I’ve got a theme.

on January 30, 2007 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 5 comments by

I don’t know if you know this about me, but God often works in seasons in my life. Or “themes”, if you will. I can think back over many different times in my life where God has “themed” me. Where an entire section of my year, usually an entire journal, is dedicated to one idea, one character in the Bible, one issue, one verse, for that matter. He knows me- I need simple.

Last night, God put a theme on my heart that, I think, will last until Easter. One year in college, my winter theme was Jesus. That’s all- just reading stories of Jesus in the Gospels right up to the resurrection on Easter Sunday. (That’s how the winter theme usually works- I’m telling you, as crazy as it is, this is not our first trip around this block.)

And my new theme is LOVE.

Hilarious, right? Probably the most simple concept in the Bible, but God has me completely captivated by the idea, just the mere idea, of His LOVE. In fact, every time I write it in my journal, I have this compulsion to capitalize it. To be honest, I already have a picture in my mind of the piece of art that I want to create when this season is over. I’m that sure of the theme.

In Edwin McManus’s book Soul Cravings that I started last night, this quote jumped out at me and it was the catalyst for my theme.

“It is LOVE that moves God toward us and LOVE that pulls us toward Him. Follow LOVE and it will guide you to God.”

I laugh now that yesterday, before this idea even came to my head, I blogged about the things I LOVE. And now, I blog about Someone Else’s LOVE for me.

I don’t know the reason for this season (but that catchy phrase always makes me laugh). Sometimes I think God just has to take my back to the basics of my faith, back to the places that remind me why I am who I am. But I’m excited. God does nothing without purpose. And I LOVE that about Him.
I John 4:10
This is LOVE: not that we LOVED God, but that He LOVED us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Doesn’t this piece of art beautifully describe that verse?
DISCLAIMER– themes are kind of personal to me, so I don’t know how much I’ll blog about it. Don’t be surprised if you read more about school or Spring or smurfs or sewing. But know that I am living it, whether I write it or not.

5 comments

  1. carolineb
    posted on Jan 30, 2007 at 3:32 AM  |  reply

    LOVE you, I do.

  2. Ryan Kennedy
    posted on Jan 30, 2007 at 4:55 AM  |  reply

    smurf that

  3. Mallory
    posted on Jan 30, 2007 at 2:24 PM  |  reply

    and this is what I LOVE about you.

    I have a good song for you.
    Its called “this is love” by cool hand luke. you should listen to it somehow. I think you would LOVE it… gosh its so hard to not use that word, especially when talking to you!

    you inspire me. the end

  4. Jennie B
    posted on Jan 30, 2007 at 3:02 PM  |  reply

    Hi Annie,
    I’m Katie’s Aunt Jennifer, and I’m sorry I botched up your blog with two comments that I later had to remove. Next time I see you, I’ll tell you what I wrote and why I had to remove them… ha ha

    ANYWAY, I am supposed to be WORKING, but your blog is so good I can’t stop reading. I feel like I’m reading an Oswald Chambers Devotional right here in the office! The scandal of it all! You’re awesome.

  5. marie-claire
    posted on Jan 31, 2007 at 8:08 PM  |  reply

    we should get together and crochet sometime.

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