Holding Tight to Permanent: Day 1

She Is Me

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Today's Text: 1 Corinthians 13

Text: 1 Corinthians 13

She is me.
She is you.
She wants faith, hope, and love.
She wants help and healing.
She wants to hear and be heard, to see and be seen.
She wants things set right.

She wants to know what is true—not partly true, or sometimes true, or almost true. She wants to see Truth itself, face to face.

But here, now, these things are all cloudy. Hope is tinged with hurt. Faith is shaded by doubt. Lesser, broken things masquerade as love.

Real love is the God who became flesh—a living, feeling human being. He is God with us, rescuing the dying, calling the sinners, and embracing those who are wasting away. Real hope is the God who came to set things right. He came to set the cloudy mirror aside for good so we can see Him, face to face. Real Truth is the Word that created the world, the truth that never ceases to be true. Counterfeits no longer interest her; she is looking for the realest thing. This is why she reads.

She reads Truth to find Jesus.

And He is there, on every page, greater than her triumphs and shame, vaster than her needs and her pain. Those are real, to be certain. But they are the partial, the passing away. Jesus—and Jesus alone—is the Perfect, the Permanent.

The Truth does not magically erase her suffering or cure her disappointment. It does not negate her struggle or invalidate her sorrow. It does something even better—it leads her into relationship with the One who made her and makes her new, the One who is greater than all of these. The Truth brings her face to face with the God who has never stopped loving His children, who has never failed to do what He says He will do. The Truth is love in black and white—a love that does not change, even when her Bible is closed.

One day the cloudy mirror will be gone. One day face-to-face is the only way she will see.

Until then, she reads Truth—not just for answers or equations, help or how-tos. She reads Truth to find the perfect and permanent One. She reads Truth because she needs Jesus.

The above is an excerpt from the introduction of the book She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away, written by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams. Find She Reads Truth, the book, on Amazon or anywhere books are sold.

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  • Brittany

    I can’t thank God enough for loving me with more than everything through everything <3

  • Adrienne

    And now I’m crying. So thankful for unending love even when my Bible is closed.

  • this is beautiful!

  • Chattin Atchley

    I started a new college today and I was doing my devotion before I walked in and it may seem God is no where to be found, but the first person I walked up to asked if I wanted some free breakfast. Being a college student, of course I did. She was from a church focusing on bringing college students to Jesus. God’s already working here and making my path straight.

  • Gabarama

    What I always need is Jesus

  • And He is there, on every page, greater than her triumphs and shame, vaster than her needs and her pain. Those are real, to be certain. But they are the partial, the passing away. Jesus—and Jesus alone—is the Perfect, the Permanent.
    I really needed this today.

  • 4Mariah Johnson

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  • Emma Rogers

    Love this, so inspiring and relatable to my situation! Very encouraging. I love the way this devotion talks about how the world doesn’t bring her down with its wicked ways. She rises up when she faces adversity and the darkness of the world. God is with her when the world is not and he will always be there even when she’s not with him. It’s a great example of Gods mercy and love. She will not be sorry for herself but use her situation to grow closer to God!

  • Heather

    “The Truth does not magically erase her suffering or cure her disappointment. It does not negate her struggle or invalidate her sorrow. It does something even better—it leads her into relationship with the One who made her and makes her new, the One who is greater than all of these. The Truth brings her face to face with the God who has never stopped loving His children, who has never failed to do what He says He will do. The Truth is love in black and white—a love that does not change, even when her Bible is closed.”

    SOOOOOO important!! ❤

  • Arianna ♡ Acevedo

    this is so beautiful yet so gentle and poise the words she uses is so descriptive and it truly opens up a new world. ♡♡♡ I love it already !

  • Victoria

    Our God is a constant .. His love is constant and everything He is never passes or changes. “Lesser broken things masquerade as love.” My heart strays towards those things but my spirit holds tight to the One who calls it by name!

  • Sometimes I blame God for my circumstances. I think, if Christianity is so great, then why am I a wad of painful emotions right now? I forget that the struggle will always exist on this earth. The love of God gives me hope. He doesn’t take away the struggle, but he does bear my burdens if I give them to him.

  • Bethany

    She reads Truth to find Jesus.

    And He is there, on every page, greater than her triumphs and shame, vaster than her needs and her pain. Those are real, to be certain. But they are the partial, the passing away. Jesus—and Jesus alone—is the Perfect, the Permanent.

    What a great reminder of God’s promises in his word. I know that my pain is passing, and God is greater. How easy it is to forget that.

  • Victoria

    “A love that does not change even when her Bible is closed.”

    A great reminder today.. I fail to read my bible EVERY day. This was a wake up call for me that His love for me never changes, and my love for Him never changes. He deserves my time EVERY day.

  • Brittany Joiner

    In every season he is still God and he will never leave us alone. Thankful for the inspirational truth.

  • Caroline

    After a nasty divorce and a couple of other mind blowing experiences in 2016 it gives me peace that he loves me. He loves me even though I am a mess. He loved me even though I make many mistakes. Praise God!

  • Lydia Hammond

    I’m just getting my life back to God, and these verses have always been favorites of mine. It was a true blessing for this to be my first devotional in a long time.

  • Brianne Larson

    As I lay here in the quiet part of my day, the very end, I am burdened. My burdens are heavy with the reality of Amanda Williams statements: “Hope is tinged with hurt. Faith is shaded by doubt. Lesser, broken things masquerade as love.” This is my world. I live a life filled with hurt, doubts, and masquerades. My soul longs for the truth to set this free. To set me free.

  • Mckinzy

    LOVE is the most beautiful gift we have been given and also one that can quickly just be left behind/forgotten….it’s so easy while in relationships to become resentful or frustrated with things …money, jobs….life in general?! Where has my acknowledgment of love for everything or even my fiancé gone? I know I love this wonderfully hilarious and loving man, and I’m a very happy person but, when was the last time I showed it. Definitely not with me acting resentful towards him or myself. Or getting frustrated with the smallest of things. This definitely made me rethink how I’ve been acting towards him and my day to day life. Taking a step back to really look in my “mirror” and pray…is the way I’m acting letting my love shine through?

    So excited to read the rest of these and makes me eager to see how this has an impact on my life.

  • The only thing I cling to in doubt and depression that feeds my soul.

  • Carina Davis

    He is truth. I can’t get enough.

  • Love it! Such an inspirational Truth!! It’s so refreshing to be told that no matter what changes God will always be there, steadfast and patient.

  • Truth is that Jesus died while we were still sinners so that we can rise above our circumstances and find victory in Christ. Truth is that we can come to Him anytime to find the hope, rest, and strength that we need. The Truth is that He is not unreachable. We don’t need to clean ourselves up to come to Him. We can come to Him as we are and rely on His strength to make us into who He desires us to be. The Truth of the gospel is that He loves us as we are, but He loves as so much that He doesn’t want us to stay as we are. When we come to Him for help, we are embracing our inadequacy and finding our deliverance in Him, and THAT is where victory comes. Because He is our deliverer. When it’s us and Him we are unstoppable.

  • Becky S

    Truth.. What caused the sinful woman to weep so many tears that she washed the feet of Jesus? Truth. She was enslaved to sin. She felt the weight of disgust for it yet the longing to hold on to it. Truth. It was overwhelming her to know acceptance in that place, the exact place where she was. The Truth that exposed her and set her free at the same time…. “Go in peace…”
    I want to read Truth- to know Him- to have this constant pursuit of what Truth offers. Please Jesus, don’t let me love my sins more that You. Please bring me daily to this place of Truth. Thank you, Jesus, that you are the purest love.

    • Bolu

      “The Truth that exposed her and set her free at the same time.” Wow! This was honestly so beautiful & much needed to hear in this moment. I thank God for leading here to this. Thank you so much for this. God bless you.

