"I was raised in a time man’s word means everything i was raised to believe that a man’s word is his honour. He said he would come back, I chose to believe him. If however he had not returned, i would have rather died than live in a world where what i’ve learned means, nothing where a man’s word means nothing." - Jan Blake (on storytelling)
“The very act of story-telling, of arranging memory and invention according to the structure of the narrative is by definition holy. We tell stories because we can’t help it. We tell stories because we love to entertain and hope to edify. We tell stories because they fill the silence death imposes. We tell stories because they save us.”
James Carroll, The Communion of Saints
quoted in Madeleine L’Engle’s book “The Rock That is Higher: Story as Truth”
“The secret to letting go of your past is to discover a purpose that supersedes your greatest fear. And that purpose is rooted in love.
The Bible says perfect love casts out fear. It cast out fear of other people, of sin, judgment and hypocrisy, because the more I loved, the more I realized my value was not measured by the Church’s standards, but by God’s sacrifice.”
How beautiful to see Your love God creep into the deserted areas of my soul. The Life in the Spirit retreat this weekend has been an ordeal to prepare for. Carrying weight after weight. Doubt after doubt. Burden after burden. It’s been like a sack of stones. But Your faithfulness had me undone. You have shown that no persevering ache and sting of brokenness will stop You from using my imperfections so that You can pour out Your love to Your children.
Through every memory that surfaced in me and reminded me of the times that ruined my own self-worth You have shown how these moments are connected with others who seek Your solace and together we are united in one large embrace whose tenderness will always reach the farthest and darkest places in me. I will never tire of seeing how You work Father. I hope that I will always see You in the places where I often doubt Your presence. Undo everything in me and let Your love be the anchor of my soul.
"I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed. I shall clean you of all your defilement and all your idols. I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh. I shall put my spirit in you and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances." - Ezekiel 36:26
Blessed weekend with my LSS lambs Sara and @andeetorres and co-Shep @karamayuga
“And even though I feel like the biggest mess most of my days, I know He’s forging something in my spirit here that I’ll need later. I think when He lets us linger in these places for a while, it’s because there’s a piece of His heart that He intends to impart to us in this place. So I don’t want to leave until He’s done. I want to walk out of this place with His heart.”
We’ve got to reach out to people before it’s too late. For the purposes of evangelism, freedom, healing, accountability, we can’t ignore the important stuff and stick to small talk.
Sometimes it’s just easier not to talk about stuff. Not to pull out the weeds. But before long everything you were trying to grow in your life is choked out by the issues we didn’t want to deal with. Jesus will give you the courage to tackle the inconvenient conversations. And He’ll give you the words to say.
Nothing like choosing to celebrate life with real people and sharing with them the beauty of being in my element.