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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

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 134 – Too long for Twitter, Part Two

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Read part one here.

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

Annie Proulx: You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Justin Holcomb: The cross is the great equalizer: at the foot of the cross, we are all humbled as we grasp the magnitude of our sin and guilt; yet at the cross, the offer of forgiveness is made without bias or favoritism. Because Jesus is Lord of all, His Gospel is available to all.

Yesterday at the True Beauty retreat, a 14 year old taught her peers on the hypostatic union, another taught on Jesus and the people of His day, saying, “He was the Messiah they needed but not the One they wanted.” My heart could burst with joy—these girls get theology. May they get the transformative, grace-induced application as well.

Jonny Ox:
It wasn’t
written
in the Bible
but I like
to imagine
that when God
created Eve
He whispered
into Adam’s ear
and said,
“Let there
be love.”

1 Thessalonians 2:4: …as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

Cindy Cochrum: Hearts that have been gripped by the truths of the Gospel become increasingly characterized by the kind of grace and mercy they have experienced.

Mary Frances Bowley: When God’s people come together to fight this good fight against the exploitation of innocence, the weight of oppression is exchanged for the weight of glory.

John Piper: There is a kind of tuning into the mind of God in His Word that comes from lingering in His Word-saturated presence. This is the fullness that could make all the difference in whether your heart resonates with the new music God is playing in your life.

1 Thessalonians 2:12: …We exhorted each of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

Cindy Cochrum: The more we grasp the realness of God’s mercy and grace in our own lives, the more our commitment to one another transcends our countless differences.

Dustin Willis: If we are going to reach people where they are, we have to be bold enough to speak the Gospel where they are and not wait on the “professional” to do what every believer has been explicitly called to do.

Keith Whitfield: We will not be able to recover a vision and passion for missions until we recover the grandeur that God made us to know and worship Him and make Him known throughout the whole earth.

Gloria Furman: Clarity bursts forth with shining brilliance out of foggy confusion when we teach that the so-called random stories in the Bible actually serve to collectively point us to the greatest (and only) story.

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