to keep seeking like Mary did! I love this devotional and just want you to know how much I appreciate the work you all put into it! It is truly a blessing in my life!
    -amy

  • LaurenC_

    This is one of my favorite stories in the whole Bible. When Jesus simply says, "Mary," I hear his tender voice. Like a gentle Father, overflowing with understanding and love. That tenderness is not something I've had consistently in my life and so when I read this passage, it warms my heart. It means so much more to me because my first name is Mary. I have never drawn the parallels Amanda did in today's devotion but it makes so much sense. Mary pressed on to seek Him despite what her circumstances were, despite the hardship she faced, despite her grief. Thank you for your words Amanda, they give me so much to ponder as I attempt each day to walk out of the tomb with Jesus. Lord, let this Mary follow the guidance of that Mary, seeking you each step along the way, fixing my eyes on you and your truth. Refusing to be trapped by the heartache and confusion of this world, refusing to believe the lies the enemy tells me about myself.

  • Mrs. Daniels

    Thank you for sharing that Courtney. God is in everything. Today I realized that while reading this is amazing and stabilizing for me, I need the study too. I need to interact with it more so it sinks in deeper. I’m very thankful for this study and commentary.

  • Courtney C.

    I experienced something beautiful today and I must share. I was sitting at the hairdresser’s waiting my turn across from a woman in a wheelchair. I silently said a prayer for her healing. I thought about today’s reading, seeking the Lord, and knowing that he knows her name, just as he knows mine. The hairdresser called her name and when she turned I saw a keychain hooked to her purse that read, “You’re important to God.” Ladies, God is good and he is always there when we seek him. <3

  • Thank you for the encouragement as u really need it right now.

  • Rachel Carley

    Today’s devotional makes me have hope. He know my name and he seeks me just as much as I seek him. Love the commentary today.❤️

  • This is my first study here as I am actively seeking. There have been so many wrongs in my life and I am the only one to blame. Guilt of the past is creeping up and I am feeling conflicted even about my salvation. I have also had a recent complete hysterectomy and things just seem so upside down. Regardless I know my strength and peace is in the Lord.

    • Lindsey V.

      May I encourage you with Romans 7-8.? Soak in those chapters. There is no condemnation in Jesus and His grace is right there for you IN. THE. VERY. PLACE. You need it most! May His love for you overwhelm you in this season!

  • How many of us have had Mary moments, where God spoke our name and EVERYTHING changed? I know I have! I hold on to those moments as my most precious treasures. When God broke through the darkness and I SAW the light. Praise the Lord! Oh may I seek Him this day!

  • Beverly

    “Mary was a seeker. She sought after Jesus.”
    I long to be a seeker.
    My blurb would read: Beverly is a striver. She strives for the approval & favor of others. She hustles for her worth in all the wrong places.
    But God. He’s shown me lately that I have been striving my whole life. Yet He sees me. He cares for me still. And He has been pruning away all those areas I have been striving, all those dead places I have been seeking to find my identity – which feels and looks like everywhere, everything. I feel raw. Vulnerable. Naked before the Lord. But I am reminded that there is beauty in our nakedness.
    And so now, my striving heart waits. Waits on Him. Desiring to be taught how to wait, how to be still. (I like guides. I like knowing what to do. But there is no guide for this.) And He waits for me. Patiently. As I continue to come to the end of myself.
    And as it turns out – all that is left is to seek. Lord, may I be a relentless seeker of the fullness and life that can only be found in You. I surrender my striving.

    • Nicole

      Yes and Amen! Beverly. God has been revealing my striving as well. I want to surrender it all to Him. And I have to be ok with it happening one step at a time. As long as I am taking those steps of faith, then I am seeking. May my heart be transformed to yearn and to want to seek Jesus more than anything.

    • Tracey

      I love this, because in spite of our best efforts, sometimes the only thing you can do is surrender yourself. In that seemingly defeatist moment, you take a step toward Him, laying down your ideals of yourself you’ve created. It hurts to be raw, but it’s also when we are at our cleanest, purest form of self, able to be reshaped in His lovely image.

    • Megpie

      Yes! I have been in this place too. I feel so stripped down, venerable and raw. Seeking. Waiting to hear Him call my name.

  • Patience

    How I needed this today. Thank you, SRT! I’m in the midst of heartbreak, profound betrayal by husband. What comfort the Lord has brought these past several months by His Word and this community. He knew I needed to be reminded that He calls my name today. At the place of her brokenness, Mary wept and it was there He sought her heart, her honesty, and restored her with Himself.

    • Beverly

      “At the place of her brokenness…” Beautiful truths. Praying for you, Patience.

  • M.Nicole

    I absolutely LOVE this devotional today! Mary had such a genuine and sincere heart—she truly just wanted Jesus. At the base of it all, I desire to have that….an ongoing, always seeking, sincere and genuine desire for Jesus. Just beautiful!

  • LaRhonda

    So beautifully written! As I read the entire recommended scripture, the last words found in Isaiah 55:7, For He will abundantly pardon. There are so many who will not seek God because of their belief that that (we) have sinned in such ways that cannot be forgiven, Oh but how they must know that repenting will lead to pardon, not only a little but He ABUNDANTLY pardons. Yes seek Him, He is waiting!

  • Praise God, Mary revealed she was sad because she THOUGHT, her Lord, Our Lord was gone; yet, she seeked (hungered & thirst) for His presence & found Him! I’m thankful I (we) have my (our) own unique profound relationship with Jesus and He knows each of our names…we can be whom God has called each us to be as we learn from the examples of the Biblical characters.

  • For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
    he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

    As I read today’s post I am desperately seeking to hear God’s voice. I have depression and anxiety and I have been immobilized for months. I keep praying for a miracle healing. In the meantime, I seek Jesus and long to hear Him call my name. I continue to be ever so thankful He is keeping me safe until His plan for me becomes known to me.

    Thank you for your good works!

  • Devon Atkins

    Hi all! This is my first SRT study and so far I’m loving it! I read the Bible passages before the devotion and when Jesus had said, “Mary,” that had just leapt out at me! So glad that’s what the devotion touched on! I can only imagine how he said it. He said her name in a way that only He would because she knew it was him once he said it. How beautiful!

  • I can just hear the voice of Jesus calling to Mary in such a loving, patient tone. She just knows that it is Him. As I was reading through it, I thought about how I can't wait to hear Jesus call my name in such a way. But the great thing is, He does. Everyday, He calls me to him. I am so thankful for the love of Christ and how He calls me.

  • Katie_K

    Lately I've been in an in between, broken place in my life. Just previous to Easter our pastor preached on the Saturday between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. The silent time of waiting for the Lord, not sure if Sunday is ever coming, and not sure what it will look like when it does. I'm somewhere between a Saturday and a Friday… My life is full of chaos, confusion, and silent times of waiting.

    I've been a bit lost to be honest, I've been reading these devotionals each day, but not commenting, not really knowing what to say. My eyes go to circumstances, and my futile attempts to try to plan or predict what my future will look like. I want to be more like Mary. I want to run to the Lord each and everyday. I want to seek Him in all I do.

    • PH413mama

      It is so hard sometimes. Be patient, He is ever faithful.

    • ~ B ~

      Katie – I know so much of what you speak and yet I also know that for each of us it is so very personal. I truly wish I could hug on you in a big way because I know the pain that you're in, I know how gut wrenching and incomplete life feels, how pointless it can all seem. I am still standing the gap for you my friend and please know that I'm not saying that lightly. I am prayerful over you and yours and I know that God has something great in store for you and while your eyes may be too blurred to see it now, let Him lead the way and let those of us that walk it with you support you when you stumble. You are not alone sister! You are most certainly not alone. If you are ever in need of constant prayer, feel free to look me up! So many prayers of peace, endurance and love your way. ~ B

      • Katie_K

        Thank you so much B, I really truly mean it when I say your prayers mean so much to me.

    • Beverly

      Lost. That’s been my feeling too lately, Katie. Praying for you. That you may be found and embraced by His marvelous love.

