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athenagracee:

watched the preview of this video a few months ago and fell in love with it. i finally watched the whole thing, and loved it even more. this couple so evidently love Jesus, it’s more beautiful than words can express. so i’ll just let you watch.

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inkedinlove:

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Is there anything wrong with desiring a man? No. Question is, what is that desire? Is it to glorify God or to glorify you? God wired us to desire a man. Desiring a man becomes a sin when the root of it isn’t to glorify God but us. For instance, we are envious, jealous, and or lonely. We’re willing to settle for a man who can claim the name of Jesus but not as King. When our desire for a man becomes too strong, we can easily silence the voice of the Holy Spirit. We go for what we can remedy for the now rather than receive God’s will for our good. How do we avoid such measures and wait for Mr. Right? How do we avoid the same mistakes we’ve made in the past? How do we stay on course?

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.” Psalms 37:23-24 ESV

God is our guidance. A Christian man is called to seek a Christian woman. He is interested in getting to know her. Most importantly he sees her heart. And the woman is interested in responding to his efforts. Both of you desire to point each another to Jesus Christ. He leads her and their bond into a marriage covenant. Scripture says,

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22 ESV

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heldinhishands:

Being a Christian doesn’t mean I’m never going to fall. It means that when I do, I land in loving arms.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean I will never feel pain. It means that I will never be alone in the midst of struggle.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean I am perfect. It means that I have a perfect God living in an imperfect self.

Being a Christian is not about our ticket to heaven. It’s about showing the lost and broken the ticket to love.

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athenagracee:

I’m in love with your eyes and how they look at God’s world,

I’m in love with your lips and how they speak of His grace,

I’m in love with your hands and how they work for His kingdom,

I’m in love with your mind with its creativity and beauty,

I’m in love with your tears for the lost and…

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yourmarionetteloveinterest:

What a brilliant statement. I love Christian suppport of the LGBT community as it should be.
Preach it archbishop!

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How Do You Know Someone Is The One? (x)

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captivatingexquisitehearts:

Why I Hate Religion (Jesus>Religion)

He KILLS every video he does. Check out his Sexual Healing video as well. You won’t regret it.

"Religion says do, Jesus says done. Religion says slave, Jesus says son. Religion puts you in bondage, while Jesus sets you free. Religion makes you blind and Jesus makes you see."

It is finished.

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holyspirit-over-humanflesh:

That FEELING you get when you read your Bible… it’s like the whole world stops and you’re just chilling inside a hyperbolic time chamber with God himself; everyone has their own connection with Christ, and that’s what makes it so unexplainable, yet so beautiful. 

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iwilltrustinyou:

The following are 8 Simple Principles for a Jesus loving girl, when it comes to men, dating, relationships and marriage.

1. REPEAT AFTER ME: “YOU ARE LOVED.” 

I am not kidding. Repeat. After. Me. Out loud, often, with conviction. These are such simple words to say, but they have the most deep and resounding impact on our souls if we would just believe.

God says to his daughters in Jeremiah: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Until you have tasted God’s eternal, steadfast, redeeming love, hold off on looking for a man. You may just end up settling for a quick love that cannot fill your core heart’s longing. Even if you are not currently being pursued by a man, you are constantly being pursued by Jesus.

2. YOU ARE LESS BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU THINK AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU BELIEVE.

Our sin makes us ugly. No amount of makeup, clothing, or confident, flirtatious façade can change that fact. It takes a humble, redeemed woman changed by God to admit the ugliness of her sin and rest in her beauty in Christ. We must repent of our pride, our shame, our obsession with our looks. We must believe and embrace who God made us to be: beautiful in his image. True beauty emanates from a woman who boldly and unabashedly knows who she is in Christ.

3. CONSIDER WHAT CONTROLS YOU.

Is it fear, loneliness, demand for a man, seeking approval, career, money?

Let the love of Christ control you. Pay attention to what is controlling your heart as you wait for a date, are in a dating relationship, or even into marriage. We settle for lesser gods than the one who died for us and love us unconditionally.

