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Advice on Grad School from Reddit User RadioMars

  1. Impostor Syndrome is 100% real and will affect you (yes, even you). It’s okay, though. You can overcome it. You just have to build up enough knowledge & experience that you start thinking, “hey, maybe I do know what I’m talking about”. It takes time.
  2. Related to #1, regardless of how much you know about your topic, there is much more that you do not know. Cultivate humility, learn from others, and don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know something. Real learning will not happen until you accomplish these things. Plus, you’re not fooling anyone; I wouldn’t even attempt it.
  3. Try as much as possible not to compete with your cohort. Don’t undermine them, don’t put them down, don’t be upset when they succeed. Foster a support network, based on care and trust. Help them and they will help you. They will be your colleagues, now and forever.
  4. Seek out mental health resources, early and often! Can’t stress this enough.
  5. Show up to your advisory meetings with a clear agenda, starting with things that are most time-sensitive. Your advisors are busy and may not have the time to be as involved as they want to be in your life. Make it easy for them.
  6. The second you start writing the 3rd paragraph of an email, stop. Delete the whole thing. Schedule a meeting instead.
  7. Get 8 hours of sleep a night. Non-negotiable.
  8. And lastly, honest to god, very few people are working as hard as they claim they are. There is this weird culture in graduate school centered around complaining about how much you have to work. I’m not saying you won’t have to work hard or that others don’t work hard, but take what you hear from other people with a grain of salt; I see a lot of self-reported work inflation around me. Given that there’s so much flexibility in how to get work done, there are many ways to get it done. Someone else’s method may not work for you. Don’t let it get to you.

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  1. This isn’t undergrad. Don’t approach it with the same priorities. Courses can have varying importance, but research is king.
  2. Build a support network. In or out of school, the friends and colleagues you have supporting you will make or break your academic career.
  3. Your life matters. Don’t sacrifice important things (health, relationships, sanity) for your degree.
  4. Coming from 3, remember grad school isn’t a marathon to push through. It’s a building block for the rest of your academic career. Things get harder after rather than easier, so learning how to keep your work and life in a sustainable balance during grad school is really important.
Caring what other people think about you is just part of being young. The sooner you can learn to let go of your attachment to other people's validation, the sooner you begin to live your real life before retirement.

As a shy individual who spends a lot of my time beating myself up, the number one thing I hear from people in their 50’s if I tell them this about myself is this: “you remind me of a younger me”.

Point being, caring what others think is just sort of programmed into the minds of the average young person. But nobody really cares what others think about them by the time they reach their 50’s. They just don’t. They’ve lived enough life to see that it literally serves NO point. But they’re the same person. We are so attached to it that we feel like validation from our peers is literally essential to survival. But it is not, in any way, whatsoever. So many of the older people I talk to just say they feel the exact same as they did when they were in their prime, just now they are in a 50+ year old body.

So, for the love of God, stop caring what others think of you, find something you love, put the horse blinders on, and just do the shit out of what makes you happy. There is absolutely no reason, whatsoever, that you need to care about how other people are perceiving you. It is only causing you unnecessary stress, at which nothing can be gained, even if you think you’re doing everything right to keep others happy. Losing battle.

Maybe your life has become so unconsciously centered around winning other people’s validation, that you don’t even know what I’m talking about. You have a following, and that keeps you going. But you don’t really know yourself that well. You’re going to be addicted to tangible, destructive things when you get older: gambling, smoking, drinking, etc. because you can’t get anybody to care about what you’re doing anymore. Because you’re old now, and nobody really cares about what you’re doing or who you are, minus maybe your immediate family, if you have any (I know that was a harsh sentence but the right people will know what I’m trying to get at). You’re one of the type of person that seriously needs help before it’s too late. What you may think is socialization and healthy conversation with others about your life, achievements, and why you’re definitely going to heaven is just your brain subconsciously trying to get a fix of self-validation off the person: “I’m going to make sure this person knows how amazing I am and then breathe a sigh of relief ” like you just stuck a needle in your vein.

Point in summary: Just about everyone who gets past the age of 50 stops caring what others think about them because they finally see that it serves absolutely no purpose. So, if you’re young, take their advice. Get the ball rolling early. It’s easier said than done, but with a bit of courage, you can make your path by walking. We’re all made of the same thing. So trying to keep everybody happy and constantly gaining reassurance that you’re okay and everybody likes you is an addictive activity that serves zero purpose. The sooner you can legitimately stop caring what others think about you and just listen to yourself and trust yourself and your true endeavors, the sooner you have eliminated a toxic addiction from your body that will have bad long-term effects.

Edit: This was posted due to an epiphany I had recently. I should have specified that this post was meant to be directed to the people out there also like me who have done so much caring about what people think that we’re sick and tired of beating ourselves up and having a gratuitous, illogical and harmful amount of self-doubt. I didn’t say it was easy, but through some epiphanies, I have experienced true freedom from my form of this mental prison before, and from what it felt like, it’s worth it to work towards feeling this way as much as possible as early as you can in life. Just remember to treat others how you’d like to be treated, basically.

Also, it sounds like a lot of you who disagree don’t have the anxiety and self doubt like us, but still are trying to develop sensitivity to other’s thoughts about you to become better people. And that’s really nice to see.

In between the lines

Originally posted by whoeveryoulovethemost

Originally posted by moan-s

For @thing-you-do-with-that-thing‘s Anti-Valentine’s Challenge! 

My prompt was Between the lines by Sara Bareilles  

Dean x Reader     ANGST 

Word Count: 2718


The middle table in the bunker’s library was covered with books, files, and loose pages. You were sitting there in silence with an open book and your notepad in front of you just like you had done a hundred times before. Dean sat across from you, his head bent over the book he was reading while his leg just happened to brush yours under the table again.

How many times had you been in this same position? With the touches and looks that said all the things neither of you would ever speak aloud even when Sam wasn’t around. For some reason, that bothered you a lot more today. Every touch saying words you never really wanted to hear but today, god, today you needed it like oxygen. It did hurt that much and it was driving you mad.

