“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” — Jeremiah 29:11-14 I began reading the Bible when I was ten years old, encouraged by my parents. Born into a Christian household, I was raised knowing how to do the “right” thing. I played the good girl at church: polite, respectable, and dedicated to religion. However, as the middle child, I craved attention. At age 12, I started smoking, drinking, shoplifting, regularly looking for trouble. Out of habit, I still read my Bible. Although I understood the scriptures, I continued leading a double life until the summer before my senior year of high school. Although I’d heard it before, for the first time, I listened to the promise in Jeremiah 29:11-14 during a church camp sermon. Learning to believe and live out scriptures, I began my personal relationship with God. Using the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), my thesis incorporates four different translations: King James Version, New International Version, The Message and my own notes from reading. My thoughts, questions, and revelations are literally etched into the pages of the Bible, documenting the continuing story of my journey with God, alongside His Words to me.