It’s the third day of the 3 Day Quote Challenge. I have totally enjoyed this. I have. In many ways. And I’m so grateful for Stefan who thought of me and nominated me. My heart has reached out to quite a number of things I have heard in the past and in recent times and it’s amazing how in the process of trying to chose which to share, this heart of mine gravitates towards a certain quote, or song, as the case may be. And no matter how I try to give the choice some worthy competition, well, it always wins, not because I want it to, but because I believe God made it, to pass a message, first to me, and then to the audience that will be blessed to read it eventually. Another thing I have very much enjoyed is reading the quotes from others who have taken part in the challenge. Uplifting, I tell you. I have found myself surrounded by a circle of God-people, sharing His love with their gifts of writing and deep thinking, and I’m enjoying the cycle of love going around. So, to everyone who has shared a quote or two or three, thank you!
Once again, these are the rules of the challenge:
- Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you, Stefan . . . again and again and again ☺️)
- Post a quote each day, for 3 consecutive days and say why it appeals to you.
- Nominate 3 different bloggers each day! 🙂
My quote for today, like yesterday, is another song. Yes, I love music like that; and music with lyrics that move. In all my years of listening to Christian music, I have come across a great number of good music dressed up in beautiful lyrics, but none has so consistently resonated with me, captivated me, moved me, like the music and lyrics of Nichole Nordeman. When I began listening to her music, it was like this woman lived in my head, and in my heart. She wrote words that I would have written, in the ways I would have written them, if only I was as gifted as she is. So today, I share one of her songs, or a portion of it. I trust the words will flow into the crevices of your heart . . . to do what it may.
Rolling River God
Little Stones are smooth
Only once the water passes through
So I am a stone
Rough and grainy still
Trying to reconcile this river’s chill
But when I close my eyes
And feel you rushing by
I know that time brings change
And change takes time
And when the sunset comes
My prayer would be this one
That you might pick me up
And notice that I am
Just a little smoother in your hand
∼ Nichole Nordeman’s River God
I’ve been through quite some in this little life of mine. From losing my dad to losing friends to watching my plans and dreams disintegrate right before me. I’ve had so many struggles: mind and character. I battle daily with my tongue (cheeky lil’ weapon), and other weaknesses that seem to many times get the better of me. I’ve missed deadlines and suffered the consequences, I’ve procrastinated and missed out on great opportunities. I am my own worst nightmare. In all of these, there was one time when I lived with so much guilt, that I could never be good enough for anything or anyone, and that guilt weighed me down to the ground. Then River God happened. I heard it and broke down in tears. I was indeed that rough stone with so many sharp edges. But what the words of this song helped me realise is this: I’m the stone in God’s river. I may not have my life all figured out, I may not be strong and I may struggle every now and then, but in His river, every experience, every trial, every defeat, every challenge, every victory, every every, are His waves washing over me, smoothening me, making me whole: making me like His Son, Jesus.
So don’t give up, please don’t. It’s only a matter of time, and you’ll be all He has made and called you to be. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. 1 Peter 1:7 MSG
Stay in His river, you’ll be just fine!
My dear friend Gloria ‘Tamie” (Tamie’s Alcove): https://tamiesalcove.wordpress.com
- My bro, Mr. Jo (A Bloke’s Life): https://quotidianthings.com
- Sweet sis Iheoma Darko: https://mycommonplacemiracles.wordpress.com
Ya’ll need to get in here . . . if you may! No pressure though. 😘😘😘