You couldn’t even pinpoint the feeling, the urge to declare something that had been lingering under the covers for so many months without a problem. You had read the same page five times now and didn’t understand a damn word of it because your mind was already preoccupied with whatever was driving you to look at him, to say something you were fighting. You were either trying to gain the nerve or just completely lose it. You looked down at your glass and the amber liquid inside it. Scotch never affected you like this. Was it just the scotch?

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12 Biblical Reasons For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament

1. He is really there!
“I myself am the living bread come down from heaven.” (Jn 6:35)

2. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because of his Infinite love for you!
“Behold I will be with you always even to the end of the world,” because “I have loved you with an everlasting love, and constant is my affection for you.” (Mt 28:20; Jer 31:3)

3. The specific way that Jesus asks you to love him in return is to spend one quiet hour with him in the Blessed Sacrament.
“Where your treasure is, there is your heart….” “Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Mt 6:21; 26:40)

4. When you look upon the Sacred Host, you look upon Jesus, the Son of God.
“Indeed, this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day.” (Jn 6:40)

5. Each moment that you spend in His Eucharistic Presence will increase his divine life within you and deepen your personal relationship and friendship with him.
“I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.” “I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him shall bear much fruit because without me, you can do nothing.” (Jn 15:5)

6. Each hour you spend with Jesus will deepen his divine peace in your heart.
“Come to me all of you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you…” “Cast all of you anxieties upon the one who cares for you…” “My Peace is My Gift to you.” (Mt 11:28; Pt 5:7; Jn 14:17)

7. Jesus will give you all the graces you need to be happy!
“The Lamb on the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water.” (Rev 7:17)

8. Jesus is infinitely deserving of our unceasing thanksgiving and adoration for all he has done for our salvation.
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive honor, glory and praise.” (Rev. 5:12)

9. For peace in our country!
“When my people humble themselves and seek my presence… I will revive their land.” (2Chr 7:14)

10. Each hour you spend with Jesus on earth will leave your soul everlastingly more beautiful and glorious in heaven!
“They who humble themselves shall be exalted….” “All of us, gazing on the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces, are being transformed from glory to glory into his very image.” (Lk 18:14; 2Cor 3:18)

11. Jesus will bless you, your family and the whole world for this hour of faith you spend with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
“Blessed are they who do not see and yet believe…” “Faith can move mountains…” “ What is needed is trust… ” “Behold I come to make all things new.” (Jn 20:29; Mk 11:23; Mk 5:36; Rev 21:5)

12. Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to his Sacred Heart!
“My joy, my pleasure, my delight is to be with you.” (Prov 8:31)

12 Reasons From The Teachings Of The Church For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament

1. You are greatly needed!
“The Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic adoration.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)

2. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus.
“Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Canae)

3. Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the center of life.
“Every member of the Church must be vigilant in seeing that the sacrament of love shall be at the center of the life of the people of God so that through all the manifestations of worship due him shall be given back ‘love for love’ and truly become the life of our souls.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

4. Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for evils of the world and bring about peace on earth.
“Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus and ready to make reparation for the great evils of the world. Let your adoration never cease.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicai Cenae)

5. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because you are the most important person in the world to him!
“Christ is reserved in our churches as the spiritual center of the heart of the community, the universal Church and all humanity, since within the veil of the species, Christ is contained, the invisible heart of the Church, the Redeemer of the world, the center of all hearts, by him all things are and of whom we exist.” (Pope Paul IV, Mysterium Fidei)

6. Jesus wants you to do more than to go to mass on Sunday.
“Our communal worship at mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

7. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus!
“Our essential commitment in life is to preserve and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and Eucharistic piety and to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

8. The best time you spend on earth is with Jesus, your Best Friend, in the Blessed Sacrament!
“How great is the value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness!” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

9. Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine rays of his grace, his love, his peace.
“Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is, God with us, day and night, he is in our midst. He dwells with us full of grace and truth. He restores morality, nourishes virtue, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

10. If Jesus were actually visible in church, everyone would run to welcome him, but he remains hidden in the Sacred Host under the appearance of bread, because he is calling us to faith, that we many come to him in humility.
“The Blessed Sacrament is the ‘Living Heart’ of each of our churches and it is our very sweet duty to honor and adore the Blessed Host, which our eyes see, the Incarnate Word, whom they cannot see.” (Pope Paul VI, Credo of the People of God)

11. With transforming mercy, Jesus makes our heart one with his.
“He proposes his own example to those who come to him, that all may learn to be like himself, gentle and humble of heart, and to seek not their own interest but those of God.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

12. If the Pope himself would give you a special invitation to visit him in the Vatican, this honor would be nothing in comparison to the honor and dignity that Jesus himself bestows upon you with the invitation of spending one hour with him in the Blessed Sacrament.
“The divine Eucharist bestows upon the Christian people the incomparable dignity.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

Heart and Mind part 2

Pairing: Stiles Stilinski x Reader, Theo Raeken x Reader

Warnings:

Author’s Note:

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“Y/N, come on. Just one bite and I swear, we’ll leave then.” Theo presses, holding the slice of pizza in front of your mouth. “Theo, there are M&M’s, apple chunks, and Pringles sprinkled over that pizza. I love you babe, really, but I’m not eating it. Come on, we have to go, I haven’t seen my friends in months and I don’t wanna be late.” You say, giving him the sweetest puppy dog face you can muster.

Laughing at your antics, Theo places the pizza pack in the box and kisses you quickly, “We should be going then. The quicker we get there, the quicker we can leave.” He responds, laughing when you playfully slap his arm.

It’s been six months since you graduated from high school with all of your friends, and a little over a year since the day you’ve stopped talking to Stiles. After graduation, everyone agreed to a year off before college with an official convergence in the middle and at the end of said year to catch up and share stories. To keep the friendships alive.