  • I keep coming back to this post…

  • Nari Kim

    I’m honestly reading this because I could not fall asleep. I realized a needed a platform that would allow me to process my identity as a woman and how much value that has. This whole passage is something we hear a lot, but at times forget. I’m motivated to read She Reads Truth. It fits my theme of wanting to have solidarity in the truth and No longer stumbling back and forth but being solid in truth. SOLIDARITY! is the theme for me this year.

  • Today was a rough day. I was so frustrated with my kids and then, sigh, this.

    Love is not irritable. I need to ask forgiveness for this today.

    The devotional was encouraging though – “The truth does not negate her struggle . . . It leads her into relationship with the one who made her. . . “

  • This was absolutely amazing.

  • I really connected with the “Until then she reads Truth, not just for answers to equations, but to be face-to-face”.

  • shelbyrae

    so often you hear this passage read at weddings but I think it has such a bigger meaning than what we give it credit for. my pastor at my church today said something that’s been ringing in my ears all day, God so often you hear this passage read at weddings but I think it has such a bigger meaning than what we give it credit for. my pastor at my church today said something that’s been ringing in my ears all day, God loves you where you are at but loves you even more that he doesn’t want you to stay there. God loves me right now in this time in my life where I feel ashamed, guilty, and unloved. he loves me still. I have been struggling with a sin and I haven’t shared that with anyone. I’ve been trying to get through this on my own but today I realized that I’m not alone, I have God and he has given me amazing people in my life who I can confide in, and despite my insecurities about myself and my sin, they will probably not care about my sin as much as they care about me and my God is the same way♡

    • Maura

      I was just thinking that many of us take for granted “love is patient, love is kind..” it is on the wall at my friend’s house and I must have passed it hundreds of times over the years. Recently I sat down and read the verse and fell in love with it. I strive to embody that.
      I am sure your sin is not as bad as you think, and those who love you will accept you no matter what. We work things up in our head to be way worse than they are.

  • Jasmine

    As a victim of sexual abuse I often still see the brokenness in my life, even after years of healing. I look for love in other things that don’t last. I pray I may have strength to overcome earthly desire and seek him not humanity. Often my past makes this hard! Please pray for me.

    • Jo

      Praying for you, Jasmine!

    • Blair Smith

      I too am a victim and feel the same way. But in the midst of it all I try to remember how much He loves me and wants nothing but the best for me. I try to let him be a light in my darkness. You should listen to the song Never See The End by Amanda Cook it makes me feel amazing when I’m down.

  • Cicidawn

    Truth is before our eyes. We just have to open the book to take a look and want it.

  • profound & timely

  • Cortney Carlow

    Holding fast to truth till we can see TRUTH!

  • God is so good.

  • Hi, sisters! I’ve just started on my journey of reading the Bible and I find SRT to be such an invaluable resource. As a beginner, though, I also find reading the Bible a bit overwhelming. There’s so much meaning and goodness packed in here! how would you suggest I soak it all in and make it manifest in my life? any suggestions on how I can deepen my Bible study and gain the most from it?

    • Jen Thompson

      Hi Esha! I agree, the Bible can be a bit overwhelming. I’ve been reading the Bible since I was a kid and still have not read the entire thing or have nearly begun to understand it all. Try starting in the New Testament and reading about Jesus’ life on the earth. You’ll learn so much about Him. And then maybe going back to the Old Testament starting in Genesis after that. Take your time. It’s so easy to want to be eager and and want to read it all, but let it soak in. Follow some of the SRT studies as you read certain books of the Bible. There is also a chronological bible at Christian bookstores that has the Bible in chronological order…I haven’t picked one up yet but have been curious about it for bible study purposes! I pray that The Lord reveals himself to you as you study the Bible and that you have people around you to share in your journey with. Love to you!!

    • Emma

      Hi Esha! I agree, it can be hard to understand sometimes or it feels like you’re just scratching the surface. I agree with Jen: take your time! It might also be helpful to use a couple of different versions. I like to read ESV and then read the same passage in the Message, NLT, or the Amplified version in order to get a simpler paraphrase. I like to ask myself a few questions as I read: What is the author’s purpose in writing this? What is his point for the people he was writing this to? Can I find I key verse or two in the book that sums up the point? Then I like to memorize the verse. It helps to give you an idea of what each book is about. I also ask What is God’s point for me? What profit should I take away from this? Having a group to talk about these questions with helps in understanding, too.

  • The Truth gives her access to the one who loves her…who wants her to be free deliberate, intentional, strong…

  • I’m new to this plan set. My dear friend introduced me to it but already I feel a strength growing in my heart that was absent prior.

  • This is a wonderful subject and something I needed to hear. It makes me see that I am loved by God more than anyone else ever could and that I need to love the people around as much as He loves me because nothing I do matters if I don’t do it with love. So please pray for me in this journey till we meet our Heavenly Father and I will pray for you. ❤️

  • One day we will ONLY see him face-to-face! Hallelujah! I want to know more about how and why to read my Bible – because I want to find the perfect, permanent one!!!

  • sisters I would love prayer for healing for my marriage. we are struggling to communicate and we are drifting apart. I love him with all my heart but something is different. I don’t know how to tell him how I feel. I want to honour him but find I’m always irritated by him and snapping.

    • Han

      Praying for the Holy Spirit to bring you and remind you of patience and love for him. God has the power to change our attitudes and our views of other people and things. Praying for your attitude toward your husband in the moment will be shifted and changed to reflect your love and God’s love. He is with you in this.

    • Candace

      Praying for you Louise!

    • Candace

      Remember that Jesus is not a God of confusion but a God of peace. Proverbs 3 says be not wise in your own eyes… in all your ways acknowledge him & he will direct your paths.

  • My boyfriend cheated on me last year and now we are trying to work things out. I’m putting all of my focus and effort into rebuilding our relationship and trusting him again, that I’ve lost sight of what is really important.
    “She wants to know what is true—not partly true, or sometimes true, or almost true. She wants to see Truth itself, face to face.”
    God’s love is TRUE and I need to focus on strengthening my relationship with him above all else.

    • Rhiannon

      The beautiful thing about focusing on our relationship with Jesus when we’ve been broken is knowing that He’s the only one who truly understands our brokenness. He loved us in our most heart broken state. His love supersedes all that hurt and pain. He longs to not just make us survivors, but to be more than conquerors. And it’s important to remember that we are His first choice! There’s nothing like feeling that you’re the only the only one in the room He sees. You are precious in His eyes and no one can snatch you from His hand. Praying for you today as you seek further intimacy with Jesus!

  • Friends of mine have become engaged and as they have, I’ve felt a rush and pressure, not on myself, but that I’ve put on my other half. Reading this today, I’ll try to hold onto the thought that His love is everlasting and love in all things lasts and overcomes all struggles. Love is what lasts, not events. And His love is strongest of all.

  • After having an immense amount of false love this past year, this was a beautiful reminder that no matter what, God loves me and His love is bigger than anything here on Earth. That is so incredibly comforting. What a lovely way to start this new year.

  • Such a moving passage and statement. God is Love. Perfect boundless love. I was moved to tears remembering how God has set me free and healed me and will continue to take care of me. I am starting a new job on Monday and I am praying that in this position I will be a leader for God. I will be one of the only females in a position of authority and there will be so much pressure. I know that God opened this door and I pray that He will sustain and grow me as a leader.

    • Maura

      I’m praying for you Kate, it is hard to be a woman in the work force. You can do it! You are meant to be where you are at this moment.

  • I’ve read these verses so many times and never have they spoken to me as much as today. Jesus is Love!!

  • Nicole H

    This was absolutely beautiful. Just what I needed to start my week back at work for the New Year.

