Unlearning

My name is Samantha. I love Jesus and I love you.

If there is a God, you owe him far more than a morally decent life.

—Timothy Keller  (via godmoves)

(Source: tblaberge, via cafespirit)

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.

—Martin Luther (via godmoves)

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It is our love for God that overcomes the obstacles of disobedience and makes the commandments of God a joy rather than a burden.

—John Piper (via jesus-christ-is-king)

Jesus welcomes doubts, questions, confusion, frustration, venting, and disbelief. He welcomes those who draw near and say, ‘I feel so far.’ If you haven’t talked to him in a while, he will not bite your head off. His arms are always open. Jesus can handle your clenching of the teeth and shaking of the fist. What he does not want is for you to stay there.

J.S. (via jspark3000)

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What’s the worst thing I’ve stolen? Probably little pieces of other people’s lives. Where I’ve either wasted their time or hurt them in some way. That’s the worst thing you can steal, the time of other people. You just can’t get that back.

—Chester Bennington (via yesdarlingido)

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I’ve been asking God to carve out my cynicism. And I know that He heard me because I feel Him scraping it out. He isn’t being discreet about it either. Like a doctor discussing the cancer found in His patient, God keeps wanting to talk about where all He found it, and how its traces of prideful intolerance have been choking out my compassion and smothering my joy. I really enjoyed having a cynical side. It made me funnier. But it also made me an unapproachable ass. Because cynical humor is always at someone’s expense. It side steps a legitimate issue and contorts it to exaggerate inferiority. It eats away at the delicate beautiful things that are supposed to stay—kindness, understanding, mercy, forgiveness, patience, gentleness—it eats away at the things that extend love, so that’s why I asked God to come carve it out. He’s been opening my eyes to see how in the past, my cynicism has either been a product of immaturity and ignorance, or a response to being wounded, disappointed, or embarrassed. I’m done making excuses for sarcastic pessimism. It’s not that fun. It’s a pitiful attempt to make light of an actual problem. So as a follower of truth, I’ve decided to start facing problems instead of making jokes out of them.

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)

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