All the Light You Need

Sunrise over the Galilee? Almost. This quiet place is tucked inside the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. In the exhibits and floors around us are amazing high-tech displays, but not here. Just simple benches and peaceful scenery and a moment to reflect on what the Bible means to all of us.

And especially, what the Bible means to you.

When I was young and foolish, I thought the Bible was an antiquated book of rules, a boring list of thou-shalt-nots. Only after I’d come to the end of myself did I finally understand how God uses His Word — His spoken, written, living Word — to call us “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9 NASB).

We are grateful, Lord. Every one of us.

As this year draws to a close and a new year beckons, many believers will choose one word for 2018. I confess, my word each year is always the same: His Word.

Museum of the Bible Sheep Resting In Stable

Brass Lantern

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

This cherished verse from the Psalms contains just five Hebrew words, all of them nouns. In the Hebrew Bible, they fall in this order: lamp, feet, word, light, path. That means word lands in the middle — illumined by lamp, put in motion by feet, surrounded by light, and given direction by path.

How like His Word, to be at the center of everything!

Maybe you’re thinking, “But where’s the word is?” It’s implied, but not included in this verse. Sometimes God speaks to His people in shorthand. Just the nouns. Just the facts. Just what we need.

Museum of the Bible Nazareth

Harvest Candle in Lantern

…a lamp… Psalm 119:105

God’s Word is “a light for my journey” (CEB) and for yours, shining like a beacon, season after season.

Psalm 119:130 tells us, “The unfolding of your words gives light.” Truth is, the whole of Psalm 119 sings the praises of God’s Word, and each verse is more delicious than the last:

  • “I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” 119:16
  • “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” 119:89
  • “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” 119:103

Like I said, delicious.

Over the last year, you and I have spent time together in His Word, exploring the stories of His women all through Lent and Advent. We’ve written His Word on our hearts, and applied His Word in our lives, grateful the Bible “guides” (ERV) us every minute of every hour.

Verse by verse, we’ve discovered the lamp of His Word is sufficient to banish the darkness from our hearts and light the path ahead. When we don’t know what to do, we still know where to turn.

Museum of the Bible Sheep Grazing on Hills

Blue Candle

…for my feet… Psalm 119:105

How personal this verse is! Not just anyone’s feet, not just anyone’s path. Yours, beloved, and mine too.

As I’ve walked out my cancer journey this year, strengthened by your prayers, I’ve learned that everything the Bible says about God is the absolute truth. He is exceedingly faithful and endlessly merciful, “keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).

Where are His commandments recorded? Where is His covenant written?

In His Word.

Book of Proverbs

Jerusalem Candle on Bible

Your word… Psalm 119:105

The Museum of the Bible exists because people who love God’s Word wanted a place where everyone could engage with the most important Book ever written. You could easily spend days there, taking it all in. Nine days of eight hours each, our guide said. Or you could take a minute or two right now and marvel at the possibilities.

In Psalm 119, His Word goes by many names: His laws, His statutes, His ways, His precepts, His decrees, His commands, His promises. Each one points us to the One who spoke our world into existence, then bathed it in light. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).

His light shines still.

Museum of the Bible Jars

Ivory Candle in Lantern

…a light… Psalm 119:105

Sometimes this word in Hebrew points specifically to “dawn” or “daylight,” that hour of the morning when the sun crests the horizon and night quickly fades.

Putting the Bible at the center of our lives is like walking through the house turning on lights. Ah, that’s better. Yes, that’s brighter. The Message paraphrases Psalm 119:105, “By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.” Exactly so. The light of His Word keeps us from stumbling and helps us find our way.

Speaking of following His leading, may I share some exciting news? On January 6th, I’ll begin letting this little light of mine shine on the Faith Radio Network with a new weekend program, Word by Word with Liz Curtis Higgs. Saturday mornings at 9:30am CT, and again Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm CT, we’ll walk through the stories in Scripture (you got it) word by word. Broadcast or podcast, join me?

Word by Word on Faith Radio Network

…on my path. Psalm 119:105

Not just any route, but “the path I should take” (ERV). The correct path, the best path.

This path God laid out for us long ago is full of surprises for us — but not for God. He knows the way and shows the way. He walks before us, behind us, beside us. He guides us “along the right paths for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3), and His Word promises us, “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

So, here is this month’s verse, carved into the marble walls of the Museum of the Bible (and sung by Amy Grant, if you’re in the mood for music).

Museum of the Bible Psalm 119:105 at Entrance

Finally, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a little gift giving.

This year, it’s my latest book, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, on audio CD, including every word of the original book, read by your Lizzie.

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path Audiobooks

On December 27, I chose 5 winners at random from all those who commented here. Congrats to Linda, Beth, Dorsee, Jodel Ann, and Ashley!

Until next month, dear friend, the merriest of Christmases to you and yours, as we celebrate that glorious day when “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

Your sister, Liz

P.S. On a personal note, with surgery, radiation, and five chemo sessions behind me, I have just one chemo treatment left on January 17. Then, as the Lord wills, I’ll be done! About a month later, I’ll have a CAT scan to see if I’m cancer free. So grateful for all He has taught me and all the ways you’ve encouraged and supported me!

159 Responses to All the Light You Need

  1. Jan Kravitz December 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    May God bless you Liz, and be merciful unto you. I am reading 31 Proverbs to Light your Path. Thank you for putting word to page and sharing the wisdom that you have learned in your life and studies. I am praying for you in your cancer journey. I walked this walk too-twice. There are many nuggets of wisdom found on the walk, by his grace and enlightenment. Wishing you peace and rest this Christmas season.

