Thursday, April 17, 2008

THE "DOODLINGS" WHICH MAKE ME CRY!

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Show and Tell

Last week, I featured a special Bible which we recieved from my Uncle Ray's personal library. I thought I'd continue with the theme of Bibles until I've shown you all the very special ones in our collection.


Many of you know a little about my niece
JACKIE JO VERNOY MCCOBB LIVING IN PARAGUAY AS A MISSIONARY'S WIFE. When she and her hubby were packing up for the big move to South America a few years ago, she left a few boxes of things in a storage room at my dad's church. These boxes of items were to be donated to D & D Mission Homes. One afternoon, I entered that storage room to get some bulletin board paper for the board in my Sunday School classroom. AND THERE IT WAS...Jackie's Spanish/English Bible!! "What?" I asked myself in amazement! "She's going to just give this away?!?" Then I seized it! Yes folks, my greedy little hands had to have it."Hey this is still in good shape and Agustin has been wanting a 2 in 1 Bible! Thank you Lord and thank you Jackie!" I stood there in that hot little room, leafing through the precious Bible. I thought of that beautiful, godly niece of mine using that very Bible in mission's conference after mission's conference with her parents. AND SURE ENOUGH... there was proof she had used it much ! She had "doodled" in her Bible. A couple of the "doodles" brought tears instantly to my eyes as they showed a pure, devoted heart! Sometime later, when I finally remembered to tell her that I had RESCUED her old Bible and about some of the cute doodlings I had found in it, she smugly said, "Oh, I'm sure I drew those while sitting in yet another conference while dad showed our slides yet again!" We both giggled.



Well, I couldn't wait to get home that evening to show my hubby the treasure I had just found! He was actually very excited about it when he saw it. Then I showed him the doodlings and notes. How precious it was to think of those pre-teen hands using this Bible, taking many good notes which were interspersed with the "doodlings"! Now my hubby uses that Bible daily for his devotions and has added a few notes and doodles of his own!




Personal note to Jackie: Honey, You don't know the times that I've used that Bible just so I could feel connected to you somehow. I've even had tears come to my eyes occassionally when I show your notes and drawings to others. It is certainly a very special item which I plan on keeping until the day I die.









PHOTOS OF JACKIE'S OLD BIBLE

One of the heart wrenching "doodles". If you enlarge it, you may be able to see where she wrote: "I got saved!" and "My Grandma's in heaven."






More "doodling"! I love how the stick people appear to be happy neighbors.


Sermon notes!



More sermon notes in Spanish.


This Bible was given to Jackie by my parents for Christmas, 1993.

This shot shows how the English translation lines up right next to the Spanish one.




The words to one of my favorite choruses, "Hay Una Cenda"

This is my favorite "doodle" It says volumes about Jackie's heart! The person in the drawing is shedding tears. In the word bubble out from it, it says, "I LOVE JESUS!" Isn't that the most precious thing? *okay, I can't see the keyboard through my own tears now*.

JACKIE just posted an awesome post tonight. If you want your heart to be blessed today, be sure to pop on over and check her blog out today! FAITHFUL IN THE FEW THINGS

25 comments:

Gattina said...

That's very touching ! what souvenirs with this bible !

Simply Heart And Home said...

What a story those doodles tell! How precious! :)

Blessings,

Gina

Carrie said...

How sweet and precious. What a wonder memento from your niece's childhood. Thank you for sharing.

Connie Marie said...

I very much enjoyed reading about how you greedily rescued your nieces Bible! The doodles were touching. Thanks for sharing. God bless you.

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh I would have 'rescued' the bible too!!!! Amazing, and so so heartwarming to say the least, even tho some of the 'doodles and notes' are tearjerking.

My show n tell is shared....come on over.

Constance said...

How absolutely sweet! I loved the picture of Grandma who had been buried and her transition to heaven!(my interpretation at least!) No wonder it is near and dear!
Connie

Vanessa said...

What a TREASURE!

I'm stopping in after a long time away from visiting and posting, both of which I am now catching up on!

Vanessa

The Apron Queen said...

What a sweet keepsake. I always love visiting you.

My show & tell is up... vintage bling bling! Do stop by. I love the company.

For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen, the home of Vintage Thingies Thursdays.

Muum said...

What a treasure. thanks for sharing it today.

Pat said...

Pam, I love it!!

And it brings tears!!How special a treasure!!

Feathering My Nest said...

What a special blessing to have this Bible. It's wonderful that you still have it and the doodles are priceless.

Kathi

lady jane said...

This post touches my heart, Pam. How fortunate you were to have found it. :o)

I was given my great grandmother's bible. She died in 1963 at the age of 91, and was the only Christian in our family at that time. Until me. There are little notes from an arthritic hand, bits of scrap paper and ephemera, a picture, etc. While I have the bible on a well chosen shelf for safety (it's quite old...probably 1900 or so), I do use it from time to time. Such a sweet soul she was, and for a long time now with our Lord for an eternity. <><

cookie said...

you have a treasure

Barbara H. said...

I am so glad you found and rescued that Bible! What a treasure!

MammyT said...

I love it. We have Bibles in our family from when our kids were little, and our grandchildren are working on theirs now. You were right to grab it - it's a treasure. What a blessing. I went to the website.
Looks like one to keep visiting.
Nancy

Daughter of the King said...

Pam....WOW..what a treasure..and I sure would NOT give that back....oh no...finders keepers or something like that..You can sure tell the Lord was preparing Jackie early on....and of course the way she was raised in her missionary family...what insight, showing us this.
I love it.
Deby

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, how special! I really enjoyed reading this and seeing the pictures (doodles!)

Great Show and Tell!

Katherine
P.S. - I'm in sunny FL too!

Kathy said...

What a great posting! I love old Bible's. The notes and doodles in them say much about the owner. What a wonderful find your niece's Bible was. My husband and I were recently given his parent's Bibles. They are a treasure. I looked at your niece's posting - wonderful. Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Oh my...I am shedding a shower of tears right now! That was just precious! My daughter makes notes in her Bible and records the dates that they were used in sermons...next to the scripture passage! ...what an amazing rescue and so worth it! :)

Have a wonderful, blessed weekend!
~Rhonda

Jewelgirl said...

A wonderful keepsake, thank you
for sharing it with us!

Jennie said...

What lovely memories this Bible invokes. No wonder you treasure it.

Jackie said...

Sweet post, thanks for making me sound so great! ;-) I'm glad you rescued my Bible and I know its in safe hands now...

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

I just LOVE the Bible! I still have my very first Bible given to me by my Mother when I was just 6 years old. I, too, doodled in mine. Thanks so much for sharing! My first time to your blog == so glad I found you! Cora

Happymama said...

Aww, I loved that!! What a precious treasure!

~Kristi

Kelli said...

Those are such precious keepsakes, Pam! I love the doodles!
Hugs,
Kelli