Monday, November 21, 2011

The Value of the Written Word

I love the book of Romans; so many rich verses in just this one book.  

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes--the Jew first and also the Gentile.  Romans 1:16

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.  Romans 3:23

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.  Romans 5:2

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.  Romans 8:38

Just to list a few.   

Romans 1:13 tells us that Paul wanted to go visit the church in Rome, but was prevented from doing so.  Think about what this means.  If Paul had been allowed to go, he would have been able to teach the people in Rome.  But he wasn't allowed to go, so instead he wrote.  Paul wrote a letter to the Christians in Rome, and through that letter, Paul was able to reach millions (?) of Christians.

There's something special about the written word.

Some of my most prized possessions are letters written to me by my husband back when we were dating.  I've also kept a few special cards given to me by my dad.  Written words make more of a lasting impression.  That's why God gave us the Bible.  We can hear His heart everyday through His written Word.  

Counting my blessings this week:
384.  Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses.  Have you experienced their goodness yet?
385.  God loves me 
386.  That God can take the smallness that I have to offer and use it for something BIG
387.  A broken truck and safe son
388.  The premier of a brand new magazine, Christian Women's Voice
389.  Being able to share my testimony - it's all about grace.
390.  Learning, growing, realizing that I can't please everyone and I don't have to.
391.  A packed house at church - we had to put out more chairs
392.  Hearing my husband preach
393.  Silly kitties chasing each other through the house
394Broccoli Cheddar Soup and Fuji Apple Chicken salad from Panera
395.  Paul's letter to the church in Rome

What's on your list today?

Many blessings,

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  1. Lisa,

    I love the book of Romans, it is filled with so many rich meaningful scriptures.

    There is so much meaning in written words on paper, I love that I can keep them and pull them out later, I love that someone put pen to paper and wrote them. It such a treasure that you still have the letters your husband wrote to you, my heart fills up just thinking of that.

    Great list today, I have never had candy cane kisses but I think I may to give them a try. Your list is filled with so many blessings about God, He so awesome.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  2. I love the book of Romans and really enjoyed reading it recently.

    Great list. I love candy cane kisses too. They are really good broken up and put in cookies. :)

  3. This is so true! Written words are so special! It's s interesting that you wrote this today! Our sermon yesterday was all over the first chapter of Romans, then we skipped to the last chapter where Paul sends out his personal greetings to so many, giving them further encouragement. I felt compelled during service to get busy this week doing the same! We don't have much this year to GIVE, but I always have the written word. The Lord impressed me to encourage people in my life that need some encouragement or are just special to me! I will be taking the time this week to write a lot of letters letting people know how thankful I am for them and offer encouragement! I'm excited to get started! Have a blessed day, Lisa! Thank you for your encouragement!

  4. Hi Lisa - I have been saying for over a week now that I think God wants me to read Romans, Well... I think I got the hint now. When I was a teenager I wrote to 30 'penpals' its not the same anymore but kind of explains (to me) why I enjoy this forum so much. The written word is AWESOME and I am so grateful God got them to write His truth all down for us!
    God bless

  5. I agree Lisa, written words do leave a wonderful lasting impression... one that we can go back to over and over again! Candy cane hershey kisses... gonna have to get those!

  6. I agree. There is something special about things written down. I guess it's more concrete that way or something. Romans is a very good book :)