too many loose ends to tie

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Sometimes you just need someone to tell you that you were brave for trying, and that you’ll be brave again. Because life is not easy, and sometimes you jump into the deep end, and you enjoy it; but eventually you have to swim back to the shallow end, getting to a place that isn’t where you wanted to be. Yet, perhaps you weren’t meant for that pool, maybe it was just training for something bigger, maybe you were getting ready for the ocean; the water that you were always meant to dive into.

You are brave; you might be back where you started, empty handed and alone… But you are gonna feel the crash of those waves, because you are not forgotten, and you are far more courageous than you know.

Sometimes you just need someone to say that you are brave, and that’s what I’m telling you now.

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— T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via hopefisch)

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"Hiding your hurt only intensifies it. Problems grow in the dark and only become bigger and bigger. But when exposed to the light of truth, they shrink. You are only as sick as your secrets. So take off your mask, stop pretending you’re perfect and walk into freedom."

— Rick Warren  (via tellmefive)

(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege, via streetstyl-ish)

(Source: jameslynnr, via 1yearofjesus)

"The toughest thing is to see a person you love get to the edge of their resolve and quietly fall apart. It’s a slumping of the shoulders or a long hurtful sigh or a sarcastic remark or they blink away a tear. It’s different than hysterics. There’s a silent internal folding like a shot in the gut, a hollow feeling of resigned pointlessness: and it’s so deadly quiet.

In that moment, they may be too embarrassed to ask for help or to expose how weak they really feel. But I hope it’s that exact moment we rush in to hold them up. I hope we fill up that crumpled collapsed space with a word of life. To remind them of their value, worth, dignity, to show the progress they have made up this mountain. I hope we don’t simply plod along when we know there’s something wrong: but we fly in there with the audacity to rebel against their resignation, as gentle as a surgeon and until our voice shakes.

It won’t be pretty. Probably it’ll feel like you’re not even helping. Real love is gritty, messy, clumsy, unpolished, raw. It’s not at all romantic or like a scripted Hollywood epiphany. But our words do not need to be witty or wise or altogether right. We just need someone to fall on, to lift our heavy arms, to be close enough to feel our hot tired breath: even for one more step. We need the hope of vulnerability. And to be that for someone reminds us why we do anything at all. We remember that the fabric of life is together, a journey of side-by-side, so that even a failure is not the end of anything, but only a deepening of you and me."

J.S. (via jspark3000)

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"Never stop creating. Never stop making, building, serving, changing, bringing light into the darkness, and giving life in the midst of death. Never lose the spark inside of you that whispers, “Do something.” Never stop creating. Let your life be an outpouring of the Image of God within you. It’s too easy to believe that God already said, “Let there be,” once and for all. The person with that belief has it all wrong. The same God who created the universe is waiting for the chance to create in you and through you. God wants your life and mine to be a continuation of his creative grace that brings something from nothing. God wants your actions to be chance where he can say, “Let there be,” every moment of every day."

— My thoughts on creativity. (via churchjanitor)

"Lord, Thank You
I am not the mistakes I have made.
I am not the plans I have failed.
I am not the wrongs I have done.
I am not forgotten.
I am not abandoned.
I am not alone.
Because You say to the lost: Come.
You say to the Unlikely: Beloved
You say to the Battle Weary: Rest.
In a hard and beautiful world,
Your grace is the only pillowed relief for my tired soul
to rest in the Your making all things new."

— (via simply-divine-creation)

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"Many times people think if God has called you to something, he’s promising you success. He might be calling you to fail to prepare you for something else through the failure."

— Tim Keller (via princedenmark)

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"He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it."

— Charles H. Spurgeon (via godmoves)

(Source: crosspreacher, via courage-2-pursue)

you break my heart.
because i broke your heart.
that’s fair.