Falling in love with the Word of God has been a process for me…
It didn’t happen overnight. In fact, for most of my young adulthood life I had an uneasy relationship with the “Book” that was supposed to be the center of my Christian walk.
I knew I was supposed to love the Bible, but to be honest, I rarely spent time in its pages outside of church on Sunday.
I was nearly 30 before I found tools that helped make the Bible my own.
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In a recent Facebook Live, I shared seven ways you can interact with the Word of God on a more personal, intimate level.
Here’s an inside peek at how I’ve made the Bible my own…
Seven Ways to Make the Bible Your Own
1. Get a high-quality Bible
Though it’s an investment, I’ve always tried to buy the best Bible I can afford. After all, I plan to live with it for years and years. Not only that, I’d like to pass it on when I go. A high quality leather-bound Bible is more likely to stand the test of time than a simple paperback or hardcover Bible.
I especially love study Bibles that have verse commentaries at the bottom of the page as well as study helps such as cross-references and an extensive concordance. Here are some different Bibles that fall in that category:
- NIV Study Bible (unfortunately, Zondervan has discontinued the 1984 version which I love – undecided about new version.)
- NLT Life Application Bible
- ESV Study Bible
2. Mark verses that stand out to you
While I don’t mark everything I read, I do mark the verses that really speak to my heart. Below, I’ve included a video describing some of the markings I use, but the internet is filled with other marking methods you might want to explore. [Read more…]