Guest Post: Sarah Ott Deyton + God’s Love, God’s Word!
One of the deep burdens in my life is the journey of learning to rely on God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit first and foremost.
It’s without a doubt one of the hardest things, especially since we have AMAZING people around, and we have a lot of “stuff” to help us in about every area of life. God gave us stuff, He gave us people, but as a recovering co-dependent I am learning that what the scripture says in Matthew is really how we are supposed to live although it can feel like the most uphill battle ever.
Matthew 22:36-40 New American Standard Bible
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him,“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
This sounds hard right? Love love love, it sounds exhausting to me at times if I am being real honest, but then in 1 John it says this:
1 John 4:19 New American Standard Bible
19 We love, because He first loved us.
We love, because He first loved us! Which means if we don’t allow ourselves to stop and really ask the Lord to show us MORE love, we are working from an empty tank on trying to fulfill the GREATEST COMMANDMENT.
Letting God love us, then loving Him back, then loving our neighbor (friends, community even family) like we LOVE OURSELVES?
But the question I also wonder about is: Do we even love ourselves?
Just a few thoughts to talk with Jesus about, asking Him to help us receive His real tangible love, asking Him to help us love ourselves, asking Him to love through us all those around us. We can not do anything without Him, but in Him all things are possible. Even the healing of our broken places.
Some would call the Bible God’s Love Letter to the World! I personally love worshipping God in Spirit and Truth!
Now! Meet my wonderful friend Sarah and if you are in (or near) Atlanta- comment below to win 3 tickets to an amazing event on August 27th!
“The judgments of the Lord are true… they are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold…” Psalm 19:9-10
In modern lingo, God’s Words are to be more desired than money or anything else of value. Have you ever considered the Bible worth more than your paycheck, the amount in your savings account, or the insured diamond ring you wear (or want to wear)?
In your home, on your shelves, & by your bedsides, you have the living breathing collection of God’s spoken words to you in your own language. Doesn’t that just stop you in your tracks? Not only do we have access to God’s Word, but we have an excess of it, at least HERE, in this country!
You, like me, probably have a variety of translations, styles, and leather colors. Maybe you own a burgundy leather worn-page version from your grandmother, possibly a traditional monogrammed black-bonded one, or the paraphrased message translation of this generation, even available in “hard-back”.
Here me say, there should be nothing guilt laden about having an excess of God’s Word but there is an error when the access to it does not match the excess of it. Bottom line, I long for you to value the Scriptures as more than a book owned, purchased, or stored as a family heirloom, but as your most treasured possession!
We are living in a country where God’s word is in excess yet not fully accessed. There are misconceptions about its true value. If the Bible was held in the highest worth deserved, it would be enjoyed not just read and personally cherished not just theologically respected. I believe the more we acknowledge the intrinsic value of the Bible as God’s very words the more we will enjoy and engage it in our lives.
The Bible is the most valuable thing I own. I cannot stop talking about it, reading it, and finding my life within its sacred pages! The Bible isn’t just familiar stories or good principals and believe it or not, isn’t available everywhere.
Recently, I learned that women of all ages, in Ethiopia, do not have access to God’s Word at all. Think about that! What if you did not have any words of God available to you? The more I imagined that reality the more a vision clarified in my mind to be a part of answering this heart desire in Ethiopian women. The two greatest values- God’s Word & the souls of men- coming together in one mission!
What if you realized the costly value of His words in the midst of all you own and gifted the collection of His words, to people who own very little of anything else?
Est.Her’s Garden was born. It is an evening event centered around two things: YOU falling in love (maybe again or maybe a first) with the Word of God more than silver and gold, as well as THEM getting a collection of His words for the first time. The more you value His Word the more you will want to give it to everyone! We have all heard it said, “it takes a village”. Well, literally, in this case, need a village to give a village the greatest gift ever imagined: God’s Word!
On August 27th, men & women are joining together in downtown Atlanta to celebrate OUR excess of God’s Word and fund THEIR access to it! If you cannot attend or live out of state, you can still join us and give to this mission! Every prayer and dollar amount matters!
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at esthersgarden.info.
Donations can be made by clicking the GIVE button online at www.esthersgarden.info.
Will you help us raise money that will go to the SEED Company, an organization poised to translate 40 bible stories into the 4 heart languages of these people groups in Ethiopia?
It’s me, Lindsay again. Thanks, Sarah! Love your heart for God’s Word!
I would personally love to sponsor three people in Atlanta to go to this event, since I can’t be there!
Just leave a comment below with your favorite life-giving scripture verse to enter!
*Winner must be subscribed to Putting the Pencil Down Blog (but you can subscribe today and still ENTER) and must return “winner” email if selected within 2 days or another winner will be chosen (via, good old name in the hat draw)