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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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  • Pauline

    Everything I needed to be reminded of this morning thank you. Lord help me to remember though I have pain it is only temporary and it will mold me into the woman you planned for me to be.

  • Makinzy

    I was lost. I have Jesus but i went off his path. I loved this. It made me see that Jesus is going to be there for me no matter what i go through. He may sometimes be the only shoulder i have to cry on but that’s going to be enough because Jesus’ shoulder is going to be the only shoulder i need. My dad left us. I have a hole in my heart from where you left. Jesus i need you to fill that hole, make me good inside again, pure. Oh how i love you, and how you love me.

    • She Reads Truth

      Oh, sweet Makinzy. Praying for you in this time of sadness.

      – Stormye

  • I love the piece about His love for us even when the Bible is closed- that’s so powerful and I needed that right now. Even in my messy apathetic depression He still loves me, even when I can’t seem to open His word daily. Thank you sweet and all knowing Father.

  • Abimbola

    I am thankful to have stumbled upon this plan this morning. I have been distant from God since October last year when my mom passed away. She was my best friend; like God packaged everything I needed in this world and made it in human form – my mommy. So when she passed, I lost it. My faith, hope, energy, determination, even my service to God went down the drain. Slowly but surely, I am becoming this angry, vile person. I have been fighting with my fiancé and taking out all my anger on him. But this morning… I read truth! I connected with my savior in a way that I haven’t felt in months! God, you see my heart and my hurt, pls do what only You can do. Amen!

  • Thankful for God that is faithful when I am unfaithful, he is steadfast and true when I am unstable. He is permanent even when my faith is not. He has kissed my wounds tenderly and embraced me even when I have pushed Him away. Our God is so good!

  • Likoji Mihova

    Oh my heart… I’ve been distant from God the past few months. On purpose – I’ve been angry at Him. There is a man I’m in love with who exactly fits everything I’ve prayed for for so long – except he is unsaved. I wondered why God would do that to me – allow me to get to the brink of letting go of Him and embracing man instead. But last night I crawled back to God and this morning I read this and my heart is changing. I see that God is all I want, all i need, and I’m leaning to “no good thing will He withhold from me”. And I’m beginning to pray for His will for this man and me. Whatever God wants. And I pray for his salvation so that he can experience this saving Love and Grace.

    • Shelyce

      So thankful to God that you are willing to walk back into His embrace. It’s a beautiful sharing and such truth about this world. How many girls have actually walked out of God’s love in order to embrace human love instead? And how many, is willing to return like you? God bless :)

    • She Reads Truth

      Thank you for sharing this, Likoji. Praying for you in this time of frustration and confusion and asking the Lord to bring clarity and peace and to save!

      – Stormye

    • A

      I am right here with you, Likoji. I’ve never been more confused and unsure. I pray for my eyes to be reopened to God’s presence and truth.

  • I am in the middle of a divorce…my husband cheated and has a baby on the way….my 3 kids and I were shocked and hurt…these scriptures and devotionals are just what I need right now…..thank God he showed me this.

    • She Reads Truth

      Oh, Laurin. I am so sorry to hear this and praying for you and your three little ones. Asking the Lord to bring comfort in this time of devastation and hurt. So, so grateful for you, friend.

      – Stormye

    • Likoji Mihova

      I’m praying for you and your children to be overcome with God’s love. May He comfort your hurting hearts and begin to mend them. I have a similar experience – when I was 20 I found out that I had a 20 year old half sister that I never knew. It was painful and confusing. I felt like I was dying. But God… oh He worked in my family. Forgiveness burst through inexplicably and it saved me from going to dark places. Lean on Jesus and draw your children to Jesus too. Praying for you ❤️

  • Laura C

    So thankful that God’s love is unconditional. Reading verses 1-3 in this chapter made me really stop and think about how I go through my day to day life without acting in love. I’m thankful for the example Christ set in how to love others well and how seeking Him allows us to learn more of what real love looks like.

  • As someone with bipolar disorder as well as a history of trauma, I need permanent and true. Lately my faith is all over the place, and I’m just seeking stability alongside faith. I know this is a short journey, but hopefully it will have some impact. Anyway these are just my thought responses.

  • Hallelujah Praise God, what a wonderful message. ❤️

  • I just want to thank God in advance for loving me unconditionally and keeping my heart hidden. I feel like I’m lost in so many ways, and often look for validation from my boyfriend to make things better. But I know only God can make me whole again, only he can truly direct my path, know and see my heart.

    I ask you all to lift me up as I begin to revive my relationship with my first love Jesus Christ. ❤️

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you, Asya! Asking the Lord to draw you near and bring you the validation your heart is so longing for. Grateful for you.

      – Stormye

  • Makenzie

    Please pray for me as I struggle through relationship problems with my significant other & Also the struggle in my relationship with God. Pray for me to love & understand.

  • Thank you, Ella David! A call for Christian unity around Jesus, whom we seek. Let’s be a church of love.

  • ella David

    this really shows how we can come closer to God as a christian community and I know we can make a difference in the world if we all join hands and make space for those who want to join us

  • This app has been helping me thru a severe anxiety disorder. One where I don’t know what is real anymore. The kind where I feel like everybody hates me because I hear conversations and actually live them. I can’t keep a loving relationship because I feel I bother everybody. Although I’m now aware, it’s still a struggle to keep smiling. I know it’s not real but it’s hard to convince myself of that because it all seems as real as a person standing right in front of me… Lord please help me… I’m terrified of who I am

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you in this, Shannon. Asking the Lord to bring you peace and belonging with those you are closest to. Grateful for you.

      – Stormye

  • cher carroll

    wow i really needed this today

  • Alice Rachael Subba

    I am grateful for this app. ❤❤❤

  • New to the SRT community – and I chose to start with this bible plan. Already my heart is awakened to what Jesus wants to say to me through it! I can’t wait to dive into more! Thanks SRT girls x

    • She Reads Truth

      Welcome, Yolanda! So glad to have you reading God’s Word with us!

      – Stormye

  • Nina Lynn

    Today was my first devotional. I chose this one series because everything in my life seems temporary and I felt drawn to it. Day one hit me like a brick wall, in a good way. I’ve been out of the word for quite some time but I have become so lost, and it’s in the word where I find myself again. This is the beginning of a long journey for me, this first devotional has already made me feel like I’m moving in the right direction. All love- Nina.

  • Joann Hernandez

    the truth doesn’t erase her suffering or disappointment..it leads her into relationship with the one who made her…. that right there hit home for me big time…my biggest deceptions drew me closer and closer to God…even when giving up, shutting myself down and staying in my own little world dwelling on my pain seemed like what I wanted to do… I did everything I could to keep pushing forward. . the more I hurt, the more involved I wanted to become in the church to focus on what was important and live outside of myself. never knew I had that kind of strength in me but I know God had his hand over me because I stayed faithful. Thanks for such inspiring words.. I already love this app and just got it.

