"There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later."

George Orwell (via ablogwithaview)

"Sometimes when I’m discouraged about where I’m at and ungrateful for what I have, I wonder what my twelve-year-old self would say. I realize she’d think my life turned out really sweet. She’d be excited that I can eat ice cream whenever I want and have a movie marathon after midnight. She’d love that I can get on an airplane by myself. She’d be thrilled that I have my own car. She’d be proud that I’m not afraid of the dark and surprised that I’m not so shy. She’d be impressed by other things that I view as mediocre now. It may sound completely silly, but when I look at my life through the lens of my twelve-year-old self it looks pretty darn spectacular. How easily we cease to be impressed. I don’t want to lose that childlike wonder and magic. What would your twelve-year-old self say about you and your life now?"

Alla Drokina (via nonelikejesus)

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Sin tries to convince us that Christ remembers every mistake we make; Grace tells us that Christ remembers every tear we shed.

The reality is that Jesus will wipe away both.

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T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via kvtes)

"It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless."

L.R. Knost  (via thatkindofwoman)

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What the church does with its creeds and its doctrine of tradition; it flattens out all the images and metaphors to make it fit into a nice little formulation and then it’s deathly…if you want a God that is healthier than that, you’re going to have to take time to sit with these images [of God from the book of Isaiah] and relish them and let them become a part of your prayer life and your vocabulary and your conceptual frame. Otherwise you’re just going to be left with these dead formulations.

Which is why the poetry is so important because the poetry just keeps opening and opening and opening whereas the doctrinal practice of the church is always to close and close and close until you are left with nothing that has any transformative power. So more metaphors gives more access to God. One can work one metaphor a while - but you can’t treat that as though that’s the last word - and you gotta move and have another and another.

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Walter Brueggemann, Interview with Krista Tippet for On Being: Walter Brueggemann on the Prophetic Image. (via nathanschock)

"Biblical faith isn’t about feeling certain, but about a willingness to commit to living for God even in the face of uncertainty. We need to accept that uncertainty is simply part of what it means to be human and trust that God’s love for us. revealed most perfectly on Calvary, isn’t dependent on how certain or uncertain we feel. The God revealed on Calvary isn’t a God who is impressed with people’s ability to make themselves feel certain that their beliefs are right. He’s rather a God who simply wants us to trust him, in the face of uncertainty, by lovingly laying down our lives for him in response to the way he has lovingly laid down his life for us."

Greg Boyd

"If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack."

Coco Chanel (via dominikarobak)

"Honey, who said that the love of your life had to be a man or woman you haven’t even met yet? Maybe, you are destined to be the greatest love of your own life."

Della Hicks-Wilson   (via elauxe)

"So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow."

Rainbow Rowell, Attachments (via sorakeem)

"We don’t learn to love each other well in the easy moments. Anyone is good company at a cocktail party. But love is born when we misunderstand one another and make it right, when we cry in the kitchen, when we show up uninvited with magazines and granola bars, in an effort to say, I love you."

Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes (via yesdarlingido)

"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 h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

"There will be times when you feel unworthy and inadequate. Remember, God has not asked you to be worthy or adequate - He has asked you to trust Him."

SKR. (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

"I need a God who is bigger and more nimble and mysterious than what I could understand and contrive. Otherwise it can feel like I am worshipping nothing more than my own ability to understand the divine."

Nadia Bolz Weber (via yesdarlingido)

"I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him."

C.S. Lewis (via pureblyss)

"The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world."

Warsan Shire (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)