Posts tagged ‘renewal’

August 25, 2009

things that are good for the soul

11.  reconciliation
12.  unconditional love
13.  a deep breath of crisp, clean air
14.  the crash of waves against a rocky shore
15.  the shine from a lighthouse in the midst of pure darkness
16.  waking up in the woods and seeing a deer grazing five feet away
17.  being able to see all the stars in the night sky
18.  honesty in relationships
19.  the unexpected embrace of a teenager
20.  realizing that you are smarter than you think you are

more things that are good for the soul
   1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40
August 24, 2009

things that are good for the soul

1.  unbridled enthusiasm
2.  uncontrollable laughter
3.  receiving a hand-written letter from a friend
4.  the elegance of a string quartet featuring cello and violin
5.  a tree overflowing with white blossoms that was bare the last time you saw it
6.  a single sprout of green breaking through a gravel-covered patch of land
7.  freedom to worship our Creator
8.  meals made from the freshest of ingredients
9.  personal, intimate conversation among trusted friends
10.  Oleta Adams singing “Get Here”

more things that are good for the soul
   1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40
April 1, 2009

2009 Scripture Memory (7 of 24): ISAIAH 40:28-31

The final verse of this passage is my dad’s life verse, so it has always held a very special place in my heart and I’ve always felt I should commit it to memory in honor of him. And then, just a few days ago, this same passage was forwarded to me by my dear friend Cerella as a possible memory selection. The version in The Message is quite pointed and will be part of my reflection on the passage as I seek to hide it in my heart, but I have chosen the Amplified version because of the imagery related to strength and the eagle. I am humbled by these words, but I am also filled with great excitement; now, more than ever, I am called to remember the Source of my Strength.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
— Isaiah 40:28-31 (Amplified)


February 9, 2009

one word: revive

There is an entry in the actual dictionary definition of the word “revive” that refers to restoration of the natural or uncombined state. I’m drawn to these words today — natural, uncombined. As I continue moving forward in these challenging days, I have sought nothing more than healing from the life I experienced in 2008. So, to think of revival as returning to a previous state is an exciting concept to me. That perhaps, at some point in my life, I have been some form of the person I am called to become, some form of the woman I long to be. It’s an exciting possibility, no? I am not becoming so much as I am discovering. Or rather, re-discovering. Somehow, that kind of takes the pressure off.

I believe in the Word of God which declares that I am a child of the Living God, a daughter of heaven, and I believe that I was in His mind even before the creation of the world. I know that Jesus, as He lived on this earth and died on the cross and rose from the grave, knew my name and saw my face as he brought salvation to the world. So the idea of being revived to an original state, to a state that has not been sullied by the evils of this world, is not such a far-off theory. I know that my Home lies in the heavens, and in the heavens all is perfect. I am perfect. And so I embrace this one word — revive — as my birthright. It brings renewed purpose and freedom from chains of my own making. I will be who I once was, in the mind of God. What greater promise could there be?

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