"I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy…"
This summer was an eclectic combination of strange places and unexpected events. It’s a weird friend you thought you wouldn’t get along with, but now you can’t seem to say good-bye. So long, farewell. Good pal, summer 2014.
Words that fall from their mouths
Unchallenged, so candidly
Like a piece of caramel that accidentally slips out from a fistful of other candies,
"I love you."
And you know they mean it.
And it surprises you how quickly you respond.
"I love you, too."
And it’s as easy as that.
"the person who loves you has picked you out of the great mass of uncreated clay which is humanity to make something out of,
and the poor lumpish clay which is you wants to find out what it has been made into.
but at the same time, you in the act of loving somebody, become real, cease to be a part of the continuum of the uncreated clay and get the breath of life in you and rise up.
so you create yourself by creating another person,
who, however, has also created you, picked up the you-chunk clay out of the mass.
so there are two you’s,
the one you yourself create by loving and the one the beloved creates by loving you.
the farther those two you’s are apart the more the world grinds and grudges on its axis.
but if you loved and were loved perfectly then there wouldn’t be any difference between the two you’s or any distance between them. they would coincide perfectly, there would be a perfect focus, as when a stereoscope gets the twin images on the card into perfect alignment.”
-all the king’s men, robert penn warren
i read this book for the first time my junior year in high school. i was eighteen then. i see the old copy now, marked up, post-its all over it. apparently this excerpt especially stuck out to me. i must have caught onto something…. or maybe completely not….
During the months of May, June, July, August, these feet…
- roamed the East Texas’ piney woods for seven weeks
- jumped in joy at a child’s victory
- climbed the Great Wall
- touched foreign lands, walked with foreign people persistently loved by Him
- hiked a Puerto Rican rainforest
- dipped in His most gorgeous and vast creation
- have been relentlessly blessed and washed by Jesus Christ
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee…
June 9, 2014
Today Bella said Jesus makes her happy because He died for her sins. She said this when I asked her, “who is Jesus?”
He makes us happy. Nine-year old Bella reminded me of this today.
June 10, 2014
Tonight I caught my first fish at camp. Madison helped me. Madison said she’s an only child, but she really wants a sibling. I offered to be her sister because I told her I was also an only child. She was so happy, she almost didn’t believe me. It was funny too, because I also found myself to be happy.
"now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. all that i know now is partial and incomplete, but then i will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely"
when was the last time your heart literally fluttered and skipped a beat while reading the Word? NLT is seriously my jaaaaaam. i would say along with my new headlamp, my new NLT bible is the best purchase of summer 2014 (& at only $10!!!!). Lord, your Word is hands-down the most Romantic literature ever… you have won my heart all over again
well i’ll be the words on the pages / if you be my sweet melody / and the tune can keep changin, cause i’ll keep arranging / and this is the song that we’ll sing / i wanna love you, forever i do / i wanna spend all of my days with you / to carry your burdens, be the wind at your back / i wanna spend my forever / forever like that
—Childs Play (Feat. Chance The Rapper)
memories keep playing back / all the nights we used to love / just wondering how we used to was / how we used to was