Grace Upon Grace

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

- John 1:16 -

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❝ Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy. “Will you tell us how to get into your country from our world?”
“I shall be telling you all the time,” said Aslan. “But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder.

— C.S. Lewis (via buttondownsandbackpacks)

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❝ Christianity is not about not swearing. It’s not about not having impure thoughts. Really, it’s not about not at all. Christianity is about Jesus.

— Judah Smith (via littlethingsaboutgod)

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What does it mean to guard your heart?

This phrase is so often thrust open those prone to wearing their heart on their sleeve, like me I suppose. But for so long I have tried to ‘guard my heart’ by what I assumed to be the correct way, suppressing feelings or attempting to be a pessimist. Some people think they are quite good at it, they may be introverted, closed-off, protective… others feel like they constantly fail at it, setting themselves up for heart break over and over.

Jesus never closed himself off to people. He never ‘loved less’ in order to remove himself from the possibility of getting hurt. This is seen ultimately at the cross but also through his close relationships. Jesus’ was aware that some of his closest friends would betray him, yet still loved them unconditionally and shared his life with them. Though it may be different in the context of relationships, it is clear through Jesus’ life that ‘loving less’ is never the right thing to do, and therefore is never the way to guard our hearts. 

Amongst a flurry of other confusing Christian jargon, the phrase ‘guard your heart’ is often pulled out of context, dampening its meaning. The original verse that the phrase comes from is Proverbs 4:23, but to understand how to live out the proverb, the surrounding verses are of great necessity. 

Proverbs 4

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
    keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
    keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
    fix your gaze directly before you.

The biblical context reveals a plea in the surrounding verses which is, in short, to keep the words of God in our hearts and to fix our gaze directly before us. And there you have it - the way to guard your heart is to focus on God. Keeping your heart safe is the flow on effect of focussing on living life for Jesus. Your decisions, through the spirit, will become heavenly focused and, whatever the outcome, you will remain fixed on what is firm. 

❝ It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.

— Timothy Keller (via proverbs31v25)

This is a reminder to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
May God be their strength.

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❝ Jesus was more brokenhearted, scarred and betrayed than anyone in history. Yet, He did not shut Himself off from us; Instead, He calls us unto Him. If you cannot trust anyone, right now, please trust Him. His scars are proof that you are loved more than you know. He will guide you through this pain, He will sit with you when you are weak, and He will carry you until you can walk again. Christ wants to see you run again, He wants to see you live in His glory. You just have to take His hand and walk; it will take all of you, but you will get all of Him.
He is worth it.

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

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❝ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

— Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬

❝ Be still awhile and let God love you. For just a moment, don’t think about methods, or achievements, or past mistakes. Let God heal your heart, soothe your worries, and be your rock. Seek to utterly depend on Him.

— Unka Glen (unkaglen.tumblr.com)

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❝ When a woman has a kingdom heart, she has an active understanding of what matters most to the heart of God. She lives in the balance of passion and contentment. She learns to love well, give without regard to self, and forgive without hesitation. The woman with a kingdom heart may have a duffel bag full of possessions or enough treasures to fill a mansion, but she has learned to hold them with an open hand. Hold everything with open hands. I don’t think we are ever allowed to grab hold of anything or anyone as though they matter more than the kingdom of heaven. When you hold relationships with open hands, then people come in and out of your life as gifts of grace to be cherished and enjoyed, not objects to be owned and manipulated. And then when you hold your dreams with open hands, you get to watch God resurrect what seemed dead and multiply what seemed small.

— Angela Thomas (via savedbymercyandgrace)

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Got this sweet book off my best friend for my 18th Birthday today! ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ by Dr. Seuss. :)

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Got this sweet book off my best friend for my 18th Birthday today!  ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ by Dr. Seuss. :)