    • Kari December 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

      My the Lord send His Word and retire to you health and wholeness Lizzie. Merry Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy New Year! 💋🎄

      • Kari December 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

        Restore to you perfect health

    • Wanda Lane December 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

      Thank you for reading the Word and listening to God’s word in your heart. This has been a rough year for me and I am struggling to see the light. Your message gave me a verse and a quote to put in the prayer closet that my daughter and I are creating. May the new year bless you and find you healthy and safe.

    • Gigi Murfitt December 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

      Bless you Liz. I pray for complete healing and transformation in all parts of your body affected by this cancer that is healed in the name of Jesus. Thank you for a great message to remind us to look for the light. Even in the darkness.

    • Jean Madden December 24, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

      Will be praying for you Liz. I know t hat the Lord is with you every step of the way. The proverbs is such an essential guide in everyones life including mine. May the Lord bless you as you continue your treatments.

    • Nancy December 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

      May God continue to light your path and hold you close throughout the storm you are enduring now. Thank you for all the wisdom you share through our blessed Father and Son. May your health be completely healed in the name of Jesus. 🙏

    • Julie December 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

      Blessings of strength and encouragement to you Liz, as you walk this path. Prayers for you!

    • Deb Williams December 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

      I am do happy to hear from you, Liz, and may your last two chemo treatments be a breeze! I hope after that you will be rid of the cancer forever, and you can enjoy life again. God bless !!!

    • Judy Sink December 25, 2017 at 12:20 am #

      So thankful that even in the midst of health issues, God has used you to encourage me and countless others in so many ways. Trusting God to give you complete healing and use you for His glory and our edification in the coming year.

    • Lori Murray December 26, 2017 at 7:56 am #

      Thank you for your encouragement and joy! I pray God will hold you through these last treatments and continue to use you mightily for His kingdom!

    • Sandy December 26, 2017 at 11:35 am #

      Thank you for such encouraging words. Liz makes me see deeper into His Word, which I often read too quickly. I smile when I read any of Liz’s work and can hear her talking directly to me, sharing as a sister in the Lord. May God’s love and peace surround you, Liz, on this cancer journey. And thanks for sharing, which may help others but also updates me so I can pray accordingly. God bless!

    • Digna kelly December 27, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      Dear Liz. Your writings have been a blessings to our Bible study group. We call ourselves the BAD GIRLS BLESSED AND DELIVERED. Praying for your healing, the Lord has much work for you to do. 🙏🏼

    • Rebecca December 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

      Thank you for your light that leads us to His Light

    • Rhonda January 5, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      First saw you at a Women of Joy conference
      I loved the way you touched me with your wisdom of the Bible
      I could relate to what the Bible said all those years ago to life today as we know it. THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE AT A TIME THAT I REALLY NEEDED

  2. Richard Mabry December 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Liz, thanks for all you do and who you are. Merry Christmas to you and Bill, from Kay and me. Richard Mabry

  3. Tamela Layman December 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    I went to the Extraordinary Women conference this fall in Roanoke anticipating that I would get to meet you there. I have several of your books and love reading your encouragement in God’s word. I love writing, reading words and nurturing others in time of need. So nice to have your books to speak to my needs thr I God’s word. It was shortly after the conference I realized you were going thru cancer treatments .Still. your writing is there to encourage me. Thank you and my prayers are with you and all who experience life’s unexpected circumstances. God is enough our faith has to remain strong.

  4. Ashley Patterson December 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    What a beautiful study for this month about light & God’s Word. Now I want to go to the Bible museum even more!
    I can’t wait to read your new book. Still praying for you, Liz!
    Did you receive your Lemongrass Spa Loving GiftSet from me in October?

  5. Melissa Henderson December 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Praying for you as you complete chemotherapy. I am a 12 years breast cancer survivor. Praise the Lord! Looking forward to your new weekend program. Merry Christmas!

  6. Joyce Bedrosian December 24, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    Thank you for sharing God’s wisdom with us….His Word is certainly a light and lamp for us. Merry Christ-Mas to you !

  7. Beth Mossop December 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    Merry Christmas Liz
    Life is seasons of ups and downs but our God is the rock we cling too.
    Pause and reflect the wonder of our Savior born this day and lives eternally.
    Slow down and reflect on the blessings of each day small and big, the beauty of creation the support of family and friends and that we have this day to enjoy.
    Blessings Beth

  8. Joann Hair December 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    Zi have read some of your books on women in the Bible and adored them and you! I am glad your are almost done with you chemo treatments. You are in my prayers. Have a very Merry Christmas! Praise God!

  9. neva December 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    What a beautiful message. God gives us such amazing gifts. One of the greatest is the gift of knowledge. Colossians 1:27: God has chosen too make known the glorious riches of this mystery which Christ is in you, the hope of glory. Praying for your upcoming treatments. Merry Christmas.

  10. Mary Ann Hardee December 24, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    I’m proud to consider myself a Liz groupie. Your sense of humor and your remarkable gift of putting the Lord’s words in terms I understand. Your books and videos have fascinated me for years.
    We were once on the same rough flight from Atlanta to Hartford. I felt so safe! I talked my son, a pastor, into taking me to the conference. He was one of a very small group of men in a sea of over 6000 women. It was a special time for us.
    A little over a year ago I went with a group of ladies to hear you speak in Roanoke. We were so excited about your honor.
    I’m praying for you as you reach your goal, health-wise. I had cancer close to 30 years. I cannot say it does not change us, but there are still silver linings.
    Love you, Liz. You are in my prayers.

