“Blessed are you if your laughter means that you have let go in reckless confidence all that shackles you to yesterday, imprisons you in your small self today, and frightens you with the uncertainty of tomorrow. Blessed are you who laugh, because you are free!”—~ Brennan Manning, Reflections for Ragamuffins
“We are all blind-sided from time to time. Be sad, feel bad, but then pull yourself up and ask, “What’s next?” Once you’ve whimpered awhile, vented, or shed all the tears in your tank, pull yourself together and make an attitude adjustment.”—Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limits
“Happiness is in the quiet, ordinary things. A table, a chair, a book with a paper-knife stuck between the pages. And the petal falling from the rose, and the light flickering as we sit silent.”—Virginia Woolf, The Waves (via petrichour)
“A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule… A wise person knows how to improvise… Real-world problems are often ambiguous and ill-defined and the context is always changing. A wise person is like a jazz musician — using the notes on the page, but dancing around them, inventing combinations that are appropriate for the situation and the people at hand. A wise person knows how to use these moral skills in the service of the right aims. To serve other people, not to manipulate other people. And finally, perhaps most important, a wise person is made, not born. Wisdom depends on experience, and not just any experience. You need the time to get to know the people that you’re serving. You need permission to be allowed to improvise, try new things, occasionally to fail and to learn from your failures. And you need to be mentored by wise teachers.”—
Me:A year has 365 days for you to study. After taking away 52 Sundays, there are only 313 days left. There are 50 days in the summer that is way too hot to work so there are only 263 days left. We sleep 8 hours a day, in a year, that counts up to 122 days so now we're left with 141 days. If we fooled around for only 1 hour a day, 15 days are gone, so we are left with 126 days. We spend 2 hours eating each day, 30 days are used in this way in the year, and we are left with 96 days in our year. We spend 1 hour a day speaking to friends and family, that takes away 15 days more and we are left with 81 days. Exams and tests take up at least 35 days in your year, hence you are only left with 46 days. Taking off approximately 40 days of holidays, you are only left with 6 days. Say you are sick for a minimum of 3 days, you're left with 3 days in the year to study! Let's say you only go out for 2 days... You're left with 1 day! But that 1 day is your birthday!
Fuck yeah to the kids who feel like they’re dying inside but still gather up the strength to roll out of bed, get dressed, and leave the house. You are strong and beautiful and worth so much more than you know.
literally nothing ever sounds like a better option than sleep. there are so many books to read, projects to start, stuff to draw, chores to do, people to meet, hobbies to learn, recipes to cook, i could teach myself mandarin fuckin chinese, but i’d rather be unconscious
If you’ve ever doubted yourself, walk deep into any forest. Notice how the trees still stand even though they are given no recognition. Walk along any stream. The water still flows, though no one stops to praise it. Watch the stars late at night; they shine without acknowledgment. Humans are just the same. We are made out of the same elements as these beautiful wonders. Always remember your beauty and self worth.
“You will make mistakes, disappoint God and others, and have days when you wonder why God ever called you in the first place. Don’t despair! Your usefulness to God is based on His consistency, not yours. Your call is sustained by God’s faithfulness, not yours.”—Jeff Iorg (via earthstranger)
“The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized - never knowing.”—Jim Rohn (via kari-shma)
“I am broken. Everyday is a new battle, but I am understanding that the war is already won. It was won by a man willing to give up everything for my wretched self. As broken as I stand He is whole. As hard as the battle seems He is victorious. I am trusting that beauty will come. And He will be glorified through the messiness of my life.”—G. Beltran (via heismore-iamless)
“How was your day?”
“Text me when you get home so I know you’re safe”
“How are you?”
“I hope you’re feeling better”
“Have a good day today!”
“I miss you”
“Can you come over?”
“Can I come over?”
“Can I see you?”
“Can I call you?”
“Want something to drink?”
“Watch your step”
“Let’s watch a movie”
“What are you up to?”
“How is your day so far?”
“It will be okay”
“I’m here for you”
“Do you need anything?”
“Are you hungry?”
“I just wanted to hear your voice”
“You just made my day”
You don’t have to hear “I Love You” to know that someone does. Listen carefully. People speak from the heart more often than you think.
I no longer know who I am
or who I have to be
and some days
I forget who you are
and what you’ve done for me
so I pray
remind me who to be
Lord remind me every day”—Today - Eric Ballard (via ericballard)
Differentiating whether certain thoughts, urges, and emotions come from me or come from God is very difficult for me to discern. I have to admit that this may be one of the most frustrating thing for me in my walk with God. I honestly would love to be able to know if it’s the Holy Spirit filling me up or it’s just merely my thoughts.
Last semester, as I was finishing a final exam of mine, I had felt that all hope was lost and that I would fail my course because of this exam. However, as I was walking back home from the exam hall and reminiscing at how ridiculously helpless I felt, this overwhelming urge to laugh appeared. I just had to laugh at how badly the exam went. I just had to laugh because there was absolutely nothing left that I could do about it. I just had to laugh at the circumstance I was in. I just HAD to laugh. Period.
Now it wasn’t a sarcastic laugh at myself like it may sound it is, but I can honestly say that it was a laughter out of pure joy. Joy which I had no idea where it came from. It felt odd and really great at the same time BUT, I had no idea if I had gone lunatic from the stress or it was a God given joy. No matter how much I wondered and asked God, I still didn’t have a satisfactory answer. Until today.
"Blessed are you if your laughter means that you have let go in reckless confidence all that shackles you to yesterday, imprisons you in your small self today, and frightens you with the uncertainty of tomorrow. Blessed are you who laugh, because you are free!" ~ Brennan Manning
There is no more hesitation now. After reading this quote, I immediately knew that my euphoric episode following my exam was from the Holy Spirit pouring joy into my heart. He was teaching me to let go and leave the rest to Him. It may have taken several months until I got a response, nonetheless, He answered my pondering; I feel so blessed to have experienced that.
I know that this is still the tip of the iceberg. I’m aware that this incident didn’t make things any clearer in terms of learning how to differentiate thoughts that belong to me or God. However, I am thankful that this incident is one of many that reaffirms my faith in Him. It’s an incident which reminded me of how blessed I am to have such an amazing and joyful God.
p.s. For those wondering, I did pass the course! =D
“Immersing yourself in His presence: whether in singing, writing, dancing, playing sports, worshiping, listening to holy music…closes the door to those who wouldn’t do you good. Allowing those like you to be attracted to the fragrance of Christ you emit”—(via godlydatingandfeelings)
The head of a company survived 9/11 because
His son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was
His turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her
Alarm clock didn’t go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
Because of an auto accident.
One of them
Missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
Time to change.
Car wouldn’t start.
Get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man
Who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
Took the various means to get to work but before.
He got there, he developed a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today..
Now when I am
Stuck in traffic,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone…
All the little things that annoy me,
I think to myself,
This is exactly where
I’m meant to be
At this very moment