I recently purchased a new study bible. This may seem like no big deal to most of you, but in my case let me assure you it IS a big deal. I have been using my current bible for many, many years. I have written special quotes and study notes. I have highlighted and dated special life verses. I have underlined and dated scripture that has been discussed in church. I have a list of the favorite verses of other special people in my life. And as I have pondered God’s word, I have jotted down my thoughts, which have often lead to one of my blog posts. Many conversations with my Lord have come through the reading of these pages. To sum it up, my bible is a precious, treasured part of my life.
I was scrolling through Amazon one day, and there it was! This beautiful bible cover that caught my eye. I read the description and saw that it was a new study bible that had recently been released. On a whim, I ordered it. Then the fretting began. What was I going to do with it? How could I possibly study God’s word out of any other bible except my good ole’ written up study bible?
God spoke to me during those thoughts. He helped me to see that my study bible was a wonderful treasure to pass on to my children someday. It is almost like a journal of my thoughts, and the way I relate to His word. What a treasure for my children to open it up someday and see what mama had on her heart. Perhaps my thoughts of today could inspire their tomorrows. He also helped me see that to start in a new one would give me the opportunity to pass yet another treasure down.
And so it arrived. I lifted the lid from the box and softly touched the beautiful cover. I opened it, felt the thin pages and smelled that wonderful “new book” smell. I put it in my “Mary space”, ready for the next morning’s study. When morning came, I eagerly opened that beautiful bible and began my study. I picked up my pen to jot down my thoughts, and just could not write in that new bible. It took me several days before I was able to put a pen to those sheets, but once I did, the thoughts came pouring out. So now I have two thought-filled, God inspired bibles to pass down. I will continue to highlight, underline, and ponder, and pour out my heart to God. What a treasure and a blessing that is! How awesome is the word of God and how fortunate are we to be able to glean from it!
But now I have another problem…. I have TWO bibles, and SEVEN kids. It looks like there might be some more bible shopping in my future!
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8
Something To Ponder…
Do you consider your bible a treasure to be handed down through the generations
If so, does it hold your thoughts and notes on the word of God?
Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 4:12, Deuteronomy 8:12, Romans 15:14, John 1:14