At the end of last year I finished reading the Bible through for only the second time. I did it for the first time when I was 36 years old, and I cannot tell you the benefit it was to my soul and my mind. That is meant to be encouragement for anyone, but especially for someone younger….don’t put it off because it seems too daunting or because you would rather eat raw eggs than make it day after day through Leviticus! I actually really like Leviticus now! I have a book that has been a HUGE help to me in my daily reading of the Word.
Even in those chapters where you wonder if there is any application to your life at all, ‘ol G. Campbell shows you that there is. I usually buy it used on amazon.com. I’ve found it for as low as .57!!! Someone doesn’t know what they have if they are selling this book for cents, but I gladly ordered it! Check it out if you you’re looking for a help in your reading of God’s Word.
Instead of reading the Bible through this year, I decided to do a plan where you read the Psalms through two and a half times and read the Proverbs over and over each month. So far, I am loving it and it is proving to be just what I need! I also dusted off my Prayer Book for Josh….not that I haven’t been praying for Josh….I have just not been as specific as I want to be.
I have been struggling with a sense of purposelessness (is that a word?) for a while. Just wanting to KNOW that I am doing exactly what God has called me to and feeling pulled to be involved in a couple of other areas in order to feel more important or that my time is being spent well. It’s funny because I would tell any other lady that chose to stay home and teach her children and use her time to invest in her husband, kids and home that this was, indeed, extremely worthy work! I would tell her to persevere, to ask God to show her the value in her eternal investment. YET, here I was wondering if this was all I was made for. ALL, like molding, training, teaching, loving, knowing my children. ALL, like putting my husbands needs as high priority, helping him to be all God has called him to be. ALL, like daily taking care of my home–laundry, dusting, cooking, making it a welcoming place for all who live here or visit here. That’s “ALL” I do every day. Ho-hum. 🙂
So yesterday morning I was GREATLY encouraged when I read in Proverbs 22 and Psalm 22, and The Lord had a very specific word for me and it GREATLY encouraged my heart in my calling and in my purposefulness! I am also encouraged that I should do the right thing at the right time and in the right way. I never know what the days are leading to…one day I won’t have three kids at home, and I want to learn all I can learn now in this season because I am certain all these days are leading to future days and new works God may call me to. I want to be ready! But I don’t want to spend these days wondering if I am doing enough….that’s why it is so important to spend time with the Lord. He wants me to know His will. He even wants to encourage me where I am and give me confirmation when doubts do arise. I love how personal He is, and I sure am glad I didn’t miss His presence and guidance yesterday! Or today, for that matter. He is so good. He is a personal God.
So, what else around here? Just getting back into our school routine, which I love. I really do. It’s has rhyme and reason, yet it is so laid back. We have the greatest conversations in the everyday life. These are important people I’m discipling!
We are reading and cooking and doing puzzles!
And Timothy started on Tuesday…Mack loves his science class.
And right now we are anxiously awaiting friends from Tennessee. We cannot wait to enjoy their company! Pictures to come!