The brightest little firefly

Girls are being told lies about who they are when, really, they’re princesses. They’re priceless, but they’re being told by the world:
You’re going to have to sell yourself. You have to present a certain look and act a certain way. These people over here expect you to hold this look and lifestyle a priority, but that group over there says you must do something different to get what you want. And if you can’t pull it off and keep everyone happy, you don’t belong. You’ll be rejected, you won’t be happy, and you’ll be a nobody.
Girls constantly have to sell themselves to everyone, or at least they’re made to feel that must, and the ultimate fallout is usually painful. Their need for approval and for someone to tell them they are OK is sometimes worth more to them than their self-respect.

—Mark Hall, Lifestories (via jrsilcox)

(Source: im-rising-from-the-ground)

Here’s the thing you gotta love and respect about the Bible. The Scriptures do not protect the sins of the heroes of the Bible. They lay it all out for you to see their failures, their shortcomings, their rebellion. When they really blow it, it’s right there on the page. The Bible does not try to make men and women in the Bible look lovelier than they are.

Here’s the thing you gotta love and respect about the Bible. The Scriptures do not protect the sins of the heroes of the Bible. They lay it all out for you to see their failures, their shortcomings, their rebellion. When they really blow it, it’s right there on the page. The Bible does not try to make men and women in the Bible look lovelier than they are.

If you don’t get that He loves you, if you don’t understand that He has an affectionate love for you, then on those days where you struggle, on those days when the Accuser or your own voice calls you worthless, calls you a screw up, calls you a failure, calls you unlovely, when you don’t understand that He loves you and that love is built upon Christ and not you, then I don’t know that you’ll ever really run towards Him.

I loved the fact that it wasn’t my responsibility to change somebody, that it was God’s, that my part was just to communicate love and approval.

 Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

For those in Alabama who are interested…

Blue Like Jazz will be opening in Birmingham next Friday (April 20). I will be attending because this is a movie I have eagerly anticipated since it was announced my Senior year of high school (so like 2 and a half years ago).

If anyone is interested in going with me send me a message :)