I, the lonely captive, stand with
only memories to hold my hand
But I’d not change a single thing,
‘twas the best and worst of time
Beneath the yellow clouded moon
Where buried hopes rise from their tombs
@roopanes (at 🎵 Once - Roo Panes)
"Most of the time our right now is boring and forgettable. Sit at your desk. Walk to the kitchen. Take a walk. Take a nap. Take your time because it is so uninteresting that nobody else wants to take it. We remember so few details about how we lived our days because most of them are like air with no fragrance. We breathe them in, we breathe them out without thinking. What did you eat for dinner two days ago? When was the last time you laughed out loud? Or ate something that made you close your eyes and sigh with pleasure? Naturally we remember the perfume times because there are so few of them.
Given the chance to re live an occurrence in our past where everything was so perfect that we never wanted it to end, who would say no? And what if re living it could somehow go on and on? Would we choose to remain inside that past bliss as long as possible, or opt to return to our daily ho hum now where typically the only things to look forward to are the weekend, a favorite TV show or going to bed at night? Like those exceptional dreams where we meet the person we have longed for all our lives. They are perfect. Everything is perfect and to our delight, the dream keeps getting better as it continues. But then we wake up. And immediately think No no not yet, a few minutes more, please! Let me finish the meal, the kiss, that walk on the beach at sunset with them. We fight desperately to go back to sleep to try and recapture the moment, the person, and perhaps most importantly the exquisite feeling of being swept up in life rather than swept aside.
Almost everyone has come close to actually living dreams like that once or twice in their lives. Maybe it was that one perfect date when you were 20, or one magic afternoon in Istanbul, an hour you wouldn’t trade for anything. How tempting if it were somehow possible to go back to those experiences and live them forever."
"You can’t truly rest until every area in your life rests in God."
"Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, ‘Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God—He cares for me.’"
Remember, if God promised it, He’s going to bring it to pass. Scripture tells us that through faith and patience we inherit God’s promises. This is where patience comes in; this is where perseverance comes in. This is where trust comes in. Just because you don’t see things happen right away doesn’t mean you should quit. No, instead, rise up and press forward. Keep believing, keep hoping, keep enduring and keep asking because our God is always faithful to His word!
"I want to forget everything you told me. I want to wash away how uncertain you made me. How scared I was of losing you. How I lost you anyway. I don’t want to know how your hands feel or what makes you smile. I don’t want to see you in photos, familiar like a dream I had once or a book I never finished."