“Wouldn’t we be quite the pair?—you with your bad heart, me with my bad head. Together, though, we might have something worthwhile.”—a letter from Zelda Fitzgerald to her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald (via blakebaggott)
You gave me 15 minutes alone this morning. It was still dark, but I accidentally left the light on in the living room last night. Maybe it was the slow dancing or the 3 glasses of wine. Regardless of which kind of intoxication was to blame, the light was left to creep under our bedroom door. I watched it play on the old hardwood floors, illuminating spots of dust and socks and jeans and unpaid bills. We’ve always been bad at bills.
I had 15 minutes to take a deep breath this morning. The backpack of bricks and burdens has grown too heavy these days. No amount of barefoot backyard nights or stoplight stolen kisses can rid us of the car payments and late rent checks. The love songs on the radio like to tell us otherwise, but we all know she is a liar. And a bad one at that. But this morning, I forgot about them for a few moments.
I had 15 minutes to memorize your face this morning. Truth be told, I was afraid to get to this point. I thought about my closet of issues and shortcomings, and couldn’t possibly imagine that you would dare to reorganize it with me. But you did. And I sat in the dark smiling at the neat and tidy shirts and shoes. Trust is a word you have taught me how to spell, and I’m thankful for the lesson.
You gave me 15 minutes alone this morning. I crept out to the living room and turned off the light. Empty wine glasses sat where we left them. I let the cold air shoot shivers down my back- the very spots you like to touch. I tried to be quiet while climbing back into bed, but it seems my 15 minutes was up. In the quiet and in the dark, I thanked you for the time alone, but thanked you more for not leaving me that way.
“The reason true Christians do not fall from grace is that God graciously keeps them from falling. Perseverance is what we do. Preservation is what God does. We persevere because God preserves.”—RC Sproul (via p3rspective)
I remember talking to Nat about the corporate Spirit that speaks to the church as a whole and moves over nations and speaks to the Church, and how I really felt like our generation was tapping into what He was saying, because I’ve seen so many people my age have a passion for safe homes, ministries, art, music, prayer, a vision of houses that are built on prayer and give love at every turn.
This morning my dad prayed over my congregation, that we as the church would hear what the Spirit is speaking to us. & that moment, I saw this vision… it was a building, and it had these long arms that extended outward into the world. It was reaching out and pulling huge crowds of people into the building, and I heard the Lord say, “Bring them in. House them here. Love them here. Go get them and bring them here, next to you.”
And it was quick but solid, and it stood to confirm what I feel like God is using our generation for. It was good.
I think that being a conqueror means winning in my own circle. It means seeing victory in my mind and my struggles and my life.
I think that being more than a conqueror means that you are so full to overflow, that you now have the ability to step outside of your circle, into other circles, and declare victory, uphold righteousness, and walk alongside those in their struggle.
You are not only a conqueror and a victor, you are more than a conqueror.
"Who shall separate us form the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Hey Hope, So there's this guy whom I've known forever and he is amazing. Lately though he's been distancing himself and just not being who he used to be. I can't seem to get through to him. I've been praying for him but it just seems like he's sinking further and further away. Is there any advice you could give in order to maybe pull him back? I know I shouldn't be worried but I am.
Hi! I’m a little confused to be honest, haha. He’s distancing himself from you or God or people in general, or?
I think either way, this quote comes to mind: “we can’t save people. we can only love them.” & so I think you just need to rest in that and not carry that on your shoulders. You are praying for him, you are probably loving him as well as you can. The rest is God’s job.
Sometimes people go through seasons where they need to have more time alone. Solitude - especially when God pulls you away into it, with Him - can be so healthy and needed and refreshing. Even if that’s not what this is, it can turn into a good situation. Nothing is out of God’s reach :)
I think the best thing you can do is be available. Not try to keep pulling him back, but be ready if he ever reaches out for help, and to be (calmly) watchful of his situation. I think that you are such a good friend for even asking this and noticing his situation. I have so much confidence that you will know what to do if/when he needs you.
“I will swallow you whole and you will sink into me,
the same way the blazing sunset gives in to the sea.
I call myself a warrior and my battle scars glory wounds.
I am not afraid.
Not anymore.”—Like the Sea; Alahna Sy (via fauxpoet)
“And you were loved from the beginning and you will be loved until the end. You may not feel it though, you may have to conquer numerous battles and climb a multitude of mountains. But when you have entered that land, which we all must travel to, you shall feel His love as a new dawn arises and you are freed of your burdens; you shall know that you were loved all along and forever more.”—T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via blissfulbeardsdoitbest)
“Prayer is the ultimate expression of partnership with God. It is the adventure of discovering and praying His heart. So many spend their life praying to God, when they could be praying with God.”—Bill Johnson, HOSTING the PRESENCE (via clothedwithgod)