  • Faith BaZemore

    This was so awesome ! There is so many apps , but there are only a few that are life changing so I’m very grateful for this ! ❤️

  • Heather McGinnis

    She reads truth to find Jesus ❤️

  • I needed to read this today. ❤️

  • wow, I am so encouraged reading these posts, about losing people close to you, and other struggle you women are going through. thank you for sharing your testimonies, and boldly proclaiming words of truth to the rest of us. you are loved! thank you ever so much!

  • I lost my Daddy. Almost 5 months ago, and while at the time I was in shock but could feel God’s Presence. Now I am struggling. It is hard to find Him, to feel His Presence like it did and life without my earthly father has set in real and hard. I am feel myself pushing people away. Not loving God or others like I want to or should. All I can see is my reality right now. I know this sounds so faithless. I have faith. I know God is real and true and I know He loves me. I am just overwhelmed, distracted and like my anchor had been pulled up and I a drifting in a storm. But I will not give up. I will keep searching for His Peace, Presence, and JOY. Because Hope lives on and LOVE remains!!!

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you in this, Amy! Asking the Lord to be more present than ever in your life. Thankful for you!

      – Stormye

    • Sharon

      I cannot fully relate but I know what it feels like to not feel a fatherly presence in your life. As good moments pass so will bad! You’d rather deal with an insane but short period of pain than the bad. While I was floating around I leaned on fatherly figures in my life to hold myself accountable for my actions to. Gravitate towards people who can relate and slowly push you thru this stormy period dear. Let yourself take baby steps thru the pain. Lean on someone often, it will help!

    • Claire

      Praying for you, Amy!

    • Megan Frick

      I lost my father when I was 9. I’m now 18, but just over a year ago; I lost my grandfather who had been more of a father figure than my dad had ever been. It was my senior year of high school during my spring break, and I decided that I was done. I refused to go back to school. I came down with the flu, and I honestly just wanted to die. That wasn’t God’s plan for me though. Now, a year later, though it was arguably the hardest year of my life, I’m finding peace. I’m in college at a university and have a 4.0 GPA. God has blessed me so much during this time because I decided to trust His plan and listen to His promises. I still my grandpa, I still cry, but I have peace. The way I dealt with loss was starting a blog. I find joy in helping others, and I have had countless people tell me that I post things that they needed to hear at the moment in time. I’m so sorry about your father, and I can’t specifically know what you’re going through, but know that God loves you so much. He is your Heavenly Father who will never let you down and never die. Hold on, and keep fighting. You’re stronger than you know, and it’s time like this that reveal our true strengths.

      • She Reads Truth

        Sweet Megan, thank you for sharing this. So encouraged by your testimony this morning.

        – Stormye

  • Alanna Phillips

    I’ve been a reluctant Christian. I’ve accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but I haven’t done much to contribute to the relationship. For so long I viewed his Truth as a cure- to heal me of all the bad things I’ve done to people and have been done to me. But God doesn’t work that way and I have been persistent on trying to enter into a relationship with him. What I am struggling with most is community- I don’t know how to get involved in church or find small group- I feel the enemy just tells I’m not good enough and that no one would want to be my friend anyway. I am desperately trying to flee from sin and lean solely on God, but I’m so scared of falling into the enemy’s traps. I’m hoping this devotional will strengthen my relationship with our father and will help me see my value and worth through his eyes and not mine.

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you in this, Alanna. Asking the Lord to place people in your life to help direct you to a church and small group. So grateful that you are in this community.

      – Stormye

  • He is there, perfectly there , clinging me carrying me to exactly what I need. He heals the broken in me. He is in my head my heart keeping me close though, I struggle He loves me through and doesn’t let go. He saves me every moment, every day. Love you Jesus Father, God. I pray to love like you.

    • Grace

      You have a gift of words, and have encouraged me greatly in this post

  • Recently realized I can’t fix things in my life, such as relationships. I need to be looking to God, the perfect and permanent one. I read this chapter days ago to see what is love? Needing this in my relationships. And today to read it, really solidified how by loving others the way God loved us, I can serve him through that. That I need him continually. Can’t do it on my own❤️

    • Jess Davis

      I love this! I have a power complex I believe haha… I love fixing things that are broken. I want to fix everyone who needs help, but some people just don’t want it, and that breaks my heart. Lately I’ve been praying that God will help me realize He is the only one who can heal us. he is the Great Healer and can lift our burdens off of our shoulders. Nothing in this life is ever stable and for a control freak like me, that’s terrifying. We just need to give it up to Him and He will provide. He always has, and He always will.

  • Candace Derossett

    Any advice on how to find my way back to finding love for myself through God? I seem to be way too caught up in putting others before myself to the point where I have lost sight of my own self worth. Don’t get me wrong, I love being here for anyone and helping out in any way but lately ive been putting all others needs in front of mine and most times abandoning mine

  • The need for permanence and stability can only be found in Christ. This truth was the truth I needed to have reiterated to me. Praising the Lord for His constant presence, even when the Bible is closed ❤

  • This devotional spoke my truth. Thank you.

  • I needed to be reminded of these verses: 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    Thank you Lord for providing this to me on my first day opening this app.
    I am a new wife and I’m loving every minute. However, I find myself snapping at little things that later I realize are so not important and my husband could have gone all day without seeing me frustrated over something small. I was reminded that love is patient and kind and arrogant or rude. Isn’t that the truth. I definitely don’t want to go down the road of how my parents were years ago. They way they would talk to each other was ungodly at times and I don’t want that vicious cycle to continue in our marriage. My husband and I are on a journey of putting God first and we have already seen blessings but it is so hard sometimes in this evil world.

  • Sometimes I get wrapped up in loving and helping everyone then battle with myself on helping and being used and putting myself last. Sometimes I get caught up in what’s right and what’s not.

    • Kristi Green

      Kim I can relate, sometimes our love for others over shadows our love for ourselves. I’m still trying to learn it is ok to say no. It doesn’t mean we don’t love. It means we love ourselves enough to know we need to set boundaries on what people should expect from us.

  • Anika Vines-Ogle

    The excerpt put the love of God into perspective. We must live as God has loved us. In all of our brokenness, he comes to comfort us.

  • Michelle Ikejiani

    This really helps me understand how to get close to God.

  • Emily Gregory

    This was very helpful I think this plan is really going to help me get close to god

  • This. I needed this reminder. Sometimes I get so bogged down in my daily grind that by the time I make it to my devotional I just look for answers. The real result of being present in Gods word is knowing him more. I needed to know Him more. Feel closer to Him today.

  • Anna Smith

    Wow, I cannot believe how the Lord provides. Reading this passage, I mean, it’s just what I needed to hear. I’ve been on a journey for the past few months, making my way back to Jesus and His Word, and reading the Bible had been so hard. I think having this devotion is really going to help.

  • “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.”

    words I needed to read tonight. thank you, Amanda.

