i now love these two bloggers

To my followers, 

So, chances are you have noticed I do not follow certain blogs. Here are my reasons why:

At one point, I was mutuals with a majority of these bloggers. In fact, since I joined this site in 2013 (during the heyday of the Xfiles 20th Anniversary) and was here prior to most, I was most likely followed first. That said, there was a time when the fandom wasn’t so drastically divided; we’d follow and support each other regardless of our individual beliefs in Gillovny…

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Two days ago I finally made my first ever purchase on Book Depository 🙌🏼 I fell in love with the low prices and free worldwide shipping (!!) Now I can’t wait for my books to arrive ♥️
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I ordered the illustrated version of HP and the Chamber of Secrets, because it was €14+ off, and Zodiac, because I’m watching way too many true crime video’s/series lately (I especially love those by Buzzfeed. My personality is 50% Shane and 50% Ryan 🙈)

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Black Girl Magic (story time edition)

When I was a child… I struggled academically. Not so much because I had a limited capacity to learn but b/c my home environment distracted me.

By 5 years old I always said I wanted to be a nurse. Never was the little girl who dreamed of anything else.

However, b/c of my academic struggles teachers would say “I’m sure B will do something nice in her life… but probably wont be able to do nursing”.

Family members would tell my mother, “B won’t survive college, she’s too slow”.

In 2010 I graduated HS… & went to attend Illinois State University.

2011. Life happened, became distracted, discouraged & depressed.

By 2012, I was academically dismissed b/c of inadequate grades.

Moved back home & everyone figured “We told you so… She’s not smart enough”

By the time 2015 hit, I knew what my purpose lied in (Nursing).

I applied to Nursing school… Studied my ass off every single day for hours to pass the entrance exam.

2015. I was accepted into Nursing School.

Now, April 2017. I am in my last TWO WEEKS of nursing school. Failed ZERO courses.

I will be graduating with my BSN in nursing May 11th 2017.

By July of this year I WILL be a REGISTERED NURSE.

Baby, Anything is possible. DO NOT LET YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES LIMIT YOU OR ROB YOU OF YOUR DREAMS.

TAKE THE LESSONS LIFE TEACHES YOU & DONT FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF. PICK YOURSELF UP. GROW, LEARN, LEVEL UP.

HELP YOURSELF. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF & MAKE SHIT HAPPEN.

👑B

Hello Killing Stalking fandom, I am going to Discourse™ now……

I’ve already stated this on a reblog of another post, but I think it deserves a post of it’s own. I love KS and I’m really glad it’s garnered the attention and fandom that it has; however, I am troubled by my feelings that ~*~KS antis~*~ have forced fans to accept a very rigid definition of “shipping.”

So many times I’ll look at a KS blog or post and see a disclaimer about how the OP “doesn’t ship it” and just enjoys the comic for the psychological horror, story, art, etc. Now, obviously it’s fine if that’s your reason for being in the fandom. But I think it’s also worth considering that “anti KS” bloggers have forced the fandom to adopt a very restrictive definition of shipping two characters.

Never in my experience have I encountered this idea that if you ship two characters together, you are simultaneously making a statement that you think the relationship is a happy, healthy and loving one that should be emulated. In my mind, and in my experience in other fandoms, shipping can mean have as broad a definition as “I enjoy these characters’ interactions and would hate for them to be separated because then the content I enjoy would conclude,” among other things.

Personally, I would consider myself to be a SangBum shipper and sometimes I feel like I can’t interact with the fandom at large because I’m not willing to qualify my enjoyment of the series a disclaimer. To me, such a disclaimer implies that there’s too much of an implication that there’s a “right” side and a “wrong” side to the question of whether or not you consider yourself a shipper of Sangwoo and Bum, even within the fandom. I also feel like at least sometimes those disclaimers are motivated by a fear of ~*~antis~*~ who probably aren’t going to care whether you consider yourself a shipper or not.

