The Bible Project - Genesis 1-11
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
|| adventures ||
When restless, we explore.
How do we say no to the why of commodity without saying no to all things in themselves?
Similar to a fast, might an intentional pause on acquiring commodities be a means of greater joy in God and His sufficiency? It is one thing to whisper to our hearts, just before a purchase, “This is not what really satisfies my soul.” It is another thing to say, when we wake up on a day we’ve set apart, “There are wonderful products out there, but I don’t need them to have lasting joy. I don’t need to browse Amazon, and I won’t. Not today.” In other words, once again, we can rest because we can.
Read more here.
|| stillness ||
We can easily regard prayer as a way to get what we want from God, rather than the way in which our covenant relationship is expressed in watching and waiting.’
~ David Prior
I’ve been away for 2 weeks, living in community with an incredible group of brothers and sisters. It’s been a time of great self-reflection, and one thing I learnt over the time was this: being still before God is hard. It is an act of total surrender, to come before Him and just listen, to allow Him to refocus our hearts on Him and His eternal purposes. We need to be willing to empty ourselves of everything, to be open to being humbled, desiring to be stripped of all pride in the face of our Creator.
|| cityscape ||
I adore the architecture of this city, the contrast between old and new, classic and modern, sandstone and glass. People walk these streets with their eyes on the ground, or on store windows, or on the traffic; yet there is so much beauty to behold if you just look up. #cityadventures
|| detail ||
Walking the streets of Balmain: an abundance of ivy-covered walls, terrace houses, harbour views and Jesus-loving inhabitants. #alltheswooning
|| sisterhood ||
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up…" Ecc 4:9-10
This picture for me embodies the love that is present in the #sisterhoodinstameet: we encourage one another, pray for one another, praise Jesus for one another. We love because He first loved us, and His love is what unites us. The love I have for each of these girls is beyond expression. This is sisterhood: walking side by side into eternity.
|| joy ||
This is Athena Grace, a woman whose heart is steadfastly fixed on her Saviour, who daily seeks to experience more of His love and grace and presence, who has been through the wilderness and emerged with a contagious joy - a joy firmly founded in His goodness. I am so blessed to call her my sister in Christ, and can’t wait for an eternity worshipping God by her side (and the other 8 #sisterhoodinstameet girls who I love so dearly).
|| morning ||
"For Christians the beginning of the day should not be burdened and oppressed with besetting concerns for the day’s work. At the threshold of the new day stands the Lord who made it. All the darkness and distraction of the dreams of night retreat before the clear light of Jesus Christ and His wakening Word. All unrest, all impurity, all care and anxiety flee before Him. Therefore, at the beginning of the day let all distraction and empty talk be silenced and let the first thought and the first word belong to Him to whom our whole life belongs."
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, ‘Life Together’
|| #moreofjesus ||
Today is Athena Grace’s 21st birthday! I am #allthethankful for this sister, and the way God constantly speaks truth into my life and into the lives of so many people through her. Her passion for His glory is contagious and beautiful. Thankful for essay-length, ridiculously relevant messages, for chasing sunsets and the joy of sisterhood. Happy Birthday my dear sister; may this 21st year of your life be filled with #moreofjesus every day, centred in His presence, truly surrendered to Him.
Since our friendship was formed through tumblr and the sovereignty of our great God, it seemed only fitting to share this here.
Instagram: @inhimiendure. #foreverinaweofmycreator
|| sovereignty ||
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." ~ Ecc 3:11
We cannot comprehend the plans and purposes of God. And I think there is such beauty in that. God’s revelation of Himself to us is an act of incredible grace: who are we to demand to know and understand He who set the planets in motion, who designed the human body in all it’s intricacies? Who are we to impose our own plans and purposes on our Creator who sustains us? Why do we fight against His perfect timing? In love He predestined us to know Him; let us trust today in His sovereignty. #foreverinaweofmycreator