One thing that has always attracted me to this family is the fact that nothing seems to knock them down. Granted that there hasn't been much TO knock them down. Up until Josie's birth their life has pretty much been gravy. Although if you read their book, you'll find that isn't exactly true. It's their TV life that's been gravy, they actually worked pretty hard to earn their gravy life. They've made some business mistakes, learned from them, and moved forward. But that's one theme about the Duggars, they always seem to be moving forward.
Regardless of their religious preference, which doesn't particularly atrract me; or their political stances, that don't stir me; that one bit of positivity does. This family is a constant moving entity that is growing, ever changing, yet always re-examining itself. One thing that caught my attention that they do every day is read the Proverb that coresponds to that day, and then discuss it. Well that's something I could do--Jews have the Proverbs in the Tanakh. But what got me wondering, if after years of doing this, wouldn't it get tedious? Then I remembered Michelle's description, they apply it to their day. And no Duggar day is ever the say. They aren't talking about the verse itself and discussing the verse itself--yes that could get tedious month after month--you'd have it memorized and the meaning memorized--but applying it to your day month after month--each person's day--when each person had a different day, a different outlook towards the day as they grow, would be quite different.
A service for me is the same every Friday night. We follow the same service printed in the Sidur, depending on the time of the month or the year, some of the words may change in the prayers, but essentially it's always the same. Yet, as a mother of a toddler, I'm often finding myself coming and going from the room and not always able to follow the service from beginning to end. When you pick up a book and start it from a different place every week, you notice things you've never seen and they stick in your head. I've found great peace and knowledge during that service, which I'm sure on it's face, could have sounded quite dull--it's ok to say that--we've all been to dull Sunday services, yet still gotten something out of them. The point is that every week something is different even if it is the same and that in itself is a way of moving forward.
I don't know how the Duggars choose to do their Bible study, they haven't shared that with us. Jews read it in Parsha format. Each week of the Jewish year (different than the regular year) the Torah is divided into a Parsha so you read the entire Torah in one entire year: beginning and ending with Rosh Hashanah--Jewish New Year. The Torah being the first 5 books of Moses (Genesus, Exodos, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Numbers). The rest of the books of what you'd call the "Old Testament" are called the Haftorah and those are used to supplement the study of the weekly readings. However they choose to do their Bible study, I doubt even the Duggars when they study the same lesson twice, have the same emotion twice. Because when you read scripture you're never in the same place emotionally and emotion is part of interpretation and takes bearing on scritural study. It wouldn't surprise me at all if some of the kids had taken on the task of reading the entire Bible cover to cover. Moving forward.
One quote Jim Bob likes to use when tackling a huge problem is "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Deep down and probably away from a camera where he's "camera goofy" he's not a stupid man. He knows how to tackle problems and fix them or at least identify them and acknowledge that you might have to wait for them to be fixed. Patience while looking ahead to the future--eating that elephant one bite at a time--moving forward, even a bit slowly.
This family will continue to move forward. They'll do it in their own Duggar way with their usual Duggar spirit and their famous Duggar trust in G-d. I have no doubt in that.