Dear Lord...

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Amen.

I’m starting to find that everyone’s Christian faith is utterly, uniquely different. Not so different on loving Jesus and loving people — but the way we wrestle through doctrine by strict academia or by poetic reflection, how we sing at the top of our lungs or in quiet osmosis, how some of us pray at sunrise in a pew or at three a.m. on a beach, how some of us are dying to journal or would rather die than journal, how our political tensions clash so broadly and brutally, how one forgives so quickly and the other is bitter indefinitely, how some of us are strong in faith or we’re faith-weaklings, how we each hold onto quirks like Bible translations and worship genres and preaching styles, how we like to gather in crowds of thousands or a group of a dozen.

There’s no need to fight over these things. No need to accuse another of being wrong, or to try to be better than the ‘other’ church, or to recast the same mold. We are so many shades of an endless jewel, a glorious community of unified diversity fueled by the endless imagination of God. I hope we don’t dash ourselves on our personalities. There is room for you and for me in this Body.

J.S. (via jspark3000)

This is so beautiful! :’D

(via perpetually-spring)

(via perpetually-spring)

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.

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.

—Augustine (via craigtowens)

(via perpetually-spring)

Jesus is the friend of people who are willing to admit that they have problems. If we understand that we have issues, if we recognize that we have stuff we cannot conquer, then Jesus is near to us.

You don’t have to be good to be Jesus’s friend. You just have to be honest.

evolvingessence:

fiftyshadesofmacygray:

I really want my friends as family to prosper, I have such a small, concentrated group of people I really care about and trust and I want them all to thrive.

#prayer
Man, forreal.