  11. Kim Skinner December 24, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    Liz, I really appreciate your online devotionals. Great for reading and being encouraged and enlightened in the brief moments available daily for reflecting on God’s word. I especially appreciated this one about His word being a lamp and light. I’m one of the few people with a birthday on December 24th. So not only do I take time to reflect on the past year and coming new year at Christmas and New Years. I do the same the day before as I turn another year older. The blessings of following that pathway that God “lights up” for us to see where to step next, to see delights from His creation and new ways to see how He works in our lives. Thanks for all your books, cds, devotions and thoughts on paper – God truly uses you in a tons of womens lives all year long and I’m thankful for you. Praying for complete healing for you!

  12. Carol Bonura December 24, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Loved your message. I look forward to listening to u on Faith network. Blessings, love, and Merry Christmas to u and Bill.

  13. Kim Kiekel December 24, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    Only five nouns? Wow! How like God! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  14. Ginnie December 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    Liz you are in my prayers. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a very bless New Year 2018.

  15. Nadine Porta December 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    Merry Christmas and may God Bless you and your family! I finished treatments for Breast Cancer myself 2 days before Thanksgiving! I will be praying for you as you finish your journey through treatments of this challenging disease! My Love to you!

  16. Marci December 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    Rejoicing in the Light of Gods perfect love..thank you for this beautiful post. So thankful for a wonderful report on your health!! Looking forward to a wonderful 2018!

  17. Lela December 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    Liz, you will be in my prayers as you continue your cancer journey. I too have battled endometrial cancer this year. I have survived chemo, surgery, external and internal radiation. You have long been one of my favorite authors. How I missed your battle until now is beyond me. My hair is beginning to grow back and I am feeling stronger daily. I will have scans in February. God has been with me through it all and I know He is with you as well. I purchased 31 Proverbs to Light your Path for my sister and niece for Christmas. Can’t wait to get my own copy. I pray you have a blessed Christmas. ~ Lela

  18. Kerri Norrod December 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    Merry Christmas Liz! Thank you for always sharing God’s Word and your heart. You will continue to be in my prayers as you go thru your last rounds of chemo.

  19. Becky Whetsell December 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Love you and am praying for full recovery. Bless you! Merry Christmas!

  20. Raquel December 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    Dear Liz,
    You and family are in my prayers!!
    Thank you so much for your encouragement,devotionals and books.
    Wishing you and family a joyous,blessed and wonderful Christmas as you celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.


  21. brooke December 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    Beautiful way of sharing His Word to us all (as always). May He continue to strengthen you and guide you through this season. Merry Christmas!

  22. Jaime December 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    Merry Christmas. Prayers for you and your family.

  23. Debbie December 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    Merry CHRISTmas Liz! I enjoy your writings so much. Such a blessing to me. May the Lord make his face shine on you through your remaining treatments.

  24. Carrie Padgett December 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    I love you, Lizzie! I hope to see you in March. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I love the reminder that His Word lights our path. I just need to follow the light. Praying for you!

  25. Linda December 24, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

    Thanks to your book “31 Proverbs…” I have begun having personal devotions, again, each day. The Lord has given you insight and a gift of writing and humor that speak to me. God bless you in each day ahead, through each trial and blessing.
    Your sister, Linda

  26. Blanche Hake December 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Liz and Bill. May God restore you to good health in 2018, so that you may influence so many of us in a POSITIVE manner. I have been blessed as a survivor, and am now in my 9th year cancer free. Continue the great work, and keep the books coming. Love, Peace and Joy.

  27. Mary Kay Moody December 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Dear Liz,
    Thanks for sharing the powerful message of those 5 Hebrew words~and a peek at the Museum of the Bible. The message is simple ~ His Word provides the light for our path. Sometimes remembering That simple truth is difficult. So appreciate your studies and photos and flickers of wisdom you share on line to help.

    Congratulations on the radio program. That, too, seems like an, “Of course” kind of moment. So look forward to it. Your voice speaking God’s Word is a gift.

    Wishing you and yours a peace-filled, joyful Christmas and a blessed new year. As always, you and your family are in our prayers. Peace ~
    Mary Kay

  28. Deborah Bullock December 24, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. What a wonderful time of year as we consider the miracle of the Incarnation.

    Thank you for your encouragement to women around the world as we seek to serve the Lord and better know Him.

    I pray that the Lord will restore you to health and give you a wonderful year in 2018.

  29. Jodel Ann Guerrero December 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    Thank you Sister of mine ❤️ I really needed this today and my soul was fed ❤️ I shared with Hubby we were so blessed ❤️

  30. Brenda Tooker December 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    Praying you and your Family will have a Blessed Christmas, and that 2018 will be a year of complete healing for you! God bless you as you have blessed us – so very much!!

  31. Tracy December 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your journey of Hope! He is worthy of our worship! Love, hugs, and prayers for you dear sister!

