This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Family Christian. I received a Bible for review purposes and was compensated for my review. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.
Let me start by confessing a secret…since the electronic age has come around I very rarely carry a Bible. I have a few different Bibles but I haven’t picked up in a long time. Anytime I read the Bible its from either an app on my phone or iPad.
When Darrick and I first started he would always spoil me with gifts! I remember one time while we were out together we stopped in the Christian Bookstore and we were looking at everything in the store and we ended up by the Bibles. We had the conversation of when we received our first Bible and how neither one of us carried Bibles anymore because of the different apps. That day he was looking at a particular edition Bible because he was going to buy the electronic version but he also wanted the actual Bible too because sometimes its hard to study from an electronic version. So we looked and I picked up a pink Bible and I was like ohhh this is cute, it could fit in my purse and I went on and on…but I didn’t buy it.
A few days later Darrick came over my house and had a surprise…the Pink Bible! Its always been a special Bible to me I still keep it in my night stand! However, as I confessed earlier I haven’t picked it up in quite a while.
I hope to change that soon…
A couple of weeks ago I received a ESV Single Column Journaling Bible to review. Usually when I read the Bible I read the NIV version because in high school I had a religion course and we used this version and I pretty much fell in love this version, it basically made me feel like I was reading for the first time! I grew up on the King James Version, and sometimes its really hard to understand, so when I was introduced to the NIV version I really liked it.
But since receiving the ESV version I must say…this is probably my favorite! I love how everything is broken down into our everyday language. And this particular “Journaling Bible” gives you a chance to write your notes as you read, or jot a note down so you can refer back to it at a later time! The text is laid out in single-column format and the extra-wide margin on the side leaves room for notes, prayers or personal reflections…or memories (like my grandmother used to do in her Bible).
So when asked to review the Journaling Bible, and journal. I was a little lost on how to “Bible Journal” so I searched the hashtag on IG and I saw these pictures…I looked through a few pictures. I never knew Bible Journaling was such a BIG thing…I mean these pictures are AMAZING!!!
I tried my hand at Journaling…
I may make “Bible Journaling” my new hobby! I mean did you see those pics above from the Instagram Hashtag?
I am a craft lover so decorating a couple pages of my Bible was very relaxing!
You are probably wondering why I want to read more from my actual Bible than the app? Well I figure sometimes its good to get away from my electronics. I cant speak for everyone (only myself) but when I am on my electronics I get sidetracked easily…while its convenient and quick if a notification pops up I tend to go look at it then come back to my Bible, rather than blocking out all outside distractions. Now there are perks because you can look thing up and reference other scriptures quickly but it takes away from being able to do that with your Bible. I used to be quick when looking up scriptures…but I have gotten a little slow now that I use my electronic version of the Bible!
So I am here to challenge you along with myself to read more of your Bibles from the book!!! And get into Bible Journaling…it doesn’t have to be as artsy as the others, jot some notes down to refer to later!