“It’s like, it doesn’t honor God to pretend like everything is okay. That’s the beauty of Jesus that so many people miss. The beauty is that He died on the cross for our sins, but also that He existed the way we exist. He understands what it’s like to lose a friend. He’s not unfamiliar with those emotions. He’s not unfamiliar with the difficulty of human life. To me that’s what makes Jesus as God beautiful. He totally understands. He went out of His way to prove to us that He understands our situation. So when He has something to say, it’s not coming from this high and lofty standpoint. It’s coming from this person who understands intricately the perils of human existence.”—John Mark McMillan (via wewontbequiet)
“True love aims at satisfying people in the glory of God. Any love that terminates on man is eventually destructive. It does not lead people to the only lasting joy, namely, God. Love must be God-centered, or it is not true love; it leaves people without their final hope of joy.”—John Piper, The Goal of God’s Love May Not Be What You Think It Is, October 24, 2000
Myself:I don’t look for her. God will bring us together. I don’t have to “see what I like” because I know what I like and any woman complementary enough to be joined with me, in Christ, in matrimony will naturally carry herself in a way that though we have our differences, her personality shines flawlessly before me as I stand, weak-kneed, enamored by her captivating beauty. She won’t have to change at all for me to want to marry her. She will already be that way. God is preparing her. He is preparing me. And even then, it’s not over.
Nothing is particularly beautiful about a diamond within itself. But, instead, it is the light that reflects through the diamond that catches our attention.
- Andrew Pitts
we are as so: simply barren vessels that God can and chooses to shine His infinitely magnificent light through. it is not the vessel that truly captures our attention but the glimpses and attestations of the Almighty’s light. (tylersaldana)
“Wait for a man that will put in the time, heart, & effort to pursue you. None of this whole “chasing around boys who don’t really like us and pine when they reject us” business. Wait for God to set you up with one who will put in time to win your heart. How can he do that though if you’re throwing it at him? Be secure enough in yourself and your Father that you don’t need to throw your heart around and give it away to any man who winks his eye at you. Be a woman, secure in God, deadly to the devil, feminine in strength, purity, and tenderness, and give your man a chance to be a man. Let the boys go who blow you off and expect you to let them walk all over you or just plain won’t put in effort to get to know you at all. Let them go, and position yourself as a woman satisfied in Herself & Her life. Give yourself to knowing God, give yourself to loving others, and your man will come alongside you. You will never have to strive to make him like you, to make him talk to you. He will be already a man in pursuit of your heart without your help.”—(via katweenah)
“All that came into being exists for Christ—that is, everything exists to display the greatness of Christ. Nothing—nothing!—in the universe exists for its own sake. Everything—from the bottom of the oceans to the top of the mountains, from the smallest particle to the biggest star, from the most boring school subject to the most fascinating science, from the ugliest cockroach to the most beautiful human, from the greatest saint to the most wicked genocidal dictator—everything that exists, exists to make the greatness of Christ more fully known—including you, and the person you have the hardest time liking.”—John Piper, Spectacular Sins (via tylersaldana)
“Which would you rather be, someone who talks about miracles or someone who works miracles? Someone who speaks of the love of God or someone who can embrace another and minister the love of God? In the Kingdom of God we are known by our fruit, not by how much information we have mastered.”—Luke 10 Manual (via lifeb4death)
“If you realize that you are lacking, it is because you have come in contact with spiritual reality— do not put the blinders of reason on again. The word ask actually means “beg.” Some people are poor enough to be interested in their poverty, and some of us are poor enough spiritually to show our interest. Yet we will never receive if we ask with a certain result in mind, because we are asking out of our lust, not out of our poverty. A pauper does not ask out of any reason other than the completely hopeless and painful condition of his poverty. He is not ashamed to beg— blessed are the paupers in spirit (see Matthew 5:3).”—Oswald Chambers
I woke up this morning to my radio station playing a Focus on the Family broadcast on Biblical submission in marriage. This is something that I’ve struggled with understanding, particularly because I could not correlate worldly concepts of “gender equality” with the Bible’s statement on gender differences.
The speakers, Cindy Easley and her husband Dr. Michael Easley, touched upon so many of these areas and made this concept easier for me to grapple. Drawing from the Bible, they pointed out that both the man’s role and the woman’s role requires humility. The woman needs to have humility to let down their pride and allow God to lead her man in the family’s next steps. The man needs to have humility in letting down his pride and loving his wife fully, listening to and considering her thoughts.
What really struck me was the passage that they used - Luke 2. Jesus, as a child, “submitted” Himself to his sinful earthly parents (Luke 2:51, ESV). What humility does that require? Not only that, but He also became obedient to the Father, “even to the cross” (Philippians 2:8).
Christ is the ultimate model of humility - He had a heart of courage, focused on a mission, and poured Himself out for the good of humanity (and His Father’s glory!). As a woman, I am struck by the way that perfect, glorified Christ submits Himself to sinful parents and to His Father. There is so much for me to learn.
My love, it will not be easy for me to submit to you, especially when my stubborn will gets in the way. However, I am learning that I can often be in the way of the mission and purpose that He has given you - so I will learn to submit to your leadership. I want to see Christ’s name glorified rather than my own.
I invite you to take initiative in leading our family. I will learn to encourage and support, with a heart full of courage and a head focused on the greater mission. Together, both of us play irreplaceable and valuable roles, equals in the sight of God but different in purpose and responsibilities.
“The absence of a clear understanding of God’s holiness is the reason for our shallowness, impotence, selfishness, weakness and our disobedience. We don’t really understand how holy God is and that’s why we compromise.”—John MacArthur (via peacenotwar)