“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 30:2 (NLT)

In 1977, Liz, my Mother-in-Law, gave me a new Bible in the new translation called Today's Living Bible. I found it easy to read and spent more than 20 years reading it, almost every day. I was not familiar with journaling, but as I read, I scribbled notes in the margins. If I ran out of space, I’d slip a paper in between the pages so I could finish my thoughts and what I had learned. 

In 1997, my husband was saved at a revival. When we got home, he was on fire to learn all he could through the Bible and his new relationship with Jesus. After a whirlwind of visiting several different churches, we settled on CCM. Since our new church used the NIV, we both got new NIV Bibles. 

These days, I enjoy several other Bible translations and use them together to check myself as I read God’s Word. The different translations gives me a different angle and at times, clarifies the point being made for me. I sometimes look at the notes written years ago. I love that while I learn more each day, those notes remind me of what I was going through and how God led me through every step of the way of some difficult times.

I still have that Bible Liz gave me over 40 years ago and use it occasionally to clarify a passage in my newer translations. Today, those Bibles are all marked up, but I’m still using them. When I read, I look forward to finding a new gem in the living Word of our amazing God. I hope you do too!

(Debbie Hatch)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Come Apart or Come Apart Part 2 on June 1st, 2019 - Watch Sermon