"You have to stop believing that you need other people’s permission to be okay with yourself. That however you do or don’t align with what other people value determines your worth. That however the world does or doesn’t show you kindness is a direct reflection of how much you deserve it. You have to be kind to yourself. Even, and probably most especially, when it seems least deserved."

Brianna Wiest, You Have To Be Kindest To Yourself When It Seems Least Deserved (via feellng)

"It’s like coming home after a long trip. That’s what love is like. It’s like coming home."

Piper Chapman - What is love? (via larmoyante)

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Attraction is first born at the moment someone laughs, or you get to know them and see them for who they are, it also arrives when we see the other person and their beauty is pleasing to you. Love is born the moment two people seek the best in one another, when it becomes a choice to further that person in the goals and journey of their life.

We can confuse attraction for love, because attraction can turn our heads and leave us thinking about that person, but love renews our hearts and changes our lives. There is a fine line between the two, it is up to us to discern what that line is and how far we are willing to see where it goes, for we will realize that attraction is shorter than we first thought and that we will find many more lines that we find attractive. Love forces us to choose to continue following its line, sometimes we grow tired and we see the other line, but we must remember that we have chosen the best line, the best journey, for true Love will always lead us to the cross and what Christ did; For He is the truest of all loves, and to follow Him, is to follow life to its completion.

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

"Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they’ll make your soul impervious to the world’s soft decay."

Janet Fitch, White Oleander  (via thatkindofwoman)

"You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear."

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane  (via sorakeem)

"But when I’m sitting in the in-between, when I am walking through the valley — please let me sing the sad song for as long as I need to. And if you can, sing it with me. Then, together, we can turn the corner as the psalmists do. We can pour out the pain and make room for the praise, we can sit in the ashes and reach for the roses, we can discover again that we are safe in the presence of God."

"Codependency isn’t sexy. It isn’t romantic. It’s built with a fuse and will surely burn out. The healthiest thing you can say to the one you love is, “I would be okay without you, and that’s why I choose to stay.”"

LB, A Few Things About Love (via yesdarlingido)

"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)