“I am with you and for you.” Perfect peace does not always mean perfect understanding. Life is a journey where we learn our imperfections as we go and understand even more the power of being loved by a perfect God. “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 // #jesuscalling #iovlife #isleofviewreads

It’s not meaningless. “All of our affliction is totally meaningful.” -John Piper // Reading in the book of Ruth tonight remembering the refuge God provided for Ruth in her time of need. He provides for us and finds glory in the moments where we cannot determine meaning in the events around us. But it IS meaningful, every “millisecond” of our pain is producing glory for God. I’m learning to appreciate every step of the journey, not just the pleasant ones. “God, I declare that like Ruth, I have come to take refuge under Your wings.” Ruth 2:12 (adapted) #iovlife #isleofviewreads #lampandlight #scaredorhungry

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” -C S Lewis // the elusive question of life #isleofviewreads

“I heard once that real love doesn’t ask what is in it for me; it just gives unconditionally. It just tries to take the weight out of somebody else’s pack, lessen his load, and if it gets reciprocated, that’s great, but that isn’t what you did it for.” -Donald Miller, through painted deserts // #iovgoalsetting #2014goalsetting #isleofviewreads

“Sincerity is a Christian virtue, as is honesty about our struggles. But my generation needs to realize that Christianity is more than chic fragility, endless self-revelation, and the coolness that comes with authenticity.”
― Kevin DeYoung // #vscocam #isleofviewreads

“Only love can soften a hard heart. Only love can renew trust after it has been shattered. Only love can inspire acts of genuine self-sacrifice. Only love can free us from the tyrannizing effects of fear…In spite of the trivializing influence of romantic and sentimental views of love in a Western culture, love is the strongest force in the universe. Gravity may hold planets in orbit and nuclear force may hold the atom together, but only love has the power to transform persons. Christianity puts surrender to love right at the core of the spiritual journey…Christianity is the world’s greatest love religion. God comes to us as love, in love, for love. Love invites surrender, and surrender is at the core of spirituality.” - David Benner, “Surrender to Love” // One of the biggest blessings of journeying alongside my sister (@elegantowl) as she pursues her DMin is to share the books and curriculum she works through. Hands-down this book, Surrender to Love, has to be one of the best books I have ever read in my life, and I’m only three chapters in. Grasping the concept of a love so great that nailed our Savior to a tree, so that He could set me free is humbling, and reinforces my love for Him and my need for daily surrender to that Love. I live as I do for love, because of HIS love for me. #isleofviewreads #goodreads #momentswithsunday #surrendertolove