The Sunday blog posts that I write are about my struggles in trying to live the life that I think God wants me to live. They are also about trying to understand the word of God and how that can be a struggle. I post about these things because I think that others might have the same issues. I know that at times I will find myself smiling or shaking my head in agreement with others because I don’t have a clue about what they are talking about.

Have you ever found yourself thinking that about the Bible? I try to understand and process what I have read but I will just be honest and say that MOST of the time I don’t have a clue. I end up depending upon others who are scholars and preachers to point me in the right direction and tell me what the “back story” is to the whole scene.

I recently came upon this simple little devotional book. When I say simple, I really mean simple. Think a children’s Bible and a normal adult Bible and blend the two. This devotional is going through the Bible in chronological order starting with the creation. Maybe you already have a good grasp on how everything happened but I’ll be honest, even though I know all the stories I had problems with keeping it all straight in my mind.

I find myself waking up every morning and hurrying to go to the next story. Everyone is coming to life and I am doing more research and reading in the Bible than I have done in a long time. All because of a simplified version that I could understand. Isn’t that the way of it sometimes? When something is complicated or hard to comprehend we just shut down instead of trying to get to the bottom.

I just finished reading about the Arc of the Covenant in Exodus 25-27. The Lord gives very detailed instructions about what He wants to be built and why. The first thing that came to my mind when I was reading this was the movie, Raiders of the Lost Arc. Don’t laugh when I tell you that I had no idea what the movie was really looking for. After reading this description about all of the gold that the Lord wanted the Arc to be made from I understand why they were looking for it.

My point is this; going back to a basic and simplified version when you don’t understand is a great way to start. Feeling like you are not smart enough to understand everything can be depressing. But just remember this, it takes years and years and years of studying every day for preachers and scholars to understand the Bible. Show yourself a little Grace because I know the Lord will.

In case you are wondering, the name of the book that I am reading is called Seamless, Understanding the Bible as one complete story, by Angie Smith.

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  1. I was in a ladies Bible Study group last spring with this book. It is excellent! I loved it, and even though I have been in church my whole life ( over 50 years) I learned something new each week. You should buy her children’s book for your granddaughters. It is titled, “For Such a Time as This Stories of Women from the Bible Retold for Girls by Angie Smith”

  2. Thanks for the recommendation. I hear what you are saying and struggle e symbolism. Hopefully this will fill in some gaps I will definitely give it a try.

  3. I just started the Proverbs 31 online study of Seamless this week too! It’s really good!

  4. The Bible study with proverbs 31 is featureing this bible study with so much more. You need to check it out. It is wonderful

  5. Thank you for the book title, Tania. I do find myself having a hard time trying to interpret the Bible. Have a blessed and safe week and Happy July 4! God bless xxx, Sandy H

  6. Wow did this hit home for me. I’ve done women’s group bible studies, daily devotionals and read the Bible daily. My husband and I recently joined a bible study, we are studying Isaiah. It’s pretty in depth and to say I’ve become discouraged is putting it mildly. My inability to understand this book has become depressing and stressful. I’m going take your post today as a word of encouragement from the Lord. Thanks Tania!

  7. As always Tania, thank you for sharing…I love reading your blog posts! Honest and relatable. Have an awesome day!

  8. Thank you for sharing Tania….I love reading your blog posts….always honest and relatable. Have a awesome day!

  9. Hi Tania! Proverbs 31 Ministries is doing an online Bible study of Seamless. It just started last week and I’m loving the book so far. Have a great day!

    • Tania Reply

      I saw that they were doing the book but I decided to just do it on my own. I didn’t know if I would have time to do it in a group setting.

  10. J'Laine Bradley Reply

    How would we live without Grace! I love a chronological SIMPLE study and my daddy was a pastor for 50 years. Lol!

  11. Yes, I need help understanding the Bible too. I read different devotionals that help to explain the scriptures. Have a blessed Lord’s day!

  12. Thank you for pointing out this book. I’m definitely getting one for me and my kids. Like you I’ve read and been taught all the stories of the Bible since childhood but still struggle with true meaning most of time. Have great Sunday and upcoming week with your family. 😊🙏

  13. Thanks for pointing out this book. I’m definitely getting it. I have same struggles with stories from Bible although I’ve been taught and read them since childhood. Have great Sunday and upcoming week with your family. 😊🙏

    • Tania Reply

      I am really enjoying the book and I look forward to each new day and how it is bringing everyone to life for me.

  14. Catherine Clarke Reply

    Thank you Tania for your honesty. Have you viewed the “Bible Project” on youtube at all? I have found really helpful.
    God Bless you as you devote yourself to loving God with your whole being.

  15. Tania, Did you get the teen version or the regular version? Thank you, Lisa

  16. Hi Tania, did you get the regular version or the teen version? Thank you, Lisa

  17. “My point is this; going back to a basic and simplified version when you don’t understand is a great way to start. . . . Show yourself a little Grace because I know the Lord will.”

    Great advice and encouragement for every aspect of life! Thank you, Tania! Blessings on your day and week!

  18. Can’t wait to get the book! Sounds like a great devotional! Hope you have a blessed week.

  19. Tania, (and all the rest of you!) are psychic! I have been having this very same battle with myself over the last few years. I am in Bible Study, but I still can’t fully understand it all. I thought I had developed a learning disability at the age of 63! I will definitely look into Seamless and the other recommendations from your readers. Thank you all!

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