Obviously, again, if you don’t ship it or you disagree with my assessment, that’s fine. This is just what I’ve observed and how I interpreted it based on my experience as someone who ships a lot of different unhealthy pairings in different fandoms. Also, I just sort of wanted to throw out a positivity post to people who may be feeling afraid of being attacked for a pairing they enjoy. On this blog you certainly will never face judgment about whether or not you ship Sangwoo and Bum, how you ship them, or how/why you enjoy KS.

get to know us!

hi! this weekend, the infp issues team doubled (so now there are two of us). we figured that we’d introduce ourselves and let you know who these posts are coming from.

marie:

hey! i’m so excited to finally formally introduce myself after almost a year of running this blog. i love to sing, and i also do a lot of lettering in my free time. my personal blog is @missmarieeeee. feel free to message me any time! my 3 biggest infp issues are:

- trying to socialize in large groups

- feeling major anxiety at large gatherings/events, but having major fomo if i don’t go

- people not understanding that YELLING AT ME OR MAKING ME FEEL LIKE I HAVE BEEN VERBALLY ATTACKED WILL MAKE ME CRY 100% OF THE TIME

mik:

hi everyone! i’m so excited not only to introduce myself, but to get to know all of you in the time ahead! my passions are performing arts and creative writing, but my true talent lies in procrastination. you can catch me over at my personal blog @bluerouge where i promise to make things awkward. three of my biggest infp issues are:

- being the only n in a family of sensors

- never knowing what’s going on like i literally just had to google what fomo means

- I Am A bALL Of StRESS

Blush (MLFluffMonth Day 1)

In hindsight, Marinette should’ve known that this was a bad idea. She had no clue what possessed her to agree to a game where you loose if you blush when given a love confession. What was Alya planning?

She never understood Alya’s interest in playing it, but the designer ended up joining despite her mind’s protests.

To make things better, Adrien was also participating as well. The only positive, if there was one, was that she wasn’t going against him yet.

Currently sitting across from her was Nathanael. It was kind of awkward considering he did have a crush on her not to long ago. The other participants watching from the other chairs in the closed bakery, waiting expectantly.

Swallowing the lump forming in her thrust, she looked over at Nathanael who was shying away from her. He did have a crush on her after all, this must be a nightmare for him. “Hey Nathanael,” Marinette said. In return the redhead looked up at her. The designer tilted her head and smiled. “I like you.”

A blush erupted on the artist’s face, his skin turning the same red as his hair. Point one: Marinette.

Her win allowed the designer to decide the next to participates. “Alya and Chloé.” She said, taking a seat with the others. Both girls gave looks of disgust but sat down at the booth regardless.

“I like you.” Alya said, wasting no time. Marinette assumed the blogger wanted to win and claim her revenge.
“Actually, I love you.” Chloé replies.
“I’m so fucking in love with you too.”
“I love your eyes.”
“I would kiss you right now.”
“Just marry marry me already.”
“Of corse. Can we skip the wedding and go straight to the honeymoon?” Both girls were starting to get irritated and it would be a lie if Marinette didn’t feel regret pairing the two up.

“Sure. I’ll show you a light you’ll never forget.” Both girls had their foreheads pressed together, looks of irritation glazing over their eyes.
“You. Me. Bed. Now.”
“You won’t resist, Césaire.”
“I’m sure I will, Bourgeois.”
“Then I’m going too-”

“OKAY! STOP! THAT’S ENOUGH! WHAT THE HELL YOU TWO?!” Nino yelled. Adrien eyed his friend while Nathanael sat stock straight, startled from the aspiring DJ’s tone.
“I didn’t think he’d actually say it…” Marinette murmured.
“Marinette, switch places with Alya now.” Nino ordered. The designer hastily swapped with the blogger, hoping to appease the angered Nino.

It wasn’t the greatest combo, which Marinette assumed was the point. Chloé laced her manicured fingers together and rested her head on the linked hands. “I love you Mari.”
“What are you—”
“I said I love you sweetie~”
Marinette frowned before mustering up some of her usual Ladybug confidence before wrapping her hand around Chloé’s striped top. Their foreheads bumped together and Marinette looked the blonde woman in the eye.
“I love you Chloé Bourgeois.” Everyone’s face was blank. A blush ran up Chloé’s skin, resting on her cheeks.
“Okay I give up. My loss. Now stop.”
Another point for Marinette.

