Melanie Moore writes at her blog, Only a Breath, and shares her real-life faith journey. Her blog's mission is a simple one -- to make you smile and to point your heart to the Giver of true joy. Melanie works as a full-time software developer and cherishes every moment she can spend with her husband and two hilarious sons. Follow Melanie on Twitter at @MelanieAnneTN.
The first time I successfully read the Bible completely through, I used a translation I had been hearing about, but had never tried. I have always read the King James Version of the Bible, and all of the Bible verses I had ever memorized were from that translation. However, I started to have a problem in that I was almost too familiar with the words so that I was missing the heart of the message. Does that make any sense?
I had to read the Bible with a new translation in order to really see the words again. When I did this, the Bible truly came alive for me. I'm certainly not saying anything is wrong with staying with one translation. However, if you're not reading that translation or it is hard to be excited about it, then give another translation a try. I love to even compare the different translations for a single verse -- it's pretty eye-opening!
If you want to read your Bible but aren't sure where to start, I encourage you to give this Bible a try. The New Living Translation One Year Bible is very easy to read and is broken down into passages so that you can read the entire Bible through in a year. Each day's reading contains passages from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs -- all timed for just 15 minutes a day! ... and I love this Bible because it's PINK. What can I say? ;)
I want to send one of you this Bible!!! With love and prayers from me to you. To enter to win, please "share" THIS POST or the link to any of the "How to Enjoy Bible Reading" posts via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or email -- then leave a comment below (at the Bible giveaway iBelieve post). The link to the whole series is <<HERE>>. If you are reading this post in an email, please click here to leave your comment at the iBelieve blog post. One winner will be selected on October 12 and contacted via Facebook message so please check your "Other" folder. (Open to U.S. residents only, ages 18+)
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