The Bride of Christ

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Ephesians 5:15-32, Revelation 19:6-9, Revelation 21:2-11, Revelation 22:17, Revelation 22:20

Since 2012, She Reads Truth has maintained a singular mission: to be women in the Word of God every day. Ten years later, our community includes “Shes” from across the globe, but our mission hasn’t changed.

Reading Scripture together is the centerpiece of what we do at She Reads Truth. As we spend time as a community reading This Is The Church, we encourage you to start by reading the daily Scripture on your  own. Then join us here to engage and encourage one another as we respond to what we’ve read. Each day for this series, we’ll include a brief summary of the reading along with a prompt for conversation.

Scripture illustrates the relationship between Christ and His Church through the imagery of a wedding. As the bridegroom, Christ loves, provides for, and sacrifices Himself for His bride, who responds to His love in preparation and submission.

Today, along with responding to the reading, share with the community in the comments why you wanted to engage with this reading plan. What are you hoping to learn more about? 

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177 thoughts on "The Bride of Christ"

  1. Katherine Herrington says:

    I started this plan as my family and I are hoping to plant a church in our local area and I wanted to refocus my thoughts on the importance of community, fellowship and being together as a church

  2. Barry Johnson says:

    Me and my wife were really hurt by the church in 2015 . God seperated us from the church system . We live in a community at a seaside town called bridlington. We have been apart of a bridegroom community online since then . We also visits cafes and spend time with other believers who are spiritual in other ways . We shine the light for Jesus. I wanted to find believers who are getting themselves ready for the Return of our king Jesus . I found this this morning as my wife and are looking for daily readings other than the bible app .
    God bless you all x

  3. sara laverty says:

    I started this study as I begin to work through going back to church after a time away due to a hurt from my former church.

  4. Eva Suggs says:

    I started this series to better understand what a church really is and how I can promote such an environment for growth within my own community.

  5. Emily Nelson says:

    I started this series to get closer to my faith and closer to god

  6. Brooke Zeolla says:

    I started this series as an introduction back into God’s word as I had fallen off a bit from reading it for a while. I have had mixed feelings about the church recently, which was part of what has drove me away, so wanted to gain so,e clarity through His word.

  7. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord I thank you for you are good! Glory to the lamb!

  8. Tiffany Reynoso says:

    I want to fall back in love with the Bride of christ. Too many times I’ve been disappointed or enabled the church’s imperfections. I want that same love and compassion Christ has for his bride.

  9. madison haley says:

    I started this series to learn about the church and the proper structure to hear from the Lord if we should make the switch in churches but ironically I am recently engaged and this series is teaching me something so different than what I intended to get out of it and the comparison of the church as Jesus’s bride is something I obviously always knew of but it never resonated with me until this season of my life and preparing for marriage.

  10. Ruth Howard says:

    This is so hard, Cathy. I am praying for you, for the needed grace and wisdom.

  11. Ruth Howard says:

    I love the descriptions of the Bride in Revelation, specifically Revelation 7:9-10, which refers to people from “every nation, and from all tribes and peoples and languages standing before the throne and before the Lamb” praising God. This is a picture of what the Church is working toward – so that every people group will be represented in heaven before God’s throne. I chose to do this study because I am interested in better understanding how to be a better part of the Body and ways I can better view and support my global brothers and sisters.

  12. Ruth Howard says:

    I love the descriptions of the Bride in Revelation, specifically Revelation 7:9-10, which refers to people from “every nation, and from all tribes and peoples and languages standing before the throne and before the Lamb” praising God. This is a picture of what the Church is working toward – so that every people group will be represented in heaven before God’s throne.

  13. Kelli Mckee says:

    Our group is doing this study together

  14. Cathy says:

    My mainline denomination is splintering and I am searching for a new church home. I do believe, however, that God can use everything, all of us…..for His glory and that means …though I hurt, because I truly love the members of my church, even those I disagree with…. I can leave in love. Please pray I find the right fit in my next church. Thank you!

  15. Kelsie Austin says:

    Division is so prominent in our world today. I pray that among so much of that the church radiates His glory with a spirit of unity that is so foreign to the world. I wanted to be reminded through His Word what that truly looks like.

  16. Kyle Hopkins says:

    I joined the SRT community during the Lenten Ezekiel series and have been in my prayer chair ever since! I appreciate this study as a means to help me learn about the big C Church, which seems to have lost its way and gotten hijacked by politics. I’m especially interested in the Essentials, Non-Essentials, and Opinions (see page 30 of the study guide)- and how are, as a diverse AND unified body, can love each other, as Jesus loves us.

  17. Kyle Hopkins says:

    I joined the SRT community during the Lenten Ezekiel series and have been in my prayer chair ever since! I appreciate this study as a means to help me learn about the big C Church, which seems to have lost its way and gotten hijacked by politics. I’m especially interested in the Essentials, Non-Essentials, and Opinions (see page 30 of the study guide)- and how are, as a diverse AND unified body, can love each other, as Jesus

  18. Andi Clark says:

    Church hurt is real, praying you’ll find healing and a safe space to process through those wounds and heal.

  19. Cindy Hodges says:

    I needed a fresh reminder from the Word what the purpose of the Church is for.

  20. Helen Amos says:

    I believe that we are the church, beyond the confines of buildings and congregations, but that makes it hard as we are sinful people. I want to learn how to live in a way that shows others I follow Christ, not just meet in a building weekly. This study is helping me to see that my sanctification is important and God cares about the actions of each member of his church.

  21. Anna Pearce says:

    I chose to start reading because as a mother with a new baby I found it much harder to find time for the lengthy Bible studies like I used to do. Then I chose a plan at random and as always God gave me exactly what I needed. ❤️

  22. Caitlin Bieniek says:

    I started this plan because the last 3/4 years I have felt a pull away from the church. Not God/Jesus but the little churches in my area. I struggle with seeing what the churches are teaching but how it often contradicts what I read in the Bible. Learning who Jesus is and what the church should be I think would help ease my hesitation in going back to church. It would guide me to finding one that God wants me to go to.

  23. Hannah Gilbert says:

    I want to get back to the roots of what the Church is supposed to be because I feel like there are so many different ways people are going about it now a days. I want to be acting in the world as the Lord wants me to!

  24. Lacey says:

    I want to learn how I can be a healthy member of the church family and learn what the church family is.

  25. Janelle says:

    I wanted to engage in this reading plan to fully understand the community of Christ. Compassion and relatability is something I want to gain for working with others, especially international Christians. I also want to better work with my local church and find a stronger identity in Christ.

  26. Lynda Miller says:

    We had a situation at church this year and I was devastated by it. I was going to find another church but God clearly told me to stay. Part of me was glad because I love my church family. I have and still am learning a lot. We have a new Pastoral family. And I love them dearly. God told me to stay because He was going to shake the trees. I learned the importance of duty and oaths. It’s important for the days we are living in. Rise up church He needs us to listen and obey. Move outside of the church building.

  27. Emma Simmons says:

    In this study i think it shows that you should stand in Jesus. There are so many times in this world where if you’re not the “perfect” Christian you’re not worthy of his love and grace but that is the opposite of what he stands for. I think this shows me especially where i need to stand strong in him and not in the worldly things/ people of this world. Because a lot of people do not practice what they preach and i will not be deterred from God because of that.