She released Chloé top and the blonde quickly left the booth. “Is it bad I’m kinda turned on by this side of Marinette?” Adrien inquired, slightly guilty.
“No. Be as turned on as you’d like.” Alya replied.

“Nino, Alya, go.” Marinette said, joining the other players on the sidelines. Alya grinned and sat down, joined by Nino a few minutes after.
“I like you Nino.”
“I don’t blush easily Alya. This game won’t work on me.” Nino replied. Alya’s cheshire like grin only grew as she leaned in. Her breath tickled the DJ’s ear. No one caught what was said, but Nino’s cheeks, neck as ears turned a rosy red.
“Well I think I win. Don’t you Nino?” The blogger mused. Her question was met with a nod.

The game continued on, and so far no one had beaten Marinette. It was deemed impossible. No one could make her blush. Adrien was their only hope now.

The two day across from each other, no one saying anything for a few seconds before Adrien spoke.
“Marinette I lik-”
“Stop.”
“But I really like-”
“No.”
“Then you start! Say you l-”
“Impossible.”
“C'mon, I know you like m-”
Marinette sucked in a breath before standing up and slam her hands on the table.
“I JUST CAN’T SAY I LOVE YOU!” She cried, not noticing the scarlet colour resting on her cheeks.

Adrien’s lips curled into a smile. “You lost.” He mused pointing to her. Marinette’s face fell into a mix of annoyance and shock before she fell on her seat.

The others cheered, now seeing the reigning queen of blushing been dethroned. That is until she got mad.
“You have thirty seconds.” She said as everyone scrambled from their seats. The blue haired designer paused for a second, looking over at the empty seat across from her. “I love you Adrien.” She mused before running after the group of teens speeding down the street, her blush still prominent on her cheeks.

Day one complete!
I’m probably gonna end up forgetting to do the rest, but at least I did one.
@miraculousfluffmonth

I’m never on this site anymore, but for those who care I thought I’d give a little update, but first I’d like to apologize to all my friends on here who I probably haven’t talked to in months, sorry for being shitty I think about you guys a lot though (is that creepy?) Anyway some of you may know yoi rekindled my love for figure skating so I got back into it and I’m very excited about it. I had a chance to compete this month, but I didn’t go for it because I want to show people something I’m proud of so I want to work even harder to improve so I can show my friends and family how much I love the sport through my dedication and hopefully show you guys too! 

I started out taking group lessons but recently switched to private coaching because group lessons went too slow for me and I learn at a fast pace. At this point in time, I have learned a lot and I’m plenty proud of my accomplishments. I’ve pretty much mastered the waltz jump, I’m working on my half flip (I can’t imagine doing a quad flip), but I have trouble with landing on the left toe pick, I’ve also learned the toe loop (my first jump with a full rotation the other two are only a half rotation) I’m improving my two foot spin and one foot spin, and I’m working towards my sit spin. My coach says I have nice long legs for beautiful spirals and to keep working on getting my spirals higher, I hope to get really high spirals over the summer. 

I’m sorry for my inactivity, but I’m very happy right now 

Happy New Year, everyone!!

Another year has gone by, and I cannot thank you guys enough for sticking with me thus far! I’ve gotten to know so many amazing bloggers, artists and writers here on tumblr, and I feel so grateful that we can connect in some way (especially with our love for two beautiful male characters that deserve all fluff and happiness in this fandom). I’m also extremely thankful to my awesome followers, and to those that reblog my art and leave me messages.

Bless you all for being such lovely beings. I adore you all very, very dearly. ♡

And now… onwards to 2016! Let another year filled with rivaere/ereri begin!

juliansreed  asked:

Hi! I was told you may know some OTP tags for Hyde and Jackie? (like the "otp: (quote)" thing some bloggers put on their tags)

YES! I have actually two sets of aesthetic posters posted (here and here), and another one on the works with OTP tags :)

And now, the ones I’ve seen are more used are:

  • OTP: anything for you doll
  • OTP: she’s my chick

Other tags I’ve seen being used, are:

  • OTP: you love loud girl
  • OTP: a little bit creeppy and unnatural
  • OTP: shine grasshopper shine
  • OTP: i am the bitch and you love me
  • OTP: moon over point place 