  • Holly Anne

    This is beautifully written. Thank you. Reminded me today of why, why I want the Truth, why I wrap myself around the one who loves me more than I can imagine.

  • Jazmyne Johnson

    I pray that we all may know Truth and Love as the One who truly loves us. May our broken hearts and letdowns be a motivating factor that leads us back to The Lord for healing. Amen ♡

  • I know now what I have to do to seek the truth. Turn to Jesus.

  • Rebecca Allen

    I love that we serve a Savior who is constant. The storms of life will come and go, we are promised that, but Jesus remains steadfast. When we focus our eyes on Him and remember his characteristics we can be filled with comfort. The Lord taught me last year something new about himself. He taught me how intimately involved in my pain he is. I lost my father suddenly and didn’t even get to say goodbye. Jesus revealed to me how much he is broken over death. That is was not part on His original design and it grieves Him. That is the God we serve one filled with perfect love that is intimately involved in our joys and our suffering. I will follow Him wherever He takes me through suffering and joy for I know He cares for me.

  • Caroline

    I pray for myself and others to help grow closer with God in the new year and this app will help me!

  • I just downloaded this app. I love it , as I read this . It reminded me of who I am and not to feel lonely . ❤️

  • I lay in bed feeling lonely even all while next to someone I say I love. Yet I feel so incomplete. So I turn to read this devotional in light of guidance. And it makes me realize I am not alone in looking for answers. I’m so imperfect and though I have so much nothing fills my heart because he and he alone is the one who can complete me. I ask that you pray for me. I want to strengthen my relationship with Christ more. And that is something that I hope I can work towards more this year.

    • Mandy Haffer

      Just said a prayer for you. That God would fill your heart and draw you near to Him. A couple things I’ve been learning recently that may encourage you are to stop trying harder and focus more on surrendering your desires and time and everything to Him. God has also been helping me take change a day, week, month, at a time rather than doing New Years resolutions. Rather than trying to just “do better” this year, ask God each day to draw you a little nearer to Him than the day before. Blessings…

  • Sisters, I’m asking for prayer if you read this. I’ve been struggling with a lot lately and could really use some extra prayer warriors lifting me up. Here’s to getting back on track with my daily devotions and for clinging to faith, hope, and love in this new year!

  • I haven’t been on this app for month. Something happened…and my heart was broken..I was looking through my apps and something called me to go here. To click this post. This is what I needed. Exactly what I needed. The verses and the devotional. Thank you. ❤

  • Isabella Grace

    This lesson caught me off guard a bit. I didn’t notice I hadn’t been in God’s word recently and failed in that area.
    My favorite phrase in the bible is
    “but God…”
    The reason I love this is the reminder it gives us. It reminds us that no matter how far we’ve wandered away from his loving arms … He. Loves. Us. Still.
    He will always be there waiting for me to be reconciled to him. That is a beautiful reminder of God’s love for us.

  • Andrea O

    I’ve made up my mind to get closer with Christ, and I’ve found this study app and it’s amazing! Is just what I need and I pray, I will get closer to Christ and I pray all who wants to get closer with Christ, will get closer to church and will enjoy joy and happiness , IJN. Amen.

  • Debbie Martin

    Oh how I needed this today. I’ve held onto hurts, expected others to love me in a way I haven’t even been able to love them! my prayer is God will help me love past the hurt…

  • Wow. I’m gonna do it. This showed me how badly I need to get right and stay motivated. Amen.

  • Dami Onyia

    I pray i keep up with reading His Word daily
    That’s my heart desire this year

  • Diarah Ivette

    Very eye opening

  • Olivia Weeks

    Praying that the Lord will use this study to help me grow closer to Him.

  • I love this!

  • As I start the new year in committing to dive into the Bible once a day. As crazy as life will get I know I have something and someone to fall back on. I know he will be here for me.

  • leigha lanier

    This is so beautiful. One of my friends on facebook said that she wanted to read the Bible everyday as her new years resolution and it was the only resolution she has ever stuck to. My new years resolution was to spend time with the Lord everyday, whether it be reading the Bible, daily prayer, or writing a blog post. I’m so glad I downloaded this app because I feel like my relationship with the Lord will strengthen ❤ It’s not a new years resolution for me; it’s going to be a lifestyle change.

  • Catherine

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Girl. I needed these reminders. Brought tears throughout the entire reading. I will be picking this book up today!

  • Very moving, it really resonated with where I am at the moment! She is me and his loves never fails! ❤️

  • Sherry Barrett

    Thank you : )

  • Kayla F.

    Thank you! This was so beautiful. Jesus’ love is never ending. We all need Him in our lives.

  • Arlyne VanHook

    Charity: To voluntarily give to those in need.
    In this scripture the word love is talking about how Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…am so on…yes charity is an act of those things that Christ commands but it should not be replaced with the word Love in the scripture above. I think new translations are great but also dangerous and confusing to the readers.

  • Arlyne VanHook

    Not a fan of the word LOVE being replaced by charity. It seems to take the entire scripture out of context.

  • Read this right when I needed it most. Thank you! God is good!

  • I love this part of scripture….I am convicted regarding my own selfishness

  • Mitchell

    I am only a God fearing man but I accept all knowledge and reading. Phenomenal reading.

  • Beautiful

  • Adrienne Isenberg

    Great reading!!

  • Oréoluwa A

    Loved this!

  • Annie Keller

    And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5) May all of us ladies always abide in His love and be filled with the Holy Spirit ❤️️

  • Much needed-thanks for the reminder to search for strength in Jesus alone:)

  • LOVED this

  • Keri McCue

    “One day the cloudy mirror will be gone. One day face-to-face is the only way she will see.” – I love this image! One day we will get to see Him face to face and what a wonderful day that will be!!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • Beautiful reading❤️

  • What a comforting reminder when a situation warrants vindication. Vindication after reading this is only a partial thing. Amen.

  • “Real love is the God who became flesh”
    I am a college student trying to figure out what love is. Currently in an on and off relationship with a high school sweetheart. Too often I find myself searching for love in superficial things. Things that will never be able to fill the part of my heart that only God can. This was a beautiful reminder that my relationship with God is what is most important. I need to recognize and be gracious for the eternal love God has for us and the grand plan he has in store for us, and most of all take the time to build my relationship with Him by making it my number one priority.

    • Kristina

      Amen Mary!

    • Annie Keller

      “Real love is the God that became flesh,” and love never ends (1 Corinthians 13). My heart is so filled when I realize that if love never ends, and Jesus is love, I will never ever not be surrounded by love in the fullest form.

    • Bethany

      Amen Mary!

    • Shanika Hightower

      I needed to read this

  • Camryn Vincent

    Beautiful

  • Tashona Johnson

    Sweet Jesus. He’s so Good! Thank you!

  • Kelly Rogers

    Wow! Yes!

  • Melissa Harvey

    Amen to this reading! Just another reminder for me of how good God’s love is. Also reminded me how I needed to love.

  • Tammy Stokes

    Thank You Thank You Thank You!!! My broken heart needed to read this today!!!

  • Love does not demand it’s own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong..1 Corinth 13:5 (TLB) Love is not anything that I can give in my human form, love is only possible when I allow my heart to be saturated with the word of God – the truth – the permanent – the perfect – JESUS!! Love he is true love! I needed to be reminded of this today, love isn’t a feeling, it’s a person. It is God flowing through me! <3

  • I needed to be reminded what real love looks like.. feels like. What real love is. I have been going through a dark period in my life. Lots of loss. Lots of betrayal. It fills my spirit with HOPE to know that his love is never changing

  • I am my Father's daughter

    “Jesus- and Jesus alone- is the Perfect, the Permanent.”

