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  • #1
    “We desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are. We want beauty that can be seen; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty all our own to unveil.”
    Stasi Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

  • #2
    Philip Yancey
    “Grace is the most perplexing, powerful force in the universe, and, I believe, the only hope for our twisted, violent planet.”
    Philip Yancey

  • #3
    John Eldredge
    “One of the most poisonous of all Satan’s whispers is simply, “Things will never change.” That lie kills expectation, trapping our heart forever in the present. To keep desire alive and flourishing, we must renew our vision for what lies ahead. Things will not always be like this. Jesus has promised to “make all things new.” Eye has not seen, ear has not heard all that God has in store for his lovers, which does not mean “we have no clue so don’t even try to imagine,” but rather, you cannot outdream God. Desire is kept alive by imagination, the antidote to resignation. We will need imagination, which is to say, we will need hope. ”
    John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God

  • #4
    “Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful. Stop for a moment and let that sink in. We’re so used to evaluating everything (and everyone) by their usefulness that this thought will take a minute or two to begin to dawn on us. Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful. Which is to say, beauty is in and of itself a great and glorious good, something we need in large and daily doses.”
    Stasi Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

  • #5
    “The vast desire and capacity a woman has for intimate relationships tells us of God's vast desire and capacity for intimate relationships. In fact, this may be The most important thing we ever learn about God--the He yearns for relationship with us. "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God" (John 17:3). The whole story of the Bible is a love story between God and His people. He yearns for us. He cares. He has a tender heart.”
    Stasi Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

  • #6
    H. Jackson Brown Jr.
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

  • #7
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #8
    Philip Yancey
    “When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does, and then enter into the stream of love that God already directs toward that person.”
    Philip Yancey

  • #9
    C.S. Lewis
    “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #10
    T.S. Eliot
    “In this brief transit where the dreams cross
    The dreamcrossed twilight between birth and dying
    (Bless me father) though I do not wish to wish these things
    From the wide window towards the granite shore
    The white sails still fly seaward, seaward flying
    Unbroken wings

    And the lost heart stiffens and rejoices
    In the lost lilac and the lost sea voices
    And the weak spirit quickens to rebel
    For the bent golden-rod and the lost sea smell
    Quickens to recover
    The cry of quail and the whirling plover
    And the blind eye creates
    The empty forms between the ivory gates
    And smell renews the salt savour of the sandy earth

    This is the time of tension between dying and birth
    The place of solitude where three dreams cross
    Between blue rocks
    But when the voices shaken from the yew-tree drift away
    Let the other yew be shaken and reply.”
    T.S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday

  • #11
    T.S. Eliot
    “April is the cruelest month, breeding
    lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    memory and desire, stirring
    dull roots with spring rain.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

  • #12
    T.S. Eliot
    “Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden.”
    T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

  • #13
    T.S. Eliot
    “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #14
    T.S. Eliot
    “And would it have been worth it, after all,
    Would it have been worth while,
    After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
    After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor -
    And this, and so much more? -”
    T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems

  • #15
    T.S. Eliot
    “And through the spaces of the dark
    Midnight shakes the memory
    As a madman shakes a dead geranium.”
    T.S. Eliot, Prufrock and Other Observations

  • #16
    “There is an emotional promiscuity we’ve noticed among many good young men and women. The young man understands something of the journey of the heart. He wants to talk, to “share the journey.” The woman is grateful to be pursued, she opens up. They share the intimacies of their lives - their wounds, their walks with God. But he never commits. He enjoys her... then leaves. And she wonders, What did I do wrong? She failed to see his passivity. He really did not ever commit or offer assurances that he would. Like Willoughby to Marianne in Sense and Sensibility.

    Be careful you do not offer too much of yourself to a man until you have good, solid evidence that he is a strong man willing to commit. Look at his track record with other women. Is there anything to be concerned about there? If so, bring it up. Also, does he have any close male friends - and what are they like as men? Can he hold down a job? Is he walking with God in a real and intimate way? Is he facing the wounds of his own life, and is he also demonstrating a desire to repent of Adam’s passivity and/or violence? Is he headed somewhere with his life? A lot of questions, but your heart is a treasure, and we want you to offer it only to a man who is worthy and ready to handle it well.”
    Stasi Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

  • #17
    John Eldredge
    “I wasn't mean; I wasn't evil. I was nice. And let me tell you, a hesitant man is the last thing in the world a woman needs. She needs a lover and a warrior, not a Really Nice Guy.”
    John Eldredge, Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
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  • #18
    John Eldredge
    “The point is the love story. We live in a love story in the midst of war.”
    John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God

  • #19
    John Eldredge
    “We are made in the image of God; we carry within us the desire for our true life of intimacy and adventure. To say we want less than that is to lie.”
    John Eldredge, The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of

  • #20
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God's refusals are always merciful -- "severe mercies" at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
    Elisabeth Elliot

  • #21
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “God is God. Because he is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what he is up to.”
    Elisabeth Elliot

  • #22
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God's story never ends with 'ashes.”
    Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes

  • #23
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”
    Elisabeth Elliot

  • #24
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “Faith's most severe tests come not when we see nothing, but when we see a stunning array of evidence that seems to prove our faith vain.”
    Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes

  • #25
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “Often a Christian man or woman falls prey to that cruel and vexatious spirit, wondering how to find marriage, who, when, where? It is on God that we should wait, as a waiter waits--not for but on the customer--alert, watchful, attentive, with no agenda of his own, ready to do whatever is wanted. 'My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.' (Ps. 62:5 KJV) In Him alone lie our security, our confidence, our trust. A spirit of restlessness and resistance can never wait, but one who believes he is loved with an everlasting love, and knows that underneath are the everlasting arms, will find strength and peace.”
    Elisabeth Elliot, Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity

  • #26
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “But the question to precede all others, which finally determines the course of our lives is What do I really want? Was it to love what God commands, in the words of the collect, and to desire what He promises? Did I want what I wanted, or did I want what He wanted, no matter what it might cost?”
    Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control

  • #27
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “If we hold tightly to anything given to us unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used we stunt the growth of the soul. What God gives us is not necessarily "ours" but only ours to offer back to him, ours to relinguish, ours to lose, ours to let go of, if we want to be our true selves. Many deaths must go into reaching our maturity in Christ, many letting goes.”
    Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control

  • #28
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “We never know what God has up His sleeve. You never know what might happen; you only know what you have to do now.”
    Elisabeth Elliot

  • #29
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “There is no ongoing spiritual life without this process of letting go. At the precise point where we refuse, growth stops. If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of the soul. It is easy to make a mistake here, “If God gave it to me,” we say, “its mine. I can do what I want with it.” No. The truth is that it is ours to thank Him for and ours to offer back to Him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of – if we want to find our true selves, if we want real life, if our hearts are set on glory.”
    Elisabeth Elliot

  • #30
    Elisabeth Elliot
    “I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
    Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor

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