  • For those of you who are struggling, I’ll be praying for you. I know it’s hard sometimes to pray or pick up your Bible or even go to church. For me, when I was coming back to Christ, I listened to K-Love and Christian songs on YouTube. I would sing along and it helped me when I was having a bad day or moment. It became habitual and then I grew closer to God the more I shut the world out. I’m not saying seclude yourself, but watch out for worldly pleasures. Also, for those of you who can’t make it to church, haven’t found one, or simply can’t find it in you to leave the house, go online to church of the highlands and they have online sermons archived. They’re a non denominational church. I’m blessed enough to live in close proximity to on of their campuses and pastor Chris is amazing! I love y’all, and I will be praying!

  • I hope this is the finally the Truth I’ve been searching for. I’ve been begging God to heal my heart in every way I can think of, to the point of changing my church. After losing both of my parents, I have never felt so alone, broken, overwhelmed and far from God. I know He is my help, my Healer and my Comforter, but it feels like the harder I try to reach for Him the further away He is from me. I need to figure out how to get His words to work in my soul. I’m so thankful my cousin told me about She Reads Truth.

    • Hailey

      Terri, the enemy wants you as far from God as possible and he will do anything he can to do just that. I’m sorry to hear about your parents, but I’m hard times we are to trust Him. Pray and ask God to open your heart and soul to the word and to help you understand. He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. He loves you, and while it may not always be easy, it is worth it.

    • Deborah Burdzy

      Terri, I’m praying for you right now. He’s at work to get His words to work in your soul. He is a tender-hearted God who sees you, hears you and loves you. I know you already know this…but I’m reminding you — because I know I need that reminding more times than I can count too. Bless you.

    • Andrea

      Although I cannot say I completely understand because I am not you and I do not know everything that you are feeling, I can definitely say that our hearts have felt similar situations and hurts. It does hurt. It does suck. It does feel distant. But…I promise, no wait, God promises He will never leave you. Expect Him. Invite Him..He loves you.

    • Hailey

      I love you, my friend!! I am praying that The Lord takes away your hurting heart and fills it up with all His love!! Cling to Him and He will see you through!

    • Lindsey

      Terri, praying for you. I have lost both of my parents and all of my grandparents. Just this year it was my dad, I had a miscarriage, and my best friends son passed away after just 2 Brave weeks here on earth. It hurts and feels lonely…. I get it. Sometimes he feels far away– but he isn’t. It’s our emotions that sometimes allows him to feel far away. Soak yourself in the truth…. worship music is my go to. We are all ever ment to be here for always- and even though it hurts we have to keep pouring truth into our hearts. Do something to help your parents legacy live on. Acts of kindness with a tag on it to tell their story and honor them by loving others. You can do this!

      • She Reads Truth

        Lindsey, thank you for sharing this and for your encouragement. So grateful for you.

        – Stormye

  • With a truly joyful heart full of love and eager to serve He who has blessed us with His Grace either by sending His grace through blessings in our lives, or He sends trials and tribulations to test and strengthen our character. We should thank Him with the deepest love and sincerity for good and bad times. All things work out for God’s greater good.

  • If we love God then we love all of his creations and I am one of his creations. This reminder to have faith in his love gives me strength and confidence to love myself. For he will love me just as I am and will be.

  • It has been way too long since I had touched a Bible or thought about Jesus in my everyday life. I’m starting this devotional to fix that cloudy mirror and see myself as a practicing Christian again. That excerpt felt like the perfect reading to start that journey. Thank you!

    • Holly

      Good luck in your journey! This is my second devotional set this month, and I love having it on my phone and access to scripture and commentary daily! May God bless you in this season Jordan!

    • Hailey

      You could try listening to K-Love, or Christian songs on the internet. I know that really helps me when I can’t make it to my Bible and the enemy is pulling me down.

  • Ri Justine

    Things are cloudy. So true for me right now. I am attending pre-confession classes at my church and I’m not sure if I can do my profession of faith this summer. I don’t even know what I believe. I needed this today. God is always here even when our bibles are closed.

  • “Things are cloudy” – this couldn’t be more spot on for me right now. My feelings towards the church, my country and the leaders leading, the unrest and anxiety that puts my mind in a dense fog…. it feels like my hope is way off in the distance and I don’t even remember what it’s like to have it close anymore.
    I am going to make myself take the time to invest in my spirit and the healing my heart needs desperately.
    ({Thankful for you SRT.})

  • Lucy Dansoh

    For the past year and a half I have felt so lonely and forgotten. I feel as those my life has no purpose and I am un an untethered ballon in a storm. I have been living away from my family because of work, but living at home is also very hard. I am not sure what I should do with myself. I don’t feel like I belong anywhere.

    • She Reads Truth

      Lucy, praying for you, friend. Asking the Lord to reveal purpose and identity through His Word and to bring people into your life to take away the loneliness. So grateful for you.

      – Stormye

  • I am currently struggling with my faith because I can’t see the whole truth. This devotional reassured me by saying that one day we will see the truth, or “the cloudy mirror will be gone”.

    • Jacqueline

      Yes Amen !! May God bless you today and always , I found myself in the same situation and I find it amazing how God always puts Scriptures in your way to help you understand what may be going in your life .

  • I’ve had a lot of turmoil in my life lately and for a while. I’ve tried to fill it with unhealthy things that are ruining my marriage. I don’t know where to go from here. Reading this helps.

    • She Reads Truth

      Megan, praying for you right now. Asking the Lord to heal what needs healing and to speak to you through His Word. Grateful for you, friend.

      – Stormye

  • As I was reading this, I couldn’t help but think about what I turn to while I’m waiting….waiting on my daughter to get out of school, waiting at The Dr office, waiting at the Drive-Thru…I pull up FB/Snapchat/IG….all temporary!!! Why am I not investing my time in more permanent knowledge??? The ah-ha moment for me was the statement “seeing face to face.” I re-read it and re-read it… THIS….this is what I should be investing my time in!!!

  • “It does not insist on its own way…”
    Wow. This is something I struggle so much with. I fill my time and thoughts with anything to keep me busy, and I work to make everything “just so.” I need to be looking for Him in stillness and be willing to accept the quietness. I need to de-clutter my heart and mind and step away from all the noise.

  • Becca, I feel you. There is that deep yearning to know Jesus more and more that draws us into Him. It’s funny how over time, I find myself clouded by the temporary things in my day. That still quiet voice beckons me but the busyness of the day drowns out His voice. The days feel so long with priorities and duties but yet so short when the evening comes and day fades away. It’s in the brief, seldom quiet moments when I get to be drawn into His loving pull that I remember those deceptive “counterfeits” don’t matter. I’ve been reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp lately and it’s been reminding me of the simpler truths. I’m grasping for that moment when Christ’s way will finally all make sense and be truly lived through my heart and not just in my head. But really I don’t think it’s a mere moment; it’s probably more of a continual moment that requires constant unwavering revisiting. The world so wants to cloud our judgement and confuse His voice. That’s why accountability (especially nonjudgmental and grace-filled accountability) is so important, but yet at the same time the Deceiver tells us we shouldn’t be vulnerable to others. We get lost and thrown off by the world so easily when we turn our eyes away from His word and His way. Thank you for encouraging the ladies to be in the Word and share pieces of their journey alongside you. Hopefully we can gently remind each other to pause and remember who He is and who we are in Him.

    • Rebecca Bush

      Yes! The busyness fills my day and it’s my own fault! Trying to fill our precious time with important things, Godly things, needs to be more of a priority throughout my day. There are plenty of “time fillers” I go to all day long. (Facebook, email, Pinterest, etc) and they are counterfeit like you said. I want to be filled with a desire to read about and talk about and delight in all things eternal. I’m so glad I’ve got a ton of Christian ladies in my life who want the same things!! I’m going to try to be checking these comments more than other social media. It’ll help keep my mind focused and it’s a small goal I want to tackle.

      • Valerie

        Love the idea about checking the comments on the plans:devotions rather than looking at social media.

        It’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and how I’m keeping up. Thanks for showing me where my focus needs to be.!

  • Rebecca Bush

    Such a great intro into daily bible reading! Loved today’s devotional. How many lesser things in my life are masquerading as love? What do I try to fill my God shaped hole with instead of His word?
    “The Truth doesn’t magically erase her suffering or cure her disappointment…or negate her struggle or invalidate her sorrow” I often read the Bible when I’m struggling or hurt. And those are times to turn to God for sure. But I want to build a desire in my heart that makes me yearn to read because it will “lead me into a relationship” with Christ. To help me daily understand that this life is temporary and He is permanent.
    Thanks to the author for starting off this week of study with inspiring words. His word is Truth. And I want to read it.

  • Leah Michelle Yoder

    I believe I need to be more aware of protecting my “perfect”, protecting my love. People will see this in you/me and will be dismayed, “why do you forgive?”, “How can you let that go?”, “why are you quiet?”. Even people you love will want to derail you, to join them in “misery speak”, “self-righteous condemnation of others”, they want you to be mad! And to fight! Misery loves company could have never been more true then it is today in this world. I need to remember to walk away from the gongs that sound that try to rally people together by virtue of disliking something or being offended together. A great reminder to me today, to not only be the light that shines in me but not to stand in the shade. And to remember to acknowledge the happiness his perfect love and peace brings me, and not to give it away.

  • I have been struggling with identifying the real me. The one that is connected to Him as it had been before. My brain is full and constantly working something out. The the noisy gong and clanging cymbal is alive in my daily life. How do I reconnect to Him? How do I know that Love?

    • Jennifer

      I struggle in this same area. When I feel God is far away, I reach for His word. It may take a few days of searching for Him, taking time out of my day to be quiet and spend with Him. He always shows up. You are searching, and His love will fill you. Praying for you in this moment ❤️

  • I do a lot of charity work and say I do it in love because God first loved me. so when I read the first part of the passage I think to myself “Yeah I’ve got love covered pretty well ” then I read what love truly is and I fall short daily. I say I love people but then I get irritable with them. or I envy them. or I boast in my love and “good deeds” but do I really truly love or am I doing it to mark a check for my good deed of the day? when I have a bad day am I patient and loving to those in need? this really made me think tonight and examine my motives and my love.

  • I’ve been waking up sad or distracted, clouded – preparing to go into the next thing. This is what my heart has been longing for – not the other stuff I’ve been turning to instead.

    Yes, Truth and knowing Him has been what I’ve been searching for.

  • Erica Peeps

    Thank you, this really touched my heart.

  • What a fact, what a beautiful truth. God with us, God within us. God giving us hope. Jesus is such an amazing Light. Truth and grace, Holy and without blemish.

  • This was good, I don’t usually think to have disappointment be a chance to grow closer to Him. I will now think of it as an opportunity!

  • Leigh Kay

    just…thank you

  • Amelia Grubbs

    I find my self all the time looking for solutions to my hardships or a way out when I need to be looking for God and to strengthen our bond

  • This was powerful.

  • I am desperate for him! To love unconditional and to make Jesus permanent

  • Loved this. Thank you for the great reminder.

  • Every minute of every day I need Jesus! That is truth. Jesus is Truth! I am truly blessed.

  • Sarah Rabren

    LOVE THIS!!!

  • Seems like there is so much hate and offense in the world today. If only the church could grab hold of this and display this to the world in word and action. This gives me hope in a time where so many people seem to be coming at each other.
    I see so many in my personal community that speak words laced with venom and then with the same mouth try to speak life with Gods word. They all forget that their “holy” actions mean nothing without love.
    This also spoke to me and rekindled not only to seek Gods words for study but to seek Him. To seek who he is and to seek his face and heart. Not just to punch my ” Christian” time clock. God wants to fellowship with His children.

    • Heidi

      Amen. Let’s stop choosing sides and start loving with grace and truth.

  • Anna Smith

    Truth is love in black and white—a love that does not change, even when her Bible is closed.

  • Hannah Craven

    That was amazing!!!!!

  • God’s love for me definitely everlasting and perfect. It’s the love that called my soul worthy to be saved. But with the hardships that have been our church has been having with a unified young adult group, this reminded me that I’m called to attempt to replicate this great love and show it to others as well. Everyone who knows me has heard me say that I hold love the highest in my walk with God, but I don’t think I really knew what love meant. Everything about “-but do not have love” convicted me because I realized I could do good things without actually truly loving them. Doing something for a group of people that has some people that I love does not mean I am doing it because I have love all of them and it is wrong for me to think I am doing the right thing. Church is for the broken and more love should be given to those who actually need it more. As in if I live my friend, then I love them. What I should be doing then is love the person I do not love. The same way you would add more water to a empty cup verses over flowing one that is already filled. Over all it was just a really good reminder that I am loved and called to love. Thanks for this!

    • Stormye Puffer

      Lily – thank you for sharing such encouraging words! We’re so glad to have you in our community and to be in the Word of God with you!

      • Lily

        I realized late that I had so many typos but thank you for the welcome! It’s my first time doing something like this and it’s such a great community :)

  • “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.”

    I love this last line because for as long as I remember, I’ve always felt this way but I’ve never been able to find the words. The Bible is brimming with Truth. In it, there is so much to learn. There are countless lessons, eternal promises, boundless love, infallible grace and more. In its pages, I find perfect peace, given to me by the One who is permanent; never leaving my side.

    I don’t always feel close to Him but I always want to.

    In the worst of times, I wasn’t led to my Bible to find a solution to my problems, I was led to my Bible to find comfort in the only One who could give it to me.

    Like a close friend, I listen to them speak and I expose my innermost self to them, not because I need to be given direction, but because I want that relationship. I want to be in their presence. I want to know them and for them to know me. I want to learn everything I can about them for the pure reason that I love them.

    And the same goes for God, if not even more so. I may read the Bible for answers and equations, help and how-tos, but it’s much deeper than that. I read because I need Jesus.

    Thank you for the words, Amanda.

