This summer, I watched a sweet friend die from inflammatory breast cancer. She kept an amazing blog you can read here – the link is to my favorite post from her blog, which was actually written by her husband Brad (sorry Ashleigh) shortly before she died.
Ashleigh and Brad have two small boys who are pretty close in age to my girls. Processing her death and her two boys growing up without her led me to these Bibles.
I thought about the legacy I’d want to leave if I were in a similar situation: if my girls were going to grow up without me, what I’d want them to always know about me even if they couldn’t remember me. And these Bibles were the answer. These are journaling Bibles. I have one for each member of my family (Eric and the two girls). They have wide margins with room to write notes. I write prayers specific to each family member in their designated Bible. I date the note and write out a prayer about that verse. For example, Colossians 3:16 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”. Next to it I wrote “Thank you for Eric’s work ethic. May it endure as he remembers that it’s for Your glory.”
What’s great about this method of prayer is it helps ensure my prayers are in line with God’s desires. If I pray in accordance with God’s desires, Scripture tells us we have what we asked of God. It’s promised in the verse below:
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.
I don’t know exactly how that works out – that we have whatever we ask. It certainly doesn’t mean we get all of our problems and trials here on earth solved, but I know it has eternal significance and power beyond what I can grasp today (God’s a little bit bigger and all knowing than me.)
The prayers themselves leave a legacy that will outlast me. The physical evidence of these prayers – writing them out – will remind my family what I desire most for them, whether I’m here in the future to continue to encourage them or my days are more numbered than I realize.
If you have been encouraged by this post to start this practice yourself, consider if you have some Bibles that aren’t frequently used in which you could write in the margins. If that’s not the case, or you have large handwriting like me, you can look at these affordable imitation leather options below. The first one is the one I got for both of my girls.