Bird watching (ornithology) was a favorite hobby of our homeschooling family in the summer. In fact, it became such a favorite pastime that we purchased a beautiful official field guide on North American birds just to identify unfamiliar species. Each time a family member identified a new bird, we made a mark next to the bird's picture in the book. At first, my children were reluctant to write anything in the pages of a resource book. Past experience in studying other subjects had taught them this was unacceptable. However, as we logged more and more sightings, they became comfortable using the guide and grew more interested in identifying every species contained within its pages.

Learning to mark Bible passages during insightful times in your spiritual walk is also difficult for most Christians. Writing in the margins and underlining verses may seem uncomfortable at first, but the more you apply the Word of God to your current circumstances, the more comfortable you become in noting those verses speaking to your heart. As you highlight verses and passages that bring encouragement, comfort, and hope, you'll leave a trail of the Holy Spirit's work in your life through the wonderful promises of God. Since the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), you'll even discover new lessons from the same passages as you continue to grow in Christ.

Is the Bible the most read and the most marked book on your shelf? If not, consider using the Word of God as your worktext for daily living. The thoughts and wisdom God imparts as you study His Word are worth noting. Not only does the Bible remind you of what God has done for you, but it also helps you teach others the same lesson when they face similar difficulties in life. After all, what greater legacy can you leave than the recorded history of your spiritual walk with God in the pages of your own Bible? "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

Lord, thank You for Your written Word that leads me into truth. Help me to treasure those insights You choose to reveal as I apply Your Word to my life and help me to record them as a testimony of Your unfailing love. In the name of Jesus, Amen.