he created us

When I Can’t Trust God

Full Question

        How can I trust God when he’s let me be hurt, hold false expectations, harbor misunderstandings, and doesn’t reveal himself?        

Answer

God has created you ever since he conceived you in your mother’s womb without missing a day. If he didn’t continuously create us, we would cease to exist. He has allowed you to be hurt and live to tell about it, though you haven’t hurt nearly as much as he did on Calvary. He has allowed you to hold false expectations and misunderstandings so that you would learn from them. Mistakes are okay. No one sits down at a piano and is immediately able to play. Learning requires trial and error so that when we eventually learn, we have the delight in the satisfaction it brings.

As for revealing himself, he does this daily. He is doing it right now. His greatest self-revelation, however, consists in his self gift on the cross. I’m not a saint, but I have learned all this, and you can too. Just spend some time daily reflecting on a crucifix.

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Lucifer + his Priestly gestures (x

Witch au in the fahc universe

Edit because I should have put this stuff in the post and not the tag:   storm/weather witch Michael who creates lightning to strike people down or a tornado to wreck the streets behind them to help lose the cops

Animal witch Ryan who lets loose animals in the zoo and convinces them to tear apart someone once he’s done with them, it’s an easy way to dispose bodies

Jack who uses her magic to heal them just enough until they can get to Caleb. She’s a white witch and her magic is suppose to be used for good and it is. It helps Geoff when he’s stressed over a heist and Ryan when he can’t sleep. It help Michael control his magic when he’s pissed and keeps Gavin from fainting when he has to use his magic. It helps Jeremy keep from getting too anxious about a job especially in the beginning and herself when things get to much and she needs to keep herself sane and calm. It helps them all from going mad when someone gets captured. 

time/fire witch Geoff who turns back time when something goes horribly horribly wrong and one of them dies and lights shit up when need be

Necromancy  Jeremy who gets ghost to help distract people and bring people just long enough when he’s not finished with them. Jeremy can only bring somebody back for so long before it drains him and they aren’t fully back to themselves they’re, well, a zombie which is why Geoff has to turn back time instead of Jeremy just bringing them back. 

Blood witch Gavin who hates his magic and only uses it when he has to

Garden witch Mica who makes vines grow from the ground to tie people up

Space witch Trevor who creates black holes and stars just hot enough to burn a person when Geoff isn’t around to do it

Eclectic Witch Lindsay who is basically the crew Jack of all trades 

Creation witch Matt who makes new weapons and vehicles for the crew

and divination witch steffie who they all go to before a job to see how it goes

Another edit because something was pointed out by @whatdoyewant :  ryan using mangy cats and dogs, wild forgotten things that prowl the alleys and scrap for scraps. who are starved and half crazed and more wild than any zoo animal. zoos are precious conservation programs with rare species that are well taken care of, and he wouldn’t touch them. He’d summon the cats left behind, the dogs who ran from fighting rings and abuse, the rats that fill every crack of every dilapidated apartment and every sewer.

Thank you very very much!

Thalia realizing Jason barely remembers her 💔

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Okay so I know there has been a lot of buzz around the internet about the subject of LaFou, sexuality, and queer representation lately and now that I’ve seen the movie, I want to put in my two cents. 

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, many people have been talking about LeFou being gay and getting a “gay moment” at the end of the film. Vanity Fair put out an article calling the character “ a touching tribute” to Howard Ashman” Many of us LGBT+ folks are obviously not happy with this character, who is literally “the fool” being a bone that’s thrown to us. Many, including myself, where infuriated by the article because not only was Ashman the man who saved Disney from bankruptcy with hits like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the beast and the formula he created is still successfully used by Disney today, he was a gay man who died of AIDS. So you can see why many of us think calling a villainous side character a “touching tribute” is a gross cop out on Disney’s part.  On the flip side, some christian parenting groups are made because our existence is acknowledged in anyway, even if the representation is bad. A theater in Alabama even refused to carry the film. Needless to say, many people had lots of opinions. 

All that being said, I’m not here to preach to the choir, nor am I here to argue with anyone about whether of not LGBT+ people are are “appropriate” for a disney movie( hint hint we are) I really want to talk straight people who don’t get why LGBT+ people are upset. I need to share my personal experience with the movie to maybe help some people understand. I know I can only speak for myself, but here it is.

