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The story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it.
A wound that goes unacknowledged and unwept is a wound that cannot heal.
Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.
The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see, the external story. The true story of each person is the journey of his or her heart.
Security is not found in the absence of danger, but in the presence of Jesus.
Faith looks back and draws courage; hope looks ahead, and keeps desire alive.
She is the crescendo, the final, astonishing work of God. Woman. In one last flourish creation comes to a finish with Eve. She is the Master's finishing touch.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how well we have performed or what we have accomplished—a life without heart is not worth living.
Caring for our own hearts isn't selfishness; it's how we begin to love.
A man's calling is written on his true heart, and he discovers it when he enters the frontier of his deep desires.
The most dangerous man on earth is the man who has reckoned with his own death. All men die; few men ever really live.
The point is the love story. We live in a love story in the midst of war.
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.
If we can reawaken that fierce quality in a man, hook it up to a higher purpose, release the warrior within, then the boy can grow up and become truly masculine.
Worship is the act of the abandoned heart adoring its God
It is the thoughts and intents of the heart that shape a person's life.
Every man is a warrior inside. But the choice to fight is his own.
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.
If a man is ever to find out who he is and what he is here for, he has got to take that journey for himself. He has got to get his heart back.
It takes great courage to be vulnerable. It takes enormous strength to be a real woman.
You can't fight a battle you don't think exists.
Eve is a life giver; she is Adam's ally. It is to both of them that the charter for adventure is given. It will take both of them to sustain life. And they will both need to fight together.
Without the anticipation of better things ahead, we will have no heart for the journey.
I'm married. I have three children. I have a mortgage to pay. The plumbing breaks and the yard needs trimming. However, what my wife and children need most from me is my passion for them.
But a wound unfelt is a wound unhealed.
The meaning of our lives is revealed through experiences that at first seem at odds with each other--moments we wish would never end and moments we wish had never begun.
Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man.
For after years of living in a cage, a lion no longer even believes it is a lion . . . and a man no longer believes he is a man.
We are created for adventure, and if we cannot find one, we start blowing things out of proportion so it feels like we have one.
God endowed you with a glory when he created you, a glory so deep and mythic that all creation pales in comparison.
I don't write anything that I haven't lived. In terms of integrity, you have to write what you live. And if you write beyond what you live, it is theory. And theory is not helpful. It is just not.
A man must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life that involves and yet transcends even home and family.
If only Jesus' followers shared his personality. That one shift alone would correct so many of the ridiculous and horrifying things that pass for popular Christianity.
So long as man remains no real threat to the Enemy, Satan's line to him is 'You're fine'. But after you do take sides, it becomes 'Your heart is bad and you know it'.
To be in theater you have to be a kind of psychologist, for you're always trying to understand character and motives.
A man does not go to a woman to get his strength; he goes to her to offer it.
We are not inviting—we are guarded. Most of our energy is spent trying to hide our true selves, and control our worlds to have some sense of security.
Story is the language of the heart.
You would not ask someone with a broken arm to swim the English Channel, so you cannot demand that the broken to live as if they were whole.
Desire, both the whispers and the shouts, is the map we have been given to find the only life worth living.
You live in a world at war. Spiritual attack must be a category you think in or you will misunderstand more than half of what happens in your marriage.
We don't live in the Garden. We live far from Eden. Every life is full of heartaches. Every life, frankly, is unspeakably sad.
Henri Nouwen once asked Mother Teresa for spiritual direction. Spend one hour each day in adoration of your Lord, she said, and never do anything you know is wrong. Follow this and you'll be fine.
Falling in love with God is the most important thing a person can do.
Eternal life is not primarily duration but quality of life, "life to the limit.
Desire reveals design, and design reveals destiny.
They ignore what is deep and true to a man's heart, his real passions, and simply try to shape him up through various forms of pressure.
We don't see clearly because we don't see with the eyes of our heart.
Most of what you encounter when you meet a man is a facade, an elaborate fig leaf, a brilliant disguise.
A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness.