Do you make notes in your Bible? My Bible is a Notemakers Bible, designed especially for those who like to take notes, because I take a lot of notes. Some notes come from sermons I hear, and I try to note the date and speaker with those notes. But manyof the notes in my Bible come from personal Bible study time.
Whenever I am feeling restless, a bit anxious or even just unable to concentrate, I flip through my Bible and read the notes in the margins. Doing so always calms me, grounds me and focuses me. You see, God speaks to us in our time with Him, and He wants us to use His words in our everyday lives.
Take a trip with me through the pages of my Bible, through the notes that resonate with the voice of God.
- Knowing we belong to Him doesn’t have to do with what our feelings indicate. (1 John 2:3-6)
- Whenever you have the chance to insult someone, don’t. (1 Peter 3:9)
- Balance means getting rid of evil things and picking up holy things. (Ephesians 4:22-25)
- God comforts us, so we can comfort others. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)
- Refreshment comes from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 4:20)
- He’s always listening; it’s me who has to clear my mind and be prepared. (Jeremiah 29:12-14)
- Perfect peace? (Isaiah 26:3-4)
- God sets our priorities for us. We don’t have to wonder. (Proverbs 4:23-27)
- God does a lot with our little. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
- Leaders need to study the Word. (Deuteronomy 17:14-20)
For me, this exercise renews my spirit by reminding me of what God has done and is doing in my life. The notes with dates beside them add additional nourishment by giving me a more specific view of my spiritual progress.
What’s the point? Spend time with God. Let Him give you His truth through His Word. Rely on His Word to give you the stepping stones you need to make it through not just the traumatic events of life but also through the small, difficult steps that make up your day.
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