I’m always interested to hear bits and pieces of bloggers’ personal lives in their posts and comments. It helps me to develop – in a completely healthy, non-stalkerish way, I promise – a more well-rounded picture of their lives.
As well, it helps me to pray for any special needs they may have.
So…as I was reading blogs the other day, I started to wonder about the environment in which people read or write blog posts.
I actually read others’ posts in a different place than I write my own. I like to read other’s blogs as part of my devotions. So, depending upon the time of year, that’s typically on my front porch, at the desk in my bedroom, or – on the coldest winter days – curled up in bed.
I most enjoy reading and praying on my front porch, with the sounds of pollinators, wind chimes, and our American flag snapping a bit in the morning breeze.
The view’s not bad, either. This time of year, the corn field across the road is a good seven feet tall. When the wind blows, the stalks ripple and wave and hiss as one – a green ocean of sorts.
As my thumbs are not fast enough to write on my tablet keypad, I always type my posts old-school-style, using the desktop computer in our home office. It’s open to the rest of the lower level, so I often have earbuds in with quiet music playing to block out any distractions. I try to clear the desk first of any other work and light a scented candle (or “smelly” candle, as my son used to say).
No matter what I do, I find I do it better when the space around me is clean and clear.
Guess I wouldn’t have made it as a writer of Scripture, would I? Several of those dedicated men wrote or dictated to scribes the God-breathed words of the Bible in the worst of circumstances. For example, the book of Jeremiah and many of Paul’s epistles were penned in prison, and John wrote while exiled to the island of Patmos.
I doubt those men were surrounded by the warm glow and spicy scent of an apple pumpkin candle, my latest favorite. The sights and smells were horrific, I’m sure. Yet, from these dank surroundings came some of the most essential passages to our Christian faith.
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. – 2 Corinthians 11:23
Considering all that, I don’t have any excuses for procrastinating about studying my Bible, or taking time to share with you all something fresh the Holy Spirit has revealed to me.
So, where do you write your blog posts? Where do you read others’ blogs? I welcome your comments as ever.