Thursday, November 27, 2014

bittersweet

I just finished a book called "bittersweet" by Shauna Niequist.  Her thoughts on change, grace, and learning the hard way have reminded & inspired me to never stop living in the freedom of His grace,  and to not be defeated by the difficult times in life but to grow from them.  Over the past few months, I've been reminded that if God truly removes our sins as far as the east from the west, the heavy weight of the shame and sadness of who I really am at the core, a sinner, is lifted and I can smile, and live, and love again because after all "my life is a story about who God is and what He does in the human heart." -bittersweet

From "Bittersweet"...
"But if you can find it within yourself, in the wildest of seasons, just for a moment, to trust in the goodness of God, who made it all and holds it all together, you'll find yourself drawn along to a whole new place, and there's truly nothing sweeter."
 "Don't get stuck in the past, and don't try to fast-forward yourself in to a future you haven't yet earned.  Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life's path." 
 "There's another kind of thin place, and we find ourselves in these places when our lives and our hearts are broken open.  Brokenness has a way of allowing the supernatural into our lives in the same way that deep joy or great beauty do --- and maybe, I'm finding even more." 
"When things fall apart, the broken pieces allow all sorts of things to enter, and one of them is the presence of God." 
"When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow."
Change on Hadley Ave... 


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