January 24, 2008 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Okay, so it’s not “new” new.  But, it’s hitting me new.
Ever had a word just hit you right upside the head?  I mean, broadsided?  I was cleaning up my crafting table last night, and I saw a little definition laying there on a small piece of paper.  It said, “inspire: [definition]”  Well, as luck would have it, I can’t find the little shred today, but that’s okay.  I remember enough key words that I can’t get it out of my head, and…I can look it up, courtesy of “The Net”, which I did. And, since I’m here, I’ll share this little gem.
You’ll no doubt find it as amazing and life changing as I did…
in·spire      [in-spahyuhr] verb, -spired, -spir·ing.
–verb (used with object)

1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2. to produce or arouse a feeling, thought, etc. to inspire confidence in others.
3. to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4. to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
5. to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
6. to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence: writings inspired by God.
7. to guide or control by divine influence.
8. to prompt or instigate (utterances, acts, etc.) by influence, without avowal of responsibility.
9. to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.: a philosophy that inspired a revolution.
10. to take (air, gases, etc.) into the lungs in breathing; inhale.
11. Archaic.

a. to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing (usually fol. by into).
b. to breathe into or upon.

–verb (used without object)

12. to give inspiration.
13. to inhale.

[Origin: 1300–50; ME inspiren < L inspīrāre to breathe upon or into, equiv. to in- in-2 + spīrāre to breathe]
in·spir·a·tive     in·spir·ing·ly, adverb

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Did you KNOW that the very MEANING of “inspire”  suggests DIVINE INFLUENCE?  I don’t think I did!

I’ve said before to “move in the grace God gives you.”  Perhaps communicate that better by saying, “Move toward the inspirations of God.”   

Did you know it is the SAME WORD for breathing in?  I didn’t.

God  literally BREATHES life into us, just the way he did with Adam!  He gives us life and breath!  He infuses oxygen into our lungs! AND he also “animates and quickens” us with by producing “feelings or thoughts”. 

Every breath I take, every inspiring thought I have:  every inspiring flower, tree,  bird, a shadow, leaf…God is breathing lifeblood of “inspiration” into my veins, “quickening” me.  Catapulting me with life and energy, zeal, vision, motivation.


This explains the intense joy creativity can bring.  Inspiration.  God-breath.  

When I was a teen. I read somewhere that we should give our imaginations to God.  God can take our imaginations and create a river of inspiration of God-life to flow.   Our inspirations catapult one another.  

I received so many awesome emails yesterday and today, people just sharing of themselves in real and personal ways.  Thank you for sharing your God-life INSPIRATION with me.  You ARE an inspiration.  Click this link:  HERE’S TO YOU!

What is INSPIRING you this week?

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