And others that are, like, out of songs people like or out of Tiny Dancer, mostly:

  • OTP: you’ll marry a music man
  • OTP: hold me closer tiny dancer
  • OTP: whole lotta love

Most of the tags I’m mentioning in the last two categories are used one by person, lol. If someone has more, please add! (this is great, it helps me for the posters lololol)

anonymous asked:

Um yes hello I have a one maybe two gallon tank and my three goldfish have been living healthily and happily with no problems whatsoever for about three or four months now so I'm tired of hearing dumbass people saying Oh! Oh no! Poor fish! They will die so fast! But no they're fine and happy and if they get cramped up I'll buy a bigger tank because I love them but for now they are as happy as ever and beautiful and healthy and fuck all of you fishblr bloggers with mile long sticks up your asses

Um yes hello, I’m just going to break this down for you.


1. Goldfish can attain lengths of 14+ inches, and can live up to 40 years in proper conditions. (So 3-4 months really isn’t a good judge of how they’ll survive long term.)

2. Goldfish produce more waste than any other fish you can keep in an aquarium. If they are not in a suitable space, they are CHOKING ON THEIR OWN WASTE.

3. A 1-2 gallon tank is not capable of sustaining a nitrogen cycle. That means there is nothing in your tank to break down the waste your fish are creating.

4. Surviving is NOT thriving. A goldfish can SURVIVE in a small bowl for a remarkable amount of time. Most people don’t give these amazing fish enough credit for how resilient they are in the face of ignorant, substandard care.

5. The fact that you came to MY ask box and ANONYMOUSLY defended the willful ABUSE of your animals suggests that you’re more comfortable hiding behind those sunglasses and stirring up a 1 gallon tank full of fish shit than actually saying “Hmm, everyone is saying it, so maybe they don’t have mile long sticks up their asses, maybe they’re on to something.”


Have some fucking resources, asshole. Next time use the internet to learn something instead of attacking people who have cared for fish for the better part of 20 years.

Sarasa Comet

Fantail Goldfish (Yeah, the fancies get big too.)

This one is for small children, maybe this is more your speed?

Whoops, AqAdvisor says your tank is 690% overstocked!

Doctors Foster & Smith have an excellent guide to goldfish care. Have a look at this article and start keeping the health of your pets in mind instead of your own pride.

dayslostson  asked:

It's your host dayslostson here with the lovely lickeyrogerswong right now on the red carpet and might I say Joe you've had so many votes pour in support of you. Do you anything you would like to say to your supporters? As a reigning shadiest blogger from BBCan5 do you see your snatch that shadiest title once again or is there any other titles fits you more this season?

Well bitch, I did go MIA for nearly two weeks, so I’m just honored to be nominated for anything, let alone in the top 6!

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Dear little Daisy,

Again, it’s been a while since I have written to you, but we have both been pretty busy! I feel that you have grown and developed more in this one month than you have in the past ten! As mothers we don’t tend to see when our littles change as we are with them everyday, and being with you every day I don’t really pick up on how quickly you change. But this month you look different, you have a big personality, you are on the go constantly and I have to have eyes in the back of my head! I love that when I leave the room, instead of crying, you can just follow me out and get under my feet. I love that you follow me to the kitchen when I go to make tea!

This week we have booked a holiday! Your first holiday abroad! We will be going to Portugal on the 29th June for ten days. I have to say I am a little nervous. I don’t like flying and flying with a baby is a whole new experience. I panic and am a terrible flyer, but I have to try and stay calm for you! There’s nothing scary about planes, it’s mama having a silly phobia. 

You’re coming  up ten months. TEN months! What?!! In two months you will be turning a whole year. That is crazy. Time is crazy. Right now  you are having a nap and we are waiting for our guests to come over. I know I shouldn’t be sat down with a cup of tea writing to you, I should be doing the washing up and putting your toys away. 

Write again soon.

Lots of love, 

Mama x

anonymous asked:

? ? gogomato and roses-for-jongup ? ?

