Celeste at Joyous Lessons is starting a new monthly linkup series on "Keeping" as described in Laurie Bestvater's book, The Living Page. I have not yet read that, but thought I'd share a couple of pages from my Commonplace Books. I love when Celeste shares on Wednesdays with Words. She generally shares a picture of her page and her beautiful handwriting.
The first of my books is my Sermon Notebook. I love taking notes during Sermons in a pretty binder, and now have many binders full of notes. Sunday's sermon was particularly excellent, about 1 Cor 10:31, "Whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God and tying back to Psalm 24 (which will be our next big memory passage. Can you say revel in the King?) Pastor also referenced Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem, "Pied Beauty", I'm glad Anna found it and posted it to her blog. Here are my notes:
I love the two points Pastor made 1) When it comes to God's glory, all things are significant and 2) When it comes to God's glory, all behavior has meaning.
I don't know if a Sermon Notebook is a proper CM book, but I find it very helpful.
My second book is my proper Commonplace Book. (It's the pink and white one above):
I don't usually get caught by poetry, but happened across two poems recently. The first was Madeleine L'Engle's (and let's face it, if I'm going to love someone's poetry, it is likely hers) "Epiphany" which I found on Twitter, of all places:
Unclench your fistsThe second poem I recently found is W H Auden's poem, 'Leap Before You Look', which was referenced by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre in her book What's in a Phrase?.
Hold out your hands.
Let us hold each other.
Thus is His glory
I thought it was interesting the places I found these. Whether on Twitter (follow favorite authors) or taking a little extra digging (look up works alluded to), it adds depth to my Commonplace Book.
Come join us and find more examples of Keeping - Nature Journals, Books of Centuries, other Commonplaces - at Celestes' Joyous Lessons!