I like to collect Bibles. Not just any, but those that have belonged to relatives, especially parents and grandparents. I have quite a collection from my great grandmother Junia to my mothers’ Bible she received from her mom, Geneva. I also have Bibles that Scott’s mother brought back from the home she inherited in Sweden.
From my collection of about 20, my favorites are the ones that have notes, scribbles, cards, and memories in them. I love seeing their favorite verses underlined and notes from sermons written in the little columns. I can see that they were learners and dug into God’s Word and I am inspired to follow the example of the generations before me.
When our dear friend Pastor Jean relocated to her heaven-home, her family read through her Bible and found many names of the children she had pastored throughout her ministry years written right next to the verses she was specifically praying. Lives were impacted not only at the time of her prayers, but now twenty years later when those “grown-up” students saw their names written down and verses circled. They knew they were loved and the prayers and verses Pastor Jean spoke are still being fulfilled in lives.
What does your Bible look like?
Is it making a difference in your life?
And when it is passed down to the next generation, what impact will it make in their hearts?
I feel a call in my spirit for this year, 2018, to move, push, gently shove, lead, and shake-n-awake people to open up their own Bibles and start reading. That’s what Inhale.Exhale.Repeat is all about – daily centering my life on God through His Word.
Inhale.Exhale,Repeat is about prioritizing these 3 things:
- The daily inhale of God’s Word and Presence
- The exhale of a transformed life
- The repeated discipline of a submitted heart to God
There are a lot of good devotionals out there for you to use, and I have many of them on my bookshelf. But this year I want to challenge you to read the Bible on your own in a systematic fashion. Read one chapter, one small section, or one verse and then let the Holy Spirit teach you. Use Bible Study Tools to help you better understand the text. Become intelligent in knowing Biblical history, dates, people, places, and the true meanings of Greek and Hebrew words.
Wear your Bible out! But then keep it on your bookshelf so after you switch your home to heaven your grandson or great-grandson can read your notes and be inspired in his own walk with God.
Join us on the first reading plan for Inhale.Exhale.Repeat: The Cross – A Lenten Journey Through the Gospels. We begin Wednesday, February 14 and read through Easter Sunday, April 1.
Free downloadable study guides and a reading plan will be available SOON on my website. http://evergreen.study/inhale-exhale-repeat/
Join the FaceBook group Inhale.Exhale.Repeat for encouragement and accountability. https://www.facebook.com/groups/246265375912090/