Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Twenty seconds. Just for twenty seconds, focus on the words you’re about to read, beloved: God wants you to know how much He loves you right now, the moment after this, and in all the moments that will come. Now, let that sink.
Pam Carbungco, Twenty seconds (via godsradicaldaughter)

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1saiahclose:

Jessica Rey - The evolution of the swim suit

I think every woman should watch this video.

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Since I believe in God and I see a lot of our generation saying, “there is no God,” I want people to believe in God. I’d say that the misconception that because we’re learning more, scientifically, and there’s all this discovery and technological progression, and philosophically there’s all these relatively new ideas in the past few hundred years with people saying, “God is dead,” and everything…I’d say all this is changing, but really, the eternal truth is no different. I don’t claim to know that eternal truth, but I do believe firmly in the existence of God and the reality of a loving and caring and merciful creator. I claim to that with all my heart. I want people to know that not only is God merciful, but God has created us to be merciful to each other. So on one hand I want to just dispell that kind of misconception about God being tied up with the religious forms that surround God or the political parties that use the name of God, and to separate all that and say that, “no, God is truth. God is light, God is love.”
Aaron Weiss, mewithoutYou  (via godmoves)

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consultingmoosecaptain:

dalekitsune:

the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” is actually not the full phrase it actually is “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back” so don’t let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world uwu

See also:

Blood is thicker than water The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.

Meaning that relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth.

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Anonymous said: How do you feel about Hobby Lobby denying their employees the right to buy birth control? Their reasoning is opposing it on religious grounds even though birth control is used for more than just preventing pregnancy.

peterdwebb:

ella-elei:

peterdwebb:

bri1168:

lilysofthefield:

peterdwebb:

Hey, there’s a lot of misinformation going around. Here’s a few facts that often get missed. 

1) Hobby Lobby is ok with paying for 16 out of the 20 required types of birth control under Obamacare. 

2) They have a religious objection to 4 of them, specifically the morning-after pills. The types that stop a baby from surviving after conception. Abortion inducing drugs. The birth control they are talking about isn’t used for anything except preventing pregnancy after conception.

3) They aren’t denying their employees the right to buy birth control. They can buy those 4 drugs themselves if they wish. They pay their employees well, and they have stated again and again that they aren’t trying to control anyone’s decisions. In fact, this whole discussion is about the right to make decisions, and whether or not you can force someone to pay for something they have a religious objection to. 

Here’s a nice video of a spokeslady that blinks a lot. She does a nice job of explaining it. 

Everyone jumps so quickly on a bandwagon because someone doesn’t agree with what has been considered a norm. Before freaking out about something like this, learn the facts. I completely agree with Hobby Lobby. And ladies and gentleman, I’m on birth control.

So you agree that a company can use its religious beliefs to determine what they will and will not cover for its employees that may or may not subscribe to such beliefs? Can’t wait to hear the freak out when a Muslim-owned company makes health care decisions based on sharia law. Can’t wait.

I’m sure that happens. Maybe not in America, but certainly elsewhere. I think that companies shouldn’t be forced to do anything, but that could be a different discussion. There are laws already against fraud and murder etc. The government’s job is to enforce those laws. That strengthens society. Their job is not to determine what people should pay in exchange for work.

Instead of forcing your current employer to pay for something you want, via government mandate, maybe you should go work for a company that’s in line with your values and already pays for that. 

Yes because changing jobs is soooooooo easy in this economy. Bottom lives: we shouldn’t have to make women choose between food or birth control.

We had an awesome discussion about labor markets here and here. There are millions of jobs available, and it’s possible for anyone to start their own business. Using the “poor economy” argument is a bad excuse. 

Bottom line: Personal liberty and the freedom for individuals and corporations to make their own choices is more important than chasing after an impossible utopia. 

Because of inherent scarcity of resources, and human greed, laziness and selfishness, there will always be people starving and without the things they need. 

The church needs to step it up a notch and be better Christians. Voting that the government or a business should supply every one of someone’s needs is a terrible cop-out that will never work. We need to be meeting those needs ourselves. 

southern-conservatism:

heritage-and-tradition:

southern-conservatism:

heritage-and-tradition:

collowrath:

tunvol-onoff-amfm:

lazarusknowsthetruth:

Never let your bridesmaids go strapless.

