“We want love, we want it to overflow and consume us, to make us something new. The important thing to remember is that we must not let that fire go out, because it’s nice to want love, but to keep it alive is what love is all about. To feed the flames of love, is to feed the flames of the soul; to pursue and encounter, to cherish and engage, this is the heart of love, this is the heart of life.” — T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)

Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive, women won’t be compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves - Emma Watson for HeForShe UN campaign

When we start to drift into a restless place, a dark and lonely place, we tend to get there because we have taken our eyes from Christ, from that man who lived a life of obedience, and then died a terrible death, who rose again and proclaimed His kingdom come. That is where our eyes must always be, upon the King of glory, who loves us with a love that never dies. Darkness sets in, when we refuse to let the light shine, so open all the windows! Unlock the doors! Make every possible entrance available for our God to make Himself known once again. One does not breathe in the beauty of autumn or the joys of spring by keeping themselves in a cold and dark place, rise and rise again, until you have Christ living and loving through you.

You are not useless, you are not worthless, you are not ugly, because you are Christ’s! That is an honor that even the stars are jealous of, and the sun longs for. For we are the children of God, seen as blessed and holy. So live in that reality, live in view of Jesus, for we find life and life abundantly in that most glorious sight of Christ. Rest, thrive, grow, find restoration in the arms of He who conquered death, and took on the sins of the world. Jesus knows shame, He knows betrayal, pain, heartache, depression, and all the evils of this world; and He says to you to not take them on, but to take Him instead. His burden is light, and His companionship is good; so walk, and live with Christ, for it is the greatest adventure you will ever have.

” — T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)

God’s way is better than your way. His plan is bigger than your plan. His dream for your life is more rewarding, more fulfilling, better than you’ve ever dreamed of. Now stay open and let God do it His way.