Joyful Noise.
2000 years ago, a man died for me so that everything I don't like about myself could someday be transformed into beautiful marks of grace. Now my life has a new mission: to seek and save that which is lost. This is my story of grace and my way of proclaiming to the LORD His goodness in every season.
Joyful Noise.
" I have given God countless reasons not to love me. None of them has been strong enough to change Him. "
- Paul Washer (via kissthewave)
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There are some Christians who prefer structure, authority, discipline, and hard work. They want to schedule their Bible-reading and they need to check off a calendar and they want to attend church on a weekly planner. They tithe to the exact dollar and they dress up every Sunday and they would never ever curse, not even after getting a papercut from their latest Oswald Chambers devotional. And I think that’s okay. I don’t think religion has to be such a bad word all the time. Again, effort is not legalism, because legalism is legalism.

I think God has room for the highly devout church guy who sits in the front row because God respects our individual dignity and personalities. God does not mock the button-up bravado of the sincerely stiff worshiper — because this sort of Christian is still a sinner in need of grace, like you and me, and we’re not called to treat him based on any other parameter.

God has wired each of us differently. Some Christians will drink a beer and smoke cigars and get tattoos and pray in the woods by the river with a handmade journal and Lecrae and Mumford and Sons and Nirvana in their iPod — because this is how they meet Jesus. God has a limitless imagination to speak to each of us in a wild variety of ways. To limit this is to limit God, and I don’t ever want to suckerpunch His sovereignty.

- J.S. from this post (via hopefisch)

(Source: jspark3000)


We are so blessed to be a part of this movement. Jake and Nicci Hamilton just launched a web series for the purpose of restoring marriage. And if you think it’s not relevant since you’re not married or your marriage isn’t struggling, think again. This series explores the stories of many different couples and how they have learned to love each other as One Flesh. Visit
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" …Poverty wasn’t created by God. God didn’t mess up and make too many people or not enough stuff. Poverty was created by us because we really haven’t lived into His vision of loving our neighbor as ourselves and of really understanding that someone else’s suffering needs to be mine and it demands something of us. When you have a massive disparity between the rich and the poor, that is unsustainable. "
- Shane Claiborne (via voirencouleurderose)
" When I understand that everything happening to me is to make me more Christ-like, it resolves a great deal of anxiety. "
- A.W. Tozer (via hannaoliviaway)


I found this on Pinterest and decided I love it. It’s pretty accurate to the stuff we take on backpacking trips, give or take a few items. Also “not kinfolk style.”

Mad drawing skills: iamthatthatiam
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