      • ~ B ~

        Prayers over you too Beverly. Hopeful that your feelings of lost are lifted and replaced with a great understanding and physical comfort that you are not alone. While the season may be dark, God is walking it with you. Many many prayers to you as well Beverly! ~ B

        • Beverly

          Thanks, B. Your prayer is very much appreciated. Not alone. Replacing my thoughts of “lost” with those two little yet mighty words. Thank you for your encouragement!

      • Katie_K

        Praying for you too Beverly! I don't know you, but it seems we are going through a similar season. Praying for God to sustain us both throughout it all

        • Beverly

          I agree, Katie. Grateful for this community, and for your prayers. I also pray He will continue to sustain you (and myself) through this season. I just can’t help but think (and know) that He wants our whole hearts. And these seasons are bringing us closer to His heart.

  • Beautiful. Let us become seekers of Jesus

  • Thanks, SRT ladies, for this post and all the great comments. Surely an encouragement to a gal who has recently moved and not yet found a good women's study! My husband preached a sermon on Mary anointing Jesus with oils/spikenard and here's the link: http://www.baldeaglebaptist.org/sermons/?sermon_i…. Not trying to self-promote, just thought his encouragement about her life was helpful. His main point is that those who realize they have been saved from much sin, as Mary was, realize their need for Jesus so much more. Oh that we would all realize our sin, and therefore run to Jesus often. So thankful that he humbly comes to us, even when we stray.

  • Capasgirl

    I love this , it makes me feel so much joy.
    Seek the lord while he maybe found call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

  • “Seek MY face” – how quickly we run to the mirror when we think we are about to see company that will see us “as we are”. Yet JESUS sees us as we are and calls us by name – what a personal loving friend & savior! My heart says, your face Lord, I will seek”. ❤️

  • Kenesha

    This is EXACTLY what I needed this morning. Right now, I’m confused about my life, I’m tired and I don’t know what to do next. This study helped me realize that I need to seek Him in EVERYTHING. Not just some things, but everything.

    “She sought Him relentlessly, even through the pain and confusion of a freshly broken heart.
    Mary did not yet know the “why” of what was happening, but she knew this: she needed to find Jesus.” — This is so me right now.

    I loved this study today and I pray for you my sisters that we will all seek Him wholeheartedly everyday, no matter what our circumstances look like. Nothing in this world can compare to the joy and peace we receive by seeking His face continually.

  • Today I want to seek Him. Not “everyday” or “all the time” – living my life TODAY. Seeking Him today.

  • Angela_Mae

    Beautiful. What that would sound like – to hear Jesus call me by name. I can hear it in my mind, and how sweet it would be.

    It also makes me think of another time in the Bible when someone was called by name. When I read it, it stopped me in my tracks. I've been studying Acts lately and 19: 11-15 says:

    "God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, 'In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.' Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, 'Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?'"

    I don't know about anyone else, but I was so taken aback that the evil spirit knew Paul's name. I understood him knowing Jesus, of course, because, well… He's God's son. But Paul is a sinful human just like me and yet that demon knew him by name. Paul lived in the light so much that the demon knew him. His reputation for allowing God to work through him preceded him in such a way that the demon had heard of him. Naturally, I asked myself, "Would that demon have known you by name?" Do the forces that delight in darkness know that I am a Child of the Light? I'm afraid that if my reputation had gotten to them, it may not be too clear.

    Thank goodness that we have the examples of Jesus and his early followers to show us what walking in the light looks like. Thank goodness that Jesus makes me good enough even when I fall short.

  • Camille Fielder

    Beautiful.

  • Emily Van Winkle

    Love this! It is so encouraging!

  • Lindsay Lamb

    “Your face O’ Lord, I shall seek”

  • Princess Sky

    Beautifully written. Tears are rolling down my face. God bless each and every one of you this beautiful day.

