I have an old Open Study Bible in the New King James Version. When I purchased it, the high-quality leather was a beautiful shade of blue with silver on the page edges. The blue is an off-blue now and the silver is long gone.
I had my name and "A Vessel of Honor" (from II Tim. 2:20-21) embossed in silver on the front cover. As a newish Christian, I was no where near being a "Vessel of Honor", but I sure did desire to be. So, I it had it placed on the cover to be my life's goal. Every time I read The Word and allow it to be that doubled-edged sword to my own self, I am one step closer to my goal.
You can see from the photo how out of shape it is. Along the binding, I have clear packaging tape on to hold the front cover to the binding. I've purchased other Bibles and I certainly use them to study from. But, when I preach or teach, I must have this Bible. I can find Scriptures that I need when I can't find them in any other Bible. It's like my spirit is fine-tuned to the words in this Book. I may not remember what chapter and verse to find a Scripture, but I do remember where it is placed on the page. This study Bible has an awesome concordance and encyclopedia in it, which helps me to find Scriptures I'm trying to locate.
I can remember when I began to write "Expect A Miracle" on the top of every page. Phew, that was an undertaking as well! My handwriting would get sloppy as I got tired of writing and had to stop. As I wrote on each page header, I would read all the notes I had written on that page. It was a slow-as-molasses process, but it helped me to grow and change; and kept me falling in Love with my Wonderful, Beloved Jesus, over and over again.
I don't have much in the way of monetary gain or possessions to leave as a legacy to my children, but I sure have my Bible. I'm sure my children do not know the value of it.
...My hope is one day, when I'm eternally basking in The Glory of The Most High God, my children will pass the Bible around, spending as much time as the need, reading every jot and tittle in it. Maybe that will give them a greater under-standing of their mother, whose only aim in life is to become that Vessel of Honor, making my life an act of worship unto my God.
To REALLY know their Mom, all they have to do is read my Bible. I hope when that day comes, they will treasure their inheritance as my most precious gift to them. May God use it to solidify their faith, and cause it to be an encouraging word to them whenever they need it.
Years ago, I typed and framed this of my love for God's Word. It is taken from various Scriptures:
Your Testimonies have I taken as a heritage forever ~
for They are the rejoicing of my heart!
I have inclined my heart to perform Your Statutes
~ forever ~
to the very end!
Because of Him and Unto Him,