{ hope for me }

a prayer found in a lenten devotional by buddy odom —

so often Jesus, I want to be healed straight away. but you have a higher hope for me than this, do You not? Knowing You, trusting Your journey with me, being known by You… but can I stand this love? Your ways are such a strong drink of water to me. help me to yield and to follow You, great Jesus. Hear my prayer…

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{ flowers in your hair }

so now i think that i can love you back, but i hope its not too late because you’re so attractive in the way you move. i won’t close my eyes.

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YES PLEASE. ALL. DAY. LONG.

{ not by my own strength }

Today I counseled. For like the fifth time ever. I’ve been counseling girls my age or younger but not ten years older than me.

That changed today.

My confidence to ask these girls the right questions still isn’t super high. And honestly I tried to hand this client off to another counselor because I didn’t want to do this one, but… Off I go.

As I prepared, I remembered some wise words my friend Betsy told me years ago about walking into the Bearden High School lunch room: “The Lord doesn’t need you to do his work, He is choosing you to.”

I remembered that as I sat with a woman who needed someone to listen to her.

Be encouraged that He doesn’t need you, but He wants to use you to accomplish His purposes.

{ mystery }

“there is comfort in your moment of greatest mystery. there is encouragement in your time of greatest confusion, and hope in your moment of greatest discouragement. your world is not a world of constant chaos controlled by impersonal forces. your destiny is not in your hands or in the hands of other people. you are held in the hands of your heavenly Father, who rules everything! you are a child of the King of Kings and you live under the shadow of his wing. you are part of his plan. that means that the exercise of his power and authority is for your blessing.” -Paul Tripp, in Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands

{ valentine’s day }

a littlesweetthang came by our house today and dropped this line of love. thankful for seeing holidays through a gospel lens. thankful for encouragement. thankful for how those i know love me well. thankful for christ’s loving me before i loved him.

john 13:34 “a new commandment i give to you, that you love one another: just as i have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

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{ together }

“We are not saved individuals. It’s not just Jesus and me… We don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. We have an interpersonal relationship with Jesus… And we can only be healthy and function and know of God’s grace in its fullness and richness as we are plugged in deeply to other believers…God is supposed to have a body here in the world, and it’s you and me together being the church; being the body of Christ… And the world should be able to look at how we love each other and how we lay down our lives for them and know who God is…” – John Wood

 

sundays are for being together, slowing down, and loving one another.