A Bit About Me…
Growing up, I was a small, shadow-of-a-girl who counted the characters in my books and a loyal dog as my best friends. After being molested as a child, I sought to control every aspect of my life and turned to the Occult. That desire led down a very dark path I’ve written about here, but God rescued me (He was my ezer) in a very BIG way.
Explaining The Name Of The Blog
In university, I studied English Literature and learned to analyze/interpret (or attempt to) a wide range of texts with the goal of learning what the author intended the original audience to understand. Once you understand what the author originally intended and what their audience would have gleaned from a story, then you can apply it to a contemporary setting and life.
This is the very same process used to understand the Bible.
How Does That Apply To This Blog?
As a new Christian, I had moved away for school and found myself without friends, family, or church. How does a new Christian learn their identity, their purpose or their place in God’s Kingdom, without anyone to teach them? You read your Bible.
I was able to do this by applying the techniques I had learned studying literary texts like Herodotus, Bede, Euripides, Milton, Donne, Chaucer, Shelley, Shakespeare, and others. The Bible is a literary text after all. I understood the importance of and how to research for social, geographical and political context and etymology. I learned how to use Bible dictionaries, concordances, and commentaries, and to compare multiple sources (so many are available free online).
I understood that God was immutable (unchangeable), and that the Scriptures are God-inspired. I theorized that if I could get a grasp of who God is, then I could understand better my identity, purpose, and place. So, I began what led to a many-year study of the names of God, which helped me study everything else in the Bible.
I’ve started this blog as an initial foray into sharing my gift of knowledge. I have never been to seminary, but you don’t need a seminary degree to read and understand your Bible. I refuse to believe that I’m the only female interested in this kind of study as a layperson. We were not given the spiritual gifts to keep them to ourselves but to further the Kingdom of God.
A Passion For Mentoring
There’s a need within the Big C Church to disciple believers. Mature believers disciple others (mentor), they multiply (share their faith), serve, become leaders, and hold each other accountable. Infants in the faith don’t understand how to study the Bible on their own, they don’t know why they think what they think – they instead want to be told what to think and consequently struggle to defend their faith when challenged; their faith is shaken by trials, and they struggle to become “Kingdom minded.”
“The type of Christianity which happens now to be the vogue knows this Presence [Yahweh] only in theory. It fails to stress the Christian’s privilege of present realization. According to its teachings we are in the Presence of God positionally, and nothing is said about the need to experience that Presence actually…
The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for the want of His Presence. The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us.” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
This posts shared on this blog will roughly follow my own personal studies and reading. I will ask myself some hard questions and many times I’ll ask them of you too. Looking to dive in deeper? Hang out here with me.