  28. Emma Simmons says:

    In this study i think it shows that you should stand in Jesus. There are so many times in this world where if you’re not the “perfect” Christian you’re not worthy of his love and grace but that is the opposite of what he stands for. I think this shows me especially where i need to stand strong in him and not in the worldly things/ people of this world. Because i

  29. Emma Simmons says:

    In this study i think it shows that you should stand in Jesus. There are so many times in this world where if you’re not the “perfect” Christian youee

  30. Hannah Brown says:

    I chose this study because our church is working through Corinthians and working to be more like the early church. I want to learn how to love but also correct.

  31. Kaity Meade says:

    This is a great point. The church is called to point out sin and keep each other accountable. The difference I think is if it’s something clear in Scripture or more so a point of preference/opinion. Sexual immorality and drunkenness are clearly prohibited in Scripture. Of course, it may not be your place in particular to call that out, but you could explain to your children that each person is in a different place in their faith journey, sanctification. And when the Holy Spirit shows us things we shouldn’t be doing, we must submit to that. I am a pastor’s wife and was grieved recently when I saw some sporadic attenders of our church post about being glad they could party in a gay bar one day and then “chase after God’s Grace in church together.” It’s hard for me to see the grace of God trampled like that and not be judgmental.

  32. Kaity Meade says:

    I think this study is so timely because right now it’s easy to get cynical about the church and its leaders. We see the sin so prevalent throughout and it erodes our trust in the culture of the church as a whole. This study is reminding me to keep Jesus as the firm foundation. We are imperfect, yet holy. A people is progress. We don’t look to our leaders ultimately. Jesus must be kept in the center. And today is a reminder that we as the people of God, submit to Him daily, which keeps us from sin. As a pastor’s wife, I never want to be the cause of someone losing faith in the church or even in God, because of my sin and poor testimony. Keep me near the cross, Jesus!

  33. Leslie Rios says:

    I feel like it is hard to define who is the church right now when your feet are on the ground. The pandemic highlighted how you can have two Jesus followers with very opposing ideas. Also, I can teach my kids to live morally, but worship next to someone who lives sexually immoral and gets drunk on the weekends. How do you define what things you need to accept as differences and what things are sins that need to be addressed.

  34. Anita Stephens says:

    Hello from Australia Maddie.

  35. Denise Edlund says:

    Our denomination is going thru a huge split right now and I want to be well prepared before I make a decision about my future allegiance to the church. I struggle a bit here with only scripture and not a perspective from the SRT Team; but also I respect that we each decide for ourselves.

  36. Jovita Setiawan says:

    To know what does it mean to be the Lord’s people and how to live accordingly….

  37. Maddie Jones says:

    I started this plan because I wanted to learn more about God with a community of women. I don’t have many girls my age close to me that are Christians, and I wanted to feel connected to a community.

  38. Katie Winch says:

    I love this study because it has helped me understand what God says about the ‘C’ Church. It’s helped me dive deeper to my faith and ask and answer questions about the denomination I was raised in. It has encouraged me to decide where I feel I best fit in as far as a local church based on the teachings of the Gospel

  39. Katie Winch says:

    I love this study because it has helped me understand what God says about the ‘C’ Church. It’s helped me dive deeper to

  40. Munchkin says:

    I started this plan, because I’m currently in between churches. I’m having a hard time with church right now. Many churches have become political, and it’s made it hard to worship when I fill my political beliefs are getting bashed every five seconds. It had become so bad, I started to question if I was even made for the Church. But then God showed me that my relationship is with Him, and He would guide me and love on me. I’m trying a new church this weekend that some friends of mine go to. They have been a great help during this time.

  41. Jacquelyn Karel says:

    Honestly my reasons are twofold, I have a girlfriend who wants to learn about Jesus, says she believes in the Bible, but not “the church.” I wanted to be better educated so I could educate her in the importance of the body, and community. My other reason is I just had my first child two weeks ago, and I need a way to stay in The Word, where I can use one hand, and it doesn’t take any extra brainpower to plan what I’m going to read…

  42. Sinead B says:

    I love going to church every Sunday- worshiping with other believers, receiving teaching and encouragement, and serving. I joined this study because I wanted to develop my understanding of the capital “C” Church. When so many conversations bring up “hurt by the church” or “I don’t need church to know God,” I want my faith foundations to be rooted in what God says about Church.

  43. Kayla A says:

    I’m doing this study to further explore God’s intended purpose and identity for the “big C” Church. It feels like we as Christians (particularly in America) have corporately lost the plot so-to-speak, and I want to reorient myself to the essentials of the church. Not what I want it to be or what others expect it to be, but how God intends it to be.

  44. Amy EB says:

    Regarding wives submitting to their husbands, one of the guest speakers on the SRT podcast said: “Jesus js WORTHY of our submission.” If we marry men who love us unconditionally, who sacrifice for us, who are servant leaders, and who put our interests above their own, what is stopping us from submitting to them? Maybe it’s negative experiences in past relationships. Or experiences with men who thought all women should submit to every man, not just a wife to her husband. Or fear that submitting means letting someone else take advantage of us or fear that we’ll be perceived as weak. But in a healthy relationship, we should be able to trust our husbands to make the right decisions for our families.

  45. April Goralski says:

    I have subscribed to SRT, but I’m glad that this meeting plan came up because I was to be more involved in my community church and find my church that feels like home in my community. It’s so great to be able to connect with others through the SRT community as well!

  46. Chloe Valleroy says:

    time posting & i am really encouraged reading all of these post. i am just really hoping to see the bigger picture of the church and not just the churches that i have been too. church hurt is real and it’s deep, but seening thr

  47. Chloe Valleroy says:

    this is my first time

  48. Shaena Elizabeth says:

    I am hoping to learn how to engage in a local church community but also in the capital C church of believers around the world. I recently joined a new church after attending the same church with my parents for 35 years…..this is opening my eyes to pay more attention to what is in the Bible versus a tradition of my denomination or local congregation. The primary, secondary, and tertiary info page was incredibly eye opening for me.

  49. Saicha Crawford says:

    Hello She’s! I’m hoping to learn what the Bible actual says about the church so I know what it is not. I have been hurt by the church so this will help me to know what the church is to do for the Christian community.

  50. Dawn Thomas says:

    I want to learn more about community and how the ‘C’ church can work together for the greater good and Glory of our Heavenly Father …. I love how this can be a community of believers with all different backgrounds and traditions but one thing in common… our love for God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!!!… I also loved the imagery from the Bible of the marriage and as it relates to the Church and us with Jesus!!

  51. Lydia Christian says:

    It’s beyond humbling to know how destitute I should be, because sin is far to prevalent in my life, and instead see the redemption I am given. I want to learn more about what it means to live as the bride of Christ.

  52. Adrianne says:

    I want to stay in the word of God as much as I can and I’m hoping to learn more about the Church and how it interacts with our Savior and the world.

  53. Erica Chiarelli says:

    As believers and as the Church, it’s important to see & study how we are to live and act, what we must look like, to Jesus, our Groom, but also to the world. They are called to be part of the Church and we want to bring them in! We are called to!

  54. Marina Tieken says:

    I have always loved the wedding as it relates to Christ and His church. He goes to prepare a place for us. And when the Father says go get Your Bride, He will come like a thief in the night. Our job is to be watching and waiting. I can not imagine the beauty of what He has prepared for us but I want to be ready with my lamp full of oil!!

