Chicken Joy

“Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days — when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great — and you turn to God alone.”
— Rick Warren

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bibledevotionals:

Why people reject the Bible - J.C. Ryle

bibledevotionals:

Why people reject the Bible - J.C. Ryle

“Brother, if you commit a sin and take pleasure in it, the pleasure passes but the sin remains. But if you do something virtuous even though you are tired, the tiredness passes but the virtue remains.”
— Saint Camillus de Lellis (via theraccolta)

Amen!

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“If we’re truly secure in Christ we wouldn’t be self-conscious, we’d be God-conscious. Loving others as Christ has fully loved us would be our focus. Vulnerability is found in fear; being secure in knowing the perfect love of Christ is where faith is found.”
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“When God gives you a command, He’s not telling you “Don’t do this, and do this” He’s not to trying to restrict your behavior, He’s trying to deepen and widen your joy. He’s saying “This is reality and how I made things, and this is how things work. This is what is for your best, I have your best interests at heart. This is the way the universe was designed to be in perfect harmony.””
— J.S. Park (via prism0prone)

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“The little things? The little moments? — They aren’t little to me.”
— John Zabat-Zinn  (via psych-facts)

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“I hope that at the heart of whatever you are looking for; you find Jesus there.”
— T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)

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“We read to know that we are not alone.”
— C.S. Lewis (via behindthebloom)

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“Dear sis, you don’t want to be sexy and sensually attractive. You want to be like your Father. All of those thoughts of wanting to be sexy and sensually attractive came from this world and it is a huge twist on who God really created women to be. It’s man’s desire to see women in a self-serving way instead of through the heart of the Father. Instead of seeing them and valuing them in the perfect image of God.”
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“Many Christians are entertained and drawn by things that should make us cry. Because we’re still looking at life through the eyes of men instead of the heart of Christ.”
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There are days or weeks or even months when I read the Bible and there are no grand epiphanies.

There are whole seasons of Sundays when I sing praise and feel nothing.

There are times of prayer where the silence kills me.

There are great Christian books and podcasts that I eat up which don’t budge my spiritual life.

There are too many times when I doubt the very existence of God and the sending of His Son. It can all feel like a crazy lie.

I’m probably being too honest — but I’ve found that I’m not the only one who feels this way.

It’s in those times that I ask myself, “Am I out of love with God somehow? Am I losing my faith here? How do I get back to where I used to be?”

But I keep reading my Bible. I keep singing on Sundays. I keep praying. I soak in books and sermons. I serve. I enjoy the company of mature Christians. I enjoy the fellowship of the broken.

And you know what? Sometimes the clouds part and God comes through and His love squeezes my heart and I fall to my knees remembering how good He is. Then I read Scripture and can’t stop weeping and I turn on Christian songs in my car full blast and sing loud enough to scare the traffic. I serve with shaking hands and get convicted by those sermons and soak in God’s goodness all over again.

So I’ve learned over time: I wasn’t really out of love with God. I’m just a fragile human being who changes as much as the weather. I was setting a ridiculous standard for myself that can’t be defined by self-pressuring parameters. I was tricked by the enemy into judging my flesh. My faith is based on His grace and not my feelings. And I think I need to relax.

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This is exactly what I needed to hear.

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“Whenever I feel empty, You fill me up with Your amazing grace. Whenever I feel unpretty, You remind me that You made me. Whenever I feel unloved and uncared for, You showered me with people who love me and remind me of Your love through them. Thank You Lord. I will walk around with a grateful heart today and tomorrow and for the rest of my life.”
“If we are not ourselves really following Christ, walking and communing with Him, it is but a mockery to speak of Him to others. If we preach Him in words but deny Him in our works, then we are only a stumblingblock to those who hear us.”
A.W. Pink’s - Studies in the Scriptures (via ichosejesus59)

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