Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report: if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think about these things. Phillipians 4:8
My name is Julie. I'm a wife, mom, teacher, and most importantly, a child of God. My favorite time and place to read the Bible is when I’m on vacation, early in the morning. The kids are still asleep, a cup of coffee in my hand, a beautiful view of the ocean or mountains, birds are chirping, a sweet, fragrant breeze lingers and the sun is just coming up. This is when I’m motivated, desiring to pick up my Bible and devour it. This is when I crave it. This is when I don’t need any reminders or external motivations to read the Bible.
I wanted to re-create this mood, this atmosphere. I want to WANT to read my Bible at home, in the busy-ness, in the chaos. This is when I NEED it, but I forget. I’m distracted. I have my to do list. Even if I do sit down to read my Bible, I see the dust on the surfaces of my furniture. I remember that the plants need to be watered. I need to take out the trash and a million more chores come to mind. So many distractions.
I created this Bible magazine for myself. I wanted to have a respite from the world. The Bible is enough. It doesn’t need fancy pictures or hip artwork. God’s Word is enough for me. It is everything. But most of the time, I need help, encouragement, a place to start, an image in my mind to keep me focused on the words and pull me away from the distractions. In essence, I want my heart and my mind to stop worrying about where I am and to just “be” in His presence. I want to think about, to contemplate His Word. This is why I created Contemplate the Bible Magazine.
There are plenty of wonderful devotionals, Bible studies, and commentaries that have been written. Contemplate the Bible Magazine is not one of them. You won’t find anything but photographs and the Word of God in these magazines. If you don’t understand what is written, or if you have a question or want more information, seek it out. Asking questions is good. Finding answers is even better.
Contemplate. The Bible.