  • “The truth is love in black and white- a love that does not change, even when her bible is closed.” Reading that felt like a big hug during this spiritual slump I’ve been in. I don’t make New Years resolutions necessarily but this year I want to focus on loving more. I’ve always thought I was a loving person but this past year and it’s trials has made me take a good look at my heart…I didn’t like what I saw. I want to love better.

  • Jenessa Garcia

    Amen! Love the Word

  • “Real love is the God who became flesh” I find that often I am distracted by the things of our world, frustrated by my own sinful nature, and discouraged as a result of the two. But truly I think the reminder I needed to hear was this bit of “God who became flesh” for me that showed a perspective and gave me hope right then and there. Realizing the pain, hurt, temptation, anger, and trail of the world isn’t a tiny fraction comparable to what Jesus suffered for us. Praise him though that through his suffering he gave us a way to relate. Knowing how thoroughly different our pain is from the pain he felt. I’m reminded to rejoice in that kind of real love. She is me. She is loved. Pray for me, that I can leave my own distractions behind, in 2016, & that 2017 will bring a new level of love to my eyes. That I would be reminded of his love and in turn share it!

  • Jesus; truth not only when it’s easy to believe, on the good days. But Jesus is truth every day all day.

  • Susan Mixon

    Truth is as near as the pages in my Bible. What a gift!

  • kaela johnson

    this is a great way for all of us to acknowledge that God loves us, no matter what.

  • Carrie Rogers

    Until then, she reads Truth—not just for answers or equations, help or how-tos. She reads Truth to find the perfect and permanent One. She reads Truth because she needs Jesus. Perfect description! I love Jesus!

  • Counterfeits no longer interest her, she is looking for the realest thing.

  • Perfect timing on what I needed to read today. Coming up on a the first year anniversary of my husband’s passing. Just been trying to walk through his 56 birthday and Christmas. A triple whammy so close together to navigate through. The truth in the words above are exactly what I yearn and long for, needed to read today. ” She reads truth because she needs Jesus. ” “She is me.” HE is here, HE has always been, HE will always be with Me.

  • 1 Corinthians 13 has given me a new goal for the new year. Of course I want more wisdom and I would love to speak with more eloquence and clarity. I would love to keep learning and growing, and giving generously of my resources. But now, now I want to be sure that all I do come from a place of the overabundance of the love – true love – of Christ in me.
    I want to understand deeper the unwavering and all-giving affection God has for me, so that I can love others from the same place… instead of being about getting love, I want my actions to be FROM love.
    Romans 8:38-39 tells us that nothing can separate us from Christ’s love. Nothing. Not even our own selves. I pray we all understand what His love means in a deeper way this year, so it overflows out of our lives in the most natural, hopeful and joyful way to the lives around us.

  • Exactly what I needed to read today and in this season of my life!

  • Yes. She is me, and I am her. Thank you reminding me why I must open my bible. It’s not for the answered prayers but for the Truth in the Perfect One.

  • Jennifer

    I have been struggling to totally commit myself to truly be who I know I can and need to be for my three boys. I want to be an example and show them how to have a relationship with God. Pray for me that I can be who I know I need to be!!

    • Katy

      Jennifer, I too have struggled with exactly this in the last year or so. The feelings of responsibility are overwhelming most of the time. I have really felt God say to me to just accept the FACT that He loves me even though I feel I ‘fail’ as a good example to my kids several times a day, there is nothing I can do to change that and I need to relax over it! I pray for wisdom to be the parent they need (not the one I think I should be) and sometimes that means making mistakes and showing them I need the Lord to help me be the person He needs me to be rather than the perfect person I struggle to be (and never can be!) I also pray for Godly wisdom for my kids and a spirit of discernment for them in this harsh world. But above all I pray that God will reveal Himself to them daily in ways they understand. He has also been showing me in recent weeks, and has again today, that I just need to love them-unconditionally-so simple a concept and yet without the Holy Spirit impossible to do. Relax, enjoy them, be real, lean on God all through the day, every Day and love them no matter what- that is the best example you can be for them. And now I need to pray, again, that the Lord helps me to listen to and take my own advice!

      • KKmomof2

        Wow! I feel like you are in my heart and mind! Everything you have written here is exactly how I feel at this moment in my life! Thank you for sharing your thoughts here for me to read and allowing this to remind me the real reason for my parenting is to love them, just love them, not to be perfect bc that I won’t be able to. And to allow them to see me lean on our one constant perfect One, our Heavenly Father, everyday. Thank you! You have a blessed day!

    • Connie LO

      I am praying for you to have the grace to choose to totally commit yourself. Ask that His perfect will be done in your life, no matter what the cost. I have prayed that prayer for years and He has always been trustworthy and faithful! His Spirit in you will bring to pass His will by His own strength and grace and power working in your heart and mind

  • sandelle

    I am grateful for the thoughtful minds and prayerful hearts that gave me life through this message…thank you :)

  • I’m so thankful that I have a source of permanent truth and the greatest source of love this world has ever known is so desperately in need for!!

  • It has been a struggle to totally commit myself to God, but now I’m all ready to dive in! Pray for me saints

    • Photokaren

      Praying for you Toni. May Jesus open your eyes to see Him more fully and deeply and may you know His love for you to be so rich and deep.

  • Lubyyxox

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  • Lubyyxox

    Today is my first day right She Reads Truth and I am already very thankful I found this app and the encouraging and loving community it comes with!

  • This captures me so perfectly. I always thought that having these complicated, contradictory emotions and thoughts made me a weak, made me less. It made me feel like there were things I couldn’t figure out or understand and that kept me distant from God. I don’t want to be separate from him, distant or anything. I so desperately want to hear him and want to be close to him.

  • So refreshing to read the word of God in this way

  • “And He is there, on every page, greater than her triumphs and shame, vaster than her needs and her pain.” Loved this excerpt from the devotional, and I love that it rhymes too. So beautiful.

  • “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
    As I read this part of the passage, I saw it differently that I ever have before.
    God is love.
    I often try to do things on my own, not asking the Lord to help me along. Most of the time I don’t even realize I have done it, but when I do that I am living for myself and my own worthless glory. When I am stuck in this trap, I am trying to serve the Lord without putting him in it. And this verse clearly states that without Love, I gain nothing!
    “Lord, teach me to lean on you in all things and to do nothing without you being the focus of all my thoughts! Thank you for your crazy amazing forgiveness!”

  • Andrea Leigh

    Empowering truth about His faithfulness. He’s so into us – it’s right there in the pages of His Word. Filled with gratitude for this beautiful reminder.

  • *relieving

  • I cried as I read this, so good and almost reliving in the midst of personal, painful circumstances. This is my first day on She Reads Truth, and I’m finding several devotionals and Scripture that hit home. Very grateful!

  • I love this. It feels like it was written just for me. I recently realized that I’ve been trying to fill a void that God should be filling, with guys. I want to meet the right one and together with him continue on our journey to the Lord but I keep filling my time with guys that I know are not what God wants for me. It’s hard to remember that God is the only truth that I need. I want to learn to cling to him daily and let Him guide my steps.

    • Kelsey

      Hi Kristy! I realized that a while ago too that was how I was trying to meet my needs! Through an awesome community and spending time with Jesus, God healed the broken parts of me that I was trying to fix and I was able to focus on Him and the call He had for me and my life! And because God is faithful, he brought an incredible man into my life and we just got married a few weeks ago! It was so worth the wait and doing the tough things on the front end! Our pastor always talks about becoming the right person instead of trying to find the right person! That helped me stay focused and not fall for every guy that crossed my path. My husband is such an incredible man and I’m so glad I let God go to those broken places! I’m praying for you! Jesus wants to be first and it’s so good when he’s first.

      • Kristy

        Hi Kelsey, thank you so much for the encouragement. Congrats by the way!! :) that is so exciting. And it’s helpful to hear that I am not the only one who has struggled with this. God is definitely worth seeking.

