My Bible’s Birthday

Last week my Bible turned 15 years old. It’s an Indiana Jones Bible. Its leather edges are torn, its pages are crinkled, and its spine has been saved with tape more than once. It has survived 4 years of college, countless trips and adventures, daily quiet times, ink smears, and tears. It graciously accepted my colored pen phase—its verses are underlined, boxed, and starred in bright blue, pink, and purple. Just about every white space has notes, poems, and outlines crammed into them. This Bible has been loved. We’ve been through a lot together.

Do you have a Bible like that?

I know the Bible is alive and powerful because its truths have shaped my life. In my teen years, Psalms taught me who God is—a refuge, defender, and hero. Proverbs showed me how to walk with wisdom in college. Just a few years ago, Isaiah revealed a deeper understanding of the nature and character of God—He allows discipline to come into our lives because of sin, but He will graciously heal, rescue, and redeem us when we turn to Him in repentance. Deuteronomy taught me that God is all about love. He gave us His law to show us how to love Him and to love others. Joshua tells us to drive out the spiritual enemies in our lives and to leave none remaining. Nehemiah shows how to build up the strength and joy of God’s people. Ezra is a manual on leadership.

Second Timothy is a battle plan for spiritual victory. Matthew is about how to live by faith. Revelation tells how the world will end and how Jesus will triumph over all. The Bible is an instruction book for life. It’s not silent words sitting on a page. It’s alive and powerful, changing the heart and renewing the mind. It is a guide, a comfort, and a sword of truth.

Three verses in my Bible have the most dates written beside them, dates that reflect when I desperately needed that verse or understood what it meant. Six times I put dates besides these gems in Scripture:

  • “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9, NKJV). This is my favorite verse.
  • “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name” (Psalm 86:11, NKJV). This is my heart’s desire.
  • “I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble” (Proverbs 4:11-12, NKJV). This is my comfort that God will guide me through life.

So I celebrate the treasures that God has taught me from His Word, and I cherish the fifteen-year-old Bible that has helped me to grow up. I received it the year I graduated from high school, and it has guided me through the most important and hardest years of my life.

Do you have a Bible that you treasure? Is there a verse that you have put a date beside? Tell me about it, and let’s hide God’s Word in our hearts and proclaim it for all to hear!

 

© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (16)

  • anon

    I don't believe I have ever heard of the idea of writing dates next to special verses. It seems like a neat concept. I have tried to keep the dates of some of my most important life events recorded inside my Bible cover....
    And I do have a Bible that has really seen its share of wear. ;) Years and years ago, my brother received a gift certificate to a Bible bookstore for his 8th grade graduation. He did not want it, so he gave it to me. I went in there and was super excited to find a really nice, blue (my favorite color), leather-bound King James Bible on serious discount. My certificate covered the Bible, including lettering for the cover.
    That Bible was pretty much always with me through the rest of my teen years and a full decade of motherhood before I, with mixed emotion, finally purchased a new one. I kind of tried to see it as the beginning of a fresh adventure. :)
    [I must say I have never seen a comment form like this one; hopefully I am doing it right! :) ]

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    Sheila, your comment worked just fine, and thank you for sharing about your Bible and how you got it! You love blue Bibles too. My aunt gave me the money for my Bible. I think it's special that your brother gave you the certificate for yours. I think your children will like seeing your notes in your old Bible and your new one. I imagine they will learn a lot from anything you wrote in it and from how you teach them all the time. Thanks for sharing yesterday.
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    I found myself listening to Psalm 119 on my way to work and one verse stood out to me.
     
    Psalm 119:140 "Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them."
    Such power of God encapsulated in His word

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    I love that verse! Thank you for sharing it. Isn't it the truth? God's promises hold up, and we can count on Him. I like it that the verse says "Your servant" loves them. We serve God, and He takes care of us. Thank you for commenting, Kim!
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    OH my goodness! This is amazing! I can only imagine the revelations that came out of this book for the past 15 years and how it has been your guidepost! That's incredible! 

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    I'm grateful for how God's Word has taught me. I knew at a young age that I wanted to teach the Bible. I love it so much. Thanks for commenting, Heather!
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    i have two Bibles - a New Living translation which i take with me to church - and a King James translation that someone blessed me with - this is the one i use when i am doing my Bible reading at home :D
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    Andi, I have a NLT that I used to teach ESL (English as a Second Language), and I keep it on my bookshelf so I can compare translations! It can be so poetic. King James is supposed to be the most "literary-like" Bible translation. Even the secular scholars applaud the beauty in it. I use NKJV for the easier language, but I look at KJV when I study definitions. :) Thanks for sharing!
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    Hi Katy,
    That was an awesome blog. But I have you beat! =) My husband gave me my Bible for Christmas after we had been dating a year. It is now 34 years old and I can't give it up. It has too many precious notes and stars, like yours.
    My three favorites are Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 37:4 and Romans 8:29. And it is Romans 8:29 that has changed my life. After years and years of physical ailments, I decided I needed the Scripture to tell me what to do. People always said, "Don't forget Romans 8:28, All things work together for good." But I couldn't see the good. That's when I fell into Romans 8:29 "For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.." That's when I knew I could stay the course. I wanted anything that would make me even a little bit more like Jesus and I knew that was only going to happen through trials. My Bible falls open to that verse!
    Thanks for the reminder!

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    Hello, Mary! That is incredible that your Bible is 34 years old. I know it's precious to you because of who gave it to you. Thank you for sharing about Romans 8:29. Often we stop at verse 28, but I want to remember that one of God's purposes is to make us like Christ. That gives some comfort through a trial. Thank you for sharing! I love those Bible verses as well, your three favorites.

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    That's awesome you've kept the same Bible for so long!  My Bible is approx 18 years old, and I can't imagine ever having to part with it.  It's totally a part of me. 

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    I can relate, Laura. Do you write in yours? Thanks for commenting!
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    I love this post, Katy. I do all of the above in my Bible. I also write short quotes from preachers beside specific passages and date those too. One of my favorite dated passages is Ezekiel 2:6-7.  God told Ezekiel not to fear and to pay no attention to the way the the people spoke to him nor how they looked at him when he spoke God's truth. Fear of man is one of the greatest hindrances in telling others about Jesus.
    Thanks for your lovely post. Your Bible has been well used and well loved.
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    Connie, thank you for sharing about one of your dated passages. I had to overcome fear in order to witness the first time and many times after that. I write quotes in my Bible, too, and application. The book of Isaiah has all kinds of application written beside the verses because my family went through it together. Thanks for commenting!
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    Katy,
    I haven't ever considered putting a date beside a verse, but that's a wonderful idea. One passage that immediately jumps out as a life changer for me is Psalm 27:13-14. I had lost all sight of the goodness of God and had almost given up last August when I attended a conference where it was taught. I meditate on it and recite it often. 
     

    Jul 28, 2015
  • anon

    Lyneta, I hope you start putting dates in your Bible. :) Psalm 27 is one of my favorite chapters in the book of Psalms, and I love the verses you mentioned. I am so glad God rescued your heart from despair with that passage. Thank you for sharing.
     

    Jul 28, 2015

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