if i truly thought i could do everything myself, i would have literally exploded this week. shoutout to God giving me peace and confidence that i would get through my projects and midterms this week & also to my boyfriend for keeping me sane and encouraging me through it all.
this break is much needed & i’m excited for the New York adventures i’m going to having with some awesome people from the art department. i wished some people could tag along with me, but i’m excited to get to know those who are going on this trip more.
honest, heart-felt conversations.
faith. trust. comfort.
i am usually soft spoken when there are debates. i know i have an opinion, but i like listening to what other people think. this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but often times i switch what i believe to fit into other people’s beliefs so i don’t cause dispute.
lately, there have been a lot of blog posts about how men see women. i just read one today about the difference between hotness and beauty. it was an interesting read, however, i found it very stereotypical & i feel the need to write down my thoughts.
first of all, not all men look at women as a piece of meat. actually, the majority of men that i have met respect and appreciate women for who they are (i know, i grew up in a Christian community which makes a huge difference, but still). yes, our culture tends to make women like this, but i don’t think it is fair to condemn men all the time because women do the same thing to men.
this goes to my second thought. i have met many women who have looked at men as a piece of meat. most of my friends in high school actually talked about the mere appearance of guys in our class. i did not appreciate this because i had a lot of close guy friends. guys want to be treated as humans as well.
i find pictures like this all the time while i’m scrolling through my Pinterest feed.
i always cringe & get super frustrated when i see these. guys get condemned all the time for looking at us women in a certain way. but women do this all the time to men! if this picture had four pictures of beautiful women, the world would explode!
my third thought: women need to treat men with respect and honor as well - in this area of beauty & character. i want to thank all the men in my life who have respected and honored me for who i am. i also want to say sorry to all the men in my life because our world pushes you in the corner and assumes you treat women with no respect. i am sorry on behalf of all women that we tend to do the same thing to you guys. i am sorry we aren’t condemned for it.
this whole thing makes me sick. i wished more people recognized this problem and would respect men in this topic. our world needs to realize that most guys have the same general desires in a relationship as girls. women, let’s not always point the finger at men for calling us disrespectful terms when we tend to do that to them as well. we need to change this. i am not sure how, but i think just by thinking about this dilemma makes a bit of a difference.
“Better to stay faithful and suffer than to fall in with evil and experience God’s ultimate judgment.”
— Tremper Longman III - Daniel
“Attract them by the way you live.”
— Saint Augustine
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“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
— Galatians 2:20
life sure is funny. i never would have thought i’d actually be in a relationship with my best friend. sure, i dreamed about it a lot, but i always thought it wouldn’t become a reality. but boy, oh boy, i’m super happy that they did! i feel like such a little kid bouncing around with excitement. life has been awesome, and God has really been showing me a new reality with this new adventure i have begun. i have been learning to trust in God more because He knew this was all gonna happen even though I doubted it. He knew that this would be the best timing for both of us. He knew that through this relationship, we would grow closer to Him and learn to appreciate the life He has given us. & He knows what is going to happen in the future. i have no idea where this relationship is going to go. usually i get worried and feel unsettled about the unknown, but this time i feel at peace. i have said this many, many times, but i would not be where i am without God’s guidance and love. man, i can’t even describe how crazy all this is! to put it simply, i have so much joy overflowing out of me; i feel invincible. God, You are amazing & i thank You for all of this.
i pray that i continue to thank you everyday for the many blessings in my life. i wouldn’t be where i’m at without You. i want to desire You more and more daily. i don’t want to give You the leftovers. i pray that i never forget Your amazing love and sacrifice. show me how to love and care like You do. i wanna live in such a way that those who aren’t in a relationship with You want to get to know You.
1 Peter 2:12 — “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”