Complete Joy

A few years ago I was reading the Bible through and I was struggling with some of the less riveting books. You know the ones:  Leviticus, Numbers, Nahum, books like that.

Anyway, I was talking about my frustrations with some seasoned church goers one Sunday morning. They were nodding their sympathies, commiserating with the woes of Bible study, when a new believer approached our conversation. This guy is not what you’d call a theological scholar; he’s a country boy who hasn’t attempted proper grammar since 12th grade English. A wild streak from earlier days left a tattoo on one arm, and a repaired tooth that glitters when he smiles. And ever since he's turned to follow Christ, he's been smiling a lot.

I filled him in on the topic of conversation then asked for his input.

“You read scripture a lot, how do you manage those tedious books that are so difficult to read?”

He scratched his chin, looked down at his feet, and then laughed a little space-filler laugh.

“Well, you see,” he said, blushing a little bit, “Ever' time I set down to read my Bible, I say a prayer before I start. I just ask God to teach me a little something from what I’m reading. And every single time, he does.”

Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.    John 16:24

About the Author Aileen Lawrimore

Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore is a mother x 3, wife x 28 (years not men), minister, speaker, writer, retreat leader, and lover of beagles and books. She has a lot to say.

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Lisa Whitten says March 29, 2011

Aileen, thank you so much for this post. I so needed it!!! It is true if we ask God to help us take something away from our devotions, our Bible readings, the Sunday preaching, conversations with those we dread, boring meetings, tragedies, and LIFE in general, we always will!

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    Aileen Lawrimore says March 29, 2011

    Isn't it the truth? Sometimes those simple solutions are the hardest to apply though, aren't they? Blessings to you today!

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Dawn says May 12, 2011

love: "space-filler laugh."

do a hysterectomy one . . . i'm forgetting already.

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