I am one of the worst readers out there. It's just never been my thing. I'm even more shocked it's making it into my blog archives. Reading has always been hard for me. I can't stay focused and my mind starts wandering. Often times, I will start a book, get halfway through, and just never finish.
However, I'm finding it's place in this Mom season. My Littles are growing and learning to do and play more on their own. There are parts of my day where they are busy in play and I don't know what to do with myself in these small increments of time, I mean, when I'm not picking up, doing laundry, dishes, or being some kind for zombie robot.
I'm mentally bored, but still not in a stage where I can throw myself into something because I still get interrupted every few minutes to referee, fix something, help put on Cinderella's dress, find her other glass slipper, 'read book,' or 'I show you somp-ting.'
So, I'm in the middle of reading several books all at once. My attention span and dedication to each one is short in this life stage, so throughout the day, I have been picking up and reading one chapter at a time in each book. It's been keeping me focused and growing me deeper.
These books have all been too good to keep to myself. Plus, who doesn't need a good beach or poolside read this summer. :)
The Author is right here in Memphis. "Wife School" is by far, hands down, the best marriage book I have ever read!! It's so easy and fun to read, but sharing insights and wisdom into marriage I have never heard from anyone, anywhere.
This lady is in the mind of every woman and gave me a guidebook to learning my husband and how to really communicate and treat him respectfully. It is now on my gift list to any of my friends who are about to be married. If you're married, you need this book!
I finished this book in a women's study this Spring with some ladies at church. It has dissected me down to the roots and spiritual core, for sure!
I opened the pages and couldn't stop reading. I thought I looked to God in every aspect of my life, but quickly realized I am an idolater. I rely on idols of control, security, comfort, and the perfect family more than I do my God. Yikes! Really, I discovered I worship myself.
As I identified this repulsive nature in me, I also found how much the Lord is still calling me to Him. His loving, forgiving nature draws me in and brings me in pursuit of Him.
"Arise my love, my beautiful one, and come away." -Song of Solomon 2:13
P.S. The more you put into this book, the more you will get out of it. I recommend doing the study guide and discussion in the back of the book even if you aren't in a small group setting.
Already starting out strong in Chapter 1, Lysa compared our want for food (or insert any idol struggle here) to the rich man in Matthew 19:
"Jesus responds, "If you want to be perfect [whole], go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
The rich, young man then goes away sad because he won't give up the one thing that consumes him. He is full with his riches he can't see how undernourished his soul is.
Jesus meant this for any of us who wallow in whatever abundance we have. I imagine Jesus looked straight into this young man's soul and said, "I want you to give up the one thing you crave more than me. Then come, follow me."
It's not about the riches or the food. It's a heart issue. Is He the one, true thing that satisfies us to the deepest places of our soul? Is He alone enough?
I'm only in the 2nd chapter of this book, but it is already making it to my list. I can't tell you how skeptical I was opening this book, or how corny and somewhat intimidating this idea sounded, the practice of family worship in the home. I always cringed, I mean, seriously cringed when the pastor of the church I grew up in repeatedly said this was a must in every Christian home. I died at the very thought of my parents starting it in ours. Well, guess whose family will be starting it.....
(I guess, you run from the things you are most called to.)
I have been rolling around an example in my mind to sum up what I have read so far: you don't send your kids to school to learn discipline, respect, and how to act, it starts in the home, just as it's not the church's sole responsibility to be our child's only source and teaching of worship in their life,
it starts in the home.
I'm not sure yet what this will look like. It seems so awkward to think about at first. I don't want it to be something we just do. I want it to be a heart act, not a religious one. I want our family to commune with the Lord together....
Maybe it's laying on the floor in the middle of our living room with our eyes closed while we listen to worship music together, aligning our hearts to His. Maybe it's sharing our daily life and the Word together at the dinner table and praying for each other at the end of the meal after everyone shares their heart...
Worship should be a lifestyle. It should be flowing out of our hearts, filling our homes, and pouring into our corporate worship in the church. If our children see us living in a constant state of worship, it's not such a forced and stiff family tradition. It should be what our children seek to experience.
We are currently reading this book with our small group. I feel so inadequate to describe this book. Most of what you will read in this book has not been taught from the pulpit or has sadly been misunderstood. It has reminded me who The Holy Spirit is all over again (as a person) and to welcome Him into my everyday. I want to be in constant relationship with Him and not an aspect of the Godhead I am missing out on. Jesus said, 'it is better that I leave you so that I can send the Helper to you.' (John 16:7).
"As a Church, we've chosen to view Him as a 'holy entity' rather than as One who is most holy. His desire is to be our closest friend, yet we have limited His involvement in our lives. The sad truth is we have inadvertently rejected the most fulfilling relationship available to us." -John Bevere.
My NEXT reads:
Find yourself reading any of the books on my list? I would love to know your thoughts and experience with the book!