  • Beautiful….Real.

  • God never forsakes or leaves us . What a beautiful reminder

  • Biiaancaa.xo

    Really needed this ! Have been going through some hard times here and I’ve been neglecting my relationship with Jesus. So grateful for HIS unchanging love

  • This devotional today rocked my socks off. I’m so glad I kept looking at different study plans today because God led me to stumble on this one! Praise God! So thankful that He remains perfect and untouched by all the mess this life can bring. What a comfort!! Just like the deco said- that is why I read truth. To find and experience HIM!!

  • Elizabeth

    My relationship has been shaky for the past few months, this passage reminded me that I’m putting my faith, and most of happiness is something so temporal.. something that is here and gone tomorrow and most importantly something that will never truly give me the LOVE of Jesus Christ.

  • After reading this I really want to read the book

  • This is a great encouragement to me at the moment. My husband is struggling to see and feel God in his life at the moment and me being a new mum as well, have been finding it all a bit much to cope with. I’m tired of hearing the ‘God loves you and life should be a bed of roses’ because in all honesty, life can be really hard. But one thing remains… God has never changed and He is true to all his promises, including his steadfast love for us- even if we don’t feel like it!
    I’m reading to dig deeper, and pursue a real relationship with God. That’s my heart’s desire for me and all my family. I pray I would know God’s love in a closer way that is more tangible on a daily basis and that the love I show to others would demonstrate His love for them.
    I take a lot of comfort knowing that God’s perfect love casts out all fear. I pray we would all know that reality.

  • I use this with couples counseling….I ask them what is love…then I give them this answer. Sobering…they can’t argue…

  • Rebeca Taveras

    My family and I are going through some hard times as my grandma became very ill this past week. To make things worse, the enemy began attacking from all different areas. But, we serve a God that is never failing and His love is everlasting. This reading was simply that: a confirmation and reminder that God is Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and Healer. He is love. He is truth.

  • Juary Estrada

    This message caught me off guard today! Lately i’ve been struggling with discipline and obedience i hated myself.. I wander away from the Truth yet He always finds me. He is truly there on every page, greater than her triumps and shame.. My heart was enlightened with this message. Thank you

  • My 17 year old daughter got this book yesterday and read this introduction to us.. so I downloaded the app and chose this devo today “randomly” . We are going through a difficult season and it’s such a comfort to cling to Jesus because He is truth..

  • Thank you for sharing what you’re all going through. It seriously helps me so much to know I’m not alone on this.
    I enjoyed reading this devotional today.
    I tend to have a hard time with change but holding unto THE TRUTH has freed me from depression and anxiety. It’s a long process but everything is possible with Him

  • wow! thank you for this!

  • I’m finally grasping onto the concept of how profound Jesus love is despite our sin. Reading this truth gave me a lot of comfort.

  • I really needed to hear this today. For the last couple years my relationship has taken a turn for the worst and I keep searching for that perfection in him. This made me see that I’m not going to get that. Yeah, I may get love from him, but the place I really need to be searching is in God alone.

  • Gloria Treece

    Nice one ❤️

  • Yes! I needed this. New to this app, but it is just what I was looking for. “Jesus is the Perfect, the Permanent” That is a beautiful way to describe our Savior. I admit that life experiences and disappointments have at times knocked me down. My faith has been shaken, but God has gently called me back home.

  • LOVING THIS APP NEW TO IT

  • Amen. Jesus please show us your truth. Guide our steps in your direction

  • He loves us even when the perfect truth of his word is closed to our eyes.

  • Knowing the truth doesn’t fix everything but leads us to direction… wow I needed that. Loved this

  • That was beautiful. Amen

  • It is amazing to realize God fully knows me.

  • This is so freeing. He is our permanent. Its easy to forget, and take for granted. Thank you so much for this reminder!

  • I’ve been trying and failing to find perfect love from my husband, and I get so upset when he doesn’t show me the same in return. This helped me realize I’ve been looking for perfect love from the wrong person. Only God can show perfect love

  • I found out yesterday that someone I really care about is moving for work for 10 months. We have been friends for over a year and we were on the verge of more. I was so upset about it, but then read through this today and it made me realized that when you truly love someone you can’t be self-seeking. Thank you lord for you word!

  • Rebekah Cross

    I really needed this. In a time of stress and uncertainty, God is there. He is the only thing that will ALWAYS be there. Cling to him.

  • Ariana Jade

    So so so good

  • Brittany McIlroy

    I have really needed this!!

  • Kylie Luna

    Unneeded this today I love this it always has something that helps me through my day

  • May God teach me to have Love,Faith and hope.

  • Evangeline Reid

    This was really important for me to read today. I have been going through a lot being a college student. I have felt depressed and sad more and more everyday but today reading this made me feel so much closer to God knowing he loves me

    • Abigail Harris

      I can completely agree with this. I am in college as well, and my plan for the future was just recently completely shattered. So I relate to you on a spiritual level right now

  • Ive been so apathetic lately. Not really hurting, not really angry or sad or happy or anything. Confused about life, not loving it or anything I can see in the future for me. Just blah. I’ve been seeking truth but really just clinging to what I know, not being enriched by it like I have been before. Thankful for this little bit tonight- needed it.

    • Jo

      I feel this^ it helps to see it written as apathy because I was having a hard time describing it to myself. I also have felt the pangs of depression alongside it, some days are tougher than others. Thank you for sharing your thoughts alongside this beautiful message!

  • benedicte

    Thank You very much for this app. It bring me closer to God

  • Kristie Q

    What I needed when I needed. At a low spot and looking to my Lord to scoop me up and carry me through.

  • I feel like lately I have been struggling with the concept of Truth. In this day and age, it seems hard to find. It’s good to be reminded to turn to the real Truth.

  • I have been going through a lot recently. I broke up with my ex a couple weeks ago. He was emotionally abusing me, when I broke up with him it was to the point I didn’t believe in myself. All I did was sit in the bathroom and cry and throw up. I had no motivation to do anything. I have never been so broken and empty before. My problem was I let someone else’s words take control over my life, instead of listening to Jesus. I made a mistake and our relationship wasn’t something that was revolved around Christ. An accident happened, and I’ve been worrying if I’m pregnant now. Life is literally just hitting me down. I don’t have any friends to talk to about this. The only thing I have is prayer. And I feel like even that I’ve lost because of sinning in my relationship. I’m so scared and don’t know what to do.

    • Jackie

      I don’t know you, what I want you to know that I’m praying for you. I can’t imagine what you are feeling right now, but the best that I can say is that you are in His plan. We don’t have the power to ruin the plans of Christ. He’s got you.