  32. Susan G. December 24, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    I always get so excited when I see an email from you Liz! This was so awesome. This is one of my favorite verses, and you’ve made it even more so today. You breathe fresh insight into every single verse and I so enjoy reading your words.
    Thank you also for taking us on a little journey through the Museum of the Bible. I can’t wait to get there in person! How awesome in this day and age of our religious liberties being trampled on, that we have been blessed with courageous people who had this vision and acted upon it with bravery to build this world impacting museum on His Word!
    Congratulations also for your new venture to be on Faith Radio. I will look for you here in Oregon!
    I am praying for you as you continue your last treatments that God will heal you from head to toe! Thank you for being His light in this world to all of us!
    Love you!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  33. Carrie December 24, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    Thank you for these thoughtful and timely words. I’m excited to hear about your new radio program! What a great opportunity to reach even more people. I’m thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. May the Lord’s peace and comfort fill your heart this Christmas and carry you into a bright new year. Love, Carrie

  34. joyce December 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Thank you for sending me a reminder of what Christmas is truly about – Jesus. I am so sorry for all the pain and stress you are going through. My prayer for you is that 2018 will bring healing and joy in your life.

  35. Mona Johnston December 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Liz, thank you for sharing your heart. On your fifth chemo day my mom will have her third for the same cancer journey.

  36. Linda December 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

    So thankful to see your update on your cancer treatments, and that this time next month you will be done! Bless you Liz, you are a treasure….

  37. Leslie December 24, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Thank you for this reminder. I’ve been hanging in the shadows lately and need to get back into the Light!
    Blessings on your journey!

  38. Gwen L. December 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    Dear Lizzie, You have such a wonderful gift from God, the gift of encouragement. You have blessed me so much with your encouraging words through the years. Whether it’s your fiction or nonfiction you bring us to the Lord! Even this past year when you have been through so much you still are encouraging us to stay close to the LORD, to read his word and to trust him! Thank you so much for your encouraging words! May God bless you and your family this Christmas and New Year! My God place his healing touch on you! You will be in my prayers. Love, Gwen

  39. Jan Kight December 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    So sorry to hear about your cancer, keeping you in my prayers for healing.

  40. Sara O. December 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your journey. You’re a favorite writer of mine and I love how you share God’s word and your faith. God bless❤

  41. Maureen December 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    Dear Liz,
    I first heard you speak many years ago in St Charles IL. I have enjoyed many of your books. Thanks for the many years of encouragement! I look forward to listening to your Proverbs audio.

  42. LESLI December 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    Continued prayers for you. Thank you for all your beautiful books and studies. You are an absolute favorite of mine. Have a very Merry Christmas Liz!! To a beautiful beginning for 2018.

  43. Margaret Sing December 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Thanks Liz, I makes my heart sing when someone reminds us just how precious and amazing Gods word is.

    I also read your “Six reasons” why you are grateful for cancer. I have had that journey too and wholeheartedly agree. While on chemo I was struck down with a paralysing disease called transverse myelitis, some live what that now. Interestingly the Lord gave my that same verse from Psalm 27.
    Blessings and thanks for your encouragement.

  44. Sandra Northrup December 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    Thank you Liz for illuminating His precious Word in such a beautiful way. Looking forward to seeing you at America’s Keswick in May. Prayers for your continued healing and strength will continue.

  45. Janet Prox December 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    What an up beat message with so much truth behind it! Liz, I always enjoy your teaching messages. This one was a very good message with so much thought in it. We hear all the time to get into the Word of God because it is our way to live and have a close relationship with God. We can’t really know him without the Word. Loved this message.

  46. Hannah December 24, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    I enjoyed reading your post. I’m also praying for the chemo to go well.

  47. Margaret Harke December 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Liz to you and your family. Wishing you the joys and delights of Christmas and a bright and wonderful New Year!

  48. Cynthia Barrett December 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    You have been with my family since 1985 when I found you on Sky Angel TV in Vermont. What a Joy you have been to me and I love your novels. May God bless you and your family and His will be done. We love you, Cynthia

  49. Sarah Peer December 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    Thank you for this reminder of light. This has been a month of dark depression to wade through, and sometimes it’s hard to remember to look to the Light. May God bless you this year Lizzie!

  50. Martha T. December 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    Thank you for the reminder of the benefits of God’s Word!
    It’s great that you are almost done with chemo!

  51. Melanie G December 24, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    Got your new book for Christmas and can’t wait to dive in! Liz, so proud of you for hanging in there with your surgery, chemo and radiation. Know it’s not been an easy road but God is by your side each step you take. Many thoughts and prayers we send up for you! Thanks for keeping us updated and Merry Christmas!

  52. Barbara Bublyk December 24, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    I look be the way you convey God’s message. I went through a cancer scare a few months ago. I prayed a lot as did a lot of family and friends. I am so grateful that God heard our prayers and that it was only a scare.

    A group of us completed “Bad Girls of the Bible”. You gift of teaching was overwhelming. I found a much deeper understanding that I am carrying forward.

    God’s blessings as you complete your treatments.

  53. Rita Schwass December 24, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    God’s Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Happy birthday, Jesus! Thanks, Liz, for a great study. Bethankit

  54. Dorsee Kemp December 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

    Thank you, Liz, for letting His light shine through you even as you’ve made your journey through darkness this year. You’re a great reminder that light always overcomes darkness, and that the closer we are to the light, the brighter it shines for us. Merry Christmas and blessed New Year to you, Bill, Matthew, Lillian and all those you love!

