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❝ Let’s think about grace - grace from God who loves us and values us and picks us up every time we fall, with just exactly the same love and tenderness you feel when you pick up your kids after they’ve fallen. And the grace we show one another when we finally drop the comparisons and the catalog images and really walk with one another, on the good days and bad days. Let’s think about honesty and helping and telling our stories. Let’s give each other a break and a little help and some soft places to land.

— Shauna Niequist {bittersweet}

❝ God isn’t concerned about what I’m doing with my life. He’s concerned about me and my heart.

— Megan Forbes 

❝ Friendship is acting out God’s love for people in tangible ways. We were made to represent the love of God in each other’s lives, so that each person we walk through life with has a more profound sense of God’s love for them. Friendship is an opportunity to act on God’s behalf in the lives of the people that we’re close to, reminding each other who God is. When we do the hard, intimate work of friedship, we bring a little more of the divine into daily life. We get to remind one another about the bigger, more beautiful picture that we can’t always see from where we are.

— Shauna Niequist {Cold Tangerines}

lovely reminder.

this morning i received a text from a good friend. to try to explain to you how perfect her timing was in sending this message is pointless. no one will really understand. but after trying to endure through this past week, everything she said was exactly what i needed to hear… 

It’s beautiful here in Georgia today. Spending time in Matthew 5… Hearing Jesus proclaim that the reign of God is here and in this kingdom we find all things our souls ache for.. The poor in spirit will inherit the richness of the goodness of God’s kingdom. And I am just thinking about you, and am so grateful for you in my life, and I’m praying for you for strength and peace and endurance as the year starts to demand that things be wrapped up. And I am just siting here, freshly aware that I may not be able to understand who God is fully and completely.. Though I may not fully understand what He is doing in me and in my life.. But I know this: Jesus is everything I need. He is everything I have been waiting for. The reign of God is here. It’s here. And Jesus is everything I need. Your Messiah, your rescue, your Savior, your king… Everything you need, everything you’ve been waiting for… He is here. And He is with you. I love you friend. Miss you. 

Megan. You’ve changed my life in the small amount of time we had together at school. And you continue to change my life even from a distance. Thank you for your encouragement, support, and love. 

This is my freakin fantastic friend Marcus. He wanted me to write about him on my tumblr. So here it is: 

I met this kid in MultiCultural Evangelism last year. He was in my group, so we saw each other twice a week, bright and early in the morning. Gotta love 7:30am classes. We fight and annoy each other like siblings. And now a year later, we still have a 7:30am class sitting right next to each other. Our friendship is a rollercoaster of fun. haha (:  

love ya bud. 

no matter what i’ll be a good friend. i’ll always care. i’ll always pray for the best. i’ll always want better for someone. 

it’s just who i am. i don’t plan on changing that. 

it both a blessing and curse, but i’m learning to accept it. you should too. 

i’m excited for coffee dates with my best friend Victoria. 
the fourth festivities.

sadly, i have not been taking many pictures of my summer. so, words will have to suffice for the amazing moments i have been experiencing.  

that is the great thing about summer. it is filled with memorable moments. moments that consist of having one of my best friends make my family dinner. dancing in the kitchen to EarthWind&Fire. all nighters filled with board games, many laughs, and heartfelt conversations. sitting on my roof, covered in blankets watching the sun rise on july fourth. spending a sunny afternoon in the park. taking naps on the grass. walks in foster city to meet up with good friends. trying to find a way to stay warm as the cold bay area weather files in. leaning against someone feeling completely comfortable and safe. a firework show that will always be tradition when i’m home. late night drives that include loud hiphop music, cool dancing, and too much traffic. 

then i find myself in the moment where i’m laying in my comfy bed about to fall asleep and i can still hear the fireworks going off around the city. i’m home. i’m blessed. and my summer has been incredible so far. i can’t wait for more moments to come. 

❝ Build a bridge of friendship strong enough to sustain the weight of truth.

i enjoy being friends again. 

you are great and i’m so blessed to still have you in my life. 

❝ So take heart, my sweet girl, because you have one who is far more beautiful than any romance than you will ever have… you have Jesus, and He is right next to you holding your hand and your heart.

— a dear friend 

let’s try to be a friend… 
beautiful day with beautiful people.

There is something exquisite about leaving your world and escaping into a new one. I love long drives that involve getting away. I adore it. I need it. I want it as often as possible. 

I felt like a tourist along the streets of San Diego. It was great. I ate like a fatty at one of the best burger joints I’ve ever tasted. I gained wisdom listening to a man that has been in ministry for quite some time. I loved being loved by a grandmother. It had been so long since I’ve gotten that. I devoured a tomato, garlic, basil pizza. Delicioso. I went to an ice cream parlor that has a prayer need box outside the shop. There is such a relaxing joy I have when I stand on a beach. The ocean air rejuvenates my soul. I like hearing street musicians perform (even if they’re not all that great). I enjoy my friendships with wonderful young women of God. I see so many different kinds of people and I know that the Lord loves each and every single one of them. I want to love others like He does.

I swear… there is just something about getting away. I thoroughly cherished every part of today. I am blessed.