  55. Melanie ❣️ says:

    Many times I view my walk with God as an individual path. One between Him and me. This plan is broadening my view – to remember the community of Christ. How we all got together as one for His glory.

  56. Melanie ❣️ says:

    Many times I view my walk with God as an individual path. One between Him and me. This plan is broadening my view –

  57. Heather Martinez says:

    I joined SRT to know more about God. Reading the Bible helps me to know God’s character and helps me to understand how HE wants me to carry myself, as HIS image bearer. SRT is awesome at helping me understand in depth, in the context, which the scripture was written so that I can fully grasp the message.

  58. Charlene Nowell says:

    I hope to gain a new understanding of the Church!! I want to renew my love for the Church!

  59. Melissa Brazier says:

    I think we can see it as him seeing the love of his life. The one he wants to give himself to fully. The one where his devotion lies. As a Christian it’s the way we feel about Christ. A deep love above any other. Thank you for your testimony.

  60. Katie says:

    I hope to learn more about loving others and find purpose

  61. Chelsea Wilson says:

    As new missionaries in South Sudan I am excited to do a study of the church! What is the church? Culturally it is good to remember the commonality of the church ( believers of Christ, who strive to be more like Him). It’s also good to read comments of others in this community since we are all striving to be more like Christ!

  62. Claire B says:

    Tina, I must admit it raises my hackles as well. I drop down to the next verses where it says husbands should treat their wives like Christ does the church, cleanse and take care of her. Too many men take this to an extreme. And where lies the answer? Prayer, prayers or discernment on what to do when you fulfill the Word but he doesn’t.

  63. Kristen says:

    Hi! I just said I was praying in the comments. As I was I prayed that we would all revere God and love Him so much that submission would be our only normal response by the help of the Holy Spirit. Amen
    Then, I was reading another devotional and found this prayer in Romans: 13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. May this be for us. Amen

  64. Lauren Anderson says:

    I want to remain consistent in my reading and studying.

  65. Denise N says:

    To grow closer to God and grow in His abiding love…….

  66. Terri Baldwin says:

    There is so much packed in the bride of Christ……all Christian’s should be watching and waiting for the appearance of the Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus. The marriage supper follows as the third and final step and is a glorious celebration of all who are in Christ. Delight in the Lord and the final day!

  67. Melinda L says:

    For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. – Ephesians 5:29-30

  68. Rhonda J. says:

    Hi She’s! I am praying for the prayer requests and enjoyed reading each of your comments! God will work in your hearts I know! Keep coming to read the word daily, and share your thoughts!

    If I could ask for prayer for my dad and his wife, she tested positive for covid after being sick for the past week or so. This is so worrisome because they both have compromised immune issues. Also her sister passed from difficulties from covid less than 2 years ago, so that is surely scary for her. If you could pray that this sickness leaves her quickly and that my dad does not get sick. I truly don’t think he could survive. Thank you my sisters, I appreciate you all so much!

  69. Penny Renfro says:

    I love SRT and hope to learn from this study. I love Jesus and know He loves me and look with anticipation to my future home with him and loved ones who have gone before me. I’ve been attending church for 50+ years and have wonderful memories but for the first time I’ve been so hurt by the church. I will not stop going but now in the process of finding another church home. I know God knows my family’s hurt and is holding us close.

  70. Sheridan Covington says:

    I’m very thankful for this passage. It reminds me of how God loves us and how He provides for us. It also helps me now in a rocky spot in my marriage, when the future is uncertain. It brings my husband and I back to what God tells us about His love for us and how we can love each other in the way He does.

  71. Marisa Toomey says:

    The submission caught me eye. We always here it as submission to our husbands but what does submission to the Lord look like? Sometimes when I think about it I get fearful about what the Lord may ask of me but in the end His plans are always better than mine, His ways are above mine. He came to give us life and life more abundantly! So submission to His plans are always going to end in good!

  72. Emily Pinkston says:

    Not going to lie, these passages have always been a mystery to me. I’m nearly 40 and still single (never even been on a date or ever had anyone even slightly interested) so nothing about this imagery resonates with me. If anything it just makes me feel all the more alienated from the church and Christ himself. Like I’m not wanted or don’t belong, and this imagery is just more proof that that fear is correct. Something I need to meditate on I guess.
    Also how on earth does John look at a city and think, “oh it looks like a bride!” What does that even mean he sounds like a crazy person haha!

  73. Emily Pinkston says:

    Not going to lie, these passages have always been a mystery to me. I’m nearly 40 and still single (never even been on a date or ever had anyone even slightly interested) so nothing about this imagery resonates with me. If anything it just makes me feel all the more alienated from the church and Christ himself. Something I need to meditate on I guess. Also how on earth does John look at a city and think, “oh it looks like a bride!” What does that even mean!?

  74. Lindsay says:

    I always look forward to these studies just to get into the Word and read it daily, something that I think we can all agree we all need to do :)

    With this study, I’m hoping to learn more about how the relationship between the ‘church’ and God. We sing “We are the church” in church often and I love the words, the church isn’t a building or a steeple, but it’s the people inside of it. I still love the hymn but I am ready to go beyond what the church is and take a deeper look at the relationship.

  75. Hali Y. says:

    unfortunately it’s really easy for me to get distracted by all that goes on around me–causing me to *feel* distant and disconnected from God in a way. I think this plan (and prompted questions) will help me lean more into an intimate space through scripture and reflection. I so desperately want and need nearness with my Lord! very fitting the analogy we the Bride and Christ our Groom. what a divine sweetness. happy monday, SHES!

  76. Audren Bruszer says:

    I’m hoping to learn more about how to love others in the church. Both small congregations and the capital C church.

  77. Danae Johnston says:

    I’m trying to connect with God’s word each day .I want to be closer to god and know it’s so important! I have been a Christian for a long time but have found it quite a battle to prioritize and sometimes struggle to understand God’s word. I want to
    really be hungry for his word. Life has been very challenging and I’m trying to find the joy despite grief and hurtful seasons in life.

  78. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love the church that I attend. The sermons always seem to speak to me; correcting me and encouraging me. I do pray that I would be more connected there. Being a parent to a young child can make it hard to get involved as much as I would like to. My husband and I know some great people there, but I really want to do life with another family with young kids.

  79. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love the imagery of the church being the bride of Christ. I remember walking down the aisle and all the love that I saw in my husband’s eyes. It’s so amazing that Christ sees us that way. One

  80. Rylee says:

    In today’s reading, I was convicted on how I and other believers must prepare themselves for the return of Christ. I, many times, can be comfortable with where I am, but I should always be longing for Christ’s return. I should not take a day for granted because every day is a blessing and an opportunity to give God glory. I wanted to become involved in this reading plan because I love that we just went through the Gospel reading plan and this one goes through on what we should do after knowing the Gospel.

  81. Grayson Chatfield says:

    I lost my Mom to cancer 10 years ago and yesterday was just one of those hard days where I missed her greatly. The grief (even all these years later) can feel so powerful. The reading today was a wonderful reminder of the promise that “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more”. I am so grateful to know that my Mom is in Heaven and I’m looking forward to being reunited with her and being with my Lord and Savior. I’m so excited about Jesus coming back one day and redeeming everything. It will be a glorious day indeed!

  82. Noleen Myburgh says:

    The world today is such a wilderness and the church gets can be both a beacon of hope and light to a dying world. In the midst of the craziness, we can easily lose sight of that and see this as just another institution. But it’s in this community that I’ve come to witness God at work in a multitude of ways, that I’ve experienced family, joy and redemption in Christ.

  83. Lynne from Alabama says:

    SEARCHING–Thank you for the shout out! I am still here every day but always do my reading very early in the morning and don’t usually comment. I try to check back later in the day to see all the comments and to pray over any prayer requests. It breaks my heart to see so many comments from ladies who have been hurt by the church. So sad! The church is full of broken people who are saved by grace but still broken. If we could all love each other like Christ loves the Church, what a better world we would live in. It’s the same way with submitting to your husband. If he loves you like Christ loves the Church, it will be easy to submit. Praying for each of you that have been hurt, that God will heal your broken heart and lead you to a loving, Christ-centered church.

    Please continue to pray for my husband Jack. He had a surgical procedure last week and has another major surgery scheduled in July. Love each and every one of you sisters!

  84. Teresa Donley says:

    These verses are some of the most comforting in the Bible to me. When I think of the loved ones who have already gone on to heaven, and read what Revelation says is coming for us, I get so excited that all I can do is say hallelujah! I need prayer in order to find a church that can be home for my husband and me to call home. Several years ago we moved a couple of hours away from our home church, and due to various issues, were unable to find a church in that new area. Three years ago we moved back to an area close to our home church, and found that things have changed there to the point that we would no longer feel that we were where God would want us to be. We’ve started visiting some churches closer to our home, and just as we had found one that we thought we might be called to serve at, Covid hit, church is closed. And we haven’t really put a lot of effort into finding a church since then. I pray that God will direct our hearts and open our eyes to the church where we can be fed and we can serve.

  85. Lysa Peters says:

    I want to get back to what the true foundations of the church are, what we should look like as the people of His church. I want to be reminded of His truth.

  86. Mercy says:

    Today the verse jumped out to me was “submit to your husband in everything” (ouch!), just as the church is subjective to Christ. Everything. Everything. Then I started to see something I never noticed before, I see that my local church doesn’t submit to Jesus in everything. They pick and choose. And it is a man made system that teaches the Bible but doesn’t submit to Jesus fully. It should not be so. Submission is a beautiful thing, that liberates you from the burden. If we circle back to Ephesians 5:21 it says “submit to one another” as well, and the memorized verses yesterday Sunday was also on bearing one another in unity of the Spirit to maintain the bond of peace. The theme of oneness is throughout the gospel and oneness is God’s idea. So not just wives to husbands but vice versa for the sake of Oneness.

    I found SRT during my maternity leave of my first son, and this started initially as reading the Word knowing there are so many others reading along side with me. Then this has moved up to intercession level where intercessory prayers and uplifting were made, also sharing pain and burdens. And now it has evolved further for me that SRT is the church where people share their true perspectives, thoughts, revelations. we all have different perspectives (culturally, politically, viewpoints, etc.) For me gaining a different perspective is precious to better reaching out and sharing the gospel effectively. It is also a safe place where gossiping and judgemental looks can’t really prosper here (as opposed to a local church, sadly mine). Please pray for my local church and especially the lead pastor for the grace to be able to submit to Jesus (not just to teach about HIM) and for healing over those who were wounded by church hurts and have walked away. Be blessed dear sisters.❤️ May the Lord shine His face on you, may He grant you your prayer requests and petitions exceedingly above and beyond what you have asked. Glory to Him forever and ever. Amen.

  87. Kari Stewart says:

    I’ve been doing the SRT community readings for a while, but for this one specifically, I hope see my place within the body more clearly and learn how to better serve others as part of the church. I also appreciate the insight I’ve garnered from individuals within the SRT community.

  88. Faith Magras says:

    I just want to know Jesus more and keep my eyes on him. Things have be tough for me and I just want to take in his word and walk in truth and life.

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  90. Lexi B says:

    One, I am very thankful for my church community. My home church community is like my family. I can count on them for anything. My family all lives on the east coast now that my uncle is gone, so I rarely see them. But my church family I see weekly (sometimes daily) and they treat me like one of their own.

    My other church family is SRT. I am so thankful to have this space to ready and study God’s word, and ask for prayer, knowing that you guys will definetly pray.

    Another thing that stood out for me in todays reading- being the bride of Christ. I realized that I need to understand what that means for me so I get my identity as a bride of Christ, instead of embracing my worldly identity: what I do for work, my race, etc. All that matters is my identity in Christ.

  91. Carleigh Carter says:

    Response to the reading:
    *Our savior has come to save us, making our eternity free (to us).
    *Our eternity is coming, where we will get to dwell in the presence of our King- all effects of sin and sorrow replaced with unending joy.

  92. Carleigh Carter says:

    Response to the reading:
    *Our savior has come to save us, making our eternity free (to us).

  93. Carleigh Carter says:

    Response to the reading;

  94. Julianne Pictou says:

    Praying for your son and that the doors will open to you and a new and vibrant church that makes you feel just like home.

  95. Julianne Pictou says:

    I have been a Jesus follower all my life. My mother was devout in her faith and her life and community was surrounded by the church. But it was our own denomination. We are small and very few. But when I became older and saw that other dominations could love God the same way we did, could rejoice in our savior I felt like there was so much more u had to explore. Different churches and different demonizations all illustrating their love for Christ. It is a beauty to be casted under the same umbrella no Matter how different we are, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. amen! My hope to open my eyes to the

  96. Renee K says:

    Good morning! I’m seeking prayer today for my son. We have an important meeting with the school we are trying to get him re-admitted to after withdrawing during Covid. It’s been a long drawn out process. We are praying that the school can extend grace and be accepting and welcome him back. Thank you all for praying!! I love how this community surrounds one another in prayer! I’ve been enjoying this study help deepen my understanding of the Church. It’s especially helpful as my husband and I prayerfully are considering making a change in where we attend church (for various reasons).

  97. Jennifer says:

    SRT has given me a sense of community and church. I feel lost of where to go to church so I don’t go. I was raised loosely Catholic and even teach at a Catholic school (that I love). But the Catholic Church angers me. I don’t feel like they have their priorities in order. There is a disconnect between my local church and the pope. I feel like there is too much idolatry.

    Anyway, SRT has made me thirsty for the Word. And having a bunch of women that I can relate to has made such a difference.

    This study has confirmed that WE are the Church… not a building. Thanks to His sacrifice. (Correct me if I am wrong.)

    Thank you ladies for this community. Praying for you all. ❤️

  98. Lisa z says:

    I, too, have had issues with submission. I’ve been married a long time to a wonderful man to whom I have not been willing to submit. My pride and selfishness get in the way. I know best. I’ll do what I want. I am slowly trying to renavigate and give the authority to my husband. This study, and today’s readings especially, are helping.
    I confess I have also been very judgemental of those whose opinions differ from mine. I learn more each day how far I am from shining Christ when I push my opinions. Lord forgive me. Mold me. Humble me.
    So incredible that in this space I can lay myself bare, confident that all you shes will still love me. The comfort is amazing. Tears are streaming as I type. Thank you, gracious sisters!

