In the Eyes of the Beholder

And when gaining a sense of absolute humility you must remember that being humble is a gift.

#Restorer  “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the springs of water without payment…Behold, I am making all things new.

#Restorer “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the springs of water without payment…Behold, I am making all things new.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (via kvtes)

(Source: pureblyss)

My Newsletter…from the perspective of my budgie, Peanut.

As I was sitting down to write my newsletter, my co-worker, Theo decided to grace me with a newsletter he’d written for me…from the perspective of my bird Peanut. Enjoy. :)

"Day 5 and the water is running low. All the food is gone and my home has not been cleaned since the brown hair giant has left. O how I desire the free outdoors. The new world outside my cage, full of wonder and awe but I am crippled by fear. Outside the safe havens of my current abode roams terrible monsters! Giants coming and going as they please, making unnatural noises, and not just from their flat beaks but from small boxes that flip into L shapes and smaller rectangles boxes that shine bright blue light. They sound as if little giants are trapped inside. It baffles me that these giants would do such a thing to one another. Their ways are brutal and frightening; if it weren’t for the arrival of my darling Sunshine I would have been lost in my own fear. Crippled by its grasp, crushed by its power, and swallowed by its unrelenting utilization. Her love reached out to me like a sparrow reaches for a worm, her beak closed around my frail beating heart, consumed it and fed it back to me like a mother feeds her coddling child. She has renewed, refreshed, and gave me new strength to escape this clenching hole and start anew with her by my side. But until that day comes we wait. In the filth, the smell, and indignation of having to poop on paper we wait."-Theo Devries

Peanut & Sunshine

“Imagine that Jesus is calling you today. He extends a second invitation to accept His Father’s love. And maybe you answer, “Oh, I know that. It’s old hat.”

And God answers, ‘No, that’s what you don’t know. You don’t know how much I love you. The moment you think you understand is the moment you do not understand. I am God, not man. You tell others about Me - your words are glib. My words are written in the blood of My only Son. The next time you preach about My love with such obnoxious familiarity, I may come and blow your whole prayer meeting apart.

Did you know that every time you tell Me you love Me, I say thank you?”  
―     Brennan Manning,     The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out    

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

Pedro Arrupe (via rainydaysandblankets)

This about God!

(Source: kikisloane)

reasonsfourlovingseasons:

Foggy Autumn Morning - Maple Trees, Ontario, Canada


This reminds me so much of my childhood. The beautiful colors of fall at your fingertips!

reasonsfourlovingseasons:

Foggy Autumn Morning - Maple Trees, Ontario, Canada

This reminds me so much of my childhood. The beautiful colors of fall at your fingertips!

(Source: pinterest.com)

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

3 I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

I was told
The average girl begins to plan her wedding at the age of 7
She picks the colors and the cake first
By the age of 10 
She knows time,
And location
By 17
She’s already chosen a gown
2 bridesmaids
And a maid of honor
By 23 
She’s waiting for a man
Who wont break out in hives when he hears the word “commitment”
Someone who doesn’t smell like a Band-Aid drenched in lonely
Someone who isn’t a temporary solution to the empty side of the bed
Someone
Who’ll hold her hand like it’s the only one they’ve ever seen
To be honest
I don’t know what kind of tux I’ll be wearing
I have no clue what my wedding will look like
But I imagine
The woman who pins my last to hers
Will butterfly down the aisle
Like a 5 foot promise
I imagine
Her smile
Will be so large that you’ll see it on google maps
And know exactly where our wedding is being held
The woman that I plan to marry
Will have champagne in her walk
And I will get drunk on her footsteps
When the pastor asks
If I take this woman to be my wife
I will say yes before he finishes the sentence
I’ll apologize later for being impolite
But I will also explain to him
That our first kiss happened 6 years ago
And I’ve been practicing my “Yes”
For past 2, 165 days
When people ask me about my wedding
I never really know what to say
But when they ask me about my future wife
I always tell them
Her eyes are the only Christmas lights that deserve to be seen all year long
I say
She thinks too much
Misses her father
Loves to laugh
And she’s terrible at lying
Because her face never figured out how to do it correctly
I tell them
If my alarm clock sounded like her voice
My snooze button would collect dust
I tell them
If she came in a bottle
I would drink her until my vision is blurry and my friends take away my keys
If she was a book
I would memorize her table of contents
I would read her cover-to-cover
Hoping to find typos
Just so we can both have a few things to work on
Because aren’t we all unfinished?
Don’t we all need a little editing?
Aren’t we all waiting to be proofread by someone?
Aren’t we all praying they will tell us that we make sense
She don’t always make sense
But her imperfections are the things I love about her the most
I don’t know when I will be married
I don’t know where I will be married
But I do know this
Whenever I’m asked about my future wife
I always say
…She’s a lot like you

Rudy Francisco

So beautiful.

(via pureblyss)

This is so fantastic

Have you ever felt as though there was more to life than you could put a grasp on. Your zest for life was swept away in last weeks tears and troubles and you’re stretching for even a hope for tomorrow… You catch a glimpse of yesterday’s mistakes and sins and you wonder how you can go on… And then you’re reminded… God’s mercy is dependent on His goodness, not mine. Gods everlasting love banks on His character…not mine. Which means that each moment I come before The Lord doesn’t necessarily solve the problem at hand but it brings freedom to my soul in the situation. 
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

Have you ever felt as though there was more to life than you could put a grasp on. Your zest for life was swept away in last weeks tears and troubles and you’re stretching for even a hope for tomorrow… You catch a glimpse of yesterday’s mistakes and sins and you wonder how you can go on… And then you’re reminded… God’s mercy is dependent on His goodness, not mine. Gods everlasting love banks on His character…not mine. Which means that each moment I come before The Lord doesn’t necessarily solve the problem at hand but it brings freedom to my soul in the situation.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

rainydaysandblankets:

always working on and often failing at this.

rainydaysandblankets:

always working on and often failing at this.

(Source: spiritualinspiration)