Tuesday, April 8, 2014

one more thing

…and then I found this "book trailer." and it's perfect.




this book

I bought this on a whim several weeks ago and finally read it last weekend. I loved it because this writing made me feel more alive than anything else has in the past very many number of months. That may seem like a weird (or maybe sad) thing to say, but for me it was happy and true. It just so happened to be exactly what I needed at exactly right now.



This is a pretty fair review of it, which also puts into words that which I couldn't, the things I like about it most: "his ability to capture the odd thoughts that burble through his characters’ minds" & that "he is adept at making us see the surreal in the everyday"



Thursday, March 6, 2014

2 Corinthians 1:20-22

But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No." For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you...was not "Yes" and No," but in Him it has always been "Yes." For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through Him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

dear 12-31-14 version of jill,

When you ask yourself if you had any adventures this year, the answer is yes. You started going places by yourself again just because life had something to offer and you said, "sure, I'll spontaneously take you up on that, Life." You took Craig to that NBA game and the whole spirit of it was an adventure, and you said to yourself, "write this down." Remember what it feels like to get out into the world and change your routine. I know, I know, you are trying to create a routine--books and Bible and exercise, and water and vegetables, and all that--but you also needed to break out of less-than-best routines, and go DO things and you did. And as of Jan 25, 2014, you are signed up to go skiing for the first time ever next month, and to see N. Ireland in June, and go to weddings and run a half marathon, and do so much more. So yes, adventures, you can tally them. You can check that off. But before creating the checklist for 2015 (I mean, before searing it into your skin because I know you've already written it, and before and tying it to your heart so that if you don't live by it, it will pull you down into the ocean drown you) just consider this: you can try to top yourself each year and rack up all the world's greatest experiences but it doesn't make life any more of an adventure that it would be otherwise. No, because every breath is grace. And that's the only qualification. You are drenched in adventure, you are breathing it in. Nothing that you do in life will ever be as important as what has already been done to give you life. Nothing you can try is as amazing as the fact that you exist and are loved immensely more than you could ever imagine loving anything. Soak up every ounce of this grace. Drink deeply from all of life's wells and springs. Live this adventure, but know that it doesn't depend on you and your list. Please, don't ruin this precious free exciting colorful unfathomable perfect gift with your list.

sincerely,

an exhausted from nothing but growing ever more grateful for everything, January 2014 version of you

Thursday, January 16, 2014

141 days

until I get my car back.
and Craig.

fortunately, they are both coming to see me today too. and one of them has a birthday this week, festivities to ensue.