Growth is painful. Change is painful.But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.Mandy Hale (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
You must love in such a way that the person you love feels freeThích Nhất Hạnh. (via caramelmartini)
God has chosen this particular path to grow and gratify you in ways that last. No relationship you have in this life will last forever, but the good things that happen through them in you — even through their sorrows, yes even through their collapses — will.(via abrokenheartalwaysneedsremending)
Jesus went before the broken-hearted to pave the way for joy in pain. We live, survive, and thrive by looking to him, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2). His joy before the wrath of God against sin is our first and greatest reason to fight for joy — not just survival.(via abrokenheartalwaysneedsremending)
In Jesus, God is always and only doing good to you. There’s no circumstance facing you that he’s not engineering to give you deep and durable life and freedom and joy. He loves our lasting joy in him much more than he loves our temporary comfort today. He’ll make the trade any day, and we can be glad he does. Know that God is doing good, even when we feel worst.http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/it-s-not-you-it-s-god-nine-lessons-for-breakups (via abrokenheartalwaysneedsremending)
When one prize is stripped away, we can graciously be reminded of how little we have apart from Christ and the fortune he’s purchased for us with his blood. He has become for us wisdom for the foolish, righteousness for sinners, sanctification for the broken, and redemption for the lost and afraid (1 Corinthians 1:30) — and affection and security and identity for the lonely man or woman…So…we have reason to boast, as long as our boast is in everything Christ is for us (1 Corinthians 1:31).http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/it-s-not-you-it-s-god-nine-lessons-for-breakups (via abrokenheartalwaysneedsremending)
…But providence, in its mysterious movements, flanks the arguments about how we may feel and compels our faith in the God who is doing “ten thousand times more” than we realize. This doing, whether seen or unseen, whether painful or pleasant, is resolutely and effectively targeting our eternal joy. We will be like Christ … with him … forever (1 Corinthians 15:49; Psalm 16:10–11).
God’s intended aim for his people, after all, is that we are conformed to the image of Jesus. This is his decree and promise, having chosen us for this before the foundation of the world and having promised us unto this that all things will work together (Romans 8:28–30).
God never gets it wrong. He doesn’t swing and miss.
…His Resolute Focus
Not only is God flawlessly at work for our good, but he doesn’t let loose until he’s finished. God’s providence never dries up or fizzles out. It is always in action to accomplish his intended aim. Everything he does is right, and it is all right until it’s done. Flavel writes,
"[Providence] goes through with its designs, and accomplishes what it begins. No difficulty so clogs it, no cross accident falls in its way, but it carries its design through it. Its motions are irresistible and uncontrollable. (19)"
“He does all that he pleases,” “no purpose of [his] can be thwarted,” and “none can stay his hand” (Psalm 115:3; Job 42:2; Daniel 4:35) — these words about God are assurances that he will complete what he began in us (Philippians 1:6). Nothing can separate us from his love for us in Christ (Romans 8:39), and nothing can distract the simplest of circumstances from hitting the target of our transformation. There’s no stalling with God. He doesn’t procrastinate. Even if we are innocently obtuse to his designs right now, God’s providence is blaring full-throttle toward our Christlikeness, and his glory.God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/god-will-fulfill-his-purpose-for-you (via abrokenheartalwaysneedsremending)
Outside of His grace, I look a lot like Judas.S.O. (via abrokenheartalwaysneedsremending)