  99. Sharon says:

    I read SRTT daily while I’m having breakfast. I pray before for God to not only feed my body but to also feed my soul, to enrich my spirit. This way I can focus on my Lord throughout my day.

  100. Tara Workman says:

    I want to be a better example of unity in the church. I want to be reminded of the essentials of our faith. I want to stand on the truth of the gospel and not get caught up in the divisions!

  101. Heather O'Malley says:

    I am hoping to learn more of how we, as the Church, can be a light in this dark world, and how I specifically am called to play a part in that.

  102. Beth Truax says:

    I love these studies. I have been doing them for about two years along with the weekly podcasts. Lot’s of information and differing viewpoints. As believers in Jesus we need to look more at our commonalities than differences. We are to re-present HIM to a watching world. I’ve failed many times but the Lord gets me back up again to try another time. Our world needs salt and light. May God give SRT another 10 years of reaching women in the word everyday!

  103. Rachel Wierick says:

    I’m engaging a lot with this study because I want to know how Jesus intended for the church to be. It feels like modern churches have gotten pretty off track…

  104. MaryBeth Thomas says:

    I am wanting to learn how to be the best “church” member I can be. There are expectations in scripture that we should strive to maintain.

  105. Mari V says:

    Good morning She’s. Greetings from a cute little cottage in SLO. Got up early but commenting just now. I’m engaging in the study because I just love SRT. Though most of us may never see each other in person, someday we will. I love it here because it’s a safe place and we can be real. I love that we can pray for one another across the pond as Tina always says. Speaking of Tina. Thank you for sharing your heart. I can’t wait one day to give you a real hug. my hope is that I draw closer to those around the community even if we don’t share the same denomination. Listening to the podcast prompted that thought for me.

  106. Serenity Jo says:

    This study is helping me gain a better understanding of how Christ views His church and how we are to relate to one another as members of His body. So much of what I have learned about the church in my youth was based on religion and man’s opinion. Being transformed through the Word and having my mind renewed in this area is so impossible to understanding what God’s truth is on the subject

  107. Kristie Paradis says:

    I, like a lot of people, did not like or agree with the word submission for a long time! But, Christlike submission does not mean being a doormat, being taken advantage of, or being abused! puts it like this, “the wife willingly surrenders to her husband just as her husband chooses to surrender his will to Christ.” We should not look at submission as being forced to do anything, we should want to do it, because Christ did it for us! They also said, “we trust ourselves to Christ knowing that He submitted Himself to God for our sake. He laid down His life for us, so through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can lay down our life for Christ for the sake of the Gospel.” “Out of our love for Christ and our gratitude for His work of salvation, Christians choose to submit their ways, wills, affections, thoughts, desires, and understanding to God.” I, for one, want to submit ALL things to God!! ❤️❤️

  108. Kristi says:

    I engage in this reading plan to deepen my relationship with God. I have always walked with God but have lost my way many times to live the worldly life. I want to learn as much as I can to share to word correctly with others. I want my faith to grow stronger so my marriage grows, my relationship with kids grows, other will see me as a child of God.

  109. Cheryl Williams says:

    To experience what church should be outside of Sundays

  110. Tracey Gerard says:

    I’m a pastor’s wife. We are going through a difficult season where it seems like all the responsibilities of the church are on us. We are bi-vocational and are seeking God to help us make our local church more like what He wants us to be. This study is supplementing our prayers that He leads us where, how, and when He wants us to go.

  111. Molly R says:

    I love that, after a lifetime in the church scene, I can be in a season of unraveling. Unraveling of preconceived ideas that I took for granted. During this season of refining, I feel a new, deeper, more complex and authentic desire to know God, and know my identity in Him. This study has been wonderfully timed in my life, and I love that God loves me extravagantly enough, and when He tells me He isn’t done in an area, I can trust Him. Makes me excited to see what else He is doing in me and my family!

    I love being able to come here and be vulnerable about what God is doing in my life, my faith, and love seeing how He is working in you all. But I hesitate to ask for prayer. Like I don’t want to take away from others more pressing needs, or….I’m not sure. Pride, I guess. But, the truth is I would love some prayer. My family picked up a simple cold in the last couple weeks, and as everyone seems to be down just a few days, I have been really hammered with fatigue and a cough that wants to linger, making sleeping next to impossible. I am so weary and it is taking away from my family and my responsibilities. I would be so appreciative of prayers for health and energy restoration! Thank you, She’s!! Just asking you all gives me goosebumps of hope because one of the other things God has really been unraveling in me and building back up in truth is the power of prayer. I took it for granted growing up to a point of desensitizing me to its true power. It’s humbling to ask others to stand and fight for you before God!

  112. mikayla says:

    as a subscriber of SRT, each plan brings me such excitement. but this one was one that i was looking forward to the most. digging deeper into both the gospel and the church is something that i think we as christians should continuously do, whether you’ve been a christian your whole life or you’re knew to the family (welcome!). for me, i want to learn more about… basically everything. God is so vast and new things are always being taught. so i want to learn the thing that God wants me to learn, and work on the things that He thinks i struggle with.

  113. Kristina Finney says:

    I’m excited to finally sit in the Word and see what the Church is supposed to be. I have read Acts, and Romans, but it has always been in my point of view. In my present season, I am looking forward to meeting God and letting His Spirit guide me to His Church

  114. Denise says:

    Love being part of the Bride of Christ. Felt prompted to put on Julie Meyer worship, ‘I want you with Me’ He’s refining us & getting us ready.

  115. Rebecca says:

    I was never beaten or abused yet that word, submission, gives me the hebegebes too, Tina. But for me, it’s a pride and self centeredness issue. I have a loving husband but do I really need to submit to him?? My ways or ideas seem right/better to me
    so why must I submit? Because Jesus tells me to! He submitted with his very life so how can I not try my best to please Him by obeying His word? It is a struggle while still in this earthly mind and body but with prayer and thanksgiving I can do my best with His help.
    I look so forward to all He promises in His word!
    A new heaven and a new earth! Come Lord Jesus!
    Prayers for you Therese, Taylor on your apt hunt, for your grandma, Michele Patire. And any I missed!

  116. Kristen says:

    I want to develop a deeper relationship with God and really start reading the Bible every day.

  117. Carol Johnson says:

    I love being a part of a group. I look forward to reading the Bible from the perspective given because I’ve been reading a long time and it’s nice to see fresh views, or validated ones. I often share these scriptures with shut ins that have no computer skills.

  118. Emily Daudelin says:

    I want to dive deeper into learning how to walk in a manner worthy of the life God has called me to

  119. Kimberly Orgeron says:

    Although I was raised in church, I wanted to have more personal time learning more about God and experiencing him one-on-one. I’m thankfully to have found SRT.

  120. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    I am looking to continue growing in my knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to connect with other ladies who seek the same, that is why I wanted to engage in this (and all of) the reading plans. It is a wonderful community and a great way to meet other sisters in Christ! Very thankful that we can openly share with each other and pray for one another!

    @Taylor – love the idea for an SRT in person conference! …and continue to pray for you as you seek God’s leading in your life especially in finding someone to love and share your life with.

    Blessings to all my SRT sisters!

  121. Kalie M says:

    As of September 2021, I have moved cities for my job. The move was abrupt, giving me little time to say goodbye to a church community I love, friends I love, and a place that refined my faith in so many ways.

