I hear a lot of people saying, “I don’t feel God anymore.” And there’s a lot of guilt there, like they’re not trying hard enough.

But “not-feeling-God” doesn’t make you a bad Christian: just an honest one. And maybe our baseline for “feeling-Him” got messed up with a false foundation.

Maybe when Life Got Hard, no one taught you a clear theology on pain. Maybe no one mentioned that seasons of doubt, suffering, and detachment are regular valleys in a believer’s life.

Those are also the EXACT times we go to God and tell Him everything. To even say, “I don’t feel you right now, God.” You can tell Him that.

Most of us think we’ve failed God when we don’t feel Him, when it’s actually that feeling of His absence that can either push you to Him or from Him. He’d much rather it be to Him.

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“The gospel destroys fearfulness because it tells us that nothing we can do will exhaust his love for us.”
— Tim Keller (via godmoves)

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tblaberge:

It’s nice to see someone say this because I struggle with this, because I self taught myself to read most words.

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disrespectful

I would have retired after that

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“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.”
— Stephen King

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“If you don’t pray often, you won’t gain a love for praying. Prayer is work, and therefore it is not very appealing to our natural sensibilities. But the simple rule for prayer is this: Begin praying and your taste for prayer will increase. The more you pray, the more you will acquire the desire for prayer, the energy for prayer, and the sense of purpose in prayer.”
— Leslie Ludy (via yesdarlingido)

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“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days…Lightly, lightly—it’s the best advice ever given me. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly, my darling.”
— Aldous Huxley, Words I Needed To Tell Myself (via acupofkeen)

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“Some days I yearn for a life with someone, where there is a constant companion, an understanding and a partnership. Other days, I find myself appreciating the single life, the days where I can pick up and go, make decisions, be alone. Then I realize, I will always long for both, for they are good, whole and full of adventure in their own ways. So I will be happy and content in the here and now, for there is no day that I do not long to be unapologetically myself, unattached to earthly things and status, fully surrendered to Christ. We must remember to never limit our potential when His heart is our goal. He is calling us now and always, and relationship status sets no limits for what He can do.”

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-5; Child’s Mind. This is a piece from quite a while ago but I love it just as much! A little motivation for your day! Happy #Monday💚

“The words you say carry more weight than you know, and to some, they may weigh more than they can handle. Be kind, speak with purpose and clarity, always with the intent to help those around you grow. If you do say words that are hurtful, be quick to use words that heal, and in doing this you will find that you are being more and more like Christ; speaking truth in love.”
— T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)

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