In His Presence #14: No Substitute for God’s Word

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If you haven’t written any New Year’s resolutions, I have two suggestions that are a must.  I told my children there are two things I hope they learn from me above all else: to read the Bible and pray daily.  Our preacher made a great point on Sunday.  He said the Israelites could not eat stale manna.   We, too, cannot rely upon past Bible knowledge.  The Bible is alive. We need to read it every day because it’s one of the tools God uses to speak to us.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12, NASB

I’ve heard the Biblical version of the Christmas story probably every single year I’ve been alive and yet reading it again this year, God spoke to me in a fresh way.  For example, the word “haste” stood out to me.  The shepherds hurried to tell others about Jesus, and I was convicted of how often I don’t even snail crawl to spread the good news.

I love devotions and read one every morning, but there’s no substitute for God’s Word.  I want to encourage you to begin this year making your In His Presence time a priority.  Our Friday Link Ups are a great place for us to encourage one another, so be sure to post your comments.

Kathy Hutto is a wife, homeschooling mother, entrepreneur and author. You can visit her online at

In His Presence Friday Link-Up Details

Every Friday let’s link up for a glorious time of sharing and visiting each others’ blog. In His Presence link-up topics may include posts related to prayer, seeking and hearing from the Lord, and reading the Bible. Photos with scriptures or quotes on seeking His presence are welcome. Please no food or recipes links, there are plenty of those link-ups available.  Please choose to either add the In His Presence link-up button or a link back to your weekly In His Presence post. Once you’ve linked up, visit two to three other sites linked up too–and encourage your sisters in Christ by leaving a comment.

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Reading God’s Story Schedule today, 1/04/13: Genesis chapters 6-7                                    Weekend schedule: 1/05/13: Genesis chapters 8-9                                                          1/06/13: Genesis chapters 10 & 11
Join hosts Page and Cindy on Facebook where we are discussing today’s reading. PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer using the You Version Group to discuss the daily readings. Page and Cindy found an easier way by setting up a Facebook Group. Everyone is invited to join by going to and clicking the ‘Join Group’ button. As of 1/3/13 we have just under 300 women reading and discussing Scripture together! Join us and invite your friends too!

About Kathy Hutto

Kathy Hutto is a wife, homeschooling mother, entrepreneur and author. You can visit her online at

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  1. As Elizabeth George says, we are to be women of one book, the Bible. While I think most of us know it, it is in the ‘doing’ that becomes hard. Of all things that can be done daily, there’s only one (well, two) that make a lasting difference in life: prayer and Bible reading. Thanks for the reminder today to stay focused.