You don’t know for sure what everyone else has been doing with their year off, but you and Theo spent the first half of the year sightseeing in Europe and just got back yesterday enjoying your first night back in your shared apartment. The two of you have been dating for nine months, and engaged for three. Your simple engagement ring is Theo’s promise that he’s changed for the better and will stay the loving and honest man you know him to be.

“Babe! We’re here.” Theo says with a hand on your thigh, snapping you out of your thoughts. You smile when you look out your window and see Scott’s house. The alpha had texted you multiple times, making sure that you were sure you’d be comfortable meeting knowing that Stiles and Malia were to both be there. Of course you said yes, just so he didn’t feel awkward, but being here now, you’re absolutely positive that you’re over Stiles Stilinski.

Intertwining your hands, you and Theo walk up to the door, “Y/N! Oh my God! I thought you weren’t coming!” Scott yell as he throws his arms around you. “Theo! You brought Theo too! Come in, come in. You guys, Y/N’s here!” Scott yells as he ushers you and Theo into the living room.

The walk feels like it takes forever as you mentally replay all of your old memories, lots of them with Stiles. Your eyes lingering on the steps, where you had your first kiss, the first time Stiles said he loved you, your first big - “Y/N!” You blink quickly and smile at Lydia who is squeezing you in a bear hug, “I missed you, Lydia.” You laugh as you release Theo’s hand to hug her back. You see through Lydia’s tresses that Stiles and Malia are as far away from each other as they can get and Kira has even managed to make an appearance, along with Isaac.

“Oh my gosh, everybody’s here!” You say excitedly as you try to release Lydia, but when you try to move your left hand, it doesn’t move, Lydia’s hair wound around your ring from some excited hug jumps. It doesn’t take long for your hand to get dislodged in Lydia’s hair, but by then, Malia is standing alongside the two of you, “What is that? Oh my God, are you engaged? To him?” She asks as Lydia holds your left hand in front of her face. Before you can answer though, Lydia is yelling again. Amidst the yells, you hear something along the lines of, “OHMYGODCONGRATULATIONSTHISISGORGEOUS!HEISGORGEOUS!YOUGUYSARESOCUTE!”

Finally, you and Theo get to sit down and everyone demands to know all of the details, though Stiles has his eyes glued sadly to the ring on your hand. You don’t pay him any mind though, your heart has finally healed and Theo makes you feel complete again and Stiles is not going to become the center of your life because he misses you or whatever he says.

“Y/N, Scott texted me at work! Congratulations!” Melissa greets you, making you realize that everyone was here before she left to go grab her check. “Thank you, I would have told you my last call, but I wanted to surprise everyone.” You say before showing her the beautiful ring on your finger. She goes to make herself some coffee and leaves the rest of you to commence the catching-up.

“Y/N, babe, lets go home. We just got back and we’ve spent all of our free time with your friends.” Theo says into the skin of your neck after three hours of laughing and half of the pack playing polite with Theo. “Fine. Ten more minutes. And let me go put Scott’s present on his bed.” You tell him with a quick kiss to his cheek.

This isn’t the first time you’ve been in Scott McCall’s room. Dating Stiles and being an active member of his pack, lots of time was spent in the decent sized room. Rather than wallowing in memories though, you pulled the homemade DVD from your purse. All of you and Scott’s best friend moments captured in one place to show him how much you love him.

Prepared to leave, you turn to exit the room, but Stiles - of all people - is standing in the doorway. “Remember the first time we made out? We sat right on the edge of Scott’s bed and you were wearing ripped jeans and my purple and black plaid shirt.” He says nostalgically, a sad smile on his face. You chuckle as you remember the moment quite vividly. “Scott was so mad at our sucky timing, especially because we had a pack of werewolves after us.” Stiles shakes his head, “There was a pack of werewolves after you. We were trying to protect you. He was secretly happy though. He was worried I was never gonna get any action.”

The air grows awkward as Stiles takes steady steps towards you. When he gets too close for comfort and shows no signs of stopping, you hold your hand up to cease his advances yourself. Rather than stopping though, Stiles grabs hold of your hand and takes a step closer still, “Y/N, I still love you.” You try to interrupt him and take your hand away, but he holds firm, “Please, just… I know what I did was wrong, but I was dumb. I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. I tried to make things work with Malia, but she isn’t you, and it took me too long to realize it. We belong together, Y/N. I know that deep down, you know it too. Me and you. Not me and Malia. Not you and Theo. She isn’t you, and he isn’t me, but we have each other now and -”

Now you snatch your hand away from him fiercely, your eyes steely and mad, “You’re right Stiles, he isn’t you, and thank God for that. I am engaged. Not only to a man I love, but a man who loves me. You made me a second choice, Stiles. I cried for months, I waited for you for months, and you seemed quite happy with me so miserable. But now that I’m here and happy and you’re the one wallowing in self-pity, you want me to give a shit? My heart has stitched over the special hole you left. I am over you, Stilinski. I am not going to let you ruin one of the best things that’s ever happened to me because you’re feeling small and karma’s biting you in the ass.”

You push past him sharply when his hand reaches out and grasps your wrist. Faster than you can comprehend, his lips are on yours, a flurry of desperation, passion, and love. You feel an urge rise in your gut. An urge so familiar yet unused that you almost don’t react, but you do. Pulling away harshly, you slap Stiles Stilinski as hard as you can, “This isn’t a fairytale, Stiles! Fuck, you can’t shove your tongue in my mouth and think that all of the damage you’ve done is mended! I have no feeling for you in my heart, but the closest thing to anger and indifference one can achieve over a year of asshattery.”

Just as if he was listening, which he probably was - they all probably heard you both - Theo wraps an arm protectively around your waist, “I’m a good man Stiles, but not good enough to offer up the woman I love so you can feel better.” Stiles goes to reply snarkily, but Theo holds his hand up with a smile. The mischievous kind of smile he used to wear when he was planning on killing Scott and taking over your pack, “No. You’ve talked enough, now you’ll listen. I get that you don’t like or trust me, I’m not too fond of you either, but according to this little shit fest you decided to throw, you love Y/N, so whether you like me or not, respect our relationship and don’t make any more moves on my fiance. Ever again. I’m a good man Stiles, but I can turn into a bad one very quickly.”

