Leisure Time Activities

by Tammy on January 27, 2018

I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. My doctoral classes started on January 15th and I was buried for awhile under those two new classes and the two I was working on finishing in the masters degree program that I started in October. I am happy to say that as of today, I submitted my last assignment for that program, so now I can just focus on my doctoral classes, which so far are going well. I have one more assignment to complete by Monday night and I got a start on it today, so tomorrow I’ll finish it up and then dive into my next module.

All of this school work and a few days of teaching here and there has kept me pretty busy, but I have managed to keep up on my Bible reading. I started a “read through the Bible in two years” plan on January 1st. Thankfully it is not very taxing, usually just a chapter or two in the Old Testament and a Psalm. I usually read when I go up to bed, and if I fall behind a day or two, it’s easy to catch up.

I also bought a new Kindle book a couple of days ago. It is called Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. So far I’ve only read the forward and introduction, but I think it is going to be a good read and I am looking forward to diving in.

I know that too often I diminish the importance of reading God’s Word in favor of doing something mindless or entertaining, but then I remember a quote by Charles Spurgeon which says, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” I am going to be doing a lot of reading during my doctoral studies and I will be looking for opportunities to unwind. I would really like to view Bible reading as a leisure time activity. After all, the Bible is quite entertaining. There is drama, intrigue, mystery, murder, love…it runs the gamut of material found in all the best novels out there. And I’m still amazed that as many times as I’ve read through Genesis, I still encounter things I do not remember reading, or I see something in a new light based on my education from Liberty or my favorite Bible study teachers. No matter how many times I read through the Bible, I will always learn something new or see something I’ve never seen before. The word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, as Hebrews 4:12 says. And how true that is! Be blessed, my friends!

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