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The Waterproof Bible on a dock overflowed by a lake. Be Inspired. Anywhere.

You probably haven’t thought about the notion of a waterproof Bible. Unless you have activities in your life where you want to take the Word with you into the world beyond Church, you probably are thinking, “Why on earth do you need it waterproof? You going to throw it in the river?” Well, I won’t purposely, but if I fall in crossing that river with my cloth backpack, everything in it including my Bible will get soaked. For that reason, I often left it home longing for it in those quiet moments seeing God’s glory displayed in the vistas surrounding me. Or, when I was Scoutmaster along with my husband of an active, high adventure type troop, I took it to always have it handy for an opportune moment on the trail to teach, and for those Sunday “A Scout is Reverent” moments of instruction, worship, and praise only to have ti torn, soaked, stained, and unreadable after several months on the trails. I hated to see God’s Word used well, but abused in the process. Bardin and Marsee Publishing thought the same and solved the problem with The Waterproof Bible.

I got to test one out recently. I have to admit that it wasn’t easy to put that Bible through the paces of seeming torture. It just doesn’t sit well with me to abuse the Word of the One, true God. This was for a good cause though, proving the claims of the company, so I could tell you whether it was worth buying this product if you are an outdoorsy, adventurous type or just want a Bible you can read while in the tub. Still, it wasn’t easy. In fact, I couldn’t do it myself. My son’s fiancé, Rachel, had to take over the reins for this little project. I am quite appreciative, too. We dunked the Bible in the pool, and it floated. Phew! I am glad because I sure didn’t want to dive in that cold water of March to retrieve it. I would have seriously regretted not thinking about trying it in the tub first. We retrieved it easily as it floated to the other side of the pool. The Bible was wet, but the pages weren’t soaked at all. The water just beaded up on it and were shook off with a good fan of the pages. Of course, that isn’t even close to what I could put a Bible through on the trail, so Rachel took that Bible and ground it into mud, Georgia red clay, mud, mind you, which is the archenemy of every mother in Georgia! It is almost impossible to get rid of those stains. Whew! The Waterproof Bible came through again! We just rinsed it off, and the mud came off from the cover, the edges, and the inside pages with ease. There were none of the stains we all know so well even from a quick, dunking in the wet muds of Georgia. Coke, grape juice, milk spills later were no match for the survival skills of this Bible. All washed away with not one even dim stain or ring. Then came the ultimate test. I put the again soaked with water Bible in a dark bag for a while as a Scout would have to do on a trail and left it for a long while. I got it out in a few days, and not only was it dry, but it wasn’t mildewed or stained in any way. You can’t beat that at all!

Rachel has thrown The Waterprroof Bible into the pool and waits to see if it floats. It does!

Rachel, with my husband looking on, gives The Waterproof Bible a good rubbing in the mud, inside and out.With the smaller, but clear, crisp font, The Waterproof Bible is just the right size to carry with you without adding a lot of extra weight or bulkiness. It truly is the perfect Bible for the trial and other outdoor activities. They have several Bible versions available: ESV-English Standard Version, KJV-King James, NIV-New International, NKJV-New King James, and NLT-New Living Translation. They have pink and blue pastel covers and a few outdoorsy camo-inspired covers, too. You also have a choice of the full Bible or just New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. You can also personalized the covers with names, too, for an additional fee. if you wish, or organizations cam imprint with name and/or logo also for an additional fee. Full Bibles are $44.95 and NT, Ps, and Pr. editions are $24.95. Now, my only request would be for a larger print version and even an extra large print version (for low vision readers) just so we don’t have to worry about carrying our Bibles in the rain, and yes, for reading in the tub!After a washing from the mud and storing wet  in a dark backpack for a week, The Waterproof Bible looks clean and beautiful as designed.The words are untouched and readable.

For more information, go to the Bardin Marsee Publishing web site.I have received a copy of the above product to help facilitate a frank and honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed. All opinions are my own. Your results and opinions may vary.

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I was watching a popular Bible teacher this morning, Joyce Meyer. I enjoy her. I feel she is anointed by God even if I may not agree with everything she teaches or believes. Today, she was talking about not having to be perfect and not having to be constantly worried about whether we are doing right or wrong. God loves us even though we are imperfect. He is pleased with us despite of our imperfectness because we want to do right. We are trying to do right. He also uses us despite the fact that we aren’t perfect. She told a story about when she thought she was hearing from God to be a preacher or Bible Teacher. She wasn’t sure if that was really from God. Many of us struggle with knowing if we are hearing from God. Often times, we have acted on something and made a fool of ourselves because it wasn’t from God, so we become afraid to try to listen and act on God’s will for us. Joyce went on to say that she took a tiny step in faith to test it. She started teaching a Bible study in her home. God blessed it. People came. It grew, so she knew that her desire had been God speaking to her. That was interesting to me. I have learned to do the same thing in my life as I try to follow where God is leading me.