When you and Theo turn to leave the room, you find the rest of the pack there, looking from the handprint on Stiles’s face, to you and Theo with their eyes wide. “I’ll talk to you all later.” You say as you and Theo squeeze through them, trying to salvage some of your dignity. The war between your heart and mind was neutralized long ago when Theo decided you were worth loving, and Stiles has another thing coming if he thinks he can start another one.

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God, I can’t get over how fucking GOOD Splatoon’s worldbuilding is. You can have your bright n’ fun multiplayer shooter without plot, but if you care at all about the story, it’s not too hard to put together the clues that tell you how Inkling culture is super self-centered, frivolous, and destructive. The first game established that Octolings have been cornered into into these energy-starved, dilapidated ghettos and any attempts to make life better for themselves is labeled an act of senseless aggression. After today’s Direct, we now know that Inklings consume so much energy, they’re now paying kids to provoke the salmon population into attacking so they can kill them for their unborn spawn, which help power their cities (all under the guise of an exciting part-time job).

Plus, there’s the whole implication that any species who isn’t a Squid is likely a second-class citizen. All things considered, this world is a pretty grim one, but if that’s not your thing, you don’t have to engage with it because Nintendo isn’t shoving it in your face, unlike other media that feels they have to go Full Grit n Edge to accomplish the same thing.

Give everything you have to God!

Prayer is something I feel like is meant to be the most peaceful feeling. I sometimes think that when I center myself in His presence, I have to act like all things are daisy’s and roses. But there are times where my jealousy, confusion & frustration in certain areas of my life make it really hard to come into prayer confidently saying “Your purposes and plans prevail.” To me, to receive the most peaceful thoughts and really hear God, we have to get through the nitty giddy subjects. He says to talk to him about everything on our minds. Everything. Even the things we “think” we can do on our own.
I have been reading a book that explains prayer as oil and vinegar. In the beginning of prayer sometimes we have to pour out all the vinegar we have in order to get to the good stuff. This may be the fears, doubts, frustration, confusion, jealousy, etc.

This act of prayer helps me realize how much I actually am unknowingly covering up from God. I don’t have the answers to why things go certain ways in our lives, and sometimes I don’t think we are supposed to understand. If we understood and knew everything that was going to happen, we would think we didn’t need God or His help ever. I think that’s why he places each event perfectly.
Sometimes we truly don’t understand why things go a certain way in my life, or why we have had to wait years and years and still have no answers. But it’s those unanswered prayers that seem to be the greatest blessings later in life.

So, I just want to remind you: Give everything you have to God. I mean everything. The good, the bad, the confusion, the non-understanding, the frustration- all of it. Giving Him all of you, will give you all of Him. Prayer doesn’t always have to be the most perfect painted picture. The power of the listening that awaits us in prayer is what is the best.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. -Mark 11:24)

- written by Carli Stump

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Request: “Hey I’m Kassidy! Can you do an imagine for me?? I want it be with Dean and I want smut or fluff whichever one you would like to do thankssss :) ❤️” + “Oh could you make one where Dean is like jealous of the readers and cas relationship?” - @ayeeitskassi

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Warnings: Jealous!Dean (my fav), fluffy, giggly smut

A/n: This turned like SUPER giggly oops. (btw I got kinda hot and bothered writing some of this like damn)

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You giggled as Cas poked your side. “Stop!! Why do you always do that to me?” You tried to sound upset, but he made you laugh too much.

“Because I can.”

You laughed again. “Fair enough. But we actually have to go help Sam and Dean with research.”

“Are you sure you aren’t saying this just because you would like to spend time with Dean?”

You rolled your eyes. You had a crush on Dean since goodness knows when, but could you really help yourself? Cas was the only person, or celestial being, or whatever that you had ever told, and he always had to say something about it. “You know, you’re lucky I love you or else you’d be getting a fist in the gut.”

He smiled. “Shall we go then?”

“That’s what I was asking for in the first place, honey.”

Both of you walked into the library laughing. Sam and Dean looked up from their laptops.

“Hey guys, you finally coming to help us?” Sam said with an amused voice.

You chuckled again, still in a giggly mood from your conversation with Cas. “Yeah. Sorry.”

Dean did not look so amused as he looked back to the computer screen. “You know, we could hear you guys laughing all the way in here.”

“Sorry, grumpy pants. You allergic to laughter or something?” You replied, ruffling his hair and sitting in the chair next to him.

“Whatever." 

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The Perfect Bucket List (Au)

Request 1D “Perfect” with Bucky Barnes pretty please 😌😌😌. This is an au so no one is a super hero. And god that is the biggest thing i ever writen.

Paring:Bucky x Reader

Words :2079

Warnings : , Fluffy really fluffy ,some sex but not really intense.

Disclamer : i dont won marvel or any song in this blog

Originally posted by uncensoredsideblog

Right now you were in one of the most boring dates of your life. The guy was talking about how he loves his working and how much money he makes in a year. Sure that guy was what your mother wishes you married but he was so boring and self-centered that you wish be anywhere but here. You take a deep breath “Matt i need a minute can you excuse me ?“ before he can even answer, you leave the table.

