Kids’ Visual Study Bible (BookLook)

Visual BibleMy friends, the greatest gift we can give to our kids is – the Word of God.

As we sit and share our hearts for Jesus, we are giving them a special gift. Let’s present Jesus to them through our words and a Bible of their very own. Something that will help them learn about our great God and His love for them.

The Treasure –

The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible: Explore the Story of the Bible—People, Places, and History is an amazing Bible. One of my favorite aspect of this Bible is – the fact that it is a study Bible. In the margins, we can find insight we might otherwise miss. Plus: This Bible is colorful; this is where we find beautiful photographs woven into the Bible – which reminds us of God’s handiwork. There are over 700 photographs in this special Bible!

This is a special gift, which will allow our children to open the wonder of God’s Word – and discover who He is – for themselves. The goal of this Bible is to present our Lord Jesus Christ and His truths to the children in our lives.

My Concluding Thoughts –

I absolutely love this Bible. I am looking forward to reading it with my niece, but also to have for myself. The study notes, in particular, are a needed thing, because sometimes we just need a little (or a lot) of help learning to understand what God is teaching us through His Word – the Bible. God will definitely use this Bible to encourage many, to keep drawing near to Him.

Friends, I am excited about the possibilities. This Bible with added features can help our children become closer to the Lord. I am thankful for this Bible and the opportunity to review it. I am so excited to see how the NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible will encourage my niece in her own relationship with the Lord.

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Psalm 119

Today’s reading plan includes this incredible chapter. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. You can find in around the middle section of your physical Bible. I cannot cover all of this beautiful chapter, but let’s find some treasures to note – shall we?

Happy are all who perfectly follow the laws of God. Happy are all who search for God and always do his will,  rejecting compromise with evil and walking only in his paths (vv. 1-3; TLB).

I have thought much about your words and stored them in my heart so that they would hold me back from sin (vv. 11).

 I will meditate upon [God’s Word] and give them my full respect. I will delight in them and not forget them. Bless me with life so that I can continue to obey you. Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word (vv. 15-18).

I am completely discouraged—I lie in the dust. Revive me by your Word (vv. 25)

Turn me away from wanting any other plan than yours. Revive my heart toward you (vv. 37).

For these laws of yours have been my source of joy and singing through all these years of my earthly pilgrimage (vv. 54).

 You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws. All those who fear and trust in you will welcome me because I too am trusting in your Word (vv. 73-74).

 I faint for your salvation; but I expect your help, for you have promised it (vv. 81).

Your faithfulness extends to every generation, like the earth you created; it endures by your decree, for everything serves your plans (vv. 90-91).

Accept my grateful thanks and teach me your desires. My life hangs in the balance, but I will not give up obedience to your laws.  The wicked have set their traps for me along your path, but I will not turn aside.  Your laws are my joyous treasure forever. I am determined to obey you until I die (vv. 108-112).

Lord, deal with me in loving-kindness, and teach me, your servant, to obey; for I am your servant; therefore give me common sense to apply your rules to everything I do (vv. 124-125).

 As your plan unfolds, even the simple can understand it. No wonder I wait expectantly for each of your commands (vv. 130-131).

Lord, see how much I really love your demands. Now give me back my life and health because you are so kind. There is utter truth in all your laws; your decrees are eternal (vv. 159-160).

I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not turned away from your commandments (vv. 176).

There is sooo much more to be discovered! Take some time and read through this passage of Scripture. Maybe even, allow an online audio Bible become a tool to help you.

Job 24-28; Psalms 23-25


Assigned Reading for January 10: Job 24-28; Psalms 23-25

Psalms –

Chapter 23 – God is my Shepherd. He doesn’t say He might provide, but that He will provide and actually does. He leads me along the road where I need to go, and makes it all work out – as I stay near to Him.

Chapter 24 – God is holy. He is our Creator. Not only is He our Creator, He allows us to draw near to Him with pure hearts through Christ Jesus. God is the King of glory, and is very good to His people – His Creation.

Chapter 25 – Because our hope is in Him, we are not put to shame. God’s love is unfailing and beyond human limitations. Out of His love, He guides us. As God continues to love, offer us hope, and guide us, we begin to have reverent fear for Him and our eyes are growingly on Him – not the world we live in.

Job –

Seeing Injustice with No Consequence

… But God charges no one with wrongdoing (Job 24:12b)

This Scripture stands out to me, as Job recounts the wrongs he sees. In Job’s eyes, God doesn’t punish those who do wrong. It might seem that way in our own eyes as well, but we have to be reminded that we are not God. We are not holy – far from it, and have human eyes. God does see what is going on, and will act in His time. Thank God for the grace He offers to us through His Son Jesus Christ! Our biggest need as believers is to observe where our trust in the Lord is going. Fixing our eyes on Jesus is the One Thing we can do, as we see the injustices of the world.

