It was to read the that book by Christmas…or maybe it was the new year, I can’t remember. I can’t remember because I gave myself a little cushion room (gave myself until my bday next week to get it done taking into account all that wedding mumbo jumbo). We read a bunch as planned as a family, but I mostly listened to it. Huge chunks whenever I could fit it in.
And I loved it.
That listening wasn’t the most powerful thing sometimes…especially during all the war chapters I got a little distracted listening at 2X speed the Book of Mormon. But I loved going through it all so quickly, helped engrain it into my heart better somehow.
And I finished last week while we were up in Provo rooting on the BYU volleyball team.
Woo Hoo! It made me so happy. That last chapter in Moroni is so so good.
One of the things I loved about reading that book this time around was the email chain my mom started for anyone in our family who wanted to be in on the challenge. I got so many cool insights from my sisters and mother…and was inspired by all the nieces reading along with us as well.
Since then I have loved trying to be aware of the astonishment that seeps it’s way into my life. There are lots of things I take for granted in life. I forget to be astonished that I have a body that works and walks and talks until I get an achy back, or I forget to be astonished and send up gratitude to Heaven for the little things my kids are doing pretty darn great at as I spend my time wringing my hands about the things I worry about for them.
So, I’m working more astonishment into each day. And right now, today, I’m filled with astonishment about that great book I get to read over and over again. AND for the new “Come Follow Me” program that’s been implemented through the church this year as we study the New Testament this year. Already so many great insights into Christ’s early life to be astonished about. We are incorporating that study into our devotionals in the mornings, and I love having some family time to study on Sundays since church is only two hours now.
I’d love to hear how others are working in this new Come Follow Me program. Hope we can start a discussion about that here on the blog at some point…send me any great ideas for family study if you have them! I’d also love to hear what things are astonishing to blog readers out there. So much in life to be astonished about that help our hearts stay soft and our spirits open to new thoughts and insight.
Happy weekend! I’m astonished that it’s already the weekend! That week passed by in a blink!