What interested me more, though, was what she said next. Joyce Meyer said she taught that class in short shorts and smoking cigarettes. She smoked so many cigarettes, she said, that smoke filled the room where she and her guests couldn’t see each other. I thought to myself that I know some people who would have tried to shut her down if it was a church sponsored or advertised event or at the very least they would have stopped going and told everyone they knew about that woman who was disrespecting God by reading scriptures while dressed so inappropriately and smoking like a “choo choo”. I know in my own life that I have had people criticize me and tell me to stop doing something that I felt God was leading me to do because I wasn’t perfect. I had sin in my life. I sometimes sinned while I was doing what God wanted me to do. I wasn’t necessarily meaning to sin. I just did. I sometimes have a temper. I sometimes get passionate about something or angry and use certain colorful expressions or even profanity. I was trying to do right. I often failed, but I was trying. I wanted to be good at what I was doing for my Lord, though, so I kept trying. Doing it in the face of harsh criticism was very difficult at times, but I kept trying.

It is obvious though that God wasn’t disrespected. He wasn’t offended or angered. God was pleased with Joyce Meyer. She was doing what He wanted her to do which was teach His word to others. God was pleased with her even though she wasn’t doing it in perfectly the right way. He blessed her efforts and brought her more students and increased her borders of influence. God is still doing that today. God anointed her though she was imperfect because she wanted to do His will. That was enough. Along the way, God helped her to learn how to do His work in better ways. Eventually, He used her husband to point out that she really should dress more appropriately. Eventually, God showed her that she should stop abusing His temple, her body, by smoking and helped her to stop.

In the same way, God was pleased with me. My teaching improved. He sent me to various places to teach that were difficult in many ways, but honed my skills even more. God showed me patterns in some of the students I taught that were more of a challenge and helped me to develop better ways to teach them. When I was better prepared, God gave me the desire and life situations to confirm the desire was from Him to prompt me to begin teaching first just a few students out of my home to now a growing, accredited school that helps all kinds of students including some with needs that other schools haven’t been able to reach. God is helping us to reach those students’ needs successfully. He is even now using my more recent situation of being Deaf and blind to help me to understand even more the needs of people like myself and giving me the desire and resources to begin helping others like myself become more independent. Along the way, he has helped me with my temper to learn more how to control it when it isn’t appropriate, but given me the courage to use it to help fight what is wrong. I am still not perfect in so many ways, but God is pleased with me, and He is anointing me to do the work He has for me.

The criticism is often still there from those I don’t know to even those very close to me. It can still be difficult at times, but I have learned that it is more often the work of Satan in those voices and in the voices in my own mind trying to lessen my impact and weaken my spirit. I have to focus on the lessons I have learned.

From that knowledge that God is pleased with me and blessing my efforts of doing His will for me, I am learning a new lesson that I also see Paul teaching in 1 Corinthians 4:3-5.

3But [as for me personally] it matters very little to me that I should be put on trial by you [on this point], and that you or any other human tribunal should investigate and question and cross-question me. I do not even put myself on trial and judge myself.  4I am not conscious of anything against myself, and I feel blameless; but I am not vindicated and acquitted before God on that account. It is the Lord [Himself] Who examines and judges me. 5So do not make any hasty or premature judgments before the time when the Lord comes [again], for He will both bring to light the secret things that are [now hidden] in darkness and disclose and expose the [secret] aims (motives and purposes) of hearts. Then every man will receive his [due] commendation from God. Amplified Bible (AMP)

I am learning to let go of the worry about my mistakes and the fear that I will displeased God with my mistakes. That is true freedom found in knowing Christ as Savior and Lord. God is pleased with me in spite of my mistakes. He already knows my flaws and what mistakes I will make. He knows we aren’t perfect. He knows what we are going to do wrong before we even do it. He also sent His Son, Jesus, to live like us. Jesus understands what we go through. He didn’t sin, and He can help us to learn how to live right. We find these promises in Jeremiah 1:4-5 and Hebrews 4:14-16. He is pleased with me simply because I have chosen to love His Son and chosen to try to do what is right with the help of Jesus. I can be free because I am confident that God loves me and is pleased with me. I can be free because I am confident that because I am trying to follow that God will lead me in His way and bless my efforts.

This freedom can be found by everyone. It is found by choosing Christ and wanting to do right and allowing Christ to help us learn while we are also being used to reach others in spite of our imperfections. Part of that means we also have to learn that we can be blessed by others who are imperfect, but anointed, too.

 

 

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