Bildad: The Awe of God

In Job 25-26, Bildad begins to have a discussion with Job about the power of God. And, it sends off Job recounting the powers of our God. The question is –

Will we choose to realize the power of God today that is heavily at work in our lives?

Interlude: Truth Concerning Wisdom

But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? No mortal comprehends its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living (Job 28:12-13).

The search is for wisdom. Wisdom cannot be bought, but is a treasure to be found. Wisdom is incomparable to anything we could ever touch in this world with our hands. In 28:21, wisdom is described as being hidden. Following in verses 23-28 we learn exactly where to find wisdom, which is to seek for wisdom in God – because God is the Author of wisdom.

I recently begun a Bible study through Love God Greatly, and Proverbs 1:7 is the first day’s Scripture to reflect on. This points back to what we are being told in Job 28. If we want wisdom, we need to go and find God!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.


The Price Paid (on Grace Leads)

Today, I began reading “Grace Leads”. This may be what my focus is on over the next few weeks. God has specific lessons in store for us, as we give ourselves to the studying of His Word. This book, “Grace Lead”, is one of many tools He can use in our lives! Though God led me to write it, I still have much to glean from this 5 week study.

In the session titled, “What is Grace?”, it focuses on the expanse of God’s grace. It goes above and beyond anything we could ever fathom. God’s grace is something to treasure. It is what God uses to lead us into a relationship with Him. It is how He removes barriers that separate us from Himself. God is rich in sharing His great grace with us, and we need to begin treasuring His grace. We need to step away from the barriers that keep us from God. We need to draw near to Him, and experience a greater intimacy with our Creator then ever before.

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased
our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”
– Ephesians 1:7, NLT

Ephesians 1:7 is this session’s Scripture, and is where we find the word “purchased” in the middle of God’s grace and the forgiveness of our sins. I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23, where we are reminded that we have indeed been bought with a price.

How often do we think about how we are bought with a price? 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23 remind us of the need to let glorifying God be the motives for everything we do in our lives. While we faced a heavy debt as a result of our sinning against our Creator, God sent His Son Jesus to pay the price we could never pay. I know, I don’t think upon the purchasing of my spiritual freedom often enough.

Redemption could only come, by the means of Calvary.
Only Jesus could give me such freedom and deliverance!

Reflection Questions:

  1. How are we allowing the cost Jesus made, to change us from the inside out?
  2. As a result of knowing His grace, how are we choosing to treasure God’s great grace?
  3. How are we enjoying sweeter intimacy with our Creator?

“I–yes, I alone–will blot out your sins for my own sake
and will never think of them again.”
– Isaiah 43:25


John 15:4- Stay with Me

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
-John 15:3-4

I am already clean.
That is what the Scriptures are teaching me.

There is nothing I could possibly do to be more spiritually clean than I am at this very moment. The moment I heard the Word, repented of my sin, and turned my life over to Christ, I became wholly, beautifully clean. It can become fairly easy to believe the lie, that I am somehow not clean.

It is easy to believe the lie that… God is displeased with me. A friend shared this quote a while back, and it shines brightly today: “You are doing better than you think.” I think of it pretty often. It’s not because of me that I am doing better than I think, but it is because of God and His work in my life.

God is not done with me yet, either.

When life breaks me, I can trust God is working beneath the surface. He works in all these troubling circumstances that I find myself crawling somewhere in the middle of it all. God has this. More important than the stuff I find myself in the middle of. The hard stuff my life is entangled in. God has me! There is no greater treasure than that. I know to whom I belong. Though I may forget more often than I remember. I know where my identity lies. I am a child of the Most High God!

God has cleansed me.
He loves me with an everlasting love.

In this love letter from my Abba Father, the words I feel being whispered to my spirit are these:

“Stay with me. You are clean. You are made new. You are mine.”

I may struggle to believe or have faith, in the midst of life-crushing situations, but God has all of this and holds me near and dear. In the middle of the hard stuff, I know I need to make my time alone with Jesus (spending it in His Presence basking in His sweet intimacy) a priority. I need to cry out to Him. I need to not allow emotions to build up. I need to just run to God. There isn’t anything can really do about the circumstances themselves, but knowing to make my intimacy with Christ at the top of my list is a starting place.

And… it is the hardest, yet most rewarding, thing I can do in the middle of the hard stuff.