It is cliché, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or the ear. And, my daughter, very aware of my love of words, showed me an awesome article and video. She received it on Snapchat. I found it on Huffpost.com. It is the fifteen most beautiful-sounding words of 2015. I wanted to share just a few of the words with you…
Hiraeth (n)- a longing for a home you can’t return to, or that never was. I know this ache, although the definition doesn’t exactly fit. But it is a word I feel. The sense I’m attached by a tethered strap to a place I can’t reach. Once, when I was small, I remember being so overwhelmed by hiraeth that I told my mom while at home, and I quote, “I feel like I want to go home.” Of course, she reacted like any mom would—took my temperature and tucked me into bed. And sometimes I wonder. How I can be so homesick for a place I’ve never been??? I know a home is waiting for me though, my hope of home in heaven. Renovating Hope!
“He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecc. 3:11).
Ephemeral(n)-lasting for a very short time. Yesterday, I tucked my little boy back in after a bad dream. I soothed out his wrinkled forehead with the palm of my hand, while reassuring with prayer. I spoke to him about courage and trusting God when mommy isn’t around. Today that boy is a Police Officer. Seeing things that can churn in the gut of a man; facing fears I can’t understand. But when I close my eyes, I envision him cupped in the hands of the Savior. Chasing dreams I’d have never dreamed. Pulling his faith along with him. Pulling my faith too. This life a dot on the eternal timeline. I need to remember, life is ephemeral, but I have the hope of a forever of tomorrows. Renovating Faith!
“…What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”(Jas. 4:14).
Effervescence(n)-bubbles in a liquid. I love this word because it sounds like it feels. And who doesn’t love fizzy bubbles?! The word sounding way more serious than it is-it is a surprise. A reminder to delight in something unexpected and be transparent to those around me. Besides saying it fast three times will certainly make you smile. Renovating Happy!
Incandescence(n)-light produced by high temperatures. I think of a light from a sparkler and I’m perplexed. The white almost a perfect brilliant white. The sparks generated by fire—yet don’t burn. Incandescent. A warm thought for me today, a day of snow and cold. Renovating Awe!
“There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light…” (Rev.22: 5).
Aurora(n)-dawn. This is my daughter’s favorite beautiful-sounding word. This word sings a hope-filled melody. I love it. It reminds me that tomorrow’s a new day full of new possibility. A spring vacation sounds great when you’re wrapped tight in a parka to head out the door. More than that—I know God doesn’t hold fast to the mistakes I make today. And I will make them. Amazingly, I ask for forgiveness today, they are forgotten today. Tomorrow is a new aurora. Renovating Tomorrow!
“Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” ( La.3:22).
I’m hoping you take time to listen to beautiful words this New Year. Especially God’s word. His beautiful words (not mine), can change your life.
As a side-note, here are a few silly words I’ve made up. Hope they make you smile and renovate your silly today. Renovating silly!
Tiptoium-The act of tippy-toeing out of the room of an almost asleep child OR escaping while they are distracted to make a quick call or use the restroom.
Ahhnoium- The moment the child realizes the mom has escaped and goes searching frantically for her because she is certainly lost forever.
Fingerfiddle– The rapid-fire finger movement (as if playing a fiddle), under the gap of a door to say, “I can’t see you—but I know you’re in there!”
Shnooger– The act of melting your husbands gum in the pockets of his shirt or pants by the use of extreme dryer heat. It’s kind of like a sugary booger.
Shnoogit- What you say when you destroy an electronic device and melt gum onto clothing, all in the same wash load.
Bunamputation– What you do when you burn the bottom of twenty buns for eighteen people who are really, really huuuuungry. Or a really fast haircut using scissors and a hair-tie.
Brog– What you do when you break a bone while being walked by the dog.
Leakalil– The realization you may leak or spew from laughter.
Leakalot– The realization you did leak from laughter.
Gallywop- The action of being ran over by those greeting you at the door. Usually by a small child, a large dog, or a teenager hoping to get out of trouble.
CoCo– A name you might pick while playing a game of Welcome to the Family, in attempts to throw others off your trail. Or the brown furry part of a coconut.
Phlutter– The flutter your heart makes when getting a phone call from your honey.
Butty-chat- The process of listening to a friends conversation after they’ve accidentally pocket-dialed you.
Briends-My blogging friends that take time to read and make my day incandescent!
Blessings and Bellylaughs,