Bridgette Hayles.

20years old and young in heart. Learning to become the woman God intends me to be. Walking in the grace of Him daily. "I must decrease, so that He may increase" John 3:30.

We must understand that God does not ‘love’ us without liking us - through gritted teeth - as ‘Christian’ love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he is to the core - which we vainly try to capture with our tired but indispensable old word ‘love’.

Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God (via missgreenwalt)

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I hope you know that when I say that you’re beautiful I don’t only mean physically.

—my God-sent boyfriend (via elisabethhuijskens)

chelsieautumn:

The law tells us who we are in sin. Grace tells us much more. Convicting with law fails to change us, because only grace knows our destiny.

Anonymous asked: Can two young people who love each other deeply, despite differences, make a relationship work?

chelsieautumn:

Of course! But you have to be committed to choosing love even when it is hard. Lasting love requires a measure of unselfishness that be painful and brutal and sometimes seemingly impossible. Unselfishness seems easy until the situation requires it. But if you can still love someone when they can give you nothing in return and when they hurt you, love them fully for who they intrinsically are and not how they make you feel or what they do for you, your love can last lifetimes. 

Emotions are supposed to be raw, ugly, brutal…you don’t want someone to ‘sorta’ love you. You want that love to be a bursting flame, not a candle.

—Came up in conversation. (via rainysundaysandcoffee)

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There are some Christians who prefer structure, authority, discipline, and hard work. They want to schedule their Bible-reading and they need to check off a calendar and they want to attend church on a weekly planner. They tithe to the exact dollar and they dress up every Sunday and they would never ever curse, not even after getting a papercut from their latest Oswald Chambers devotional. And I think that’s okay. I don’t think religion has to be such a bad word all the time. Again, effort is not legalism, because legalism is legalism.

I think God has room for the highly devout church guy who sits in the front row because God respects our individual dignity and personalities. God does not mock the button-up bravado of the sincerely stiff worshiper — because this sort of Christian is still a sinner in need of grace, like you and me, and we’re not called to treat him based on any other parameter.

God has wired each of us differently. Some Christians will drink a beer and smoke cigars and get tattoos and pray in the woods by the river with a handmade journal and Lecrae and Mumford and Sons and Nirvana in their iPod — because this is how they meet Jesus. God has a limitless imagination to speak to each of us in a wild variety of ways. To limit this is to limit God, and I don’t ever want to suckerpunch His sovereignty.

J.S. from this post (via hopefisch)

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I hope you know that when I say that you’re beautiful I don’t only mean physically.

—my God-sent boyfriend (via elisabethhuijskens)