"Every one of us is in the image of God, and every one of us is like a damaged icon. But if we were given an icon damaged by time, damaged by circumstances, or desecrated by human hatred, we would treat it with reverence, with tenderness, with broken-heartedness. We would not pay attention primarily to the fact that it is damaged, but to the tragedy of its being damaged. We would concentrate on what is left of its beauty, and not on what is lost of its beauty. And this is what we must learn to do with regard to each person as an individual, but also – and this is not always as easy – with regard to groups of people, whether it be a parish or a denomination, or a nation. We must learn to look, and look until we have seen the underlying beauty of this group of people. Only then can we even begin to do something to call out all the beauty that is there. Listen to other people, and whenever you discern something which sounds true, which is a revelation of harmony and beauty, emphasize it and help it to flower. Strengthen it and encourage it to live”

— Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

conquerorsthroughhim:

Can I be honest with y’all? Sometimes I get so frustrated with why God allowed me to see the ugliness and brokenness of this world abroad. There are nights I stay up because I can’t stop thinking about those moms who can’t feed their children a decent meal while I lay in my warm bed with air conditioning. Or the mother giving birth on a cot stained with blood. Or the acts of war against innocent people. Or the corruption of money. Or the child crying because his family can’t send them to school. Or the birth mother giving up her child to the orphanage because she can’t afford to keep her children she loves. Or the people dying all over the world from treatable diseases. I wonder why was I so fortunate to be born in a country that I don’t have to worry about those fears. I wonder what makes me different. I may never get the answer. But I’m okay with that because you know what… The more important question is what am I doing for others? What am I doing to help this get better? May I never lose the focus. May I always ask what can I do instead of debate about it. This is not a wealth problem, hunger problem, a political problem, or a war problem, this is a love problem. And their is hope. If we would just really love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. So answer this, what are you doing to better your world? Because loving those around you is the answer. Let’s strive to make it known among the earth and build the Kingdom of Heaven here. To make a difference on this earth, is to live and we can make a difference but it starts with working together.

exactly.

conquerorsthroughhim:

Can I be honest with y’all? Sometimes I get so frustrated with why God allowed me to see the ugliness and brokenness of this world abroad. There are nights I stay up because I can’t stop thinking about those moms who can’t feed their children a decent meal while I lay in my warm bed with air conditioning. Or the mother giving birth on a cot stained with blood. Or the acts of war against innocent people. Or the corruption of money. Or the child crying because his family can’t send them to school. Or the birth mother giving up her child to the orphanage because she can’t afford to keep her children she loves. Or the people dying all over the world from treatable diseases. I wonder why was I so fortunate to be born in a country that I don’t have to worry about those fears. I wonder what makes me different. I may never get the answer. But I’m okay with that because you know what… The more important question is what am I doing for others? What am I doing to help this get better? May I never lose the focus. May I always ask what can I do instead of debate about it. This is not a wealth problem, hunger problem, a political problem, or a war problem, this is a love problem. And their is hope. If we would just really love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. So answer this, what are you doing to better your world? Because loving those around you is the answer. Let’s strive to make it known among the earth and build the Kingdom of Heaven here. To make a difference on this earth, is to live and we can make a difference but it starts with working together.

exactly.

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I kick and I scream and I thrash hard against the Father’s love. I shift my focus and become a prisoner to the panic instead of the promise, and still He says, “mine.” He looks at me, broken, and calls me daughter and ever so lovingly pulls me right back in.

I want to live as a prisoner to the “Yes.” Remembering all we have seen, we set our hope fully on what we have not yet seen. We place all of our hope and all of our trust and all of our focus on the grace given us through Christ, and we beg to live captured by His promises.

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Katie Davis 

Note to Self:

"If by doing some work which the undiscerning consider ‘not spiritual work’ I can best help others, but I inwardly rebel, thinking it is the spiritual for which I crave, when in truth it is the interesting and exciting, then I know nothing of Calvary love." - Amy Carmichael 

A message from Anonymous
Gosh, you're beautiful.

Well thank you, dear… you’re too sweet (:

A message from Anonymous
you're back!

So are you, Anon. 

So.
Are.
You.

"Girls are not machines that you put kindness into until sex falls out."
Porphyria R’lyeh
"Start serving people. You will get in over your head and all of a sudden: your prayer life will change, the way you read the Bible will change, and you will find out what the Gospel is about in whole new ways."
Lee Younger
"The sin that is most destructive in your life right now is the sin that you’re most defensive about."
Tim Keller

Remember last week when I went to see the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks in Colorado and they covered a Beyonce song? That was cool.

A message from Anonymous
what do you think of "rape culture"

I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking… Are you asking if I think that “rape culture” is a legitimate thing? Or are you asking how I feel about it? 

In the first case: Yes, I believe that “rape culture” is real. To say that it is not would be total ignorance. The older I get the more it is made abundantly clear that we live in a rape culture… If you are a woman and you deny the idea that we live in a rape culture, I can only assume that you live in an underground tunnel, completely isolated from any male interaction. If you are a man and you deny this idea, you are probably a part of the problem, whether you are consciously aware of it or not.

In the second case: I hate it. I especially hate that we just pass it off with statements like, “men just think differently” or “maybe you shouldn’t wear shorts”.

Rape culture is real and it is wrong. 

A message from Anonymous
You are very beautiful and I love your blog. You seem like a strong woman of God. I'm sure God will continue to use you. You're amazing. HE>i

This is the sweetest thing… Thank you so much for your kindness, Anon. 

I hope you have a blessed week, my friend. :)

Watching a sermon and drinking a beer because I am a Presbyterian.