Jon Bloom, in his post, Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Preoccupation:
The state of your soul depends on what occupies your mind…. The soul does not find satisfaction in the self. It’s not designed to.
…We never find in ourselves what we’re looking for. [This] frequently leads to discouragement…. Ironically, we are then often lured into self-centered introspection, which leads us into a vicious cycle of self-improvement efforts, self-indulgence, self-disillusionment… etc.
Image: detail from Echo and Narcissus, by J. W. Waterhouse.
When you’re forced to be simple, you’re forced to face the real problem. When you can’t deliver ornament, you have to deliver substance.
Cheap, easy-peasy yarn bowl idea from PocketPause.
Jonathan Vias, who moved his family from America to Africa, in order to complete their family:
Sometimes, God will ask you to do something — and will be actively involved in making it difficult. Because sometimes there’s a greater glory and a greater story that only comes through prolonging the trial. God’s telling a bigger story….
Thomas Merton, quoted by Paul E. Miller, in his book A Praying Life:
Prayer is an expression of who we are…. We are a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for completeness.”
image: creative commons, D Sharon Pruitt. Color edited with PicMonkey.