"If It's The Lord's Will"

All to Jesus.

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Aug. 11, 2014

songyumi:

"God, you said to be like children, right? Children are selfish.. And God, I know… I’m so selfish. I am filled with darkness and envy and sin. But, God Your love… Your grace is greater, right? Do You forgive me? Did I repent enough? Because God I feel unforgiven. God, my heart is heavy with…

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jspark3000:

Before I left church yesterday, a little Sunday School kid said, “I won’t be here this Sunday. Can you give me a hug? And can you remember my name?” Suddenly I knew what Jesus felt like when he picked up children with their arms wide open, and I’m reminded that every human desire is really to be known and to be loved. It’s the heart of a kid who doesn’t want to be forgotten.

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Whenever you love somebody, there’s usually a list. “I love you because of ___.” Your voice. Your hair. Your confidence. The way you crinkle your nose when you laugh. How you change your mind a hundred times at the drive-thru. How you bend down to a child to speak to them at eye level. How you look in a mean dress.

But at the bottom of this long list, God always adds one more. He says, “I love you just-because.” No specific reason, not based on externals, and not even based on anything we say or do. It just is. Because we all get old and gray. We all change over a lifetime. The reasons that others love us never stay the same, because we are a people in progress shaped by the edges of time. God loves us when our souls turn ugly, when we are cowardly and crass, when we fail and stumble, when we lose patience at the drive-thru and set a poor example for children. He loves us when the dress stops fitting. He loves us when those who’ve seen our underbelly silently walk away. Our God is the God who stays when everyone else leaves.

And when our voice fades, when our hair is gone, when we can hardly laugh without pain: God loves us just because. He can’t help it. This is who He is, regardless of who we are, because His love does not reside in a list. His love is free. It is reckless. It is forever.
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jspark3000:

If “Rebel” is Lecrae’s epistles, “Rehab” the prophets, and “Gravity” the Psalms, then “Anomaly” is Ecclesiastes. Naked truth.

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peterdwebb:

You want to be heroic? Don’t give up on your friends when it becomes hard to talk to them.

You want to be brave? Talk about important things even if starting the conversation is awkward.

You want to be awesome? Spend more time blessing other people than you do enjoying life for yourself.

Real heroes are more concerned about the folks in distress than they are about their own comfort and safety.

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Advice From Older Women

Woman 1:
Do you think he's "the one," Lauren?
Me:
How would I to know that?
Woman 2:
Well, do you want him to be "the one?"
Me:
Of course I do. I'd be wasting our time if I didn't, right?
Woman 1:
Just remember that if he's going to be the one, you have to consider more than how you currently feel.
Woman 2:
Exactly. You have to consider what it will be like when marriage is less exciting after the initial newly-wed high has faded.
Me:
Okay, like what?
Woman 1:
Even when you find yourself less attracted to him, at the end of the day, do you still think he is overall a good man--because that matters.
Woman 2:
It all comes down to the simple things that you would think are obvious. But they're not. They're important. In the long run, it's these little things that are even more important than feeling "in love." For instance, is he a man of integrity? What do his friends think about him? Does he take care of you? Is he going to be faithful? Is he reliable? You don't know everything--you can't, of course, but what do you see him making patterns of in his behavior?
Woman 1:
She's right. It's the basics that carry you through hard times, lonely weeks, and stale months. It's trusting each other to be steadfast despite the fluctuation of your emotions. It's the basics that make you able to choose marriage on the days you wish you could walk away quietly.
Me:
What made you stay during those times you wanted to leave or the times you wished you weren't married?
Woman 2:
Realizing that marriage is not the pursuit of happiness. It is a covenant that daily chooses to love through self-denial. And some days are easier than other. But you have to make that choice. That is one decision that will always pay off--I've never regretted choosing to love or choosing to stay because making that choice is the very thing that makes my husband "The One."
Woman 1:
You've both got to live covenant minded--not emotion driven, but God enabled.
Me:
That's all good advice, but is there a way for me to really know?
Woman 2:
Of course not. God is the only one who is constant and things could change tomorrow, but it matters to know whether you can move towards him being the one. You should at least know that it's probable.
Woman 1:
If you can look at each other and say, "No matter how I feel today, I choose to love and I choose to stay," that is enough for you to be confident to say, "Yes, he's the one."

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jspark3000:

When I see someone bust out dancing, I get happy because they’re happy. I don’t ever want to make fun of them. I don’t want to shame someone for their expression of happy, even if it looks really weird.

— J.S.

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