“It’s like, it doesn’t honor God to pretend like everything is OK. That’s the beauty of Jesus that so many people miss. The beauty is that he died on the cross for our sins, but also that he existed the way we exist. He understands what it’s like to lose a friend. He’s not unfamiliar with those emotions. He’s not unfamiliar with the difficulty of human life. To me that’s what makes Jesus as God beautiful. He totally understands. He went out of his way to prove to us that he understands our situation. So when he has something to say, it’s not coming from this high and lofty standpoint. It’s coming from this person who understands intricately the perils of human existence.”—John Mark McMillan (via sketchmedesire)
“You can keep sinning, and God will just keep forgiving you, no matter what. This is true, but it doesn’t matter, because: you don’t want to keep sinning. Sin has, time and again failed on its promise to satisfy, and God has always satisfied. God isn’t afraid of the bond you have with your sin because He knows it’s already letting you down. You want more, and He wants more for you.”—Unka Glen (unkaglen.tumblr.com)
“It was rather beautiful; the way he put her insecurities to sleep. The way he dove into her eyes and starved all the fears and tasted all the dreams she kept coiled beneath her bones.”—Christopher Poindexter (via godmoves)
“If you will be honest about your life, you will admit that God has never failed you. He has never let you down. He may not have always given you what you wanted or orchestrated your life according to your desires or taken your advisement on His providential care for you, but when it comes down to it, He has never, ever failed you. You may have felt distant from God at times, but He’s never abandoned you. He has never left you or forsaken you. You have never been without His love and sovereign care.”—Matt Chandler (via yesdarlingido)
“Sisters of Christ, your beauty is not defined by your shape, your weight, your complexion, or the fashionable clothes you cover yourselves in. It is not made complete by the makeup you cover your blemishes with, the muscle tone of your body or your lack thereof. Is it defined by anything a mere mirror can reflect? No, it is not. Your beauty is defined by your faith in Jesus Christ. By the love and kindness, stemmed from the Heavenly Father who made you. Your beauty comes from within, it comes from the wellspring of life, your heart. The more you saturate your heart in Christ, the more beautiful you become. You become radiant. You start reflecting the selfless image of Christ. That is beautiful.”—(via agirlchangingtheworld)
But when Christ says to count the cost of following Him, it means we must surrender everything. It means being willing to go without an extra tunic or a place to sleep at night, and sometimes without knowing where we are going.
“He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.”—C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters (via akachristiannaa)
“What I really mean to say is that I hope you aren’t held back because of a number. And that you don’t rush into things because it feels like time is slipping by. I hope you do what’s right for you. Hold on. Slow down. And breathe in. Your age is your age. But more importantly, your life is your life. Don’t change your journey so that it matches someone else’s. We need to walk different paths so the whole world can be explored. Revel in the differences. And enjoy where you are.”—…because I’m a twenty-something, todaywasmeaningful.wordpress.com (via akingdomdaughter)
It began with brokenness. Brokenness which then turned into wholeness. Wholeness made possible by the blood of Christ. That same blood that has renewed me has shown me grace. Grace that I am now desperate for. Desperate for knowing Him more and more. Because it never seems to be enough. That’s the best kind of love. The one that you need more of each day, and each day more is freely given. His love is the best love I’ve known, and the best love I’ll ever need.
“Sometimes the sin we take on becomes such a part of us that it requires the same kind of ripping and tearing to free us. The Holy Spirit does not seek to hurt us, but he does seek to make us Christlike and this can be painful”—Francis Chan (via agypsysoultoblame)
“You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you — it’s something inherent.
You exist, and therefore, you matter. You’re allowed to voice your thoughts and feelings. You’re allowed to assert your needs and take up space. You’re allowed to hold onto the truth that who you are is exactly enough. And you’re allowed to remove anyone from your life who makes you feel otherwise.
Wedding vows are not a declaration of present love but a mutually binding promise of future love. A wedding should not be primarily a celebration of how loving you feel now-that can safely be assumed. Rather, in a wedding you stand up before God, your family, and all the main institutions of society, and you promise to be loving, faithful, and true to the other person in the future, regardless of undulating internal feelings or external circumstances
“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”—Marvin J. Ashton (via honeyandgrace)
“The story of our redemption breaks me. I simply cannot get over Jesus. His humanity moves me beyond words. His suffering shatters my heart. His courage leaves me undone. I am aching, so gratefully devastated. By his wounds I am healed, but his scars mark me too, and I am tender to the touch. The story that crushes me also saves me, and there is nothing to do but worship through the tears.”—Jen Hatmaker (via unafraidunashamed)
“There is no designated time for anything in your life. You don’t have to have your first kiss at any certain time, you don’t have to get married in your 20′s and you don’t have to do anything just because other people think it’s best. In fact, you will be much better off if you just do what your heart says. The day you stop caring what other people think is the day their opinions don’t mean anything, because you’re not there to give them weight.”—(via naturally-eileen)
“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve to never ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side.
It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it’s one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you’ll ever do.”—Stephen Fry (via godmoves)
All I want is God. I hate the creatures that crawl under my skin that itch my ears and fill me with distractions. I want my sin gone. My pride, my lust, my anger, my idolatry. Lord, leave me with nothing but you, for you are all I need. I want you. If I boast in anything, let it be the cross. For I am nothing. But you are my everything.