…and I saw that it had a design with both roses and handwriting on the cover, I had to have it. (Thank you to my husband for the generous Amazon gift card at Christmas, which I managed to use well into the new year.)
And guess what's one of the first things I colored in my new Bible? For years I have plundered the pages of scripture looking for a verse on tea, but I just couldn't find one. So when I saw this coloring page, I was quite pleased!
Most of the coloring images are along the side of a page, but on Easter I colored this full-page one. (Be nice. I haven't practiced coloring in years.)
And I still haven't colored this one yet, but this image of David dancing cracks me up. I think David looks more like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever here!
These blank lines for the journaling, however, are the primary reason I wanted this Bible. For years, I've been writing down in various notebooks some of the great phrases I discover right in the middle of Bible verses. I'm forever saving titles for future books and articles. The other day in Sunday School, our teacher was reading along in Isaiah 28 (verse 21), and I latched onto the phrase "his strange work." Wouldn't that be a great title for something, His Strange Work? Many years ago, I became smitten with the phrase "harps upon the willows" in Psalm 137:2. Surely that should be the title of something. An article or a book on grief, maybe? Or a mystery about a character who overcomes grief?
And discovering that illustration with the teacup made me realize that there are no doubt plenty of verses about eating and drinking that can be applied to teatime. Now, I've got a place to record these thoughts (however oddball they may be) and be as creative as I want. My favorite verses in the Bible are Proverbs 3:5 and 6 — "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." I can't help believing this even applies to the "teatime paths" where I have met so many wonderful new friends! Have you come across any "teatime" verses in the Bible? If you have, please feel free to share them anytime. And if you happen to have a favorite verse, feel free to share that too—y'all know I need all the help I can get!