Woooo! Do you ever feel like you are living life in the hyperspeed fast lane? That's been the month of January for my Sandwich Generation family - starting with me! Frankly, it makes me tired just to think about it! I'm blessed to say that, even though lately I've felt very overwhelmed and often haven't done half of what's on my to-do list, I have been keeping up with my verse by verse Bible studies by fellow baby boomer and grandfather, Pastor Joe Focht. I can thank the great mp3 downloads from Calvary Chapel Philadelphia playing cheerily on my iPod while driving all around town.
I have expanded my options for those, just a bit. Instead of working straight from Genesis to Revelation, I'm now alternating between the Old and New Testament starting with Luke and Acts. My grandkids enjoy listening along with me once in a great while, chuckling at his fun jokes, and I realized that Luke is a bit more "age appropriate" than some of the sections in, say, Leviticus. And to be totally honest, as interesting as Pastor Focht makes Leviticus – with intriguing background details and specific applications for our lives today, it is a bit "dryer" than Luke. So interspersing the Old and New Testament books makes this year (or so)-long plan through the Bible even more interesting for me.
There are days I can listen to 30-40 minutes solid and other days, I'm lucky to get 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there throughout the day – until I reach my personal minimum of 30 minutes per day (though I often enjoy more – just coz they're so fascinating). But either way, I'm seeing the sweet fruit of the Spirit. I'm blessed by the learning I'm enjoying (not to mention the excellent brain exercise I get as I listen ) AND I'm enjoying sharing many of the tiny nuggets of facts and truths from these verse by verse Bible studies with my grandkids during our own Bible story times together. Since one of my primary goals in life is leaving a sweet spiritual legacy in the hearts and minds of my family, that's definitely a win-win for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny, as are the sweet prayer times as I drive, listen, learn and pray about it all.
God is so good. I love all the different ways we have available to us to read, hear and learn His Word, full of comforting and encouraging Bible verses and lessons. I'm so very grateful I live now as opposed to Old Testament times when there was no New Testament and few people ever even touched the Word of God! How about you? How's your daily time with God coming as you go about dealing with all the many issues and ramifications of the Sandwich Generation?
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. Thank you.