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Rachael. twenty-three. 3rd grade teacher. chicago.

I love GOD, singing and cats.

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#ITooAmHarvard is a project by Black students at Harvard to speak out about the racism that they experience in their daily lives as students. It will also be a play.

Pretty heartbreaking. These beautiful and bright students deserve so much better. Above I included some of the photographs (there’s many more) of Black women who are students there because I think it’s important to point out how racism is not only impacting Whites’ perception of their intelligence but also how White people approach their appearance as well, in gender-specific ways. This is heartbreaking to me albeit not surprising. The myth that working hard = happy payoff is a fairy tale. Racism is ubiquitous. 

I really wish them the best with their education and the ability to navigate these microaggressions and overt acts of racism. This stuff increases stereotype threat and impacts mental health and health which impacts performance. I want the best for them. Much love. 

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LAURA PREPON & TAYLOR SCHILLING
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LAURA PREPON & TAYLOR SCHILLING

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Everything you love is here

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Everything you love is here

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Amazon accidentally sent Josh Gates hamburger earmuffs on accident and he really made the best of it.

oh my god

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Everything you love is here

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nextyearsgirl:

This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:

The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.

According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.

When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.

So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.

Got to post this

About damn time someone said this.

Amen. I don’t listen to the Leviticus arguments because they’re not applicable to Christians.

This is why Jesus created the New Testament.

Christians say that some “were meant for the Jews only” and some “were meant for everyone” whatever the hell that means. My stepmom (a God fanatic) said that “Jesus died to make it easier for us to follow the old laws.” yeah. sure whatever.

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Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.
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blakebaggott:

there wasn’t anything more exciting then these two things right here. no facebook notification could ever compare to the rush you got when you saw this on your home page.

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there wasn’t anything more exciting then these two things right here. no facebook notification could ever compare to the rush you got when you saw this on your home page.

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simplysheerene:

I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.

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Anonymous said: How do we know that God will answer the desires of our hearts and he actually has an AMAZING plan for us? Life seems hopeless. I give up

iwilltrustinyou:

Jesus answers this question for us: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19). And then: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’” (Mark 7:20-23).

In these passages, Jesus reveals the very springboard of our wants: our fleshly desires come from our innermost being. Sin does not just come about as a result of outside forces. It is borne from those hidden little niches residing in our thoughts and intentions, from the secret desires which only the mind and heart can envision. The bottom line is that, in our fallen state, the desires of our hearts do not come from God. Jeremiah further confirms the nature of man’s heart: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

It has long been the view of many that all humans are basically good and decent and that it is the circumstances of life such as poverty or poor nurturing that turn us into murderers and thieves. But the Bible teaches that all men suffer from a common frailty—sin. The apostle Paul calls it our sin nature. “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it” (Romans 7:18-20). Our evil hearts lead us to sin.

Furthermore, the heart is so corrupt and deceitful that our motives are unclear even to ourselves. As sinful creatures we devise and create evil things in the arrogance and self-sufficiency of our hearts (Proverbs 16:30;Psalm 35:20;Micah 2:1;Romans 1:30). The truth is that only God can examine our deepest motives and inward desires and only by His power can we ever hope to untangle the uncertainty and depravity that is bound up within our hearts. He alone searches all and knows us intimately (Hebrews 4:11-13).

Fortunately, God does not abandon us in our struggles with hurtful desires and sinful tendencies. Instead, He provides us the grace and strength we need to resist and overcome sin when it crouches at the door of our hearts. The psalmist tells us to: “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun” (Psalm 37:4-6).

Here we see that God can literally plant His own desires into the heart of man, the heart that, without Him, is desperately wicked and deceitful. He replaces the evil with good and sets our hearts on the path toward Him, removing our own desires and replacing them with His. This only happens when we come to Him in repentance and accept the gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. At that point, He removes our hearts of stone and replaces them with hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19). He accomplishes this by the supernatural implanting of His Spirit into our hearts. Then our desires become His desires, our wills seek to do His will, and our rebellion turns to joyous obedience.

curvy-fitness:

shakenstirredandsouthern:

shakenstirredandsouthern:

My boyfriend started dating me when I weighed over 200 pounds and wore a size 16… He has always thought I’ve been beautiful, but he was a large part of what motivated me to get my fitness in check. He is an AMAZING guy and deserved a gorgeous piece of arm candy.
Goes to that that when you love someone for WHO THEY ARE and not how they look in a bikini… you may just be their motivation to get in shape so you can show them off ;)

Ahh! I love seeing this hit my dash again! Thanks for the support, everyone!

This is incredible. My boyfriend and I got together 7 years ago when I was a size 8, since then I have ballooned to a size 18 and am now between a 12 and a 14. Hes always loved me unconditionally and has been my biggest motivation as well. Good job girl, you look fantastic.

curvy-fitness:

shakenstirredandsouthern:

shakenstirredandsouthern:

My boyfriend started dating me when I weighed over 200 pounds and wore a size 16… He has always thought I’ve been beautiful, but he was a large part of what motivated me to get my fitness in check. He is an AMAZING guy and deserved a gorgeous piece of arm candy.

Goes to that that when you love someone for WHO THEY ARE and not how they look in a bikini… you may just be their motivation to get in shape so you can show them off ;)

Ahh! I love seeing this hit my dash again! Thanks for the support, everyone!

This is incredible. My boyfriend and I got together 7 years ago when I was a size 8, since then I have ballooned to a size 18 and am now between a 12 and a 14. Hes always loved me unconditionally and has been my biggest motivation as well. Good job girl, you look fantastic.

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