  • Diane Huntsman

    This one was a read and re-read for sure! Mary sought because she has been delivered.. She knew the power of her Savior and His unconditional love.. We don’t seek as we ought because we don’t recognize what He’s done for us.. She was delivered from demon possession, we too have been delivered from demons of sorts..but I’m convinced we don’t really understand what He’s done for us, because if we did, we too would be relentless seekers.. Open our Eyes Jesus to the ways You have sought and delivered us that we may seek You with all we have..

  • I read the whole chapter and noticed another thing about Mary – she went to the tomb very early, while it was still dark. She did not say that it did not matter and that Jesus was dead anyway so He could wait till she cleaned and cooked or whatever… With small babies I get up when they wake up, usually earlier than I would like, but often prayer is not on my mind (or only in the sense of Jesus help me survive this day). I need to learn to seek Him earnestly every moment, let Him be my priority…or actually ask Him to give me a heart that longs for Him.
    Thanks oor today's devotional, it really touched my heart!

    • Becky

      Wow that is a great observation. I had never thought of it.

    • Becky

      I instantly thought of the song He knows my name. He knows our name, he knows how many hairs we have at any given moment, and he LOVES us. He wants a relationship with us. So humbling.

  • Audrey Assad has a song about Mary and Martha. Think it’s called “sometime”. Said something like he calls my name. Listening this morning on my way to work. So amazed how he calls my name even in a song on my way to work right after a devotion from SRT. “I just love you Jesus”.

  • Positively in beautiful puddles over here!

    My word for this year is “SEEK”. After reading this, I am feeling convicted. I realize I have been seeking only the surface. Not relentlessly. Not with all I am. It’s time to step beyond my fears and through the tears to look into what appears to be just an empty tomb. To seek and recognize His beautiful risen face in all my circumstances.

    Beckey
    http://reallyreallyrealhousewives.blogspot.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork

  • Shannon

    Today I was struck by how easily Mary didn’t recognize Jesus — how often do I go about my day and attribute good things to common man, like a gardener, not seeing first Jesus. Like Amanda echoed from the psalms, I want to seek his face with my whole heart.

    • Liz

      This is what struck me today too! Too often I don’t recognize the movements of God and it’s because I’m not seeking his face but rather I’m seeking the approval of humans. This was a powerful reminder to seek God continually.

  • KatSmith1026

    This reminds me of a song we used to sing in Young Life, called “I have a Maker.” Here’s the chorus:

    He knows my name
    He knows my every thought
    He sees each tear that falls
    And hears me when I call

    A simple song with a simple but marvelous truth. Blessings, dear sisters.

    • Shannon

      As a former Young Lifer, thanks for reminding me of one of my all time favoite songs from long ago!

  • Thank you SRT contributors. Today's gift really grips my heart. Kari put the words on my gratitude for you all. Blessings!

  • LaVonne Ward

    Lord, I want to press and seek your face, DAILY!

  • Really great post. Needed the reminded to always seek the Lord, in every circumstance . I have had a wild ride the past 2 years, and needless to say, I have been seeking God more and more because I just could not do this life alone.

  • Mary Beth

    What a great post today! I need to stop asking “why” and just seek Him no matter what.

  • Lauren S

    Such a gripping post! I have been trying to seek God during some pain and brokenness and this really gave me strength to press on in my pursuit of my God!

  • Today's reading really spoke to me. I have had many life changes over the past few months, and there are many more to occur in the coming few weeks. I know God is behind each and every circumstance, but I often forget to look for His presence. Today I will begin (again) to seek Him and His glory in everything. Thank you Amanda for reminding me.

    • shereadstruth

      Saying a prayer for you, Sarah, as you brace for these changes. Praying you will hear Jesus speak your name and know that you are seen and loved. xo, Amanda

  • Elizabeth S

    I am Mary. My name is Elizabeth Mary actually, but in the context of the story also, I am she. An evil-filled sinner, through and through. And have found all that my soul has ever longed for in Jesus, so have become His follower. In the times when I feel as though He has left me, though it is my lack of faith that lead me to that place, I have cried out to Him and without fail, He has answered me and reminded me who He is.

