"We all find that one day, whether at five or twenty-five or eighty-five, whether in fortune or fame or failure, that we want to be vulnerable and known and somehow still loved: and that somewhere, an unfailing inexhaustible love must exist, regardless of who we are or what we’ve done. I believe such truth came to us in a person, and I find myself loving such a person to be the greatest adventure, the greatest gift, the truest journey. And in finding Him: I found that He had found me."
"God is always seeking you. Every sunset. Every clear blue sky. Each ocean wave. The starry hosts of night. He blankets each new day with the invitation, ‘I am here.’"
talk to kids like they’re people and take full interest in what they’re saying because they’re forming their personalities and it’s really vital that they know that their opinions are important and what they have to say deserves validation and respect. so when your three year old niece tells you that dragons don’t like cupcakes because the color blue is a spoon you better nod your head and ask her to explain more about that.
"She is proud, she is struggling with herself; but kind, charming, generous."
"I don’t like the term “falling in love.” When you fall, it’s a mistake that leaves you embarrassed or hurt or both. When you fall, you eventually get back up and they call the getting up “falling out of love” So I don’t want either. I want to grow in love instead. Loving you feels nothing like falling—it feels a lot more like blooming. The reaching of a flower for the sun; the reaching of my hand for yours."
""Courage allows the successful woman to fail-
and learn powerful lessons-
from the failure-
so that in the end,
she didn’t fail at all.” - Maya Angelou"
"When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either."
"The mark of true femininity is an essence as much as it is a mentality. It does not depend on externalities or material things. Her outward beauty is nothing more than an extension to what is already true of her inner self—an expression of her style, not her value. She deals with insecurity by making much of Christ because only He is the source of her identity and the essence of her security. She trusts that He defines her rather than requiring the fickle affirmation of others. True femininity is uninterested in the world’s approval, deaf to their commentary. Her eyes fixed and ears attuned heavenward—interested solely in the guidance & pleasure of her maker.
Joy lingers in her path because she leads a life of kindness, intelligence, and confidence. She is genuine, and she is approachable. She extends herself to others and lives in a manner that invites you to know her. She uses her influence to encourage and inspire. Her life is a banner of integrity. Her voice is one that calls for equality and justice because the more she discovers His heart, the more she resembles it.
True femininity is never accidentally embodied. It’s always a choice, and it’s a worthy one because it’s contagious. It’s not about trying harder, but about accepting what has already been spoken over you—peace instead of chaos, love instead of hate, service instead of vanity. True femininity will manifest when we stop trying to prove ourselves and instead embrace the truth that has redeemed and repurposed our lives. Once we are satisfied in the source of beauty, there will be an evident joyous freedom in the way we hold ourselves & treat others. When your life is punctuated by the truth of Christ, others prosper—for your beauty is not your own, but a living picture of His nature and an invitation to know the fullness of His freedom.
"Those whom God will use mightily, He wounds deeply."