I’ll start off by saying, overall, I enjoyed the shit out of this movie. Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite films as a child. I knew all the songs, I was Belle for multiple halloweens. I loved the over the top, Rogers -and -Hammerstien esque feel of the remake, i liked the bright colors, the songs and grumpy clock Ian McKellan. I want to get lost in how much I loved it. But every time LaFou came on screen, he was like a fly in the ointment, the irritating itch that kept me from enjoying this ridiculous spectacle for exactly what it was, because every LaFou scene was a gay joke.His mannerisms were carefully an explicitly coded to be recognized as those of a gay man, which are not a bad thing on their own but they were played for laughs and combined with a comic, pining-induced subservience to Gaston. He’s hangs on Gaston’s every word, he tells the girls no to waste their breath, he soothes Gaston’s temper. He’s a joke, one we have seen many times before, a weasely ,queer-coded villain. It’s supposed to be funny to us because we know this silly gay man is NEVER going to have his affections returned and all his work if for not.( ie he’s making a fool of himself, so he’s aptly named)  It’s something you get used to when you’re queer and grow up watching Disney films though, so for the most part, I rolled my eyes and tried to enjoy the scenery. 

Until Gaston’s song started.

Now let me start by saying, that has ALWAYS been my favorite song in the film. I have a very naturally loud voice that carries and as a kid I loved to belt the shit out of it when it came on our Disney’s greatest hits CD. It drove my sister crazy on car trips. It’s so silly and it’s poking fun at this hyper masculine douche bag you’re not supposed to like. Luke Evans had been killing it up to that point and I was so jazzed about it. 

And then, we get LaFou, lounging on Gaston’s chair, gazing at him longingly. Gaston looks at him and asks why the girls to love him and LaFou sighs dramatically, like the comedic stereotype they have set him up to be, and says he hears he’s been clingy.

And everyone in the theater laughs. 

Everyone but me. 

Because in that moment, everything snaps into alarming clarity. I am no longer immersed in the nostalgic euphoria of an actor I love about to preform a cherished piece of my childhood. 

I am a joke and everyone it laughing at me. 

Because that’s what it feels like, when you see someone like you splashed on the screen and their feelings being the thing that makes them laughable. When there mannerism that are directly coded to read GAY PEOPLE are the joke. You see the thing about sterotypes is, some of use have those traits. I am clingy as hell, a joke often made about wlw, which I am. I know effeminate gay men. I know people who have fallen in love with straight people. None of those things are inherently bad or make you a bad or shallow person  but somewhere along the way, straight people decided they made us wrong and decided to use those things against us and turn it into a joke. People in the theater were laughing about LaFou’s pining for Gaston, while I had lost friends because I was queer and some women don’t want to be friends with you if they think you’re going to fall in love with them. The rub of knowing this was a conscious choice on the part of the filmmakers. Why not have Cogsworth rush into the arms of a long lost husband, instead of Mrs. Potts? You can’t tell me Sir Ian wouldn’t have been all for that. You had two promient gay actors in this film, which was scored by a gay man and the best you could come up with the villain’s side kick who’s name means fool? Really?

And adding insult to injury, it wasn’t LaFou as a person that was the fool, his gayness MADE him the fool in the context of the film. It was his pining for Gaston, to try and impress him, that was played to make him look foolish. Do you know what that says to people? That being gay makes you a fool, it makes you a joke. I’m 27, I’ve learned how to pack that shit up and process later, but what if I had been 16? 10? What does that say to gay parents, sitting in the audience watching their child laugh because social cues tell them this thing is funny and you should laugh? What LaFou really says to LGBT+ people, to gay men especially, is that you are good enough to put in the labor, to make this beautiful thing(Ian McKellan and Luke Evans did great work as Cogsworth and Gaston and without Howard Ashman, there would be no beauty and the Beast.), but you are not good enough to be well represented in it. 

So straight Disney fans, before you feel the need to tell us why we are “making something out of nothing” or that we should be “glad” for what we get, or that his half assed “redemption” arc or a single moment of him touching another man made it all better,  I need you to imagine sitting in a theater, and knowing everyone is laughing at you. Laughing at who you are, at the struggles you deal with. Imagine the things that have shaped you being watered down and played for comedy before you tell me what is or isn’t good queer representation. 

God doesn’t tolerate us, He loves us. And on our darkest day, He never lost sight of who He created us to be. The love of God came to restore our destiny, value, and purpose. Don’t ever forget that. There’s a time to be born, and here we are. Our lives are the will of God.

