If we know what redemption means, let us not withhold our sonnets of thanksgiving.
Charles Spurgeon (via ohfortunateone)

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Within this Christian vision for marriage, here’s what it means to fall in love. It is to look at another person and get a glimpse of the person God is creating, and to say, “I see who God is making you, and it excites me! I want to be part of that. I want to partner with you and God in the journey you are taking to his throne. And when we get there, I will look at your magnificence and say, ‘I always knew you could be like this. I got glimpses of it on earth, but now look at you!’” Each spouse should see the great thing that Jesus is doing in the life of their mate through the Word, the gospel. Each spouse then should give him- or herself to be a vehicle for that work and envision the day that you will stand together before God, seeing each other presented in spotless beauty and glory.
Timothy Keller // The Meaning of Marriage. (via tblaberge)

fear will not be victorious

I am afraid, and I thought that was a bad thing to be, because You say “Do not fear, for I am with you.”

I know that—sometimes I forget—but in the depth of my soul I know that You are near.

still, I feel fear. I’m standing on the edge, looking out into my future, and it isn’t clear, so I am afraid. but I'm trusting in Your name, that You are who You say You are, that You are true to Your promises and that Your love sustains my very life. 

Maybe it’s okay to know fear: to know fear and know that it will not be victorious in my heart, because You, my God, are bigger and You save souls, I know You will rescue me and provide for Your will to be done.

I fear for what is uncertain, what is unknown; but when I press into my God the fears will cease because You are certain and good and sure. and as truth lightens my burden, the fears will fade. 

You are faithful and Your love will not depart from me, for You are the God of all comfort and You fill me with peace, You overwhelm me with courage and hope. You say,

"fear will be her enemy,
but I will be her strength
and I will give her courage;
she will be afraid but not without hope,
because I AM here and I AM her hope.”

The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His.
Francis Chan, Crazy Love (via radquotes)

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new life motto:

embrace awkward.
embrace messy.
embrace real.
embrace life.

I have come to the conclusion that I can’t care about what the world thinks about me and my peace. If the King of Kings thought me to be lovely enough, precious enough, WORTHY enough then I am enough.


31women (via 31women)