  • Wow. Just wow. So perfectly put, the cry of my heart.

  • It’s so easy to look unto other people when trying to fill that void of love that we need, i.e. a spouse. The only one we should be looking to to fill that void is Jesus, and by doing that, it opens us up to be able to love others like we should…and that is selflessly. Not thinking about what can we or should we get from this relationship, but more what can I give. I needed this reminder. Jesus is the love that I need.

  • I’m blessed and happy that God created the Bible for us. We need guidance. The world is noisy and loaded with gargantuan distractions. God is stillness, quietness, peacefulness, calmness,…

    Thank you God for a blessed and lovely day today. :-)

  • Michelle

    Lately I’ve been struggling with my faith, church & my life in general. I feel like I have no purpose and I don’t fit anywhere. There was a time when I was on fire for the Lord, now I feel empty & disconnected. Please pray for me as the new year approaches and I try to move forward again and find my passion again.

    • Heydi

      Hi Michelle,
      I will pray for you. Right now.

      • Amy Bz

        Hi Michelle,
        I just prayed for you and hope that, through it all, you remember He loves you no matter what.

      • Amy Bz

        Sorry Heydi! Sent that reply to the wrong person.

    • TinaW

      Michelle, I will pray for you, now and also adding you to my prayer list, may God pour out upon you the desires of His will in your life.May your dry spell become flooded with the living water from the Word of God.

    • Amy Bz

      Hi Michelle,
      I just prayed for you and hope that, through it all, you remember He loves you no matter what.

    • Kersti

      Praying for you. You are not alone in this. I’ve been struggling too. This life tries to destroy us, turn our eyes off of the truth, but we can turn back. God is good. He is our sustainer, and he does satisfy.

      May this year be a game changer for you! May you humbly pursue Christ!

  • I really, really needed to read this today. My fiancee is struggling with an addiction that has taken its toll on him, me, our families, and mostly, our relationship. Christmas weekend was a rocky one and, in the last 48 hours, the possibility of separation has become very real. I desperately needed this reminder to hold tight to my Father because He is the only constant in life. I don’t yet know what His plans are for my life or my fiancees life, but I need to be open to His plans and trust Him.

    • KMA

      Keeping you in my prayers Whitney, surrender to God fully and He will provide.

    • Heydi

      Hi Whitney,
      I will pray for you too, right now.

    • Tina W

      Whitney, Prayers going up for you and all involved in your current time of trial… May you see clearly the path God has already made for your life. May your footing be steady in His unfailing love.

    • Amy Pavlish

      Just prayed for you & your fiancée, Whitney.

  • One year in to our adoption journey, I love my life more than ever. But going from 0 to 3 children at once, and moving across the country, and transitioning to life as a stay at home mom has been a whirlwind. I am a constant blur of exhaustion, excitement, thankfulness, and applesauce. In my eagerness to live for my family, I am struggling to not let them become an idol. And my heart is weary of more change. Thank you for this, for reminding me of the unchanging. Pray that I can see that, first and foremost.

  • I am fresh out of college – graduated in May, moved to Milwaukee in August where I started a new teaching job. Last Thursday was my last day of that job. I have struggled massively with loneliness in this transition from college to adulthood, and now I’m fighting feelings of failure, wondering how I could give up on my kids so easily, wondering if I wasted four years to get a degree I shouldn’t have gotten, if I shouldn’t be teaching after all. Tonight God showed me that I should stay in Milwaukee even though I still know virtually no one after four months of living there. He also showed me that I may have new things ahead – things that use my passion for teaching and reading but not in a conventional classroom. Please pray for me as I continue to fight against the demons in my head, as I prepare for my first substitute teaching job in a couple weeks, as I look for what God has planned next. I’m scared and lonely and struggling terribly, and I really need a community. This seemed like a good place to start, so please lift me up tonight. Thank you.

    • Kathryn

      Karina,
      I will be praying that the Lord brings you community in this new season of your life. I will be praying that Jesus meets you in your loneliness. He will! He always does! And I will be praying for peace as you figure out what to do next.
      I too am a teacher. I got my Masters in Education a few years ago and have lately been wondering if I did the right thing…took the right “path”. And when I struggle with those thoughts, the Lord reminds me that He has perfect plans for us and will use what we’ve learned, our strengths and weaknesses, for His glory. He has something great for you! He will reveal it in time if you put your faith and trust in Him. <3

    • Sarah

      Me too Katrina! I live in Queensland, Australia and moved 2 hrs away from my home town to be a full time primary teacher after graduating from a whirlwind graduate diploma in education. And woah, it was so, so tough! I taught for 2 years and then did a year of teacher aiding, and loved it as I could help the kids who struggled in their learning but not have the responsibility of 30 little people, and all the marking, reporting, planning etc.! I so know how you feel, and will pray for you. Teaching is hard, even if we feel we’ve been called, but you’re so right – you can teach in other ways outside of the classroom context. Do you have a good church in Milwaukee? If not, I will pray for that too, as having the support from a church family was invaluable for me.

    • Mary

      Following 25 years of teaching elementary school, I am now retired. I want to encourage you to Please not give up. Years ago a very wise woman asked me, “Do you not know that what you are doing is a ministry?” If God has called you, He will work out all the details. When I first began searching for a teaching position, I became very discouraged. God taught me to be patient. His timing is perfect. Thank you for taking on the hard task of substitute teaching. Do not be afraid! Do not give up! God bless You.

    • Lacey

      Heaven Father,
      I lay Karina before you, knowing we can trust you and recognizing that your care for her extends far beyond my care for her or even her own value of herself. Lord I pray that you would speak your truth so loudly into her life that it might drown out the lies. Lord teach her what it is to be weak so that you may be stronger through her and what it is to be unsure but step out in faith anyway. Bless her obedience God and reveal to her your better plan in placing her where you have. Bring fellowship, faith, and healing to her life. We thank you and praise you lord and ask these things in the name of your son Jesus, amen.

    • Cindy

      Oh! Oh bless you Karina, teaching is HARD! It places you on the frontlines of the battlefield where you are replacing ignorance with knowledge and wisdom. It is a Spiritual battle and in order to not end up a casualty on the battle field you need the right Spiritual weapons of warfare.
      Pray for each of your students. As a substitute you often proctor tests or show videos. Use that time to consider each child in the room and one by one ( while still doing your job) pray for each life, family, future, passions, struggles, pathways through life.
      Love those students by possibly ignoring the teachers’ “watch out for this one’s list” and treat them like the pre-engineers, warriors, parents, professionals, neighbors that they will be. Substituting is a great way to pick up some more teacher training as you see how other teachers manage their classes and the stuff of school. From your short comment I sense that you have the passion, love, and ability to do the job, you just thought it would be different than the reality has played out for you. Four months is not long and for years of teacher training barely prepares you.. You may find your niche is not with the age group or the classroom you envisioned. You may have thought you could do the job by working less than 14 hour days on it your first year?
      Some schools have teacher mentor programs. Perhaps you can find a teacher who will be willing to mentor you? Humble yourself and ask for that of some teachers you particularly admire.
      As for community, I sort of hear Mr. Rogers saying “Look for the helpers”. Where can you volunteer? It doesn’t have to be a noble cause. Maybe you loved theater in school? The local theater probably needs ushers. The animal shelter needs dog walkers. The youthgroup needs chaperones. The nursing home needs listeners. The organisation that sponsors the 5k needs timers and traffic directors and drinks providers and registration help. This season you are in was the scariest of my whole life. It is a BIG transition! May God guide you through it.

