2014 was an arduous slog through a work-swamp but 2015 promises to bring a cornucopia of new friends, quiet moments and creative opportunities. Happy new year to you all!

I wrote a poem to all of you struggling through hard times, this goes out to you.

Hope

When your back aches to stand,
and your neck hurts to move.
When your heart feels like a cold stone,
and your eyes can’t stop from tearing.
Stay strong.

When your heart hurts to beat,
and you want to lay down and cry.
When your muscles feel like giving up,
and your hand wobbles as you pick up the pencil.
Stay strong.

When every breath hurts,
and when your lungs have trouble breathing in air.
When your skin feels cold,
and you feel no comfort from those around you.
Stay strong.

When all has failed,
and when everything has passed.
When you are sure there’s no hope left in this world,
when you’re sure things can’t get any better.
Stay strong.

Because you will live to see another day.
Because on a day when the clouds block the sky,
the sun still finds a way to shine through.
And you will too.
So stay strong.

Because life changes,
and things will get better.
And you will shine through your troubles,
like a candle in the darkness.
So stay strong, and you will live to see another day.

Everyone in town always took me for an outsider. I didn’t care. The only thing that mattered was her. She was my garden of Eden, and God knows how beautiful it was until that night.

No one is born evil; the devil himself was a fallen angel. But sometimes, when you go through hell, the only way out is to walk deeper into the fire.

—  Daniel Radcliffe as Iggy in Horns

anonymous asked:

My friend who is a Christian told me that god only gives what we can handle but enough to challenge us, if that's that's true then why are there so many teens commuting suicide because they can't handle it anymore?

It’s not true. It’s totally a lie. 

The truth is that there will always be situations in life where we’re in over our head. Where we don’t have what it takes to overcome. This life is way too much for us to handle on our own.

We need Jesus. 

With God all things are possible. Through Him we are more than conquerors. 

It’s a huge deception that we “got this.” We were always meant to live leaning on His strength.