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1-Verse Seasons
by Jenny on December 3rd, 2016

"You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to Me!" John 5:39

I love to study Scripture. I mean, like, really study it. I don't necessarily reference extra Bible tools when I study, except maps and maybe the occasional Bible commentary. I love to compare different Bible translations side by side, sometimes even researching the original Greek or Hebrew meaning of a particular word in a passage. I love studying the New Testament which recounts the life of Christ, the spread of the gospel through the first official mission trips, and the apostles' letters that are chalked full of godly wisdom and encouragement. I especially love studying the Old Testament because I am Israel, God's chosen people who so often went astray. I need to stay reminded of God's sovereignty, of His desire and worthiness to be obeyed, and of the blessings that come from obedience.

But lately I struggle to find the time for deep Bible study.

I try. Most mornings I wake up well before the sun. But notoriously one of my littles arises early too. I shoo them back to bed but the disruption ruins my focus, my momentum for the morning. At night, I'm too deliriously tired to study.

My inability to study Scripture the way I want to study Scripture tempts me to give up altogether. Yet I know and believe that, "People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

Maybe I can't find time for deep Bible study. But I do have time and energy and brain cells for one verse.

Ten years ago I only knew one verse. Well, I knew two verses if you count John 3:16, which almost all followers know or at least have heard at some point in their walk with Christ. My one verse was 1 Corinthians 2:9 which reads, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." 

I can't tell you when or where I learned that verse. But that one verse is what kept me from walking away from God altogether after I watched my twin daughter pass away in my arms. To me that verse spoke of a full, rich life. Although I couldn't see how that kind of life was available to me as a bereaved mother, it was that verse that I eventually took to the throne of God in prayer, and asked Him, begged Him to show me if and how that kind of life would be possible for me.

And God held true to His Word, as He always does.

Now I find myself in another 1-verse season, although this time for very different reasons. I lack the wherewithal to study lengthy passages of Scripture but I can manage one verse. Sometimes I land on a different verse every few days, sometimes I keep the same verse for weeks. But my one verse reminds me of what is true, regardless of how I may feel. My one verse points me to Christ, who is all I really need to live.

One-verse seasons are not an excuse to abandon Bible study. The more we study Scripture the more we learn about the God we are supposed to love (because He loved us first). It's hard to love someone you don't know. But I believe one-verse seasons are an unavoidable reality. I've always said I would rather learn and experience God through one verse of Scripture than read my Bible cover to cover every year and fail to ever really experience God Himself.

Maybe you're unable to study Scripture deeply. Maybe it's a lack of time to study due to life's demands. Maybe it's a lack of desire to study because of life's challenges. Can I encourage you to find one verse? One verse to remind you of what's true?  One verse that you desperately want to see God fulfill in your life or in the life of a loved one?

Google a verse. Use my verse from ten years ago. Or contact me. I'd consider it an honor to help you weather your one-verse season.

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Lindsay - December 3rd, 2016 at 7:14 AM
Jenny, you are such an inspiration! I really miss you and your teaching!
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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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