The Holy Bible – Our Handbook

Bibles primarily written in German have been passed down to me throughout the years. These treasured family heirlooms created my fascination with collecting Bibles. My collection includes a variety of English translations and formats. In my collection is the King James Version (KJV), the New International Version (NIV), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), and the God’s Word Translation (GW). I have two study Bibles – the Lutheran Study Bible and the Catholic Study Bible.

If you have difficulty consisting reading the Bible, you may want to consider reviewing another translation. I recommend going online to Bible Gateway (<http://www.biblegateway.com>). Once there type in the search box, the book of John and select a Bible translation from the drop-down box to the right of the search box. For example, read a chapter from the book of John from the New International Version (NIV). Select different translations until you find one you can read easily.  I use Biblegateway often, however, I recommend obtaining a personal Bible if you do not have one already in the version of your liking.

Truthfully, I do not know how many Bibles I have but I do have my favorites for reading, praying, and journaling purposes.

Here are my favorites:

The Maxwell Leadership Bible, Lessons in Leadership from the Word of God by John C. Maxwell, New Kings James Version (NKJV), published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN. I enjoy reading this Bible primarily because of the written introductions to each book in the Bible, and the annotations throughout and at the end of Bible.

If you are relatively new to the Bible, I recommend God’s Word, Today’s Bible translation that says what it means, God’s Word translation (GW), published by World Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. This Bible included a laminated card, Quick Start – Reader’s Guide to God’s Word. This Quick Start guide and the translation format style make reading the Bible an enjoyable exploration of God’s Word.

My recent addition to my Bible library is the Single Column Journaling Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), published by Crossway, Wheaton, IL. I like the size of the Bible, however, the font is small and is difficult to read for very long. The best format feature is the lined column on each page to make notes. It also has a built-in elastic page holder to bookmark your reading.

But my number one favorite Bible that I use daily, particularly for my prayer journal is The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible, New King James Version (NKJV), published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Nashville, TN. This is a daily, formatted Bible so the entire Bible can be read in one year. I refer to this Bible has my prayer, Bible because each day I read from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. Dr. Stanley sprinkles throughout the Bible 30 life principles, what the Bible says articles, answers to life’s questions, and highlights life lessons and God’s promises directly from Scripture.
The Holy Bible is the Christian’s instruction and living manual. Every time I read it, I learn more about the God who loves and cares for me.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

journal tools

Journal Tools

As a writer, I am pretty fussy about the type of journal and pen I use. Over the years, I have written in different types of journals. In 2003, I purchased from the local bookstore a lovely prayer journal called, Talking to God: Prayer Journal with CD written by Keri Noble, published by Compass Labs, Inc. (I have since lost the CD.) This book provided a place for the date and one-word prompts as to praising, thanking, and repenting, etc. While it was a nice format, it didn’t provide much room for writing. As you will learn, there will be days when you have a lot to discuss with God.

Other books I have used for my prayer journal ranged from hard bound books with blank lined pages to college composition books or spiral notebooks. All for one reason or another they didn’t work for me. Either I was fighting with the cover to lay flat, the size of the notebook was too small or too big, or I felt I needed perfect penmanship not to ruin the beauty of the bound cover and book.

By now, surely you must think I am crazy and overthink a journal. However, my journal of choice is Mead’s Cambridge Limited 9-1/2” x 6-5/8” spiral lined notebook with 80 pages. I go through one of these journals in about a month. It works for me. I don’t buy a purse unless that journal fits into the purse.erthink a journal. However, my journal of choice is Mead’s Cambridge Limited 9-1/2” x 6-5/8” spiral lined notebook with 80 pages. I go through one of these journals in about a month. It works for me. I don’t buy a purse unless that journal fits into the purse.

But wait! It gets worse! I like an easy flowing pen. If I am tired or if I have a lot to write, I want to write easily and enjoy the experience of writing. My absolute favorite pen is Bic’s All in One Fountain Pen preferably in black ink.

I like an easy flowing pen. If I am tired or if I have a lot to write, I want to write easily and enjoy the experience of writing. My absolute favorite pen is Bic’s All in One Fountain Pen preferably in black ink.

So why all the fuss over a journal and a pen??

Because when you have a favorite Bible translation and the proper tools that work for you, you are more apt to develop the habit of reading and form the habit of writing in a prayer journal every day. Trust me! I will discuss this further along with the notion of using electronic journals in future posts.

Praying the Scripture:

“God is (my) refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Prayer Writing Prompt:

Relationships thrive with consistent interaction otherwise, they wither if they are neglected.

Am I doing my part to keep my relationship with God, healthy?

Blessings! I am praying for you.

 

 

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