Day 53

When we lived in the village of Bulixu we were surrounded by large Brazil nut trees.  They are a massive tree that grows well over 50ft and upwards to 150ft tall.  Their trunk is without limbs until the very top where the branches hold a very hard, coconut looking, fruit.  When it is ripe the brown ball releases from the branch with a VERY LOUD popping sound.  (And trust me, this white girl from Florida freaked out the first time she heard it)

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People have been killed because they happened to be walking under this tree when one of these fruits fell and hit them on the head.  That should tell you how hard they are and how fast they fall.

I have sat on the river’s edge many a time watching my friends open the hard shell with a machete in order to get to the cluster of Brazil nuts inside.  It always amazed me how God created such a hard shell to protect a nut that also has a hard shell.

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My friends from the village were very skilled with the machete and made it look so simple to wield such a large blade like it was a paring knife.  I never learned the skill required, so I would just keep them company and of course, eat the nuts like a good fat girl.  They laughed at me I am sure, but those were good memories.

Brazilians use everything and waste nothing.  The hulls of the Brazil nut make really hot coals and were used to make cooking fires.  They would also make bowls and souvenirs out of them by sanding them down and painting scenes on the sides to sell to tourists.  My sister and I even have jewelry made from these hulls.

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Something so hard can be so useful and even made into something beautiful.

But it has to be cut open first or the fruit becomes diseased and rots inside.

One of my “go to” verses when I am needing God to help me in an area of my life is:

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

I never want to become diseased and rotten, but my flesh would make me that way if I didn’t read the Bible and let it teach me, reprove me and help me.  It takes more than letting my eyes glide over the print, I also have to apply it.

I have always tried to encourage women to read the Bible.  Not just simply check it off a “to do” list, but really read it and take time for study.  Why?  Because it has changed my life and I shouldn’t keep that to myself!

One of these days I will be gone.  My body will give out and God will take me home so I MUST share the Word with everyone while I still have breath!

The Bible is not an amulet to be toted around for good luck.

The Bible is not a decorative item to be left open for blessings or ward off evil.

The Bible has been given to us as a powerful tool to help us know God, understand our relationship with Him, and give us hope for eternity.  And It tells me about my Saviour!  His story is laced throughout the chapters from beginning to end!

There is so much to study besides “Bible Stories” inside.  The truths written on the pages can help you at ANY point in your life……but you have to read It.

We are a hard hearted people much like the stiff necked Israelites that followed Moses out of Egypt.  We NEED God to help us by His Word and let it crack us open and get the fruit out!

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”  2 Timothy 3:16

If you want to dwell in God and His power dwell in you, let me encourage you to make time for Bible reading and study. (See below for a daily reading schedule)

This is how women can rise up and make the world a better place, not by a hashtag, or all wearing the same color dress, but by reading God’s Word!

It will change your life.  I guarantee it.

Until Next Time, Lord willing

Sheri

READ THE BIBLE THROUGH WITH ME IN 36 WEEKS!

Today’s reading: Exodus 34 / I Kings 11-12 / Psalm 50 / Acts 26

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