    • Jessica

      You will get through this. Please do not feel like you have lost prayer, God is always there to listen to you and comfort you. He holds you up in the palm of his hand, safe from all evil. You are in my prayers, everything will work out for you according to God’s plan. He has plans to help you, not harm you. Keep praying, reading your Bible and surround yourself with Godly people. ❤

    • tara

      Thank you for sharing this. You are brave and strong. Do not ever think you are too far from Jesus. He loves you fiercely. Even when. I am praying for you by name. If, by some chance, there is a little life, you do not have to be alone. Though it may feel that way at times. Draw on this community for help and support. Jesus will always see you through. ♡

    • Sheridan

      Even though I don’t know your particular circumstances, I can relate. I grew up in church but then I moved away to college and stopped going. Then I had a baby outside of wedlock. I felt so ashamed that instead of turning to the one who will NEVER turn His back on me, I ran. And I kept running farther away from Him bc of the guilt and shame that I felt. I thought “how can I pray for things to get better when I don’t deserve that” or “He can’t possibly love me after all that I’ve done.” I had these thoughts and ran for almost 9 years before I realized I should be running TO Him not away from Him. By His grace and mercy alone I am saved! He loves me no matter what I’ve done and that love is enough for me. I’m not saying my circumstances are all rainbows and unicorns but I have a son that is the greatest gift and I have a restored faith in my heavenly father and right now that’s enough for me. I’m still taking steps each day to restore my relationship with Christ, but I know this..He loves me no matter what. And He loves you the same way. So don’t give up. Don’t get down on yourself. Just turn to him and run, as fast and hard as you can. I will pray for you!

    • Rebecca

      Victoria-
      First off, bravo for being brave enough to get yourself out of a toxic environment! That couldn’t have been easy BUT, you did it!! That alone should show you something about yourself- that you truly DO believe in yourself! Secondly, to the seemingly daunting and uncertain road that lies ahead- don’t give up on yourself. Take it one day at a time and continue to seek HIS direction in ALL things. He has never and will never leave you, forsake you, hurt or abandon you. You are NOT alone! He is a good, good Father who is EAGER to redeem ALL things that seem “lost” for those that love Him. I put lost in quotations because really nothing is lost in Him- it’s a matter of overcoming the lies that our mind tries to convince us of and shifting our perspective to THE truth. Seek Him and you will find it! Girl, be encouraged by those responding to you and do not let the enemy continue with his lies and deception any more! For where there is truth and light, darkness and lies CANNOT abide. Fill your mind, heart, eyes, and ears with HIS voice and the enemy has no choice but to flee. Keep going, don’t give up! It is worth the fight!! Your scars will tell of battles you have WON with and through Him and can bring others the same freedom IN Him!! Feel free to reach out to me if you want! You can find me on Instagram (iloveluca) or email me ([email protected]) But even if you don’t, just know I am interceding for you!!

    • Abby

      Victoria, I’ve been there. The same place you’re at.
      But know this Jesus is there too… run to him with everything that you are, he will meet you. He will hold you, and comfort you. And piece by piece he will restore what has been broke…and will make something beautiful!! Something better than you can even imagine right now.

      4 years ago when I was in your shoes…I came across the song “come away with me” by Jesus Culture.
      If you get the chance…listen to it.

  • Need my first love withHim back!

  • Christina Goodpaster

    I love this so much, I need Jesus in a real way. This was very encouraging and I’m glad I started reading She reads truth.

  • This is an amazing reminder that we need love in our lives. I, too, sometimes try to hide behind things that I claim to be teue love, but in reality I am just masquerading and lying to myself. Thank you so much for sharing this , and even though sometimes I’m in a darker place, I know that my faith in God will stand.

  • This was exactly the devotion I needed today. It’s amazing how God works in so many mysterious ways. I’ve finally decided to give my battle over to God, and truly start loving as Christ did with me.

  • It’s nice to have acknowledgment of the fact that knowing Truth does not magically mean that life will be easy; to know that Truth goes beyond “happiness” “pleasure” and “circumstances” to dig deeper into the reality we identify with in Christ Jesus. Truth is beyond the failures we see around us, Truth is beyond the hurt we feel, Truth is beyond the “hopes of this world” – it is Truth, and it is ours in our Father who invites us, daily, into it.

  • see me please. I pray God impress on someone’s heart to pray for me, to show you what I’m facing and any prophetic word or something, anything for me. God you know, thank you Jesus.xx

  • God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them.

    Substitute “love” in vs. 4-7 with “God”.

  • It’s simply beautiful

  • This is my first time on this app. I am a Christian and yet i feel so far away feom God. I do alot of things i know that are wrong, i hear Him all the time yet i turn my back against Him. I want to get to know You better Lord. Please give me the courage to…

    • Hadley

      I don’t know you but I know exactly what you’re going through. I mean like down the every word you have said. Praying for you.

      • Hannah Jane

        I am with both of you… we go through so many seasons as Christians… although we waver he doesn’t. Like it said “his love doesn’t change even when her bible is closed”. Just come to Jesus. ❤️

    • Brittney

      Oh, sister! How you are not alone. I too struggle with fully letting him take the reigns of my life. So often I think I can guide it better. As I pray for others to see Christ in me, I will also pray the same for you. Just sharing your own testimony is a huge step, and I am so proud of you.

  • YOU are so loved, and in a way that is incomprehensible and incomparable to anything we see displayed here on earth. and that in itself is an amazing and overwhelming truth that we are to share with others. love BIG, because that’s how Jesus loves you. joy is to be found in every circumstance, so find it!! ❤❤

  • katherine

    what an encouragement. He loved us first so that we can love and be loved. Perfect Love came down and loved the poor, the needy, the sick, the suffering, the unwanted, the outcasts, those hurting, etc… He loves because we are HIS… not because of anything we can do, but rather because he takes pride in being our king and father. sisters take heart. love one another. encourage one another. find joy in one another. Love because perfect love first loved us. and know when pain and suffering knocks on your door, you are not without hope.HE has not forgotten you, and he never will. His will for your lives is so perfect and incomparable to anything we could ever imagine… he loves so unconditionally that he will not not leave you. he will not forsake you. and he will never fail you. sisters we have worth in him and have the power to live in him. love each other and give yourself the freedom to experience love since HE HAS LOVED US IN THE ULTIMATE ACT OF LOVE.

  • Elizabeth

    Life has become so hectic that I found myself putting God in the background. I’ve been slacking and have lost my way and I’m eager to get it back. This devotional really spoke to me. It it so comforting to know that He is always there. The permanent. ❤️

  • Recently I’ve gone through something that, being I’m still figuring out how to not let emotions get the best of me, caused me to fall away slightly from my walk with God. I never took my eyes off the cross, but I kind of lost my hunger. Last nights church service, along with this devotional, has begun to reignite that fire in my heart for the Lord. God never forsakes us, sometimes we just forget to keep our faith set on Him. ♥️

  • I am distraught , downhearted and my faith is almost gone. It’s been six years of heartache, struggles and failures. I feel like Job I ha e lost almost everything I have worked hard for. My sister died , my home gone, my good job gone, my money gone. I am one step above homeless. Everything I own is either in pawn or storage. I finally have a job that doesn’t pay enough to pay anything. I am so far down that looking up is depressing. It seems like God doesn’t hear me. I pray, I talk to no avail. My prayers go unanswered. I didn’t do drugs or drink or anything. I am still trying to figure out how I got here. Trying not to give up. Hope this Devotional will help

    • Kate Rain

      “I painted the sky for you. I painted it as a reminder that My hand is at work, even in the storm. I painted it to show you I’m still present, still able, still available. Your mind was so consumed, heart so heavy, and you took your eyes off Me. I painted the sky for you, to wow you, and remind you that I’m up here, above everything you face down there. I oversee you, I don’t take My eyes off of you, I am with you. I painted the sky for you because I love you”
      Praying for you!

