“I’m gonna pray, and sing, and hope; I’m gonna weep, and beg, and moan; I’m gonna fight, and struggle, and doubt. But in the end, I’m gonna be His and He is gonna be mine. For my life is not my own, but the product of a God who breathed life into dust and said “Follow Me, out into the storm.” and if I fall, He is quick to answer, for He is the God who calms the storms, and He is the God who is with us in it all.”—T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)
I have had burning bush moments before, and I’ve walked through them and lived in the promised land. But there are a couple moments before me now where the Lord has said, “Go. Go ahead. Walk into that.” And I have given every reason in the book as to why I should not, could not, will not, and need to wait. And after every excuse of looking to myself, His response is to always look at Himself and say, ” I AM.” "I am brave. I am strong. I am love. I am patient. I am, and that means you are.” Those steps of faith, where you feel like you’re stepping off of a cliff and you’re sweating and tired and shaking, but you close your eyes and move… those are the times you see God put His ability into your inability, and all of a sudden you’re walking out of Egypt and He’s parting seas for you.
Burning bush moments have always changed my life. And it’s so hard to just take your shoes off and say “yes.” Fear feels like it just follows me like a shadow, waiting for a moment to bite into my spine. But the last year of my life has been miracle after miracle over my mind, and burning bush moments have started to excite me.
But ultimately, the reason I’m writing this is to ask you to pray for me. I need to mature in so many things, honestly. I’m having grace for myself, finally, but…. I just have some big things in front of me. And walking into it wisely, with the eyes of Christ… it’s everything.
“It’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my little life… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.”—American Beauty (film: final scene monologue)
“When you hear something you either don’t understand or agree with and you feel a judgmental attitude sprouting, dig it up. Don’t let it take root because it will grow weeds that kill your opportunity to learn and love the people around you, it will grow vines that suffocate any chance of compassion growing for one another, and eventually, if you let it take root and grow, it will construct a barricade that closes you into the lonely solidarity of self-righteousness.”—LB, The Guts & Glory of Grace (via yesdarlingido)