Both:
Do they follow me: Yes | No

Do I follow them: Yes | No | Now

(I’m going to talk about the blogger more than the blog sorry not sorry)
What I think about their blog: 
@gogomato: A LOUD, SALT, FUCKING RUDE, Tries to sell submissive dae to me and I AINT HAVING IT. just recently found their blog and honestly L O V E. 
@roses-for-jongup: A soft, cute, sweet, amazing gif creator I look up to this blog and her gifs so much. srsly love yulin so fucking much? always such a sweet I just love love love a lot oh my gooodddd

(also I strive to have a friendship like these two cause it’s so cute and fun to watch as an outsider loloerjgjew)

Three years from now, I walk in my old room and stumble across an old picture we took during our first month together.

I find it funny that I used to fall for your jokes, how your eyes steal the stars from the nighttime sky and the way you fell asleep across my dreams.

I may be smiling from the outside, but deep down it kills me to simply say, you are mine

But not anymore.

—  Day Two; Something You Feel Strongly About

The TPTB Quotes ~ Calzona

Shonda Rhimes, Writer, ‘Sanctuary’ & 'Death And All His Friends" | Grey’s Anatomy 06x23 & 06x24|

“When I pitched this finale at the beginning of Season 6 (those of you who know me know that I pitch the end of the season first and we work towards it), when I pitched a gunman shooting up the hospital, it seemed fine.
Really it did.
And then 20 or so episodes later, I started to write it and it did not seem fine. It did not seem fine at all. On an almost daily basis, I would come into work and throw myself down on the sofa in the middle of the office and burst into tears like a…well, like a bitch baby. And I would tell the other Grey’s writers, “I don’t think I can do this. It’s too horrible. People are getting hurt. That man is shooting them.” Buckets of bitch baby tears….

Callie and Arizona. Are together! Yay! I don’t like them apart. They are so great as a couple, so funny and sweet and emotional, that keeping them apart was not even an option right now.
This baby thing, it is hard. It is an impossible situation. But in the end, they were each willing to give a little. And that means they can make it work. No matter what they end up actually deciding on the baby front. When they kiss at the end, that’s the one bright spot we have to hold on to.
They love each other. Nothing else matters.“

“Callie and Arizona. I mean, I feel like we watched what I thought was a really lovely progression between the two of them.
Going from Callie being furious at Arizona and not talking to her at all, to Arizona saying the thing that I think she’s been thinking all season. If you notice every time Callie says, ‘We have to talk,’ Arizona would say, ‘Are you going back to men? Is that what’s going on? Are you going back to men?’
Her greatest fear is that Callie is a visiting lesbian, she’s a vacationing lesbian, she’s not actually in this relationship. Callie says, ‘When are you gonna stop blaming me for not being good enough lesbian for you?’ And Arizona says, ‘When, you know, you prove to me that you’re really in love with me and not with being in love.’
And that was such a wonderful true moment of two people who are basically saying their greatest fear. They’re arguing, but they’re saying their greatest fear.
Cause Callie’s afraid she’s not good enough lesbian, and Arizona’s afraid that Callie doesn’t really love her. And, when in fact you discover in that scene with Gary Clark, the exact opposite’s true.
They both really love each other. And Callie’s speech to that little girl about Arizona’s super magic smile is one of my favorite things ever. It’s the sweetest, sweetest moment. And I love that in that moment Arizona’s first instinct is to throw her body over a child. And Callie’s instinct is to protect them both.
It was very beautiful and kind of a metaphor for them and their future and the family unit, which I thought was really beautiful.
So I loved the end, and we talked about this- Jessica and Sara and I talked about this a lot in the writer’s room- In the end, Sara says, ‘I don’t wanna ha-‘ Callie says, ‘I don’t wanna have kids if it means I can’t be with you.’ And Arizona says, ‘We’ll have kids. We’ll have tons of kids. We’ll have ten kids. Cause I can’t live without you and our ten kids.’ It’s like my favorite moment, because it’s not really about kids at all.
The kids issue is not settled. What’s settled is they know they wanna be together no matter what. So that was kind of an amazing moment. I felt like it was a grown up moment for the two of them. It’s not about what you’ll give me or won’t give me. It’s about them.”

