Waterfall in the Friendship Gardens - La Crosse, Wisconsin
Back on the road
winding along the Mississippi
drinking in freedom
no need to be anything but His
living water never ceases
In this stunningly honest, thoroughly unconventional, and ultimately hopeful book, Josh James Riebock explores issues that form us into the people we are--issues of family, love, intimacy, dreams, grief, purpose, and the unexpected stops along the journey. With artful prose and vivid storytelling, he shows that pain and beauty are so inextricably linked that to lose the former costs us the latter.Honesty and hope are what I find myself hungry for and Riebock delivers hefty helpings of both as he steps into spaces in his soul that few choose to share.
We exchange vows, and in doing so, I break an old one. Sure, I swore I’d never get married. But I guess life is a matter of knowing which vows matter most and which ones you’re better off without. Sometimes it’s the broken vows that let us know how far we’ve come.Riebock has come far indeed and I am grateful that he allows us to come along for the ride.
Today's challenge is to ask a few good friends what it is that they think makes me unique... gifts...talents... strengths... weaknessesI prayed and I pondered and I emailed her my thoughts. I also asked if she would answer the same about me. I share her reply here as a demonstration of true friendship:
What I see is someone who walks in integrity...
Someone who truly loves the Lord her God for who He is, rather than merely for what He does for her... Wanting His fellowship as opposed to merely the gifts that often times come along with it.
I see someone whose heart is broken by the things that break His... Hungry children for one thing... Hypocricy within the church for another... And who takes seriously the great commission to, "Go and make disciples."
I see someone who also does not take herself too terribly seriously, who knows that while there is a time to be serious, it is a good and Godly thing to be able to laugh, even at herself.
On the other hand, I also see someone who is still reeling a bit from the hurt she has experienced in past church situations, and who, quite honestly, isn't yet past it... Someone from whose's heart still occasionally leaks that odd hurtful word, NOT intentionally, but instead, simply because it is still raw, still in need of healing. And there probably isn't all that much you can do about that either, except to be aware of it, and keep it before the Lord in prayer, waiting for Him to do what He needs to in order to bring that healing about in His perfect way and timePerhaps many would offer the opening words of support. I was pleased to see that my love for God and my heart for His hurts were clearly displayed. It was, however, as I continued reading, down to the "on the other hand" that I felt truly known.
Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtrackingThe prompt for today is ache --