Cover to cover
I'm in the book of 1 Samuel now and I'm wondering what took me so long to read the Bible from cover to cover. It's an entirely different experience than reading chapters and verses in chunks. And when I get to the end, I don't intend to put the book on the shelf, but plan to start over from the beginning again.
On this go around, at this stage of my Bible reading, the lesson popping out at me is how patient God is with us here on Earth who hear his instructions, fail to follow them, hear his instructions, fail to follow them, hear his instructions, fail to follow them.
Perhaps when my children hear instructions and don't quite follow them, I can remember that patience of God's and guide them back to where they need to be... and be willing to show them that I need guidance too.
Charlotte Mason wrote,
"By degrees, they [children] will see that the world is a stage whereon the goodness of God is continually striving with the willfulness of man; that some heroic men take sides with God; and that others, foolish and headstrong, oppose themselves to Him."
Photo: Pulled from the wreckage from 9/11: a cross.