“God gave Himself to you: give yourself to God.”
Saint Robert Southwell
“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.”
St. Ignatius Loyola
(a fussy youthful crow at the Cliffs of Mohr / County Kerry / Julie Cook / 2015)
You’ve been skirting around the issue forever.
Avoidance, deference, denial…
Yet it’s nagged at your heart, nipped at your heels and hounded your idle thoughts all these many years.
Oh sure, you casually said “whatever” years ago…figuring that was good enough…
yet deep down you knew, you always knew, more of you was wanted, needed, required.
Life was cushy enough with you just sitting on the fence, balancing that wire…
but now the swinging and swaying has grown almost impossible for you to keep your balance. You know a fall is inevitable but as to which side you fall, you’re still a little concerned.
One side requires all of you…which sounds like a lot of work and effort…”hummmm” you muse deep within…
…the other side…well, the outcome is touted as a bit dire. “Reckon they know what they’re really talking about?” you fumble over your thoughts like a handful of loose change.
You’re not so sure if you’re up for this whole kit kaboodle of giving the required all of you–
yet that other dark dismal world thing doesn’t sound like it has a very good ending.
You try not thinking about it, hoping it’ll just all go away–leaving you to live your happy little life…as the fence tilts more and more with you hanging on tighter and tighter.
You busy yourself, living life loud and large trying to drown out that nagging pull—
You bury yourself in your work, filling your brain with things other than the aching pull— hoping to ignore the slow throbbing pounding in your head.
You just don’t get it do you?
God is more determined and more patient than you—He’s waiting, but I think time is running out…
hopefully one day soon, you’ll figure it all out…before it’s all too late…
“Don’t you long to shout to those youths who are bustling around you: Fools! Leave those worldly things that shackle the heart – and very often degrade it – leave all that and come with us in search of Love!”
-St. Josemaria Escriva
Julie, this was just perfect at this very moment! I was actually working on a post about being, “almost saved.” Wow, then this shows up. Nice post by the way. Have a great Lord’s Day!
Thanks Wally—I just finished reading a post by Father Hugh over on: https://hughosb.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/the-sin-nod-and-a-sin-nodized-church/
He’s a Catholic monk who is a deeply committed spiritual Christian who tells it like it is–as in, a sin is a sin is a sin, etc—his observations of the latest happenings within the Catholic church are very disheartening—this “way of the world business” which so many Christians and Churches are headed is really getting out of hand— I do believe whole heartedly that time is of the essence for us all—Society has lost its sense of right and wrong, sinfulness and not—as we are seeing the largest number of Christian persecuted worldwide than we have ever witnesses—yet the world remains silent —troubling times to be sure—-
Thanks for the link Julie, I am going to read that. Yes, time is running out, and quickly I fear. Well, I don’t fear it, as for saved ones, things will be better than they can ever be in this life on this earth. But, I do fear for the lost ones. Time is urgent, and we need to get busy!
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Excellent post, excellent photo. Love, love, love the photo!
from one Julie to another—thank you 🙂
As palatable as it is pointed and in-your-face. (Much like your photo) Adorable yet inescapably alarming.
Great work with broad, and personal application.
I will remember it.
Thank you and God bless Cookie
much thanks for such kind words–blessings and a big hug
What a timely message! I so wish I could get my youngest sister to get it before it’s too late! I love your photo and I love the way you went about presenting your message. Hugs and love, Natalie 🙂 ❤
keep living your example–and be prayerful–you never know…
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