I rejoice in your word
like one who discovers a great treasure. (Psalm 119:162 NLT)
My soul thirsts for words, like a person surrounded by miles of salt water.
Living on a boat requires you to pack light. We have cupboards, drawers and storage hatches where we can keep minimal stuff. It’s one thing I love about the boating life, you have to simplify and find multipurposes for things. Like a pot can boil water, steam vegetables, pop popcorn and carry the grilled meat back from the grill. But even with all this “forced” simplicity, I find ways to bring my art supplies, twice the amount of clothes as Les, and more books than I will ever read in two months.
I confessed to my husband today that I was a bookaholic. He replied, “I could have told you that!”
I maintain a very haphazard method for reading. I read two or three or five books at a time. I read fiction and non-fiction, Christian and secular, classics and currents. I also like to read snippets in newspapers, magazines and brochures. I use words in my collage work. I am an observer and explorer. I look for inspiration and meaning in almost everything I encounter.
I like to snap photos with my fancy camera, but find myself just as often using the phone camera.
I keep journals. Writing journals. Art journals. Journals made out of recycled stuff. Mini journals. Gratitude journals. And quote journals. My blog is a journal of sorts.
As the new year unfolds and opens up, I have been keeping track of our adventure here in Florida. I’ve been snapping photos of interesting things (to me and maybe you) of my surroundings. And I have been collecting words.
I’m pretty sure my word for the year is REVIVE! But then again other words have been elbowing their way into my mind. Like SEE, READ, and EXPLORE! And then my friend Lynni sent me this cool poem, and I thought maybe my word should be ADVENTURE! So this word lover is going to have to sit with her words and keep searching and seeking the WORD Giver for CLARITY.
Another word for journal or diary is DAYBOOK. In the 1800s, women kept these journals to capture inspiring thoughts, which could include Scripture, notes from a sermon, snippets from a poem, a recipe or even just daily activities. It really does seem like our blogs and Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are types of diaries, too.
Since I have the leisure to read more as this year begins, I thought I’d share some treasures here.
Books I found at the local thrift store…
I bought the fiction, Beau Geste, because I noticed a play here into town by a similar title, Beau Jest. The book and play are not related, but apparently the book was made into a movie in the late 30s with Gary Cooper.
I found some interesting quotes from Drawing on the Artist Within. (see below)
Quotes from the above mentioned book:
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old questions from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances . . .” (Albert Einstein)
Other quotes that caught my attention in my reading this week:
“The new year stands before us like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” (Melodie Beattie)
“Even God cannot change the past.” (Agathon)
“The place was silent and aware.” (Unknown)
” I believe that true identity is found . . . in creative activity springing from within. It is found, paradoxically, when one loses herself. Woman can best refind herself by losing herself in some kind of creative activity of her own.” (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
Bloggers who encouraged my quest for treasures this week:
Tammy Perlmutter with Poetry and Possibilities
A five part Examen (three posts) for end of the year reflections by Vinita Hampton Wright
Photos snapped while exploring Dunedin, Florida: