Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. || Romans 12:2
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”—Elizabeth Gilbert (via rablats)
How in an instant the slightest faint reminder of your past can resurface a surge of overpowering emotion when you thought you were ok. how pain can too easily become exactly how it was felt in that moment. suddenly all that you’ve ever built in hopes of healing were broken. In an instant
I enjoy dousing those I care about with deep affection, it’s my expression of appreciation.
I will humble myself knowing the bickering, the fighting, the disagreements aren’t worthy enough of my care and attention. But rather the person, as a being of significant importance, even at the least deserving, deserves that ounce of love.
It’s my nature, and I’ve realized in doing that, in the end I have the greatest potential of being the victim, the hurt, the pained.
But I couldn’t even begin to complain because it was I who put myself there in the first place.
“Until you heal the wounds of your past, you are going to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex; But eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, Stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories and make peace with them.”—Iyanla Vanzant (via fcknsrs)
“Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it’s awkward. When it’s uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions.”—Jamie Tworkowksi (via withonefootinafairytale)
Why are we here? In Luke 22, when Jesus broke the bread and poured the wine and commanded: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” A close study of the original language reveals a better translation: “Constantly make this real.” This sacrifice, this gospel, this love that saves the world…make this real for people.
Do you know how many people are starving for real love? Real hope? Real mercy? This world is dark and lonely and suffering, and Jesus seemed to think the best course was to send disciples out who were willing to constantly make the kingdom real for people who were searching for something true.
“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow , for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”—Kurt Vonnegut (via thecompleteillustrated)