You go to the bathroom and take a minute to process with you should go back or not. Sure he was a nice guy, he bring you flowers and act like a gentleman but you can see that going anywhere but you are too polite to just ditch the guy. You pass at the bar to order another glass of wine when a cute guy asks you “Are you here alone?” you look at him thinking with you should lie or not but you are honest “with a date” this doesn’t discourages him “a bad one?“  You laugh “yes a really bad one “he gets closer “come with me”

You look at him without believing what he was saying “I don’t even know you “he gave you his hand” James Barnes but you can call me Bucky, come on you are at least curious” maybe you should go what was the worst thing that could happen? sure he could kill you but you doubt “ Okay lets go “He guide you to his car, opens the door for you and ask ” What you want to do ?“ you don’t respond ” Come on Doll think about something that you always wanted to do, something crazy or fun" Can you just drive until are we far away from this small town ?“ he starts the car and put some music ” So doll what’s the plan come on tonight i am all yours" you start to think “ I tell you, but our first stop is the quick market”

As he pulls over “ What you want buy ?” you put your hand on his arm “ All the junk food we can eat, everything that we wish we could eat if calories and our health didn’t matter” he agrees after 20 minutes you never bought so many unhealthy things in your life. Before he can even ask “I want to go to the park in the limits of the city and we are going to have a picnic a really gross one"

The park was beautiful at night but you never come here at this time, always too scared of something bad could happen. As you two sit and start to eat “ So Bucky tell me your history?” he opens a can of soda and say “ No princess, no deep talks tell me something weird or of your bucket list i want fun ” you think for a while what is interest about you have a normal job, a normal family everything about you were just normal. But you can show him your bucket list.

You hand to him your phone and he starts to looking “How can you have 50 items on that ?“ you just shrugs ” I don’t know, maybe just a lot of things that i want to do “. He start to reading saying how borings a few things are or how basic. “So i have a proposition for you. This night we are going to cross five to seven items on this list.” you smile thinking about the ones he may have chosen “which ones ?” he give you a mischievous smile and say “ We are  definitely doing items 4) Have a tattoo sure is cliché but i am curious what you are going to choose, 17) watch the sun rise, I can’t believe you never did this, 26) Sing your favorite song out loud 34) Kiss a stranger 35) Destroy something .And these two you can totally say no 45) Have sex under the stars 46) Blow someone while the person is driving.”

You leaning and start to kiss him with every fiber you have on your body and when you stop to catch your breath involuntarily you let a wow. “Well that was quick, now what you prefer going to the tattoo shop or tell me your favorite song? You kiss him again and answer” the tattoo shop i am felling bold.” He drove you to a small tattoo shop ,the trip was quick but when you look at your clock was passed eleven ,  can believe that you are with this guy for more than two. As you two enter the shop Bucky start to say hello to everyone and he introduce you to a guy named Steve “So do you know what you wanna to do?“ you agree and he take you to his room. Bucky was following you inside the room “No it’s a surprise”.

Steve was a pretty decent guy “So i was thinking in a skyline with a forest on my ribs” he listen to the whole idea “i like it but is going to hurt, do you want me to call him to hold your hand ?“ you says no because honestly he didn’t need to see you in pain. ” How long do you know Bucky ?“ you ask ” Since forever we are best friends “ the mans are so different Steve is really open to your questions that you should use him to get information about the man that you probably going to have sex in the end of the night ” He bring all his one night stands here ?“ He laughs "No you are the second girl i see here and don’t worry the first one was a couple of years ago, now let’s go to work”

One hour and a half of pure torture but it was done, sure the tattoo wasn’t big but Steve worked so well and he was so perfectionist the tattoo wasn’t last than amazing as you going to pay Steve let you know is on the house with one condition if his friend need to someone to talk to you would be there. That was odd but maybe he was just lonely you didn’t want to give much thought on that. “There she is, how are you feeling?“ you put your shirt up for him to see” a little sore but fine. I love it so much thank you” you start to kiss him “What’s next? You ask him “You tell me baby" You think for a while and sure let’s do the most awkward thing on that list first and them you can move on.  “Let’s drive!”

He tensed up a bite “ Hey relax i am just going to sing. Just to let you know i am terrible singer and this is not going to be cute with a really meaningful song it’s going to be horrible with cheese and catch song okay ?” he agrees and you start to sing like you were on the shower without looking at him. Sure you could chose a sexy song or even something you could hold the notes but you wanted to have fun so you choose love story by Taylor Swift. You knew the lyrics by heart and were a fun song. After finish you decide to look at him and he starts to laughing “ That was awful really awful you shouldn’t never do that again” he says in a playful tone “That bad ?” you ask, he agrees with his head “ You are Lucky that you’re cute and have a great tasty in tattoo.”

“ What’s on your bucket list ?” he just shrugs “ Only boring things ” you get closer to him in the car “ Come on let me see ” he opens the glove compartment and hand to you a notebook. You start to see wasn’t what you expected, sure that was a few things that you imagined that would be there like have a threesome, go bungy jump and Swimming With Sharks but a few of them are really surprising like get married, binge watch Parks and Recreation and go skinny deep how that guy never did that ? Even you already have done once in college.

“How can you never went skinny deep in your life?“ he just shrugs ” My ex-girlfriend was really shy so…“ you hope he say something else because that was the first personal information he shared with you ” There is a lake a few miles let’s stop there “ he looks at you ” you don’t have to do this “ you laugh a little ” come on you don’t want to see me naked and wet?“ He doesn’t need to be asked twice in 15 min he pulls over by the river. You start to feel a little insecure that hot guy was going to see you naked, if he doesn’t like what you see? “Can i ask you for something?” Bucky take you away from your daydream “ sure, anything ” he take deep breath “ i have a few scars on my torso from an accident that happened a few years ago, can you pretend that you didn’t notice than for now?” you agree and start to strip because if that man was insecure about being naked in front of you need to be the brave on for now.

You both the cold water and god he is one of the most beautiful man you ever seen, his hair is soft he has giant blue eyes and his body is amazing the scars were ugly you didn’t want to lie but wasn’t something that bother you. “God you are beautiful" you get closer to him and press your chest on him “ i wonder how many girls you tell that ” he start to kiss you “ i always tell than they are hot” you two start to making out on the water but you are getting really cold “ let’s get out of here you are freezing ” You both leave the lake and he start to dry you out but before can put some clothes you start to kiss him again.

