Reading has been on my mind of late, I fondly recall the days of my youth when I would just sit and read for hours, granted growing up in a home without a television fueled my love of books. For which, I might add, I am grateful. I do recall being a social outcast for not having a TV but alas I grew up and so did all my childhood peers. I would gladly get rid of our TV now but I am married to a sports fan.
Back to reading...oh what I would give to sit curled up with a good book...so few stupendous books pass my way and so rarely do I take the time to just sit and read...when I do read, after I crawl into bed for the night, I read for mere minutes before my head starts nodding away. The primary reason I do not sit and read randomly through the day is, well, I have a hard time being still...something that I need to work on...when I do sit still my mind whirls with the oh-so-many things that could be accomplished...dusting, cooking, organizing, sweeping, playing with the kids, painting, sewing, exercising and so it goes. Of course this also means that my time reading the bible slips away too...I try hard to squeeze that in to. Which I regret because I don't want to squeeze God's living word into my life. I desire to seek Him and to carve out regular time "in the word". How can I do this? I do keep Bibles around the house and next to the bed and I do manage to read a couple verses, a psalm or sometimes a chapter when I go to bed...I need to get in the habit of doing this at daybreak. I remember a woman I once knew...when I was in my impressionable 20's, this woman was a true Woman of God, a mother and a pastor's wife...I recall her telling me that she would get out of bed an hour before her family woke just to spend time with God. I recall wanting to be like that, having that desire and discipline...I still want that discipline, but let's face it , I am not the most disciplined person...check out my body shape as example #1.
I love to read, I love a great book...a challenge , an escape and an outlet. C.S Lewis once said 'We read to know we are not alone". Precisely.
Currently I am reading "Plenty" which challenges me to rethink my food purchases, on the book stand, other than the Holy Bible, various books await to be read...a couple of novels, Brain Child and a book of poems (see above photo). At home the books waiting to be read outgrew my bedside table and have since been reallocated to the bookcase...probably to never be read...normally the bookcase is reserved for books I have read and enjoyed and want to keep. My book "wish list" grows daily.