What’s in Your … Bible?

16 Jul

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the Grandma's Bibleold pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.

‘Mum, look what I found,’ the boy called out.

‘What have you got there, dear?’

With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered, ‘I think it’s Adam’s underwear!’ *

It’s truly amazing what people find in old Bibles.

There are lots of stories, mostly legends, about people finding money hidden between the pages of hotel Gideon Bibles, family Bibles, and “found” Bibles ~ sometimes with a message about how to use the money.

I (Dawn) opened a relative’s old Bible and found a piece of a wedding dress, a bank calendar, a Farm Bureau notepad, and a phone number jotted inside the cover that’s only five numbers long! I saw a friend’s Bible that was filled with all sorts of meaningful poems and even some greeting cards ~ no doubt special to my friend.

My Titus 2 Friend, Nancy, told me one day that she still has a poem in her Bible that  I wrote for her after her husband passed away. You never know what people might slip between the onion-skin pages.

I laugh at the Capital One Vikings commercials on television that end with the words, “What’s in Your Wallet?” But today I am asking you, “What’s in Your Bible?”

Dawn's Open BibleYou may have sermon notes, poems, quotations ~ many things ~ but at the very minimum (and how can this be “minimum”?), you really have a library of history, prophecy, valuable messages, and a “good news” love note from Father God.

Perhaps you have jotted down dates that are important turning-points for you, or when you began to pray for something dear to your heart. Maybe you’ve used colored pencils or a special pen to highlight scriptures.

If you are like me, you’ve scribbled  notes on special pages throughout the Word that remind you of some of the messengers and messages God used to change your heart and life. Perhaps your favorite Bible, like mine, is falling apart; but you can’t bear to set it aside.

I thought I’d share a few of the many quotes from my collection (written in the inside covers of the Bible I received from my grandparents in 1968 ~ the Bible I used when I became a Christian in 1971 and for many years of ministry after that):

  • Not somehow, but triumphantly.
  • A family altar always alters the family.
  • Patience is the readiness to await God’s time without doubting His love.
  • A neglected Bible means a neglected God.
  • The greatest use for life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
  • The world waits for a daily demonstration of the Christ who lives in you.
  • Death is just the beginning of the next great adventure.

IDawn's Bible also have lists of scriptures for specific needs. Convicting scriptures. Scriptures for evangelizing. Scriptures about purity… comfort … ministry … power.

A Bible is more than what you gain as you commune with God. It is a legacy you leave behind for others to consider.

My Bible is precious, even though my dog once ate part of its leather cover. My grandparents left me scriptures ~ shared on a page in the Bible they gave me. Psalm 27: 1, 4-5, and 14 motivated me for many years. My father shared Proverbs 3:5-6 as words of wisdom for me as I left for college.

So Friend, what’s in YOUR Bible?

What will your family members see there when you have passed on into eternity? How will what you leave them bless and encourage their lives and give them strength? Is your Bible pristine, unmarked? Why not record some of your deepest values and beliefs for posterity. (If you don’t want to mark your Bible, add in some special slips of paper ~ share your heart.)

It’s not too late to make your Bible one of your children’s and grandchildren’s greatest treasures.

* http://www.soulsupply.com/news/n/adams-underwear-080721

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2 Responses to “What’s in Your … Bible?”

  1. Vickie July 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    The best gift I ever received for Christmas was when my God Grand-daughter asked if I would give her my Bible the following Christmas. That next year, after marking it up even more…I parted with my favorite study Bible, the special one I bought just for going to Biola.

    • Dawn Wilson July 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      What a wonderful, insightful, and sacrificial gift, Vickie! I hope she will treasure it.

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