    Praise be to God for coming to us without qualm when we forget what He has taught us, that He will rise again, and He will NEVER leave us. Praise to Him for not shoving it back in our face that we could forget Him, but instead, reaching out to us and gently calling our names. Praise be to the Risen Christ!

    • Jojo

      What a wonderful praise and promise “Praise be to God for coming to us without qualm when we forget what He has taught us,”…..I find myself constantly fighting this battle of getting absorbed by worldly matters….I find peace knowing God is right there with me even when I forget…thank you Elizabeth Mary for your beautiful words!

  • Hannahjaco

    Looking through a magazine, “Legendary women of the Bible” Mary Magdalene has a place. “She seems to have understood better than anyone that a redeemed life becomes the property of the Redeemer.”

  • Anna Buchanan

    “Mary was simply and sincerely seeking her Lord. She sought Him when He was living, and she sought Him after He died. She sought Him relentlessly, even through the pain and confusion of a freshly broken heart.”
    Am I simply and sincerely seeking my Savior? What do I seek instead? A perfect weight. A boyfriend. Pleasure. Satisfaction. A good reputation. Oh God tear down my idols so that I seek you alone. Even in the midst of the pain of the storm. Even when the wounds are fresh. Even when I am lost and feel alone. When confusion and fear overwhelm let me STILL seek you!

  • Ariadne

    I’ve learned that God is not pleased with me putting things and others before Him. My prayer time gets moved around and sometimes doesn’t exist due to exhaustion. But I need to seek Him in all seasons, good and bad, and at all times, early or late. I need to abide in Him and not just asking for His blessings in bad times. I will seek your face, Lord

  • MNmomma (heather)

    I want to seek Jesus relentlessly. All day. Everyday. In everything I do. From the morning rush out the door, to the kids coming in my office, to the quiet moments…..I want to seek Jesus. I want to be yoked WITH Him. Walking WITH Him…..following HIS plan….
    Help me Father…work in me…

  • I usually don't share my personal prayers with anyone, but I felt led to do so this morning. I hope that this will give you the energy, or reminder, or whatever it is that God wants you to recieve this morning.

    The passage that really stood out to me today was your simple reminder from Jeremiah 29:13-"And you will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart."
    Lord, I know I have said this plenty of times in the past, but it still holds true. I long to seek You with all of my attention and energy. Even more so though, I feel your sweet little nudges to just stay mindful and treat each and every conversation, task, and even meal as a gift because that is what they truly are. Each moment is a gift (undeserved as it might be) from you.
    This morning I think of my fellow SRT sisters and the places and situations that each one is in at this time. Today my prayer for them is just to slow down and relax in your love and to seek you in everything that they do; whether that be running around the house chasing the little ones (those little blessings that they have been entrusted to care for) or sitting at a desk all day working the 8-5 (a blessing in itself considering how many people are currently searching high and low for work). Each of these tasks are prone to cause stress or to wear their minds and spirits down, but rather than focus on that I pray that we all look at these tasks and responsibilities with fresh eyes-eyes seeking You and your presence in all things.

    Listen closely in the hum of life's hours and you will here "(insert name here), I love you and your joy brings a smile to my face. I am so happy that I have given you (insert responsibility here) to take care of. Remember to seek Me today and I will continue to supply the energy you need to concur this day. If you ever begin to feel weak and unsure, fall back on Me and I will catch you…every time.

    Stay strong my sweet friends and remember He not only knows your name, but He call you by it daily.
    Much love.
    -Renee

    • Kendra

      Thank you so much for sharing Renee. Having the opportunity to pray with incredible women such as yourself has truly shown me why the Lord commands community to grow closer to Him.

    • PH413mama

      I love that, thank you for sharing!

    • tina

      Renee, thank you…and I pray God turns His face to shine on you…dear sister…xx

  • Courtney

    Thanks so much for this study! I have been using this website for a while now and it has helped me grow so much closer to God. God has definitely used it as a blessing in my life at a time when everything seems to be going wrong. So glad these studies keep me accountable!

