I Knew It Was Coming

It finally happened this morning.

I knew it was coming but it still made me sad.

My Bible finally split in two.

I bought this Bible my last year of Bible college. It wasn’t very fancy or expensive – I was pretty broke at the time.

It’s big and heavy and …  precious.

For over 20 years this Bible has been my constant companion.

It was the Bible I was using when I was in the classroom as a brand new teacher, dealing with students, and other teachers, and difficult parents.

It was my Bible as I got my first apartment and began navigated the adult world with it’s responsibilities, privileges and budgets.

It was the Bible I was using during that exciting time when I met and fell in love with Jan.

It was the Bible that I read when I got engaged, then married, and as a new bride.

It was the Bible that carried me through 5 pregnancies, 5 births, and then taught me to be a mother.

It’s pages are rumpled and full of underlined verses and notes in the margins.

It’s been there in the every day of life – giving me strength for the good days, and encouragement during the bad.

This is a book full of God’s promises that I claimed – and God kept.

It’s not just a Bible – it’s a record of my spiritual journey – a history of my faith.

I’m not at all sure that I’m not ready to retire this one – at least not yet.

I know there are smaller, prettier Bibles out there, the words are the same and just as powerful. And in time it would become as priceless  as this one.

But I’m just not ready – at least not today.

I wonder just how long I can hold it together with tape?

This Bible is like a good friend and I really hate good-byes.

Renewing Your Mind

Have you ever thought about what scripture meant in Romans 12:2 where it says “…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

I renew magazine subscriptions, library books, and minutes on my cell phone. How do I renew my mind?

Webster’s dictionary defines renew as: “to make new or as if new again; make fresh and strong again.”

I need my mind to be daily made fresh and strong in the things of God. If I don’t, my mind will conform to the culture around me. I will think and act in ways that don’t reflect the heart of God.

To renew my mind I need to be daily be in the Word reading and studying. I need to fix my attention on God and then I will be changed from the inside out.

By renewing my mind and keeping it fresh and strong in the Word, God will bring out the very best in me.