Anyway, I didn't grow up reading a lot. In fact, I think I must've been a fairly poor reader in school, even through my high school years as I was put in special classes during English to help improve my reading skills. But after graduation, I began reading a lot for pleasure, not just because I was being forced to. Over the years, I've become an avid reader and my skills have improved. I still don't like having to read directions or learn some new skill from a book, but I do enjoy reading to increase my knowledge about things. I have bookcases full of books on crafts, sewing, history, autobiographies, biographies, missionaries, religious themes, cooking, baking, poetry . . . and on and on it goes! Books have become a big part of my life. I love to go to the book store and just browse and pull titles off the shelves to flip through. There is so much to learn about! There are so many stories to read and be touched by! And it's kinda fun looking at pictures, too. I especially like the picture/coffee table books about other counties! Amazing photographs of places I would love to visit.
My very favorite book is a novel by Christian author Francine Rivers. It is called Reddeming Love and is a love story based on the book of Hosea from the Bible. I have read it numerous times and I always come away rejoicing in the fact that, like Hosea (in the Bible) and Michael (the main character of Rivers' novel), God's love is a redeeming love for those who did not love Him first.
This morning it was quiet around my house as everyone had gone off to . . . somewhere! When it's quiet like that, it gives me time to just think about things and one of the things that was running through my mind today was that God has a book that one day will be read to us. It's the Lamb's Book of Life. In this book is written the name of everyone that Has ever been born into His family. One of these days, this book will be opened and He will read from it. Those whose names are not there will be cast out of God's presence and into the lake of fire. I believe that many will be shocked and saddened that their name will not be found there.
There is a congregational song that we sing at church and it never fails to bless my soul. It is called I know My Name is There. The second stanza says: