The "Timothy's" have been my book of choice in the Bible lately. For the past couple weeks, perhaps month, I have been devouring this amazing book that spends much of it's time focusing on godliness. I am amazed at how often, when reading God's Word, things jump out at you that you never noticed before. I have read the books probably 10 times each, and even today, I was still underlining new things. I can't even tell you what my favourite part is, because everything is just so good. As much as I can't wait to get a car, I realize that the best thing about taking the bus is the downtime. Often I will bring along a book to read while I commute back and forth from the gym. For the past couple of weeks I have been reading some Christian fiction books, but today I felt God nudging me to bring my Bible. I have never had a problem with reading my Bible in front of people, and although it may seem like a "supra" Christian thing to do, I have never felt it inhibits my study, nor does it make me feel like a boaster in front of others. (I really don't think some unbelievers even know what a Bible looks like, much less care). The commute on the bus is almost a half an hour, which gave me some great time to concentrate on God's Word and to mull it around as I desire to live out Paul's exhortations. One of the verses caught my eye: "Preach the Word! Be ready in and out of season, convince, rebuke, exhort in longsuffering and teaching." (2 Tim. 4:2) When I went for my G test on Thursday, I had an interesting religious conversation with my driving examiner. I didn't want to say too much so I wouldn't offend him, for fear he might fail me. However, when I thought of it afterwards, I shouldn't have worried, but should have been willing to preach the Word at no matter the cost. I also know that we should respect people's wishes, and not push the Gospel on them. His heart was definitely closed, and I didn't want to anger him by speaking about it further than he would have liked. I just want to be open to those times when I can preach the Gospel, without timidity and fear.
God is good, and I praise Him for His never-ending mercy upon us. Jake and I are celebrating 13 months together today. I feel so blessed!