“There is a kind of crying I hope you have not experienced, and it is not just crying about something terrible that has happened, but a crying for all of the terrible things that have happened, not just to you but to everyone you know and to everyone you don’t know and even the people you don’t want to know, a crying that cannot be diluted by a brave deed or a kind word, but only by someone holding you as your shoulders shake and your tears run down your face.”—Lemony Snicket (via psych-facts)
How does Jesus feel when you’re going through a hard time? Does He care? Could you know if He does? What if it feels like He’s not around? What if it feels like He’s too busy or you’re too insignificant? What if He did, though? What if Jesus - God in…
I really believe that fairy tales do exist, that ‘I love you’ could patch things up, that tight hugs could ease up the pain, or hurts, or could make things alright. I believe that love would suffice all that’s missing, that love could overcome, conquer, and let a heart that seems so hard surrender.
What if you don’t have the life you’ve filled thousands on pages of your tumblr with pictures of? What if you don’t have the modernized-cottage, sunflower-packed garden, mason jar-everything, fireplace and a mattress on the floor life when you’re older? Will you be happy?…
Love, I guess, would somehow give heartaches, or pain, or whatever it is that would keep you from being sane, if you know what I mean. But true love even in pain is able to love more. Even in distance is able to grow more. That even in sadness is able to give joy, because love, in whatever form, is love after all.
They say that people’s expectations of me should be considered as a challenge. They should be the rope that I use to climb up higher, higher. Still, I notice that if they’re a rope, then they still bind me. I’m still bound up.
Expectations include being a certain kind of size, earning a certain…
“It is in our weakness that we can see who God really is. Although it is frustrating to see ourselves fail when we depend on our strength, this only teaches us that every time and every circumstance calls for dependence on God only. We don’t have to trust ourselves. We only need to trust Him– Him who loves us and is willing to work through us, regardless of our past, and present scruples. This is Jesus, and through His work in our lives, we learn how we really should see ourselves. Graced all over, inside and out.”—(godsradicaldaughter.tumblr.com)
“It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don’t really see ourselves. We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside your heart. There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments where you are truly yourself.”—Unknown (via perfect)
“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”—C.S. Lewis (via perfect-sonnet)
“You, who do not know how to read and write, who cannot afford to eat three times a day and to fully live a life. To you who are in pain yet strive, this is for you, whom the researcher desires to be touched, reached and somehow be able to share with your struggle and be part of the answer…”—anne
“Don’t let anyone limit your life in Christ as just ‘service.’ There’s something bigger from which service flows. It’s also where love, joy, peace, strength, courage and confidence come from, but they’re not what your life is solely about either. This bigger area where your whole life is built and grounded upon, where everything you are and need comes from, is your relationship with Christ. This is what your life is all about— Him being with you.”—February 09, 2013 (via godsradicaldaughter)
“So when the pain comes like the rain from the parts of life that maintains it’s strain, I can put my trust in the hands that sustain. It’s profound that with all these sinking ships around me, He surrounds me and He anchors me with His grace abounding.”—Beautiful Eulogy (Anchor) (via bryandrums)
We are giving into the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and turn him into the version of Jesus we are more comfortable with … A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who would not expect us to forsake our closest relationships so that he received all of our affection. A Jesus who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts … A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes … A Jesus who brings us comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream.
But do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us … And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshipping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshipping ourselves.
“If you are like me, who just recently gone through the storm and swayed by the flood, let us remember how Noah patiently waits for the water to subside. Get hold of your olive leaf and believe that the water had receded. Soon you’ll be out.”—excerpt from my devotion 01/03/13 (Genesis 8:11)
“God! I need grace bigger than my mouth! I need mercy that resounds ten thousand times as loud. I need redemption that rings clearer than my distortion. I need you.”—Levi Macallister (via hislivingpoetry)
“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are “me too.” That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.”—Rob Bell (via -dejalenae-)