When everything hurts, when I don’t want to try, when I want to hate, when I want to die…God is good. God is truth, God is mercy, God is life.

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”
— Robin Williams  (via allhopeisgon-e)

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“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”
— Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet (via ding-ang-bato)

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You cannot complete me, I cannot complete you.

A relationship cannot make two individuals whole, that is why we must be willing to give over our whole lives, even the life of the one person you love most, to Christ.

If you seek salvation in the arms of another, you will find more brokenness, but if you seek Christ, you will find grace; and that is of monumental importance in any relationship.

I can say you are beautiful, but the reality is that Christ offers more than words; that is greater than anything in this soul can offer.

If I am to love you, I must point you daily to the Father. If I am to care for you, I must be Christ daily. If I am to honor and cherish your heart, I must be willing to surrender it to Christ daily.

No other cornerstone is a relationship, or a single life, more worthy to be built on than the cornerstone of Christ.

— T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via savedbymercyandgrace)

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God is so good! 

Today, one of my more specific prayers was answered. I have asked God for an opportunity to apologize and ask for forgiveness from an old boyfriend. Before I knew Christ I was a very selfish and cruel person and one particular boyfriend took the worst of this selfishness. Almost 6 years later he reached out to me. Since coming to know Jesus, I have prayed for an opportunity to confess my sin, ask for forgiveness and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with this former boyfriend. I knew that asking for forgiveness and receiving it would be freeing, but I also know that this is how I could come to God in humbleness and repair my relationship with Him. Not only was I surprised that God answered my prayer to be allowed the opportunity to ask for forgiveness, but He also has brought this man into His family too! To find out that someone you wronged has found the never ending, all-sufficient love of Christ too is so incredible! I am in awe of how God works! Glory be to God for saving the lost and using brokenness to draw us near to him! 

A bruised reed he will not break. Matthew 12:20

Thank you Lord. Thank you that, even when I am lonely, full of self-pity, unloving, ungrateful, unforgiving, careless, disrespectful, feeling abandoned, and desperately grabbing onto everything but You to hold me up, You love me. You care for me and You lovingly bring me back to Your feet and teach me to hold onto You and the grace and mercy that I can only find at the cross of Jesus Christ.

I have really been enjoying this song from All Sons and Daughters. This verse in particular is something I want to explore in scripture:

"Tomorrow’s freedom is today’s surrender
We come before You to lay our burdens down”

What does it mean to be free?

What does it mean to surrender?

What does it mean to lay our burdens down? What does this realistically look like? And why is it necessary for freedom?

We are all bound to something - either to the world (sin) or to God (holy, righteous).

Which are you bound to? Why? Can we find freedom in one, both, or neither?

the question: How does the church get the church goer to take a more active approach to their faith?

If you haven’t read Hebrews 10 in awhile, I highly recommend it. Full of loving warnings and gives me a renewed heart for those outside of Christ.

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” v.26

I know I’ve lived through this before, but I honestly don’t know how.