“There is a holiness of the heart’s affections…”

This is one of my favorite love letters that John Keats wrote Fanny Brawne (the one typed out).  They only knew each other a few years before he died.  I totally recommend the movie Bright Star if you want to see it.  They use mostly his writing for diologue and situations so it is wonderfully accurate and you get to hear it straight from the poet himself.  Although you must be interested in Keats or I could see how it might be dull (and even still Fanny can be a little annoying at times).  You can read more letters online!

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My sweet Girl,

I am living to day in yesterday: I was in a complete fa[s]cination all day.  I feel myself at your mercy.  Write me ever so few lines and tell you [for me] you will never for ever be less kind to me than yesterday – You dazzled me – There is nothing in the world so bright and delicate – When Brown came out with that seemingly true story again[ s]t me last night, I felt it would be death to me if you had ever believed it – though against anyone else I could muster up my obstinacy – Before I knew Brown could disprove it I was for the moment miserable.  When shall we pass a day alone?  I have had a thousand kisses, for which with my whole soul I thank love – but if you should deny me the thousand and first – ‘t would put me to the proof how great a misery I could live through.  If you should ever carry your threat yesterday into execution – believe me ‘t is not my pride, my vanity or any petty passion would torment me – really ‘t would hurt my – heart – I could not bear it – I have seen Mrs Dilke this morning – she says she will come with me any fine day-

Ever yours
John Keats

Ah hertè mine!

Works indeed of genius fall under no art; heroic minds come under no rule; a University is not a birthplace of poets or of immortal authors, of founders of schools, leaders of colonies, or conquerors of nations. – John Henry Cardinal Newman

Tribute

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After 25 years of life, 14 of which were spent taking care of me, God took my best friend and teacher home. I am so blessed to have had such a caring selfless guardian growing up. I’ll miss you TJ.

Thou wert the morning star among the living,
Ere thy fair light had fled-
Now, having died, thou art as Hesperus, giving
New splendour to the dead.

 

How curious the things we attach our hearts to…transitory things, things that will break and age, whither and pass on before we are ready.  How curious the cling when they are new and the slow uncurling of your tired fingers as they become commonplace in our days.  -tyler knott

Moments of Revelation

It is so wonderful when you read something directly addressing junk in your life.  Today’s excerpt from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling did that for me.  It read:

“Come to Me and rest. I am all about you [sic theology needs help here], to bless and restore. Breathe Me in with each breath. The way just ahead of you is very steep. Slow down and cling tightly to My hand. I am teaching you a difficult lesson, learned only by hardship.

Lift up empty hands of faith to receive My precious Presence. Light, Life, Joy, and Peace flow freely though this gift. When your focus turns away from Me, you grasp for other things. You drop the glowing gift of My Presence as you reach for lifeless ashes. Return to Me; regain My Presence.”

ref. Mattew 11:28-29; 1Timothy 2:8

And then God put this in front of me today:

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” – James 3:17-18 [emphasis added]

I really needed to implement these qualities.  Who even thinks of wisdom as obtaining these things.  That changes how you do things.

I’ve been having introvert problems.  And people are human and let you down issues.  We want to be known just as much as the extroverts.  But I am glad to spend time with the Man who knows me fully and cared enough for me to die to be with me and hold me forever.

I’m sure none of that correlated in this post, but God lightened my heart with His truth in multiple ways.  Hallelujah.

A few literary quotes…

“In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leather boxes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.” -Ernest Heming way

“I learned from the age of two or three that any room in our house, at any time of day, was there to read in, or to be read to.” -Eudora Welty