truth vs. emotion

October 20, 2014 at 9:15 pm (Uncategorized)

“The problem is, we have been trained to process life based on the way we feel. We think we must feel love for love to exist. We think we must feel wanted to truly be chosen. We think we must feel God’s presence for Him to really be close.
“But God never meant for us to feel our way to Him. God wants us to stand on the absolute truth that He is with us no matter how our feelings may betray that reality. When I process life through my feelings, I am left deceived and disillusioned. When I process life through God’s truth, I am divinely comforted by His love and made confident in His calling on my life.”
Lysa Terkeurst, Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl

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the beauty of October

October 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve tried many times in my life to write about what makes my heart stir and my soul ache in the month of October. I guess it’s just me trying to understand it! Certainly the beauty of the month: the leaves changing into their vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow. It’s the sounds of wind blowing the leaves on the pavement. It’s the cool in the air and the smell of fireplaces.

But it’s also the anticipation of the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. Each bringing their own joy to my heart. Thanksgiving memories of big family gatherings, and of the desire to share those experiences with my own children. Christmas means family as well, but even more than that, it’s where my salvation began. It’s the Savior’s birthday, a precious gift, the Great made small, for me, for everyone. And New Year’s, a time of new beginning, of picking myself up again and trying to live and be the best of me.

All these feelings go through my mind when I step our my door, feel the wind on my face, tug my sweater around me a little closer, and breathe in the cool air. My heart skips a beat and I know it’s October.

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where to find beauty

October 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm (Uncategorized)

“Are there physical places that simply must be seen before I stop breathing within time, before I inhale eternity? Why? To say that I’ve been arrested by wonder? Isn’t it here? Can’t I find it here?…

“Isn’t it here? The wonder? Why do I spend so much of my living hours struggling to see it? Do we truly stumble so blind that we must be affronted with blinding magnificence for our blurry soul-sight to recognize grandeur? The very same surging magnificence that cascades over our every day here.”

Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

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finding beauty

October 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm (Uncategorized)

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
― Louisa May Alcott

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Redeeming Love

October 7, 2014 at 2:12 pm (Uncategorized)

“Every blessing comes down from the Father, not in payment for good done, but as a gift.”

Francine Rivers, Redeeming Love

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as I look at my little girl…

October 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm (Uncategorized)

mommy and baby

“How amazing that he brings life this way. Through pain and hurt and the ugly things inside us we try to keep hidden away. The things we don’t talk about. In that moment, as I looked at my little girl lying in my arms, I realized this whole process was such a striking picture of how Christ works in us. He takes our disappointments, rejections, and hard times, and he makes something beautiful. He creates life and shows us what beauty looks like in places where we look and see nothing. He blesses us beyond our imaginations, in spite of all the broken roads we’ve walked. In fact, maybe he blesses us so lavishly because of all the broken roads we’ve traveled. As if to remind us that he sees us—really sees us—not just for who we are at any given moment, but for what we could be one day.”

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle

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our deepest desires

October 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Uncategorized)

“The answer to our deepest desires is not the seemingly perfect life … not the most romantic husband … not the smartest and most well-behaved kids … not the bigger house … not the better job … not the awards and recognition of people … not in trying to feel our way to God. It’s making the choice to recognize God is close. Whether we’re at a big concert, on a playground in the middle of a sorry kickball game, running the streets of our neighborhood, or sitting in a chair in our den—God is there. Loving. Assuring. Teaching. Calling. Choosing to spend time with us.”

Lisa Terkeurst, Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl

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Philippians 4:8

April 29, 2008 at 11:22 am (verses)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

And that’s what this blog is all about!

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thoughts on beauty

April 19, 2008 at 12:49 am (venustas)

There is something about beauty that causes my heart to stir with longing.  I know I am not alone in this, and that is the purpose of this blog.  I am hoping to somehow capture what that stirring is  inside me when I am touched by a beautiful piece of music or art, when I’m enthralled by a sunset, or the color of fall leaves, or when I simply feel the love of my family or even, or perhaps mostly, feel the love of God.  There is a stirring to be brought up into it, and somehow, it makes my heart ache.  The quotes, verses, lyrics, etc. that I post on this blog speak to this feeling, and maybe help me understand, just a little.

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Wakening our souls…

April 19, 2008 at 12:44 am (quotes)

But we who would be born again indeed, must wake our souls unnumbered times a day.

 

George MacDonald

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