Awe stretches the heart

Awe stretches the heart

“When suffering constricts the heart, awe stretches it back out, making us more compassionate, more loving, more present.” ~Valarie Kaur

I love this image of awe restoring a constricted heart! How often do you allow yourself to truly experience awe as an adult? Perhaps we would all be well served by seeking it out and immersing ourselves in awe more often.

 

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You are loved

You are loved

“You could more easily catch a hurricane in a shrimp net that you can understand the wild, relentless, passionate, uncompromising, pursuing love of God made present in the manger.” ~Brennan Manning

No matter how you’re feeling this holiday season—even if that’s sad, hurting, or lonely—this is a reminder that you are still loved in a powerful way.

 

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Be the reason someone still believes

Be the reason someone still believes

“Be the reason someone still believes in magic, truth, authenticity, compassion, intelligent conversation, loyalty, courage, and love that doesn’t have an agenda.” ~Brooke Hampton

So many people are hurting this time of year, and it’s easy to get so caught up in our own holiday celebrations that we miss seeing their pain. Take the time to reach out to those in your own circle who may be having a difficult season this year to help them believe that life still brings goodness and love, even in the hard moments.

 

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Choosing love anyway

Choosing love anyway

“I admire people who could have turned cold after everything they’ve been through but still chose love anyway. There’s strength in that.” ~Keneilwe D Mhlanga⠀

My natural tendency after being wounded is to shut down my heart and hold everyone at a distance. I admire people who can keep their hearts open and choose love even in the face of having been wounded. That is strength indeed.