I am a woman of vision. I love planning and dreaming for the future. Anyone who is around me for more than a day will find this out very quickly. I love to see what could be, what projects might be possible, or what dreams could be dreamed that are bigger than I ever imagined.
One thing I have found a love for recently is writing. It is an interesting expression of who someone is, what is in their hearts, and what is important to them. People typically do not spend hour after hour writing about something that does not inspire them, challenge them, spark creativity in them, or change them.
I have been wanting a writing project recently, but have been unable to put my thumb on what ‘the project’ is…until now!
Before I go any further, my inspiration for this next project is to write out the entire Bible, the written and inspired Word of God…by hand! (Which is small and pointless in the eyes of the world, but great, and a deep challenege to the heart of a believer)
It sounds like a simple but overwhelming project, however, there is so much more that I have hopes for in doing this…I think it could very well change my life if I allow the Words to.
Most of you who know me know that I am not a girly girl, but I do like to get dressed up every once in a while for special events: a first date, birthday celebrations, parties, events, and nights out on town. I remember one night when I truly felt like a princess.
It was prom of 2008; my senior year of high school. I was wearing a red dress, strapless, with a sweetheart neck. It was glittered with gems and diamonds that caught the rays of light as I walked through a room. The jewels seemed to laugh as the light struck them, which made my heart smile because I felt like I was in turn just beaming.
I spent the afternoon with my best friend Elisabeth as my Auntie Karen did both of our hair.
By the end of our preparation process, we looked like two roses, one coral and one red, who were ready to be picked and given to someone as an expression of love.
I truly felt beautiful: I felt like a princess. I remember always dreaming of being in a gown and having a chance to walk down a set of stairs just to have everyone gasp. That night, I did. It was overwhelming. Elisabeth and I danced the night away with great friends and I cherished every moment at that bedazzled night.
A lot of times, I can forget that I am a princess. I am a daughter of The King of Kings. So what does that make me? Yes, a princess. I feel so silly and girly saying that, but it is the very truth as a believer and a woman. Someday, a prince of The King of Kings will come sweep me off of my feet. But for now, I am already off of my feet swept into the arms of The One who will hold me forever; Christ, my eternal lover.
This all leads up to a story I read in Deuteronomy 17:14-20. The passage says:
“14 When you enter into the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” 15 be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. 18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom Israel.”
I read this and was stuck on verses 18-19. Let me lay them before you separately: “When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees.”
Wow. Right after a king would take his throne, he would have to write out the law, the commands of the Lord, completely and fully! Now, I have already said that I am a princess, and am an heir to the throne of God. So why should I not do this? I realize that I am a woman and incapable of being a king for obvious reasons…but I am a princess. Should not I write out the entire Bible too? Not
because I have to, but because I love The King of Kings and because of the reasons on verse 19: (1) so
that I may learn to revere the Lord and to (2) follow carefully all the words of the Lord.
I know that I do not have to do this project because as an American Christian, I have Bibles all
over the place. I am not needing a Bible to read because I do not have one available: I have more than
enough Bibles to read. I am able and blessed to read the word of God daily without persecution.
However, I do want to learn more of what it means to revere the Lord as I open the word of God and
dive into it deeper and deeper and I do want to follow the commands of the Lord all the days of my life.
Therefore I will take this challenge and accept it with great understanding that this will be long, it will
be a lot of dedication and work, but I will know Gods word better and I will have physically hand
written out the entire Word of God. If it brings me closer to knowing the Lord, I will do it.
I have made a goal to finish it in a year and a half which is a long time, but I have begun! I
have started in the book of Amos, since that is where my Pastor will be starting a new series in this
coming Sunday called 'Roaring like a Lion!' I know that it is going to be powerful. I am only 4 chapters
into writing out Amos and already the Lord has spoken so powerfully through the writing of His very
inspired words. Who said that I have to write out the Bible starting in Genesis anyways?!
Therefore, as someone who sees writing in here future, I needed a first writing project to start it off. Now I know that it is my only option to
have the first book I write out be the entire Word of God. That is the greatest work ever written and to
be able to write it out completely would be humbling, it would be an honor, and I pray that it would
draw me into a deeper relationship with my Father, my King! May whatever I write after this project be in line and conformed by the very words I write from His Word in this next year and a half!
What challenege will you accept today to draw nearer to the Lord? Do not wait to start growing deeper in the most intimate relationship that you can ever have until tomorrow. Start today. Maybe you will join me in writing out the entire Word of the Lord by hand too! Why not?