What is it?
It’s the grateful bug! Tis the season for thanks-giving and, what a wonderful season that is. We must learn to live with an attitude of gratitude. Ann Voskamp taught us well when she wrote One Thousand Gifts. She encouraged us to keep grateful journals, and kept them, we did! Mine is well over the thousand mark and I keep counting because every single day there is something or someone to be grateful for.
This week I’ve been thankful for my new Bible. It’s a large print Grandmother’s Bible and I love it. It is BIG, not the book you take to church but it is perfectly suited for the end table next to your favorite, comfy chair for daily reading. I sat down Monday morning and opened it to John 17. My favorite chapter in the New Testament. It is the prayer of all prayers, where Jesus Christ Himself, prays for ME (and you, too)!
Here is the verse that jumped off the page:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” John 17.20-21
“Through their message,” multiply that by generations, decades, and centuries and you get NOW. You get me, and you, and our children, and our children’s children, and on and on. What was THAT message? That Jesus is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life. (John 14.6)
I was taught that message since conception. My mother believed it. My grandparents believed it. It is the legacy of Truth I am blessed with. Sure, I had my season of rebellion and doubt, but Truth always has a way of rising to the top. And, today, I am more than grateful for that ancient Truth. It is the bedrock of my life.
The world can quake and split – but THAT TRUTH will live on. God is so bold to say,
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40.8
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Matthew 24.35
But the word of the Lord endures forever. 1 Peter 1.25
What about you?
Beth Willis miller says
Love this, the Truth that sets us free…eternally ❤️
I’m thankful for a myriad of things………………………….and one of those is YOU!
Mary Dolan Flaherty says
I’m simply grateful for the God who plucked me out of darkness, set my feet upon a rock and gave me a new song in my heart! All else flows from that. If I can’t be grateful for that, the rest of my gratitude is lifeless. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your gratitude with us! Visiting from Coffee For Your Heart.
…the rest is lifeless. Such truth in that, sister.
Kristin Hill Taylor says
Amen. 🙂 It’s always good to be thankful, even if it’s the season for such. I’m glad you linked up at my place for Three Word Wednesday today. It’s good to have you there.
And, a pleasure to be visiting with you today, Kristin!
Lynnae McCoy says
I’m thankful for so much! For the Word, for salvation, for living in a country where I can freely worship God without fear. I’m thankful that there’s no shortage of great teachers and pastors who can help me understand scripture.
And enjoy your new Bible! I”m rapidly approaching the time when I’m going to need a large print Bible, so I know how exciting your new Bible must be for you!
Isn’t it a blessing to be excited over new Bibles!!! Thanks for coming by today, Lynnae.
Kitty Lawrence says
During prayer this morning before the sun broke the eastern sky on our side of the world, I asked God to let me see through His eyes. Let me see the wonder, the magic (in a good sense), the beauty, the amazement of the world He created for His creatures. We have more things to be thankful for than we have minutes in a day to name them. Thank you for reminding us again to be thank-ful.
I never want to forget how to be grateful!
Anita Ojeda says
You crack me up! There’s nothing wrong with big ‘ol grandma Bibles (I’ve been using a large print version for years–and I’m nowhere close to being a granny 😉 )! But I do confess to having a Bible collection–different versions, different covers–they all hold a special place in my heart. My current favorite is one that has the text printed on one page and a blank page next to it so I can write LOTS of notes and annotations.
I have a friend, a young sister in Christ, who has such a collection of Bibles that she became almost OCD about it and had to stop buying them!!! But, she reads them all and is well-versed in the scriptures.
And, my new friend, isn’t laughter awesome?
[email protected] says
Ah … a Bible for us Grandmas …
Don’t you love how we can cherish His Word no matter what season we’re in? So blessed we are! Our hearts sure do overflow with gratitude … He has been so good to us!
It is always A Word in Due Season!!!
Lisa notes says
I haven’t heard of the Grandmother’s Bible but I’m glad now to know it’s out there. No, it won’t fit into our purses. But maybe I could still read it if I forgot my glasses. 🙂 We can never hear too many reminders to be grateful. Thanks for sharing the truth here!
