wednesday wreads, vol.2

“The root of legalism is pride and self…. It’s even worse when we inflict others with it… expecting them to live our standard rather than Christ’s. And Christ’s standard is Himself. Legalism is self-atonement, not Christ’s atonement.”

“When Christian bloggers hesitate to get their blog ‘out there’ because of their faith, they hobble themselves. By shying away from promoting their blogs, they make it difficult for anyone to ever find them. And if they’re writing as a ministry, well, ministries serve people. A writing ministry needs readers for it to truly be a ministry.”

“If someone says something that you think is hurtful, take a second to think about how well you know that person and if they really meant it in a hurtful way. They probably didn’t. Stop texting, start talking. But learn when to speak and when to be still.”

let it fly” by jordan conn
“She imagined herself as a quarterback, or maybe a wide receiver, catching passes with those soft hands she’d developed as a goalkeeper. Her dad had played through eight surgeries as an offensive lineman at Carson-Newman College…
“She wanted to do what he had done, to be like the people who amazed him each week. ‘I believe you can do it,’ he told her, ‘but you really could get hurt. You don’t want to be injured for soccer season.’ He was right, of course, so she buried the desire right there. But it remained, somewhere so deep she could barely remember, until almost a decade later it came back.” 

this is for me” by mikela
“But I am His, and He is mine. I am my father’s daughter, adopted by grace, anointed with mercy. He leads me, and I follow.”

what if we start with one?” by mackenzie

“I gotta be honest guys, I don’t totally like the sound of that. That idea doesn’t come with much glory, and it involves a lot of humility. Which isn’t my greatest gift. But it sounds a lot like Jesus. It sounds a lot like someone who waited 30 years to start His ministry, even though He could have showed everyone what was up from day one.”

why every mother needs to learn to say ‘i’m sorry’” by lisa-jo baker

(i would like to humbly submit that this be retitled “why everyone needs to learn to say ‘i’m sorry,'” because i’m not a mother, but this still spoke powerfully to me.)

“You see, first you have to humble yourself. You have to get down on your knees in order to be able to look them in the eye. You have to speak quietly to be heard over the storm of their own distress. Sometimes you have to reach out passed a turned back, folded arms, furrowed brow.”


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