Grace Upon Grace

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

- John 1:16 -

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I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
What ever you see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful—-
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.

Sylvia Plath

'a little god, four cornered' that so many of us worship. 

❝ Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, ‘Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God—He cares for me.’

— John Piper  (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

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❝ If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

— Mother Teresa (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

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This passage gets me. It’s confusion explains my confusion. There is a war waging inside between a desire for good and a human nature that delights in evil. Praise God for pulling us out of the rut, taking the burden off our shoulders by saving us through His son!

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This passage gets me. It’s confusion explains my confusion. There is a war waging inside between a desire for good and a human nature that delights in evil. Praise God for pulling us out of the rut, taking the burden off our shoulders by saving us through His son!
❝ And this is the marvel of marvels; that he called me Beloved.

— C.S. Lewis (via eshetchayil)

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Boat people un-Christian? Wrong, Mr Abbott - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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❝ God has a way of stripping everything that we think we need, and He leaves just Himself to us. It is never an easy thing to be in that situation; one day praising God for His goodness and the next crying out to Him to make Himself known in the storm.

When we have rooted ourselves to a safe place, God tends to rip us out of the ground and plant us somewhere new. We may hate it, revile Him for it, and even reject Him for a time. But when we look back, we will see that we needed to be uprooted, to be changed from that place that was slowly killing us.

God is the master gardener, He knows all His plants by name, He delicately removes the bad weeds and waters the good seeds. He does what needs to be done, so that one day we can look back and see the majesty that He was doing.

You are being made into a beautiful thing, something that God loves to watch grow. So the next time you are taken out of your comfort zone, know that Christ is slowly making you something great, because He is doing it; and He is the greatest thing.

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

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❝ We are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope - at the very same time

— Tim Keller (via proverbs31v25)

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❝ This is not a faith that produces optimism it is a faith that produces a defiant hope that God is still writing the story and that despite darkness a light shines and that God can redeem our crap and that beauty matters and that despite every disappointing thing we have ever done or that we have ever endured, that there is no hell from which resurrection is impossible. The Christian faith is one that kicks at the darkness until it bleeds daylight.

— Nadia Bolz-Weber (via yesdarlingido)

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❝ My father
I feel so
little.
too weak to carry on
too sad to act anymore,
although I know I will.
please
please hold me.
I’m so tired
and so
so little.
❝ I saw that you were perfect and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.

— Sounds exactly like Christ’s love for us all. (via kvtes)