You could have one, ten, or a thousand people on your side; but if you don’t believe in yourself, then it doesn’t matter how many are present. You, of all people, must be the first and most strongest supporter.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

When you’re unsure of your next step, God is with you.
When you’re struggling to make it through the day, God is with you.
When you don’t know if you want to try another day, God is with you.
Even in the trials you don’t want to face, God is with you.
When you are yearning for escape, God is with you.
When you have failed time and time again, God is with you.
When you are clawing, desperately, to find another way, God is with you.
When you’ve messed up so badly you’re not sure if you can forgive yourself, God is with you.
Through all of it, all of the terrible things that happen in this life, God is with you.
He is with you in the hard times. He is with you in the hardest times. He is with you. Always. And that is never going to change.

The main thing in life is not to be afraid to be human.
—  Pablo Casals (via OptimisticallyAstray)
You are a warrior. You’ve been up against battle after battle; each challenging in its own way. Yet, you’re still standing. You’re still alive, and stronger than ever. You’ve got this.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
Uncontrolled anger won’t better our world, but sympathetic understanding will. Once we see the world and ourselves for what we are, we can help. Once we understand ourselves we begin to operate not from a posture of anger but of compassion and concern. We look at the world not with bitter frowns but with extended hands. We realize that the lights are out and a lot of people are stumbling in the darkness. So we light candles.
—  Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. - Deuteronomy 31:6
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When Moses spoke these words to all of Israel, he was reminding them of God’s goodness as Joshua succeeded Moses and prepared to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Not everyone was for the children of Israel. Yes, God’s children has enemies. And yes, you will too. But through Jesus Christ, we have been assured that He is with us, and He won’t leave us (Matthew 28:20). He will NEVER leave you. He goes with you in everything.
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Written by @morganhnichols of #thedevoco

Making a difference in the world does not have to involve something overwhelming massive. You don’t need to find the cure for cancer or completely put an end to world hunger. Making a difference in the world comes from many small acts of kindness, each and every day. It comes from shedding light onto the lives of others’. YOU can make a difference. You can.

In a time of hate, love is an act of resistance.
—  Unknown (via OptimisticallyAstray
There will be moments when you are pushed to your absolute limits. It may get to the point when you feel like the world is collapsing in on you. This is important, for it is during these moments when you learn of your true capabilities and how far you can really go. You’re much stronger and resilient than you could have ever imagined.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

Sometimes, in the darkest, loneliest nights, I wonder how a loving God could leave His sheep down here without a sheperd to see.

Doesn’t He know sheep need to see their master?

But then I remember the kind words that have breezed through my weary spirit. I remember the sun kissing my face like a long-lost relative. I remember the feeling of grass underneath my feet, and the crispness of a cool autumn morning. I remember smiles and laughter and shared tears. I remember sunrises and sunsets. Mountains and valleys and rivers and streams. Broken bread among strangers. An open Bible, waiting to be read.

And it occurs to me: God is everywhere.
Even though we can’t see Him, we can feel Him… we just have to pay attention.

Stay afraid but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.
—  Carrie Fisher (via OptimisticallyAstray)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains– where does my help come from? - Psalms 121:1
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Know who you are help comes from, even in school! Whether it’s the papers, the exams, trying to work and go to school simultaneously, it’s very easy to get burned out, even when you’re a bright student. Don’t let school get the best of you. Instead, through your relationship with Jesus Christ, let God strengthen you to bring in the best OUT of you.
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Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo