A Journaling Bible for Keeps: A Review and Giveaway

Bibles are family treasures. I remember leafing through my mom’s Bible when I was a teenager, taking in every sermon note and statement of application she had written in it. I wore out my own slimline Bible that I received as a high school graduation present. The pages are wrinkled and also stained with sermon notes and application, and the spine has been taped (nicely) with packing tape more than once. I hope it lasts till I can give it to my future kids.

I’ve needed a NKJV Bible that has margins big enough to journal in, but for a while, only the ESV Bible or other translations had journaling editions. Now I can journal and draw next to Scripture to my heart’s content.

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Perseverance

by Leigh Powers

A black belt is just a white belt that doesn’t quit—at least that’s what my children’s tae kwon do instructor likes to say. But my children have taken it to heart. When they’re having trouble mastering a kick or remembering how to swing their nunchucks, my son and daughter both remind themselves not to give up and how far they’ve come already. So they keep at it—practicing blocks, hits, and kicks, perfecting their form, and coping with the bumps and bruises that come their way. It’ a long road toward their black belts, but they are developing perseverance as they work toward their goal.

Perseverance is an essential quality for success. Personal, athletic, career, and educational goals all require you to keep trying and work persistently in pursuit of your dreams. Any worthwhile goal requires effort and endurance. The ability to persevere by not giving up, continually choosing the right thing, and constantly marching forward even when the road gets hard helps us overcome obstacles as we pursue our goals.

Perseverance is essential for success, but it’s also essential in our Christian walk. Life is not always easy. 

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Grace

by Katy Kauffman

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I’ve always thought grace was a beautiful word, something I want to name my daughter if I should have one in the future.

Grace climbs mountains, endures storms, prays for the impossible, and walks with God. Grace faces life’s challenges and trusts God for victory. Grace doesn’t give up. Doesn’t quit. 

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Love

by Katy Kauffman

It would be so helpful if the Bible simply stated: Love is …

But it doesn’t.

Understanding God’s love is a journey. Through Scripture and in everyday life. While the Bible may not define love like a dictionary, it’s the perfect manual to understand the love of God and to share it with others. The Bible is our road map for navigating this world with its harsh realities and darkness, with the light of God’s love and truth.

Love penetrates darkness, softens hard hearts, and lets us grasp the essence of our Creator. Love is precious. Love is strong. Love in its purest form is who God is. Love is. And when we allow love to warm our hearts and mold our character, we will fulfill life’s ultimate purpose—to love God with our whole selves and to love others as He loves us.

So just how does the Bible define love? 

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Patience

by Laura W. Watts

Standing under the canopy of the Angle Oak tree in Charleston, SC, I was awestruck by its grandeur and majesty. Uniquely sculpted by forces of nature in stunning twists and bends, this masterpiece of our Creator, God, has endured the test of time. 

The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit (Ecclesiastes 7:8 NKJV).

Like the beauty of this oak tree, our patience is shaped through the countless struggles of life.  As we persevere through each trial, we develop more and more into the image of Christ, until we stand strong and become a refuge for others to receive God’s patience through us.    

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Forgiveness

by Lauren Craft

Have you ever tried carrying a week’s worth of groceries from your car to your house? If you can shoulder the bags all at once, you’ll avoid making multiple trips, right? Not quite. When I’ve tried this, something is usually dropped. A potato slips out of my hands, an apple rolls under my car, or a milk carton lands on my front lawn.

More than anything, though, carrying too much is exhausting. My muscles ache and my breaths become labored. This reminds me of how it feels when resentment weighs me down. Its heaviness sucks joy and peace out of me, leaving unpleasant, sinful thoughts in their place.

Recently, I was upset with several people in my life. They’d made comments that seared like an electrical shock to the heart. I tried to clear the resentment on my own, telling myself, “I’ve made mistakes too” and “They probably didn’t mean to hurt me.” 

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Strength

by Katy Kauffman

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What do you love about the book of Psalms? The heartfelt cries of David and others, the promises of comfort, or the chronicle of how God faithfully helped those who were in distress? What I love the most about Psalms is what I learned about God. I “saw” that He was both loving and formidable, that He cares when one of His own suffers, and that He has the power to crush every enemy that comes against us. 

 

 

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Door Post Verses

by Katy Kauffman

I wanted the eagle so badly I felt like crying. The gorgeous picture of an eagle descending through dark storm clouds—his wings in the shape of a v—made me think of God swooping down to rescue one of His children. I really wanted the picture for my room, but the frame and mat didn’t match my colors. My tender, preteen heart didn’t want to leave the eagle picture behind.

My mom told me that if God wanted me to have the picture, He would provide it with the perfect frame and mat. I reluctantly left the art store, and eventually the eagle shifted to the back of my mind. Then I found it. Hanging in a Christian bookstore, I discovered my eagle encased by a midnight blue marbled mat and fruitwood frame. Perfect. God provided not just the perfect picture but the perfect verse to go with it—a verse that has seen me through dark storms. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: God Is Greater

A Recap

 

Although we battle spiritual enemies every day, our God is greater than any enemy we face. He who parts the seas and stops the mouths of lions, can empower us to win our spiritual battles. He who calms the storms, can calm our circumstances or the storms in our hearts. He who heals and raises the (spiritually) dead, can heal us and breathe life into relationships, dreams, zeal, and joy. God is greater than anything that troubles us, and He has given us the principles we need to be overcomers.

So what battle are you facing right now? In our series Breaking the Chains, 6 guest bloggers and I have covered 13 forms of spiritual bondage. We’ve shared stories, Scripture, and practical principles for breaking the chains of the spiritual enemies listed below. Click on a phrase to visit that post ...

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: 9 Ways to Overcome Depression

A nagging at the heart. A heavy fog. A stabbing pain. Although spiritual depression comes in different forms, its effects are usually the same—lost zeal and sense of purpose, subdued energy, sadness, a weakened desire to do routine things, and even doubts about our usefulness to God and His plan.

Identify the Source

Whether I have sudden feelings of depression or they come on so gradually I don’t notice till I’m caught in a “fog,” I have to identify the cause of the depression. Sometimes it’s a prolonged, personal struggle. Sometimes it’s Satan trying to hinder me from living for God and serving Him. But as long as I don’t identify what’s going on, the fog, the nagging, the pain—it continues. 

 

 

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