A Penny for My Thoughts

Well, I haven't been here since Thanksgiving! And I had planned to write at least one post about the new year and "thundering newness" and other esoteric feelings about 2018 (it's probably better I didn't). Happy March, anyway!

I've been thinking about...

...Amazing new opportunities as a graphic designer at our church. I'm actually a ministry "intern" now, and am shortly starting an Assemblies of God Bible school program (which is combined with the internship). I had looked at this program a couple years ago, but it wasn't the time yet. Now, it is! The Lord has pulled me into a group of awesome people that love Him, and I'm excited to start my first real ministry experience with them.

...How much fun it would be to write a travel blog. But first you have to travel. Hmm.

...Having stripped my phone down to the barest essentials of being a "phone." I'm tired of its technological tyranny over my life...so I deleted every app I don't need for work or true convenience. Even the email app went. Crazy, I know.

...But have you read Cal Newport's book "Deep Work"? If you haven't, you need to. You might chuck your phone out the window when you're done. Or at least delete your social media accounts, like me.

...Except for my art-focused Instagram account (my own sketches, preview-able at the bottom of my blog in a handy-dandy widget!). I actually started it around Christmas in an effort to keep myself accountable with daily practice of my art. It worked! However, app access for it went "adios" in the phone purge as well...now I'll only be able to update by transferring the photos to a computer. Less distracting. (Goodbye, Instagram "Explore" page!)

...How I want to read more. My reading life has dwindled to almost nothing in the last couple years, and it nags at my conscience every time I walk past my "half-finished book" lineup. Reading is too slow for the 21st century, too sober and wise and peaceful. But how I crave that wisdom of centuries past to seed and shape my own life!

...Our last two GORGEOUSLY cloudy, rainy days. Maybe people in Seattle are tired of rain. Not me! Not here! (We live in Arizona.)

...The saying my Papa has: "Simplicity is the keynote of art." The more I've thought about it, though, the more I am convinced that simplicity is the keynote of life. I crave it in every corner of my days, from the inside out. Simple thoughts, fewer belongings, unmuddied focus. Why? Because simplicity brings peace and depth. The fewer things you run after, the farther you'll be able to go. I want to go far.

...The difference more Bible reading makes. A devotional email from Kim Potter prompted me to take my Bible reading plan seriously (9 chapters a day, people!) and I'm already seeing the change in my thought life and desires. It feels so good!

...The fact that I haven't finished today's reading yet. Oops. Better get on it.

Go in peace,
Laurie


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