There will be days when you feel like you have no way out, that hope seem moot and that silver linings only exist in fairy tales. Hope anyway.
There will be days when you sell yourself short, when you feel as if you’re incapable of living without walls and that you will never really be good enough. Forgive yourself anyway.
There will be days when darkness is so tempting, and life is unbending, and you can’t bring yourself to smile. Live anyway.
You see, it’s okay to feel hopeless, lost and insecure. But know that you are not what you feel. You have hope in Him. You are found in Him. You are secure in Him.
1. Linguistic Intelligence: the capacity to use language to express what’s on your mind and to understand other people. Any kind of writer, orator, speaker, lawyer, or other person for whom language is an important stock in trade has great linguistic intelligence.
2. Logical/Mathematical Intelligence: the capacity to understand the underlying principles of some kind of causal system, the way a scientist or a logician does; or to manipulate numbers, quantities, and operations, the way a mathematician does.
3. Musical Rhythmic Intelligence: the capacity to think in music; to be able to hear patterns, recognize them, and perhaps manipulate them. People who have strong musical intelligence don’t just remember music easily, they can’t get it out of their minds, it’s so omnipresent.
4. Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence: the capacity to use your whole body or parts of your body (your hands, your fingers, your arms) to solve a problem, make something, or put on some kind of production. The most evident examples are people in athletics or the performing arts, particularly dancing or acting.
5. Spatial Intelligence: the ability to represent the spatial world internally in your mind — the way a sailor or airplane pilot navigates the large spatial world, or the way a chess player or sculptor represents a more circumscribed spatial world. Spatial intelligence can be used in the arts or in the sciences.
6. Naturalist Intelligence: the ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) and sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef.
7. Intrapersonal Intelligence: having an understanding of yourself; knowing who you are, what you can do, what you want to do, how you react to things, which things to avoid, and which things to gravitate toward. We are drawn to people who have a good understanding of themselves. They tend to know what they can and can’t do, and to know where to go if they need help.
8. Interpersonal Intelligence: the ability to understand other people. It’s an ability we all need, but is especially important for teachers, clinicians, salespersons, or politicians — anybody who deals with other people.
9. Existential Intelligence: the ability and proclivity to pose (and ponder) questions about life, death, and ultimate realities." Howard Gardner’s seminal Theory of Multiple Intelligences, originally published in 1983, which revolutionized psychology and education by offering a more dimensional conception of intelligence than the narrow measures traditional standardized tests had long applied. (via versteur)
I always come back to You Lord
No matter how far I run away
No matter what distance stretches
Like a vast crevasse between us
I always look back to where You are.
All this time, I thought you left
Because I no longer felt you there.
But You never did. You never will.
Turns out, I did the leaving.
could tumble out of my mouth
so I do not drown." Haiku #3
Hopelessness is not beautiful.
It drains your scarlet cheeks to
ash, until your lips turn blue.
You will taste nothing but
cinders and regret on your
tongue as you kiss your
twentieth lover’s mouth.
He will convince you it’s true.
Your blood will curdle, and when
you break your ribs apart to
salvage your heart, it will be
nothing but rotting flesh.
Your mother’s china boasts
more strength than the
tortuous hollow of your veins.
Your eyes will be smothered
with what you don’t have
instead of what you do have,
and the dreams you remember
will be forgotten in the morning.
Hopelessness is not beautiful.
Love is. Hope is. God is.
Choose them instead.
—Note to self: Choose hope
Just like any relationships, low points in your walk with Jesus are inevitable. It will be there, no matter how much you listen to Christian songs or read your Bible or listen to sermon podcasts. Trust me, I’m in one of those low points right now.
But you know what keeps me hoping, and praising, and worshiping even when I don’t feel like it? Knowing that unlike worldly relationships, Jesus’ love for me will never, EVER waver. Even when I don’t feel like praising Him. Even when I’m left with mistrust and doubts. Even when I keep on falling and stumbling around. He loves me still.