An Adjective


November 29, 2011 by Danelle

The Fall:

“They wanted, as we say, to “call their souls their own” But that means to live a lie, for our souls are not in fact, our own. They wanted some corner of the universe of which they could say to God, “This is our business, not yours.” But there is no such corner. They wanted to be nouns, but they were, and eternally must be, mere adjectives.”


The Leaf:

That which catches the eye, the heart, is the final leaf. The blazing red leaf. The held leaf. The lonely leaf. The leaf that appears fingerprinted with love. It draws me close. Begs a moment. Mere adjective.

He sees me. . . 

Years ago I taught Language Arts at a public school.

I love that it is called “Arts” because language is just that.


And my students kept a writer’s journal.

As we read great books, beautiful poetry, they would copy the style.



Learning to look for the art of language.

How words can be sculpted together to throw us toward joy or anguish.

To throw us.

How a soul can read words on paper and the throat grows dry, the heart beats numb.

Tears can gather up wet in the lines of vision.

We would share what captured our eyes hostage.

And in the art of language,

Language arts,

The adjectives would be read aloud.

Chains of truth and artistry in our classroom.

A boy.


The broken boy.

Heart longs to hold this child.

A woman.


The healed woman.

Breath of empathy falls around me.

Joy rings a bell in the heart.


I am an adjective.

I move to reflect Him.

Or I don’t.

I am a masterpiece of adjectives: joyful, hopeful, kind, judgmental, thoughtful, ignorant, transparent. . hidden.

The tongue speaks the weighted words.


The aching honesty.


Quick decision.


The mixed up, the fragmented.

The adjectives pull and push and move and paint.

The real.

Being an adjective  is never knowing the weight of being a noun. 

Decisions change the words that define a life.

The art of language stirred with free will.

Yes, by allowing Him to claim the spaces that we want to corner as our “own”

The ugly corners that we try to hide;

The curtains, they fall, and the Light shines.

Reflecting Him.

And in the afternoon the sons and I watch our Latin video.

Teaching us the language of the dead.

The roots of language alive.

It’s adjective day today.

Quiet whisper from heaven?


“In Latin, the word Adjective means to throw toward.”

To throw toward.

Throw us toward You.

Help us be the dazzling describers of what kind of God you are.

So many answers the world begs to satisfy us

Help us to lead others to exactly which One is the only answer.

Help me live a life that brings every part of me to You. . completely.

I gather countless jars to fill.

How many?




God revealed in me.

To throw toward.

A “mere” adjective.

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28 thoughts on “An Adjective

  1. This is one of my favourite posts ever… by anybody
    each word a piece of art as you have woven your thoughts into this piece of beauty.

  2. Juliee says:

    Very well stated. After reading this, I was immediately taken to the Fruits of the Spirit. They do throw us toward Him. We just need to be able to be thrown.

  3. Floyd says:

    Wow! That was powerful! To seek the role of a noun is the role and the desire of satan himself. I find comfort in being God’s adjective… A fulfilling thought to be sure…

  4. dschondog says:

    Dear Danelle,

    I move to reflect Him.

    Or I don’t.

    I am in an ethical war right now where I work. It is ethical because what I am being asked to do is unethical. It isn’t that way for everyone, but it is for me. I have to fight against it and It is not pretty. I am not reflecting Him to my superiors. My adjectives are: insubordinant, not a team player, toxic… I have tried to be released from there, but so far I’ve not been thrown toward another place. This is a confusing time for me. Thank you for creating a framework from which to place my adjectives so I can look at them and perhaps make some sense of all this.

    You were a Language Arts teacher. Yes, you are!

    Love you,

    • Danelle says:

      Praying wisdom and discernment for you, Dawn. I know you shine as God’s adjective. . pointing to Him in all that you do. I have no doubt that Romans 8:28 applies to this time in your life. I am so sorry that it has been and continues to be a time of struggle and not knowing how to move forward and above all of this at your workplace.
      Just know this: you do reflect Him. I truly do know this.
      You are treasured.

      • dschondog says:

        Dear Danelle,

        Thanks for your prayers. I’d hate to be the devil with your words going up to God on my behalf. Thank you, too, for your faith in me. It is a bit foggy now. I am simply holding His hand because I do not know where I am going.

        Good night,

        I love that Romans 8:28!!!!!

      • dschondog says:


        I forgot to tell you. I am nominating you for a Liebster Award. Go on over to my blog post for today to see what it is.


  5. Amy Sullivan says:

    That CS Lewis, his words always inspire me to dig deeper and so do yours.

    I happen to be in love with the art of language.

  6. Sylvia says:

    Beautiful. And thought-stirring. Thank you.

  7. kd sullivan says:

    Wow! I’ve never been here before and I am so glad I have come. What a lovely thought you’ve taken from Lewis, and your own thoughts along with it are very powerful…and so exquisitely written. Thank you.

  8. Traci says:

    Nice to meet you. Found you over at A Holy Experience. Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

  9. Brandee says:

    I’m a former English teacher (6th grade and post-secondary), and I find this post particularly meaningful. (Lord, make me an adjective, too!) Thank you for your words. Visiting from GDWJ.

  10. Thank you for your beautiful word pictures…..and for the thought that an adjective is less burdened than a noun. Visiting from Tuesdays Unwrapped

  11. Mollie says:

    “I am an adjective.. I move to reflect Him” I LOVE this post. Thank you so much for sharing. Can’t wait to follow you 🙂 Glad I found you at Walking With Him Wednesdays.

  12. I am late to the gathering here in the comment box, but I’m lingering long here before the lights go out. 🙂

    What a beautiful, artful, stirring, Spirit-felt (and Spirit-led) post. I’m delighted that your voice is a part of our new God-Bumps/God-Incidences community.

    Thank you so much for linking up. xxoo

  13. Really thought-provoking – thank you. Here from Jennifer’s fun new ‘party,’ and very glad I came.

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