As life gets busy once a person has a family I find that I don't see and spend as much time with my nieces and nephew anymore. Today we got to spend time together; we went swimming and then for lunch and then we went and did a bit of shopping. It was good to spend some time with them and I'm so thankful that we all live close enough that we can just spend an afternoon together if timing permits. I think of so many families that live great distances from each other and how travel sometime doesn't permit seeing each other more than a few times a year. How lucky am I?! Thanks God for this closeness not only in distance but also in relationships.
I have another miracle. I'm reading the bible daily. By middle of March I think I'll have read it from cover to cover. I say I think because it is a daily bible that gives you an old testament reading, psalms, proverbs, and new testament reading each day. I don't remember exactly which day it was that I started. All of a sudden in March though I see where I've underlined some scripture so this is about where I'm assuming I started reading daily. Now that I'm almost done I can't wait to read it again! I'm hoping this will just be part of my daily routine, like brushing my teeth is. Right now I'm reading Leviticus. This is the book where God gave a whole bunch of rules to Moses and Aaron. I have a tonne of questions about why and how society was developed and how we still follow some of these same principles today. My miracle is that I have a pastor that I can ask all of these questions to and he will sit down with me and answer them. Tonight I went over to my pastor and wife's home for coffee. We pulled out the bibles and had a great discussion of all my questions. How lucky am I that I can ask these questions and he doesn't brush me off or tell me not to question the bible, to just follow it. I recently heard that a pastor in our community has told people that they shouldn't take the bible to heart and it is really not written for today times. WHAT???!!! Really?! Then why is it that we still follow the same rules today?! Society does, not just Christians. The whole judicial system was handed down in Leviticus, how we determine crimes today is exactly how God declared what were crimes in the time of Moses. Or how about this one, that farmers still summer fallow their land, something God told Moses and Aaron to tell the people to do! So thanks God for my pastor, his wife, and their openness to my questions.