My heart has been longing to establish community. 
I found a lot of it in our church’s youth group, but I’ve always wanted something more than that. 
But I don’t know what that is. I don’t know where to find it yet, nor do I know how to start it. God help me.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (via kingnycjohnson)

It’s like, it doesn’t honor God to pretend like everything is OK. That’s the beauty of Jesus that so many people miss. The beauty is that he died on the cross for our sins, but also that he existed the way we exist. He understands what it’s like to lose a friend. He’s not unfamiliar with those emotions. He’s not unfamiliar with the difficulty of human life. To me that’s what makes Jesus as God beautiful. He totally understands. He went out of his way to prove to us that he understands our situation. So when he has something to say, it’s not coming from this high and lofty standpoint. It’s coming from this person who understands intricately the perils of human existence.

John Mark McMillan (via loveiseccentricandsoami)

Jesus, I need to give myself up. I am not strong enough to love You and walk with You on my own. I can’t do it, and I need You. I need You deeply and desperately. I believe You are worth it, that You are better than anything else I could have in this life or the next. I want You. And when I don’t, I want to want You. Take all of me. Have Your way with me.

Francis Chan, Crazy Love (via foundworthy)

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

Alan Keightley (via larmoyante)