He lays you on the towel and starts to kiss your neck, he does wonders with his fingers and after you climax he ask for permission and after you granted he slowly entered into you. Sex with Bucky was amazing you never felt that away with anyone maybe were the stars or the away he can be slow and rough at the same time after you both finish he helps clean you up with the towel and gave you a sweaty shirt that was in his trunk. You enter his car and put your head on his shoulder “Are you sleepy baby girl do you want go home ?” he put his hand on your thigh “ yes , but you still own me three items of my bucket list” he laughs “ well we can go to a hotel room get some sleeping and trash the room after and as i let you go home you can blow me or you can do it now” you rise your eyebrow “ already ?” he agrees “ please  don’t let us die”

After a couple of minutes bobbing your head up and down and lick and kissing his tip he comes in your mouth, he pulls you for a kiss and ask ” so everything you expected ?“  You laugh ” i bet you had more fun than me but was fun i loved the power i had over you". He drives you home and you ask if he wants stay he agrees. He lays with you in bed “ Thank you for tonight Bucky was really fun ” he agrees “ I have to thank you, tonight was perfect” you take a deep breath “ this was a one night stand ?” he looks sad “ do you want to be more ? you agrees ” well baby girl i not good with promises but i promise that i will stay as long you don’t get sick of me" you kiss him “ get confortable because that will take a while”. He fall sleep a few moments after but you stayed up and watching the sun rise.

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Dating in today’s world is hard. How is a Christian supposed to really fall in love in today’s world?

The latest research conducted by Stanford University shows that about 2% of all the couples meet in church, and nearly 30% of marriages were set up through friends and about 24% met at a bar.

That brings me to the 3rd most popular way to meet your spouse, the internet. Browsing through online profiles and going after the ones that look best is great, but shouldn’t we be going after the ones that offer a better content? I hate that those dating websites force you to upload a photo. How about a website where no photo is allowed but instead the members would have to talk about their love for Christ and answer maybe 10-20 questions regarding the Bible and their understanding of His Word? Perhaps that way we get to be interested in someone based on their religious background instead of their face. I hate the feeling that I’m passing up on a great person just because they might not look as good as the next one. I feel like I’m on the supermarket trying to pick the best looking produce, but even though it might look great on the outside it might be rotten on the inside, which reminds me what Jesus talked about on Matthew 23. Online dating sites are an easy way to judge a book by its cover and to trigger lust.

I know of people that met through Christian dating websites and the couple I know of are already getting a divorce. Their views on religion were very different from each other and one of them wanted to have kids while the other doesn’t want kids, not to mention one is the partying/getting drunk type while the other chooses to live according to the Bible. It’s not necessarily the website’s fault tho. Why people feel the need to get married so fast, without even knowing basic information about the other person is just beyond my comprehension. With such a huge number of couples getting together without really knowing how passionate the other person’s love towards the Lord is, how exactly is it surprising that over 60% of all “Christian” marriages (higher than atheist divorce rates) end up in divorce nowadays?

If Jacob had to work 7 years before he was allowed to marry Rachel, the woman he loved, then why are we rushing into marriage? Why do you have to get married within a year or two after starting to date someone? Get to know the person you think you love. Make sure you are compatible with them, both with what they want in life as well as their devotion to the Lord. Build a relationship with God at its core, because without God at the center of your relationship, you might risk letting the devil occupy that space instead and either your marriage will end or you’ll become the devil’s little lap dogs and try to ruin other people, such is the case with “swingers”.

Dating is very complicated in this technological age. We have to keep our lust in check because the way people dress and act, and if you are trying to meet someone online you have to keep your lust in check when looking at potential partners’ profiles. We have to remember that NOTHING else matter besides their commitment to God. Their looks, their education, their wealth, their history, their nationality, their ethnicity, etc, nothing matters because the person that might seem perfect on paper might not be a good Christian at all, and a person’s true worth and beauty comes from their faithfulness and obedience to Yahweh.

“Oh hey, you are a Christian? Me too! I party all week and get drunk when I go out with friends and I like to smoke weed but it’s okay because I’m a Christian and I go to Church every Sunday.” Get to KNOW the person you are considering for dating/marriage for crying out loud. If you are a Christian, make sure you are getting involved with a real Christian. A person who wants to live their lives as they see fit with very little regards about following the Word of God is not a true Christian.

Choose God first, always. How important is it to place Jesus before your own family? Here’s what Jesus Himself said about that:

Matthew 10:37
Anyone who loves their father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

Luke 14:25-26
A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be My disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be My disciple.

NO ONE in this world is more important that Jesus. Your mother, your father, your husband, your wife, your kids, none of them come before the Lord.

Make sure the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with loves Jesus more than they love you.

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You heard the alarm go off, the one signaling a new Greenie was here. You sighed and walked over to the box. Gally and Newt looked at each other and nodded, signaling that they were both ready to open the doors.
They grabbed the handle and pulled, only to be pushed out of the way by a rising stage.
“What the bloody hell?!” Newt yelled.
Smoke filled the air, and different colored neon on lights floated around the Glade.
You pushed your way to the front to see what was going on, when all of a sudden Matt Healy rose up center stage and you almost fainted.
“NO WAY!!” You screamed. The rest rose up shortly after making you ecstatic. “Is this real life?!”
Matt smiled down, singing to you, “With a face from a movie scene, or magazine, you know what I mean,” he stroked the side of your face.
“Oh God, this isn’t the band she’s always talking about, is it?” Minho rolled his eyes, “how can she even remember them?!”
“I don’t even know,” Alby replied with a blank expression.
“Why would the creators send them up?”
“Cause they know how she’ll react and they love screwing with us,” Gally cooly answered.
The turned to find you on stage dancing away.
“Because she way out, I’ve never seen her dance moves - dancing like "she way out!!!” You screamed into a mic, jumping up and down.
Matt started serenading you, pushing your hair back staring directly into your eyes causing butterflies to erupt in your stomach.
“I’m putting an end to this now,” Gally tried to push his way over, but the rest stopped him.
“Let’s leave it mate,” Newt began.
“Ya, it’s worth it to see that beautiful smile,” Minho admitted.
“Ya, I guess you’re right.” Gally gave in.
“It’s just you and I tonight- why don’t you figure my heart out!” You and Matt sang in perfect unison into the mic.
“That’s it, I’ll be in the Homestead!” Gally walked off.
“I’ll go with you!” Chuck called running after him.

gotbeefwithbeefjerky  asked:

So sorry! I have plenty of questions tonight and you happen to have a very clear way of explaining your responses with biblical evidence. I really don't mean to bother you! You're so very helpful, thank you so much! I was wondering if you'd have any advice for someone who is afraid of dating. I know it sounds like a silly thing, but I can't seem to shake the uneasiness I get when thinking about it. I don't expect you to have an answer of course, but if you have any advice, it'd be wonderful!

