We are made ‘partakers of the divine nature,’ receiving and sharing God’s own nature through His promises. Then we have to work that divine nature into our human nature by developing godly habits. The first habit to develop is the habit of recognizing God’s provision for us. We say, however, ‘oh, I can’t afford it.’ One of the worst lies is wrapped up in that statement. We talk as if our heavenly Father has cut us off without a penny! We think it is a sign of true humility to say at the end of the day, ‘Well I just barely got by today, but it was a severe struggle.’ And yet all of Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! And He will reach to the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will only obey Him. Does it really matter that our circumstances are difficult? Why shouldn’t they be! If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we remove God’s riches from our lives and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives, replacing Him with our own self-interests. It causes us to open our mouths only to complain, and we simply become spiritual sponges—always absorbing, never giving, and never being satisfied. And there is nothing lovely or generous about our lives.
Before God becomes satisfied with us, He will take everything of our so-called wealth, until we learn that He is our Source; as the psalmist said, ‘All my springs are in You’ (Psalm 87:7). If the majesty, grace, and power of God are not being exhibited in us, God holds us responsible. ‘God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you…may have an abundance…” (2 Corinthians 9:8)—then learn to lavish the grace of God on others, generously giving of yourself. Be marked and identified with God’s nature, and His blessing will flow through you all the time.
-Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Step one, we buy into this club.
Step two, we roll over to the club either in your Mercedes Benz
or my pre-owned Acura Legend. Step three, I dagger you on the dance floor.
Just bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce
now all the ladies sayin’ bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce.
What do you say, sexy?
30 Days of Parks and Recreation → Day 24: Favorite Library Moment
Season 2, episode 15 (Sweetums):
Leslie: Hi, Marcie.
Marcie: Leslie! Are they finally teaching you Parks people how to read? Oh, I guess not. It’s a movie.
Leslie: You’re pretty cocky for someone whose job is obsolete because of the internet.
Marcie: Hmm. You seem to have a $40 late fee on a book called Mysteries of the Female Orgasm!
Leslie: No I don’t!
Marcie: Yeah, you do.
Leslie: Ann, grab the movie! Go! Go, Ann! Go! Go!
Leslie: PUNK ASS BOOK JOCKEYS!
Needtobreathe: More Time
One of my favorite songs of all time.
Aaron Marsh, the lead singer of Copeland, wrote most of the songs in Beneath Medicine Tree from the context of the hospitalization of his girlfriend and the death of his grandmother. The whole album is sweetly uplifting despite these tough themes. I miss Copeland, I wish they didn’t have to break up. :(
“Sleep now sweet princess
I’ll cheer for you silently, and carefully not to disturb
I’ll be ready on that evening
When you’re starved for my attention,
And you’ll say, you’ll say
“Wait now prince,
There’s a brilliant sky above,
And a jealous moon in love
And they are, starved for our attention.”