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Coffee Rings & Sunshine

I’ve always had trouble with this idea of “hearing from God.” I always side-eye those super A+ put-together Christians who were hearing from God every week, and somehow I was outside the door of some secret club where God was throwing around fortune cookies full of His life-changing secrets.

Let’s consider that God does speak to us every week. Let’s consider photosynthesis, the spinning of atoms, the burning of stars, the breath we just breathed, your child’s messy drawing, the twitching of your neurons to fire off emotions, a hug from your best friend. Let’s consider the sustaining of our molecules, which is purely by His grace. Let’s see all we are missing when our eyes are locked on a screen when the world is unrolling around us, as God makes His glory known through nature and coincidence. Let’s consider Christ, who is God’s spoken word and His very own glorious radiance (Hebrews 1:2-3). Let’s consider that God is already within the silence, and that even when we do not “feel” Him, God is okay with this too.

—    J.S. from this post (via jspark3000)

Having hope in God means no one else finishes the story but Him, and everything really will be okay. We do not need to fear optimism. Life will still hurt and there is darkness ahead — but we have a Healer, a Counselor, a King, a Father, a Friend. We can get our hopes up: all the way up to Him.

—    J.S. (via jspark3000)

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You are more than empty beds and lonely nights, you are not just a heartbeat under bed sheets. You are complex and wonderful, beautiful and brilliant; please stop allowing the silence to dictate who you are. You are Christ’s, the same voice that awoke the world, calls you beloved, never ever forget that.

—    T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)

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The joy of repentance is discovering a freedom and a life you never thought was possible. The guilt that you feel in confronting your selfishness is real, but you can’t stay there. Satan will try to convince you that guilt and repentance are the same thing — except one leads to a breakdown and the other leads to a breakthrough. Don’t get played: repentance can be a joyful chain-breaking journey if you see it through to the end.

—    J.S. (via jspark3000)

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I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story.

—    G.K. Chesterton (via jspark3000)

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mmepastel:

Comme un trait d’union entre Muji Lee et Lizzy Stewart, voici quelques exemples du travail de la japonaise Fumi Koike. Une prédilection pour les scènes d’intérieur cosy, mais une ouverture sur l’extérieur, particulièrement les balades en montagne sous un grand ciel froid, comme si la jeune artiste traçait sa cartographie intime de ses lieux heureux, entre la chambre à coucher et la voûte céleste. L’immense et le tout petit. Version alanguie, ensommeillée, avec tous ces chiens qui dorment paisiblement, tranquilles. Une véritable quiétude se dégage de ses dessins ou peintures.

http://fumikoike.blogspot.fr

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