close-up-flowers-nature-rocks-spring-17235-480x320With full apologies to all English teachers, I am coming to learn that “when” is a action word.

When requires my participation.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed.”  (Ephesians 2:8)

When you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NLT)

“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 NLT)

Like the Psalmist, I cry, “When, Lord?”

Perhaps He will when I do.

It’s not enough to “say when.”

I have to “do” when. When is a verb.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.


Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Linking with the #fmfparty and Five-Minute Friday. Even though sometimes I write and post on the weekly prompt on other days, too.

11 thoughts on “When

  1. Nice. “It’s not enough to “say when.”

    I have to “do” when. When is a verb.”

    Grammar rules are meant to be broken, right? 🙂 Love these thoughts!

    • When I got in to journalism, I learned to let a lot of the traditional “grammar” rules go anyway, Lisa. My English professors couldn’t STAND my one sentence paragraphs.

      Glad you were blessed by these words.

  2. Sharon

    I was an English major in college (back in the Stone Age) and I find no problem with your verbage! When is an action word – love it. I remember a sermon that a pastor gave once – he talked about there are three ways to *do* our faith:

    1) Rowboat – we do all the work.
    2) Motorboat – we expect the Holy Spirit to do all the work.
    3) Windsurfing – we work in tandem with the wind (Holy Spirit), while doing our “due diligence.”

    We should neither be complacent nor arrogant in our faith. Neither relying on our own strength, nor sitting around.

    Sometimes we can’t find the open doors if we don’t start walking…


    • I love these analogies, Sharon. God & I moving together in the same direction, oh, the distance that can be covered! Thanks for your comments.

  3. Beth, I majored in English and teach writing a LOT…. Actually I thought ‘when’ was just one of those 5 journalism-type words. It IS a verb… I like the light you brought to this 🙂
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    • Thanks, Jody. I appreciate the approval from the English perspective, too.

  4. Visiting from FMF. Good point. When is an action verb.
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    • Thank you for stopping by, Joe.

  5. Visiting from FMF. When is an action verb … Thanks for expl,aining it. Good job.

    • “Perhaps he will when I do.” Yes, when does imply action, doesn’t it? In so few sentences you show this profoundly. And I also sense, at least for me, this tension of readiness in “when,” an active waiting, of not necessarily movement toward doing but inward movement in being. It’s a curious thing, this word.

      As always, friend, I so appreciate hearing your perspective. Thank you.
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      • There is a tension, yes. Because even I am not fully sure of when the “when” will happen. And when I will know it has.

        So He calls me closer. Pressing further in and deeper down. And it is rich and life-giving. When I go there.
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