The Why Behind the Name

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Why “These Eternal Verities”? What does it even mean? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “verity” as:

  1. The quality or state of being true or real
  2. Something (such as a statement) that is true; especially: a fundamental and inevitably true value ~ Such eternal verities as honor, love, and patriotism
  3. The quality or state of being truthful or honest

Back in 2013 I read a book titled Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Up until that point I am ashamed to say I had no idea what the word meant. I knew veritas meant “truth” or “truthfulness” so I assumed it was something along those lines but I was prompted to actually take the time to look the word up. If you simply Google the word, what pops up is “a true principal or belief, especially one of fundamental importance”. I immediately loved it! I loved the word and what it meant. I loved it enough that when my husband and I got married I threw it out there as a possible name for a daughter someday. Granted, at that point we were still just talking about the possibility of children but we both liked the name enough to start creating our very own list of baby names. Quite a few names came and went from the list but one name remained the same “Verity”.

My purpose with this blog is to fill it with little truths, truths that I have learned or am learning as I walk (sometimes crawl) through this life. I believe in a Creator who made the Heavens and the Earth. I believe in a God who is great, greater than hardships faced and greater than my sins and failures. I believe in eternity and that it is only because of God’s amazing grace I will get to spend eternity with Him. It is with that eternal perspective that I desire to live my life. And so the name of this blog was born, with the help of my mother and sister, “These Eternal Verities”. These eternal, fundamental principals, truths, beliefs. That is what I want my blog to reflect. Things that are fundamentally important as we walk through this journey of life. Granted, with that being said, I’m sure not every post will be some great words of wisdom or things that are profound or even that relevant to anyone but myself, but I process through words.

I have a tendency to edit, re-edit, and edit again and then never post. (This post alone has been stared at for quite a while now and a small part of me keeps saying, “Don’t bother posting. It isn’t perfect yet. It won’t ever be perfect. You’re going to offend people.”) I am a champion at overthinking and over-processing. Most of the time I don’t feel that my words are relevant to anyone other than me, but lately I have had people come alongside me, encouraging me to put my words onto some medium where others can read and so this blog was born (because let’s be honest, a book is far too daunting and scary). It has taken me months to get to this point and honestly, if even only one person (likely my Mom or my Baby Sibling, I told them they could take turns if I got too boring) reads my words and feels encouraged, or somehow less isolated, then I have done what I set out to do. And so I have begun to dump (yes, I am definitely picturing a giant dump truck right now) my thoughts out into my computer and am placing them in your line of sight, flawed though they may be. I am choosing to ignore those small voices (even though I probably should re-read and edit this post…see, there I go again) and simply dump and post. This isn’t a book. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I am not perfect. So, if you have made it this far into what started out as the “why” behind the name of the blog and morphed into a “why” for the blog itself, thank you. Thank you for your patience and the grace you have shown me. Thank you for caring about the “why” behind this blog.

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