1. Sun

    Praise the Lord, left the office just now and it’s still light out! Daylight savings hasn’t even happened yet. #bigthings #smallthings

     

  2. What you say reveals what you see.

     

  3. In honor of the greatest love story of all time

    (Source: Spotify)

     

  4. Generosity is the heart of God

    People check in every now and then to see how I’m doing spiritually. Recently, I’ll mumble something back - “Oh, you know, it’s been hard to be consistent without the tight-knit Christian community on campus.” The bigger issue, however, is that over the last couple of months I’ve felt my heart grow cold to the city around me, to the strangers on the subway, to the beggars on the streets. In every small decision of disobedience, of silence, of inaction, I’ve quenched the Holy Spirit and pushed God a little further away.

    Yesterday, at church, God thoroughly shook me up to see things clearly again. It was one of those moments where a simple truth that I had once understood was suddenly brought back and I was awestruck at the goodness of God for being so patient with me when I forget simple truths such as these.

    Generosity is the heart of God

    This is a passage that I’ve read so many times before, but yesterday, it blew my mind. In Matthew 22:15-22, the Pharisees try to test Jesus by asking if it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar. Jesus takes a coin and asks whose image is on it. ”Caesar’s,”they reply, and he says, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”

    The word image that Jesus uses here is the same word from Genesis when it says that God made man in his image. Caesar may put his image on a coin, but God put his image on us! So render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but give God what is God’s. WHOA. God has made his mark so clear on us! He demands and deserves our hearts.

    Generosity is not about what I have but about how I think. Can I out-give the widow in Luke 21? Have I ever given out of what I don’t have? And the thing is, generosity is fun; generosity is life-giving; selfless generosity is God’s example to us

    "I believe that the Jesus in you is generous. Wouldn’t it be nice to let Him out?"

     

  5. welooktoyahweh:

    Did the title of this post catch your attention?
    Perhaps it sparked something inside of you.
    A righteous anger? An adamant "But they can be depressed!"
    If so, I commend your heart.

    First and foremost, to clarify any misconceptions, “depression” is not simply a feeling of sadness. It is…

     

  6. Dear God,

    Please give me a jam buddy! :’(

    Thank you! <3

    -M

     

  7. Will your grace run out
    If I let you down
    ‘Cause all I know
    Is how to run

    ‘Cause I am a sinner
    If its not one thing its another
    Caught up in words
    Tangled in lies
    You are the Savior
    And you take brokenness aside
    And make it beautiful
    Beautiful

    Will you call me child
    When I tell you lies
    Cause all I know
    Is how to cry

    (Source: Spotify)

     
  8. Little Drummer Boy is probably my favorite Christmas song. Such a simple, innocent desire to worship the baby Jesus. Happy t-10 days, friends!

     
     

  9. "When you are truly in love, you go to great lengths to be with the one you love. You’ll drive hours to be together, even if it’s only for a short while. You don’t mind staying up late to talk. Walking in the rain is romantic and not annoying. You’ll willingly spend a small fortune on the one you’re crazy about. When you are apart from each other, it’s painful, even miserable. He or she is all you think about; you jump at any chance to be together. We need to be like this with God."
    — Francis Chan
     

  10. Spontaneity

    Making the transfer from the Yellow to Orange line at L’Enfant, the train doors closed a second before I reached the platform. It’s just one of those days, I thought. Working on a Sunday afternoon when it’s a beautiful 60 degrees out and autumn is definitely not what I signed up for when I accepted this fellowship. Yes, I am learning a lot; yes, I enjoy what I am doing, but they’re not paying me nearly enough for all the overtime. Just as I sat down to wait for the next train, a young Muslim girl approached me to ask which train to take to get to the White House. I told her she should get off at Farragut West, and without missing a beat, she told me that she was going to the White House Fall Garden tour and that she had an extra ticket, did I want one? It’s only for today and the only way you can get a ticket is through your Congressman or something. (I don’t even know who my Congressman is here in Virginia…and yes, I work at a political magazine.) I paused a moment, thinking about how I really ought to get to the office, but it passed quickly, and I accepted the ticket from her. We made our way over to the White House together, chatting the entire time, and I think I made a new friend out of it. Always a fan of spontaneity. :)