Wednesday, March 31, 2010

You are a treasure!!

For those of you with children, I have to recommend an amazing Bible. It was actually brought to my attention by one of my sister-in-laws and then Luken received it for Christmas from Auntie Randi and Uncle Jake.

The stories in this Bible are amazing and all are Jesus focused. I read Luken one this morning and I wanted to share it with you.

Treasure hunt!
(from Matt. 13)

One day Jesus was telling people about God's kingdom. "God's kingdom is wherever God is King," Jesus told them. "It's wherever God is in charge. It's where he fills your heart up with his Forever Happiness and you stop running away from him and you love him."

But sometimes people couldn't understand things very well. So Jesus helped them by telling them stories called "parables."

Jesus said, "God's kingdom is like a hidden treasure!" and then he told them this story ...

Once upon a time, there was a man working in a field, digging. So there he is digging, but what he doesn't know is that in that field there is buried treasure. So Dig, Dig, Dig ... Klink, Klank, Klonk. UH-OH! His shovel bumps into something hard. Hello, what's this? He picks it up, dusts it off - it's a chest. It's rusted and locked but - C-R-E-E-A-K - he pries it open. What he sees inside takes his breath away: beautiful, glittering, gleaming, twinkling, sparkling, precious jewels! It's a treasure chest!

He wants that treasure. He needs to get the treasure. He must have that treasure, somehow. Even if he has to sell everything he has so he can pay for it. He quickly buries the treasure again, runs home, and sells everything he has. He takes the money from the sale and goes and buys that field. Now he owns the field - and the treasure that is buried in it! He runs back and digs up the treasure again!

Jesus said, "Coming home to God is as wonderful as finding a treasure! You might have to dig before you find it. You might have to look before you see it. You might even have to give up everything you have to get it. But being where God is - being in his kingdom - that's more important than anything else in all the world. It's worth anything you have to give up!" Jesus told them. "Because God is the real treasure."

God had a treasure, too, of course. A treasure that was lost, long, long ago. What was God's treasure, his most important thing, the thing God loved best in all the world?

God's treasure was his children.

It was why Jesus had come into the world. To find God's treasure. And pay the price to win them back. And Jesus would do it - even if it cost him everything he had.

Remember today that you are God's treasure and He sent Jesus to find you and pay the price that you might come to live in God's kingdom.


  1. Yay! Glad you got one. We love ours. Although, the one where Adam and Eve sin and have to leave the garden actually makes me cry every single time. We've decided that from now on when we get to that part of the Bible, Trav has to read that one as I can't do it.

  2. I love it. I think I might have cried too. I also had to read a story to Brittney and Justin. I honestly think that I have been touched by this Bible more than many other books I have read. Thanks for finding it.

    We got Makayla a "My First Message" Bible for Easter. I read a bit of it. It looks like a keeper also. I will let you know once we get into it.

  3. I'm looking for a new devotion for Ysa, so let me know if you see anything along those lines- she's about the 4th-5th grade reading level, so something in that level would be good.
    She already has a big girl Bible, and we use both- the message for kids sounds cool though.
    I know, I love the girl's Jesus Storybook Bible, I've got more out of that Bible than I have out of grown up Bibles. I love that with me reading it to them everyday they get some amazing truths stuck in their heart. I love how they always say "Never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love". That's something you don't forget.

  4. The Message Bible is probably not for Ysa, but I will keep my eyes open. I have been scouting devotions for Sam and Makayla. I will let you know what I find.

    Sammy's reading level is not quite that high, but I have been looking for ones that are little more mature than the ones for Makayla.