My friend, Sarah Bovenzi, hand drew me this gorgeous card.

My friend, Sarah Bovenzi, hand drew me this gorgeous card.

My birthday was three weeks ago. But I was hundreds of miles away on tour so last night, my lovely friends had a birthday dinner for me at my favorite restaurant in Nashville. Twenty four of my favorite people showed up to celebrate life and living it together. And those are the nights you remember forever. 

So grateful for this community and all of the new family members I’ve established along the way. 

Thank you, Nashville. As much of a love/hate relationship we’ve got, you sure have surprised me with the amount of love and joy you have to offer.

I believe in a God of scandalous grace. If I believed terrorists were beyond redemption, I would need to rip out half of my New Testament Scriptures, for they were written by a converted terrorist.
I have pledged allegiance to a King who loved evildoers so much he died for them, teaching us that there is something worth dying for but nothing worth killing for. While terrorists were nailing him to the cross, my Jesus pleaded that they be shown mercy, for they knew not what they were doing. We are all wretched, and we are all beautiful. No one is beyond redemption. May we see in the hands of the oppressors our own hands, and in the faces of the oppressed our own faces. We are made of the same dust, and we cry the same salty tears.

—Shane Claiborne  (via yesdarlingido)

(via everydayforchrist)

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for. It doesn’t interest me how old you are, I want to know if you are willing to risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine. It doesn’t interest me where you live or how rich you are, I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and be sweet to the ones you love. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and truly like the company you keep in the empty moments of your life.

—Jon Blais. I will always reblog this! (via meditationsinwonderland)

(via c-e-salazar)

God has infinite attention… You’re as much alone with Him as if you were the only thing He’d ever created.

—C.S. Lewis (via worshipgifs)

(via hercrossroads)

Mission Coffee Co. 
Columbus, OH

Mission Coffee Co.
Columbus, OH

Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow.

—note to self  (via koreyan)

(Source: c0ntemplations, via planstobesurprised)