A gentle woman is one of remarkable strength and tenacity, because she does not attack back when someone sins against her. Rather she waits on God. Knowing that God is just, she can suffer without bitterness.
True Beauty, Carolyn Mahaney
Crux Sola Est Nostra Theologia
The Cross Alone Is Our Theology
Forgiving and forgetting are not one in the same. When we fail to realize that, we will hold on to our hurts for a very long time. And eventually those hurts begin wreaking havoc on our lives from the inside out. But forgiveness is not about excusing the other person, it’s about freeing ourselves to receive healing from the God who forgives us time and time and time again.
Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things.
Jesus wants you to be you. The faith that Jesus gives you is sufficient for the path he gives you (Romans 12:3). And the grace he gives you to face your trials will be sufficient for you when the need comes (2 Corinthians 12:9).You are your truest you, not when you are analyzing yourself or measuring yourself against someone else. You are your truest you when your eyes are fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), when you are following him in faith, and when you are serving others in love with the grace-gifts God has assigned to you (Romans 12:4–8).
The Lutheran stream emphasizes that all work is God’s work. Worldview doesn’t matter. You make a good pair of shoes, then you’re doing God’s work, because work is God’s way of caring for creation.All work has dignity because it reflects God’s image in us, and also because the material creation we are called to care for is good.
That’s what I want. I want to arrive. I want to get to wherever I’m going and stay there. That’s why I was such a ferocious planner of my life. But I’m learning to just keep moving, keep walking, keep taking teeny tiny steps. And it’s in those teeny tiny steps and moments that I become, actually, who I am. We won’t arrive. But we can become. And that’s the most hopeful thing I can think of. Thank God I was wrong about everything I had planned. Thank God I wasn’t on my schedule, because even though I dragged my heels and checked my planner every five seconds while I watched my life change in his hands, I really like the place I’ve ended up, and the things I’ve seen along the way. Now when I think about the future, I try to write in pencil.
Shauna Niequist (via evenso-itiswell)
She knows who she is.
She just forgot for a little while.
Legalistic remorse says, ‘I broke God’s rules,’ while real repentance says, ‘I broke God’s heart’.