right here

right here
is where the pain is
so why go somewhere else
to try to help heal
what is abundantly spread
right here?

right here
is where the hope is
so why go to something else
to try to fill the space
that's already being filled
right here?

right here
is where you are
so why go someplace else
to try to find another reality
when you really are made for
right here?

right here
is where you belong
so please don't run from it
let's learn to live in it
live here, live well, live now
right here


thoughts: change and two years

[ all images are mine]


 uncertain // unsteady // alternating // changeable // wavering// inconsistent // irresolute // unstable // fluctuating // erratic // variable // changing 


enduring // eternal // immutable // changelesss // consistent // continuing // fixed // imperishable // invariable // lasting // perpetual   // unfading // unfailing // unfluctuating // unvarying // constant // unchanging 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. // Hebrews 13:8 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation of shadow due to change. // James 1:17

I really don't know where this is going. And I definitely don't want to be depressing, but somehow, contrasting God with us little tiny humans makes me amazed all over again. 
The fact that we, as humans, change is not always a bad thing. However, it's a relief to know that something -Someone- out there does not, will not, and will never change. Change isn't always bad, but sometimes (okay, make that usually) it's hard. And having something solid to cling to, to trust to, to run to, makes all the difference. 


The two years part of the title? Yes, this little corner of the internet has been around for two years already, and I can't believe it. Blogging started out as something to do "because it was cool". Now, blogging is something to do because it's just a tiny little way that I can share with others about the amazing God who loves me. 

In just two years, A Purpose and A Promise has undergone quite a few changes (speaking of that subject). I hope, though, that the basic message has not: living for God is our ultimate purpose in life, because He's the One who's given us our ultimate promise. My life is not perfect, nor is this blog perfect, but we have a perfect God who sticks with us no matter what, and I hope that's what you've glimpsed through this blog!

Anyway, I want to say a huge thank-you to every one of you who have read, followed, commented, or in any other way supported and encouraged this little blog. You are such a blessing! Getting followers is no longer why I blog, but the fact that 64 people would take the time to click follow is  humbling, inspiring, and encouraging. Seriously- thank you. xx


i am // You say

i am dried up inside
i'm dirty and worn

You say I'm the true Water
flowing fresh every morn

i'm faded and tired
of life's endless strife

You say to me Come
let Me give you My life

i can't see the future
and what all lies up ahead

You say It doesn't matter
just trust Me instead

i worry about me
and my life here right now

you say Think of others
and of your heavenly crown

i don't feel at home here
i just don't fit in

You say That's alright since
true peace's from within


though our feelings come and go, God's love for us does not // c. s. lewis 


something significant


a trip across the globe, going to teach orphaned children who don't know love.
that's something significant


a step across the room, going to speak to someone who everyone else ignores.
that's something significant.


words amplified through a mic, booming out to thousands of people about God's way.
that's something significant.


words barely audible, whispered in doubt to a single hurting soul about God's grace.
that's something significant.


one lifetime, poured out in self-sacrifice for others who don't really understand.
that's something significant.


one minute, poured out for someone that already knows but need a reminder.
that's something significant.


These thoughts are dedicated to a sweet friend of mine who is now seeing the amazing, eternal impact that her short but significant life had on so many, whether she fully realized it on this earth or not. In light of this, let's not underestimate God. A single action, a single word, a single step could change forever for someone. Remember that everything in God's plan is significant.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. // Isaiah 55:9