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Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)
TITLE: Christian Living
By Lisa Hendricks
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Every time I drive into the city, I always stop at my favorite Christian bookstore. It’s one-stop shopping; I can by Christian presents, Christian decorations for my house, and my favorite, new books. My bookcase at home hefts over 500 of the latest Christian Living tomes.
Today I just get three new books and a new Christian tee shirt for the kids. I have to hurry home to start making dinner. I spent too much time searching for just the right book to assist me in my relationship with God. I put the key in the lock and I am greeted by the sounds of kids arguing in the basement. They immediately stop with they hear my footsteps.
“Mom,” my daughter whines, “Sam is bugging me and I’m trying to get my homework done.” “Can you stop him?”
“Not now sweetie.” “I have to put my bags away before daddy gets home.” “You know he doesn’t like me shopping so much.” I quickly walk to my bedroom to slip my new books onto the shelf. I put 'Christian Marriage' book with my other relationship volumes and I slide 'How to Raise Steadfast Christian Kids' next to my other child rearing books. I left 'Positive Prayer for a Positive Home' out so I could read it later tonight. I cannot wait to start reading these new books. I think they will make a difference here at home.
After supper, the family settles into their respective spots for some television time. ‘American Dream’ is on tonight. My family always watches the latest reality shows. Meanwhile, I sit in my recliner and open my new book.
During a commercial, I hear my husband saying something I think is directed toward me. “Honey, guess what happened at work today.”
I look up with a look to indicate my irritation at his interruption. I wait for him to get on with whatever he was going to say.
“Never mind.” Sheesh. If he was going to bother me and not say anything, why even bother to start? He could see I was tying to find ways to deepen my relationship with God.
I barely look up when the kids say good night to me on their way downstairs. I remind them to say their prayers. I try to show them how important God is to their daily lives.
On our way to bed, my husband tells me that I need to interact more with him and the kids. I think about how much I read so that we can have a healthy Christian home. I think that tomorrow I might go out and buy him the new book, 'Godly Husband.'
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