Dirk Strider is autistic, and he knows sign language because he often goes nonverbal, especially when he’s very taken by something (ex: he’s working, coding, in general doing things that require his full attention).
Too much light can make him very distressed, so he always keeps his shades on to avoid meltdowns. His special interest are robots and machine-creation in general. He doesn’t really emote, but it’s ok because nobody ever forces him to. He hates physical contact for the most, the only exceptions he makes are Dave, Jake, Jane and Roxy.
He was never raised with the idea that stims are shameful and need to be repressed, so he stims freely. He’s used to create his own stim toys out of spare mechanical parts, and always keeps one or two with him

Jane Crocker is autistic, she was never diagnosed officially but she realized it on her own.
She loves baking because she finds both the sensation of having her hands full of dough/flour/pastry in general and the smell of baked goods sensorially pleasing. Growing up she was really ashamed of flapping in public, but in the post-game she starts doing it again and she’s very happy about it. She doesn’t like making eye contact, and sometimes she wears gloves to avoid touching something that may feel Wrong.
Her Dad taught her how to make her own slime when she was little and she dedicates herself fully to the task of trying to figure out which colours would create the best combinations.
She got Jake into comedy TV shows first, and then the rest of her family (Dad, John and Jade) started joining them when they were watching them. She affirms that there’s something as wonderful as sharing special interests with people important to you!!

Roxy Lalonde is autistic, and she has absolutely no volume control.
She keeps tons of cats around because their fur and purring are sensory heaven to her and she could spend hours just lying down, surrounded by kittens. She bites her nails a lot, and is constantly twirling her hair.
Magicians and coding are her special interests, and she could go hours and hours talking about them - and sometimes she does, because her friends love to hear her talk about the things that make her the happiest. She gets lost and upset if people interrupt her while she’s talking about something, because it takes her a while to get back to the same train of thought.
She hates noises, and is used to keeping noise cancelling earbuds to keep them away. She has also a lot of different playlists for different occasions ready, also adores cataloguing new songs in all the different folders.

Jake English is autistic, just like his grandmother was.
When he was little she would talk to him about all her different kind of plants, and he would memorize the names right away. He still repeats all of them under his breath when he’s particularly distressed because it calms him down. He adores the outdoors, there’s nothing quite as beautiful as the smell and sounds of nature - in particular, he could spend hours in the forest just breathing in and out, because it reminds him of home. He can’t really understand tone of voices and metaphors and puns often tend to slip away from him.
He has a long time special interest for “bad” movies: he knows they’re bad and he doesn’t give half a shit because he loves them. His DVD collection is incredibly important to him and he doesn’t like people touching it, and everyone respects his wishes.
He keeps a chewie toy always with him, and every now and then he alchemizes a new one whenever the one he has seems too worn-out.

guess who finally found their stylus :D

jumping on @boopliette ’s “Sonny does not wear appropriate winter clothing” headcanon like there’s no tomorrow because I love it (and her, and all her art) with a practise sketch!

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“Aren’t you usually the bad guy?” Cisco called from behind you as you struggled to keep up the shield around the two of you. You only ever needed to conjure up a shield big enough for one and had never really tested your limits before…you should really think of hopping onto the training bandwagon.

“Now is really not the time for this!” you shouted at him, feet sliding against the concrete as rocks continued to hurl towards the two of you.

“I like to think of it as the - it’s cracking! Our shield is cracking!”

“I know!”

“Well then do something!”

“I would if you just shut up and ran!” You flung your arm out, the shield disappearing as blue balls of energy flared up around your hands. You were hoping he got the message and ran as you directed your full attention to the meta, knocking him off his feet into one of the holes he decided to create. Using your last bit of energy, you managed to conceal him in a weak shield. It wouldn’t hold, but he wouldn’t be able to hurt anyone for a while.

“That was so hot,” Cisco squeaked from behind you and you groaned. What the hell were you thinking? You’d never hear the end of this or be able to show your face ever again.

“Just get your buddy to pick this douche up. I’m fashionably late for my cousin’s wedding.”

Kelley was never combative, but he seemed drawn to passionate souls…. Something in him liked a fighter, and he enjoyed the role of counselor that gave these heroes strength and rest.
—  1/∞ reasons why DeForest Kelley is actually Leonard McCoy (From Sawdust to Stardust)