If you’re a parent, grandparent, godparent, or spiritual parent, one of the best gifts you can give is a Bible. But not just any Bible, your Bible. The one where you’ve underlined verses, written notes in the margins, and added your prayers in the open spaces.
Start writing in your Bible with the specific intention of giving it to your son or daughter. It’s a beautiful way to share your spiritual life with your children and they will cherish it for life.
Jeff goes over some practical tips on how to mark up your Bible – check out this episode for more.
Snippet from the Show
“How will we pass on the Faith to the next generation? … Get a brand new Bible and take notes in it with your son, daughter, grandson, niece in mind and give it to them as a record of your prayers, intentions, and hopes for them.”
Why Write in your Bible?
- To keep a record of what the Lord has said in your life
- So that my family can look back over my life after I am gone
When you have a new child in your life, get a new Bible and periodically go to that Bible and underline, take notes, with the child in mind. Then you can give it to them years down the line with a record of your prayers and hopes for them.
2 Peter 1:12-15 – “Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.”
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
How to Write in a Bible as a Gift
- Get a new Bible with room to write (check out the Great Adventure Catholic Bible!)
- Decide on what you are going to use to highlight with colors (colored pencils are recommended.)
- You can use:
- Yellow – wisdom passages
- Green – encouraging passages
- Red – What to do in a crisis
- Blue – Promises in the Bible
- List what each color stands for at the beginning of the Bible.
- You can use:
- After highlighting the verse put a note and the date about why you picked it in the margin next to it.
- Use a fine point pen.
- Go into the Bibles a few times a week.
- If you hear something that stands out to you, make a note of it until you can get back to the Bible.
- In the front write a general letter to who it’s intended for and what it’s all about.
- Use the verses you choose as a way to pray for the person.
- It can become a launching pad for your prayers.
- Use it to record important events in their life, their personality traits…
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