  • I love the way you describe this moment. I have always loved that Jesus first revealed Himself to Mary Magdalene. Thinking about Him knowing my name today is filling me with hope and reassurance. He is pursuing me, even when I wander. I want to seek Him the way Mary did. Thank you for sharing this today.

  • elizabeth

    Yes! One of my favorite scenes in scripture too!

  • Maria C

    I love that Jesus revealed himself to Mary Magdalene first. To me it shows that even when flawed We are perfect to Him as long as we seek Him. God always uses the less likely to teach us a lesson in faith. And this is Mary’s case to me.

    • Anna Buchanan

      Isn’t it beautiful Maria how Jesus accepts us in our brokenness? He doesn’t see our sin. He sees the robe of righteousness Christ has given us!! Even when we fail that robe is there to cover us.

  • Candacejo

    "And when my heart is broken and I can’t see past my tears? I want to seek Him all the more."

    I loved this entire lesson…my tears came when you said, "Amanda". For there I inserted my own name immediately and the overwhelming realization that

    He knows my name
    He calls out to me
    He pursues me?

    Wow! I sure do not want to hear "Depart from me, I never knew you…" when we are standing at the Judgment Seat of Christ. If I am going to know Him, and Him me, I must spend time with Him. Thank you SRT for making our study time so welcoming and encouraging that we can't wait to get here….and then to enter the throne room with what we have read and soaked up.

    Blessings! ♥

  • Georgie

    This was so relvent to my life!! I need to be seeking the Lord, always, with true conviction. As always I am left in an amazing state of meditation. x Live it, Love it!

  • Whew! I so needed to hear this today. My hearts desire is to seek Jesus every moment of the day. Life has a way of creeping in and trying to grab my attention. But, I will choose to focus on Jesus – the one that died for me, recorded my name in the book of life and knows me and my name.

  • Mary Magdalene is such an amazing inspiration – and I had never seen it before. Lord, I want to be a relentless seeker of you – no matter what!

    • Beverly

      To be a relentless seeker of Him – yes, me too!

    • Anna Buchanan

      I love the adjective relentless!! We never stop or give up. We continue to seek no matter what.

  • Kendall_S

    oh that i would be found to be a seeker of the Lord and a woman who continually seeks for new aspects of God to uncover and to praise Him for….

  • Lori Briggs

    Jeremiah 29:13 " And you will seek Me and find Me, when you seek me with all your heart."

    • tina

      Lori, I love those words from Jeremiah. Seeking Him with all my heart. Yes Lord, Here I am…xxx

  • Absolutely beautiful! "Mary was a seeker!" That was beautiful. I wonder what fully she was feeling after Jesus sent her to tell the others. Like Mary, I imagine, my immediate reaction would be to hold tightly onto Christ. The shift in desperation to Joy at His return would have had me flinging my arms around Him without thought, but then to hear "Do not cling to me for I have not yet ascended to The Father". I wonder if she understood even remotely what He was saying here. If she knew that the deeper meaning was that He would physically be gone again, that their relationship was going to look different. While I know He didn't want them to think this was the "return" He kept referring to, I can imagine this their basic thought. And the idea that I would tangibly lose Him again bitter, because I think it beyond my capacity in such a new a raw situation to understand fully what Jesus was trying to express here. That He would be gone, but still with them, that He was about to ask them to rely on their Faith in His "absence". Tough stuff……Honestly, if Jesus stood before me, I would cling. I know I wouldn't want to let go and I've had the benefit of clinging to Him in Faith first.

    Prayerful that I seek Jesus in all things, that I cling to Him in my faith, that I know, in the midst of any pain or joy, Christ is with me and I *can* cling! Prayerful that I am always seeking! ~ B

    On a side note, thank you for prayers yesterday. I am on my way to feeling better and knowing I was in receipt of your prayers lifted my spirits. Waking to this community, studying the word with such wonderful women and being lifted up by you is such a joy to me. So incredibly thankful for this little corner of the web and the communion felt here in Christ! :)

    • Candacejo

      So glad you are feeling a bit better and praying for a complete recovery ♥

    • MNmomma (heather)

      I too want to cling to Christ in my faith…

      Prayers for complete healing continue B!

