1. God is closer than you think. Even if you can’t feel Him or hear Him right now, He’s there.
2. Change is gradual, not overnight. Trust in who God is calling you to be.
3. Call on the fruits of the spirit when you need them. When you’re annoyed call on patience, when your angry call on forgiveness, etc.
4. Your mind is a battlefield. Meaning you have to fight every single day. Don’t wake up with your guard down, wake up in prayer ready to put on the full armor of God and captivate your thoughts.
5. You are loved, you are forgiven, you are justified, you are sanctified, you are glorified, you are set free.
We cry “I’m hopeless!” Jesus cries “It is finished!” We scream “But I’ve fallen too many times!” Jesus whispers “And I hold the scars.” We weep “God, I’m scared.” And Jesus walks towards us, wraps us in His arms and says “So was I, but I am here so that you will never be alone.”
And that is the glory of Emmanuel; He is with us in the storms, He is with us in the sunshine. He is with us when we are low, He is with us when we are filled with joy.He is with us, always. T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)
Don’t ever, ever, ever let anyone make you feel like your feelings aren’t valid.
If you look at the fact that you have a roof over your head, food to eat, that you are young and beautiful and live in a peaceful land, then no, you have nothing to be sad about. But the fact is, we are not only a physical body, we have souls too, and sometimes our souls get sick. If you break a leg you don’t just say ‘I have no reason to have a broken leg’ and ignore it; you seek help. It’s the same when your soul gets hurt. Don’t apologize for being sad.My doctor when I told her I had no reason to be sad (via jessicapshaw)
God doesn’t talk to me in an audible voice because God isn’t a human; He’s God. That makes sense to me because human beings are limited and God isn’t limited at all. He can communicate to us in any way He wants to anytime he wants to. Through flowers, other people, an uncomfortable sense, a feeling of joy, goose bumps, a newfound talent, or an appreciation we acquire over time. It doesn’t need to be a big mystical thing.
I haven’t seen a combination of tree limbs that looked like John the Baptist or a cloud formation resembling Jesus. Honestly, they look just like branches and clouds to me. But I do see the beauty in them and the beauty that’s everywhere, that God made for me and you. I especially see evidence of God in other people’s lives. What’s beautiful about them always looks an awful lot like God to me. I wonder if the people listening for voices or looking for cloud shapes miss the whisper of God’s creation, somehow thinking it’s a lesser form of communication, like a text message rather than a whole book on tape.
It could just be me, but in all of this and despite what feels like a handicap at times, I can almost read His lips inaudibly saying to me, “I love you this much.”Bob Goff / Love Does (via yesdarlingido)