Absorbing the Word

Its homecoming weekend here in my small Mid-Michigan town.


Hot cider.


Crisp air.

Crazy kids donned in red & black. (My own 13 year-old son and two of his friends were plotting just last night about face-painting and—gasp chest-painting!)

They may change their minds on the chest-painting when they see the forecast for game time. Rainy and in the 40’s.

Now that is crisp air.

After running carpool this morning, I swung by town to grab a cup of my favorite coffee. Then, I’ll be ready to tackle my day which includes some school for our 16 year-old (who is homeschooled) and office work as well as running a relative to a doctor’s appointment.

When a busy day ensues, it always helps if first I’ve carved out a bit of time to center myself on God and His word, the Bible.

Thankfully, my Good Morning Girls group helps me to do this. Three friends and I, all from different states, check in with each other via email once we’ve had are alone time with God. It can be in the morning, afternoon or even at night once the house is finally quiet.

I want to help you to spend some time reading and absorbing God’s word too!. So, I’m giving away a copy of our Proverbs 31 devotional book God’s Purpose for Every Woman along with a bag of Starbucks cinnamon coffee.

Simply leave a comment telling us your favorite story, verse or concept from the Bible. If you’ve never read the Bible before, that is completely fine. Tell us instead why you never have or why you’d like to give it a try.

Winner announced Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I would say that Proverbs 3:5-6 have to be my most favorite verses in the Bible…after the death of my 8 year old son 17 years ago…I battled with understanding why he had to die…I couldn’t make sense of it…eventually (after years), I finally came to the realization that there isn'[t always a cut and dry answer for tragic situations…I finally ralized that my job was to trust God and lean on Him and He will make my paths straight…I don’t have to know all the details of difficult situations…I just need to Trust God!!!

  2. My favorite story right now is the one detailing Abraham’s response when God told him to go sacrifice his son, Isaac. It is a reminder to me that sometimes God asks us to give up our dreams, even the ones He Himself gave to us. But, as in the story, God can always be trusted, even when we don’t understand His purposes.

  3. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal 2:19
    I’m so thankful for the life I am privileged to live because of my Savior. I pray that I will bring honor and glory to him in everything I say and do…because He so willingly gave Himself for me.

    Valarie Land
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  4. It’s impossible for me to narrow it down to a favorite, but I do absolutely treasure 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, especially verses 3-4. The entire premise of these verses is about praising God and recognizing Him as comforter, receiving His comfort and then turning around and comforting others in the same way – all because of HIM! These are the verses upon which my Mommies with Hope ministry is formed upon. We are sharing the hope of Jesus to ladies who’ve experienced pregnancy and infant loss, by the grace, mercy, love and comfort of our “God of all comfort.”

    Many Blessings,

  5. “Be anxious for nothing but in all things by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to him and the peace of Gad which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” Memorized/learned at a time when I really needed His peace.

  6. Hi Karen
    Actually I have quite a story one I may not be alone in. I attended a church for 30 years and we were never requested to read God’s word. I think it was just a given we were doing it and I was not. I believed in Jesus but never had accepted him as my personnal Savior. That was until August of 2009. The veil was torn and my eyes opened for the first time. I was 39 years old at the time knew little about what the Bible taught. Praise God that I am not where I once was. The Lord has led me to a Spirit-filled church one where reading the Bible is expected and taught. Right now I am learning who I am in Christ and soaking in His promises when I accepted Him.

  7. For a while now, my favorite story from the Bible is the story of Hannah, and not because of her name :) She waited on God for a child, trusted in God’s timing, and then His perfect timing happened. My husband and I are also trying to trust and wait on God to start a family, and the story of Hannah keeps me encouraged in God’s perfect timing. Also, in 1 Samuel verse 8, where Hannah’s husband asks her “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”, spoke to me like God asking me that question. Isn’t God enough for me, more than a child or more?

  8. I have so many favorite stories and my “favorite” seems to be the one that applies to whatever I am currently going through at the time.
    I do, however, have a special memory that goes with the idea of being a Proverbs 31 woman. I have always hated – okay, strongly disliked – the verse about the Proverbs 31 woman…probably because I never felt like I could measure up AND since she is a “virtuous” woman and I saw that as meaning prim and proper, I just wasn’t sure she was who I wanted to be. Then one day during prayer I was reading the story when Jesus passed through the crowd and the woman with the issue of blood reached out to touch His robe. He stopped and said “Virtue has passed from me…” There was that word! Maybe it didn’t mean what I thought it meant. As I investigated more, I came to realize the word “virtue” means power. Now I could get EXCITED about being a powerful woman! That definitely appealed to me.
    Since then, I sometimes think of the saying “Patience is a virtue” and I think – that means patience is power. I want to be powerful so I’ll let patience have it’s perfect work in me.
    There you have it – my favorite verse/concept from the Bible….at least it’s my favorite for today.

  9. My favorite. What I hope is said to me:
    Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21

  10. “Favour is deceitful, and Beauty is vain: but, a Woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be Praised” Proverbs 31:30. Something I try to think about everyday! This verse is such a great portrait of how us ladies should be!!

  11. Jeremiah 29:11 has been my favorite verse for a while… however, I recently completed Breaking Free by Beth Moore and I have found myself drawn to Isaiah. It is amazing to me how relevant words from thousands of years ago to my reality today. God is definitely good!

  12. Jer. 29:11 After my husband passed away , this was a scripture that was written down and handed to me by a dear friend..That verse means so much to me . Lisa Taylor

  13. My favorite verses are in Isaiah 43: 1-4. When I first read through the Old Testament, I was purposefully looking for a place where God full on says “I love you” (not “because of my love for you”, etc., but a direct “I love you”) to His people/us/ME, and I found it here. It goes like this (NLT version): ““Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.” WOW!!! Love it.

  14. I love the fact that God is always there and never changes…we turn away but He always knows how to get our attention and get us turned back around and on the right track once more….

  15. One of my favorite verses is Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” I like especially the beginning because it reminds me that I have to know Him, not just know of Him. When I studied Spanish, there are 2 words for the word know – one means know of or know facts and the other means know, as in meet and know a person. That is the one that is used and it reminds me that I need a personal relationship with Him.

  16. My favorite story is Joshua and Caleb. When others were afraid to go into the land, Joshua and Caleb went. They believed and trusted God and went in. My spirit always wants to Go In…but my flesh is weak. I read and reread their story and am encouraged and strengthened to Go In wherever it is God sends me. (many times slowly and taking tiny steps..)

  17. Romans 5:8

    “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

    We are so unworthy and undeserving, but Ohh the grace and mercy of Jesus our Savior. What love!

  18. One of my favorites is Proverbs 3:5. This always comforts me to know that God is in control of our lives at all times and all He asks is that we trust Him. I have a picture with this scripture on it in my house and try to focus on it every day. Thank you P31 for the good work you are doing. God Bless you all~

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