Sharing my journey with God. A life of wonder as He has opened my eyes to see His thoughts, His heart, His character, and His ways revealed to me through nature and life experiences.
A radical shift. A radical wonder. My hope and prayer is that as He beckons you to Himself, you will fall deeper in love with the One who knows you and loves you more completely than anyone on earth.
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R A D I C A L
Many years ago, this blog was just a baby. And I was so nervous about taking that first step. Publishing my thoughts. Yikes! How scared I was. And how I debated and labored over the name - Radical One. Because at the time, I thought I was radical. Going away from the norm. You know, going against the grain of popular culture. But just yesterday, I got this revelation. From my a favorite writer/blogger, Ann Voskamp. She was writing about being radical. And I realized I had it all backwards.
Radical is really getting back to the "origin."
"Of or having roots."
And don't we all want to be know for that?
No matter how the winds of the storms of life may blow. And you feel like you are going to topple. Or that you might become .... uprooted? And you want your roots to go deep. Deep into His love. Because that's what holds you together. That's what keeps you grounded. That's what keep you from blowing over.
"Blessed are you, the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him.
You are like a
tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream,
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:7-8
late 14c., in a medieval philosophical sense, from Late Latin radicalis "of or having roots," from Latin radix (genitive radicis) "root" (see radish). Meaning "going to the origin, essential" is from 1650s. Political sense of "reformist" (via notion of "change from the roots") is first recorded 1802 (n.), 1817 (adj.), of the extreme section of the British Liberal party (radical reform had been a current phrase since 1786); meaning "unconventional" is from 1921.
A sad night ... after making the first cuts and practicing for months - literally, our youngest found out he did not make the JV soccer team this year at high school. I leaned over to kiss your head, and it was like yesterday. You were a toddler again running to snuggle with me when you were sad. Now you’re this man child, Too big to sit on my lap. And my arms are not the place you want to run to. I wanted you to make the team so badly It hurts. And I feel the weight of your disappointment. Because You are so Hard-working. Coachable. But this stumbling block in the road, it.
does. not. define. you. Take it and learn and grow. Like you did the one time you didn’t get a new belt after testing in karate; Sensei said you needed more time and confidence. Like Michael Jordan, who was "too short" at 5'11" to play for his school's JV basketball team as a sophomore. Like countless others who had a goal and a passion and it took a long route to get there. Catch the wind.
You and me both, buddy. And it's about more than just the weather.
I ponder as the pug wanders farther away from me, trying to find his way out of the mess of snow and ice.
He doesn't know it's safer With me.
Close to me.
I will lead him in a good path a smooth path. I will carry him to sure ground when from his perspective there are only mountains of snow.
Follow in my steps or walk beside me.
Stay. Close. To. Me.
I can hear the Holy Spirit whisper to me as I'm whispering to the pug.
Abide. In. Me.
As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father...As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. …