My son, attend to my words, incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
– Proverbs 4:20-22
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God
– Romans 10:17
If there has been one constant in this journey of unexpected turns and wild ups and downs, it is that the Word of God has never failed us. Never failed to comfort, encourage, and adjust perspectives. Never failed to give wisdom, insight, endurance and hope. Through His living Word, God has been present with us in the middle of the night at the Rehab hospital, in the cafeteria during a surgery, and each morning as we recommit ourselves to walking the path marked out for us.
I found that in each phase, a different portion of the Bible was my companion. The Psalms and Peter walked me through the PICU, while Hebrews lingered with me after Abbie was moved to the general Peds floor. Isaiah stayed near me during our stay at Rehab, and then I immersed myself in the Psalms again after we returned home. But, no matter the book, the most important thing I learned was to read it every day.
I didn’t have time to do a Bible study, or go through an organized study plan. So, I leaned on the Psalms cycle I used to do with the kids in our homeschooling days. Whatever the day of the month, I start with that Psalm, then I add thirty to that number to get to the next Psalm I need to read for the day. I keep adding thirty until I run out of Psalms to read. For example, today is the 3rd day of the month, so I would start with Psalm 3 and then read 33, 63, 93, and 123. If I had time I would also add the Proverb for the day, according to the date.
Now, this year my small group is reading through the Bible together and I am amazed each week as I see new lessons in old stories. Every time I think “I’ve read Genesis and Exodus more times than I can count,” I will see a simple verse give profound new insight, or a familiar story will illuminate a deep truth.
There is no substitute for the Word God. No friends, no counselors, no support groups, no chat rooms can replace the everlasting wisdom, direction and love contained in the pages of the Bible.
I have also come to deeply believe in the truth of Proverbs 4:20-22, listed above. His words are truly medicine for us. We have spent large amounts time reading scriptures to Abbie, having CDs containing scripture playing in her room, and praying the promises contained in the Word over her. I bought a little $6 book called “Healing Scriptures” that I have read to Abbie over and over. Friends have given us CDs with the spoken Word, and also Scriptures set to music. These simple, inexpensive tools have aided us greatly in our attempt to let His Word be our medicine.