“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:1 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:1 “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite...
It is abnormal for a Christian not to have an appetite for the impossible. It...– When Heaven Invades Earth, Bill Johnson
What if I just let Him love me? What if I just let Him love me the way that I need? The way that I have always wanted? What if I just let Him love me for me? Perhaps life would be so much easier… If I just really gave Him all of me. Fickle heart of mine, please give yourself wholly to this One called Love and let Him, the Unchanging, come and make His home in you. I cannot command...
The day will come. The day will come. The day will come. This is my hope. That one day, He will come and make the wrong things right. Jesus… come back.
God’s jealousy is marked by hesed love. It is committed, steadfast, and long suffering. It is passionate for the others’ welfare and always protects. Human jealousy is marked by self-centered love. It is dominating, cruel, controlling, tyrannical, suspicious, and refuses to trust. The difference is focus. In His jealousy, God sacrificed His son. In our jealousy, we shudder at the thought of...
About half a year ago, I had a dream that I lived in a beautiful house. I was married to the most wonderful man. He was tall and had arms that would wrap around me securely. He had eyes that I could get lost in… I could tell exactly what he was thinking just by looking into them. They were always kind towards me. We would sit on the couch and talk for hours on end. I would cook for him and...
“When over the years someone has seen you at your worst, and knows you with all your strengths and flaws, yet commits him- or herself to you wholly, it is a consummate experience. To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than...
This can't possibly be where I'm supposed to be.
As I sat down in the prayer room last night, an overwhelming sense of sorrow filled every sense of my being. I could no longer suppress it. I could no longer hide it. It was the first time in years that I cried aloud. It was the first time in a long time that I could no longer run away from the dark reality of my heart. And so I let the aches of my heart come alive as the music drowned out the...
“The hard-won lesson I’ve learned in marriage, something I’m very grateful for knowing now, is that there are some things in my wife’s heart and some struggles she faces in life that I cannot fix. It doesn’t matter how romantic I am; it doesn’t matter how loving I am; it doesn’t matter how many flowers I send, or if I write her poetry, or if I clean the kitchen, or if I take the kids and let her...
In this still small moment
Somewhere between having to go to work on a Saturday and getting caught in the rain, His presence became the furthest thing from me. I forgot the very price He paid so that I could walk in it. I forgot the grace that I’ve received just by being alive, and being able to breathe. This happens all too often. But as I sit here in the sanctuary, though rightfully offended He should be, all I...
You still want me
You still want the heart that is in love with someone else. You still want the heart that curses you. You still want the heart that has no good thing. You still want the heart that has nothing to give. You still want it. You still want me. You still want me when I don’t give you the worship you deserve. You still want me when I deem others more precious than you. You still want me when I spit in...
“Honest communication in love is the only way to live and grow in friendships. There are ebbs and flows. There may be real hurt and disappointment. But with the grace of God firmly holding us, it is possible to nurture and sustain deep friendships. We are designed to live in relationship and share in the lives of other women. We need one another. God knows that. We have only to ask and...
Anger is the result of love
“Anger is the result of love. It is energy for defense of something you love when it is threatened. If you don’t love something at all, you are not angry when it is threatened. If you love something a little, you get a little angry when it is threatened. If something you love is an ‘ultimate concern,’ if it is something that gives you meaning in life, then when it is threatened you will get...
”There are no great men of God— there are only tiny, broken, weak,...– Paul Washer
"Be satisfied in My love."
You’re committed. You’re in 100%. You died knowing that I’d fall, cheat, and run… You died willingly… and joyfully. Because this… filthy rag… was worth it to you. All you ask is that I believe and be satisfied in your perfect love… and I say yes, Lord… yes… 100 times over. And when the lies seep in that there’s no more grace left...
graciemadeline: And happy am I, to live a hungry...
