My sweet and dear friend Chelsea asked me to write a guest post on her blog about studying film and becoming a Christian in college. You can read the full post here.
Give Chelsea some love and read her encouraging posts over at Go Giver!
Every now and then I stumble across a book that just makes my heart melt in a I-love-this-book-so-much-I-just-want-to-glue-my-face-to-it kind of way. And it usually takes a special kind of book to do that. When you read a lot, books tend to blur together, but the special ones with that extra chutzpah, or whatever it is, always stand out from the rest. A little book called Hinds Feet on High Places from an unknown-to-me author named Hannah Hurnard fell into my lap via a friend.
This book came into my life at just the right time - hence it has that little something special.
This book's main character is Much-Afraid (Really, that's her name). She's a shepherdess with disabilities and many fears, but she's employed by the Chief Shepherd.
Over the course of the book, she goes on a journey set before her by the Chief Shepherd with two companions: Sorrow and Suffering.
This journey is to the High Places, where the Chief Shepherd promises to make Much-Afraid's feet like that of a hind (or rather deer), so that she will be able to dance and climb the high places with great leaps. But in order to do this, the Chief Shepherd has to plant the seed of love into her heart, and when it grows, then she will be ready to leap like the hind.
This little book is an allegory of the Christian walk, traveling with the Chief Shepherd and growing from the moment of salvation to full maturity. Much-Afraid's journey to the High Places coincides with her growing relationship with and trust in the Chief Shepherd.
The moment I realized I liked this book was the moment I met Much-Afraid. Why? Because Much-Afraid might as well be my name too. There were many times in the book when Much-Afraid would speak that I found myself resonating with her thoughts and fears.
The moment I realized I loved this book was the moment I met the Chief Shepherd. His love and care for Much-Afraid throughout the journey is like sweet honey to the soul.
Many times, Much-Afraid is an unwilling traveler, but as the Chief Shepherd comes alongside, encourages, and leads her while also showing his deep love for her, Much-Afraid blossoms.
My heart melted many times while reading this book, and that's why on the bookshelf in my mind, it has become a favorite.
So if you've never read this book, I highly recommend it. If you are like me and can really resonate with being a Much-Afraid, this book is a sweet reminder that the Chief Shepherd can and is changing you to make you leap like the hind. You just have to let the seed of love grow.
Also, here are some quotes that I just loved from the book:
“I think,” said the Shepherd gently, “that lately the way seemed a little easier and the sun shone, and you came to a place where you could rest. You forgot that you were my little handmaiden Acceptance-with-Joy and were beginning to tell yourself it really was time that I lead you back to the mountains and up to the High Places. When you wear the weed of impatience in your heart instead of Acceptance-with –Joy, you will always find your enemies get an advantage over you.”
“Love is beautiful, but it is also terrible—terrible in its determination to allow nothing blemished or unworthy to remain in the beloved”…”He will never be content until he makes me what he is determined that I ought to be.”
"The Shepherd laughed too. 'I love doing preposterous things,' he replied. "Why, I don't know anything more exhilarating and delightful than turning weakness into strength, and fear into faith, and that which has been marred into perfection."
Sharing things that encourage, uplift, inspire, or are just plain humorous.
(PS I promise more content is coming soon from me! Getting into the swing of support raising and being a college grad affects my blogging)
My Year Off from Titles
My dear friend and teammate from my trip to Poland shares about taking a year off from having titles while serving Christ.
Why I Got Rid of My Wardrobe
I've been contemplating this myself - specifically creating a capsule wardrobe. You can learn more about a capsule wardrobe here.
Hind's Feet on High Places
This is a sweet little allegory of a book that I've dubbed my new favorite. Why? Because I really resonate with the main character, Much-Afraid, and her love for the Chief Shepherd gave me a fresh perspective and a renewed zeal for my relationship with the Chief Shepherd.
This must be the summer of reading good books, because I read this one while reading Hind's Feet. So refreshing and challenging! I thought I was grateful until reading this book, and I have been challenged. There are so many more areas in life that I can be grateful and where I should be grateful.
Leonard in Slow Motion
I think I miss watching short films in my film classes, hence I decided to share some of the short films we watched in class. This one is pretty great. What if you moved at a speed a lot slower than the rest of the world? I give you Leonard in Slow Motion.
Links that inspire, encourage, and are maybe even humorous.
How Can I Get Better At Evangelism?
Ironically, instead of typing "Sharing the Love", I typed "Sharing the Lord" by accident when wanting to share this link.
The Sugar Box
I stumbled upon this website from a blogger that I follow, and I just love it! It is quirky and focuses on fun pop culture things.
Nothing Left To Hide
"Jesus came to transform selfish self-sellers like us into sincere lovers of others."
There is freedom in being unafraid to be open and honest about ourselves.
How To Find a Mentor
A helpful article on how to find a mentor in your faith and life. Some good nuggets.
Two Tips for Overcoming Procrastination
A great little article, especially as I'm head first in finals week. If you struggle with procrastination, this is a great article for you!
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
— Psalm 16:11
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