I stand alone on the Word of God
Did you learn that catchy little tune as a kid? Or maybe you’ve taught it to your own little people?
I’ve had the pleasure of that tune popping into my head occasionally since I was a wee little person. I must have been around 4 or 5 when I learned that along with a few other tunes like “Jesus Loves Me” and “Obedience” from back in my days at Maranantha Christian Academy. I was in school there for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade, then the school closed down and I was sent crashing into the great world of public school! Nothing wrong with it…my kids are in public school but for me, it was like losing an arm – or losing my religion.
Anyway, back to the B-I-B-L-E. Does it really matter what kind of Bible you have? No, not really .. I think they are all God’s word and they all share the same meaning. Now, let me first explain, I’m no Bible Scholar and I certainly can’t translate anything to you from Hebrew or even from King James but I can tell you that as a normal gal, in a small town, who’s only been really studying for a couple years, the kind of Bible you have can matter.
I remember growing up and my grandma always had her Good News Bible laying around, in mint condition, mind you. It was always placed perfectly on the table next to her chair (yes, she had her own chair and so did my grandpa .. we should have monogrammed their names on them, lol). Heaven forbid anyone else sit in her chair!
I remember having one of those little Gideon Bibles…you know the ones?! The tiny little things that could fit in your pocket, came in a variety of colors and had words so small an ant would need a magnifying glass to read them…yep, that’s the one. I think I may still have it floating around here somewhere.
Somewhere around 18, 19 or 20, I decided I was going to read my Bible, only thing is, I don’t think I really had one. If I did, I certainly had no clue what box it was stuffed into. I made a trip to a local Bible store and picked out the coolest aka cheapest Bible I could find. It was a white, leather (maybe pleather) bound King James Version. Have you ever talked to King James? I don’t think I could carry on a conversation with him for more than about two seconds. Have you ever tried to read the KJV Bible? Okay, so maybe I’m the only not so literate person around but I stumbled over nearly every word I read. Needless to say, my goal of becoming the next Bible Scholar at age 20 quickly vanished and I stuffed that little white pleather bound Bible into some unknown box.
My oldest son, Noah, is 11 and heading to 6th grade. A year or so ago, we bought him a new Bible. He’d outgrown the baby blue Precious Moments Bible he’d had for way too long and we had failed to buy him a new one in between. Finally, I searched around for a good, but affordable Bible for him and we settled on the NIV 2:52 Backpack Bible. He loves it and we think it will grow with him for years to come.
Our middle child, Caleb, will turn 7 in September. He’s also heading into 1st grade which is a big deal in Sunday School. At our church, when kids enter first grade, they start going to “big church” with their parents. Until then, they stay in the preschool wing and have Bible lessons and play time. Since he’s graduating to “big church” we felt it was time to get him his very own real Bible. Up until now, he has had the God’s Mighty Warrior Devotional Bible which he has loved (and I highly recommend for little boys up to his age) but it’s really more like a story book than a real Bible. We went to a local Bible store a few weeks ago and he looked around to see what he might like. He finally settled on the NIrV Super Heroes Backpack Bible. I think he will do very well with this one. It’s small enough for him to carry around, easy for him to read but is in fact a real Bible and it looks cool. Even though it’s geared toward new readers, I think he will be able to use this Bible for many years to come.
My husband has a cool little Bible that we found for him a couple years ago. It’s called The Firefighters Bible and the version is Holman Christian Standard Bible. He likes it. It also has some prayers and devotions in the back geared towards Firefighters and other emergency workers…a neat little addition. I really have no idea how this version compares to others. In case you’re wondering, yep, he’s a firefigther. He has been with our local city fire department going on 13 years. We have our very own hero in the house :)
Last, we have my Bible. I ♥ my Bible! I have the NIV Life Application Study Bible in black leather (this time I think I got the real stuff). I’ve had this Bible for a few years now and am slowly finding my way through it. In the past 6 months or so, God has really opened my eyes with how to use my Bible and how to apply what I read to my own daily life. It’s an amazing journey and I just don’t know what I would do without my Bible. I am not really a reader but this Bible has awesome study notes in the pages. Nearly every verse is explained on terms that I’m able to understand. I’ve learned so much with this Bible and definitely recommend it to anyone who feels they are struggling to understand what they are reading.
So, there you have it. Each of us had our own needs for a Bible. My kids needed one suitable for their ages and my husband and I just have our own preferences. I don’t think the version matters as much as your ability to understand the version you choose. Unfortunately, I have heard of some churches who are all KJV and frown upon anyone who chooses to use something different. I think that’s sad. It’s all about you and what fits your needs or suits you best. Being open to what God is saying to you through His Word seems most important, in my opinion.
Next on the topic of the B-I-B-L-E…this is a biggie *drumroll*
Do you write in your Bible?
Have you ever dog tagged one of the pages?
Have you highlighted or underlined things in your Bible?
If not, what are you waiting for????!!
I spent years putting my Bible up on a shelf, all nice and neat. I knew there it would be safe. When I thought to take it down, I carried it in a nice leather case that zipped closed. I hardly opened it because what a pain it was to have to unzip it to read anything and especially in a quiet class where you didn’t want anyone to notice you didn’t already have the pages turned to the right place. The sheer thought of writing anything in my Bible other than when I got it (on that front page specifically for that purpose) made my skin crawl. What would God do to me if I defaced His Words? Wasn’t underlining them or writing in the margins defacing my Bible? Surely I’d be cursed or so I thought!
Now, I read my Bible more than ever and I have learned so much from underlining the verses I’ve read, from writing in the margins the dates I read something and what I was doing at the time (ie. Bible study, worship service, Sunday school, etc.). I can’t believe it took me this long to get to that point. I am able to look back in my Bible now and remember what I was doing at the time, what I have studied, where I have been! What a blessing to see my growth through the ratty pages and colorful verses. I always have colored pencils (I use these for underlining) and a pen nearby when I’m reading. I jot notes in the margin with my pen and underline what stands out with my colored pencils. If you haven’t tried this already, just do it. I promise, I have not been struck down by lightening or ran over by any Mack trucks (not to say that it couldn’t still happen, but just saying). I think it has definitely helped me through my journey, my studies and my learning. Oh and that nifty black leather case I carried it in for so long…well, the strap broke and I felt a total relief when it did. I trashed it and never looked back. Now my Bible sits out, wherever I am, showing it’s own Black leather cover and easy to reach over and flip to wherever I need to go without having to fiddle with zippers or flaps or handles. Don’t get me wrong, if you like a nice little cover, by all means, use it but do just that, use it! Don’t leave it zipped closed like I did!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
So my Morning Glory today (and most days) is my B-I-B-L-E … what’s yours?