It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 19, Book 15

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Maya Angelou

November 19 - love is audacious

Audacious: showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.

To be very confident and daring and even very bold and surprising or shocking.

Just lately the word audacious has appeared several times in the course of my devotions and meditations that I read everyday.  It’s a word I’ve rarely used but one that makes me feel courageous.

Audacious neighborliness, being brave, brazen and deliberate, really shows where we’re at as against where we would say we’re at.

 When we make a choice to reach out to one another when we love boldly.  So lets be audacious and dare to reach out, to offer a physical touch, a word, a smile, a meal, a phone call, or offer an extravagant welcome. 

Life isn’t so much about calculating the risk, but accepting the risk and doing it anyway.

Most of what inspires us didn’t come from a place of safety. Don’t wait to be safe, go be audacious!


betty said...

Audacious indeed is a word we don't see or use often; interesting how it has come into your readings lately, Ma :) I bet I see it more now too, that seems to happen with a word I haven't seen or used in a bit and then it seems to pop up all over the place.

Audacious love is a great term; something to think about and act on :)


jack69 said...

And......... an Audacious entry, if you please! Neat, some words have neat meanings but aren't used in many conversations. Thanks for the reminder!
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