I did something this past weekend that made me both sad and glad at the same time! Can you identify with that? Sounds impossible but that's what happened. I bought a new Bible! A new "Sword"! It made me sad to have to retire my old faithful Bible but glad to find a new one that I liked so well.
I had the same Bible for over thirteen years and it was well...and I mean WELL...past it's prime. But I hate getting a new Bible because usually I know just where to go to find the Scripture I'm looking for in a Bible I've used day in and day out for years! I have passages marked and notes in the margin. It's like an old friend. That's the way this Bible was. Even though I had to put clear tape to hold the spine on a couple of years ago I still was not ready to give it up! The outside had gotten so shabby that I hated to take it out of it's case for fear some well meaning friend would run out and buy a new one for me! That's something I knew I would have to do for myself! So last week I decided to look for a new SWORD. It was time.
I had looked at Bibles about a year ago but gave up when I could not find what I was looking for. My Bible has to "fit" me, if you know what I mean. It has to have just the right "feel" to it when I pick it up. The right texture to the cover, the right weight, the right size of print....I could go on and on! I had money left from what my ladies Sunday school class had given me at Christmas and had been waiting for just the right thing to buy with it. What could be better than a new Bible from them? So with that in mind I entered the Christian bookstore Friday afternoon. It only took a few minutes to find the Bible that I was pretty sure would be my choice. I did take the time to look through all the others and check them out but always came back to my first choice. It is a KJV "Personal Size, Deluxe Giant Print Reference Edition" published by Thomas Nelson. The cover is dark green and black soft leather. It has large print but yet is a small Bible. Just what I was looking for.
However....it's still going to be hard to totally switch over to using it yet! I'm sure I will still use my "old-faithful" here at home to do a lot of my studying in.
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:" Ephesians 6: 17