    I love my new city, however, I am searching for a church and friends who are like minded. I’m looking for a place to pick up my Bible to start my life in this city with the power of prayer and to stand firm in the truth.

  122. Cindy Lege says:

    She Reads Truth is the best study I have ever used for my daily time with Jesus. I love the truths I learn from each of the plans.

  123. Kathy says:

    My husband has been on staff at a church either part-time or full-time for most of the 41 years we have been married. (Today’s our anniversary!!!) Right now he is the youth pastor at the Baptist church in LaFayette, GA (near Chattanooga, TN). We have been at LAFB for 26 years. In that time we have seen a lot – some good, some incredibly wonderful, some bad, and some horrendously bad!
    There have been times when I have wondered why I stay. But, I love the Church, locally and globally. I believe with all my heart that the Church is how God has chosen to work in the world. This study is an affirmation for me of why we do what we do through the church. The church is where I want to continue to learn how to ask questions and listen for God to answer. It is where I want my hunger to be fed and His manna is the only thing that will suffice. It is where I am given the reassurance that even though the world is dark and broken, it shimmers at its edges. The church is the light that shimmers at the edge of all the darkness. Sometimes it seems like that light is going out, but I am reminded of what Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:18, “…I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
    Have a blessed Monday, sweet sisters.

  124. Donna Wolcott says:

    For me church has meant a variety of ways of worship and settings. I grew up Catholic and attended a Catholic school for 12 years (with nuns). In my late teen years and early twenties there was a disconnect. In my early 30’s I joined a American Baptist Church with my husband and have been a member for more than 40 years. Church should feel like family, you need to give as much as you receive by serving. I belong to a Christian camp in CT and we are made up of many Christian faith backgrounds. We all come from different worship experiences but what we focus on is God is Our Father, Jesus is our Savior and we all have the Holy Spirit indwelling. It can get lively when we plan our annual camp week filled with bible study, music and different preachers. When I’m with my son in NH I attend Christ Redeemer Church, if I’m with my daughter in WY I attend The Rock. Sometimes in CT I attend a Congregational Church. Each worships differently, each feeds my soul in a different way. But they are unified in who they belong to: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This community feeds me every morning and I thank God every day for leading me to this place 4+ years ago. Ladies you are all a blessing!

  125. Kari says:

    I wanted to be reminded of the importance of Christian community within the church and God’s call to each of us as individuals to be part of that community that keeps Him at the center and shares His word with others.

  126. Caroline Bridges says:

    I needed something to do during my summer vacation and give myself some routine. I like it so far❤️

  127. Dorothy says:

    So before too many of us go on about Paul saying what he did in Ephesians, if we remember from the Ephesians study, this was a letter written to the church of Ephesus. My footnotes explained that at that time the women were going off and misrepresenting the church.
    The reasons I’m doing this study are to learn more about what the Bible says about the church and what my part should be and to continue to keep me in the Word of God. Thank you SRT.
    I have a couple of prayer requests for myself, I haven’t been sleeping well lately and I start today helping a friend with VBS at a church where I know no one but her.
    Be blessed and smile it will make people wonder.

  128. Michelle Patire says:

    Churchmouse, what a beautiful reminder— the groom’s expression is so worth focusing our attention to, as well.

    Linda K– I am happy to read your comment from yesterday. I love that you know the importance of reading everyone’s thoughts. There are some days it feels overwhelming for me to do. But today, I try to read all of them, after reading your comment :) grateful you are here.

    As I read Revelation 19:6-7 – I realized, I may very well be part of that multitude, praising the Lord before His second coming. That blew my mind. You ladies too! Who knows if Jesus will come back in our life time— if not, we will likely be those are saying these very scriptures!! I mean, that is just a thought. I’m not necessarily sure if the angels are saying these things or the saints. But either way, we will be before the throne of God one day, praising Him– face to face.

    I have been thinking about heaven a lot because my grandma is passing away slowly from stage 4 cancer. We don’t even know what kind of cancer because by the time they caught it, it had already spread and was at stage 4. They were testing but the better option was to get started with treatment. My grandma made all these decisons. She is 85 and we know she may have weeks or months left. My hope is that she makes it through the summer. I’m not sure.

    I finally saw her yesterday, being she lives 2.5 hours away and the gas prices are high. She is starting to get delusional. I’m not sure why… everyone has different ideas. She is not always there and says strange things. But she did make sense most of the time, just seemed to be lost in her head at points. She is still making her jokes and being sassy. She hugged the card my mom (her daughter) gave her and was so touched we were there. My mom is upset because she asked her why we moved so far away from her. My mom’s sisters are caregiving and my mom feels bad she isn’t helping out because we live in PA (not NJ).

    It’s so hard for me to understand. I think she’s doing better than I think. But my brain doesn’t know how to put this in boxes and organize it. I don’t know how much she is understanding, so at points I talked very simply to her and I think she was noticing that at points. It was hard. I was trying to make sense to her, not make her feel bad. I’ve never dealt with this situation before.

    I did get to pray over her. Which made me feel so better because I felt the Holy Spirit loving all of us.

    Anyways. Long post. But prayers for my family. My grandmother will pass away soon — but she’s fighting for as long as she can. She is done with treatments because her body can’t handle anymore.

  129. Debbie -Pursued by Him says:

    God loves us so much that Jesus is preparing a beautiful, magnificent place for us in heaven if we believe in Him.

    I sometimes wonder how heaven can be perfect when I, a very imperfect person will be there someday. I know my sons are forgiven and I will be made perfect, butI am forgiven more and I am definitely not perfect. How will I be able to be perfect when I am not? How will God make me perfect? I know He will, but I am very aware of my imperfections, so how will these just go away? Does God just make me forget my imperfect ways?

    As I thought about this through the readings today, I realized that when I am with very kind and generous people, I become more kind and generous also just by being around them. They make it easy to be a better version of myself!

    So, if heaven is where the most perfectly loving, kind, and generous person is, and I will be around Him all the time, then it will be easy for me to be perfectly loving, kind, and generous also! I will not be able to be otherwise!

    But God!

  130. Megan Seager says:

    I want to continue to grow in my knowledge of God’s Word. With every study I do, my aim is to know Him more because of what I learn.

  131. Megan Seager says:

    I want to continue to grow in my knowledge of God’s

  132. Katie Fleming says:

    I want to continue to deepen my personal relationship with Jesus, through a strong desire to learn and better understand the Word.

  133. Lindsay Beaver says:

    I think that now, maybe more than ever, I need to be reminded of what Gods design and desire is for the church. When the organized church is receiving so much attention for its failures, abuses, misplaced power, and scandal, I need this refocus

  134. Jennifer Loves Jesus says:

    (To) Be (an) imitator(s) of God (Eph 5:1). Just as a child clumsily imitates an adult, as they grow and mature, the imitation becomes natural, and a real display of their own lives. Same with us (me), as we (I) learn to imitate Jesus. The powerful reconciliation happening in my marriage is a beautiful picture of God’s cosmic redemption and unification as described in Ephesians 5. Not just for me, or us, but as a testimony to the world. I want to shout “in your face!!” to the dark forces of evil which threaten(ed) to take us out. But instead I shout “Hallelujah!!!” because our Lord God, the Almighty reigns (Rev 19:6b). We are the Church, and our ultimate hope lies ahead, beyond the pain of this world, in the New Jerusalem, and we as women are the she’s reading truth of this Church. We hold such power in our love and forgiveness. “Her (the Church’s) radiance was like a precious jewel, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal” (Rev 21:11) Precious stones take time to be hewn from the darkness where they are buried here on earth. God has mined for us. And He is making all things new, shining us up each day as we let ourselves trust His hands and the tools He’s using to perfect us. May God’s Church continue to learn and grow in His wisdom, stay in the fight, and shine together as His precious jewels. May we be attractive to the eyes of the lost, giving opportunity to speak and testify to Jesus, mining them out of the darkness. Selah. Maranatha. Amen

  135. Hannah Culver says:

    Our mission is not in vane.

