I can't begin to tell you how deeply I love words.
At any given moment they can produce such an array of emotions in me.
Anyone who really knows me...or even just reads this blog on a regular basis has long since figured out that I am a "QUOTE HOARDER"...(not in those crazy over the top TV hoarders kind of way)....but I have a SERIOUSLY HARD TIME passing any quote that sparks some response in me...signs...wood, vinyl...you name it....I am drawn to anything with words on it. My family could tell you about the piles (ok...files, boxes & computer folders) filled with quotes I have collected & stuck up random places over the years - my scripture front pages are filled with ones that have sparked gospel understanding or have moved my spirit. I don't really have any particular subject or style that I gravitate to....they can range from goofy & funny to deep & thought provoking...but somehow, somewhere & someway on some day they all have had a profound effect on me.
They have often sparked different emotions & insights as I have read them...depending on what I need...sometimes giving them an entirely new meaning. It isn't that the words have changed but my need to learn & understanding has. Those moments are such tender mercies...when I feel those words move me I & I know the Holy Ghost is speaking to my mind & my heart, bringing insight to my spirit. I have felt the stirrings in my soul & the burning in my bosom testifying to me the things vital to me & my journey on this earth.
Let me give you a few examples of those random phrases that have crossed the void I call my brain in the last little while...
"Family First or First Family?"
"Questioning vs Murmuring"
I'm not gonna tell you anymore about them. Over the next few posts I will share what some of them did for me & their effect on the very root of my life and faith. What I really want is for you to just live with them for a little while and see what emotions or thoughts they invoke in you....have some fun with them & maybe learn something about yourself in the process...make some notes....here are some "jumping off" ideas you...
Did they spark anything?
Did I feel the urge to give them more consideration?
What are my first thoughts/impression of them?
What other meanings do they have to me?
Were they really just words & phrases?
Lets get personal for a second (forget the effect on others for a minute) and just look in the mirror and consider....
Do YOU ever stop to think how the words you see, hear & use effect YOU?
Do you just using them every second but never really giving them a second thought?