So I don't plan on my blog becoming book review central here...
But I'm really enjoying reading again. Seriously...it's like a long-lost love has come back into my life.
And I love it that Lee and I read the same books at times...it gives us
so much more to talk about...besides kids and work. Yes, we enjoy
filling each other in on what is happening in our daily lives, but it is
wonderful to have other ideas and experiences to share.
And the books have been so encouraging. So challenging. They are causing
me to reflect on my personal faith and walk with Christ...
And it has been awesome that Lee is walking along beside me in this new
journey. He encourages my reading times...and he doesn't show any
disappointment if I haven't quite done as much around the house during
nap time because I was reading...(yet amazingly, I feel I'm a little
more productive in my house-cleaning efforts since I've started reading
again...now if that's really true or not is a different story)
I'm also completing 2 Bible reading plans provided by www.youversion.com.
This has been awesome for me as well. I'm reading the New Testament and
then the chronological Bible in a year. I get daily reminders on my
phone to read it. And since I'm using my phone to read it, this will be a
first for me. To read the whole Bible in a year on my phone. Welcome to
the age of technology!!!
I feel myself growing. Not that I haven't been growing and developing in
the past 3 years since I've had kids. It's a different kind of growth.
And I am also seeing an opportunity for my pride to get the best of me.
Reading provides knowledge, and the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 8:1-2: "1 ... But while knowledge makes us
feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.2 Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much." [NLT]
I remembered the KJV of this verse "knowledge puffs up..."
I don't claim to know all the answers, but
sometimes when I read...it feeds my opinions...or even gives me newer
ones...and it can really "make me feel important..."or puff me up...
I do love sharing what I know. But I don't
want to ever get to a point where I feel like I have all the answers. I
don't want to fall into that trap. I want to stay humble and love people
as they are...not thinking that I'm better than they are because I have
"all this knowledge..."
And I don't want to have a false sense of
humility either. I want to be humble. And this blog seems to be helping
me. It is forcing me to be real with myself. To present my real
victories and struggles. It's not my deep thoughts like in my
journal...but it's helping me share who I really am...and not just who I
think I want to be.