I just finished The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer: a simple but motivating reminder to seek God in the midst of everyday life…written by someone who obviously practiced what he preached. His love for the Lord inspires.Time to update my status on Goodreads.
My mind is not exactly a steel trap. In the past, I attempted to memorize passages of Scripture, but the words quickly slipped into the cobwebby corners of my mind and faded to a forgotten gray.To have any hope of locking them in, I simply must be diligent to revisit and resurrect those selections to review and refresh my mind. I took my husband’s suggestion to type them up and create a pdf file to load onto my Kindle, so I can click on it each morning after I’ve read my daily passage of Scripture.He’s brilliant. Having the memory work so handy has made a world of difference. I inevitably misplace or lose notebooks and card systems (I would have been a terrible Navigator) but I work hard to keep track of my Kindle.I look forward to maintaining this daily practice, perhaps one of the four decisions that will transform my life.
Writing about the cocoa? That was fun. Gross, but fun.
You may recall from last week that I want to improve my writing. At Scott Russell Sanders’ suggestion, I am going to read, analyze, and learn from quality literature, practicing various skills.To that end, the other day I read one of his short essays, a memory from childhood involving a Luna Moth. impressed with his description, I let my mind dredge up a childhood memory of my own and recalled the cocoa incident. Without taking a lot of time to plan, I wrote the story, trying to tap into at least three senses (advice from Gregory Wolfe, which I’ve preserved in another post from last fall, under “learning”). I decided to go ahead and share the little writing exercise on my blog on Monday, as practice became post.Now that I’m considering this part of my weekly routine, I hunted down ideas. A quick search turned up an article offering several ideas, including the “Comment Box Essay.” The author suggests visiting a favorite blog and reading the main article. Then, click on comments and compose a response that would normally enter the comment thread. However, instead of publishing the comment, stop. Copy-paste that response into a new post at my own blog and revise it to become a full-length post of my own (linking back to the original inspiration).By responding to writing with more writing, we create a bigger conversation on a given topic.I love the idea, so keep your eye open for a Comment Box Essay.
What joy to hear Amber Haines read aloud, on the radio, my contribution to Mother Letters (see sidebar for affiliate link with Mother’s Day sale codes). Won’t you listen? Click through the link on this tweet:[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/motherletters/status/200232765956956160″]She’s got a clear, yet soothing, Southern accent…a much better representative for Not So Fast than my brisk, clipped Northern voice.
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