“Call a boy a gentleman and watch his shoulders straighten. Call a girl a lady and watch her spirit turn graceful. Humanity was brought into existence by God speaking words into the void of the universe. We tend to become what we are called.”—The Medicine of Hope (via pureblyss)
If it pleases my Lord, and only by your grace, use my life until it’s poured out for your sake Until then I’ll remain where you have me, with joy when I feel unhappy And a peace that surpasses all my understanding My life is in the hands of your love everlasting
“I’m not there yet, so I’m reaching, reaching for a goal: to stand before my king and be speechless. Then never again will I question if this grace is sufficient to cover my sin, ‘cause death is gone and all the effects of the evil and wrong will be conquered when His kingdom comes…If it pleases my Lord, and only by Your grace, use my life ‘til it’s poured out for your sake…My life is in the hands of Your love everlasting.”—Beautiful Eulogy (via impetuousvortex)
Do not entomb her in a pretty pink tower
and insist that only the degree of her physical appeal
may set her free.
Teach her to fight her way out,
to consume books and spit knowledge
to lesser boys who insist she is just beautiful
and nothing more.
Teach her to love her body
not to manipulate and put a price tag on herself
as a defined worth
she shall be immeasurable
she shall be more than this.
Do not let her break herself down
when the boy in kindergarden hits her
because he likes her.
What are you really teaching her?
Pain and love are not synonymous
neither are pretty and perfection.
Teach her to be kind
to be harsh
to be demure
to be wild
to be sensitive
to be thick-skinned
“Faith demands surrender, which is antithetical to the American values of success and accomplishment. Faith demands we remain comfortable with mystery and tension, which wars against our perpetual need to label, categorize, dissect, and understand. God is simply too big to fit into our classifications. Faith also requires desperation. Jesus isn’t for people who have everything figured out or have other options.”—Mike Erre (via claimedbylove)
The unspoken whispers of my heart tug back to you. I won’t let anyone, anything, not even my own darkest self get in the way of that.
I’m sorry. Cover me in your grace, remind me that even in my absolute moments of nothing it was you who redeemed me. It’s always been you.
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”—Pema Chodron (via berrybluecupcakes)
“God loves the weak. He oftentimes saves and uses the weak to shame the strong. See, God loves weakness. In our culture, we hate it. That’s a huge problem. Do you understand? It’s a huge problem for us to despise weakness like we do. We don’t want to be seen as weak. No, brother, be seen as weak. God’s power flows most vividly and most powerfully through the weak vessels.”—Matt Chandler (via godmoves)
“You’ll be sick or feeling troubled or deeply in love or quietly uncertain or even content for the first time in your life. It won’t matter. Out of the blue, beyond any cause you can trace, you’ll suddenly realize things are not how you perceived them to be at all. For some reason, you will no longer be the person you believed you once were. You’ll detect slow and subtle shifts going on all around you, more importantly shifts in you. Worse, you’ll realize it’s always been shifting, like a shimmer of sorts, a vast shimmer, only dark like a room. But you won’t understand why or how.”—Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (via honeyforthehomeless)