How to Start Reading the Bible: Story Time

Okay, so you probably know that we moved recently. And if you want the general story behind it, you can watch this vlog. But what you might not know is that pretty much everything that could go wrong  did go wrong.

From crazy unexpected fees to finding squatters living in our house, the whole thing was just one big mess. Now, you may know that I’ve been slowly reintroducing faith into my life. I think when you’re doing anything risky, having faith is pretty much the only way to find sanity.

Without hope and faith, I am nothing.

That being said, I’ve never actually read the Bible. It intimidated me, and quite frankly I was embarrassed of my lack of Bible knowledge. Those things stopped me time and time again. But it’d been on my heart for some time to actually start reading it. I’d been faithfully listening to Rick Warren’s Daily Hope podcast for months. And while that was something, I knew without getting into the Word, it wasn’t enough.

Then, crazily enough,I listened to Emily Maynard’s I Said Yes. And she said something that stuck with me.

I started reading the Bible regularly that day. Not books about the Bible, not devotions quoting Bible passages, not blogs about the Bible — but the actual Word of God.

So there it sat, this desire to dive into the Word. But I was embarrassed to ask for help, to admit that I’d never done it before, and that I didn’t know anything about it. I had no idea where to start. So I just let the desire hang in the air. I knew eventually it would become clear.

As things started to fall to pieces around me with the move, I went into action mode. For every disaster, there was a point of contact. And each time, I noticed that the representative who stepped in to solve the issue was named Matthew. Not Matt. Matthew. This didn’t happen once or twice. It literally happened for every single disaster that needed solving.

Later, on a call with my mom, I shared my troubles and joked about all the Matthews. Then it hit me. Huh, I said to her. I wonder if that’s God’s way of telling me that I should start reading the Bible with the book of Matthew.

I left it alone. In the days that followed, I started to have downloading issues with the Daily Hope podcast. Frustrated, I just skipped that part of my day. It didn’t take long for me to notice a significant difference in how my day went though without putting God first. So the next morning, I opened my Bible to Matthew, and I started to read.

how to start reading the bible

Now, those of you who are familiar with the Word of God, you know that Matthew is the start of the new testament, the birth of Jesus Christ.

Sadly, I did not know this. I was completely unaware of what I would find in the pages of Matthew. But unsurprisingly, I found the exact answers I was looking for.

 As I dive into this journey, I’d like to share with you how I’m seeing God show up in my life. We all have our struggles, and God shows up differently for each of us. But sometimes we could all use the reminder that He is there, He hears us, and He only wants good for us.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks the door will be opened.

Matthew 7: 7-8

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  1. kristen

    February 23, 2017 at 8:42 am

    i’m sorry you had so many issues with the move, but am glad you’ve found something like this to help you get through it all 🙂

  2. Leslie

    February 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Squatters?! Holy crap! I’m totally asking you about that over coffee soon! As someone who has struggled with my faith in the last few years, I love that you were able to find a wonderful sign in the midst of all the craziness.

  3. Carly

    February 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

    post after my own heart! I really like doing bible studies, but sometimes you can get so distracted, where if you’re just reading the bible that’s less likely (for me) to happen. I love the reference to the Matthew’s and think that was totally God’s way of leading you to where you needed to go!

  4. Aunt Carol

    February 23, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I like what you said about putting God first in everything. I believe that you will get more than you could ever know from God’s word. Keep reading!!!!!!!

  5. Nadine

    February 24, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Squatters? Oh goodness!!! I have to say, I have never actually read the entire bible either. I have gone over and over many parts of it over the years when I used to attend Sunday school and such but I want to eventually sit down and read the whole thing as well.

  6. Runwright

    February 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Oh this is wonderful to read. My faith in God is a big part of my life. I don’t read the Bible as often as I should but I study some part of it every week and right now, I’ve been stuck on that exact place in Matthew 7 where Jesus said Ask and you shall receive. For many years, I only applied it to religion but in the past few weeks, I’ve been meditating on how powerful of a promise it really is for every situation we’re facing.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  7. Emily

    March 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Joey you always have such a way with words. I get that embarrassment thing. That was one of the most terrifying pieces of the puzzle in Heartbeat- there is just so. much. I don’t know. Verses I used incorrectly, things I took out of context because I had no idea what I was talking about. Kind of gives me chills reading this, seeing how He pushed you there in his own little way!

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