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who might live no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” 2 Corinthians 5:14–15

4. ADDRESS YOUR FATHER ISSUES.

Most of us have them—wounds on our hearts from our earthly fathers and their shortcomings. Whether yours was absent and uninvolved or abusive and abandoning, don’t let him define who you believe your heavenly Father to be. Even if you have a godly and protective father, he is not God.

You are not looking for a dad-duplicate or a dad-replacement in a man. You have a perfect heavenly Father. Let Scripture reveal to you who God is as Father and what kind of care he gives his daughters.

"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Luke 11:13

5. CHARM AND BEAUTY ARE NOT A GOOD DATING PLAN.

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30

Often, our grand scheme for how to snag a date goes only skin-deep. We put massive pressure on ourselves to pour on the charm and look cute wherever we go, not realizing that a godly man will also be concerned about inner beauty. God certainly is.

"But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious." 1 Peter 3:4

A woman who fears the Lord is one who, despite her desire for a date, fears being far away from God more than she does missing out on a man who is easily fooled by her exterior.

6. REALISE YOU ARE ALREADY SUBMITTING—OR ARE YOU?

Submission is not only for wives. God asks for a submitted heart now, one that trusts in his provision and plan for your life, including dating. Ultimately, dating, and all of life, is about submission—waiting and trusting God and saying as Jesus does, “Not my will but yours be done.”

This does not, however, leave you helpless, hopeless, and hamstrung in the relationship department. A godly woman can express friendly interest in a brother in Christ. 

  • It is OK to mingle—but don’t manipulate.
  • Peruse—but don’t pursue. Let him initiate.
  • Take notice of the Godly men serving Jesus around you—but never stalk. It’s creepy.
  • Cross paths with a man who interests you—but don’t tackle him.

7. DRESS TO KILL …

… To kill both your evil desires and his. We all know what it’s like to be noticed for what we wear. Your desire to draw attention to yourself is vanity. Do not falsely advertise what is not available to anyone but your future husband. Don’t open the door for men to make assumptions about you by what you wear. Help your brothers in Christ by dressing modestly and appropriately (and by all means, neatly, cleanly, and fashionably!) Check your heart for your motives when you dress.

8. GUARD YOUR HEART.

Guarding one’s heart is still an issue even if no one is overtly vying for it.  Watch out for the “might be” snare, as in, “He ‘might be’ flirting with me and so I’m going to get carried away thinking about every possible place that could lead.”

It is entirely possible to honor God, yourself, and a brother in Christ on a date. Don’t elevate him or the relationship to the place that God alone should hold in your heart. Enjoy, don’t idolize … and for goodness sake, relax! A cup of coffee does not necessarily mean a diamond ring is soon to follow. As a single woman, give your heart fully, wholly, unabashedly, and devotedly to Christ alone.

Be active, vigilant, and careful about how much of your heart you give to a man. Be able to walk away from a dating relationship with your whole heart intact so that your future husband is not robbed of part of it down the road. Prayerfully consider what, when, how much to give away.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. " - Proverbs 4:23

Bless,
Jacinta. — http://www.hope-movement.tumblr.com
REF: G.D Resurgence.

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covenantallove:

Often we hear about how marriage is supposed to make us happy. People say things like: “If it doesn’t make you happy, let it go.” The truth is that marriage is tough. God uses our marriage relationships to bring out things in us that need improvement so that we can grow. It definitely isn’t easy sharing life with someone who brings out the worst in you so that God can transform it to the best in you. 

The purpose of marriage is to glorify God. It is a depiction of Christ’s love for the church. 

"22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even asChrist is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” -Ephesians 5:22-33

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danfh:

Love is patient.

Love is kind.

It does not envy.

It does not boast.

It is not proud.

It does not dishonor others.

It is not self-seeking.

It is not easily angered.

It keeps no record of wrongs.

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"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

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"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

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