    • Beverly

      So happy you are feeling better, B. Prayers for continued healing and restoration.

    • tina

      So glad you are feeling better..Will continue to lift you up in prayer, and hope for a full and speedy recovery, dearest…Sending you some healing love across the pond…xxxx

  • I love the appropriately blinkered approach Mary has – even when her circumstances don't add up or make sense! Inspiring.

    • Kelly_Smith

      Hannah, you gave me a new word to look up :) And what an appropriate word to use–blinkered. She kept her eyes on one thing and one thing only. Her Savior. Nothing could change her focus. That's my heart, to have my gaze so fixed on Christ that "the things of earth grow strangely dim."

      • Haley

        Need to hear that every day. Worldly things only make us happy momentarily and are so easy to get caught up in.

  • Lisa Montgomery

    Great writing and perspective Amanda. I think you are right. Thank you for your insight on this.

  • michelle of LA

    I love this reading today ……….. what a wonderful way of looking at Mary . Lets all continue to see Our Lord like Mary .
    Wonderful lesson .

  • So thankful to have found shereadstruth.com thank you!

    • Elizabeth

      Welcome, welcome dear Sister! Prayers that you are fed and lifted up by our community of Christ-seekers!

    • shereadstruth

      So glad you are here, Sheena! Welcome to our community!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Oh dang! This one really choked me up! How beautiful a heart like Mary’s. To truly see our Savior for who He is, and that he is worth seeking even in the darkest of circumstances. Praying for a heart like that!

    • Kasey Tuggle

      Some of the sweetest times I’ve had with Christ have been in the darkest valleys that I’ve gone through. He is full of love and joy. Constantly pursuing me. Constantly loving me. Thankful for His faithfulness to always seek me out even when I don’t seek after him. His love is relentless!

  • Bind My Wandering Heart

    I love this, what a wonderful reminder to seek God in everything. I want to be a Mary! Thank you so much for this study!

  • Heather

    I just spent a while writing a long comment about these incredible passages of Scripture only to have them disappear into cyberspace when I was proof reading. If I feel so inspired I will write again but suffice it to say that these passages have greatly moved me and challenged me. Would I have been a seeker like Mary in this passage, like the other women or would I have been hiding and grieving waiting to be led. I pray that I will always be the seeker.

    Thanks for this beautiful reading.

    • Stacey Woods

      "Or would I have been hiding and grieving, waiting to be led. I pray that I will always be the seeker."

      YES. Absolutely yes. Now that I think about it, I often find myself praying and waiting for Jesus to show up when I need Him, rather than seeking Him out actively all throughout my hardships. I know that I can confidently leave my troubles in His hands, but I also want to search for Him as Mary did. I'll pray that you do too, Heather!

  • I felt led to read today’s passage before turning in for the night. Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to seek you! I am so honored…you know my name!

  • Kari @ ADamnGoodRead

    I was feeling convicted as soon as I read just the title of today’s post and was near tears through the whole thing. And then I got to this part: “Jesus knows my name. And, sister, He knows yours.”

    At which point I became a weeping mess.

    Those of you whom are behind the life changing work happening at She Reads Truth. I want you to know how endlessly thankful I am for each one of you for submitting yourselves to our Lord and following where He leads. I know it’s not y’all. That it is God moving in my life through y’all. Still, I am so thankful to Him for His faithfulness and each of you for yours. Please never doubt the work y’all are doing. It is His work. And it is good.

    • Claire

      I've only just discovered She Reads, and I had the exact. same. reaction. Thank you, Kari, for voicing it, and thank you, women of She Reads, for inspiring it.

    • shereadstruth

      Kari, I needed to read that at exactly this moment. Thank you for these encouraging words. It is such a joy to show up to this place each day and do the work He has for us, but there are hard days, too, and I'm thankful for the way God ministers to our hearts through each of you. Thank you, friend. Love, Amanda

  • Courtney C.

    Yes! Let us seek him in everything we do. Love this!

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