My daughter is in the middle of her 10th grade year and it has really started to hit me that she will be launching out on her own soon. As we start looking up requirements for some of her dream schools, sign up for entrance tests, and plan some campus visits, it has been on my heart that she never lose sight of what is most important…her relationship with Jesus. I’ve always prayed for my kids, but I want to be more intentional, and at the same time create something I can give them when they do leave home for that first time for college.
My plan is to start marking up a Bible for my daughter with verses I want her to remember and personal notes & prayers from me throughout. I am going to start this Lent and then continue it through the years so I can gift it to her when she leaves for college in two years. I pray it is something she will look at often to seek wisdom from God and encouragement. Perhaps it will be just the thing she needs to refer to on a particularly hard or heartbreaking day, which we all know will come.
You don’t have to have an older child to start. You don’t even have to have a child. Maybe you want to start a Bible marking up the prayers for your future spouse and you can give it to them on your wedding day. Or maybe you want to mark on up for an unbelieving family member or friend you have been praying opens their hearts to Jesus.
I’ve included a separate tab on my website (Loved Bible) with everything you need to get started…links to journaling Bibles, a list of verses by theme to pray over and incorporate in your Bible, and a calendar if you want to follow along during Lent to kick it off.
I plan to reflect on the passages each day during Lent, mark them in the Bible (highlight or underline), and include a prayer in the margin of the Bible or on a sticky note that I place in the Bible.
If you decide to start marking up a Bible too, leave a comment with your recipient’s first name and I will join you in praying for them.