"He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see but little of the glory of the Lord, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, but little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God. They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who “do business in great waters,” these see his “wonders in the deep.” Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man. Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God’s greatness and lovingkindness. Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as he did his servant Moses, that you might behold his glory as it passed by. Praise God that you have not been left to the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of his glory in his wonderful dealings with you."
Charles Spurgeon (via eugcho)
Grace Is Unconditional: But It's For You Too

jspark3000:

I absolutely believe grace is unconditional, unlimited, and unstopping. It is the essential mark of dignity to love sacrificially, without question.

Yet — grace does not pamper, spoil, coddle, or enable. That would be a cheap grace. Real grace has wisdom and discernment and confrontational…

"Beneath the wars between people is another, more fundamental war that rages every day but never makes a headline. It is a “within you” war, a direct attack on God’s “within you” kingdom."
Paul David Tripp
"You have listened to fears, child,” said Aslan. “Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?"
C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian (via cattedrali)
Prayer Chapel // Indiana Wesleyan University (at Indiana Wesleyan University)

Prayer Chapel // Indiana Wesleyan University (at Indiana Wesleyan University)

"Take care of your life; and the Lord will take care of your death."
George Whitefield (via craigtowens)
Fight against HIV and AIDS, not against people with HIV and AIDS. It’s our time to give real support. 
Come together! 

Red Cross // El Palmar, Guatemala

Fight against HIV and AIDS, not against people with HIV and AIDS. It’s our time to give real support.
Come together!

Red Cross // El Palmar, Guatemala

"We are up to the hilt advocates for peace, and we earnestly war against war. I wish that Christian men would insist more and more on the unrighteousness of war, believing that Christianity means no sword, no cannon, no bloodshed, and that, if a nation is driven to fight in its own defense, Christianity stands by to weep and to intervene as soon as possible, and not to join in the cruel shouts which celebrate an enemy’s slaughter… . Today, then, my brethren, I beg you to join with me in seeking renewal."
C.H. Spurgeon
Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
1 Chronicles 16:33

As we traveled through the campground, deep in the woods of central Wisconsin, we found what we thought could be a path. A few meters in we came upon the almost unnoticeable signpost that read: ‘Chapel’. 

We ventured in, fully expecting to discover a building in the woods. 
We ended up at a clearing and a cross. 

This was the chapel; with the wind singing as it rushed through the trees.

Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
1 Chronicles 16:33

As we traveled through the campground, deep in the woods of central Wisconsin, we found what we thought could be a path. A few meters in we came upon the almost unnoticeable signpost that read: ‘Chapel’.

We ventured in, fully expecting to discover a building in the woods.
We ended up at a clearing and a cross.

This was the chapel; with the wind singing as it rushed through the trees.

at Big Green Lake

at Big Green Lake

Mew - Making Friends

"Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know that I am moving from fear to love."
Henri Nouwen  (via craigtowens)
"He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it."
Charles H. Spurgeon (via godmoves)

revelation19:

PSA: Single guys can be friends with single women even without any mutual romantic interest.