Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Best Kind of Food

My husband is composing music tonight. Later he will come in and watch some tv to relax.

My youngest son is watching tv already, and my oldest son is on the computer.

I'm reading blogs and then I'm going to browse through some children's books.

I'm thinking...I should be reading God's Word. For some reason it always gets put off.

Why do I put off the most important thing I could be doing?

And what about my children? Every day they are bombarded by the world's voice...and the world's opinions through tv, computer, I.pods, and etc. Do they hear God's voice?

What to do?

So I took a small step. I put an open Bible on the kitchen table.

A few things happened. Just small things. When I'm home for lunch, I find myself reading a few verses. Then, at dinner, after a prayer of thanks for the food, I read a few verses to the family.

I tell the family it's their spiritual food.

We haven't had any earth shattering conversations or conversions, and often the verses get derailed by interruptions. "Hey! He just took the biggest piece of cheese bread!" But I'm hoping seeds are being planted.

Sometimes I read just one proverb. Or three verses in Matthew.

And on some nights, it just doesn't work. Like tonight, my husband was unusually talkative about his day. I thought it best to let him talk. The Bible doesn't have to be forced. It will still be here tomorrow.

Now the Word of God is powerful...sharper than a two-edged sword. So I won't doubt.
I'll try not to be discouraged when the interruptions hit. The Word of God will do its work. It will seep into their lives.

...just as the media has.

But now, they have a sword to fight with. And a way to measure the opinions of the world. A contrast.

I pray they will begin to read God's Word on their own.

Psalm 119: 165 "Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble."


The Gatekeeper said...

Oh what a great idea. I am going to put an open Bible on the coffee table right now. We are always gathering around the coffee table. It was great seeing ya again. We must get together in your garden soon.

Michelle (wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, and striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman) said...

You are in such good company! Did you know that Billy Graham leaves an open Bible in areas of his home so that as he comes across it, he pauses to read it? Sometimes it's a couple of verses, and sometimes it's a couple of chapters.
I believe this obedience will bring incredible blessings to you and your family.
You go girl...

Dawn said...

What a great idea! You're right - it will seep in!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a wonderful idea, an OPEN Bible! It's cool too to hear that Billy Graham did this... hmmm... food for thought.

I read, but then close it and go on my way... but what about the rest of my family?

Whatever little bit of the Word is given, makes a big difference...

Diane said...

What a great idea! What better centerpiece for any home.

And the seeds will be planted. Yes they will....can't wait for the harvest!


Becky Wolfe said...

That is a great idea indeed! I can't leave one on the dinner table (as my DH is too much of a messy eater LOL) but I'd like to keep one open near me on my desk. Maybe it will encourage DH to do the same!

JAM said...

That is a wonderful thing you're doing. You have to start somewhere, and that Word is feeding their spirits, whether they realize it or not. Don't get discouraged in this.