Tuesday, January 20, 2015

dose of GKC


"One of the deepest and strangest of all human moods is the mood which will suddenly strike us perhaps in a garden at night, or deep in sloping meadows, the feeling that every flower and leaf has just uttered something stupendously direct and important, and that we have by a prodigy of imbecility not heard or understood it. There is a certain poetic value in this sense of having missed the full meaning of things. There is beauty not only in wisdom but in this dazed and dramatic ignorance." --Chesterton

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Someday


by Nichole Nordeman

I believe in the rest of the story

And I believe there's still ink in the pen
I have wasted my very last day
Trying to change what happened way back when

I believe it's the human condition

We all need to have answers to why
More than ever I'm ready to say that I
Will still sleep peacefully
With answers out of reach from me until

Someday all that's crazy

All that's unexplained will fall into place
And someday all that's hazy
Through a clouded glass will be clear at last
And sometimes we're just waiting for someday

We were born with a lingering hunger

We were born to be unsatisfied
We are strangers who can't help but wander
And dream about the other side

Someday all that's crazy

All that's unexplained will fall into place
And someday all that's hazy
Through a clouded glass will be clear at last
And sometimes we're just waiting for someday

Every puzzle's missing piece

Every unsolved mystery
More than half of every whole
Rest in the hands that hold for someday

Someday all that's crazy

All that's unexplained will be beautiful, beautiful
And someday all that's hazy
Through a clouded glass will be clear at last
And sometimes we're just waiting, we're waiting for someday

We're just waiting

We are strangers

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015

"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C.S. Lewis

At the beginning of last year, along with books I wanted to read, I made a list of several resolutions, inspired by this post here. Things like listen to more classical music, (something I didn't do incredibly well on), drink more water, plan trips, give to the poor, learn something new. And whether or not I call them resolutions, I really like to take this time of year to collect my thoughts, prioritize, and make goals for the coming year. Without prioritization I find myself accomplishing little, and when I do, it's difficult to see where I've made progress unless I take stock, make lists. What I learned, what I would like to learn. Here's an article about useful lists to keep up.

And while it sometimes feels funny to have a list that spans everything from pray more, to floss more. It can also be interesting, encouraging, and amusing. So here goes.

Things I want to do this year:
  1. Worship
  2. Reach out--commit to community. Friendships take work.
  3. Read chewy books
  4. Journal every day. This helps me stay grounded and keep my thoughts in order... Shows where I've been, and where I'd like to go. They're very interesting to look back on, even if only to yourself.
  5. Choose adventure; say yes to travel
  6. Sing
  7. Relearn how to play baseball. 
  8. Spend time with grandparents
  9. Keep up with world news and global issues
  10. Stick to my bible-reading plan. I'm doing this one.
  11. Get rid of stuff I don't need. Declutter. Unfortunately this involves a bigger mess first...
  12. Watch more sunrises and sunsets
  13. Open an Etsy shop
  14. Direct conversations to substantial subjects
  15. Serve
  16. Rest
  17. Love "To love is to be selfless. To be selfless is to be fearless. To be fearless is to strip your enemies of their greatest weapon... Our goal was never to live; our goal is to love. It is the goal of all truly noble men and women. Give all that can be given. Give even your life itself." --Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson
  18. Take more walks and bike-rides
  19. Exercise my mind as well as my body
  20. Write something everyday: story, poem, letter, journal, blogpost
"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein." -H. Jackson Brown