You may have many regrets, but purging your soul of the ones who hurt you should not be one of them. If there is an immoral power they have over you, if they govern your thoughts, emotions, or heartbeat, free yourself at once. And in that freedom, inhale deeply without that familiar pang in your chest. Taste the air and feel it swell up in your lungs like it’s the first time.You Asked Me If I Still Think of You
There is a place called ‘heaven’ where the good here unfinished is completed; and where the stories unwritten, and the hopes unfulfilled, are continued. We shall laugh together yet.J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter to his son, Michael. (via both-seeker-and-sought)
Let us in the same way show to the people of the world who think our religion to be slavery, that it is a delight and a joy; that it is no more a burden to us to pray than it is for the fish to swim; that it is no more bondage for us to serve God than for a bird to fly. True godliness is our natural element now that we have a new nature given us by the Spirit of God.Charles Spurgeon (via craigtowens)
I’m realizing that the problem lies with wanting to be a different person. In that process the person that you are dies altogether.Sammie
The difference between racism and prejudice is the racism involves an element of power, so racism is she prejudice is used to subjugate, disenfranchise, or profit over another group. The existing power structures in the United States are aligned against black people. As a result, black people cannot be racist because they do not hold the relevant power to leverage their beliefs to profit off of or even subjugate white people. However they can still be prejudiced against white people. It’s just not racism.
You must not reduce yourself to a puddle just because the person you like is afraid to swim and you are a fierce sea to them; because there will be someone who was born with love of the waves within their blood, and they will look at you with fear and respect.T.B. LaBerge // Things I’m Still Learning at 25 (via tblaberge)
Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless you learn to open the door of your life completely and let God in from your first waking moment of each new day, you will be working on the wrong level throughout the day. But if you will swing the door of your life fully open and ‘pray to your Father who is in the secret place,’ every public thing in your life will be marked with the lasting imprint of the presence of God.Oswald Chambers // My Utmost for His Highest. (via tblaberge)
May you feel the perfect peace draped over the shoulders of believers. May you stand waist deep in the infallible love of Christ. May you know what its like to be put back together by divine hands and made whole day-by-day. This is my wish for you.lost, but found.
I have dealt with depression and do deal with it. In light of the heartbreaking death of Robin Williams, there have been some great blog posts written about it below (especially from a Christian perspective) that have helped me tremendously.
Depression can be a tricky thing to deal with. For a long time, I convinced myself that I dealt with sadness….but not depression. But, as I have gotten older, I’ve grown to understand myself better and by being honest and calling it ‘depression’ has honestly helped me tremendously. I deal with days of complete joy and days of complete darkness. And the darkness sometimes has no name and sometimes has no reason and sometimes makes me feel like a prisoner in my own head and sometimes makes me hate myself and what it does to those i love. I have prayed against it, received prayer for it, pleaded with God to take away my deep sense of evil and good and my extremist thinking and the way I sink so far into feelings. I have counted my blessings, I have read the word, I have talked with mentors and sought professional advice as well. I have done all I can do. And I have dealt with this for so long that I am good at operating in it and covering it, but it is there and it happens….not everyday, but more often than i like to tell people. But for me, that is okay. There is freedom in knowing my weakness. I deal with depression and sometimes I deal with immense joy and sometimes everything hurts, and I am still choosing to fight because the moments of joy are worth it to me.
The world is full of darkness….and the weight of it can be crushing. but there are others around me that help me bear the load of the dark and usher light in. together. it is in community and in love and in moments of wonder and exploration and adventure that those moments of joy touch me. and it’s worth it. so, so worth it. depression is a sickness that i believe can be helped with many things, medicine included. God can even heal it, medicine can heal it, there are cases where it goes away. But sometimes it is just there, a reminder of our human frailty in a world full of good and evil. it is not a sin to be depressed. it is a reminder of the brokenness of our world. and my heart sometimes breaks under how evil seems to win the battle most days.
but love wins the war and that is enough for me. If you know someone who deals with this, don’t try to fix them. Just help them bear the dark. Just remind them that what they feel is real and that darkness is suffocating, but there is good, oh there is good and joy and it can be found amidst the darkness.
Here is another one of my personal posts on it.
*there are a lot of different degrees of depression…so if you are depressed, please seek professional help. Every person’s body chemistry is unique and what works for one person may not work for another. Seek community and friends and a mentor/psychologist to help you work through what you personally need.