Life Without Literature: Day Seven

I would have done this months ago, if it wasn’t so difficult.

By now, my house is immaculate.

Dinners are on time. And, thoroughly wholesome.

Henry, the dog, has a walk every evening.

Laundry is freshly folded and put away.

It’s not as though I lived in squalor before Ash Wednesday, but I did become a bit lax. Almost everything had taken second place to My Reading.

I’m still reading, just not any literature. I’ve finished the book of Numbers, and I’m almost done with Deuteronomy. (In years past it’s taken me weeks to get through one of those books in the Old Testament.)

And, I’ve found a translation I love (thanks, Claire!). It’s the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which reads with incredible ease. I like it much more than other ‘easy to read’ translations, such as the New Living, because it still seems to hang on to the depth I find in my beloved King James. With a bit more clarity.

So far, so good, in this Lenten endeavor; only 39 more days to go.

“Seems like a year, doesn’t it?” asked my husband just now, as he served himself a bowl of pudding.

9 thoughts on “Life Without Literature: Day Seven”

  1. I'm finding my own discipline is re-shaping my life, too. My first thought in the morning isn't "how am I going to make it through the day without chocolate?", but "What will I see when I get up?". This is entirely good. The discipline's described on my current post – don't know if you've seen it. A very interesting experience.Hmmm… I see Henri Nouwen, receiving a pile of fresh, folded laundry. 😉

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  2. Bellezza, you are doing so well with this. You've actually just won a book on my blog, but don't worry, the book will take some time to arrive! 🙂

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  3. I'm so glad you're loving the HCSB! I like to pair the KJV and it both when reading. I find it helpful to compare translations because sometimes meanings are lost, and while the KJV is particularly romantic and sounds authentic, there are so many things in it that mean something else because of the difference in language at that time and ours. Keep us updated. 🙂

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  4. Wow, I can't imagine giving up what you have but then that is the whole reason behind Lent, I suppose…to give up something that really matters to you. I'm glad you are finding comfort in the scriptures and the wonderful stories contained there.

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