The first week of January is the most depressing week of the year. For me. I’m sure there are some people who are thrilled to jump into a new year. I’m not one of those people, which is probably why I always (and only) have a drink on New Year’s Eve (this year it was Seagram’s Berry Wine Cooler).
But I usually have a pretty good idea where I’m going, at least with my writing.
Not this year.
Not at all.
Seriously, people, I am wide open to suggestions from you, the readers. I feel like 2011 opened me up, ripped everything out of me, and I’m like, uh, I have a blog? What’s a keyboard? Fortunately, I do know what a pen, journal, and a Bible are…
Admittedly, I became fairly delinquent in promised book and music reviews (as the piles around my desk would suggest.) Sometimes I just don’t want to read anything but my Bible or devotional books (Jesus Calling is a favorite) or listen to anything but Bebo Norman (and the other artists I hold close). Naturally, this makes it difficult to review the latest and greatest when I’m stuck in a nostalgic past. As I’ve mentioned before, I was reviewing books and albums and whatever else just to get free stuff, and it amounted to nothingness. I mean, some of the products were excellent, others subpar, but I didn’t do it for the love of the craft. Lack of passion will really suck the life out of anything.
Now it’s 2012. I’m listening to Jesus Calling: Songs Inspired By (right this very moment.) I just started to read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, but I might read something else. I’m not really committed to anything at present.
I am passionate about writing and reading and taking pictures…but I am more interested in being still, listening to God, and pursuing things that will make me well (physically, emotionally, spiritually). Sometimes choosing what is better is choosing not to blog and not to write. Yes, it’s crazy talk for a writer! My identity as a Child of God trumps writer every time.
Recently, in Jesus Calling, I read that others may not understand times when God’s children draw close to Him—to listen, to love, and to find rest. It may seem that we’re simply lazy because blogs aren’t updated, Twitter accounts are silent, and emails are returned in a few days instead of a few hours. But I’m CHOOSING what is better for me.
And in choosing what’s best for me, I want to nurture my readers as well. Tell me, what do you like to read? What do you want to see more of? Less of? Clearly, Friday Faves is a keeper, and you do seem to like my photography and personal posts. Music reviews or book reviews? Do you generally like them or do you only want me to talk about books I choose to read? (Even if that means buying them myself?)
Please leave me some helpful commentary. Or, if you’re shy, shoot me an email. Friday Faves will return next week. Probably.