We can’t get caught in the trap where we think that our difficulty or challenge – no matter how long we’ve been fighting it, no matter how far we feel like we’re in it – that God can’t come with his graces, and there can’t come a way to help us out.
For the sake of your son or your daughter, you work on yourself. You can’t come at it from a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of perspective. They’ll see right through that. You are a witness.
“Subliminal messages being sent to us, of like “That is beautiful” or “That does look delicious” or “That does look awesome to go to”; the thing is while they can say some really good things and promote good stuff, they can also promote bad things.”
“You don’t take a bath and then get cleaned up, you take a bath to get cleaned up. You don’t try to get clean and then go to Jesus, you go to Jesus and He cleans you up. And there’s real strength in that.”
“There’s no shortcut to holiness – you can’t get holy without Christ. You can’t overcome temptation without Christ. You can’t just pull yourself up by your bootstraps and just make it happen; you have to fall into the arms of our Savior.”
“How can I decrease so that the Lord can increase in me? So that I can go out and proclaim and to live and to love where I’m called to, and to be that light in the darkness and not be afraid.”
“My vows that I professed at the alter: I can remain faithful to them. Because what Christ is doing in me, because of the Holy Spirit that has been sent to all of us, that we can rise up to the challenges, and that we can truly love.”