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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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Monday Morning Munch No. 129 – Too long for Twitter

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Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough.

Take this ironic gem by Jonny Ox for example:

Don’t expect her
to paraphrase her life for you;
she was born to be a story.
And if you can’t understand that,
then perhaps she’s beyond your reading level.

Here are a handful of quotes exceeding 140 characters that have filled my drafts on Twitter for months.

Elisabeth Elliot: The choice [to trust God] has nothing to do with mood but is a deliberate act of laying hold in the character of God whom circumstances never change.

Cindy Cochrum: Every follower of Jesus has received gifts through the Spirit. No exceptions. That means no one is off the hook, and no one is in a class of uber-elites.

Matt Chandler: What good is it in the eyes of the Lord, whose estimations matters most, if we look great but our reputations are lousy? Only one of those things will last.

Archbishop Fenelon: You want to die, but to die without any pain… you must give all or nothing when God asks it. If you have not the courage to give, at least let Him take.

John Bunyan, writing from prison: I never had in all my life so great an inlet into the Word of God as now. Scriptures that I saw nothing in before are made in this place to shine upon me.

Steve Shadrach: The Lord is not impressed by what we say, do, or look like on the outside. He puts a stethoscope on our heart, not trying to identify our ability but our availability.

Elisabeth Elliot: God knew what we’d get into by sinning, and has made provision for us. Let’s live it—do it—or shut up and quit pretending to follow Christ.

Kathleen Nielson: Our ministries exist not simply for the purpose of helping people live well now; our ministries, like our whole lives, must aim for the end, when we’ll see Jesus face-to-face.

Rodney Calfee: If people are worth the relationship because they are created in God’s image, then they are worth it whether they ever follow Jesus or not.

Matt Chandler: The reason we struggle in relationships, marriage, and sex is because we are sinners. Therefore, the antidote for our sin must be the antidote for our struggles.

 

 

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