Rebecca Angel (via ablogwithaview)
"He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it."
Charles H. Spurgeon (via modernhepburn)
"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be."
Roald Dahl (via vesperesque)
"Date yourself. Take yourself out to eat. Don’t share your popcorn at the movies with anyone. Stroll around an art museum alone. Fall in love with canvases. Fall in love with yourself."
"I don’t think it’s terribly controversial to note that women, from a young age, are required to consider the reality of the opposite gender’s consciousness in a way that men aren’t. This isn’t to say that women don’t often misunderstand, mistreat, and stereotype men, both in literature and in life. But on a basic level, functioning in society requires that women register that men are fully conscious; it is not really possible for a woman to throw up her hands and write men off as eternally unknowable space aliens — and even if she says she has, she cannot really behave as though she has. Every element of her life — from reading books about boys and men to writing papers about the motivations of male characters to being attentive to her own safety to navigating most any institutional or professional or economic sphere — demands an ironclad familiarity with, and belief in, the idea that men really are fully human entities. And no matter how many men come to the same conclusions about women, the structure of society simply does not demand so strenuously that they do so. If you didn’t really deep down believe that women were, in general, exactly as conscious as you, you could probably still get by in life. You could probably still get a book deal. You could probably still get elected to office."
"I don’t think we fully comprehend what it means to be in love with the Savior. People say “I love God” all the time, ignoring the amount of gravity your words carry. Love, as defined by dictionary.com states, “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person” and passionate meaning “having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling; fervid”. Are you ruled by intense emotion for your love of our God? I still don’t think you understand. If you love Him, you love what He does. When you love someone, you tend to love the way they act, the way they think, the way they carry themselves and so forth. If you love God, then you will love his Word. You will love the commandments and live by them because you’re ruled by intense emotion. You will love His people. You will think about Him. You will want Him more and more. You will do the things He has called you to do because you’re compelled by the love of our Redeemer. God has counted the hairs on your head; he has held every tear you have ever shed because he’s passionate about loving his children. There is not a day that goes by where he doesn’t think about you. Do you understand what it means to be in love with the Savior?"
"Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be."
Rick Warren (via sorakeem)
"The thing that sucks about Girls and Seinfeld and Sex and the City and every other TV show like them isn’t that they don’t include strong characters focusing on the problems facing blacks and Latinos in America today. The thing that sucks about those shows is that millions of black people look at them and can relate on so many levels to Hannah Horvath and Charlotte York and George Costanza, and yet those characters never look like us. The guys begging for money look like us. The mad black chicks telling white ladies to stay away from their families look like us. Always a gangster, never a rich kid whose parents are both college professors. After a while, the disparity between our affinity for these shows and their lack of affinity towards us puts reality into stark relief: When we look at Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld, we see people with whom we have a lot in common. When they look at us, they see strangers."
"At the end of the day, when I am lying in bed and I know the chances of any of our theology being exactly right are a million to one, I need to know that God has things figured out, that if my math is wrong we are still going to be okay. And wonder is that feeling we get when we let go of our silly answers, our mapped out rules that we want God to follow. I don’t think there is any better worship than wonder."
Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz (via hopefisch)
"Maybe 23 cents doesn’t sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account, Cayman Island Investments and an IRA worth tens of millions of dollars. But Governor Romney, when we lose 23 cents every hour, every day, every paycheck, every job, over our entire lives, what we lose can’t just be measured in dollars."
Lily Ledbetter at the DNC (via stfusexists)