    • Heydi

      Hi Karina,
      You are lifted up today by prayer. I completely understand the career transition journey. The best tip I have is: Let God guide you. He knows what is best for you than you know what is best for you. And he is taking you into the next chapter of your life. I can testify to that. :-)

    • Amber

      Karina I too got my teaching degree, but moved back to my hometown where I expected to reconnect and find a teaching position or at least substitute. No teaching is happening at all and I don’t have a community either. Where I have tried I have been sent away. I can’t pay my bills and I’m lonely and anxious…but! I will pray for us and keep hoping for direction and renewal.
      Lord please bring a community for Karina. Bring her into a sweet godly friendship. Help her and comfort her during times of loneliness and allow her to feel your friendship and presence. We love you and want you deeper in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.❤️

    • Jenna Yantis

      This is my first time to read the daily devotional on this app & even read the comments on here. I think the Lord intended for me to read your heart on here & begin to pray for the needs of someone besides myself on a very similar journey. This is my first year teaching after 4 years of college (not preparing us for what the field would really be like) & it’s tough to not feel inadequate on a daily basis. Please please feel covered in prayer with your situation. Everyday is an uphill battle walking in to that classroom, but we can have peace and resurrection power over anything the enemy throws at us as baby teachers in an ocean full of experienced professionals. He has us in places for a season. Walk with Him closely & you won’t miss out on the goodness He has in store for you. “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” (1 Peter 5:10).

  • Exactly how I’ve been feeling. I had a tearful breakdown on Christmas Eve as I was walking out to my car after church. I was praying and said “it’s not a bad life, just lonely” and I all of a sudden I could not stop crying. There is a deep ache for truth and connection with people and the Lord, but I know the one I need to grow deeper with is Jesus. The one I need to bear my heart to and surrender my loneliness and disappointment. Only he is steadfast, permanent and perfect.

    • DAYRAY

      Praying for you! Been there. Trust God can and will get you out. Follow him. He knows what you need.

  • Angelica

    This was just what I needed. I’m not gonna lie. Spending time hearing the truth and being with Jesus hasn’t been my top priority lately. I know I needed to spend the time, however though I felt the tug on my heart to open my bible lately i have been ignoring my sweet Jesus’ call. I love that Jesus and his truth is constant even when I’m not. I love that his love is perfect even when I am not. My prayer is that I embrace the love the Lord constantly shows me and that I learn to love others the way he loves.

  • Kelly, I will be praying for you. This app and being in God’s word everyday has been nothing short of a blessing in my life. I pray God will meet you here and give you the renewed strength you need.

  • For the past few weeks I’ve really been struggling with the relationships in my life & with the Lord. I finally broke down, but in doing so

    • Kelly

      For the past few weeks I’ve really been struggling with the relationships in my life & with the Lord. I finally broke down, but in doing so I told myself I would commit to studying scripture daily and surrounding myself in a positive environment. I happened to stumble upon this app, and I am so thankful I did. This post is exactly what I needed at this moment and I am incredibly thankful. I look forward to reading future posts & strengthening my relationship with the Lord.

      • Cosey

        Kelly I am right there with you. These past couple of weeks I have been extremely negligent in delving into the word and having my daily dates with Jesus. And I have definitely felt that emptiness and purposelessness and lack of positivity in my life. It’s so so SO extremely easy to get caught up in life and forget about keeping our focus on the one who gave us life. This was reading was definitely a much needed reminder that we need to hold steadfast onto Gods love and emulating a loving spirit. For without it, everything else means nothing.

  • The more I know Him the more I know myself. The more I allow myself to be loved by the source of love the better I can show love to myself and His children. Thank you for this and for helping me release the tears I was too prideful to cry.

  • Thank you for the message. My soul needed it. A love that does not change, even when her bible is closed. WOW!!! LADIES please help me to stay on course with this love for & from Jesus! I pray 2017 I grow closer to him.

    • DAYRAY

      That was my favorite part as well
      And what I’m praying for in 2017 too

  • Rhona Riley

    Wonderful…..thanks for that reminder. She reads truth to find Jesus.

  • Ida-Therese

    I am s

  • Christi Mena

    Beautiful…. this was much needed before the year ends. I truly hope many blessings come to all the amazing women reading this. Life can be extremely difficult, I think the worst part is confusion or a feeling of not knowing where you’re headed. I realized that a lot of my current issues are not only from the obstacles themselves, but it’s how I feel about the “future.” This idea of not knowing, not sure what is coming, who I’ll meet, what will happen… will it happen?? Etc. such restlessness is what ultimately wears me out to the point I want to give up. I need to learn to trust but really trust. Saying it is one thing, but if we don’t believe it then … we are lost at sea. I wish to all you women reading this a good closing for 2016, I wish you all clarity, focus, determination, hope, faith and the action of believing.

    • Anna Buchanan

      Amen sister!! I feel the same way. The pull of self-reliance is so strong. May we fight with truth and RUN TO JESUS.

  • Kasey Summers

    Needed this today. In my weakness, He is strong. Keeping my eyes fixed upon my Mighty Mighty Savior! He is my help. Always has been. Always will be. Thank you for being Permanent Jesus in a world that is the complete opposite of you.

  • In this not so certain world, we need The Permanent: True unchanging, steadfast Love of God to reign n pass through us to those who we encounter

  • She wants to set things right … That line jumped off the screen to me. The soul-deep desire to rid ourselves of the weight of the unforgiven.

  • the One forgives all our sins, heals all our diseases, redeems our lives from the pit, crowns us with love and compassion, and satisfies our desires with good things (Psalm 103:1-5). The Lord hears our cries, even when they aren’t words.

    • Donna

      Thank you for that last sentence…. I have had no words for some time and I needed to hear that!

  • The last two months have been miserable and hopeless. I have spent so much time crying from my broken heart. My fiancé broke up with me after nearly three years…and I feel betrayed by her and by God. Seeking truth to repair my broken heart and to show me my loving Father again.

    • Kyleiann

      Anna, I felt the need to respond to this. I’m sorry for your heart break. I pray for the deep healing you need. The part of the devotional that stands out to me for you is this:

      She wants things set right.

      She wants to know what is true—not partly true, or sometimes true, or almost true. She wants to see Truth itself, face to face.

      Now is the time to set your life right and be freed from bondage. I think of “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”. May you find Truth, freedom and healing in Christ.

  • I know God loves me when sends me such things that speak to my heart, like this devotion. How wonderful a God, who knows all our deepest, most desperate needs.

  • Kellie G.

    Thank you, God for leading me to your truth, for making me new, and for loving me ceaselessly. You are good.

  • This introduction is magic! Spoke to my heart, literally SHE IS ME this afternoon. So ready to print this and put it on my wall. Love it! Thank you. God bless your hearts.

  • Thank you Lord for all the joys and sorrows of 2016. I hope 2017 finds me a better person; if not I pray that you continue to guide me in your direction. I am grateful for all you giving me and withheld from me. Your time Lord , not mine. In Jesus name, Amen. ❤️

  • Francene

    A love that does not change, even when her bible is closed.
    I’m praying that this devotion helps me open my Bible more

  • Forgive me father,
    For my sins, and the pain I have intentionally and unintentionally caused.
    2016, has been a year! I fell inlove, I moved to another state, started grad school, got a job and met lots of new friends this year. I have all and so much more blessings. There was also the pain of breaking up, being betrayed and loosing friends, and realizing to some people, even with family, you will never be enough.
    But, a BIG BUT! I am enough in Christ, and I am able, and he loves me no matter what I do because I am his daughter, I am his, and his love never fails.
    The devil’s plans will not prosper in fact if he plots struggle, if he plots pain, surely my heavenly father will destroy it because the battle has already been won!!!!
    I needed this today!
    amen! and to souls who read this and who didn’t, lift your eyes and look to Jesus! he is hope, he is our strength and our rock, he is sovereign and he loves you. Amen.

