In Others’ Words: The Need for “This I Knows”

Fragment of a rusty anchor chain against snow in the winter So Monday’s blog post was about reframing impossibilities. Today’s post is about certainties.

I have to admit I kept tripping up over the phrase “The thing about getting older is … “ because, well, while I am getting older, I like to ignore that reality. Overlook the wrinkles. Highlight and lowlight my way past the gray. Celebrate my birthdays, sure, but not focus on my age.

But to put the truth of today’s quote into perspective, it has to be within the context of age … of maturing. I’ve moved from chasing after all the possibilities. I’ve achieved some dreams, some goals. I’ve won some … and I’ve accepted that I’ve lost some. And I’m old enough to realize I’m not going to have the chance to attempt to try everything I’ve ever wanted to … or dreamed of doing. I’ve had to say no to some things so that I can say yes to others.

So life does become about the certainties. The “this I knows,” you could call them. Here’s one thing I am certain of:

God is trustworthy — no matter what the circumstances of my life. I learned this the hard way — through a long season of doubt. (I blogged about this back in 2013.) After that time, I drove a virtual stake in the ground (and I wrote it down in my journal) saying: No matter what God, you are trustworthy. 

This topic is not up for discussion in my life. It is one of my “this is I knows.” And yes, I need to know what I am certain about just as much as I need dreams … maybe even more.

In Your Words: Which do you need more: possibilities or certainties? What is one of your “this I knows”?

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  1. Susan
    March 4, 2015, 5:09 am   /  Reply

    AMEN! And I am with you. It’s the certainties, and one of mine is God is faithful:)

    • March 4, 2015, 9:02 am   /  Reply

      And isn’t it good when someone else cand remind us of the certainties when we’re struggling to remember them, Susan?

  2. March 4, 2015, 7:17 am   /  Reply

    My only certainty is that nothing is impossible.

    • March 4, 2015, 9:02 am   /  Reply

      I am not at all surprised, Andrew. Not at all surprised. 🙂

      • March 4, 2015, 10:45 am   /  Reply

        To quote John Paul Jones, I have not yet begun to fight.

        Bring it, Satan. I will obliterate you.

  3. March 4, 2015, 8:35 am   /  Reply

    The cliche is true, getting old isn’t for sissies. There are still so many things to accomplish, I don’t want anything to slow me down, so I embrace and do all I can. So far it works. My favorite verse on the subject is Ps. 56:9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

    • March 4, 2015, 9:03 am   /  Reply

      “For God is for me.”
      Yes and yes and yes.”

  4. March 4, 2015, 8:57 am   /  Reply

    I love this post, Beth. I find comfort in the certainties. Possibilities are nice, but they’re ethereal. Certainties? I can walk confidently when I know these things.

    One certainty I stand firm on is that God love me perfectly, passionately and unconditionally. I can’t tell you how many times that reality has soothed a balm over a broken heart.

  5. Norma Pascuales
    March 4, 2015, 11:58 am   /  Reply

    Can relate very much to your blog. Turning 50 this month! One goal I still hope to achieve: to publish. Thanks so much for your very helpful webinar on the “Story Question.” May God bless you and give you continued writing success!

    • March 4, 2015, 2:58 pm   /  Reply

      Glad you were helped by last night’s webinar. I had lots of fun talking about Story Question.
      Keep pursuing your dream!

  6. March 4, 2015, 8:56 pm   /  Reply

    Oh Beth … Jesus loves me, this I know. That’s so sweet. This I know.

    And I just read Somebody Like You. So sweet. I loved the ending. I pushed through an injured eye to read it!! Wonderful job, sweet girl.

  7. Abby
    March 5, 2015, 6:34 am   /  Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing, I needed this!! He’s been reminding me that I can trust Him no matter what, that we’ll get through everything together!

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