  55. Cathy Hall December 24, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    Praying for your health. God is not done using you for His Kingdom. Your books & your events are filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Merry Christmas to you & all your family. I love you.

  56. Rita Smith December 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    Dear Liz, So glad to read your beautiful email this Christmas Eve. Just shared the afternoon/ evening with my 2 daughters & their families. I gave each of my daughters & my granddaughter your new Proverbs book & one of my daughters gave me a copy too. We will share them together in Bible Study together soon. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift of writing with us & for encouraging us in the Lord & His Word. Have a blessed Christmas

  57. Shirley Beesmer December 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    praying for you as you continue your fight. I don’t know what I would do without God’s light in my life. Thank you for this insightful post.

  58. Doris December 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks, my sister Liz for this study on this verse. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I think I will choose this verse also for my year’s verse for this coming year. I just today finished the Women of Christmas that was my study for Advent this year. I thank the Lord for the insights He gives you as you teach His Word through your books, etc.

  59. Louise December 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful message of light. Merry Christmas!

  60. Gloria Hargrove December 24, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    You are so encouraging to me. You have a wonderful way of opening God’s Word to touch my heart. Thank You. I’m praying for you as you go through your treatment. i know He will use this in your life to benefit His plan and purpose. Merry Christmas and may your 2018 be Blessed.

  61. Mary December 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

    Thank you for sharing the Light of Christ with us, I love your books and love to hear from you on the blog. Hang in there, having been through the same process 2 years ago, only breast cancer, chemo & radiation, I can tell that our God is stronger than all of it and He will continue to walk you through the difficult days. Just keep your eyes on Him!

  62. Tami G. December 24, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    Thank you, Liz for sharing your light through His light. I’m looking forward to your new program! I love your word byword teaching! I’m just thrilled you are in the home stretch with your last two treatments! My God’s healing power be with you. Merry Christmas!

  63. Dawn December 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    Thank you for sharing God’s light in your journey.

  64. Barb December 24, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

    Thank you for the reminder to be thankful in all circumstances. I’ve had cancer twice but God has been there with me. He is steadfast and never leaves us. My prayer is that your treatment cures you. God has you right where he wants you. Merry Christmas.

  65. Tiffany December 25, 2017 at 12:07 am #

    Loved this – 5 little nouns – truly amazing & remarkable BUT isn’t that just so like our God, our Heavenly Father.

    On a personal note my darling sister starts chemo on 27 Dec – she has a new different road to travel over the next few months , it’s been a bit tough but we all just trusting Gods timing in this as well. Thank you for being a bright shining star Liz with your wit, warmth & radiance , Tiffany xx 💕✨

  66. Melissa Edwards December 25, 2017 at 3:52 am #

    Beautifully written. Thanks for the inspiration as we go into the new year. Praying for your health. Merry Christmas!

  67. Jane December 25, 2017 at 5:01 am #

    Dear Sweet Liz – what a wonderful piece. I am in love with your writing style. Praying for complete healing for you. Have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas knowing that we are praying that you will sail through your remaining treatments. In everything, God’s purpose – not that we always know what it is but we do know that He’s in it. Love to you and your family on this remarkable day. God bless.

  68. Jennie Dickinson December 25, 2017 at 5:15 am #

    Thank you for helping us marvel at our great God’s ways by showing us a glimpse of the original language and the shorthand of Psalm 119:105.

    So thankful you’re almost through your cancer treatments, Liz. Thanks for continuing to serve your sisters along the way! Looking forward to your radio broadcasts.

    Merry Christmas!
    Jennie D

  69. Joan December 25, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    Dear sweet sister in Him Liz. I love 31Proverbs that I received when I pre ordered. Oh, and what a blessing to be able to get updates on all the Lord is doing in for and through you. Would that not be an amazing word study? Praying for you often and would love to hear your voice reading this study. Praying for your hopefully final treatment knowing the Lord does not waste a single person that He places in your path, either for you benefit or theirs or even someone sitting in the 8nfusion lab listening.. love your sister in Him, Joan

  70. AngieN December 25, 2017 at 6:48 am #

    Merry Christmas, Liz. So thankful for you; your words always speak to me.

  71. Nancy December 25, 2017 at 7:01 am #

    Merry Christmas, Lizzie!! Praying all God’s blessings on you and yours for 2018!

  72. Nora Key December 25, 2017 at 7:06 am #

    Blessings and Merry Christmas to you Liz! Thank you for your inspirational words. Prayers for healing as you finish your treatments in January.

  73. Shayna December 25, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Dear friend,

    My prayers and heart ❤️ go with you on your treatment days!

    Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 Litzy!

    P.S. My grandmother is with staying with my family. You sent her when she was a pastor’s wife a book called “Only angels wing it”. She wanted to say hi!

  74. Jacqueline Elsom December 25, 2017 at 7:59 am #

    I just learned about your ministry and your journey from a dear friend and I will be praying that God heals you and you continue to serve him. I am looking forward to reading and listening to more of your works. God Bless You!
    With Love in Christ!
    Jacque Elsom

  75. Lynn December 25, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    Thank you so much Liz for your ministry. The words you write always find a niche in my heart and settle there to ponder! Psalm 119 is one of my favorite passages and I thank God all the time for giving us His Word, not leaving us here alone to figure it out. May God bless you abundantly as you continue your journey and may our Father..the Great Physician…restore you to full health!! God bless you!