    • Axalia Chestnut

      God won’t take you through anything you are not strong enough to handle . You have to pray and ask him for guidance. His love will conquer all . Sit back pray and let God do the rest , as long as you are alive God is still carving the perfect yet very difficult path in your life . Everyone has their own form of obstacles that almost break them , you will bend so far that you might feel you are going to break but God won’t allow you to break . You have to have faith and let him take care of you . God bless you !

  • Thank you Shelby. That’s a helpful thought to remember on those bad days!

  • I’ve had chronic pain for about 15 years and it just continues to escalate. I pray for relief and ask why. I had been in Christian ministry with music but had to stop doing that when one surgery paralyzed my vocal cord and another paralyzed 2 fingers making it hard to play piano.
    The part of this devotional that really hit me is that now we see through a fog. We may not even be able to comprehend why right now!
    Sorry to be so long.

    • Shelby

      I’ve personally been having troubles with the ‘why’ part of everything and I read in Psalms about a week ago that he sees our flood, our tears and knows. He understands our pain, but will not take it back because it is for a bigger picture that we may not be able to see, that it’s for the greater good. And that we just have to trust Him, that He has our hand and will help us when we are down, and have love for us. I just saw your comment and it made me think of this story, I’m sorry for it being so terribly long.

  • I loved every single word. so much hope, so much love.. pain, although is there, is just the passing away. ❤

  • “The Truth is love in black and white — a love that does not change even when her Bible is closed.” Ladies! This is huge! I am notorious for skipping devotion time when life gets so busy and I just want to be with people 24/7. I majorly regret those times of missing moments with the Lord and constantly strive to be diligent in the Word even when life is not routine. But what a rad truth to know that God is always faithful, even when I’m unfaithful ❤

  • Sarah Hammer

    Praying for you Sky! Cling to those memories of when you felt close to God. You are loved!

  • Hey this is my first time on this app, and first plan I am reading. I have had so many things happen the last few months. I don’t know who I am anymore, and it’s hard for me to cope. I feel fare away from myself and God. I know my love is not what this bible verse says it should be. Please pray for me .

    • Laura

      Praying for you right now Sky!

    • Rebecca

      Sister Sky, the want of knowledge is the first step. God has not forgotten you. In fact, He is calling you near.

    • Mackennamoriah

      Will lift up prayers to the father on your behalf before I sleep tonight…he is closer than you know! We all fall short, don’t condemn yourself in any way beautiful sky. He has you in the palm of his hand:)

    • HeatherMarie

      The last few years have been very hard for me too, and there was a stretch of almost 3 years where I felt so far from God. I felt like I prayed and prayed but couldn’t break through and didn’t know where to go from there. Please know that God never changes, he is always the same. He is always right with you, know that in your heart whether it feels that way or not. I prayed Psalm 51 over and over, wrote it out and posted it everywhere. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. I will be praying for you.

  • Erin Morton

    It’s good to remember that Gods love is real and never changing especially when we feel let down by those around us. His Love is not something we can get from anyone else.

  • Sarah Haas

    I have been lost for a few years now, when I used to cling so tightly to my faith and my God. Now we are like distant friends who never talk. I hide my face from he who saves, yet I crave to be near again.

    • Madison

      I will pray for you. You are dearly loved

    • Andree

      Don’t forget the Lord. He is always with you and He will gladly take you back. He is waiting for you and He is glad that you want to draw near. Please don’t give up. He is our forever hope, a hope that doesn’t ever fail.
      Praying for you, Sarah! God bless you.

  • I have been having a hard time showing my faith lately. Things keep happening and I think how can he love me and do this to me. I know there is a reason and a purpose we are in the situations that we are in but I have been struggling to ask him for help. I need to give my life back to him and that needs to start today.

    • Kaitlyn Oboyle

      Stay strong! I’m sure whatever he is leading you through it’s for a purpose because god always has a plan. He is always there for you and you just have to keep reaching out to him.

  • I’m literally in tears right now because my husband just isn’t having the best of luck with jobs…. we have moved to Texas two years ago because of a family emergency on his side of the family. I have no friends here and I’ve been here two years. I’ve tried hard to be part of a local church and even be involved with his side of the family but nothing seems to connect. I’m not sure if it’s me making wrong choices , as to why I can’t seem to connect with anyone well enough. We just were married last year and it’s our first time living on our own and his job situation has failed again (reasons completely out of his control). I feel alone like we have no help and I’m afraid of being evicted , I’m afraid of not having enough money to move back to California with my side of the family where I feel I actually have help. Please if you are reading , pray for me. Pray for peace, pray for strength , and pray God provides a way , an answer to this all. Thank you.

    • Whitney

      Just prayed for you, sister. Peace and trust in the Lord and His timing and His ways. I cannot imagine where you’re at or how hard this must be, but I pray that the Lord gives you comfort in knowing that He will be your PEACE. He goes before. He makes a way for His children.

      • Kia

        Thank you Whitney! The past two days have been a bit better but I’m still pushing through. I have to take hold of my thoughts and focus on God being my peace . I’m not surrounded by Christian friends and I don’t have any at a distance either . I really believe they’re my main distraction and I know the devil is trying to use these things to draw me away from God. All encouragement and all prayers much appreciated! Thank you

    • Paige Petron

      It’s never easy going through the motions of trials. Job 5:17-19 “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves, so despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds but He binds up; he shatters but his hands heal. He will deliver you from 6 troubles, in 7, no evil shall touch you.” This verse is one I have had memorized and it’s not just encouraged me when looking back at my childhood (which my life was a struggle from the gecko) but it gave me peace for future trials I know will happen. I wasn’t saved till 7th grade and didn’t have anyone to really teach or show me what living in faith was so I struggled. I grew up depressed and was trying to survive while living in 3-4 households, which was way too much for any child. I really hope I have encouraged you. Also Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. This is another verse that has helped me a lot too because I feel like my heart and mind are sometimes vulnerable…

      • Kia

        Those verses are great reminders! I tend to forget that only reading my Bible isn’t enough. That I need to activate my Faith by trusting him and by not looking at my circumstances. Being encouraged through this app is helping! I wish I could have these conversations in real life with people in my community , or in my church. Everyone and everything seems so distant

        • Paige Petron

          He’s always near you and sometimes it seems like nothing is working out but His plan and Sovereignty is great. The bumps in the road in life aren’t really easy but each hardship and calling from God, shapes us more. Hardships tend to be His way of getting our full attention. I’ll be praying that your family situation gets better and that you not just touch people, but make good relationships with others. Let His stead fast love and strong hand guide you both well through this hard time.

