“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking…yourself is talking to you!”—~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“I like cancelled plans. And empty bookstores. I like rainy days and thunderstorms. And quiet coffee shops. I like messy beds and over-worn pajamas. Most of all, I like the small joys that a simple life brings.”—note to self
“SAVING FAITH: I have learned that it is possible to go on holding a grudge if your faith simply means you have looked back to the cross and concluded that you are off the hook. I have been forced to go deeper into what true faith is. It is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. It looks back no merely to discover that it is off the hook, but to see and savor the kind of God who offers us a future of endless reconciled tomorrows in fellowship with him.”—~ John Piper
“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognise it as such.”—Henry Miller (via kari-shma)
Against all logic, it was Barabbas who was released at the time of the Passover, not Jesus. Barabbas was a criminal, he took part in a rebellion, he was a murderer. Jesus on the other hand, what did He do? He healed the sick, raised the dead to life, performed miracles; why was it Him that had to die in place of Barabbas?
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Barabbas was saved by this incident. For all we know he could’ve gone out to commit even more crimes than before. We don’t know if he eventually came to know Christ, we can only assume he hasn’t. Point is we don’t know what happened. But we do know that what Jesus did for him was probably left unappreciated. Most of the time we don’t appreciate nor understand what Jesus has done for us at the cross. What does Jesus’ sacrifice truly mean? What was the significance of Jesus being traded in exchange for Barabbas?
This exchange happened, and was allowed to happen, because God had to treat Jesus Christ as Barabbas so that He can treat Barabbas as Jesus Christ.
Let me say that again. God had to treat Jesus Christ as Barabbas so that He can treat Barabbas as Jesus Christ. God had to treat Jesus Christ as US so that He can treat US as Jesus Christ.
God is just. God is fair. Yes He is almighty and powerful and can do absolutely anything. including making exceptions to His own laws, but He doesn’t. God can just as easily let Jesus off the hook because Jesus is His Son. But He doesn’t. He loves us too much to lead us astray; He doesn’t want to set an example that breaking the law is permissible because it’s not.
The law of equivalent exchange: to remove the sin from each our lives, Jesus had to bear everyone’s sins. Bearing the retribution for our sins would be excruciating enough, imagine Jesus bearing the sins of 6 billion+ people. No such words exist to describe how difficult and painful it must have been for him. But He did it anyway. He did it for us. He did it because He loves us all.
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" ~ Romans 5:8
it probably seems like i cry over stupid shit but tbh i usually end up crying because i’ve stored up all of my upset feelings from multiple things rather than express them and then the littlest thing sets me off like spilling my drink may not be that big of a deal but when i’ve stored up that many negative emotions it feels like i busted a hole in the hoover dam
“Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating, but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending.”—Crazy Love, Francis Chan (via littlethingsaboutgod)
“I often ask my 3 year old to help me cook. I don’t do it because I need his assistance. In fact, it would be easier and more efficient if I took care of it myself. But I invite him to help because I love him. It’s the same interaction between God and us. He calls us into His redemptive work not because He is lost without us, but because He loves us and is offering us a role in the story. That is the otherness we dream of. It’s oxygen on a fire that would otherwise burn out.”—Relevant Magazine, “When Life Feels Terribly Ordinary”
at 6am when you’re waking to go to work, to school, or whatever road life takes you on, and when you didn’t sleep well, your hair is a mess, and your eyes are sleepy.
at 8am when we say goodbye for the day and you’re rushing out the door with a cup of tea and your car keys in the other hand.
at 5pm when you’re exhausted from the day and people have worn you out and you feel like crying, and falling asleep and escaping from everything. I will kiss your forehead, and wrap myself in your arms.
at 10pm when you’re heading to bed, even though you won’t sleep for hours. Especially when we become a human knot wrapped up in sheets and kisses.
at 3am when loneliness and sadness do not destroy you, but consume you and when you weep without an explanation, I’ll kiss your lips softly and tell you you’re the absolute best and that things will be better soon
I will love you when you grow old, and I will love you after that. I will love you if I’m no longer here. I will love you, I will love you, and I will love you.
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”—~ Corrie ten Boom
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”—Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones (via petrichour)
“I want to be a woman who lives totally abandoned to the first commandment: to love my Lord, my God, with all my heart. I don’t want the reputation that I love God, I don’t want to write songs about loving God, I don’t want to talk about loving God. I want to actually love God. When I close my eyes, I want my heart to move. When I close my eyes and I look at Him, I want to feel alive on the inside. I want to look at Him with a fire in my heart and it’s real.”—Misty Edwards (via mmrn)
Jesus, tell me
how the world’s most beautiful romantic poetry
was written on flesh as wounds and tears
made by balls of spikes and shards of glass
that swing from metal chains when hands that you’ve created
strike them to hurt you.
Jesus, tell me
how the world’s most beautiful poetry
that was planned by the Hands nailed for me
had to be carried through by the One who owned them,
for You wanted to redeem and release me
from sin, deception, oppression and slavery.
Jesus, You love me
and You took the sentence that should have ended
my story in a well-deserved tragedy.
You transformed it into an amazing love story
that became the beginning
of a relationship and adventure with You
in this life everlasting.
even if I don’t deserve You,
You have always loved me.
“Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.”—~ Emma Watson