“Here’s your bible, Mom,” Jake said as he brought my bible into my bedroom. “It’s ready to be packed.”
Minutes later, Jake was prompting his brother to find his bible and put it into his back pack. “Caleb, where’s your bible? You need to go pack it.”
Jake was the first of our three sons to rise out of bed this morning. We are just hours away from departure. We’re heading north for a ministry trip and Jake wants to make sure everyone has their bible.
He approached his dad next, “Dad, where is your blue bible? Have you packed it yet?”
While John and I are finalizing the last bit of packing of clothes, food, supplies, and more, our middle son is making sure we have what we most need; the word of God to go with us and be with us on our trip.
Paul wrote these words, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (NIV, Philippians 4:8-9).
These exhortative words are exactly what I need for our ten day trip and beyond. I need my Bible for the words that my God desires to speak to me today and every day thereafter.
His words are true.
His words are noble.
His words are right.
His words are pure.
His words are lovely.
His words are admirable.
His words are excellent.
His words are praiseworthy.
His words offer support and strength.
His words steady me.
There are many things ahead for us that have the potential to cause anxiety, stress, and cause me to lose my focus.
Jake has his priorities straight even before we depart.
“Here’s your bible, Mom. You’re going to need it.”
Jake is right.