  • I appreciate how you write of Truth not negating circumstances but leading into Relationship. Only Truth can inform and transform our perception of and our interactions with our circumstances. Truth renews our minds and changes the direction of our gaze – from our struggle, our pain, our failure, our despair, from ourselves – to the One who IS and who is sufficient, to Relationship. And in the shadow of His wings, circumstances that feel overwhelming and impossible, pointless and futile and saturated in pain become something with purpose, potential, something providential, something that can deepen Relationship, mission, and faith. Something that brings Glory to God. I can’t be reminded enough, because when pain strikes, my tendency is to fixate on the pain first instead of the One who gives the pain context. I love how your close your thoughts in day 1: we keep reading the Truth for the Truth, not for formulas and fixes, we read because that is where we find and see Jesus. Amen!

  • I am so broken. He is the only one who can heal. I need Jesus.

    • Colleen

      Your statement feels heavy with pain, but you are correct…. only God can heal. You need Jesus. I am praying Joanna.

    • Pamela Jo

      Praying for you Joanna.

  • I needed to read all of this today. So often we think our idea of love is what we can see and feel from someone here. When we put our love and hope into others they sometimes or most times let us down. The perfect truth and love is right in front of us and with us all day long.

  • I buried my brother 4 days ago. I held his 7 month old baby girl next to his fresh grave.
    The Truth doesn’t erase my pain. Doesn’t even ease it right now. But I know that He meets me here. He stoops down into my mess and enters into my pain with me. His promise is to be close through heartbreak. Until the day He makes all things new and healed and right. When I see, not dimly, but fully.
    I don’t want to do the rest of this life, don’t want to find out what other pain awaits this side of Heaven. But I believe He is who He says He is. He’s sovereign and nothing is ever in vain– no pain is ever wasted in His hands. So thankful that I am anchored in this storm, the whole of this life, to the Only Permanent.

    • Kandi

      Bless you. Hold onto that anchor.

    • Joanna

      I came to write a comment and read yours, Katie. I am deeply sorry for your loss and lifting you in prayer right now.

      • Colleen

        So sorry for your loss. You’re in my prayers. I know your anchor will not let go of your hand.

    • Tina

      Katie, I am so sorry for your loss…

      Praying for you..dearest… hold fast to the Anchor in and through this storm…He is right there with you…as am I should you need an ear or prayer…
      Holding you in my heart in prayer… God be with you…
      Xxx

    • Pamela Jo

      Katie, life can be so hard. I hope you have dear loved ones to surround you and be the arms of Jesus for you. You and your family are in my prayers.

    • Cecilia

      Praying for you and your family. God is with you. He will comfort you. He will be with you every step of the way. Xo

  • Needed to see this today; thank you SRT for always speaking to my heart <3

  • Naomi LaBoo

    I needed to hear this so long ago! I used to be under the mistaken belief that if I gave my life to God everything will happen so magically! And I was so disappointed when it did not, and became jealous of everyone else’s victories when this was not my story! So this devotion today hit the spot on what I have been feeling!

  • Jet'aime

    God Bless, what a beautiful reminder to wake up to as my sights are set on the new year. Change may be coming but our Lord and Savior Christ is forever permanent. Amen!

  • Kristin M Young

    Yes and amen!

  • Gods perfect timing strikes again! I sure needed to hear this today. We know Who to look for for the truth. We simply seek Him and He provides. Thank You Lord for teaching and reminding us how to live. May we live in love today and abide in You! All for Your Glory!

  • Olivia Delaune

    Needed to hear!

  • Elisa Bree

    Needed to hear this today!

  • Sarah Caroline

    “The Truth does not magically erase her suffering or cure her disappointment. It does not negate her struggle or invalidate her sorrow. It does something even better—it leads her into relationship with the One who made her and makes her new, the One who is greater than all of these.” This is so truthful. It is just a sitting and meeting with my creator each time I open the word. It keeps my gaze on him and his goodness. His truth allows me to take refuge through all the trials and deep hurts. He is in the business of mending and healing. He is present in the dryness and he is present in the overflowing waters. He is constant. Thank you for putting into words why the perfect and permanent Word of God is so needed in my life.

  • I read truth because I need Jesus! Thank you Jesus for your truth and love!

  • Elizabeth

    So beautiful and all so true ❤

  • Michelle

    Spot on• Jesus thank you that you are Truth and ❤️ and permanent. Never fading or waning.

  • Ciera Ray

    So encouraging! Thankful for this word today.

  • Thank you.

  • Beautiful words directly spoken into my weary heart. Thank you!

  • Diane Huntsman

    And He is there, on every page, greater than her triumphs and shame, vaster than her needs and her pain. Those are real, to be certain. But they are the partial, the passing away. Jesus—and Jesus alone—is the Perfect, the Permanent.

  • “Lesser, broken things masquerade as love.”

    This resonated with me a lot today. How desperate are we for love that we so often settle for those lesser, broken things. We are designed to love and be loved, but we do it so poorly. We try our best, but we never quite get it. This passage is so important to reflect upon regularly. Otherwise, we can quickly forget what real love looks like. It’s not just one or two of these things, but all at once! If we’re kind, but impatient, we’re not loving. We’re lesser and broken. Let us meditate on this Word as we seek to love as the Lord loves us. He will develop all of these things in us as he perfects us in His love. Blessings to all of you!

  • My heart got broken both by love and life, but little by little God’s changing me. I’m becoming more dependent to Him and I’m very excited to the amazing works He’ll do in my life ❤️

  • She reads Truth to find Jesus. Amen!! ❤

  • Jenna Stephan

    What stood out to me the most is that our pain, sadness, and confusion are only partial truths. They aren’t something to ignore and mask and cover, but they are something to own and bring to the Father because He bring the whole truth in our partial truth. He establishes love, grace, hope, and joy, even amongst our partial truth. The whole truth is also the fact that our brokenness, in wisdom and love, leads us closer to the Father. That is the goal.

    • Regina Marie

      I love this ❤

    • Rachel

      Love this. Thank you, Jenna. I often get so caught up in the partial truths that I forget the whole truth. I definitely needed this reminder to keep looking for how God is leading me into relationship with Him through the brokenness in my life, and that He will never stop loving me and leading me back to Him ❤

  • Sara Smith

    Reading everyone’s stories makes me step back and realize just how insignificant my problems are and how significant God’s sovereignty is. I’m so thankful for an incredible love like He has for me and for you.
    The one and only true and perfect Love. ❤️

  • A few years ago, a youth pastor was looking at these verses and shared something similar to what Churchmouse said. We know that God is all these things because God is love (1 John 4:8). But what about us? Aren’t we told to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1). The pastor encouraged the youth group, which I was a part of at the time, to replace the word “love” with our own names and use it as a way to examine our own hearts and characteristics.

    Two and a half years ago, around the same time I found out about SRT, I found myself going back to that passage after an argument with my mother and doing the very thing the youth pastor said. I was in tears by the end of it because in that moment, God revealed to me some things about myself that desperately needed to change.

    And so my journey began. I decided to read Truth every day. And over these last couple of years – but especially this one – God has been using it to transform my life. I am still working on living a life of love every day, but I know God will be faithful to complete the good work He has started in me (Philippians 1:6).

    I am feeling so very thankful for all the other she’s out there who seek Truth each day, and especially those who leave words of wisdom and encouragement in the comments here every day. I do not always comment, but reading through them has been such a blessing for me throughout my journey. Praying for all of my sweet sisters on here today. May we continue to hold on to what we know is true and permanent in a world that is passing away.

    • Melanie

      Thanks for sharing, Kristi! It sounds like the Lord is working out something beautiful in you. I, along with the rest of the SRT community, cheer you on! So much love to you in the coming year :)

    • Lana

      Thank you for this, Kristi!

