Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Word Up

Today I am thankful for God's Word.  You see, I have an obsession with Bibles.  I love, love, totally love Bibles!  I actually swoon over them.  I can not walk into a bookstore without checking out the Bible section.  Many times I have arrived home and had to explain a compulsive Bible purchase to Jim with something like this, "But...I just HAD to have it! I don't have one like this one.  And it was on SALE!".   

Here are a few from my collection:

I even have a Beck's Translation.  Seriously!  Wait for it.....wait for it..........

Talk about the Word of God "speaking to you"......I feel as if this calls me by name:

(What a reminder.  "Beck, Christ has freed us!"  Indeed He has!)    

This purple beauty is one of my favorites.  I call her my "Legacy Bible". 

Jim game me this one in 1995 for Christmas.  It contains so many precious notes and highlights.  I have pretty much retired this precious keepsake as I am afraid I will take it someplace and forget it.    In the back of this Bible I have kept a record of quotes through the years that I liked.  I write who said the quote and the date. This was my only Bible for many years when I was a young Christian woman trying to learn The Word.  I can not even imgaine the number of  church services, Vacation Bible Schools, Precpet Bible Studies and revivals this Bible 'attended' with me. I wonder how many tears the pages of my Legacy Bible caught.  I can remember a time when I was so desperate for The Lord to speak (my heart was aching and I was confused by life) that I literally covered my head with this Bible and cried to The Lord for any measure of wisdom He would give me.  This tattered Bible was my "bff" when my girls were little and Jim worked 60 hour work weeks.  


I am SO thankful for The Word.  Heaven and Earth will pass away but the Word of the Lord will remain forever.    

I want to keep it real.  If you read my blog, you know I like "realness" (if that is a word).  I have a confession.  With all the Bibles I own, I am not in the Word like I should be these days.  I do try to read the Word daily.  However, I am falling short.  Many times I find myself sitting down in a hurry to read to basically  "get it done" or so I can say I had my "quiet time" today.  Sometimes I read with a purpose to find my next lesson while preparing for a class or teaching, not that this is wrong, but I want to read with a fresh anticipation.  I want to read with the expectation that I will receive a fresh Word from The Lord that will give me life that I need each day. 

  I have often thought that there may come a day when we will not have the freedom to have Bibles.  What will we do then?  We will only have what is inside us from years of studying and memorizing The Word.   

How often do  sit down and just read or study to hear from The Lord.  To hear what He wants to say to me?  The Word is life and it is power.  I pray I can saturate myself more in the days to come and not less.  How about you?  Are you in the Word like you need to be?  If not, let's commit to dig deeper together.  The popular key phrase these days is to "Man Up".  At church my CCF gals say we need to "Girl Up" (meaning to get rid of all fear and anxiety that holds us back and just do whatever it is that needs to be done).  I think the answer is even better than "Man Up" or "Girl Up"...we just need to  "Word Up"! 

Let's get busy and get in The Word.  Word-Up gals, Word-up!   ( And if you need a Bible, let me know.  I have one you can borrow!)

I love the Message version of Psalms 119:105.  May this be the cry of our heart:

 By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.  I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order.  Everything's falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word. Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules.   My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed.   The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don't swerve an inch from your course. I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever— 

 what a gift! And how happy it makes me! I concentrate on doing exactly what you say— always have and always will.


Holly said...

Awesome post!

Lezlie said...

You made me feel so much better. I have a ton of bibles too. Especially pink ones!


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