"Many people have asked me, “How can you tell whether you’ve got a friendship on which you can base a marriage?” The answer that Kathy and I have always given is this. When you see the problems in each other, do you want to run away, or do you find a desire to work on them together? If the second impulse is yours, then you have the makings of a marriage. Do you obsess over your partner’s shortcomings, or can you see the beauty within, and do you want to see it increasingly released? Then move forward. The power of truth that marriage has should hold no fear for you."
Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage (via trustchrist)
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me."
1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV
Did you raise the sun for me? Paint a million stars that I might know your majesty?
"It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second."
John Steinbeck // Cannery Row
"Men, you’ll never be a good groom to your wife unless you’re first a good bride to Jesus."
"The church was God’s idea in the first place; He instituted it. Acts 20:28 addresses the shepherds of “the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” The church must be important to every believer “because it is of supreme importance to Jesus Christ himself.” After all, He “loved the church and gave himself up for her (Eph 5:25). Do we dare devalue what Christ cherishes?"
"Proverbs 13:3. He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life. He that opens his lips too wide shall bring on his own destruction."
Ben Wade // 3:10 To Yuma
"You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail."
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (via feellng)
"The brightest light casts the darkest shadow."
Jess C. Scott, The Darker Side of Life (via observando)