Loving the Bible in a Hands-On Way

I remember waking up almost every morning to my mama reading her Bible on the couch. I was completely fascinated by the whole thing–the special colored pencils, the special black pens that she had a never-ending supply of, the pictures and notes she drew in the margins.

We’re not very alike, but the fact that she drew rainbows in her Bible is a good indicator that we’re related. 🙂

I, of course, aspiring to be like my mama and to do this amazing Loving the Bible in a Hands-On Way thing, wanted to draw my own pictures to illustrate what verses were talking about. I can’t believe she let me (I would be way too possessive of this gloriously loved and colorful Bible to let grubby little kids possibly mar it with vague scribbly stick figures).

I love that it wasn’t just the example of her reading her Bible every morning, but also her including us as she really loved God’s word. This has definitely been an influence in my highlighting and red pen all through my Bible. I’ll never have a Bible as artistic and beautiful as my mama’s, but I hope to read it over and over again and love it to death a little bit like she does.

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  1. Oh, wow! What a special Mama, Daughter, Bible and heritage.
    Thank you for sharing with us!

  2. That is beautiful! Something about the color and the life and the love for God’s Word really spoke to my heart today. That is incredible. Thank you so very much for sharing.

  3. Oh, I always knew that your Mama could make God’s Word come to life.
    Thank you for sharing these precious glimpses into her Bible!

    I am inspired! *off to search for thin markers that don’t bleed, to illustrate the deeds of a God who did…

  4. Thank you for sharing the photos! It makes me want to do more with my bible.

  5. This is amazing! I’d love to see more, and learn how to mark and learn even more from my Bible! Thank you for sharing!

  6. What a beautiful way of reading the Bible! I love it! I would love to hear more about how she chose the different colors for various words/sections. 🙂

  7. Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful way she chose to express God’s words. It makes me want to go and draw in my bible now!

  8. Oh my word! What a legacy and gift!
    I just love the time spent and think that it will be a treasure for generations to come!

  9. Love, love, LOVE this post…Thank you so much for sharing!
    I notice that there seems to be lots of margin space in the Bible pictured. I’ve been looking for a Bible with space to write and wondered if you could please tell me what Bible is shown.
    Thanks a bunch!

  10. I love this! It is so beautiful! Is this a specific method or just her own? I would love to learn to do this.

  11. Lisa, the Bible is the International Inductive Study Bible, published by Harvest House. My edition was published in 1993, and is the NASB translation. It does have really nice big margins! And it has great introductions to each book — not commentary — just some historical background and suggestions that help you study the Bible on your own, things like suggested words to highlight, space to assign themes for each chapter, charts, etc. It sounds like the newer editions might have smaller type and margins that are not quite as large.

    Fanny, I’ve been wanting to do a post on some Bible study ideas. Stayed tuned for this coming Tuesday’s post. We’ll spend some time talking about ideas for studying a passage. I’ll probably take a photo of one Psalm and explain why it is marked the way it is.

  12. Wow! Thanks for sharing. Inspirational. Would love to know about her color choices and what they stand for.
    Thanks so much for sharing.


  13. I see that the black pen shows through just a bit. Do you have any suggestions for the type of pen to use? I love marking up my bible as I read, but I get really frustrated when my pen obscures the next page and then I end up not marking as much. Thank you for sharing this amazingly inspiring post!

  14. Pam,

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Bible! And even more, thank you for sharing your beautiful heart for the Lord and His Word! May the Lord continue to abundantly bless your ministry!


  15. I am looking forward to seeing what you have tomorrow! Thanks for responding.

  16. Amazing! I’ve brought tons of folks here to show them how creative and innovative studying the Bible can be for believers. I’ve also gone out and purchased all the tools. I can’t draw, so I purchased erasable items, but I am hoping to have some Holy Spirit creativity flowing.

  17. He method of study is called Inductictive. The Bible is the Inductive study Bible. It is available through http://www.precept.org. It only gives you a historical introduction, no study notes. You make your own as you observe and study the text. I have learned more studying the Bible this way than any other method. Precept Ministries International has so many studies to choose from depending on you as the student. You can do some that are 40 minutes a week up to 5 hours of study a week. It all depends on how deep you want to go. I have been richly blessed by the Precept Upon Precept studies, they are the 5 hour a week studies. God has shown me so much, and I have grown leaps and bounds the more time I spend in God’s word.

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