Lisa, I have to keep my glasses tied around my neck!!! It’s getting bad on “that side of 60!!!”
I bought a large print Bible before cataract surgery and I am a gram, so I think I have a grandmother’s Bible too. Every day we learn that there is so little truth in this world and it is so little valued that lying has become an acceptable thing, as long as you get your way. There are even lies about Thanksgiving being taught in our schools right now. Thank you for reminding me to give thanks again for the only source of truth – God’s Word. May we speak God’s Word to our children, grandchildren and neighbors because they aren’t going to find truth anywhere else in this world.
I always think of Pilate asking Truth Himself, “What is Truth?” I wonder if he ever realized that. Thanks, cous’…
Barbara Deatherage says
I’m so grateful for the truth that set me free from sin and death. Thanks so much for your post. And I love the Grandmother’s Bible – I had no idea there was such a thing!
Amazon has them, Barbara!
One of my most favorite books is One Thousand Gifts. Changed my heart forever. Thank you for sharing and reminding us about being thankful in ALL things. Eucharisteo.
Because Eucharisteo always precedes a Miracle!
Shirley ~Light Love Hope says
Thank you for speaking regarding The Truth- God above! I, too, was taught this my entire life. We all wander and drift at times, but thankfully we come back to the One that remains the same yesterday, today, and forever! SO glad to be your neighbor on Tuesday At Ten this week.
Blessings to you and yours,
First time visiting T @ 10, glad to participate!
Lovely post. I bought a new Bible a couple of years ago and bought a large print thinking this may be my forever Bible and I want to be able to see it years from now.
The large print spoils one’s eyes!!!
Candice Jenee' says
This is lovely. I too am thankful for Truth, and those before me who instilled the truth in me.
Generational blessings – that’s what I like to call it!!!
Sarah Donegan says
Truth is pretty great! I am thankful for a God who wants to be my friend. I will never know why He wants a relationship with me, but I will take it!
Sarah, my sentiments exactly! Glad you stopped by!
Oh how we need to be Thankful, everyday and night. We are so blessed to have our Lord, who truly loves us. May we never take him for granted!
What a beautiful truth to be thankful for :). Amen! That looks like an awesome Bible. I’ll have to get that for my mom. I really want to read One Thousand Gifts. It seems to be popping up in front of me everywhere lately. Must be a sign!
Candace, I would consider OTG a must-read!! No one else writes like Ann V and at times she is a bit difficult to fathom but I’m convinced she’s the real deal!
Lovely, lovely post.
Thank you Helen, glad you came by!
Barbara H. says
I will probably have to investigate a grandmother’s Bible some day. Right now I am going through John MacArthur’s study Bible, and while the notes are very helpful, they are hard to see, even with my reading glasses on. But I am so thankful God gave us His Word and for how rich it is. No matter how many times we’ve read it, there is always more to be gained from it.
It’s a lovely Bible! WITH BIG PRINT!!!
Please try not to post close to me in the Facebook groups Susan 😀 When I see your posts, I always HAVE to read . On the other hand, I am always blessed by your words. I am THANKFUL for you & others who bring HOPE & LIGHT to this world!
What an encouraging comment, Caitlyn. xo
Nancy Gladwin says
I just got a BIG Bible too, for my birthday! I haven’t seen a grandmother’s Bible so I’ll have to look for that. God is the Truth in our lives, that’s why I chose to name my blog, Timeless Truths. Where would I go if I couldn’t go to his Word for hope and direction? Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed your post today.
Nancy, My GB is an NIV, big print, with great devo’s geared to grandparenting – quite nice. They do have it on Amazon.
A Grandmother’s Bible…love it! Perfect for you, my friend!
Of course! xo
Thank you for being such a great leader for this writing group. I loved the post last year’s blog. It was fun to revisit where I was a year ago in my writing and to see how far I’ve come. The TRUTH is I was made to write, and my life has grown richer living into that truth. Keep writing, fellow 31 dayer!
Julie, thank you so much for that kind encouragement. “Our hearts overflow with a good theme…our tongues are the pens of ready writers.” My paraphrase of Ps 45.1 (NASB)