Of Words and Ponderings

Been thinkin’ about lots of different words/concepts lately.

Trust.

Trust hangs somewhere between knowing what your heart longs for and trying to dictate the shape or timing or outcome of your heart’s desire. It lies in the willingness to accept the particulars of how and when and where God chooses to intervene. It waits in the cool shade of surrender. [Paula Rinehart]

Also in this book (Strong Women, Soft Hearts), she talks about how the root of trust is whether we believe God loves us. If we believe He does — way deep down in the core of our being — then we will naturally trust Him. Because we’ll believe that He does love us and He does have our best in mind. Wow. Hit me over the head like a load of bricks.

Hope.

Giving away hope and trying to hold onto it myself.

Enjoying Now.

Hehe! We’re still kids at heart… 😉 When the leaves crunch under your feet and the air smells like autumn and you’re walking on a little country road with a friend — well, who can help but throw leaves in the air?! (We decided unrandom people have much more boring lives)

Courage.

It seems that courage is the theme in many places — I keep seeing references to it everywhere. Verses, quotes, Glenn Beck’s rally “Restoring Courage”, the movie Courageous that just came out… and on & on.

Speaking of Courageous, winning two tickets to opening night (the day of) is a very happy thing!!! 😀 Powerful, powerful message – makes you want to go out there and win some battles and be courageous! HIGHLY recommend it!

What does it mean to be strong and have courage? What does courage look like — live and in the flesh?

Journey.

Somewhat of an overused word sometimes, but I like the images it conjures up.

“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you’ve encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”

Sometimes the road is foggy and the next bend is unknown. Sometimes there are giant mud puddles and the wheels get stuck. Spinnin’ and spinnin’. Sometimes seasons are long and the painful season feels way longer than any joy season ever was. The bumps and stubbing of toes make us better people. The sunshine and blue skies remind us that God is smiling on us. Even when it’s foggy, the sun always eventually comes.

Keep on walking.

Relationship.

“I think it reveals something of the mind and heart of God — that He designed marriage, and really any close relationship, as a true threesome. It’s meant to be a triangulated affair with Him as the fulcrum of the triangle, the one who bears the real weight. That there is someone to turn to when you are disappointed in a relationship is not just pretty theology. It’s the actual truth, the original design.
      As Solomon wrote in the Book of Ecclesiastes,”Two are better than one… for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion… a cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”
      In the truest sense, two people in a relationship are never enough. Love, on a human level, always proves incomplete. We need access to love greater than our own.” 
[Paula Rinehart]

Wow and wow.

Desire.

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” [C. S. Lewis]

So much that could be said about this word. Studying desires and what to do with them and how they point us to God is really fascinating. Ask me in person if you really want to know! 😀

I’d love to hear any ponderings anyone has on any of these words… 😀

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