In my quest to know God, to truly, truly know God, I determined that I would read through the Bible in a  year. I would begin at Genesis and then read chronologically, using a lens of the Hebrew language (The  Hebrew Greek Alignment Bible) and an African Heritage perspective (The African American Heritage  Study Bible).

I was excited, to say the least. I established a set time each day for my study. I arranged the perfect  setting: candles, soft music, a beautiful view, and all of my study tools. And on Day One, I opened my  Bible and began with Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God…”. 

Five days later, I was still in this same place. It was at this moment that I realized that completion in a  year was a bit ambitious. After all, each verse (or portion of a verse) could evoke a study all its own.  Hence, I surrendered my schedule and plan and allowed God to lead (For more information regarding  ways to study the Bible, see LIFE Lessons, Know God, Study to Show Thyself Approved). I listened intently  for revelation and new insights from God. I pondered as long as He asked me to. I made my study more  of a quest to KNOW HIM than simply to know about Him. And the journey has been the most amazing, captivating, dizzying, and thrilling journey of my life. The  Bible, for the first time, became alive for me! I finally began to understand what it meant to be living and  breathing. And as the Word became alive, so did my God!

The LIFE Lessons that follow explore principles and practices that will support you in genuinely  KNOWING God. We’ll begin with God’s Word as you explore the concept of “knowing and being  known.” And after having read and reflected upon God’s Story, I invite you to experience My Story as a  reflection of God’s Word and workings in my life. Finally, I encourage you to engage in various reflective  exercises to support the writing, re-writing and sharing of Your Story.  

It’s my desire that you get in the Word for yourself and that you then share your amazing story with others. This activity, Word or Concept Study, is  designed to support a greater understanding of God’s Word and to provide space for you to receive revelations and insights regarding God’s Word as led by the Holy Spirit. And this activity, Write a Devotional, is designed to support the writing, re-writing and/or sharing of Your Story.

I pray that My Story, in the light of God’s Story, will be the catalyst to transform Your Story.  From my heart to yours,