  76. Jenny December 25, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    It is such a Blessing to open my phone a read the words of God you give us. Thank you so much! Love doing your Bible studies. Prayers for complete healing in your body. Thank you for your minstry.

  77. Brenda Taylor December 25, 2017 at 11:41 am #

    Liz, I thank God for you and I know He is going to bring fantastic good out of the cancer situation. You always encourage me and now I want to encourage you. Whatever He allows you to walk through, He will bring good out of it and you will be blessed. Merry Christmas to you and your family,
    Brenda Taylor

  78. Cheryl Henderson December 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    Your words are an inspiration to all. The thoughts and relationship to life is wonderful. Bless you and keep writing.

  79. Debbie December 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

    Merry Christmas. Beautiful pictures shared. I have heard a lot about the Museum of the Bible and would love to visit sometime. I love the book of Proverbs and have a lot of driving ahead over the next couple weeks moving two kids out of state. May your health be restored completely and your strength gained.

  80. Beth Taylor December 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    His light shines the brightest when we allow it in this dark world. Praying for your total and complete healing within His will for your life . Thank you for opening your life to us.

  81. Ann Diener December 25, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing God’s gift of his Word to us on Christmas….and throughout the year. May we continue to let it light our feet and guide us on the right path.

    Prayers and wishes for a happy and very healthy new year!

  82. D. E. SIlver December 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for this sharing of your life with the rest of us and your understanding of God’s Word.

  83. Earlene Gordon December 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    Today I read Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous ran to it and are safe.”
    This is one of my favorite proverbs, and The LORD has been that strong tower for my family, as our great grandson was born with many birth defects. But he has far exceeded what the doctors said he would do. He is scheduled for surgery to possibly help with his hearing. The LORD is our safety.
    Merry Christmas, and I am so happy to hear that you are doing well with the trial in your life. I do remember to pray for you. Earlene

  84. Jill December 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    Our ladies group just finished reading and discussing The Women of Christmas. We were all blessed! The book prompted us to have much discussion about the birth of Jesus, and we watched scenes of The Nativity, as you suggested. May God continue to bless you, your walk with Him, and your ministry! Love from Crawford, Georgia!

  85. sonja December 25, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    I will pray for your healing. My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April. We have felt blessed and close to God thru all his treatment this year.

  86. Martha Smith December 25, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    What a blessing you have been down through the years. Your writings have supplied me with ideas and wisdom to share in my ministry to ladies here in Mexico. Your battle with cancer has been on my mind as one of the precious ladies here has walked the same path this year. May God bless you and continue to use you!

  87. Patti December 25, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    Liz, I have enjoyed your words of encouragement and teachings. God has blessed you with such a wonderful gift.
    I have always loved this passsge of scripture Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I pray that I can stay in the right path always.
    Thank you for all your words of wisdom.
    May God bless you and I pray your cancer will be wiped away.
    God bless you.


  88. Lynn Janzen December 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    Dear Liz … wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season celebrating “the reason for the season”. Continued prayers for your dear sister as you finish your last two treatments and praying and believing the Great Physician physically heals you. Thank you for taking us to a deeper level and journey with the Lord as you have shared your own personal growth in your faith walk. Blessings to you dear Sister in Christ.


  89. Jeana Miller December 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

    Dearest Liz, you continue to amaze me! I know your strength is in the LORD, and you give all glory to Him! That’s the best part. You are a willing and obedient daughter of the king! You enCOURAGE us all So beautifully. I trust that you will reap in abundance the Good seed and Love that you have sown. <

  90. Bobbi W December 25, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

    Prayed for you and your journey. I have family and friends going or have gone through treatment. It’s so hard to continue sometimes to look for the light. Thanks for your testimony and courage.

  91. Emily S December 25, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

    Dear Liz, I am so thankful for the Lord’s provision in your battles and in your successes. I pray your season has been filed with peace and love!

  92. Kelly Crusch December 25, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

    May I join you in having “His word” be my one word? Thank you for allowing the Lord to wholly use you and radiating His spirit in your being.

  93. Therese Cornell December 25, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

    Dear Liz,
    So sorry to hear you’ve been ill. I’ll keep you in my prayers. How we love your wonderful books, and your wondrous spirit. May God bless you and keep you in his care.

  94. gloria December 26, 2017 at 12:40 am #

    ms. liz, havent been on for awhile ….starting a new year with women of the bible and i thought of you….i read you have a journey yourself one of those many paths our Lord has for us knowing that we can only handle as much as he gives us…..i have and still walking that path with my husband he has liver cancer going on 3yrs…he’s a strong man…never complaining,,,i put you in my list of prayers…i ask God for favor over your path my his guidance be with you always…amen…peace

  95. Annette D December 26, 2017 at 5:22 am #

    Thank you for bringing God’s grace to life in my life through your many fictional writings over the years. I fell in love with you as an author because of your “Bad Girls of the Bible” series. Then I was drawn to your passionate enthusiasm as I heard you on radio interviews. Now I’m gleaning more insight from your word by word devotional readings. Thank you for your transparency and for letting God continue to use you during your current rocky pathway…may the Lord see fit to graciously make it smooth and straight as you follow His light.

  96. Laurie Diggins December 26, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Thank you for letting the light of God’s Word shine! Your recent book, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, was the only Christmas present generating many positive comments from recipients. Now I am excited that our Wisconsin relatives will be able to hear you on radio. For the Word of God is living and powerful. . .Blessings to you and your family!

  97. Cynda Baldini December 26, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    I’ve always felt guilty for not getting a “word” for the year without copying other peoples’ Word! So glad to just say that my word for the year is HIS WORD! Thank you Lizzie…for blessing me and my day today!

  98. Christina Ford December 26, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Thank you for your faithfulness Liz. I got to go to a woman’s conference in Hershey, PA the year I gave my life to Christ and I got to hear you bring the word to life. It was beautiful to hear you tell the story of Ruth that year. I’ve always been thankful for the giftings God has given you. Thank you for following His path and helping the rest of us understand His word a little more than we did before. God bless you!!!

  99. Kathy Jacob December 26, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    Blessings to you, Liz, as you take us along with you on your journey, making it our journey, as well. Thanking God for His Word, and your excellence in sharing it.

  100. Kristi Gouch December 26, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Thank you for this giveaway! I’m excited you will have a podcast. I will asd you to my list (I only listen to a few each week, but love doing so while getting ready in the mornings or in the car). Praying for you now and your upcoming treatment tomorrow.

  101. Annetta Dellinger December 26, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    I volunteer for a non-profit, Christian Loving Care Hospice agency. I know the toll this journey takes not only on the patient but each family member. My prayers will be for each of you. I have seen miracle after miracle and an inner peace that transforms the entire family. I will be praying.

    I am planning a Pastor Appreciation event for all the churches in two counties. The pastors receive very little thanks for their ministry and outreach to those broken and hurting such as cancer patients. Your theme of LIGHT in this blog will be the theme for the next event! I hope I’m a winner.

    I’ve followed you for many, many years. You have branded your JOYfilled love of Jesus into my being. May God bless you and your family

  102. Elaine December 26, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    Merry Christmas and blessings galore. May the New Year be filled with even more encouragement for you as you have given so many. Great news regarding New radio program, tons of success.May the love of Christ be all around you as you keep sharing and shining his light.💗 Elaine

  103. Charlotte December 26, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    I can’t wait to hear your podast! You are so inspiring and encouraging!

  104. Sue Muzny December 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    This was such a good reminder of God’s good Word to us as we start a new year. I’ve given away 2 of your proverbs books as gifts and have saved my to start on January 1. I can’t wait to get going on it. I will be praying for you in this New Year of new beginnings as you put the cancer behind you! Merry Christmas!

  105. Sheila Rowell December 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    Bless you Liz in your journey. May God heal you.

  106. Lynette December 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    Liz, You are such a wonderful blessing… His light shines brightest through cracked vessels because only in the complete surrender of ourselves can He be poured into and flow out of us… thank you for continuing to be a blessing to so many around the world while you are yourself walking a difficult road. I pray that Father will bless you abundantly with love and joy and good health and happiness and blessings in abundance in the coming year. Much love

  107. Lori Breech December 26, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    Liz, So glad you are almost done with your cancer journey. You are truly an inspiration to all. May God bless and keep you in his loving arms.

  108. Pamela Lee December 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    Thank you for ILLUMINATING the Scripture for me. My prayers for a quick and full recovery. Keep up the good works God has anointed you with. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

  109. Michele Linehan December 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    Lizzie you are always an inspiration! Thank you for the insight. And may the Lord continue to bless and heal you. Hugs😊

  110. Linda Taylor December 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm #


    As I read your posts, I can hear your voice and the tone in which you speak. In Christ you have become a very remarkable woman and I feel honored to have met you 4 times at different conferences. I know that you have made an impact in my life by sharing yours. I have a few of your books which I like sharing with others whom are hurting and need encouragement. Thank you for sharing your cancer journey with us. Continued prayers Dear Sister in Christ!

  111. Deb V December 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    I love how you explain bible verses word by word. I pray that God will restore your health. Thanks for all that you do.

  112. Lynette P December 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    Beautiful words. I hope you & yours had the merriest of Christmases. I pray God’s blessing on you in the New Year.

  113. Susan December 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Thank you, Liz, for your encouragement!

  114. Beverly December 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

    Waiting to hear that you are completely healed.

  115. MaryJane December 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    you are such an inspiration Liz. May Gods light continue to shine on us… Merry Christmas!

  116. Mary Butz December 26, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

    Thank you very much for all that you share with us. God has gifted you! I appreciate the vivid descriptions and explanations that you provide. It helps to bring it to life for me as I read. I too have truly needed to see the light again as many others have shared as well. Thank you again.

    I’ll be praying for you and your family as your treatments continue. God bless!

  117. Annette M. Willett December 26, 2017 at 11:10 pm #

    Liz, Every time I see you have E-mail I get so excited . Your Love your message and how you are so positive through your cancer. Your smile always . You give me so much Hope . The Lord is The King of Kings and Lord of Lord. I learn so much with every message you send. God Bless You and your family always.

  118. Lynda Fowler December 27, 2017 at 7:19 am #

    Liz, I”m so glad you are doing better with your health. I use your audio books with a small group (2 others). But we meet biweekly and listen to a chapter and then discuss it. We are doing The Girl Still Got It” and loving it. We have a couple more chapters and then we will get another book maybe Proverbs?? thank you for all your writings.

  119. Lori Boruff December 27, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    Cancer survivor, Lynn Eib, said she had to accept the diagnosis but not the verdict. Believing your verdict is clear because you are a girl on a mission for God! Looking forward to Faith on Saturday and the great things He has done for you to manifest in 2018. Lifting you in prayer!

