Sunday Girl: September 25, 2016

By: Gabriela Yareliz

It’s like someone flipped a switch. Autumn began with the cutest Google animation of little rocks eating a leaf (did anyone else see the adorableness?), and then, BAM,  sixty-degree weather that makes your nose run. I was almost stranded in Jersey City last night with a shut-down Path train station, and a breeze that reminded me that I needed to buy thicker leggings. ‘Tis the season! I always like to open up the season with the Ben Rector song, which I discovered around this time, several years ago. Autumn brings with it some relief from the heat and a temporary death, which we all know leads to new beginnings. And even in its longer, darker days, there is so much beauty.

In this post are some quotes that have inspired me, lately. Happy week! Autumn has arrived!! Let’s celebrate.

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things.” Unknown

“Because the best thing about being alive is to feel part of something.” Maya Hart, Girl Meets World

“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try accepting yourself and see what happens.”
Louise Hay

“Never assume that God doesn’t want you to be open and honest about what’s weighing on your soul. This is a relationship. He hears you.”
God’s daily love (via god-loves-u-sweetheart)

“Love is a sacrificial choice we make daily. When the going gets tough, we have to keep going forward. We choose to live each day, we choose to eat and drink water, so we must choose to love one another. Nothing is more wonderful than knowing that someone doesn’t feel ‘stuck with you’ but rather that they have chosen to walk this journey with you and will fight for you when you are too weak to defend Yourself.”
T.B. LaBerge // Go Now

“I wondered if that was why God hated sin, because of the destruction it caused. For a moment I felt awe for a God who loved me enough to hate the things that hurt me without hating me for causing them.”
Susan E. Isaacs (via everfleeting)

“When our communication changes, our relationships change.” Dr. Tony Evans

“I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.”
Sylvia Plath, Letters Home

“Why do Christians always ask how sinful something is, rather than ask how righteous it could be? Why do Christians ask God to change everything around them, before they think to say to God: ‘change me’? No matter how many times God has come through for us, we’re still overcome with fears, worries, and doubts. Lord, make us more aware of how immense and all powerful you are, of how near you are to us, and how, in the end, your purpose for our life is the only thing that matters.”
Unka Glen (unkaglen.tumblr.com)

“He loved her, of course, but better than that, he chose her, day after day. Choice: that was the thing.” Sherman Alexie, The Toughest Indian in the World (via quotethat)

“Grace is wild. Grace unsettles everything. Grace overflows the banks. Grace messes up your hair. Grace is not tame.”
Doug Wilson (via quiethollowribs)

“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

“My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace, nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.”
Oswald Chambers

“[…] Jesus: the essential tenderness of His heart, His way of looking at the world, His mode of relating to you and me. ‘If you really want to understand a man, don’t just listen to what he says, but watch what he does.'”
Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

“Whenever you decide to believe God is faithful and live according to that belief, even when life is challenging, your faith grows. You can rest well, knowing that He is always up to something good.”
Charles Stanley (via godlywoman)

“I applaud the man willing and brave enough to explore the depths of a girl who has sapphires in her sparking eyes, caverns of kindness deep within her heart, a laugh that creases her eyes with an endless beautiful timeline, and a mind filled with forever ideas. She’ll make you feel like gold, I swear.
Darling girl, you are the most prized treasure. even when no one sees you or when you feel forgotten or unloved or even when you’re too hard on yourself. You’re whole + enough, sweet daughter of the Living God.”
j.w. | gold depths (via myheartmadeknown)

“But what had lasting significance were not the miracles themselves but Jesus’ love. Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, and a few years later, Lazarus died again. Jesus healed the sick, but eventually caught some other disease. He fed the ten thousands, and the next day they were hungry again. But we remember his love. It wasn’t that Jesus healed a leper but that he touched a leper, because no one touched lepers.”
Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

“When a human being is mistreated, objectified, or neglected, when they are treated as less than human, these actions are actions against God. Because how you treat the creation reflects how you feel about the Creator.”
Rob Bell, Sex God (via contrariansoul)

“Marriage isn’t just sex, it’s conversation and laughter
I mean some spouses barely even like each other, and the marriage seems like a dead end
You might share a checkbook and a house, but are you actually friends?
I mean, if marriage isn’t a commitment, then what’s the point of the vows we say?
‘Til death do us part’ really means ‘Until the feelings go away’
Like, I’ll stay with him, but only until it gets tough and my love shifts
But I say imagine if a parent took that perspective with their kids
Like can’t you see it? The minute the kid spills something on the floor
The mom’s saying, ‘Forget it, I don’t even love you anymore’
No, it’s just like marriage, to last you need the strength from above
Because it’s not love that sustains the promise, it’s the promise that sustains the love.”
Sex, Marriage, & Fairytales // Jefferson Bethke (via worshipgifs)

“But it was Jesus who taught me there was nothing I could really lose if I had Him.”
Bob Goff (via risinghopeandstrength)

“Sometimes I look at people who don’t see their worth in Christ, and I just think about how God actually breathed life into dust, making something wonderful out of something worthless. All of creation, God has been bringing value to the valueless, hope to the hopeless, and life into the lifeless. Don’t you dare look at yourself and deny what God sees you as, because to Him, you are the very air in His lungs giving Him life; He died and rose again, so that you may be with Him forever. Come now, sons and daughters, to the place that God has made for you; because He is not simply telling you to not sin, He is calling you home.”
T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)

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