Why would you ever allow anyone in your wedding to have exposed shoulders?

Protestantism, probably. Or modernized Catholicism/Orthodoxy.
The Church I go to for now is so “strict” that women have to cover their heads and dress according to the standard of Christian modesty. Exposed shoulders aren’t modest at all.

I think strapless dresses look tacky. I hate how so many wedding dresses are strapless nowadays. I’m not Catholic, but I still think this is inappropriate to wear in a church. If you’re going to show shoulders (as in a dress with straps) it’s okay for an outside Spring/Summer wedding, but if you’re marrying inside the church, your shoulders should be covered.
I really like how Jill Duggar had her dress altered to be more modest. The dress honestly looks better when it’s not strapless.


Protestants certainly are not that strict. I mean we dont dress like sluts in church but shoulders? come on. I wore a strapless dress for my friends outside wedding and a halter dress for my other friends wedding which was in the church and my shoulders were showing. and so was the other bridesmaids and the bride herself. where does it say you cant show your freaking shoulders in church?! 

I’m not saying that people can’t, I’m just saying that it looks tacky (especially the strapless ones, halters or strapped ones are sometimes okay if they’re thick and not ‘spaghetti-like’). The Catholic churches tend to enforce stricter modesty rules, although I haven’t seen many that require head coverings.

my straps were thick and it was close to my neck. nothing revealing. it just makes me feel like satan when people say stuff like this. like excuse me if i dont want to go to church wearing a blanket. I am all for modesty but I just think some people are ridiculous about it. 

Modesty is a heart issue far before it is a clothing issue. Remember to be gracious and kind to other women. In some denominations, and to some ladies, strapless dresses are acceptable and seen as being modest enough. For others it is not. Both of these opinions are okay. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with showing shoulders, even in church. I do think there is something wrong with judging and condemning or criticizing others for doing something that you think is wrong.

southern-conservatism:

heritage-and-tradition:

southern-conservatism:

heritage-and-tradition:

collowrath:

tunvol-onoff-amfm:

lazarusknowsthetruth:

Never let your bridesmaids go strapless.

Why would you ever allow anyone in your wedding to have exposed shoulders?

Protestantism, probably. Or modernized Catholicism/Orthodoxy.

The Church I go to for now is so “strict” that women have to cover their heads and dress according to the standard of Christian modesty. Exposed shoulders aren’t modest at all.

I think strapless dresses look tacky. I hate how so many wedding dresses are strapless nowadays. I’m not Catholic, but I still think this is inappropriate to wear in a church. If you’re going to show shoulders (as in a dress with straps) it’s okay for an outside Spring/Summer wedding, but if you’re marrying inside the church, your shoulders should be covered.

I really like how Jill Duggar had her dress altered to be more modest. The dress honestly looks better when it’s not strapless.

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Protestants certainly are not that strict. I mean we dont dress like sluts in church but shoulders? come on. I wore a strapless dress for my friends outside wedding and a halter dress for my other friends wedding which was in the church and my shoulders were showing. and so was the other bridesmaids and the bride herself. where does it say you cant show your freaking shoulders in church?! 

I’m not saying that people can’t, I’m just saying that it looks tacky (especially the strapless ones, halters or strapped ones are sometimes okay if they’re thick and not ‘spaghetti-like’). The Catholic churches tend to enforce stricter modesty rules, although I haven’t seen many that require head coverings.

my straps were thick and it was close to my neck. nothing revealing. it just makes me feel like satan when people say stuff like this. like excuse me if i dont want to go to church wearing a blanket. I am all for modesty but I just think some people are ridiculous about it. 

Modesty is a heart issue far before it is a clothing issue. Remember to be gracious and kind to other women. In some denominations, and to some ladies, strapless dresses are acceptable and seen as being modest enough. For others it is not. Both of these opinions are okay. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with showing shoulders, even in church. I do think there is something wrong with judging and condemning or criticizing others for doing something that you think is wrong.

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