  136. Hannah Culver says:

    To echo some others, coming from some church hurt myself I started this study looking for hope. Looking to see what the church was created for. I am seeking to really understand my place within it. The more I have been seeking Gods will and how that translates to my purpose within the church. It has been more and more clear where my place is. My church (Mosaic Wadsworth, OH) I attend professes that we are a “Church for people who don’t think church is for them.” We reach out to the local community and to those like me that lost their hope in the church as a whole. This study is reviewing my hope in the Church as a whole, and that

  137. Sonja Cox says:

    Always always need fresh reminders of God’s eternal purpose for His Church; the Bride of Christ. To read what His purpose is for us; His people, helps us to walk worthy of the calling we have received!

  138. Denise Miller says:

    Longing for unity, and fellowship within the body and to learn my new role after experiencing wounding and working through the process of forgiveness, through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

  139. Denise Miller says:

    Hoping to experience what the Bride of Christ actually looks like and what my role is in it as I have been wounded numerous times and

  140. Kris Pascoe says:

    The scripture today mentions “those who are thirsty”. Such a great reminder to evaluate what I long for and reach for to quench and fill me up. Love these verses. ❤️❤️

  141. Jennifer Mooday says:

    It is so encouraging to read other women’s thoughts on the reading plan and to know I’m not alone!

  142. Churchmouse says:

    So often as the bride begins her walk down the aisle, everyone stands and focuses on her entrance. I always make a point to look at the groom. The joy, delight and even tears are so very touching.

    So also with the Church. Many of us have been wounded by the church. The hurt can run deep. Let us remember not to keep looking at the Church/us, but turn and gaze upon the Bridegroom. He loves her/us despite her/our imperfections and failures.

    This study reminds me that the Bridegroom is waiting for His beloved bride. He loves her. He loves us. He loves me.

  143. Taylor says:

    As someone who longs to be a bride in this earthly life, the imagery of the bride of Christ makes me feel a a certain way I can’t quite put my finger on. In the same way I long to be an earthly bride, I want to have the same longing for Jesus to return so we can be HIS bride and spend eternity with Him. I understand the importance of Christian community especially in my adult life where it is so easy to not have any regular Christian influences to encourage you in your faith. I think of my friends now and have maybe only 2 close friends who are Christians. It is so important to surround ourselves with other believers to pray, encourage, and speak truth in love. I am so thankful for SRT who has been one of my closest Christian communities over the years. Who else would love if SRT put on a conference where we could all gather together in person?! Until that day, I am thankful for all of you who gather here and pray for each of the women here <3

  144. Paige Eliasson says:

    Church has been a very hard thing for my family over the last 10 years, but it used to be a source of comfort and healing, and the community of believers I am a part of is still that for me. I am hoping to be encouraged by the global church and to learn from other cultures, communities, and ultimately from God’s Word about what the church truly is and should be!

  145. Annie says:

    I want to learn more about what Christ wants the church to be.

  146. Jenny Stowe says:

    Because the church is made up of simultaneously people, we need a near constant indwelling of the spirit that we may carry out the mission that God has set before us.

  147. Caroline Kelly says:

    I went to a wedding this weekend where this same passage was read. Such a beautiful picture! As a Christian my whole life, I wanted to engage with this plan to take a step back and delve into what the Church believes and how we’re called to respond. I want to center myself and wrap myself in the comfort of the core of our faith.

  148. Stephanie Bishop says:

    One thing that really hit me from today’s readings is that God says twice for John to write these things down because they are TRUE. Not some pie in the sky ideas, but REAL. I’m excited for the day when we get to be with Him forever, and that’s the truth I can cling to!

    I’m being more active posting through this study because the past few years have shown me that the church isn’t just a place you go on Sundays. It’s everywhere! Here online, in my neighborhood, etc. Brothers and sisters in Christ are all over! Praise God!

  149. Charlie says:

    I’ve been reading the Bible every morning for probably 25 years; for the past 7 or 8, SRT has been my morning devo. Right now I find myself in a place of spiritual exhaustion. I am depleted, disappointed, and often embarrassed by the actions of so many Christians, so many congregations, who choose hatred in the name of God. But passages like these remind me of my first love, remind me that God IS love and we, his people, are broken and stubborn and so off track.

    What am I reminded of today?
    1. We take good care of each other.
    2. We take good care of ourselves.
    3. He is making everything new! Everything!
    4. So much is a mystery, and that’s OK.
    5. The Bible is full of the most beautiful, poetic language, and that speaks to my heart in indescribable ways.
    6. Finally, I am reminded of the thrill those final lines always gave me. “Come, Lord Jesus.”

  150. Danielle B says:

    What love Christ showers on us as His Bride. I love imagery as a visual person, so the idea of being the bride and Christ the bridegroom is a helpful learning tool.

    I’ve been doing SRT for awhile now, but in all honesty many mornings had become a checklist item and I wasn’t as engaged. Lately I’ve been trying to be more focused, so this type of study is helping me focus and engage.

  151. Krista says:

    The Church has moved away for God’s original intentions for it. I am engaging in this study because I want to shift my perspective and eventually help others do the same – authentically love Jesus together in community.

  152. Veronica Elizabeth says:

    Over the years, church has been a wounding and isolating place. I want to shift my perspective to match God’s intention for the Church and be more tender to His purposes for me as a member of its body. I would love to experience a heart shifted away from fear and isolation to love and intention. Praying that each of us would be filled with the Spirit and revived through this reading.

  153. AG says:

    I love the analogy of the groom coming for his wife and God coming for us. After reading todays reading and comments the submission part is making more sense. A man who is worthy of submission should be like God and love like God.

    I am reading this study partial because I do all the studies now that I have the subscription box. But I am also glad to be doing it to bring me closer to God. I am also moving over the summer (finger crossed I get a job) and will need to find a church and I feel like this study will help me decide which one is right for me.

    Praying for all the requests

  154. Lizzie says:

    I am praying that I will be so excited to join in asking our Lord to come! It can be hard for me to understand eternity and so much easier to see how wonderful it is to be married and enjoying my life with my husband right now. I want to be hungry for God, thirsty for his living water, running after him and excited to be finally married to him! That’s my prayer through this study, and that each woman grows in depth of her relationship with him.

  155. Aimee D-R says:

    Even more realization of God’s love, Grace and Mercy

  156. Elaine Morgan says:

    Submission to God who loves me more than I love myself is a wise move on my part. How can I go wrong by allowing the One who created me to be in control of my life? It seems more like a blessing than something to fear.
    My reasons for wanting to do this study have nothing to do with the content. I trust that all the SRT studies have been well thought out and prayed through before presenting them to us. I honestly just follow the daily reading regardless of what it is about. But thinking I can learn more about God and draw closer to Him draws me in. Who is closer to a man than his bride?