"It was such an experience…. At the table read for the first part of the season finale, I was worried for my unborn child, my blood pressure was so through the roof. Every time the gunman would come around the corner, we’d just be terrified! It wasn’t until the second part that he came into peds, and literally, when they got to the stage direction where he appears in the door, I screamed. Screamed, screamed, screamed – a lot. It was very well mapped out, and it amply terrified everyone. There was so much more, Shonda probably could have made that a four-hour finale. But yeah, we kinda got off easy.” - Jessica Capshaw

“You know Jessica and I laughed a lot because we didn’t ..our characters didn’t get hurt, at all. We came 'this’ close to the shooter but unscathed, made it out alive and changed people because of it. I just think, the whole episode is such reminder that how short life can be and there are so many things that are out of our control. And, that well connected. There have been so many shootings in schools, colleges, high schools and it’s just really saddening. And I think it just brought the point home that our characters are really traumatized by all this in different ways and it was just a reminder how precious life is.” - Sara Ramirez

Other Quotes

“I was surprised because everyone was surprised. But I actually had the personal experience of having a friend who is married to a pediatric neurosurgeon, and I was able to glean from him the perspective that when your day, for years and years, is comprised of saving children’s lives, you know every single thing that can go wrong…. And even though though [Arizona] said it has nothing to do with her brother having died, I think there’s some of that in there.
Someone once said to me, “To have a child is to understand what it’s like to have your heart walk around outside your body.” Why would you want to love something more than anything else in the whole world if you knew all the things that can go wrong? So I understood it. Also, I was talking to one of the writers and she said – and I think it’s so true – that Arizona needed some dirtying up. She was so perfect.
She would be like, “I’m not having kids, I’m not relenting,” which doesn’t sound great, when the fact is that straight or gay, we expect women to have kids. So it was interesting to hear her reason for not wanting to have that. And Callie wasn’t that nice about her pushback – “Well, I do.” I’m sure [that debate] will continue to go on, especially with the bloggers” - Jessica Capshaw

“Well what she has been through has obviously been an amazing journey of self discovery, and, has now found someone who really wants to be with her and is happy to be with her and loves her and likes her and all that serious stuff and an equal.
Arizona Robbins, I think brings in a much deserved and much needed kind of love that she hasn’t had yet.
And so what we’re gonna see is the two of them exploring that kind of positive, healthy relationship that is grounded, and it doesn’t mean that they don’t argue or have moments like that but I think that’s gonna be nice. I think Callie kind of deserves that right now” - Sara Ramirez

“Jessica is amazing, She and Sara have really committed [to this story], and they have amazing chemistry together. It’s been great to watch that develop. For me, it is very ‘Mer-Der-like’ to watch them together.” - Shonda Rhimes

Tips on Preaching & Teaching For the First Time
do-you-know-the-mustache-man asked:

So I’m speaking to my youth group this Wednesday (I’m 16 and this is the first time speaking at church) and I was just wondering if maybe you had any tips?

 

My friend, that is awesome. Woo!! Let’s first be grateful to God for this amazing opportunity that you’ve been given.  You and I never earned the right to preach or teach, but were given this honor by the Creator of everything so that others might know Him, be loved by Him, and love Him in return.  Please start there, in a place of humility, recognizing we are absolutely unworthy to teach others with our squishy tiny 3 lb. brains and our half-inch vocal cords, to other squishy fallen human beings from a wild variety of diverse back-stories – except by the grace of God. 

I mean that’s really crazy, when you think about it.  I’ve never gotten over that.

I don’t want to give you a formula or checklist because then you might be tempted to follow that instead of Jesus.  So here just a few things to pray about and consider.  You’re not obligated to any of these, so simply reflect and go forth, my friend.

 

- Love your people.  This is obvious, but so very often I forget to love the people who are right in front of me.  Sometimes I’m so quick to check off my awesome agenda of great sermon points, that I forget these are real hurting broken struggling people who care less about my intelligence and more about their maker.  Every word and sentence and theme must be fashioned out of love for your people.  Let your group know that this is a big deal for you and that you’re available outside of preaching time.  If they know you care about them, they’ll remember that more than the message.

