What is your favorite book in the Bible?
I'm looking forward to the summer break program of our Church's Bible study. We will be going through some of the Psalms. Last week we studied Psalm 1 — talking about two different ways: The way of the righteous and the way of the wicked. Thursday's study had been about Psalm 8 and next week's will be about Psalm 91 — I'm really looking forward to that.
We should not pick and choose, I know; we need to read all of God's Word to get the whole counsel of God. It's good to have a Bible reading plan handy that will guide us through the Bible. There are several available in print, online, and in digital form. If you don't have one yet, please keep coming back to the Bible page. I will update it in the next couple of weeks offering some suggestions on Bible reading there.
I find some of the chapters in the Bible easier to read than others. How about you? Do you have one or more books in the Bible which you really love and prefer reading? I love the Psalms — reading them, meditating on them, and especially singing them. Singing them? Yes. I will talk more about this in another post. So please stay tuned.
Writers have to read. They should be reading a lot of times and across different genres. I'll have to admit that I used to neglect this important task on many days. Why? I often found "more important things" to do and so I didn't "have" the time to read. I thought reading books can always be considered leisure and cannot be called work. Sure, sometimes it is a time of relaxation and fun; however, many times — for example, during research — it is work and it needs to get done.
I have a laptop so I could literally write everywhere, but I prefer to write at the same place every day: at my desk. The same goes for reading, I could just take my ebook reader or a selection of printed books with me to read them anywhere; but I prefer to read my books at the same place every day. There is something about connecting an unique space to a specific task. Entering that area is almost like switching the brain to do what it is supposed to do right there and then.
If you are a writer, have you set apart a favorite spot in your home where you are reading?
Jeremiah 6:16 had been one of the first verses I had come across while doing a research on the socialization* of homeschoolers:
Thus says the LORD:
Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths,
where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, “We will not walk in it.”
For many, many years, parents were the ones who taught their own children before sending them off to university.
O yes, there were many families in which neither father nor mother were capable of teaching the young ones. Most of the wealthy families hired a private teacher; the children of the others, who had not been so fortunate, might have never learned how to read or write.
Martin Luther longed to see all children, rich and poor, receiving a decent education. Some will say that he was eager to make schooling compulsory for every child. His main goal, however, was not to see children in school but for them to be able to read God’s Word.
As I read through my daily Bible reading this morning, I have come across the following verse:
And Elijah came to all the people, and said,
“How long will you falter between two opinions?
If the LORD is God, follow Him;
but if Baal, follow him.”
But the people answered him not a word.
(1 Kings 18:21 NKJV)
Immediately, I was reminded of Jeremiah 6:16 and challenged myself: Am I wavering between two opinions? And, if so, when — for what reason/s — do I hesitate to follow the LORD?
*I’m planning to write more on home education and the socialization within the homeschool family in the near future. So please stay tuned.
I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer, born and raised in Germany but now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland.