#14 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today


Good Morning!  Today, our challenge involves remembering the intrinsic value of a very special book. This book has the power to encourage the weary, direct the lost, free the chained and correct the wrong-doer (yep, all of us).   It changes lives, renews, refreshes, convicts and opens eyes.

If you haven’t guessed it yet (or missed it from the picture above), we’re talking about the Bible.  God’s Word, his love story written for us across generations.

Simple Way #14 is to choose one verse today and memorize it.  I know some of you are groaning or rolling your eyes, but let me assure you . . . you can do it!  Soon, I am going to be starting Beth Moore’s new Bible Study, James:  Mercy Triumphs.  So I will be memorizing a verse out of James.

You can pick any verse you’d like or check out the list below.  Are you dealing with any particular issues?  Memorize a verse that fits your need and let God speak to you.  You will be amazed how He will bring a verse back to mind at the time when you need it most.  He’s just cool like that!

  • My Favorite Verse:  “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.”  Psalm 84:5
  • Are you overwhelmed? – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
  • Do you need direction or wisdom? – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 or “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5
  • Are you going through a trial? – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  James 1:2-4
  • Do you need emotional support? – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you . . .”  Psalm 41:10
  • Do you need to renewed? – “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength . . .”  Isaiah 40:31
  • Do you need to build your faith?  – “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'”  Matthew 19:6
  • Are you anxious? – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6 or “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7
  • Are you feeling weary? – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9
  • Do you need peace? – “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7
  • Do you need confidence? – “I have set the LORD always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:8
  • Are you feeling down? – “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”  Psalm 42:5-6a
  • Do you need help? – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”  Psalm 46:1
  • Are you dealing with a difficult person? – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:12-13


31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.


Jump to Simple Way #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15,
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My Favorite Children’s Bibles and Devotional

Raising children in today’s world is tough.  Have you considered the additional challenges our children will face compared to our own childhood?  They need to be equipped to face, confront and change the world we live in.

One of the key ways we can prepare our children is to give them a Biblical foundation and world view.  How big is their God?  What is the impact of following Jesus?  Does God know them personally?  Will He direct and guide them in their life decisions?  Does He care about the details of their life?

It is in God’s Word that they will learn the stories that reveal the character of God and that He is indeed, involved in the lives of His children.  They will learn that if they are afraid, God will protect them and is with them.  They will hear of God’s mighty power to change hearts and situations.  They will come to know that God is their forever friend through His Son, Jesus.

When I think of my kids growing up in this world alone, I have to admit, it is a little scary.  But when I think of them with the Lord at their side, I am at peace.  They will be equipped to work through problems, face their enemies and be overcomers in a challenging world.

So to help with training up your children, I wanted to share my favorite children’s Bibles and Devotional with you.  

1.  The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

This is the most beautiful Storybook Bible I have seen.  When I first read the introduction, my mind was filled with anticipation and my eyes were filled with tears.  Every Bible story recounted connects to Jesus and indeed “whispers His name.”  The stories are beautifully told and point to the Savior.   Your kids (and you, too) will see an amazing connection to Jesus in every story read.  I love it!

2.  The Rhyme Bible Storybook

This is another unique Storybook Bible that your kids will love.  Each story is told in fun rhyme and perfect for holding the attention of your young children.  Its rhythmic wording and simple illustrations draw you into learning the stories of the Bible.

3.  The Beginner’s Bible Deluxe Edition: Timeless Children’s Stories

This is a classic Beginner’s Bible published by Zonderkidz and great for kids under the age of 6.  I love the simple nature and colorful illustrations.  It is widely popular and also has a small dictionary in the back.

4.  100 Read & Sing Devotions, 100 Bible Songs

This is our new devotional.  It comes with two cd’s, each with 50 songs.  The routine is to play the song of the day and then read the corresponding devotional.  Songs range from hymns to kids’ Bible songs.  My kids like to finish our time by listening to songs #1 through wherever we are!  Can you imagine when we’re listening to 49 songs in one sitting?  I really like the format and structure.  My son, at age 4, is just now ready for the content though.  It isn’t perfect (ie. only listed a couple of the fruit of the Spirit instead of them all), but still a great tool for teaching Biblical principles.   My son asks me to do our devotions!

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, 
he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6
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