My prayer for you. #ThePrayerProject #Challenge4Complete

#ThePrayerProject Challenge 4 complete!!!! Thank you to all 2,200 of you who participated in this month’s challenge in praying for someone who hurt you. I am ecstatic that you all are doing this with me and am looking forward to the next challenge (September). I would love to know how this challenge went for you. Drop me an email, a comment or a note on my blog letting me know your thoughts. Again, thank you for leading and being the example by loving despite hurt. ❤️ #love #intercession #healing #prayer #theprayerproject

On break. Have you ever gotten completely lost in a story? Like when you’re reading everything around you is invisible? Lol… Well yes, this book has me totally engrossed. I love innocent love stories. I still believe in them. #faultinourstars #pleasenospoilers #stillreading 😊

I’m learning everyday to stop being afraid of myself and just be. God made me exactly how I am on purpose. Why withhold what He so carefully put together? I am a unique and complex being. I have smooth and sharp edges, jagged curves and slippery sides. There’s more to me than even I can grasp. I’m a lot. A lot of peace and a lot of confusion. And it’s okay. It’s mine to give away. #love

" Saunya

aconissa:

50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.

It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.

While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.

Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it. 

It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.

Excellent.

My heart just broke. I don’t know @meechymonroe personally but I’ve met her a couple times as a fellow Chicagoan. This really struck me as I lost my Dad to the battle of cancer. We will NEVER fully understand why God does what He does but we must know that it all has purpose. We may not understand it now but God knows exactly what He’s doing. Life is not promised to us. Our health isn’t either. As Christians we have the power to pray for her. Join me in praying for Meechy as God continues to fulfill His purpose for her life. My God. Only He knows. #getwellmeechy #ThePrayerProject ❤️🙏

Donate here: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/x155/-getwellmeechy-medical-expense-fund

#tbt - 2011 when my hair was itty bitty. When I tell you I loved this cut, I LOVED this cut. It was SO easy to do.

Okay NOW I can go to sleep. G’nite! 😊😴

I struggled growing up with my unique beauty. I thought I wasn’t light enough, my hair wasn’t straight enough, my teeth were not even enough. I allowed myself to pick myself apart. I had no clue how breathtakingly beautiful I was. No clue. And now I wish I could take back all the years of self deprecation. I am enough. You are enough. Everyday we have millions of people screaming in our ears saying we aren’t. You have the power to define who you are. Never let someone else skew your views of you. Never.

" Juliann Garey, Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See. (via wordsnquotes)

Me.

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Go in love

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