Day 1

She Is Me

from the Holding Tight to Permanent reading plan


1 Corinthians 13

BY Amanda Bible Williams

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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  1. Liz Ciprián Guerrero says:

    I always read these verdes about how God wants us to love. But when you try to analyze if you are practicing love the way it states ; is not that easy to follow th daily.I Pray to God for personal strenght and for all of you people who deal with many battles, even the simples ones as well our eye need attention. Do it with love and then you may add the other characteristics of love but We have to do it have a heart filled with desire to like God.

  2. Katie Jurkovich says:

    I don’t know how many times I’ve read this passage growing up in a Christian school. But what stood out to me today was the truth of how we see dimly now. Looking in the dirty mirror, it’s confusing to see what’s going on. What it’s supposed to be. In that way…it’s OK to be confused sometimes. But the point is that we look forward, and even in confusion hold tight to “it’s not supposed to be this way.” Confused but trusting. Just like kids.

    1. Jessica Johnson says:

      “Confused but trusting” – this is such a good reminder for me of something a pastor said and modeled to me about 15 years ago….that we don’t have to know all the answers now to trust God’s ways and words. We can believe and have unbelief, confusion, at the same time. And God is ok with that!

  3. Angelena Barrett says:

    What stuck out to me is love is NOT irritable. I recently got my period back from having my son almost a year ago and hormones are high around the house and my biggest struggle is not being irritable with my 3 children. My husband had also almost been gone 3 months for work so my patience is running thin. But I’m reminded by God that love is not irritable and that’s the big thing I need to work on day by day.

  4. Chloe Duke says:

    “I will know fully, as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12❤️❤️

  5. Ashley Hart says:

    Prayer answered this morning❤️

  6. Jaya Johnson says:

    1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient and kind”

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