Another Round of Bibles

Are you familiar with the Jesus Storybook Bible? Many Christians who have something to do with children are familiar with this bestselling children’s Bible.

We got it in English from my elementary school best friend, Rachel Warner, when Marissa was born. We read it often. It’s not an easy-to-read Bible, so Ben and I still read it to the kids. It’s precious and I recommend it to all. It places Jesus in all the Old Testament stories presented, which is a skill even more mature Christians cannot do.

(Rant: It totally irks me to constantly hear people, young and old, talking about how boring and distant the Old Testament is. First of all, there are a million resources to educate yourself about the purposes of the Old Testament and how to fall in love with it. Ben loves to recommend for beginners. I loved “The Bible Jesus Read” by Philip Yancey. A good commentary is a cheap or even online option. A trip to Israel with a Christian tour group is an expensive but life-changing option. Or how about simply praying to God and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you while reading it? If all else fails, people, get yourself a Jesus Storybook Bible. At least something.) 

This is me exactly one year ago, never tiring of Israel, the Bible, the Old Testament, the New, whatever it takes to better understand God, love Him and try to be like Him.

So you can imagine how I rejoiced when our nanny found it in Ukrainian years ago. We ordered a stock of them. I think I still have a few copies for baby shower gifts in my Lviv closet. I bought it in Russian, too, just for kicks. It is still in the cellophane. Yes, I am still studying Russian once a week, and looking forward to using it in Kharkiv (Eastern UA) next week. Yet if it is hard for my kids to understand in English, the Russian version is not for me.

After Marissa started school, I started searching for the same Bible in Polish. I was thrilled to find it back in May. We got 20 and finally just today, I was able to send an email out to all the parents in her class, letting them know that Marissa and our family wanted to gift this incredible Bible. We got it for the teachers and the Sisters (nuns) who teach the Christian ethics class in our schools, too. I told them that it was our favorite, that we bought it at a popular secular bookstore in PL, and that it was interdenominational, so that hopefully they don’t freak and think it is JW garbage.

As Christians, we are seed-scatterers. We sow the Word of God wherever we go. We are the aroma of Christ. We are salt. We are light. We beg God to use us from start to finish, but often we are just part of someone else’s spiritual journey. Sometimes He is just asking us to share, share, share about how Jesus has changed us, and then leave the rest of the process in someone else’s life up to Him. I pray that these 20 big seeds sown will produce a harvest 30-60-100 times what was planted. God is faithful to do His part. May we faithfully do ours.

Mark 4:8 “And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

Mark 4:26-29 “ And Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

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