I believe we were made for glory; for something bigger than ourselves, and I love that! I love finding beauty and finding God in the simplest things; nature, music, people, it goes on. Being made for something bigger than ourselves, I believe, holds something so powerful. Go beyond the norm, to dream the impossible, to make an impact. To not limit God in what He can do in our lives. When fire comes our way, let that illuminate who He is. I see it as, I only have one life here to make something beautiful out of what He's given me in this world. Go on adventures, do something spontaneous,laugh a lot, be challenged, win, fail, get back up, love on people, even if you think they don't deserve it, I want it to be worship to my Creator in each of these things I do.
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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.

My heart is missing some important people today. People that I feel were unfairly ripped out of my life. Where someone else’s decisions changed what my relationships looked like.

Great things have been happening. I can’t even share it with them. I can’t pick up the phone and say “guess what?!” God has been doing great things but I often am reminded of the wound that I feel like hasn’t healed yet.
I hate that I’m not able to celebrate life with them. I hate that this has taken away years worth of friendship.

But I know that God is good. I know that He is the healer of the broken hearted. I just miss them, Lord. Some days it’s just hard.

I am just learning what it really looks like to cling to God when you feel like everything else is failing around you; including yourself. I’m learning that constantly trying to fix things or worse, ignore things just makes a bigger mess. I’m learning that God wants to take that messiness an make something beautiful out of it. I’m learning that restoration and healing comes with surrender to what His will is for you. It’s sometimes painful and confusing, and you might want to take a few steps back. But He’s your father, waiting to catch you when you’re ready to jump and trust that He will catch you right I’m His arms. And the funny thing is.. The learning never ends.. but neither does His grace..

Ride.

Being happy is a choice. It’s knowing that life is not a destination. That it’s a journey. That life is happening now. Things happen. There’s loss, there’s pain, there’s darkness. It’s choosing to use your light or blend in with the dark. It’s smiling knowing that it’s not over. It’s knowing that life pushes you to deal with the next day. It’s up to you what you do with that day. I choose to live.

Life is too short to be hesitant of past hurts. It hurts but it heals if you let it. Pain shouldn’t put fear in us but the exact opposite. Life doesn’t stop, only we do. If one person hurt you, doesn’t mean the next person will. It’s inviting life in; not shutting it out. -Jodi

It doesn’t honor God to pretend like everything is OK. That’s the beauty of Jesus that so many people miss. The beauty is that he died on the cross for our sins, but also that he existed the way we exist. He understands what it’s like to lose a friend. He’s not unfamiliar with those emotions. He’s not unfamiliar with the difficulty of human life. To me that’s what makes Jesus as God beautiful. He totally understands. He went out of his way to prove to us that he understands our situation. So when he has something to say, it’s not coming from this high and lofty standpoint. It’s coming from this person who understands intricately the perils of human existence.
John Mark McMillan  (via intercedings)

(via rabbit-grey)

Marry a man who loves Jesus. Who loves God before he even knows that you exist. A man who falls to his knees, with tears in his eyes and hands held high, without a care to the world watching him. A man who knows that God is the best foundation in your relationship. A relationship that brings you each other closer to Him.
The man who loves Jesus will respect you. He’ll pursue you and treasure you. He won’t pressure you or control you, but gently walk beside you and lead you. He will appreciate you as the gift and beauty you are, and remind you of it every day. He will worship with you. He’ll pray for you and pray with you. He will lead you with strong hands, stand up when you can’t, but remind you that only God can satisfy.

When everything falls apart, Your arms hold me together. When everything falls apart, You’re the only hope for this heart. When everything falls apart and my strength is gone, I find You mighty and strong. You keep holding on.