Monday--Ephesians 4. This is the perfect chapter to let you know how you should act at your job--"walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called" and the entire rest of the chapter goes on to describe what your attitude should be. As a stay-at-home mom, how I do my job is very important. Seeing these qualities, meekness, love, peace, longsuffering, kindness, lived out in his mother's life will go a long way toward my son developing these qualities in his own life.
Tuesday--Ephesians 5. A lot of instruction here about how wives are supposed to be. As I read it, I kept thinking, "but I don't struggle with any of this" (and by struggle, I don't mean I am the perfect wife with the perfect husband. I mean that with as good of a leader as I have, it's easier to submit and follow). I know people who do struggle, and I remember back in college when I first got an idea to write a book on submission. I bet if I try to write a book about submission, in all my in-depth studying that will take place I will be faced with the harsh reality that I am sorely lacking.
Wednesday--Ephesians 6. Today I drove on several interstates. Traffic was worse than I thought it would be (day before Thanksgiving, duh!). I needed to read about having on armor. I know this armor isn't physically protective, but I could still feel God's protection around me (my car) as crazy people broke the law all around me--only by a miracle am I still alive!
Thursday--Philippians 1. It being the thankful month, in the back of my mind I kept wondering where this verse was: "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." I didn't wonder enough to look it up, though. Isn't it amazing how, on Thanksgiving Day, I read this verse? So much good advice in this chapter, but this was a nice reminder that God knows my thoughts even better than I do.
Friday--Philippians 2. This chapter is all about thinking about others first. I think I've gotten too caught up in doing what is best for number 1. I mean, my intentions are good for other people, I just don't use all the brain cells I have left to go that next step and ask, What will the consequences be? I need to read this chapter several more times over the next couple of days.
Saturday--Philippians 3. The word "forgiveness" is not once mentioned in this chapter, but I feel it. We should not be concerned with what we've lost, because that means we have that much more to gain for Jesus. We need to leave the past behind us--how are we supposed to do that if we haven't asked forgiveness for it?