Do you read to ingest or just escape?

I love words.  From the archaic to the verbose.   I’ve even been known to create a word on occasion when I just feel the description deserves it’s own dedicated verbiage.  I love being able to weave a tapestry of emotion, sight and, sound for the reader or listener, by using words that evoke whatever emotion or scene I am feeling or want to portray through my story at the time.  Some parents read stories to their children at bedtime and I do that as well but, my favorite nights are when they ask for a made up story from Mama!  Each child thinks up 2-3 characters either from other books or movies or made up out of their own imagination, and I mix them all together in anything from a one night heroic mission to a week long epic saga of adventure and tried and tested moral fortitude!  I would almost like to have a recorder going some nights but, they are rather private moments together, just our little trio of troubadours. Some day perhaps I’ll attempt to share the countless stories I’ve written with some publisher but, should they never make it into print, it would not affect the impact and unplugged joy they have brought to my family.  Mostly they’re created for my children and myself, an outlet of creativity, and a bond, not to mention it helps with their memorization skills.  Occasionally, we get Dad involved as well. We all go around and around, starting with one sentence and each adding our own piece of the action.

 I am however, constantly on the lookout for others who catch me off guard with a sentence or a phrase which changes my perspective on any given subject.  Today, it happened on Facebook.  I was reading yet another status update and suddenly, I was struck by the description this woman used to convey her experience of how she reads her Bible.

She wrote,:  “One verse that I savor, letting it sink deep…interrupting me, rearranging me, redirecting me”. Lysa TerKeurst with Proverbs 31 Ministries.  That’s powerful imagery right there!  It evokes in me a visual of her inner most thoughts actually changing and being altered by the living Word! It’s called that for a reason, right?  I get from her words, she is allowing herself to feel challenged and affected,  led and educated, her priorities rescheduled.  What an inspirational sentence!  It makes me want that too!  I read plenty to escape or educate.  I ask so many questions and devour knowledge from well written books, (and some not so well written), like a well prepared mutiple course meal, savoring each page as if it has been created just for me.  Yet, when I seek transformation of my mind, a shuffling of my chaotic world order, I find it in verses I’ve memorized, pages I’ve read from a God breathed manuscript of many different authors and one Editor.

What challenges you? Do you allow anything to penetrate so deeply, it changes you internally?

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One thought on “Do you read to ingest or just escape?

  1. klguthrie says:

    I believe that we are transformed by every encounter. Sometimes the changes are imperceptable sometimes you can identify the moment/incident/sentence acted as a catalyst for a major change the way that you approach the world at large.
    Words are just one way in which we encounter another soul. They can be gentle and soothing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging. They can also be destructive, demotivating, and damaging. Sometimes they just are; they exist soley as a monument person who wrote them enshrining a small part of their being.
    I think this is what disturbs me about our modern modes of rapid fire communication. I feel overwhelmed by the flow of information unable to process, savor and appreciate it all. Then again so much of what appears in print now is careless, thoughtless and uneditted. There are many gems in this new landscape of constant communication. But there is also a shallowness and a feeling that one has to move a lot of dirt to find them.
    By the way, thank you for blogging. While you are creating more words, I consider you one of the gems and I am enjoying getting to know you better through your posts.

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