Perfect Gift for Christians: Encouragement Bibles
Commercial Christian gifts seem almost cliché these days. A mug with the Christian fish symbol or a t-shirt with a beloved Bible verse are commonplace in Christian bookstores. These gifts aren't bad, but they are so impersonal. Why not take a moment and give of yourself to create a thoughtful and encouraging present? I had the idea to create Encouragement Bibles. I believe these will show people how
What is an Encouragement Bible?
An Encouragement Bible is a gift that includes personal notes of encouragement, highlighted verses of hope, and other personal touches to show how much you care. To make this Christian gift, simply take a Bible of your favorite translation such as King James or NIV and add encouraging notes and other items that you think the recipient of the gift would find meaningful.
When choosing scriptures to highlights and things to add, consider the trials, blessings, and spiritual gifts of the person to receive the Bible.
Ideas for Items to Add to the Bible
- Thank you note
- Photos of family or friends
- Dollar bills
- Family Recipe
- Personal note
- Pressed flower
Highlight Encouraging Verses
My hope for the Encouragement Bibles that I will give out for Christmas and birthdays would be that the person would turn to it whenever they feel the need to be encouraged. The verses that I highlight will be different for each person based on what I feel the person would find uplifting.
This is not a time when I feel led to point out people's flaws. I'm not going to highlight a verse and think, "Yeah! She really needs to take this to heart and work on this!" How discouraging it would be for someone to hand me a Bible that highlights all my flaws.. and I think I have more than my share of flaws! No, I want this experience to give hope and comfort for my friends and family.
There is a time for growth, of course. I'm not saying that we should only ever read uplifting messages and ignore all things that would require work and change. But I feel that the Encouragement Bible is an opportunity to share God's love and the hope we all have in Him.
Examples of Uplifting Bible Verses
One of my favorite encouraging verses is Proverbs 18:10. I created a painting that I called Strong Tower Proverbs 18:10. One of the reasons that this verse is so meaningful to me is because I struggle with fear, especially linked with my illness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When you are making an Encouragement Bible, you may feel like that verse would not be especially meaningful for the recipient. That's okay. Please select the verses to highlight that you feel led to include.
Here are some more examples of encouraging verses:
- Psalm 46:1-3
- Psalm 55:22
- Jeremiah 29:11
- Isaiah 40:31
- The Beatitudes, Matthew 5
- Luke 18:27
- John 3:16
- Romans 8:28
- Romans 8:31
- Philippians 4:13
- James 1:12
Make It Personal
Though I plan on adding some dollar bills for my some of my family and friends, I think the personal touches are much more valuable. If you buy things to add, like a bookmark with a positive message, a greeting card, or gift certificates, these can be personal. You may be filling a need that the person has or delivering a message that you know the person would appreciate. I also would encourage people to include some handwritten notes of encouragement or thanks. These days, we throw messages at each other through texts, social media posts, or emails. It's much more personal to take a few minutes and write a short note to add to the Encouragement Bible.
Before I give these gifts, I plan to pray over them that they may provide my friend or family with hope and encouragement. This Christian gift idea also has reminded me to keep my friends and family in prayer.
If you create an Encouragement Bible or have ideas for one, please feel free to share your ideas in the comments section. I would love to hear what items you have included or how you added a personal touch to your Encouragement Bibles.