Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
Isn’t it true that the people who most struggle with pride also struggle most with depression? Every time I am prideful and do not repent I fall into depression, because sooner or later I realize I’m not actually all that. I am not as godly, as loving, as wonderful as I really thought I was, and even when I see improvement in my life–it is only by God’s grace. Without tremendous help, I would only be getting worse and worse. In fact, it is only by God’s help that I breathe, much less love.
Let us learn to recognize pride when it comes and learn the patterns of our hearts. Then we can take every thought captive and turn to the Lord with thanksgiving.
Lord, it is only because of you!
Just for you all, here’s some music I LOVE when writing. Note, all four videos will lead you to more great music, which is why I’m able to limit this post to only four.
At 25,000 and counting!
It’s only because I have nothing else to plan for my novel. I have the outline done, character sketches finished, and–I’ve gotta do SOMETHING! So I make a soundtrack of music to listen to while writing this particular story. I just chose ones with fitting music, mainly, so not all of these are my favorites, and not all my favorite songs are here. (But if you pay attention you will soon discover my favorite artist.)
Chariots of Fire
A Knife in the Dark–Howard Shore
Amon Hen–Howard Shore
When I hear the Praises start–Keith Green
Peponi–Alex Boyd, The Piano Guys
Don’t Waste Your Life–Lecrae
Revelation Song–Phillips, Craig, and Dean
My Eyes Are Dry–Keith Green
It’s about the Cross–The Ball Brothers
Loch Lomond–Moria Kerr
Here I am, Send Me–Keith Green
If not for Christ–FFH
Bless the Broken Road–Selah
Song to my parents–Keith Green
Don’t give up on love–Santus Reel
Dust to Dust–Keith Green
El Shaddai–Amy Grant
El Shaddai–Michael Card
Stand in the Rain–Superchic[k]
Make My Life a Prayer to you–Keith Green
Nothing left to Lose–Michael Carney
Tears of the Saints–Leeland
Run to the end of the highway–Keith Green
His strength is perfect–Steven Curtis Chapman
More to this life–Steven Curtis Chapman
Don’t Want to Fall Away From You–Keith Green
Martyr’s Song–Todd Agnue
On a Corner in Memphis–Todd Agnue
If You Wanted Me–Todd Agnue
Feel the light–Britt Nicole
Don’t You Wish You Had the Answers–Keith Green
May it be–Enya
We’ll be together again–The Ragamuffin Band
Around Me–Jennifer Knapp
No Regrets–Jennifer Knapp
Rushing Wind–Keith Green
Haha, okay that was really obvious. I’ve actually never tried writing with music, so we’ll see how it goes. It might turn out that this list doesn’t help at all. Anywho, has anyone else made a soundtrack?
So yeah, I’m a girl with no guts at all, but I’m also the kind of girl who will feel along her jawbone while opening and shutting her mouth to feel it move. Or I’ll look at my pupils carefully in the mirror and then slowly rock my head back and forth to watch my eyeballs move. I’ve felt myself over carefully and I know how far back my teeth go, where my nose turns to bone, how my fingers move in their sockets, how far back my arm moves without hurting, how to pop my big toe, what stretches what, and so on. Don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t like biology, but I do greatly feel just what a marvelous thing it was when God made men. Made them! And he had no model body to work on, no instructions to follow, and gosh! I find it hard enough to knit a sweater!
I also like logic and I like patterns. When you knit, you stick the working needle through the other, wrap yarn around the working needle, pull the needle out with the yarn, and slip the used stitch off the lazy needle, and upon continuation, a blanket is made. In an ecosystem you have photosynthesis, the plants and organisms turn carbon dioxide into oxygen that we and other creatures turn into cardon dioxide, and we trade back and forth, and the world keeps on turning. While walking, you balance on one foot while moving the other forward, then placing your weight on that foot move the other one forward, and you walk. In your blood flow, blood is pumped out through your arteries and comes back through your veins, it all circulates and your heart keeps pumping. You breathe in, you breathe out, you burn oxygen, and you keep living. See! It’s just cool, that’s all.
To me everything just sort of chants out a rhythm and the world spins and the stars fly and time whirls and God stays in control. Too cool. That’s why I read a Psalm like Psalm 19 and am overjoyed. Yeah, you know that one. The beginning goes–
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out to all the earth, their words to the ends of the earth…
And then I watched this video awhile back by Louie Giglio who seems just as excited about it as he gets a whole pattern and beat going. If there’s anything I like better than patterns, it’s music, by far. This so blew me up…and I fell in love with whales immediately. 😀
Sorry about that rambling.