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Occasionally we let someone in, we open the folds of our insecurity and give access to the darkest parts of us. We hand over the key, and it’s terrifying. And sometimes they bump into a raw nerve, they say a callous insensitive remark, they ridicule a strange notion we have, they poke at our dreams just a bit. It hurts pretty bad and we push them out and fold up fast. We remind ourselves, “This is why I don’t let anyone in.” And we run.

It’s right here that most people apologize like crazy. They feel terrible. They were trying to figure out how to navigate the labyrinth of your wonderful story. It’s like holding a tiny flash light in a cave of a new world. They didn’t mean to provoke those old wounds. They didn’t mean to poke fun at your dreams. They considered it an honor that they held the key, even for a few frenzied moments.

Intimacy takes work, trust, wounds, hurts, sculpting in the dark: and that takes time. It takes more than a single chance. Of course we can close the doors, at any second, when we know it just won’t work. But there are many opportunities if we had trusted a little longer, reset the tempo, and spoke up louder: it would’ve been okay. Bridges would be built. New stories are made. You find your hand closing around theirs. They begin to traverse the folds of your heart with ease, and they learn to say those things which give life, which give freedom, which grow dreams. Intimacy is formed out of stumbling, but further down the path: there is so much light, so much laughter, so many steps to the horizon together.
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It doesn’t matter how dark it is; God made me light.
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There are two reasons why people don’t talk about things; either it doesn’t mean anything to them, or it means everything
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When you see your reflection, and you’re not happy with what you see, shift your focus from your face to your heart because it isn’t about you. It’s about what He is doing in you.
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"You’re taking my picture!"
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humansofnewyork:

"You’re taking my picture!"

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lalaaa4:

Two people denied Jesus the night before His death: Judas & Peter. Both wept for their mistake.

What was the difference between the two?

Judas turned away from God & judged himself. Peter repented, went back to God, & let Him forgive & restore him.

Never underestimate the power of Jesus to forgive & restore.

God never changes his mind about the people he calls. He never decides to take back the blessings he has given them.
— Romans 11:29

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sterlinggraves:

romance: saying “i do” on top of a mountain.

more people should do this. most certainly.
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pureblyss:

sterlinggraves:

romance: saying “i do” on top of a mountain.

more people should do this. most certainly.

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In America today, it is considered worse to judge evil than to do evil.
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If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by today you would have been two weeks better at it.
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