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You passionately love Jesus, but you don’t really want to be like Him. You admire His humility, but you don’t want to be that humble. You think it’s beautiful that He washed the feet of the disciples, but that’s not exactly the direction your life is headed. You’re thankful He was spit upon and abused, but you would never let that happen to you. You praise Him for loving you enough to suffering during His whole time on earth, but you’re going to do everything within your power to make sure you enjoy your time down here. In short: You think He is a great savior, but not a great role model.

Pastor Francis Chan  (via northwestsong)

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No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)
One goal during our upcoming marriage that we pray over is to create a home in which people would feel welcome. And we hope to humbly offer one of food, warmth, and open doors. Being gifted this book made our hearts soar. Just envisioning gathering around to share meals, laughter, tears, life – oh I’m finding it very difficult to maintain my excitement as we prayerfully seek the home God has for us! Until then, I’ll be trying my hand at some of these wonderful recipes. Words are far from the amount of gratitude I currently feel.

One goal during our upcoming marriage that we pray over is to create a home in which people would feel welcome. And we hope to humbly offer one of food, warmth, and open doors. Being gifted this book made our hearts soar. Just envisioning gathering around to share meals, laughter, tears, life – oh I’m finding it very difficult to maintain my excitement as we prayerfully seek the home God has for us! Until then, I’ll be trying my hand at some of these wonderful recipes. Words are far from the amount of gratitude I currently feel.

If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it.

Mark Boyle (via explore-everywhere)

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Waiting is a movement. People who wait have received a promise that allows them to wait. They have received something that is at work in them, like a seed that has started to grow. This is very important. We can only really wait if what we are waiting for has already begun for us. So waiting is never a movement from nothing to something. It is always a moving from something to something more.

Waiting is also active. Most of us think of waiting as something very passive, a hopeless state determined by events totally out of our hands. But none of this passivity marks the waiting in scripture. It is active, because in our waiting we know that something is growing from the ground on which we are standing. Active waiting means to be fully present to the moment in a conviction that something is happening where you are and you want to be present to it.

Henry Nouwen, “A Spirituality of Waiting” (via yesdarlingido)

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My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes - many times - my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens - and it happens every day in some measure - I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.

John Piper (via desertmanian)

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