Not a problem! You’re welcome to send as many questions as you like, I’m glad I can be of help!

A fear of dating doesn’t seem silly to me at all. Why shouldn’t you be nervous? I’m assuming it’s something you’ve never done before, so it stands to reason you’d be a bit apprehensive. Or rather, the case is that you have dated and it didn’t end well. Either way, you have just cause to be ill at ease.

Let’s start with this: the modern-day exhibit of dating. This “love ‘em and leave ‘em” mindset that is ingrained into society, the idea that we can “try” people out to see if we fit, that is the world’s idea of dating. God’s intent was never for us to give pieces of ourselves away to a half a dozen people on the road to finding our spouse.

One of the best pieces of dating advice anyone ever gave me is to date with marriage in mind. The purpose of dating is to find someone to marry, so if you are not ready to get married, don’t date. Simple as that. Dating isn’t just for fun, it isn’t a game. People’s emotions are in the mix and we need to be extremely careful not to be careless. So what does God’s version of dating look like? It’s getting to know someone while being clear that the intended goal is to honour God through marriage.

The other best piece of advice I’ve been given is that you focus on following God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength first. God needs to be at the center of everything you do, especially relationships. Follow God first and foremost, and He will provide everything you need. If you’re meant to get married, He’ll bring that person into your life and make it clear; if you need to overcome fear as you’re getting to know that person, He’ll give you the strength for that too; if you need help getting past conflicts and obstacles in dating, He’ll give you wisdom.

Matthew 6 talks about how we have no reason to worry, for God has our best interest at heart. Whatever we need, He will provide. Verses 33-34 tell us, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

And one more thing: keep your standards high. Be certain they love you, but make sure they love God more.

Just because a woman is warm, kind, and caring towards you, doesn’t mean she wants to be your possession, or have “romance” or sex with you. This goes for all women, but it is especially true for women of advanced spiritual development. Just take the Love you get - it’s wonderful to even ever receive such Love - and don’t try to possess it for yourself alone, or make that woman the center of your life. That’s a role only God can fulfill
—  The Lost Teachings of Atlantis 
dating jungkook.

t/n: just a list of things we see happening in a relationship with jungkook.

Originally posted by jung-cooookie

  • jungkook thinks you’re his trash bag and his slave tbh
  • he’s always stuffing things into your bag like you’re replying your mum and suddenly he’s stuffing a bag of tacos into your backpack
  • “i’m not your dustbin jeon jungkook”
  • you’re the only one he can ever bully so he makes full use of it
  • he always rests his arms on your head because you’re shorter than him
  • when you’re innocently sitting on the couch scrolling through your feed the kid plops both legs on top of your stomach you almost suffocated
  • he wants to be the center of your entire life not going to lie
  • when you’re doing work he comes and lifts you onto his lap
  • “let go of me jungkook i’m working”
  • “no”
  • he likes to rest his chin on your shoulders and you’d think that’s sweet but nope he puts pressure and you’re in pain
  • he likes to backhug you a lot but it makes you feel safe and warm because he has such a toned body it’s really nice to lean against
  • despite that jungkook is a jerk tbh
  • him and his god damn EYEBROW RAISES
  • “why can’t you be as pretty as iu sunbaenim?”
  • “why not you go and date her if she’s so good?”
  • you lowkey love iu a lot too but you don’t show it because there’s never going to be the end of this
  • he’s so mean to you he literally took a pair of scissors and cut off the ends of your hair once
  • you got your revenge when you deleted his entire playlist and locked him out of his own phone
  • yall are literally tom and jerry honestly
  • you’re both memes the members can’t stand the two of you
  • you’re at opposite ends of the room but he’s making these weird ass expressions to make you laugh and break out of your serious shell so you do the same
  • but the boss caught you and you were punished for it
  • jungkook came to keep you company while you cleaned out the bins of the other employees as your punishment
  • he lowkey likes seeing you jealous
  • “y/n look at the amount of gifts my fans gave to me today”
  • you act nonchalant but you’re really just being sulky and petty on the inside
  • although he teases you he cares about your feelings so he makes it up to you by getting you small gifts
  • more than those though he knows how much you like wearing his shirts but he absolutely hates sharing clothes but seeing you smile and how hot you look in his oversized shirts he lets you wear them to your heart’s content
  • “you look really sexy wearing my shirts y/n”
  • “why are you always horny you hormonal muscle freak?”
  • jungkook being very energetic, if you know what i mean ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • y’all full of shitty ideas
  • once you thought it’d be a good idea to cook dinner but you’re both brats who have no knowledge of cooking whatsoever so you almost burnt down bangtan’s kitchen
  • y’all ran faster than usain bolt
  • he enjoys taking uncomplimentary photos of you
  • and you know exactly when he’s taking photos so you start to try to look more attractive when he’s trying to get ‘candid’ shots
  • but he’s savage and blunt
  • “stop trying to act pretty y/n”
  • you honestly doubt his feelings for you sometimes but you’re unaware that he’s running low on storage because of all the photos and videos he has of you
  • you’re his pillar of strength and he depends so much on you
  • but he is a literal pillar of strength because of his biceps
  • “get up let’s go out”
  • “no jungkook i want to sleep a while longer”
  • he just lifts you up and throws you into the bathtub to force you to take a shower to prepare
  • so he likes having his way a lot
  • when you try to wake him up he just pulls you back into bed
  • you try to get up again but he has his arms around you and he’s holding you firmly in place so you can’t wiggle
  • you end up just falling asleep again next to him
  • he’s really tall compared to you so you have to tiptoe to kiss him
  • you love the way he breaks out into a blush whenever you suddenly peck him on the lips
  • nobody ever understands how your relationship works
  • you have no interest in iron man but you’re forced to watch every single movie there is about iron man because jungkook is such a trash for that metal suit guy
  • going on dates with jungkook means doing whatever he likes
  • yall went to the arcade once and really you’re a pro at every game they offer
  • so you won like 4 out of 5 rounds
  • but jungkook is a sour child so he doesn’t let you leave the place until the tables are turned
  • but he’s hella smart as well so he notices when you let him win
  • “we’re not leaving until i beat you fair and square”
  • real mature, jeon jungkook
  • he’s so annoying but so adorable seriously
  • he likes to do weird things like he hits you and makes weird whale noises and sometimes he pulls your hair upwards and tries to control you like you’re his puppet
  • but you’re already so done with his shit you let him do what he wants
  • you follow the trends and you’re well aware of how armies call jungkook a baby bun so you tease him and call him that
  • he hates it
  • you know how jungkook has his own face as his lockscreen? yeah that’s going to change when you take over his life
  • he has a tendency to stare at you whenever you’re focused on something because you’re just so pretty but you never notice the look of pure affection in his eyes
  • he hardly ever makes out with you but instead yall share long, passionate kisses with no tongue involved
  • he tries really hard to be a manly man in front of you but you easily see past that
  • “i love you”
  • he gets all nervous and doesn’t know how to reply you
  • but when he holds you in his arms and thinks that you’ve already fallen asleep he’d tell you “i love you” and plant a kiss on the crown of your head
  • so you started to pretend to be asleep more often just so you could hear him say that
  • he wants to be the perfect boyfriend for you
  • but tbh you’re the one taking care of him most of the time
  • but you don’t mind one bit because he’s just so lovable and precious
  • you hate seeing him get stressed and stuff so you try your best to be his happy pill
  • jungkook can be irritable and gets frustrated easily so he blows up and says things he doesn’t mean
  • but you always come back to him because you know he’s still growing up and he’s so grateful for that
  • he brings you to the practice room because you always talk about how you want to dance too
  • he teaches you some moves
  • he sees that you’re better than he expected
  • instead of feeling proud like a normal boyfriend would he starts executing high-leveled dance moves that you would never be able to follow given your lack of skills
  • when he sees you failing at it he chuckles to himself about how he’s better than you
  • like lmao jungkook not everything is a competition stay in your lane
  • the members all think that the two of you are a pain in the ass
  • but you’re treated like babies because you guys are admittedly babies
  • sometimes jungkook gets jealous seeing how well you get along with 95z
  • “hyung leave her alone”
  • “why jungkook i like their company~”
  • honestly your relationship is just filled with teasing and arguments
  • but somehow after all that you end up cuddling with each other and just YOU LOVE EACH OTHER gbye

