Sunday, October 31, 2010
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
I know this is long, but please take the time to read it. It's a fantastic reminder that every girl, if not everyone should read. I saw this video a couple of years ago, but I had forgotten about it. This guy is awesome. It was something I really needed to hear, and I feel like there's someone else out there that needs it as well. I really hope it blesses you like it does me. Never forget how beautiful, loved, cherished, adored, respected, and truly special you are!
"To the Women of the world:
My beloved sisters in Christ, after years of listening to your conversations and observing your actions, I have to ask, why do you do the things that you do? Do you not realize how often you persist to sell yourselves short? Why are you content with the life consisting of your self-made stress? Please, I beg of you, do not live your lives in deceit; do not conform to this world that is tainted with sin. Do not fool yourself with the devils lies filtering through your head. Do not submit to the pressures presented to you by your friends. If words are said to tear you down, guard your mind. Do not harbor a single thought to dwell in. You are far more significant than you’ll ever know. As the Bible tells, after creating the stars and the heavens, the majesties of the earth, and molding man in his image and breathing life into him, God still looked down on his masterpiece and deemed it something was missing. It was made clear to God that it is not good for man to be alone, and that man could not fulfill his God-given purpose without a helper. When man and woman existed on Earth, God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the Earth and conquer it. And hold sway over the animals in the air, land, and sea. Waiting until woman was created to say this implies that man cannot survive and reign supreme on Earth without the help of woman. Woman was God’s last addition to his creation before he rested, providing the notion that the universe is incomplete and the world as we know it today would not exist without the help of woman. With such a marvelous world you have helped sustain, I can understand why women alike struggle with the idea of beauty. But hear me out, I assure you, you are beautiful, truly beautiful. Jack Nicolason couldn’t have said it better and as good as it gets when he said to Helen Hunt, “ You make me want to be a better man”. It is your beauty that motivates us as men. We are aware of the qualities that you have that we lack and long for. You are gentle, tender, inviting, devout, and nurturing. For those that are concerned with how guys perceive them, believe me, there is nothing we find more attractive than a girl that is comfortable with her own beauty. With the power of your beauty, you brighten up our days even through the worst of circumstances. I find it silly that you have such contempt and doubt in yourselves. Every time you view yourselves in the mirror, you feel as though you are not what you are meant to be. And trust me, I understand your hunger for relationship. You are naturally inclined to want to be loved and want to share the journey of life with someone else. Ever since you were born, you have craved the attention of others; to be captivating to everyone you met. But honestly, you don’t need new hair, new clothes, a new diet, or a completely different lifestyle to require our focus. Please, we desire you, the true you. We hate to see you hide behind your makeup, your laughter, your seemingly busy lives. You present yourself as who you feel we want you to be, but you’ve failed to realize that all we want is you. It pains me to see women convinced that they are not enough, that there must be something wrong with them, when it is certainly untrue. You believe that if we took the time to get to know you, we would find a reason to run away. Untrue. You are persuaded that you are unimportant, merely another fish in the sea. Again, untrue. Also, when reflecting on your own stresses, do not place blame on men. We have our own problems, our own need for repentance. We too shall be reckoned with by God. The true person of blame, I insist, is the devil. Ever since woman’s creation, Satan has been jealous of their unmatched beauty. You bring life to the world and draw people closer to a beauty that resembles that of God. Satan simply cannot bear it. For this you are specifically attacked and hated. But guard your heart, and don’t believe anything he tells you. The world cannot afford to lose you to the enemy. If you strive to keep yourself composed by suppressing pain, let me tell you, it is not worth your effort. Just fall apart, and let it out. Once you are done, be sure to forgive those who oppressed you, mocked you, and hurt you. Until you do so, they will continue to hold power over you, or you will not fully heal. Thusly, you can only heal your emotional wounds through your own will. The choice is up to you. You can choose to dwell in your own sorrow, or work to re-attain happiness. You can also choose to be gullible, or refuse to believe that you are told. But if ever you dismiss a compliment, I pray that my words for you do not go amiss. For at the end of this letter to you, I relieve you with what neither I, nor the world could ever deny. You are loved, special, wanted, longed for, cared for, cherished, lovely, noticed, and above all else, you are beautiful. I sign this letter with my sincerity,
A Concerned Brother in Christ. God Bless You.
If it hasn’t been said before, then please let me be the first to tell you. Your life is meant to be so much better. Don’t believe in the lies you’ve been fed. Neither the most intricate of paintings nor the slightest of words could ever fully capture the truth of who you are. But honestly, you are beautiful by all means. You brighten the world with every smile, you mesmorize it with every blink. In silent stares, those that are graced by your presence stand enthralled by you. Never claim that you are not loved, for you are cared for by many. Rid yourself of market lifestyles and fabricated intuition. Every tear is a heartbound bullet. You kill your loved ones with your crying. Dry your eyes and realize what joy you give us. You make the world such a more wonderful place. You are what completes it. Never change who you are; never take away the girl we love. We could not stand to lose you. You mean more to us than words could ever tell."
Saturday, October 16, 2010
It's about time you heard it again.
I hear you saying, "Who me?"
I'm saying right back, "Yep, you.
the one doing your thing,
making your difference,
being a glorious mess that God can use.
You... getting back up when you fall down, trying again when it doesn't work out, doing the hard, the different, taking those steps of faith.
You... wonderfully made just like you are, and on your way to becoming all He made you to be. I see you squirming in that chair, squinting a little at that screen and thinking,"That's for others but I'm not so sure about me." Believe it, receive it, it's true. This is for YOU.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14 NIV
You're a delightful gift from God.
There isn't a time or season that you don't brighten-
from your individual style to the way you express your God-given uniqueness-
you bring a special kind of joy to life…
and you're such a blessing to know!
And just a tack-on to the bottom of this post that is completely unrelated to anything: We got Grand Champion class 1 and 2 A tonight! Go Tigers! (:
Friday, October 15, 2010
~ Stephen Sondheim
~ Dawson's Creek
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah." Psalm 46:1-3,7
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
"Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season's last crops." -Glenn Wolff and Jerry Dennis
"Summer is already better, but the best is autumn. It is mature, reasonable and serious, it glows moderately and not frivolously...It cools down, clears up, makes you reasonable..."-Valentin
"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."-Elizabeth Lawrence
"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."-John Donne
Monday, October 11, 2010
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
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Friday, October 1, 2010
"I need someone who can keep up with me. I want someone aggressive, who pushes me to my breaking point where I just wanna scream. Someone who will tell me that I'm not always right, & that sometimes I have to apologize for what I did wrong. I need someone who's gonna set me straight because no one has ever cared enough about me to try." -Anonymous