Thinking, Reading, Learning- 10/15

What I'm Reading, Thinking, Doing 7/25/15 --




Mmmmmmm, it’s fall! The leaves are on the ground… I’m wearing socks again… and we just started our first fireplace fire last night. 

Here are the things I’m currently thinking about, reading, and learning.

What I’m thinking about:


What I’m reading:
  • On Writing– by Stephen King. MAN this guy can write. And WOW this book tells why he writes what he writes. I’m just a little bit in, and wowzers, it’s good.
  • Screwtape Letters – by C. S. Lewis. I’ve forgotten a lot in this book! A group of ladies at our church are getting together early one Saturday morning a month to discuss good books together, and this is our first title. Yay for books!


What I’m learning:
  • Copying Scripture has been wonderfully encouraging. Instead of copying random chapters in no particular order at all, I’m copying whole books of the Bible word-for-word now. In this social-media age it’s easy to get distracted, but with my Bible in my left hand, my journal on my lap, and a pen in my right hand, (and with my phone plugged in clear across the room– yay, self-discipline!) I’m freed from the magnetic “I’m-not-doing-anything-why-not-check-Facebook” pull of the smartphone. And the pace of the writing helps me slow down and purposefully dig in to the text. I’ve done multiple epistles now, and have moved on to the Gospel of John. It’s working to bring delight and “pause” back to my personal Bible study, and I’m loving it.
  • We’ve been enjoying getting to know some new friends: the Crawford family (you should check out their vlog, FIGHT FOR TOGETHER — They hosted us on our recent trip to Kentucky, and so Doug, Luke, and I are actually in Episode 6: Mom Blogger Moshing, Episode 9: Memory’s Birthday, Episode 10: Rabbit Pot Pie). I really have appreciated their transparency, and we’re enjoying watching their vlog episodes as a family and being challenged by their intentionality in life.
  • I’m leaning back into a better balance with transparent living. By nature, I’m pretty much an open book. Ask me anything, and I’ll almost always be glad to share. But one of the things I’m realizing is that I majorly recoiled after the life-explosion that rocked our world nearly 2 years ago. A suddenly-brought-on feeling of vulnerability and pain put me in, and has kept me in, a risk-avoidant, self-protective state of being, and that has shown up in my writing. Perhaps you’ve noticed, but I’m finally exhaling– trying to find a new balance of sharing my real life past, and my real life present, and my real life dreams, more openly again.



IN THE COMMENTS: Any of this something you’re interested in or would want to hear more about? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast ( I write and wrangle kids.

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3 Responses

  1. Melanie says:

    Thank you for the idea about copying Scripture. I’ve been doing it for the last few weeks in my devotions and really enjoying it! I’ve been going through Psalms and copying a few verses each day. It’s been refreshing.

  2. Melissa says:

    Jess, I have been reading your writing for a while now – found your blog when you were in Turkey. You had written an article about being open to children in marriage that influenced me a lot at an early time in our marriage while we were thinking through those issues. I so appreciate your biblical perspective. To me you are a wise mother a little further down the road than me. My oldest is 6. We now live in Nicaragua where my husband does business/mission work and I mostly work raising our kids, with a few other things on the side. I find that it is hard in this life place to find a ‘kindred spirit’ sometimes. When your writing supplies that, I just eat it up! I love to hear your processing of your time abroad while raising your kids with the benefit of hindsight. I do fall short as a mom and sometimes especially as a wife, so I appreciate the wisdom you share there — but wisdom divorced from the personal, seeing-the-author’s-humanity is somehow less impactful. I know it’s a vulnerable thing to show your life to ‘the public’, but I’ve been very blessed when you do that. Those are my thoughts about what I most like to read from you for what it’s worth :) Blessings to you and yours! -Melissa

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