 

- You be you.  My initial problem in preaching was imitation.  When I first started, I listened to a lot of James MacDonald, who is a fiery aggressive preacher with a booming voice and roughly twenty points in every sermon.  I even took on some of his tone and inflections.  Soon I learned, I wasn’t good at preaching like this.  My strengths were not a booming voice and twenty-point messages.  If you’re not naturally funny, you don’t have to try.  If you’re loud, use that to your advantage. Be comfortable with how God has made you.  Part of trusting God is trusting how He made you to be you in the world.  Let yourself out to play.

 

- Be prepared.  Please don’t presume that “good speaking ability” or “relying on the Spirit” will get you through a message.  They can, but people will know you’re not prepared and they won’t take you seriously, and the Spirit won’t swoop in for a lack of your own prep.  Study up, know your stuff, pray and reflect, preach it to yourself, apply it in your own life.  And when in doubt, quote C.S. Lewis.

 

- It’s okay to fail.  There’s an old joke in seminary that your first one-hundred sermons will be terrible.  When someone raises their first child, they’re nervous and neurotic and freak out easily and take too many pictures and are generally very overbearing.  But by the third child, the parent is super-cool and laidback and much more confident.  Yet no parent can raise their tenth child like the first one.  It takes growing pains.  In martial arts, we call that ring experience.  It doesn’t matter how much you train at the gym: when you’re in the ring, that’s the true training.  If you have a sermon fail, don’t beat yourself up.  Also, if you’re a first child: sorry bro.  At least you get the double portion. #JesusJuke

 

- If they fall asleep or don’t pay attention, that’s okay.  You’re not doing it for validation anyway.  I say this with all love and grace for you: but no one owes you anything.  No one owes your their attention or their undying eye contact for you.  Their time is precious and so is yours.  This goes for bloggers too: no one owes you “likes” or reblogs or replies or validation.  When someone does something for the approval of their peers, they’re no longer doing the main thing, but it’s now grossly external and foreign to the original purpose of that thing.  So no matter how many people are there, preach like you’re in a stadium.  Like Jesus is sitting there.  I preached to three students every Friday for two years, and I loved it.  They’ll stay awake if you’re awake and alive and all there, and they’ll know you’re not desperate for their thumbs-up.

 

- It’s also okay to evaluate.  If you mess up, simply examine what went wrong, recuperate in God’s embrace, and add that sermon to your ring experience. My method: I write down in a notebook what worked, what didn’t, and what I can do different next time.  Nothing too big, maybe half a page.  It’s a little painful and humbling, but I wrestle with it to the end. Once I close the notebook, I stop thinking about how it failed.  That’s done.  I give God the credit for any success.

 

- Stay humble.  Chances are that God will work through you and the Spirit will really sweep through the place.  If so, awesome!  Thank God when it happens.  Thank God if only seeds are planted that day.  Thank God you even get to do this. 

– J.S.

 

Also check out:

- Preachers: A Sermon Gut-Check

- Life Is Interruption (On Totally Bombing In The Pulpit)

- When You Fail A Sermon

- Remember The Uninitiated

- Sovereign Seeds, Unknown Deeds

- My Pastor Doesn’t Preach Deep Enough

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so as you all know i havent been on so much on this blog lately last year so i am genuinely making this post bc i want to sincerely thank and appreciate all of you mutuals that still have the want to follow and stick up with me lol i do not deserve you all i swear to god

honestly since i accidentally deleted my blog last year i thought lol whats the point on doing it all over again but tbh no what makes blogging fun isnt followers, it is you guys, my lovely mutuals that i consider friends already. i had a breakdown from the accident but you guys helped me through even helped me to gain followers again (seriously i dont deserve you all) blogging are seriously so much fun with you guys still around. seriously i met a lot of lovely people last year, we talked, we shared, we rant about our feelings to each other a few of you i consider as my close friends seriously you guys made this year so amazing for me, you are all rays of sunshine to me and i love you. everyone here inspires me so much and makes me strive to be a better person and i’m extremely greatful to all of you

this isnt a follow forever whatsoever you dont have to reblog it i just want you guys to read it :)

this is going to be long so i’ll put this under a read more

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