  157. Elaine Morgan says:

    Submission to God who loves me more than I love myself is a wise move on my part. How can I go wrong by allowing the One who created me to be in control of my life? It seems more like a blessing than something to fear.

  158. BritRu says:

    Rebecca Ann: One resource I’d recommend is the Jesus Storybook Bible. We were gifted one with our first child and I was blown away by how it simplifies and clearly connects the Old and New testaments. It points out the whole story arc of scripture in a way I have not seen anywhere else. Hope you enjoy this study and have a great Monday!

  159. Judy says:

    I have always liked the imagery of Christ as the Bridegroom coming for his bride (us) and truly appreciate that He love us, provides for us and made the sacrifice of coming to earth for us.
    I make SRT part of my morning routine as I understand the importance of being in the word daily and learning, growing, being… It is a good start to the day.

  160. Barb Huff says:

    After years of learning “church” language (not to be discounted), this study gives new perspective and understanding in how to live life and share faith with others.

  161. Kristina Lopes says:

    Therese – thank you for sharing your story on your chronic pelvic pain. I have also been dealing with the same life changing issue over the past 2 years – seeing so many doctors, having surgery and doing physical therapy. It is a lonely road and can impact our quality of life – especially when it comes to building community with others. Just know that God is in your corner and sees what you’re going through. I believe that He gives his toughest battles to his strongest warriors in heaven. Please know that you are worthy and loved and that the She Reads community is always here for you, no matter what!

  162. Trish Leverett says:

    Praying for you, Tina, and giving thanks to God for the healing you have experienced so far. I pray there will be a mate in your future who is truly a man of God, one whom you can love, trust, respect and, yes, even yield to in submission because he will love you with the tenderness of your Lord.

  163. SEARCHING says:

    These verses remind me of the hope we have in Christ Jesus and of our eternal home in heaven.

    And of the ruins and scars left on hearts, minds and bodies because of the rebellion of those who refuse to love and serve the Lord and instead listen to and are slaves of evil. One of the saddest truths is that those who turn their backs to God will tell you they don’t need Him and are doing life their own way … are blind to the fact that they are doing life the devil’s way, even those that are “good” people are blind to the love and salvation offered by God.

    As some may have noticed (or maybe not as so many sisters have stepped up to share in this study – so cool), I haven’t had much to say since this study started. Still studying, still reading through the comments (even the mountain of them on Day 1!), still praying through requests – but when I saw the subject and format (asking me to THINK about the Church and respond) I could feel myself shutting down. Past betrayal by those in ministry and church women I thought were trustworthy – it is hard to get past that and wrap my head around how it SHOULD be, remembering we are all a work in progress.

    Thank you TINA for sharing your heart – you are in my prayers, dear sister!
    THERESE – praying for you

    Missing ERB, LYNNE FROM AL, FOSTER MAMA, AZ WALKER and others.

    Good to see you, MARTHA HIX.

  164. Kinsey says:

    I heavily echo Jackie’s comments. The organized church has felt distant and even disconnected for me the past few years. We look around us and see so much confusion that the church glazes over, realizing it’s not their fault, but we want a church community that is deeply invested in it’s city. We also want a community that can meet us where we are.

  165. Richi N says:

    Church in America is so broken. Yes, there are definitely local Christ-centered bodies of believers, but so much is just for show. This- She Reads Truth, women in the Word of God everyday does and will effectively change hearts to change minds to make the Church what it is supposed to be- Christ pursuers.

  166. Jackie says:

    I enjoy being part of this Community and hope to continue to grow closer to God. In the past several years I have questioned the organized church so this gives me hope that the church can become what it was intended to be, a loving place. Revelation 21 gives me hope too!

  167. Kristen says:

    Praying for you Tina and Therese and for the community!

  168. Rebecca Ann says:

    Praying for you, Therese. ❤️

  169. Rebecca Ann says:

    I’m looking for additional growth in understanding how the Gospel message is weaves through the Old Testament. Growing up, the Old and New Testament often seemed very separate to me. The Holy God of the OT who needed sacrifices and punished sin seemed completely separate from the living, forgiving God and His Son in the NT. Recently I’ve been learning more about Bible history and Bible prophesy and that’s been helping connect the Testaments. I’m wanting to learn more about this one true God who is the same throughout time and who sent His Son to save me. I want to grow closer to Him by truly knowing who He is and how best to worship Him. This is the Gospel is the good news of how we can do that while we wait for Jesus’ return.

  170. Karen Ashley says:

    I love todays reading. There is something so beautiful and intimate about being the bride of Christ. The scripture in Revelations gets me every time — Even so come Lord Jesus.

  171. Kelly (NEO) says:

    My hope that this study will help us focus on the truths that unite us as Christ’s Church and develop stronger relationships within His Body where implementation of the nonessentials may look different but bring God glory.

    Tina thank you for sharing. May the Lord continue to bring healing to your heart.

  172. Pam Seipp says:

    Praying for all in our Community, I hope to learn more about the Church and how I may give glory to God through service to my Church!

  173. Therese says:

    Thank you for sharing, Tina ❤️ Praying for you this monday morning, that His love will guide you through the word and heal your wounds. That you will experience even more of His redeeming love. Be blessed!

  174. Therese says:

    For a long time now I have been really isolated. After giving birth to my son one year ago, I have been struggeling with chronic pelvic girdle pain. Everything is painful, and because it is painful to even sit for a long time I have not been to church for almost two years due to covid and pain. Lately I have felt a really hunger for community, and this plan opens my eyes to the importance of community. That I dont have to stay alone with everything.I am so thankful that I found she reads truth, and I look forward to connect more with all of you as we dig in to the word together and pray for each other. It is so easy to think that everything is about me, and my relationship with Jesus… especially when you do not connect with other believers. But in reality it is the church in whole that is the bride, and I am a part of that body. Thank you Jesus!

    Have a blessed monday❤️

  175. TIna says:

    I will be honest, these verses on submission give me the hebegebeeeees!

    Submission to my brain that won’t forget, means pain, hurt and suffering. I was abused, beaten and put in hospital a few times by my then husband when I was 18. I was young and naive and expecting my first child..

    I have just looked up submission..

    “the action of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person”

    There it is… my heart was beating so fast and my palms began to sweat when I read this.. the word just provokes fear and a recall of a terrible time in my life..
    It’s a wonder I am the person I am has taken a long time to feel like a someone worthy of love and respect..

    BUT GOD..

    Has taken that young, scared, hopeless girl, and put a hope in her heart. A hope that not ALL men are like that, and that one day I may experience a love and respect that will allow me to be on equal yoking with another, and where perhaps the word submission will not be so scary and have new meaning.. hopefully wrapped in love.

    I look forward to the times spoken of in Revelations where He will wipe the tears away from our eyes. Where there will be no grief, crying or pain, and all things will be made new..I so very much look forward to not hyper ventilating when I hear or rad the word submission because God will change it in my heart and head to be loving, kind and respectful..

    Looking forward Lord God, looking forward.. Thank you Heavenly Father..thank you..

    BUT GOD..


    Happy Monday dear hearts. Happy Monday wrapped totally in love and hugs..❤

    1. Tracey Gerard says:

      Thank you for sharing your testimony!