Give Me Faith - Elevation Worship
God is using your present circumstances to make you more useful for later roles in his unfolding story.
Louie Giglio (via littlethingsaboutgod)
Knowing Christ is more important than making a living.
John Piper (via itsallaboutchrist)
When you fall in love with your friend’s family …
This always gets to me. I am blessed to be so loved
Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made.
Francis Chan. Absolutely phenomenal (via littlethingsaboutgod)
Enjoying Who God Created You to Be
by Joyce Meyer
Start believing today that you are a rare, one-of-a-kind, valuable and precious woman. To help you learn how to be successful at being yourself, I want to give you some easy-to-follow suggestions:
Speak good things about yourself. Declare what God’s Word says about you. For example, say to yourself, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I am made acceptable in the Beloved. God formed me with His own hand, He loves me, and God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Avoid comparing yourself with other women. God must love variety, or all of us wouldn’t look so different. He has created each of us differently right down to our fingertips. We can look to certain people as good examples to follow, but even then, good traits if duplicated will manifest differently through our individual personalities.
Focus on your potential instead of your limitations. Refuse to concentrate on your weaknesses except in an effort to turn them into strengths. Keep your flaws in perspective. People with a high level of confidence have just as many weaknesses as those without confidence, but they focus on their strengths instead of their weaknesses.
Learn to cope with criticism. If you dare to be different, you’ll have to expect some criticism. Going along with the crowd when you know in your heart that God is leading you in a different direction is one of the reasons women don’t succeed at being themselves. You won’t be comfortable in your own skin if you go against your own convictions.
You are a woman who is perfected and complete in Him. When you start to believe that, you will no longer feel that you are lacking anything or that there is anything wrong with you.
Remember this: God will never anoint you to be anyone other than yourself. Let now be your time to go forward and be set free from the torments of comparing yourself with others and trying to be someone you’re not. God is proud of who He made you to be!
That’s why it’s so scary to not marry a Christian! Because here’s the thing: when you’re a Christian—how do you become one? You acknowledge, “I am a broken, sinful, messed up person.” You come to terms with the fact that you are flawed, and that a gracious God who loves you and saved you and forgives you… puts His Spirit inside of you, and He who began this good work in you will be faithful to complete it.
And so you marry a Christian, because you get into this relationship and you realize, “I am broken, I’m messed up, and hey, I see this in you, and yeah, I know that’s terrible,” and you can confess it and you can apologize and move forward.
And the beauty of marrying a Christian is you’ll know regardless of how well your relationship is doing, they have a relationship with Jesus who’s committed to making their self better. If this person has a sensitivity to Him, they’re going to keep walking with Him and He will make them a more dignified person; will make them a more noble person; will make them a more tender and forgiving person.
And so you can know, if they have a commitment to that God, they will be this commitment to personal growth; that yes, you’ll marry a flawed person and when you see those flaws in each other, you’ll weep together, and yet a healthy marriage has both people saying, “I know I’m broken, but I am resolved to walk with Jesus, and He will make me more and more like Him.”
Ben Stuart, Breakaway Ministries (via sarahcatherinecaskey)
"while sitting on brighton beach (UK) back in 2005 with my new girlfriend, verity, i thought the view of our feet pointing out to sea would make a nice photo. ever since then we’ve continued to document our travels in this way, resulting in a collection of over 100 photos. in 2011 the series took a new twist with the arrival of a third set of feet – our daughter matilda. you can already see her little feet getting bigger and bigger." - text and photos by tom robinson
photos: arbol de piedra, bolivia; nahuel huapi national park, argentina; machu pichu, peru; bâlea lake, romania; blue mountains, australia; ko pha-ngan, thailand; st. georges hospital, london; cabo de são vicente, portugal; voje valley, near stara fužina, slovenia; london, england
Exploring California’s Hearst Castle on Instagram
For more photos and videos from Hearst Castle, explore the Hearst Castle location page.
In 1919, media tycoon William Randolph Hearst commissioned architect Julia Morgan to design a home atop the 270,000 acres (1,093 square kilometers) of property he owned in the hills of San Simeon, California. Over the next 28 years, Morgan created one of the most ambitious architectural projects in American history: Hearst Castle.
The home, formally named La Cuesta Encantada (“The Enchanted Hill”), contains over 160 rooms and boasts tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield and 127 acres (.5 square kilometers) of gardens. Most iconic, however, are the property’s two ornate pools—one indoor and one outdoor—that Morgan designed with Hearst’s love of Roman antiquity in mind. The outdoor Neptune Pool (rebuilt three times until it was perfect) features the façade from an actual temple imported from Italy, while the expansive indoor Roman Pool is decorated with a floor-to-ceiling mosaic made of glass and fused-gold tiles.
During its prime, the Castle also held the world’s largest private zoo. Though the zoo was dismantled after Hearst’s death in 1951, a sparse population of zebras can be seen roaming the grounds to this day.
Hearst Castle is now a state historic park and welcomes nearly one million visitors each year.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
Titled: Do It Anyway
credited to Mother Teresa
Originally written by Dr. Kent M. Keith
Guard the condition of your heart, deal with root issue before they even take root. Deal with those things. Let’s make sure we keep the purity in relationships, friendships. Don’t allow the devil destroy God-given connections. Keep our own spirit right. Then, your heart will keep you on the right track
WORSHIP will get you through the roughest times in your life, because it shifts your focus from the problem to the problem solver.