= IN HIM I ENDURE =
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She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald (via myquotelibrary)
■ CityAlight - Jerusalem (Lyric Video) - YouTube

See the empty tomb today
Death could not contain Him
Once the Servant of the world
Now in victory reigning…

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- H O P E - // ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.’ 
~ 1 Peter 1:3-4 #jesusbringshope

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When Jesus looked down from the cross, he didn’t think “I am giving myself to you because you are so attractive to me.” No, he was in agony, and he looked down at us - denying him, abandoning him, and betraying him - and in the greatest act of love in history, he STAYED. He said, “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” He loved us, not because we were lovely to him, but to make us lovely.
— Timothy Keller
■ The meaning of hope at Easter

This weekend, as most Australians head up the coast or to sodden camping sites in search of rest, millions will still gather around the world to remember an ancient story of a Jewish Rabbi brutally executed by the Romans, holding on to the hope that it is the light of resurrection on Sunday following the darkness of Good Friday that provides the reason to hope in God’s solution to the world we find ourselves in.

Those who have come to believe this story to be true understand it to be about a hope that has invaded the present such that we don’t give way to despair. It’s about the future restoration of broken things, of death and evil being conquered, justice and order emerging from chaos. It says that every life is of eternal significance.

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aflongaflongkongg:

I want to climb mountains, see the sun rise from a kayak, travel the world, write books, use my body, see spectacular flowers, experience ridiculous things, know people’s stories, have my own story, learn, become friends with my parents, love freely. I want to know death’s immanence without seeing it, so the world’s life is even more beautiful. 

^ this girl. #sheknowsthefeels

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Let my last breath here
Be my first with You
Where You rob my fear
And You make me new
So whatever comes
Whatever I go through
Let my last breath here
Be my first with You…

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When the circumstances of life are comfortable, we more likely drift from God. We are in danger of believing we are self-sufficient, and faith in God can become merely an intellectual exercise. But when we find ourselves in the desolation of loneliness and pain, doubt and desertion, deprivation and despair, there God meets us - even when we can’t hear His voice. This is how God works.
— Michael S. Beates, ‘Disability & The Gospel’
Wounded people who have been broken by suffering and sickness ask for only one thing: a heart that loves and commits itself to them, a heart full of hope for them.
— Jean Vanier
- R E L I E F - // Our belief or unbelief in the character and promises of God will alter our pain experience for better or for worse. We may not understand why God won’t take away our pain when He has the power to do so, but can lean on His faithfulness and love to us through Christ, trusting that He understands the depths of our pain, grieves along with us, and will refine us through it.

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Not With Haste

"Do not let my fickle flesh go to waste
As it keeps my heart and soul in its place
And I will love with urgency but not with haste…”

Life is ridiculously great right now. I am surrounded by the most wonderful of people. My life has purpose and direction. My health is stable. And I have never felt more content with my ‘relationship status’ as I do today. God has proven to me time and time again that He provides in every circumstance. For the first time in a long time, I am not worried about the future. I am truly and completely content in where I am. With contentment comes opportunity. Opportunity to love those around me with a reckless passion. Opportunity to serve God wholeheartedly in every aspect of life. Opportunity to dwell in His presence in every moment. Opportunity to critically reflect on my thoughts, actions and motives. Opportunity to grow in spiritual maturity. 

With contentment also comes opportunity to be open to the possibility of something wonderful. To know that in singleness or in relationship, my heart is fixed on the One who made me and died to save me. I have a strong natural tendency to overanalyse everything, to be impatient and want instant satisfaction, to allow the desires of the flesh to rule over me. It is in contentment that I am able to make decisions with clarity and consistency. In contentment I can judge things for what they are, not what I want them to be. In contentment, my head and my heart are in unison. In contentment, I am free. 

So here I stand, content. Open. Ready to recklessly but patiently love, with urgency but not with haste. 

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// city adventures. #sydney

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In each conversation you have, make it your goal to plant one seed in the other persons life, be it a seed of prayer, or a seed of encouragement - be a planter of seeds.
— Biruk  (via paoloarimado)
Amazing day at #Citizens conference. 

"The operating principal of religion is: I obey so God will accept me; the operating principal of the Gospel is: God accepts me, therefore I obey." ~ Tim Keller

{ Highlight of the day: talking about Jesus with a Canadian couple in the train on the way home. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” ~ Rom 1:16 }

#citytocityau
■ Elise (inhimiendure) on Twitter

Officially ‘tweeting’. Proclaiming the gospel through social media.

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