All I once held dear, built my life upon, all this world reveres and wars to own, all I once thought gain I have counted loss, spent and worthless now compared to this. Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You. There is no greater thing. You’re my all, You’re the best, You’re my joy, my righteousness; and I love You, Lord. Now my heart’s desire is to know You more, to be found in...
When it gets hard to love... love even harder.
Love and love again.
Above all else
Jesus, my passion in life is to know You May all other goals bow down to this journey of loving you more Jesus, You’ve showered Your goodness on me Given Your gifts so freely But there’s one thing I’m longing for Hear my heart’s cry And my prayer for this life Above all else Above all else Above all else Give me Yourself Savior, the more that I see Your beauty The more that I glimpse Your glory My...
that in the midst of dark nights, sometimes Your presence is just a bit thicker.
No matter the circumstance You give me the highest pleasure, the greatest treasure You, yourself You never make me try to earn it You just open your heart again and again You never withhold yourself from me In every season of my life, You’re so kind Even when You’re working in my life withholding things Even when You’re working in my life with discipline Even when...
If you love like Jesus, you’ll look like Jesus on the cross—...– Mamabear
the first time You came and met with me face to face and I wanted so badly to run away and hide… but Your presence drew me in and I couldn’t resist it… I remember asking You why… I asked that over and over again… but You quieted my heart with four words: “Because you are mine.” I remember the way I fell so desperately into Your open arms… I remember...
No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20-21 I pray for young Abrahams to rise up in this generation… to stand firm, clinging onto His promises and trusting in all His ways… for He who promised is FAITHFUL.
One of the greatest tragedies in the Christian life is to see soldiers of God go...– Bill Johnson
What a friend
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer
I say Yes to You
And no to bitterness No to hiding No to running away No to my flesh Yes to Your perfect timing Yes to Your love for me Yes to Your sufficiency Yes to Your will for me
It is not about who you are, but about who He is. HE. IS. GREATER. Greater than your weaknesses, greater than your circumstances, greater than your failures. Rest in His love and His power today… you are DEARLY loved!
Cast all your cares on me, Cause I care for you I...
Press on. There is grace to go on… give Him everything.
Little by little, every day... My Jesus is...
What a joyous truth He spoke into my heart this morning.
What do I have if I don’t have You, Jesus?
No reservations, no walls Cause I wanna give all...
It's really all or nothing...
Lord, set this generation apart for Your kingdom come.
And now when my heart condemns You remind me again that You were the first to love You put the ring on my finger and put the robe upon my back You throw Your arms around me and say ‘You are my daughter, don’t forget…’
You say my name and I can’t ignore You Your presence comes in and my heart just adores You I was made for Love’s embrace
I’m singing You this song I’m waiting at the Cross All the world holds dear I count it all as loss For the sake of knowing You For the glory of Your name To know the lasting joy Even sharing in Your pain
Awakening is not us locking ourselves in the church and having great meetings,...– Damon Thompson (via freedomreigns)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
“True worship arises from hearts that are overcome by a vision of God’s unmerited love for us. It’s based on the revelation that God gives us of himself, of his goodness, his mercy, his readiness to forgive. So, if we’re to praise God both in spirit and in truth, our worship must be based on this awesome truth about him.” - David Wilkerson
Now I close my eyes And I hear Your voice calling I see the cross for all that it stands And I dont see the road But I feel Your presence guiding me And I am Yours again
When heaven opens, over me, I’m saturated...
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love...
1 Peter 4:8
August 31, 2010 -- HE CALLS US TO SEE IT THROUGH...
28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?29For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ - Luke 14:28-30 Christ knew many of his followers would not have what...
The Secret Place
“But I say we cannot be more useful to the Lord than when we minister love to him in the secret closet of prayer. When we seek the Lord, when we search his Word endlessly to know him, then we are at the peak of our usefulness… He is more interested in winning our whole hearts than in our winning the world for him.”
For nourishment, comfort, exhilaration, and refreshment, no wine can rival the...– Charles H. Spurgeon
People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun’s...– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (via quote-book)