    • Jamie

      So good! Thank you for sharing Kristi! Praying for you!! ❤

    • Naomi LaBoo

      Amen!

  • Robyn Wright

    I love the part that the Truth is love in black and white and does not change even when her Bible is closed. ❤

    This passage from Corinthians is exactly what I needed to have planted in my heart today as we celebrate the Christmas season with my in-laws today. My Bible may be closed, but I will love because of Truth.

    • Mary Carolyn

      I loved this part too. It’s incredible to know that even though we are changing, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, that we have a God who is never changing, steadfast, and loves us still the same.

  • Deb Rehbein

    since the passing of my mother n law who also was my dear friend, I feel pulled to want to know God and have a greater relationship with him. Much like Jesus, she was my earthly example. Thank you for this site, She Reads Truth for guiding me on my journey.

    • SuzD

      My Mother in law passed on Friday and she too was my friend and an earthly example of how to live in a Christ like way. I will miss her terribly as I am sure you will yours Deb. I have tried in the past couple of years to come back to center with the Lord after taking a wide path away from him. My prayers for you and I both are that things be set right just as Amanda wrote in today’s reading. I also am Thankful for the SRT community for the guidance. Please God, take our hands and lead us.

      • Deb Rehbein

        Thankb you Suz. I’m sorry for your loss. May warm memories and the example she left in your heart comfort you and guide you back to Christ. Through Christ all things are possible.

  • Dominique

    This is my first read an I loved it!

  • Sisters-
    As some of you know I’ve been sick for 2 years now. God showed my Dr’s what my diagnosis is! It’s a very rare condition that only 1% of the world has. Essentially, my celiac artery is being strangled by a ligament and needs to be cut free. It’s a major surgery to correct and only a handful of surgeons in the United States preform it. I live in Texas. The surgeon that will do it is in Connecticut. My insurance doesn’t go out of state. I’ve tried to find an insurance that will allow me to go out of state with a pre existing condition-there isn’t one. My only other option is to move to Connecticut and apply for Medicaid. Please pray that I can find a room to rent that is cheap-it’s just me and my little girl….but I’ve not been able to work since becoming so sick. It takes 90 days to get the insurance–I am thankful God revealed my diagnosis to my doctors. That was a long wait. Now I need to find a room. Thank you ladies

    • Laresa

      Praying for you, Leah!

    • candacejo

      Oh Leah, we will certainly pray for God to open the necessary doors for you. Protect her, Lord, give her peace in this huge move, peace for the surgery, peace that You are with her through it all. Jesus is the ultimate Comforter and Waymaker! He will make a way for you. ♥

    • Alisa

      Praying you find a room quickly.

    • Christine

      You may have already done this, but have you searched for a doctor in Houston that can perform the surgery? Not sure what part of TX you live in, but we have one of the largest medical centers in the world here. Maybe it would present some options that would keep you from having to move to CT? Praying for you!

      • Leah

        I saw dr west on main st by st Luke’s. I did lots of testing-he declined my surgery.

    • Pamela Jo

      Leah, may God work a miracle in your life and may His glory be shown. The Lord be with you.

    • Kelly

      Just lifted you and your daughter up in prayer Leah!

    • Jasmine

      Praying for you, Leah

    • Christine Marie

      Praying for you Leah.

    • Ashley Martin

      Praying for you, Leah!

    • Kendra

      Praying for you, Leah, and the things that need to work out.

    • Tina

      Praying for you Leah….praying God guides you to the right person, in the right place ..
      This is a season for hearing loudly God with us…may you know Him with you every step of the way…Amen

      Love and hugs, dear sister…xx

    • JJ Smith

      where in Connecticut is the dr?

    • Shelia

      Prayers going up!

    • Nautica

      Do you think there is anything else we could do besides praying. Maybe start a go fund me account

    • shelbyrae

      Praying leah!!! God is big and God is good, he will provide what needs to be provided when it needs to be provided♡

  • Very hopeful

  • What a great word to help us stay focused on His truth and His Word!

  • Love this chapter on love. The blog on love is beautifully written. It filled my heart with joy, peace and love. Thank you ladies

  • Kimberley

    My sisters and I needed this today. I have shared it with them. We each struggle in our relationship with our Mom. She is broken, as we all are, however, she chooses her brokenness over God’s love and uses it on her children; yesterday, in a public and embarrassing, defamatory way on Facebook for all to see. Today, we must choose forgiveness and love again, though hard. Today, we must choose Truth over the lies, the darkness because His Light outshines all darkness. Today, we choose to love. I will dwell in His Truth today. Thank you for helping lead my timid hand to Him again and again.

    • Sue D.

      My heart breaks for you and your sisters Kimberley because I lost my mom to cancer 25 years ago when she was only 58. Praying healing for her and for your relationship.

    • Deb Rehbein

      Families can be difficult and ungodly families can really can test our faith. Just remember who is in control and He makes good out of bad

    • Jacqueline Mace

      My relationship with my mom is very broken too and it has caused a lot of pain in my family. You definitely aren’t alone in that and I pray that you feel God mending your heart and healing what is hurting!

    • Nautica

      That was really brave and mature of you and your sisters. I know that the worst insults and pain can come from your own family. It’s also the hardest to forgive. I know whenever I feel like that I remember Psalms 27:10 and Mathew 6:14. Hope y’all continue to rely on God to fight your battles. Thanks for sharing. It really helps.

  • churchmouse

    I Corinthians 13 is the go-to chapter for weddings. I have heard these verses read during those ceremonies more than any others. In fact, we had it read at ours. Our pastor asked us though to read it far beyond that one day. He suggested that my husband and I read it every day of our married lives. We pledged to love one another forever that day and our pastor knew that would be a hard promise to keep. By reading it every day, we would remind ourselves of the truth of what love is. Years later, another pastor in a Sunday service read 1 Corinthians 13 aloud and asked us to substitute the word “Jesus” for the words “love” in the verses. He told us that we would then always know the character of Jesus. We would remind ourselves of the truth of who He is. This chapter in Corinthians is dear to my heart for those two reasons – it keeps me focused vertically on my Lord and it keeps me focused horizontally on living lovingly before others. Never underestimate the daily power of Truth to do just that.

  • She is me.
    She is you.
    She wants faith, hope, and love.
    She wants help and healing.
    She wants to hear and be heard, to see and be seen.
    She wants things set right….

    She is absolutely me.

    I have loved these words from 1 Corinthians 13…from the very first time I heard and read them…they have been my go- to, my inspiration, my hold on to, my reminder of who and whom I am and want to be…
    In this world of Lesser, and broken things masquerade as love, I can try, as I might, but I cannot be perfect, but thank God for God the Son, the Perfect, the Permanent… the real Love, the real Hope, the real Truth, through whom we find all we need to live this life, until face to face, when…. what a glorious day that will be!

    For now, as instructed in verse 13, I will do my best to ( abide) live in faith, in hope and in abundant love… Amen…

    Praying peace and grace for you this Boxing day…
    Every blessing Sisters…. xx

  • Sarah Ahmed

    Reading the truth looking for him not just answers or how tos. Lord heal my heart.

  • Macy Ward Taylor

    Wow. There was so much goodness in these scriptures. So much conviction about my life and my character. I want to be like love. And I haven’t been lately. But even in the correction, Jesus shows me so much grace. This is gonna be good.

  • I feel like I’ve let “lesser, broken things masquerade as love” to avoid temporary loneliness or emptiness. I love that She Reads Truth pushes me to find the Truth and experience real love from a perfect father.

    • Hayley

      I’ve been there, before. Now I’m in a different season, but it’s still easy for me to look for strength in things other than Jesus. Appreciating this reminder today!

    • Heidi

      I’ve done the same and it can be shameful. So I rest in knowing he loves me more than anyone or anything ever could!!

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