Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
During the depression era, books
were a luxury, and our family did not even own a picture book.
My husband says the same thing, that out on
the farm, food was most important, and shoes and clothes came next.
He cannot remember ever owning a book until he was in school and could purchase those "Big Little Books," for a dime.
I can remember my mother playing
patty cake with me, and singing lullabies, such as rock a bye baby in the tree
tops, and the wind blowing the cradle falling down as she would pretend to
As I advanced and was placed
in Sunday school, there were pretty pictures about the Bible story on a large
roll, and we were given a small card with the same picture on it to take home.
My first introduction to books
was the school readers, which we were not allowed to take home.My wise first grade teacher could see my
fascination with books, and she gave me the job of alphabetically shelving the
books by author.
As I learned to read, mother
would walk us to the local library and we were permitted to take home five
books.Most of them were “How to do
crafts” and such to keep us occupied.
Each evening mother would
line up the three of us, and she would read the funny papers, and a continued story
about Uncle Wiggly, a white rabbit.
Still we did not own a book.
I can remember my mother
using small “free” recipe books from Crisco and Spry that we used inorder to learn how to make
cookies and baked goods.Her other
recipes were hand written handed down from her mother.
My cousin Walton brought us children
some comic books that he had finished reading, and from those we traded with
children in our neighborhood for other comic book stories.
At age 12 my mother gave me a
Bible for learning all the books of the Bible. As far as I can remember that
was my first real book.
It was not necessary to
purchase books, because the school and our local library had all the books we
When our first child came
along, at my baby shower, one of the gifts was a large picture book with many
of the farm animals in it.Our son loved
to look at that book and say the names of each animal.That book was a well worn treasure.
The small Golden books were
inexpensive and I did purchase some of them for our children.
Today I try to purchase books
written by my friends, and am having a problem finding time to read some of
There are so many interesting
stories on the internet that these often take first place.