How I finally liked reading my Bible

 

Yeah, I know. You’re supposed to love reading it right?  But let’s be honest, it was a struggle. Partly because I didn’t understand the King James Version and I would just put it down. Now, it’s so clear and easy to read. My first post is special to me because it talks about my new Bible.  I have been wanting the Message version for the longest and Joe got me one for Valentine’s Day.  Let me just say that I LOVE this Bible. I hope this post may help someone who can’t seem to “find time” – let’s keep it real- to read like they should or that don’t read often because honestly, it’s not always an easy read.

My first post is special to me because it talks about my new Bible.  I have been wanting the Message version for the longest and Joe got me one for Valentine’s Day.  Let me just say that I LOVE this Bible. I hope this post may help someone who can’t seem to “find time” – let’s keep it real- to read like they should or that don’t read often because honestly, it’s not always an easy read. Hey, I know how it is, but good thing our mercies are fresh every morning and we get a brand new start. Don’t beat yourself up, just do better, that’s what I tell myself at least.

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this used to be me, but not anymore 🙂

The Bible that I currently am studying with is The Message Remix by Eugene by Eugene Peterson.  I particularly love this book because it is VERY easy to read and it really breaks down the word in an everyday contemporary language. I find myself planning and wanting to make sure that I prioritize reading now.  Many times in the past I’ve neglected reading simply, ecause KJV is somewhat hard to understand, even the NLT  is challenging.

I will say that this is definitely more of a study Bible versus a “follow along with the pastor on Sunday” Bible. Reason being, is that the verses are written as if you listening to a natural conversation. There aren’t any verse markers through the text (you know, the little numbers at the beginning of each verse), these are on the side for reference.

For example:   Hebrews 13:5 in the KJV says: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.   The same verse in the Message Remix says it this way:  Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,”  We can boldly quote,  God is there, ready to help, I’m fearless so no matter what. Who or what can get to me?

See what I mean? It’s the same verse that we probably can and often quote, but broken down in a way that is so easy to apply and understand. I like how it’s basically saying, “God’s got me- who gone check me?” It gives it a fresh meaning and I get excited all over again. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the KJV or other formats, but this works for me.

I hope this helps someone who is looking for a new Bible that they will be confident in studying and understanding. Let me know if you check it out!

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I’ll go over the reasons for my        different colors in a later post!

You can find the Bible on Amazon Message Remix 2.0 Bible or at LifeWay in store for $30.00 (they always have coupons floating around, check the site before you go).

 

Live your BEST life!- Tee

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32 Comments

  1. This is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing. So proud of you for taking the initiative to do this. Many times God will place something on our hearts to do & we make excuses as to why we don’t have time. We never know who it will bless. Thanks for doing this. It will bless many!

  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve been on the hunt for a new study bible and I’m going to check this one out!

  3. Can’t wait for you to share the different color highlighters… Always looking for extra tips for studying the Bible… Thanks for sharing

    1. It will be coming soon.. Keep looking out! 🙂 you can check on womenlivingwell in the meanwhile, that’s what I follow for my highlighting.

  4. Thank you! This is exactly what I need….so excited about this blog. Definitely looking forward to every post!!!

  5. I am borderline obsessed with reading blogs, so I’m super excited to see a new one to follow! Congrats on an awesome first post! Looking forward to more!

  6. Hey there uncommonlygoodmama! I lovvvve everything about your blog! What an inspiration. I’m really looking forward to more of your tips and topics. Go girl! God is so Great!

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