“When you see your reflection, and you’re not happy with what you see, shift your focus from your face to your heart because it isn’t about you. It’s about what He is doing in you.”—LB | From Her, To Her (via yesdarlingido)
The teaching that men are to be the “spiritual leaders” of their homes is found nowhere in Scripture, and yet I—along with far too many young evangelical women—spent hours upon hours fretting over this in college, worrying I’d never find a guy who was more knowledgeable about the Bible than I, who was always more emotionally connected to God than I, who was better at leading in the church than I, and who consistently exhibited more faithfulness and wisdom than I. (In fact, under this paradigm, I came to see many of my gifts as liabilities, impediments to settling down with a good “spiritual leader”!)
Well guess what. I never found such a person. I never found a spiritual “leader.” Instead, I found a spiritual companion to travel with me on the journey of faith, for better or worse, in good times and bad, in times of spiritual wealth and in times of spiritual poverty. Dan isn’t expected to always be the strong one while I am always the weak one. Instead, we cheer each other on, help each other up, and challenge each other to do better. Sometimes we walk side by side, moving along at a quick pace. Sometimes we help each other over boulders and fallen trees. Sometimes I’m leading the way; sometimes Dan is. Sometimes I carry him and sometimes he carries me. The journey of faith is far too treacherous and exciting and beautiful to spend it looking at the back of another person’s head. Jesus leads us down the path, and we tackle it together, one step at a time.
“For our lives to be beautiful, we need to be stretched tight between death and life, almost like a guitar string. That’s where the beautiful notes happen, when we’re pulled.”—Jon Foreman (via yesdarlingido)
“The difference between a dream and a goal is a timeline. You can sit around and dream, but if you want to make it happen put a timeline and hold yourself accountable and then stuff starts happening.”—Phillip C. McGraw (via simply-quotes)
“Cancer can take away a lot—your hair, your appetite, your energy, and, yes, sometimes your very life. But cancer cannot take away the love that passes between you and the special people in your life. It can’t take away the support and encouragement, the creativity and beauty, the connections and relationships to others who are fighting alongside you. No matter how hard it tries, cancer can never contain the human spirit or diminish the power of faith.”—Chuck Pagano, Sidelined (via craigtowens)
It frustrates me that cancer or Parkinson’s steal the spotlight, so to speak, of other lesser known diseases that plague families in the same way. I know that the statistics show it is much more present in people’s lives, so it makes sense. But despite that, it is comforting to know that words of comfort for the well known diseases transfer nicely to those suffering from lesser known diseases as well.