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  2. spartanrace:

    On the eve of the Boston Marathon, we at Spartan Race, along with the country, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors of last year’s attack.
    Pictured are athletes and citizens who lived through the events and won’t let tragedy grind them to a halt. This series shot by Robert X. Fogerty for Dear World captures the resilience of those affected that can’t be dampened. Please visit their site to learn more about these people’s stories and pay tribute. 

    Boston is as strong as community as the world has. We are proud to be part of it. On Marathon Monday, we will be there and along with the rest of the world, we will be watching a city recover as one.  

    (via portuguesechristian)

     

  3. I don’t know why but this made me laugh really hard.

    (Source: speedlimit15, via justkeeppraying)

     


  4. theuntitledpiece asked: In response to your anon: let it be said that there is a HUGE difference between being with a guy who's a Christian but doesn't take it seriously/isn't passionate about God and one who does. I've found that dating a guy who's a lackadaisical Christian is pretty similar to dating a non-Christian only he's a bit more willing to go to church with you.

    ^^^^ amen to that sister! I completely agree. I’ve dated those kinds of Christians too.

     


  5. Anonymous asked: I'm single, accepted Christ, and I've never had a Christian dating relationship yet. I'm not specifically looking for a boyfriend anytime soon either, haha. I was curious if you have had a christian dating relationship with a guy? If so, how has it gone and did you feel like the guy treated you better/ made you feel better than your previous non-christian relationships. (Sorry if that came off as weird, it's a weird question, I know : P)

    It’s not weird at all! In fact, it’s an excellent question.

    Yes, I have been in relationships with Christian men. Yes, I have been in relationships with non-Christian men. What is the difference? Honestly, the difference was simple: one believed and one did not. I know that doesn’t sound like a good answer, but think about it. If you are a Christian and you are dating a Christian guy, they understand your mentality, at least they should. They understand your love for Christ, and they understand your devotion to God. If they aren’t a Christian, they won’t understand unless they experience it for themselves. When I dated the Christian guys, we had something to bond over. We prayed for one another, we talked about Church, we discussed the power of God and his grace and how cool it is to be loved by such a great Creator. He understood my desire to be a missionary, and he supported me in it. When I dated the non-Christian, it felt like I was leading a double life. I would talk about my church and my faith, but he would simply nod his head and go “that’s cool” and that would be the end of the discussion. Even when I shared the gospel and we had deep conversations, he didn’t fully understand the most intimate parts of my soul because he did not know my God. Does that make sense?

    Each person I’ve dated is unique and different. Even the Christian guys were not perfect. Nobody is. But because he’s been saved by Grace and I understand the power of forgiveness, we were able to get through some difficult times because we had God on our side, whereas with the non-Christians I didn’t have that spiritual support from him, so it was harder for me to ask God to bless our relationship.

    That’s why I’ve decided I want to date Christian men. For me, they should be at a level of spiritual growth that matches mine. So that we are able to fill each other up, lead each other spiritually, and share a greater joy and happiness that is found only in Christ Jesus.

    I hope that makes sense. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask! :)

    In Christ,
    Taylor

     


  6. abbi14 asked: Hey! I'm hopefully going on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer for the trash mountain project, would you pray for me to be able to pour God's love into these kids lives? I would really appreciate it! I really love your blog! Thank you for having the courage to believe so openly, a lot of people wouldn't do that! Have an amazing day! God bless!

    Absolutely! I would love to pray for you! :D You are going to do amazing things on this trip. I can tell. The Spirit will guide you, the Father will sustain you, the Son will be the light that shines from within you out in the darkest of places! Have courage, and have fun! God bless :)

     


  7. yesdarlingido:

    When you hear something that you don’t understand or relate to and you feel a judgmental attitude sprouting, dig it up and don’t let it take root. Have higher standards for how you allow your perspective to take shape. Your mind does not possess you; rather, you possess a mind, so choose to make room for intrigue, curiosity, and understanding. Ask questions instead of making assumptions. When you hear an opinion that is unsettling to you, don’t be so quick to attach that one differing view to how you see the person who is speaking. Don’t be so afraid of uncertainty. Everyone is learning and growing, so neither avoidance nor aggression is appropriate. It’s a shame to run away from a conversation for fear of feeling uncomfortable. And it’s a shame to only engage these conversations for the opportunity to interject an impressive counter remark to persuade or embarrass the person you disagree with. 

              I think love looks like stepping closer—not so that your voice would be heard any louder, but so that you might be better equipped to hear. People are more than their opinions, but those opinions were formed through the journey of their experience and their story is just as valid as yours, so maybe if you would just give each other a chance to finish their sentences, you might learn something. Don’t be so quick to judge a person for not seeing the world around you through your eyes. Can you blame them? We were all were raised in different areas by different families who valued different things. We all have been places and seen faces and felt feelings and made choices and heard voices that have left thousands of fingerprints on the works-in-progress that we all are. So to be quite frank, how dare you be so quick and petty to judge a person for how they understand their place in the world around them? How dare you close yourself off from people who you know hardly a fraction of just because they think differently than you?

              When you hear something that makes you wide-eyed and uncomfortable, take a breath and remind yourself, “they’re not crazy…” Because really—either no one is crazy, or everyone is, and if you think someone’s opinion is crazy, that just means that to someone else, yours is too. No one pulls their opinions out of nothingness. Every thought has an origin and a goal. So, when you feel judgment sprouting, don’t let it take root because it will grow weeds that kill your opportunity to learn and love the people around you. Don’t let it take root because it grows vines that suffocates the chance of any compassion growing for one another. Don’t let it take root because it will build a barricade that will only close you into the lonely solidarity of self-righteousness. It isn’t valid to justify avoidance as wisdom or maturity. Valuing your opinion more than you value building relationships is not wisdom, it’s pride. And being content in your ignorance is not maturity, it’s fear.

              I’m not suggesting that you compromise your convictions or weaken your stance on any matter, and I am definitely not saying to exchange truth for tolerance. But I am telling you to grow up, be who you say you are, think what you think, and humble yourself before you jump to conclusions about a person without genuinely seeking to understand their perspective. It’s a natural response to run away when you’re confronted with a mind that doesn’t resemble yours, but that doesn’t make it ok. Know that unless you stop limiting significant interactions to carbon copies of yourself, you will grow stale, stiff, and cold. Stop avoiding what you don’t understand and learn to lean in more than you pull away. Stop waiting for a pause to interject, but listen long enough to let names and faces and stories attach themselves to the ideals you resisted—the ideals that were easy to demonize when they were isolated from the reality of humanity. When you do this, others will reciprocate. Your opinion doesn’t deserve to be heard until you’ve learned to say, “I may not agree, but I understand.” When was the last time you cared to understand? It’s lazy to ostracize people by writing them off as crazy. Your voice matters, but it will never make an impact as long as you care more about being right than you do about understanding how people came to their conclusions. 

     

  8. deciding-on-forever:

    Bride. Groom. and most importantly, God. Nothing else needed

     


  9. Prayer request!

    Please pray for my friend who I invited to chapter camp. She doesn’t believe, and she said she’d think about going with me! :D Please, please, please, PLEASE pray that God would prompt her to go!

     

  10. (Source: chili-jesson, via rebelsigh)

     


  11. Guess who’s working at Hershey Park this summer??

    I AM! :D

    I’m working as a performer at their Amphitheater! I am so excited :)

     

  12. Getting all the love from King at the Murder is Announced cast party! #BestDogEver

     

  13. Look at this gorgeous girl! Love her :) #bestfriend

     

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