  120. Donna December 27, 2017 at 8:06 am #

    My family and I are walking through some stressful times. I pray we can be reminded to look to God’s word for guidance daily. Thank you, Liz for your lessons. Always so spot on. Donna

  121. Missy White Hotard December 27, 2017 at 8:57 am #

    Sweet Lizzie, you have touched the hearts of many of the women in my life. My mom and her sister traveled with you in Scotland and still talk about the memories and how precious you are to them. Thank you for being His servant. Thank you for sharing from your heart. You are such a blessing to me, to my family, and to many, many of my friends. Love you dearly.

  122. Lauren Vanaman December 27, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Liz, You always inspire me. I am looking forward to reading your book on Proverbs. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 119:105. There is one of the greatest most comforting promises in the bible to me and one I use often to encourage others. Praying for you my sweet sister.

  123. JoAnn Rogers December 27, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    Ah, Lizzie, so proud of you and thank you so much for sharing your journey. Praying for comfort and peace only He can provide.

    Love you dearly my sister,

  124. Ammie Black December 27, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    Thank you for your faithfulness to share God’s words and your adventures and trials with us as you go…we learn from the lessons you share, at least I know I do. Be blessed sweet lady!

  125. Wendy December 27, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    Thank you for your inspiration!

  126. Shonna Slayton December 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    Praying for you today as you go through another chemo round. Thank you for your constant inspiration no matter the circumstances. (AND I’m so excited about your new radio program. I’ll be listening in on podcast.)

  127. Beccy Kirkpatrick December 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    The Lord led me to your blog today, reminding me of His light, my hope! Thank you for sharing with us what He has taught you. May His healing hand be on you as you walk your path, lighted by His Word!

  128. Diana December 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    Thank you for sharing the Light of the World with a world that needs light! God bless you!

  129. Name* December 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    I so enjoy your studies you prepare and I am thankful you are nearly finished with your treatments. Keeping you in prayer for the remainder and wishing you a Blessed and Happy 2018!

  130. Verna December 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    Liz, your teaching has been so meaningful to me for so many years. You have such a wonderful way of leading us into love for the word. Thank you

  131. Stephanie Frederick December 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    Liz, I love how you simplified the Scripture….lamp, feet, WORD, light, path. Easy for me to remember! Thank you for sharing the original intent from the Hebrew Bible.
    I pray for you as you continue in your journey of healing. God is in control!

  132. Laura S. December 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    Dear Liz, I so appreciate your ministry through writing! I pray you receive full healing and restored health. I also pray 2018 is a year of learning His Word and applying His Word to my daily life.
    Thank you!

  133. Pam December 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Liz,
    Love this post and pictures. As I was thinking/praying for you this morning, I was wondering what your hair will be like when I’m grows back? What color, texture, and style? I had read the Proverb 16:31 devotion from your book and it got me thinking about it. Will be praying for your last chemo and continued healing. Excited to see what the Lord will bring you in 2018!

  134. Pam B. December 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    You say that we encourage you? You, even in the midst of cancer treatments, always encourage us! Thank you for your steadfastness, even in times of trouble. God bless you always.

  135. Robin December 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    Your writing has shed light on many paths. May you continue your ministry of light.

  136. Amber December 27, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    Beautifully written. Praying for you as you finish these last rounds of treatment!

  137. Barbie Shaw December 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

    Love love love you Liz. God has given you such an extraordinary gift!

  138. Bettie Collins December 29, 2017 at 5:44 am #

    I would love to visit The Museum of the Bible in DC. I was unaware of its existence.

  139. patricia Althouse December 30, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

    God bless you and your teaching; It is truly inspiring and motivating

  140. patricia Althouse December 30, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    God bless you and your teaching; looking forward to
    2018 and your teaching

  141. Marie January 1, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    Good Morning Ms. Lizzy,
    I am always blessed when I receive word from you. You set me on the right path if I’m wondering around. ( which is most of the time) thank you my dear friend.
    I want to wish you and yours a very happy- healthy New Year…. and may Our Lord continue to bless us all in 2018….

  142. Cindy K January 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    God bless you Liz!!! You’re such a gift!
    I was so happy to hear you on your new radio spot today on faith900!🙌🏻
    Your joy, love of understanding and teaching of the Bible, and your sincere, genuine heart so easily reach deeply into hearts & lives!!! THANK YOU!!! Continuing to pray for you!❤️

  143. Helen January 7, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Praying for miracles as He continues to light your path!

  144. January 10, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    You are such a faithful and sweet servant of Christ. I hope I never suffer cancer personally as you have, Liz, but if I do, I will be reading ALL you’ve written during your fight!

    May God have a clean bill of health in store for you very soon, dear.

    Love and prayers from KY,

    Patty Wilson

  145. Carrie January 31, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    ~Hi Liz, I posted a comment through Proverbs 31 Ministry and somehow, it did Not go through…? I liked your post regarding your cancer journey, and you are not alone! My cancer journey (2011 Stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosis) has taught me to appreciate things in Life and to have an even MORE & BETTER relationship with the Lord. It has taught me in so many ways…(too detailed to explain). I told my mother-in-law (bless her, R.I.P.) that something good will come out of this after I was diagnosed. PLEASE keep your sense of humor and positive attitude! Watch many funny series like I Love Lucy because it is good for your soul while waiting… (I did that…) Your writing inspires many! Bless you. ~