Two quotes for the same idea

“We don’t have to know the next. We just have to say yes in the now.”

– Jason Fiedler, pastor, Water City Church


“Mary did not always understand. But one does not have to understand to be obedient. Instead of understanding – that intellectual understanding which we are so fond of – there is a feeling of rightness, of knowing, knowing things which we are not yet able to understand.”

— Madeleine L’Engle, “Walking on Water.”

I often find quotes I collect in my journal speak more to me months after I initially wrote them. At the end of one journal today, I am reminded how far I’ve come in just four months that I’ve been writing faithfully again. And the forced slowness of winter focuses my heart on elsewhere, and greater things, and more community.

I’m really not sure how; only that now, while important in my faith journey and in the humbling of the soul in winter, is really quite difficult. I’m just not made to feel alone with my three kids all week, trapped inside.

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