Say anything, but say what you mean

While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put.
- Anne Tyler (via roadlessco)

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Flowers on a Friday. #darlingweekend

MTW Spain :: Serving in Madrid, Spain

Hi friends,

Exactly three weeks from today I will be boarding a flight to Madrid to join Mission to the World in reaching out to the madrileños with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I just found out that our housing is a little more than anticipated and now need to raise $700. Anything from $5 to $100 helps. I hope that you will join me in this opportunity! Please send me a message if you are interested or share this post. 

The link below contains information about the work Mission to the World is doing in Madrid. To donate go to: and search for my name (Collins, Karen)

All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.
- Flannery O’Connor   (via romanvs)

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Best friends don’t actually need to TALK on coffee dates. #nerds #bookclub @emilybett

Stoneacre (built 15th century),Otham,Maidstone,Kent,England (by surreydock)

And I began to let him go. Hour by hour. Days into months. It was a physical sensation, like letting out the string of a kite. Except that the string was coming from my center.
- Augusten Burroughs, You Better Not Cry  (via bairaag)

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Clarity is one of those words I’ve used in prayers for many years, one I’ve held onto like a tattered lovey, a comfort when things seem dark. I’ll be alright if I could just get some clarity.

In nearly every major and sometimes not-so-major decision, I’ve prayed for clarity. Once when that didn’t seem to work, I even Googled how to make a decision. But lately, every time the word comes out of my mouth, I hesitate. I’m realizing for me, clarity can be a nicer word for control. If I could just see the future, I could make a good decision about this part of my life.

I say I want clarity and what I mean is I want to have a peaceful feeling about this decision. I want to know the right answer, to know I’m making the right choice. And I desperately want to take out all shades of gray when it comes to making this decision, want clear lines and long views and big pictures. I can become so focused on making the right choice that I forget to acknowledge what a gift it is that I can make a choice at all.

I forget to receive the gift of grace, to remember how Jesus is with me and has made my heart his home. I forget I can trust him with my life and trust myself to choose well regardless of how unclear things may seem.

I’m not saying I won’t get peaceful feelings or right answers eventually, but when I make those first things instead of second things, decision-making becomes a lot more frustrating.

And that conversation in John 14 comes rolling over my soul, when Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going so how can we know the way?”

The most logical response of Jesus should have been “I’ll show you the way, I’ll show you the truth, I’ll show you your life.” We would like that and it would seem loving and make sense and comfort everyone. It would comfort me.

Instead, though, Jesus simply says to Thomas, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

He didn’t say, “Come to me and I’ll give you answers.” He said, “Come to me and I’ll give you rest.”

And maybe we’ll still get the answers, maybe he’ll show us the way even while he is the way. But I think he is telling Thomas something important about life and he tells me this as well.

Jesus prayed to his Father, “Give us this day our daily bread,” but I want bread to last the month. He invites me back, again and again, to ask only for grace to last through nightfall and no longer, trusting more will come tomorrow.

One question I ask myself before I pray for clarity is this – what do I want even more than clarity?

Sometimes I can’t answer that because there’s nothing I want more than clarity. In a way, this is answer all by itself, telling me something important to know. Maybe I’m worshiping clarity rather than Christ. If I always had clarity, why would I need faith?

- Emily P. Freeman (via nblomblr)
Whoa. I needed this. 👌

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