A Lifetime Of New Opportunities
by Trish Thompson
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I remember when I was a child, I used to go with my mother to the library - this was a weekly ritual the entire time I was growing up...but my most vivid memory was the day I discovered how to read! Even today it stands out as one of those monumental "light-bulb" moments that forever change your life...and it reminds me so of our love!
I remember going down the aisles, picking up this book, then that one, and marveling that what had just been random markings on the covers last week now spoke to me, they had meaning, a promise, a hint of what was contained in the book.... and I remember the incredible joy I felt that here was a vast treasure to discover, a whole new world I could enter, a place I had never been able to go before.
When we first met, I was like that child who could not yet read...living but not really...knowing there was more, but powerless to "do" anything to have it come about.... but oh, God was working in the background of our acquaintance.... He knew what was to come.... and He gently led me.
As we wrote, and became friends, it was like I entered that library of love...and with each passing day, I grew bolder, I dared to express a little more of myself to you...I risked telling you how I felt about things.... and you accepted me! You responded!
You encouraged and lifted me up.... and suddenly the titles on those books became clear, and I would run from aisle to aisle...picking up one titled "Love" and rejoicing that I knew what it meant.... then one named "Joy" and then "Peace" and "Happiness".
I could not get enough, I was filled like a cup overflowing, I was bubbling over with delight, I was dancing through the aisles! And the wonderful thing was, in THIS library, that was the desired result...happiness was the goal, and each book on the shelves was put there to guide me on my way...but I could not read them until I knew love.
When He brought me you, He was telling my heart...."you were blind, but now you'll see".... and now my heart does know...the incredible love He has for me is expressed in the love we have for each other, it comes from Him, and when we give it away to each other, we're really giving it back.
And now I live in that library of love, and know that the aisles are endless, the books to read are inexhaustible, and before me lays a lifetime of new opportunities to tell you how much I love you!
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I enjoy your way with words and your sharing with us yours, Lucian's, and little one's celebration of love which could only be possible through the One Who Is LOVE. Much earlier this year, I worked through Rick Warren's PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE. Wow! So Dynamic! It reaffirmed things I already knew, it resurrected things I had known and/or had experienced which had been buried under the cobwebs of busyness. Also, it made me aware of a incidious slime which is disguised by a fragrant odor--that which tries to puff us up, shows us how much we are doing for GOD, and tries to bring about "familiarity breeds contempt" to the point where we are serving God, praying asking Him to work through us, and studying His WORD, but are in danger of losing the awesomeness that each moment should bring when we remember that HE is in us always and that we are always in HIS PRESENCE. HE told me over 38 years ago that HE would never leave me nor forsake me; and HE hasn't and won't. I've been coming to the realization that I need to greet HIM and acknowledge and rejoice in HIS PRESENCE the way my Lu-Lu's (the chihuahuas)do regarding me from the moment they first hear my van entering our mobile home park until the moment when I next have to tell them "I'm leaving, but I will come back. You be my goodseys and look after our home." In the effort to fulfill II Timothy 2:15, we can became so full of HIS WORD and the instructional background behind so many of the passages that I believe HIS WORD is hid in my heart and mind with the greater emphasis being on the latter. I know GOD has saved hundreds of people through HIS instrument--imperfect me; but I pray HE will continue HIS refining so I won't embody any hinderance or impediment. I am so thankful for the realization HE is giving to me, laying and emptying myself on HIS Altar for HIS Fulling and Use. Your openness in your articles have been HIS Instrument. Thank you. Bobbi