Notes From My Bible

Originally published Friday, 14 September 2018.

Many of us take notes in our Bibles as part of our personal time, during a seminar or listening to a pastor or teacher.  For me, there is a  wealth of information contained in my notes which when re-read at various points of my life still offer inspiration and insight. You see, besides the 66 books in the Bible, I have verses that are precious to me underlined, I've color-coded passages that moved me at various points of my life, and I've taken notes from thousands of pastors and seminars. And so my Bible has become a wellspring of information (as it should be) not only for the inspired words but also as a source of reflection, as a source of answered prayer, and as a source of constant realization that I always need God. I never get too old to learn his lesson. Here are excerpts from some of the various notes in my Bible and what they've meant to me:

  • If the _ _ _ _ _ fits, you're the wrong size! (world goes into the blank) I was in my late teens when I heard this, and I remember thinking I don't ever want the world to fit. But this one line had more impact on me than a sermon. It's powerful. 
  • Impossible verses – Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27, Jeremiah 32:17,27  These are verses that strengthen our faith. 
  • The number of times the word, WORD appears in Psalm 119. I then go on to list a page full of examples like "thy WORD is a lamp unto my feet or a light unto my path (v105)," and "If the WORD is hidden in our hearts it becomes harder to sin (v11)". You'd be amazed at how powerful, and far-reaching God's Word is once you go through this exercise. 

These are only some of the snippets found on any white space in my Bible. I've run out of pages and now use a separate binder to take notes as the Holy Spirit moves me.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalms 119:11 [KJV]

Do you take notes in your Bible? What's the best note you've ever written? How do you remember a great sermon?