The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves
receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of
Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed,
it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your
comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we
suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you
share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called
children of God! And that is what we are!
He was supposed to be a role model for us kids. A lot of his movies were
about persevering and defeating the odds, never giving up, and fighting the
norm. He wasn’t a disciple by any means, but he honestly was someone I
looked up to for the majority of my life as a fellow actor and creative
mind. I’m not one to get hugely emotional about celebrity deaths, but this
one rocks me for some reason. I empathize; I’ve been in that moment more
than once, believing for a multitude of reasons that the world would be a
better place without me. I empathize; I’ve been in that moment more than
once, where my hands moved to deliver irreversible self-justice. It’s not a
matter of invalid reasons, it’s just a matter of anger and hurt. Those
weren’t just characters he played, they were lifesavers in a lot of ways.
And yet the same man who saved the lives of others didn’t do the same for
I have so much to say but can’t find the right words.
and eat some breakfast. Goodbye, computer.
is it so hard to be humble?
Why is pride a part of our existence? Why does insecurity seem to provide
the false antidote? Why is the human heart so fallible? Why
is it so hard to be humble?
All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing!
Thou, burning sun with golden beam;
Thou, silver moon with softer gleam;
Thou, rushing wind that art so strong;
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along;
Thou, rising moon, in praise rejoice!
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!
Let all things their Creator bless
and worship Him in humbleness.
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit: Three in one!
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Thick soup: shrimp, tomatoes, celery, onion, broccoli slaw, couscous + pepper/salt/onion powder #healthymojo
The sheer genuineness of the people, the woods, the clean air, the fact
that God placed me 5 minutes away from a Japanese Bible Talk, the amazing
teens I get to work with this summer, the fact that the car I’m borrowing
is a Honda Accord (same as Dad’s), the similarities I keep finding with so
many of the women here. Every day God reveals something new, and it’s only
been 4 days.
This summer will be full of challenges, encouragement, victories, trials,
joy, fear, hope, and—most importantly—God’s love. Standing on that Rock,
I can be raised onto His shoulders as we conquer my heart together the next
three months. Secure.