Soul Holes

1000 Gifts, Photo Story, question

“Trust God’s Word and His power 
more than you trust 
your own feelings and experiences.
Remember, your Rock is Christ, 

and it is the sea that ebbs and flows 
with the tides, not Him.”

~ Samuel Rutherford (March 10 of Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman)

He waits.

He waits.

No matter the pattern of your life,
No matter the color of your fabric,

He waits.

He waits,

for you.

* Are you willing and able to live fully right where you are

~ Yes and no. Sometimes I try and succeed and usually when I get it right, it’s because I am living this hymn:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing;
Robert Robinson, 1735-1790 

* If not, why?

~ When it’s not working, when my focus get off-kilter, and when I get all outta whack, it’s generally because I have become so comfortable with my own soul holes that I’ve made an idol out of my despair.

* What about you? How do you live fully 
right where you are? 

I am reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Many others are doing a bi-weekly book study over at (in)Courage’s book club site, Bloom. There you will find insightful posts, wonderful video discussions with the author, and lots of comments. 

Since I am not keen on crowds I’ll just sorta share my thoughts, mingled with quotes, scripture, songs, and images, right here on the sidelines.


10 thoughts on “Soul Holes”

  1. Wow, there is sooooo much in this post. I need to spend some time with it. Thanks…I love the phrase 'soul holes'. Andie

  2. This is beautiful! I just treasure Ann's book and know that all who read it will. I pray God will empty all of the darkness from our hearts and fill them with His light. Have a blessed day!

  3. When you talk about making an "idol out of my despair" you kicked me in the fanny. I think of Simon and Garfunkel, "Hello Darkness, my old friend…"It does become a comfortable blanket that I wrap myself in and enventually worship

  4. "Making an idle out of despair" – now there's a sobering thought. And motivating, too. Living in the moment, being and accepting, these are hard things for us humans. I am learning about the practice of "mindfulness" which is gaining much traction in pyschological and scientific circles these days, as a healthy means of slowing down the mind and practicing the presence of now.

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