About how many books would you say that you have in your current collection ? Writers are avid readers. We know the beauty and power of words.
When we left Ontario, we sold our house and gave away our possessions, including my collection of books. My husband was seriously ill with a heart condition at that time. Possessions had lost their appeal for us. We basically got in our vehicle, with a few personal items, and started driving East, looking for a home on the ocean.
We found our home, my husband got stronger in the fresh salt air, and had successful heart surgery two years ago.
I never did buy any more books. The two that I own, however, are my treasures. One is my Bible, and the other is a manual for Christian Mindfulness. It is called ‘ Jesus Calling’ by Sarah Young. It is a gift from my spiritual mentor, Anne.
On the inside cover , Anne wrote a Bible verse which is important for us if we wish to achieve the inner peace that Christ promises us. In Philippians 4:8, we are reminded to think about things that are true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, gracious and excellent. We remember also that we are always in the Lord’s presence.
We need the Lord’s help in focusing on these things, since our fallen human nature seems to want to automatically focus on negative things. Self-control is the ninth gift of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galations 5. We need the Holy Spirit’s help to keep focusing on good things. For me, it helps to avoid watching television and movies. And, I stay away from people who constantly wish to discuss negative things. Negativity is contagious !
Although I only own two books, I read, and I am inspired by the authors whose writings I read on WordPress.com.
May the Lord continue to inspire us, and the words that we read and write.