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Warm and Safe


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

I really like to read.

I remember devouring books as a little girl and on through adulthood. I was never one of those people who didn’t read for fun just because I had to read so much in college. In fact, as a little girl, I actually remember getting excited when we got new cereal because I knew that I would have something new to read on the back of the box when we ate breakfast.

I am not kidding.

We didn’t have much money growing up, so the library was a visit that we made as often as possible. But it wasn’t just to check out books. The library was a place of adventure, romance, mystery and safety. It always just felt warm and safe to me. I actually think that it represented what books were to me as well…warm and safe.

There have been times in my life as a young mother that I simply did not have time to read like I wanted to…and other times I would have a book in every room, just like people talk about having “readers” in every room.

I currently use an electronic reader, but I will quickly admit there is nothing I like better than having a real hardback book in my hands. Maybe it gets back to the “warm and safe” thing I mentioned earlier.

So imagine my surprise when I realized it has been taking me weeks, sometimes months to read an entire book. Just one book. I work a part time job and have more time on my hands than I ever remember having…so what is going on?

Social media. Yep. When I read…that is where I go. My tired eyes tell me that I am reading, but I know it is not the kind of reading that I have come to enjoy so much. So I am making some changes.

As a homeschooling mom, I use to try and read whenever I told the boys that they had to have thirty minutes of “reading time” and we all enjoyed it. In fact, they don’t mind reading to this day. And as a former public school special educator, I also tried to model these times in shorter time spans.  The importance of reading can never be over-emphasized.

So my suggestion? Read books. Mom, take time to read as your kids are reading. Why not do it again? I have set a goal of 25 books for myself this year. I guess I am ready for the “warm and safe” feeling again!

Here are several links for some programs I found recently…I am only familiar with the “Book It” program. I am sure there are several other sites that would give you ideas.

Hmmmm….so when (not if) I reach my goal I am thinking about a “warm and safe” beach trip! Or at least if I am close I can finish up on that “warm and safe” beach….


Happy Reading!


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,


*personal images, Dr. Seuss quote

Author: sptchmom777

I love Jesus. If I say nothing else, that is enough. But for those curiosity seekers, I am a 60 year old former special education teacher, current part time CCM Radio Announcer and author... who is married to her high school sweetheart. We have been together for 44 years, married almost 41 of those years! We have raised two sons, who are now married, have jobs and mortgages. AND...we became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl in 2018!! We also have our furry son, a West Highland Terrier. My heart's desire is to encourage people in their daily life. I believe that the Father speaks to us all the time, sometimes I have been too busy to listen. Even during times of trials and troubles, which seem endless right now in 2020, HE is present and loves us unconditionally. Thanks for reading. ~Be Encouraged Today~

4 thoughts on “Warm and Safe

  1. So love Dr. Seuss and could always see the gospel in the stories. It wasn’t a surprise to me that others did too. The Gospel According to Dr Seuss – Kemp. I read cereal boxes growing up also. In fact, I wasn’t surprised to discover there is a website called “Cereal Box”, dedicated for teachers and lovers of books. The Box Car Children is my next favorite. But then I discovered the Bible and I am so grateful for the gift of reading His Word. This is about all I read now, except for Dr Seuss. Thank you for visiting Vessels Ministry – it began as my workspace, and still is except it became my favorite “watering hole” and I always find refreshment in learning about those special people – just like you. God’s Blessing always. P.S. I don’t like artificial flowers either but appreciate those who do.


    • Thank you for visiting me as well! It is such a neat thing to find others of like minds who love the Lord so much and see Him in everyday things. Like so many others, I love to write…and teach. I wrote devotionals for a magazine in the Ukraine for years, and basically started blogging when I quit teaching. Although I have blogged for two years, I have just began to “meet” others in this world and have found it delightful! I look forward to reading more…blessings!

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  2. Wow…you and I…two peas in a pod regarding our love of books and reading! And just to let you know – I was just sharing with my hubby that I used to always read the back of the cereal boxes when I was young! You are not alone:-)



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