Every time I read about David’s relationship with God my heart burns and yearns for that. I want the faith that David had. I want the very personal relationship with God that David had. I want to be completely filled with His Spirit and totally engulfed by His Presence. David knew that God’s presence was the best part of life. He knew that meeting with his heavenly Father was far greater than any victory, possession, status, or honor. And it was for that reason that he lived a life full of the very thing he sought: the presence of the living God. The meetings between God and David shaped human history forever. David knew what it was to be in the presence of God. In fact, being in God’s presence was his fuel, greatest joy, and source of courage. In Psalm 16:11 David writes, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” And in verse 5 he writes, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.” David was a man who consistently chose to meet with God over filling his days with the fleeting and unsatisfying things of the world. He centered his life around meeting with God, and it changed the history of not only his nation, but nations to come. Out on the fields, David learned of God’s power and desire for deliverance. He learned what it was to meet with God in the daily work of life. And he carried that knowledge with him into every battle, trial, and failure. We see it in Psalm 16:1-2 where David prays, “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.’” I love that. I want that. I need that. All glory to my Lord and Savior.

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What’s CBT?

CBT stands for cognitive behavioral therapy and it’s pretty much the most common therapy method used today. it’s decent for treating things like phobias, and helping somewhat to work through the symptoms of some mental illnesses. the therapist is supposed to take on a teacher-like role, and give homework and worksheets. it’s the kind of therapy that has the therapist tell you to think of a good thing about yourself every time you have a negative thought, and will roleplay through scenarios with you in an attempt to combat the anxiety you might feel 

i hate this kind of therapy style, as it addresses the symptoms of the mental illness, but never the root causes. if you’re only focusing on the symptoms, yeah you can more easily measure ‘progress’ but you’re always going to come back to the same problems because you’re not getting to the why. it doesn’t help longterm for a lot of people, and can turn them off from therapy entirely because ‘i went and they just gave me this stupid worksheet i could’ve found online myself.’ Plus, with the therapist supposed to take on a teacher role, a lot of it gets the feeling of the therapist acting like they know more about you than you do, which is never the case. 

of course, CBT is easier to test scientifically than person centered or some other branch, so that’s what everyone uses. It’s alright when the techniques are employed in supplement to PCT or psychodynamic therapy, but on it’s own i feel like it can be super detrimental 

Avengers AOU (part 6/7)

A/N: Hey guys! So we’re finally reaching the end of this series, thank you all for sticking with me through my inconsistent update schedule haha. Anyways, I have a very very important question. SHOULD PIETRO LIVE OR DIE?? The decision is all up to you guys😉 Enjoy!!

Word Count: 2,418

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Thor slammed the man with his hammer. The man broke the lab’s window as he flew through it, stopping just before he hit the main room’s window.

You jumped out of the broken window, landing on the ground below smoothly as you watched the man. His skin was maroon and green, but you weren’t that weirded out by it as he was, well, a robot. The robot was just staring out of the window, not making any attempt to attack.

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Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

—  Philippians‬ ‭4:6-9‬ ‭MSG‬‬