Our lack of intimacy with God causes a void that we try to fill with the frailest of substitutes - like wealth or pleasure, like fame or respect, like people, like marriage. At times we all overvalue our own pursuits, while ignoring the desires of God and others. But we can’t cure our narcissism by trying to ignore ourselves. The solution is to stare at God. When we actually stare at Him, everything else fades to it’s proper place.
I want to be a woman who thinks of God’s love whenever she stares at the flowers and watch them dancing as the wind blows.
I want to be a woman who smiles when she is riding on a bus because she suddenly remembers the Lord’s faithfulness to her.
I want to be a woman full of courage to stand for her belief because she knows that what she has is the only truth.
I want to be a woman who finds herself beautiful because her Savior says so.
I want to be a woman seeking applause from the One who perfectly knows her real worth.
I want to be a woman after His heart.
I want to be a woman who’ll find herself satisfied by Jesus alone because she knows that in Him she is always loved; she is so loved regardless of her past mistakes.
Yes, I want to be that woman.
For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son to die for your mean neighbor and your crazy roommate and the picketing bigot and the racist blogger and your gay friend and all the politicians and our crazy parents and the pastor down the street and the uptight religious folk and the girl at work you can’t stand, because Jesus didn’t just die for the people you like, but for people like you and me.
Only be with someone who you think you can learn from. They should be smarter than you in certain ways so that you can continue to grow and be interested. Above all, you should undoubtedly be proud that you are with them.
You are worth waiting on God to place a man in your life who will love you like Jesus does. He won’t be perfect that’s for sure, but neither are you. He will love God though, and He will strive to be all that God wants Him to be as a man of God. He will recognize his flaws and strive to be better everyday. He will challenge you to grow as an individual and as a godly example of a marriage that is a delight to the eyes of our Lord.
She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow.
She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower,
the flitting shadow of an elf owl.
We did not know what to make of her.
In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly,
but the pin merely went through and away she flew.
If you are low today, look to Jesus. If you are filled with shame and guilt, look to Jesus. If your heart sings of joy, look to Jesus. If fear be dormant in your soul, look to Jesus. If you have lungs with air and a heart that beats, look to Jesus. For only in Him, is their an everlasting refuge to be found.
It seemed suddenly that the years were passing, and I was peering out from behind the bedroom curtains. It was the kind of quite dangerous isolation that was totally unhealthy. It was like a volunteered redundancy, in a way. Most of the teenagers that surrounded me, and the things that pleased them and interested them, well, they bored me stiff. It was like saying, ‘Yes, I see that this is what all teenagers are supposed to do, but I don’t want any part of this kind of drudgery’.
You’re not a mess, you’re brave for trying.
- me: listening to music
- them: what are you listening to?
- me: you
- Jacob was a cheater;
- Peter had a temper;
- David had an affair;
- Noah got drunk;
- Jonah ran away from God;
- Paul was a murderer;
- Gideon was insecure;
- Miriam was gossiper;
- Martha was a nervous wreck;
- Thomas was a doubter;
- Sarah was impatient;
- Elijah was depressed;
- Moses stuttered;
- Zaccheus was short;
- Abraham was old and
- Lazarus was dead.
- God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.