Moms, Write in Your Bible (too)

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At the end of December I was intrigued by an article that made its rounds on social media. The title? Dads, Write in Your BibleLike any good wife, I e-mailed the link to my husband with an appropriate invitation and altar call. 

(Don’t worry. He e-mails me links, too. It’s what we do for fun.)

I’ve read and re-read the article. And for the record, I understand the challenge to the patriarchs. Certainly a Bible that is filled to the brim with the affectionate prayers or well-articulated warnings of a father would be of precious value. Something about a father’s words carries weight. It just does.

That said, I think moms should do it, too.

Do not mistake this opinion as a form of, “Anything they can do, we can do better.” To believe that is to miss the point.

Thinking back on the life of Timothy and the role of his mother and grandmother, we know without question that mothers have great capacity to teach and admonish their children. With that in mind, I think writing in our Bibles is a great strategy to this end.

Several years ago, I felt compelled to begin writing in my Bible with the understanding that–should my copy of the Bible survive motherhood–it will most likely be given to my children. My current goal is that my boys not be able to trace what they had for lunch in any of its pages. (No small feat.)

I write at church. I write during personal worship. I note prayer requests. I note answers. I record victories. I acknowledge defeat.

And here is the remarkable thing that has happened. As soon as I grab my pen (a fine point Sharpie, for what it’s worth), I am ready to learn. It’s classical conditioning at it’s finest.

You should try it. It could revolutionize the way you view your Bible…even if you aren’t a dad.


  1. Ah!
    two of my friends have commissioned me to give a Bible to their daughter after their death.
    One was a wonderful woman whose youngest daughter wanted nothing to do with God. It’s been five years since she died and I gave her Bible to her daughter. She told me she reads a page of her mother’s Bible every day and has learned from her mothers notes and has learned more information about what was going on in her family during her childhood, answering some questions.

    Another was a mother who asked me to give her “Bible to her daughter when she turned 18. She wrote notes about what she was learning and her cancer journey, with her daughter in mind. She wrote what she was praying for her daughter about along with some passages. Her daughter turned 18 two years ago. We had tea together and I gave her her mother’s Bible. It is now very precious to her.

    Remember, TP, we read a man’s Bible, and saw many notes, what he was praying about, and sermon outlines in his Bible.


  2. The other Tricia :) says:

    Thanks for this exhortation, friend!!

    Such a treasure this will be to your children!

    Btw, is that your handwriting?? So neat and pretty!

    Tricia M.

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