Day 20: Imprinting

I woke up the morning after my poetry writing without the usual clouds of darkness over me. I felt an inexplicable joy. I sent my husband a text saying that I was missing him. I went to church. I worshipped. I returned home and gave my husband a card with two words written in it …..”I’m in”. A profound change had taken place.

Today I want to share with you the post I wrote a few days later on this blog.

“Last month my commitment was to try to walk as close to Jesus as I could. I told a friend that I was trying to lean in so close that I would ‘leave an imprint’. What I have learned in the past month, and in particular the past week is that I am already imprinted on God’s heart. He knows and understands me, like no one ever can or will. He understands even the bits that puzzle me about myself. On Thursday morning I read these words in my Celtic prayer book, and they describe me in the most extraordinarily accurate terms.

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It was a day on which I needed the reassurance that it was ok to be me. That my dynamic, erratic, spontaneous, radical, audacious,committed, incoherent immaturity which leaves me unable to cope with institutions or settled things but which always hopes for our society to be better because we know God, has been seen. I don’t have to switch off one bit of me, I can be contradictory and confusing and passionate, and God will take me on the journey with him.

In leaning in I am not imprinting on him, but he is leaving an imprint on me. Gently, delicately, amazingly.

At some time I will write a post which sets out the events of the past week – the events of God’s workings in my life, but not today. I’m still trying to take it all in. What I do know is that God has spoken so clearly to me that there is no denying the words or the message.

I have hope.

In the very first post on this blog I wrote this :

“I have hope because of a God who loves me. I have hope because in Jesus he understands pain, and sadness, and loneliness and heartbreak. I have hope because he makes beautiful things from dust. I have hope because already he is bringing change that I could not have foreseen. and I have hope because no matter what the outcome is he will never stop loving me. I love that God is not limited by our linear time or thinking. I need a big God. I need an incomprehensible God.”

He has shown me this week that he is outside of time. He has shown me this week that he can change our hearts in an instant when we invite him to do that. He has shown me that there is a source of joy which makes no sense but is utterly life-giving. He loves me. He is big and incomprehensible and I know that I am weak and sometimes floundering , but so long as I keep leaning in, he will leave the imprint.

I resisted choosing hope as my word for the year, as it seemed, well, too hopeful.

But it chose me. Thank God.

Lights in the darkness 

p.s  I am tired. It turns out that truth and vulnerability are exhausting but I will endeavour to finish this series. I hope that by writing of these real and difficult things you too might see that there is hope in all situations. x 

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20 thoughts on “Day 20: Imprinting

  1. Your story does give me hope. I’m so honored to read your story. I’m so blessed to see how God keeps showing up in your situation. I’m sure it is exhausting for you to share, and hope (yes!) that you’ll be able to keep going the whole 31 days. Thank you, again.

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  2. Your story is so full of hope! Please keep keep on. Imagine me singing in my best Dorie voice (from Finding Nemo), “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” And I think we are all tired!

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  3. Ok, I’m not going to lie – I saw imprinting and thought Twilight. How much better for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to imprint on us than a bad teen movie!

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  4. I have not had a chance to read all of your posts in this series (yet), but I have seen so many others comment on what an impact your posts have been having on them, so I know that while it must be a grueling process, it is really affecting a lot of readers in a positive way. Praying for strength for you as you finish this project!

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  5. dear one you are innately known and are doing all the right things to repair your relationships. I am reading a book called the anatomy of the soul and you are living the recommendations of the book (telling your story and letting yourself be known) and learning that to be known is the greatest gift of God . Hope indeed you give us all hope

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, and I will look out for that book – thank you for telling me about it. It is very hard telling my story, but it is also straightforward because it is my truth and it is allowing me to be known. Thanks for your encouragement to me.

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  6. “I have hope because of a God who loves me. I have hope because in Jesus he understands pain, and sadness, and loneliness and heartbreak. I have hope because he makes beautiful things from dust. I have hope because already he is bringing change that I could not have foreseen. and I have hope because no matter what the outcome is he will never stop loving me. I love that God is not limited by our linear time or thinking. I need a big God. I need an incomprehensible God.” AMEN!!

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  7. God is so amazing, and you gave me the words to express exactly what I’ve been feeling lately! I feel that I’m trying so hard to make an imprint on Him that I’m not seeing the imprint he’s left on me. Thanks so much for these words, and God bless you on your journey to be more imprinted by Him!

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  8. This is so beautiful. Hope is beautiful. Authenticity is beautiful. I hope you so keep going!’ I know it’s been a tough 21 days so far, but looking back at where I was when I started and where I am now I am SO very thankful I took the leap

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