    • Madison

      Praying for you right now.

    • Michelle Johnson

      Kia…just prayed for you this morning…your young marriage, provision of a job for your husband as he provides for your family and for real community and relationships there in Texas. In His Grip…

      • Kia

        Thank you Michelle!!! I’m taking this as a blessing! My day has been eventful but I’m staying hopeful and getting on this app and reading God’s word and encouraging others and being encouraged as well by awesome people like you, is really helping!! Much appreciated

  • I remember the first time i read this chapter, i never understood why love is the greatest of all, love is more great than faith?? I could not get myself to understand, but i came to realise that love breeds the good, if you love your neighbour, friends, family & relatives as you love yourself then good will come your way! I have a testimony of my late boyfriend.. He was full of love! He loved his neighbours, friends & all people who surrounded him.. He passes and i saw the benefits of loving without envy, jelous & all the good qualities is. May our almighty Lord surely enlighten our hearts to love as pure as he loves us!

  • (feel free to comment prayer requests!!) i had a very terrible experience with something a long while ago and im having lots of trouble processing it still because it seems so surreal…. please pray i am given peace along with truth. I really do long for truth like it said, but its extremely hard and burdening when people remain hypocritical and judgmental. life is hard and Im trying to walk on water while keeping my eyes on Jesus but i need to breathe. thanks friends!!

    • klovelyy

      Will be praying for you Annabell. Sometimes things of the past try and find a way to come to the present and haunt us. All it is is the devil trying to make you feel like you’ll never escape it and that you’ll never be good enough for greater things, or that the last you’ve had is who you are. We have to remember that in Christ we are made new , the old has passed away. And we have to find joy in him. It’s never easy… I just posted a prayer request as well. Sometimes we need others to encourage us. And we have to trust that God will be there even when it feels like no one else is

  • For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

    Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
    Amen!

  • I thankyou for this beautifully put reminder of the truth, it’s so easy to get caught up in the disappointment of worldly things… I find myself falling time and time again. True love and guidance comes from the Lord, I’m so thankful to know this. I pray for more sisters and brothers to know the love of the Lord and praise him for all his glory!

  • Anna Reecey

    Praise Jesus for His Truth and that He is always there, our permanent Friend through every season of life! ;)

  • Esperanza

    Last night I almost committed suicide. I don’t say that to shock you, but to encourage those of you who may be able to relate. Because I learned that the enemy tries to tell me that if I turn to God for healing, my hurting isn’t valid. That if I don’t sit in the pain, it was never real. But that’s not truth. It’s a lie from the pit of hell spoken by a tiny, weak demon who is so afraid I’ll pray and God will banish him on the spot that he throws everything he has on me at once and tells me the lie that he is stronger than me, that I have fallen prey to that moment and that despair. Maybe you’ve been lied to too. But the truth is, we’re children of the Living King. A single one of our words overpowers demons because of who our Father is. Like Amanda writes, the Truth doesn’t invalidate our sorrow, but leads us into relationship with the One who made us and makes us new. He doesn’t set aside our hurts. He lifts them onto His shoulders.
    May the Lord constantly give me, and all of you, a deep hunger and thirst for truth, so that when trials come and lies come against us, we have a firm foundation in Him who gives us strength.

    • NIKA,CA

      Praying for you and in the name of JESUS, I declare that the devil has no place in your mind , thoughts or surroundings .I pray that you are healed and free from any attack of the enemy and You will have peace, and Joy in the name of Jesus!! AMEN.

      • Esperanza

        Thank you so much, my sister in Christ :) this week has been hard, but so blissfully free from the attacks that have been prevalent in the past. Thank you for your prayers!!

    • Kristi

      Dear Esperanza, I’m praying that our Father would renew your hope. I’m praying that he will fill your heart with the resurrection power of hope in faith and love. Thank you for being so vulnerable and open with us, and helping us to detect those same lies in our lives too. Peace to you, Sister.

      • Esperanza

        Thank you so much for your prayers, Kristi!! It’s always my hope that as we become like broken vases, the light within us might shine through the cracks all the more. I experienced a huge crack last week, but I truly hope to turn that into an opportunity to bless others. Thank you for the encouragement!

    • Sabina Etscheid

      Esperanza your story gives me such hope for those who are in pain and darkness. Thank you for sharing! xoxo

      • Esperanza

        Thank you so much, Sabina! I can say with solemn realization – and also great joy – that there is truly nowhere too dark or despairing for God to follow. No matter where you or anyone else may go, there is always hope!

    • Jasmine

      The same thing kept on holding onto me. All I had I put into these words “get out of my head, in the name of lord Jesus. He rules and you shall never win” and repeat every time you feel the enemy near

      • Hope

        dear my namesake! may the meaning of our names manifest in this world as a reminder of the breath of life that the King breathes unto us each day. say your name–it makes the devil shutter. have hope. live hopeful. and continue to speak hope. from your sister in Christ.

        • Esperanza

          May nothing ever separate us from the love of our God, Hope – for that is the only true source of who we are

      • Esperanza

        Thanks so so much for the advice, Jasmine! That sounds like exactly what I had to do to get free (I was blessed that even though I could not do that, someone very close to me found me and prayed for and with me). May God protect you and strengthen you every day!!

    • Sky

      You name means Hope. Thank you for sharing that with us, it helps me because I understand.

      • Esperanza

        I’m both overjoyed and dismayed that you understand, Sky. Thank you so much for relating with me – I feel so validated to know that other women who struggle with this are seeking God in community! But at the same time, I wish that no one had ever experienced what I know we’ve both felt. May God bless you and protect you, and may He give you His strength every day! <3

  • I love all of the comments and encouragement – so uplifting

  • Elizabeth

    this is beatiful

  • diianna harrold

    this was just amazing

  • It’s hard to admit but sometimes it takes a failure or disappointment to help turn our attention back to God & seek him more closely… praise God for those times! I’m thankful that He is there to loves me through it all! ❤️

  • God’s love is all we need and as a young girl this can be hard as we have a focus to guys to truly loving him will cause no pain and will not hurt❤️

  • God’s love is truthful. It doesn’t change for whatever you do. It is infinite and never goes away!

  • Gods love is enough! I pray God would work in my life and help me love like he loves. Amen!

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • “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 !

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 : )

  • 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

  • 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.

    • Michelle Wright

      That struck me to the core. I absolutely loved reading that.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Reading*

  • 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. :-)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rhona Riley

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

  • Ida-Therese

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  • 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. ❤️

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 ❤

  • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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♡

    • Melissa

      Leah of the surgery is medically necessary, you’re insurance should cover you to go out of state. They may even pay for travel. I would ask your current doctor to call the insurance and justify why an out of network doctor is needed.

  • 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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