Take the Bible personally. It is written to you—all of it.

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime (to write previously) were written for our learning, that we through patience (cheerful endurance) of the Scriptures might have hope.” You can anticipate with confidence that God will speak to you directly through the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:4)

Why didn’t I realize it growing up? It is obvious to me now. I let the powerful influences of authority figures, religious leaders, charismatic personalities and famous speakers distance me from my relationship with God. When they spoke, I assumed it was the truth. But if the Bible is written to every believer, then my relationship with God is direct, not through a husband, a father, a religious leader, Elder, Bishop or any man. God speaks to every woman, as to every man—the message is personal. I did not realize fully that the Bible spoke to me personally. When I did “see” it, everything changed!

Listen to authorities and balance what they say with the Scriptures. If there is a difference between the two of them guess who looses. If they seem the same but you are not sure, leave them on the balances. Time will tell. If they turn out the same, fine; if they turn out different, guess who looses (hint, it’s not the Bible).

God loves you so much that His Spirit dwells inside you. When you believe in Jesus as the Son of God you will gain a closeness with your Creator. This relationship will lead you to wholeness and fulfillment.

Difficulty and hardship will still come your way but he will protect you. That is why he said, “… He shall give his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways”? (Psalm 91:11) If your ways are right in his sight (and you will know if they are if you are reading your Bible) you will achieve success.

My gifts and your gifts are from God to the world through us. A confident, whole, generous, respectful woman is good news to her world. Take God’s Good News, the Bible, as a Guidebook. What a gift it is! What a gift you are!

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