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Did you know at weddings the bride wears something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue? (I actually just learned this at my best friend’s wedding at the age of 22, so if you didn’t know either, there’s no worries!)
It’s supposed to be this sort of tradition that brings you good luck on your wedding day. Each one representing a value that symbolises goodness and love bestowed upon the bride. Each one being a specific piece that adds beauty to the one day that is oh so important and cherished; they’re sweet treasures she can keep close and dear to her heart forever.
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Ephesians 5:25-27 (MSG) says: “Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. [His words evoke her beauty.] Everything he does and says is designed to bring the {best out of her,} dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness.”
We as Christians are the bride of the Church.
And I believe, likewise, we too have sweet treasures to claim. They’re treasures unlike any other that have been kept for a long long time, protected and presented to you within the inerrant and flawless Word of God — within those thin pages that sit on your shelf, value awaits to be claimed.
Within the Bible you will always find:
Something old
Something new
Something borrowed
Something blue.
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 The Word of God is ALIVE and ACTIVE.
It’s piercing and perfecting.
It is both sweet and sacred.
Designed not to turn us away, but to draw us closer to a God who is for us and not against us.
And yet, we treat it as if it were a dormant book of fictional fame.
Yet, if you truly gave the beauty within it’s pages the chance to steal your glance, you’d be transformed by its insight. You’d be in awe of the value that it speaks to you and over you. So here’s what I want you to do. Go on an adventure within its pages that are filled with mystery and grace, and seek out the treasures it has for you weekly. Some of you have been waiting for God to speak to you while your long awaited Words have been on the shelf all along.
[Therefore, here is your weekly treasure hunt list:]
Something old – There are verses you have heard for forever, but their value has never really sunk in deep. (It’s like the ring your mom can pass down, or the watch your dad will give to you on your big day!) To one, it has become an ordinary object, but to another it is a priceless treasure. I believe you’ll find an entirely new meaning to John 3:16 when you truly allow the words to penetrate your heart with the freedom and power it beholds. But that’s only one verse that’s worth more than the value we place on it. There are so many more hidden treasures that would rock your world if you swam deeper into the depths of its mysterious blue waters.
Something new – go and find something you’ve never read before. Out of the 726,109 words in the Bible  (specifically the NIV), I know that you can find something new for the rest of your life to ponder upon. So seek and you shall find, God may surprise you with something you’ve read a million times and have never actually seen. Beauty is easy to pass by when we don’t take time to stop and discover her intrinsic value.
Something borrowed: This is one of my favourites. Go on a site and look up a devotional, or hear a verse that God spoke to a friend. Find out what it means to them, and then if it speaks to your heart, borrow it, take it home, and meditate on its worth. God freely gives; very rarely does someone share a Word of God to just hear it again themselves. Listen and lean in. You never know what may be in store.
Something blue: Okay. This is actually my absolute favourite, hands down, no question. When I think of something blue, I think of something that is specifically designed for me. It’s what catches my eye and draws my heart in. Metaphorically, it’s like that one ring that’s {made for me} in a glass case of every sort of diamond. Biblically, it’s like the Word of God is whispering straight to my heart. It’s that moment where it feels like “Dear (insert your name)” is written before the verse, with ” Love, your Father” at the end. For example:
“Dear Kaytee,
Be still and know that I’m God.
Love, your Father.”
Those verses, they are the ones that make me fall head over heels all over again for Jesus. Because I am always reminded that He pursues even the smallest delights of my heart simply because He cares for my heart and therefore cares for my cares.
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I honestly have no idea what God wants to speak to you.
But I do know He wants to speak something.
And I believe that something is of great worth in His sight, and its for you. He is after your heart, my friend, and goodness how He wants to speak to you so tenderly . He’s been watching and waiting for you to come and see ALL that He has for you every day.
If only we could live every day of every week knowing the worth He sees in us, the treasures He has in store for us, the value He has designed within us. We’d be completely different people. I just know it. Every day is a BIG day in His eyes. Every day God desires to make us whole in His love by His Word.
His Words evoke beauty; they’ve been protected and purposed for us, His bride, His church.
So go and find something new, something old, something borrowed, and my absolute favourite…
something blue.
And then, keep them close to your heart forever.

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