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My Bible

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My Bible is well worn, much like me. The binding is starting to separate. A few pages are torn and about ready to fall out. I’ve got book marks, and post it notes, and little scraps of paper all over the place. Many verses are underlined and highlighted. Every mark and scratch on the cover have their own story. I have poured over, and cried, and prayed while reading this book. Sometimes tears of joy and other times not. This truly is my favorite book. But it’s not ordinary. The words are alive, because they are God’s words.

This Bible has a past. It was the beginning of my mom’s faith journey and ultimate road to salvation. Here’s where it all began. It was the early 1980’s. We were a Catholic family but my mom had questions about a lot of things regarding faith. She was invited to a Bible study and gladly accepted the invitation thinking it was a social gathering. When she arrived at the woman’s house she was surprised to see they all had Bibles. So she thought “I need one too”, and went and purchased the above Bible. The group was studying Acts and my mom was excited, and learning. The words came alive to her.

In a short time we left the Catholic Church. My mom went forward at our new non-denominational Christian church and accepted Jesus Christ as savior, and got baptized. One week later my dad went forward, accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and got baptized too. It was a huge ripple affect. One of my older brothers accepted Christ and got baptized. Then myself and three other siblings followed suit the next year. So, my parents and their five kids all accepted Jesus Christ as savior within a year or so. All because a woman invited my mom to a Bible study. I have never met that woman and probably never will. When I meet her in heaven I will hug her and say “Thank you”.

When my mom bought this New International Version Bible she also bought my little sister and I Kid Bible’s. We were excited to have our own Bibles and even happier that there were some colorful pictures inside. After a few years my mom bought herself a new Bible and gave me this one. That’s been at least thirty years ago and the beginning of my own faith journey and going deeper. I love this 1978 NIV Bible. It’s still my favorite version and my go to for most verses. Occasionally I use other versions of the Bible for a blog post or my own study. I really don’t want to start marking up a new Bible. Also, I love that every so often I come across my mom’s handwriting in the margins. What a sweet reminder of where it all began.

I personally don’t care what version you are reading. That’s between you and God. Just read it. I know it can be difficult to know where to start. If you have never read the Bible the book of John is a good place to begin. God wants to speak to you. And one very powerful way He does that is through His word. Probably most American homes have a Bible collecting dust on a shelf. Pick it up and start. Pray and ask God to speak to you and reveal Himself. He will. There are Bible apps, online versions, audio versions, podcasts. Start somewhere. It is like no other book you will ever read. Hebrews 4:12 “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (NIV).

I am grateful that I live in a place where I don’t have to hide my Bible or fear it will be confiscated. I have the absolute privilege to be in the word of God daily. Not because I am a super Christian. No, that’s far from the truth. I am super desperate for Him in my life. I am weak and useless without Jesus. So I hold my beat up Bible tight and cling to the very words that at times jump off the pages. I even hug it sometimes. Yep, I know. I’m one of those weird Christians. I’m happy to be weird.

If you have questions or need prayer please message me through my contact page or email: meghanewhiteauthor@gmail.com. I am happy to pray for you anytime! I am not an expert, just a regular person that’s being held by Jesus.

Love you all,

Meghan

P.S. Thanks Mom for following God’s lead!

20 thoughts on “My Bible”

  1. Love that Bible! My is well worn too. A couple have sections of pages falling out. That old adage a bible falling apart is a life that isn’t is true

    God bless! Great post thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love that adage and hope it’s true for me. Glad to know you have a falling apart Bible too. I’m determined to keep mine for as long as possible. I’ll duct tape it if need be.
      Thank you Joel! God bless you too!

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  2. I love this! I still have my kids Bible that mom bought us. She even put tabs on it so I could easily navigate. When I feel like I’m not sure where to read my go to is Psalms. Thank you for sharing your heart Meghan❤️

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  3. I love this! I still have my kids Bible that mom bought us. She even put tabs on it so I could easily navigate. When I feel like I’m not sure where to read my go to is Psalms. Thank you for sharing your heart Meghan❤️https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZXRMByZ4Gz86UVLU8

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  4. Well, that Bible has certainly been through a lot, as is the case of its’ two owners. Gods words have guided us through many paths in our lives and will continue. No matter how worn our Bibles become, Gods’ words are always true through all ages. Thanks for sharing this very special part of my life. Love you, Mom

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    1. That’s great that you have the same version and also love it. Interesting to hear that some (those smart folk) say it is the best of the NIV translations. That’s a pretty good stamp of approval. I have used it for so long that I am very comfortable with it. I will definitely keep it and use it for as long as I can. I don’t want to break in another Bible. Thanks for your insight!

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