When she is starved, a woman will take any substitutes offered, including those that, like dead placebos, do absolutely nothing for her, as well as destructive and life-threatening ones that hideously waste her time and talents or expose her life to physical danger. It is a famine of the soul that makes a woman choose things that will cause her to dance madly out of control - then too, too near the executioners door.
So in order to understand the tale further, we have to see how a woman can so drastically lose her way by losing her instinctual and wild life.
The way to hold on to what we have, the way to find our way back to the wild feminine, is to see what mistakes a woman so trapped can make.
Then we can backtrack and repair.
Then we can have reunion.
—Clarissa Pinkola Estes,
Le Destin Fabuleux d’une Fille: Fairy Tales…
We [U2] have to write songs that raise the temperature of the room and find words for feelings you can’t express. And then, as Quincy Jones says, you wait for God to walk through the door. Because in the end, craft isn’t enough.
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
—Mary Oliver (from Wild Geese)
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald (via seetheworldbeforetheworldends)
Remember who you are, and why I’ve called you.
Remember that My love is stronger than any obstacle you face.
Remember that into the waters so deep I tread gracefully.
Remember that I catch you and that I give you strength.
Remember how an invitation to stay close to Me is to stretch a moment long, experiencing peace, steadying your course even though you feel you don’t know the way.
Remember that in this storm, I stand fast and cannot be knocked down.
I cannot be knocked down.
Your grasp, your arms around my neck, allows Me to hold you more firmly, for I don’t force you to trust Me or to love Me.
But I stand with you.
And I do hold you up.
I hold you up.
Remember that as the winds blow, I bring quiet.
Remember that when finances stretch, I provide everything you need.
Remember that I define what it is that you need and that My wisdom to see this, discern what is good for you, is in you.
I am not quiet about My love for you.
I don’t know how to hide My love.
I don’t hide how much I love you.
But He gives us more and more grace ([a]power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it). 7So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you. 8Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery]. 9[As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins]. 10Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].
Anxiety often stems from a preoccupation with the temporal and material.
Anxiety fails to recognize God as the faithful Creator and trust Him as the ultimate Provider.
Anxiety will not help us live longer.
Anxiety is caused by a lack of faith or faith misdirected.
Anxiety is a worldly response.
Anxiety directs our attention away from kingdom matters.
Anxiety robs us of the enjoyment of today’s blessings.