If your soul is dissatisfied, consider this.


Jon Bloom, in his post, Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Preoccupation:

The state of your soul depends on what occupies your mind…. The soul does not find satisfaction in the self. It’s not designed to.

…We never find in ourselves what we’re looking for. [This] frequently leads to discouragement…. Ironically, we are then often lured into self-centered introspection, which leads us into a vicious cycle of self-improvement efforts, self-indulgence, self-disillusionment… etc.


Image: detail from Echo and Narcissus, by J. W. Waterhouse.


Sometimes, God messes with you.

the Vias family

Jonathan Vias, who moved his family from America to Africa, in order to complete their family:

Sometimes, God will ask you to do something — and will be actively involved in making it difficult. Because sometimes there’s a greater glory and a greater story that only comes through prolonging the trial. God’s telling a bigger story….


I am a gap.

smiling girl, missing two teeth

Thomas Merton, quoted by Paul E. Miller, in his book  A Praying Life:

Prayer is an expression of who we are…. We are a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for completeness.”


image: creative commons, D Sharon Pruitt. Color edited with PicMonkey.