Posts tagged ‘hope’

October 28, 2009


Slowly… I am emerging from these months of hibernation
Slowly… I am searching for a flicker of that creative spark I shoved into the dark corners back in August
Slowly… I am finding a rhythm at work that allows me to plan my days and not feel overwhelmed
Slowly… I am raising my head and taking stock of all the clutter that has piled up around me
Slowly… I am restoring the energy to do something about it
Slowly… I am being drawn back into reading the blogs that never fail to inspire me
Slowly… and cautiously, I am starting to look ahead
Slowly… I am regaining a sense of myself
Slowly… I am returning to LIFE

June 18, 2009

one word: today

  source :: typoGenerator
Today I awaken from sleep, rather than find myself being awake without it.
Nope. That one didn’t take.
Today I will complete all but one small task on my work project, allowing me to take a much-needed break from the computer.
Today I dream of my next Unplugged day and how I can be creative without spending money.
Today I don’t even care if I never see a single movie at the cinema this summer.
Today I am shocked by the state of my flat and wonder just when this “bachelor-style” living began?!!
Today I am craving a pineapple cake that I know Mom is making this weekend!
Today I have newborn baby dove on my patio for the second time this summer.
Today I am halfway through this month’s scripture memorization, and I finally see the difference in two verses that have been tripping me up. [Thank you, Lord!]
Today I am praying for my dear friend and her challenging living situation.
Today I am thankful that my sisters’ families live nearby and that my parents are sticking around for an extended time.
Today I know that June’s freelance work will yield enough payment to cover next month’s bills.
Today I have all that I need but…
Today I finally feel ready to move forward.

This post was derived from the list of inspiration words gathered on Ali Edwards’s blog
and from the concept of writing about one word.

May 5, 2009

today, God is telling me…

I am not barren or empty. I have been filled with the Holy Spirit.
Journey: May 4, 2009. Lifeway.
Compassion is a human emotion. Even, and especially, among strangers.
I’m not as far away from Him as I think I am: “To be able to discern when God is speaking, we must deliberately turn our attention inward to consider how the Spirit is working in our conscience and causing Scripture to resonate in our hearts… this is what it means to truly listen.” — from Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer
The dream He gave me is to provide Hope. The Hope that has filled my life for 13 years is the message I am meant to take to all the world. The dream of working on the “mission field” is not as complicated as I thought it would be, and the task is actually quite simple: speak of the Hope that He has placed within me and live out that Hope every day, whether in Texas or in Africa.
I am constantly amazed at how simple God’s work really is.

April 10, 2009

favorite things: the Cross of Christ

I used to think it so morbid to celebrate the Cross on which Jesus was crucified, that it was not the focus we should have but rather we should look to the Resurrection instead. And while the Resurrection is our victory touchpoint, I have come to understand that the Cross is key to seeing the significance of Jesus Himself. I can celebrate that dark day when Jesus allowed Himself to have all the evil of humanity heaped upon His shoulders by Almighty God. I can celebrate that Jesus submitted to a punishment that He did not deserve simply and only because He loved His father’s created beings so much that He wouldn’t allow us to suffer for all eternity when He could take our place. I can celebrate that Jesus, as a man on this earth, allowed Himself to be cast away from God’s presence, the presence of His own father, because the sight of the Son wearing all humanity’s sins required that He be removed from the presence of a Holy God. I can celebrate the Cross because Jesus took it on Himself, willingly, so that I would never have to be condemned.
God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. (John 3:16, CEV)
When Jesus hung for hours and hours on the cross, He saw the faces of every single person who would ever live. He knew every single name. He knew my name. And He knew yours. And with our faces in mind, He stayed on a wooden cross, hanging between two thieves, accepting the punishment for the sins of the entire world, for the wrongs of all humanity, the wrongs of all time. He stayed on that cross in excruciating agony so we wouldn’t have to pay an eternal price. So that you and I could live forever in the heavenly realm. Without that sacrifice, we have no hope and no future. When we die, we suffer beyond anything we could ever imagine on this earth. Whether you believe it or not, the fact remains that without the sacrifice of Jesus, you and I have no hope for victory over the evil of the world. But because He stayed on that cross until the sacrifice was complete, we do have hope and we do have eternity and we do have victory in this earthly life and beyond. So I celebrate what my Savior did for me, and I celebrate that He did it for you, too. Whether you accept this sacrifice or not, He still did it for you.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. — John 3:16-18 (The Message)