Do you mark your bible up? I ask because I have been marking in my Bible for a while now. I love being able to see what God has spoken to me, different notes I have jotted down, as well as prayers and highlighted verses that have been shouted to me as I read.
Some like to keep their bibles pristine, clean, and tidy. Sacred text that is not tainted by the bleeding through of pink highlighter from 25 years ago when their children might eventually be looking through it. (There is nothing wrong if you love your beautiful, clean pages).
Others have tattered, torn, written on and bled through pages. Tearsteaks, coffee stains from early mornings, rips and tears from quickly leafing through pages. It’s a matter of preference, really. Mine is the latter. And I love that you can see the day to day through the pages. Yes, spilled 5am coffee and all!
Let me share with you what really inspired me to let totally loose on my Bible(s) (I love my different Bibles, but that’s a different blog post all together!).
I once heard a saying in a ladies bible study, and boy, it has stuck with me. It a major goal of mine now! Here is the quote:
“A Bible that is falling apart, usually belongs to someone who isn’t (falling apart)”
And isn’t that so true? When we take the time to meet with God every day, we find our grounding in this life that is full of chaos. When life falls apart, we can count on the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior to hold us up. When we are lacking in our obedience to meet with our Heavely Father each day, we may notice we don’t do as well with day to day trials.
Back in 2014, I was in a bible study group that read a book called The Divine Mentor (Wayne Cordeiro). It was such a life changing group of women that met together as we read this book and shared our journaling time, grew together and inspired each other. I would recommend this book to anybody looking for some inspiration on how to simplify their daily meeting with God. It has a great message in simplifying sitting at the feet of Jesus and really soaking in scripture. Daily readings through the Bible and journaling each day, you find you are able to “feed yourself” with the Word of God, rather than solely focusing on being fed the Word. Of course, great teachers and Bible studies are life changing, but nothing is greater than meeting just you and God and listening to Him. One of the things I liked the most was putting the date and highlighting the scriptures of each day that spoke to you. Just one or two verses, so it’s more specific. As you journey through the Bible and re-through different areas, it’s amazing how the Living Word reveals new aspects and layers to you.
As we speak, the church I now attend is doing a study on Ephesians and they have a reading plan to go through from September to beyond January. I’ve read through Ephesians, Phillipians, Genesis, several chapters of Acts, John, Exodus, and Romans. It’s amazing how two chapters a day adds up and how they connect, too.
Each day, new places are marked and show me footprints of the journey God and I have embarked together. As I revisit the pages, I remember different things we have conversed on and I am blessed.
So, do you Mark up your bible? If you haven’t ever considered it, this would be my side of the argument to convince you!
This is the awesome book of Ephesians. Today’s verse that was revealed to me is:
Ephesians 2:8-9For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.