I’ve been battling with my brain and my notebooks for the last few days wondering whether I dare to share a few more intimate posts. Then today I came across this quote, and well, now I’m just wondering some more. But the point is that I wanted to at least share the quote. Because it’s good. So there. (Sorry I can’t give original credit for whoever created the image)
I forgot to all those Best-of/Year-end lists, so this is my
belated last ditch effort compromise. I went through all my favorites from 2013, and aside from tweets written by dear friends (that would potentially not mean anything to anyone else) these were some of my most favorites. It’s like a massive #FF. Enjoy.
Once a priest gave Mother Teresa this advice (as she was trying to discern whether something was truly God’s will or just her own), and if it was good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. Take courage, dear hearts.
“joy should be the compass with which we make our life’s decisions. If the thought of doing something brings us great joy and a deep sense of peace, then that is what God is calling us to do. If, on the other hand, the thought of doing something brings us anxiety and sadness or fills our soul with fear and hesitation, then most likely that is not what God is calling us to do.”
amen and amen.
“In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.”
Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
I don’t know anything about this quote except that I love it and am deeply intrigued by its implications.
And that finding it (with no recollection at all) in a random sticky hidden on my desktop might mean I’m a hoarder. A HOARDER OF GOOD THINGS.
“To feel today what one felt yesterday isn’t to feel– it’s to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today’s living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost.” -Fernando Pessoa (Portuguese Poet)
We are apt to forget the mystical, supernatural touch of God. If you can tell where you got the call of God and all about it, I question whether you have ever had a call. The call of God does not come like that, it is much more supernatural. The realization of it in a man’s life may come with a sudden thunder-clap or with a gradual dawning, but in whatever way it comes, it comes with the undercurrent of the supernatural, something that cannot be put into words, it is always accompanied with a glow. At any moment there may break the sudden consciousness of this incalculable, supernatural, surprising call that has taken hold of your life – “I have chosen you.” The call of God has nothing to do with salvation and sanctification. It is not because you are sanctified that you are therefore called to preach the gospel; the call to preach the gospel is infinitely different. Paul describes it as a necessity laid upon him.
-Chambers, “The Consciousness of the Call”, My Utmost for His Highest
school stuffs is starting to equal life stuffs.
[Self-sacrifice] means not that we should live one life, but a thousand lives- binding ourselves to a thousand souls by the filaments of so loving a sympathy that their lives become ours.
-B.B. Warfield, Imitating the Incarnation
this is it, you guys. this. is. it.
I’ve never read Haroun and the Sea of Stories, but I really loved the quote from it that they used for this “treehouse”. I think the sentiment is one of the most beautiful I’ve heard in a while.
“He looked into the water and saw that it was made up of a thousand thousand thousand and one different currents, each one a different colour, weaving in and out of one another like a liquid tapestry of breathtaking complexity; and Iff explained that these were Streams of Story, that each coloured strand represented and contained a single tale.” -Salman Rushdie, 1991
I went to Cheekwood for the first time a few days ago with my friend Carrie (don’t worry R.F. we’ll go again!) And their current exhibit “Treehouses” was so so fun! I think I’ll share some of my favorites with the quotes they attached to them.
If you have a chance to go to Cheekwood, you should. And take a picnic. And a friend.