personal saviors

Looking back I realize that Jesus didn’t just save me once all those years ago on the cross. No, He is still saving me, even now.

He saved me when I was struggling with addiction, drowning in sin and shame.
He saved me when I absolutely hated myself and wanted nothing more than to give up and be done with this life.
He saved me when I thought I was too far gone, too wretched to be saved.
He saved me when my heart and soul were as black as the night and cold to Him.
He saved me when I thought He had forsaken me.
He’s saved me, I’m sure, more than I even realize.

Don’t you see? Jesus is Savior, and Jesus is good. He’s the only way to the Father. He’s the only One truly capable of saving us-not our efforts, not our achievements, nor any cheap, temporary thrill this world offers can save us. Only Jesus.

And don’t you know, He’s so, so faithful? He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will never fail you. Even if you’re just that one, little, wandering sheep, He’ll seek you out, because you’re that precious to Him. You may think yourself too sinful, too dirty, too wretched, too far gone, too worthless; too this, too that.

But don’t you realize? He came into this world to save the sinner, the weak, the dirty, the wretched, the lost. He came to save you. Yes, you.

So, won’t you come to Him? Can you hear Him calling?

Come to Me, and be made new.

I’m so happy that our boy with his hair like stars has a birthday on Tanabata

Ambrosia labs sells breast milk from women in Cambodia, who are subject to forceful marketing upon delivering their children in local hospitals. They pay Cambodian women 64 cents per ounce, while they pay American donors $1 for the same amount. Here, the primary issue is not the price inequality. It is turning women into a product to exploit. I can’t even express how disgusted I felt reading about two American men describing Cambodia as a “sweet spot” to tap into. This is just one example of white men seeing women of colour as machines, objects to profit from. Their bodies are used to make American men profits, while they are forced to perform these jobs because it pays. Poor women are targeted because they are looking for short term financial gain. We need more awareness about the exploitation of third world country women by the West. We need to stop Western Christians with savior complexes coming into these countries and exploiting local women. Instead of spending money on flights to these “underdeveloped” nations, donate that same money to organizations in those countries. We don’t need you to come in and save anybody. 

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So I found this on youtube and whoever made this, you’re my new favorite person, i love you. This is amazing. Bi Negan is canon as far as I’m concerned ok?! lmao Regan is life!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any kids?

Does this little bebe count?? Haha no, I don’t have any children. I have 400 students and a puppy but no kiddos yet!

Also does anyone have any ideas as to what kind of dog Mila might be? She is a mix, the rescue thought maybe jack russell terrier and some australian shepherd or border collie but I’m not so sure?! We should get her DNA test back in a couple of weeks :))

Mahou Shoujo Ore is a 2-Volume BL manga. It may get an anime adaptation in the future.

The basic rundown of its key features is:

  • 15 year old girl is a newbie idol in love with her best friend’s brother who is also a popular idol.
  • She runs into a scary yakuza guy and finds out her mother was an ex-magical girl, the yakuza was her mascot.
  • Her love interest gets kidnapped by demons that look like burly men with cute squirrel heads.
  • She contracts the yakuza to become a magical girl, which in this story means she turns into a handsome guy in a magical girl outfit.
  • Her magical staff does jack shit and she literally beats the enemies to death with it.
  • Her love interest shows an attraction towards her magical guy form.
  • Her best friend (her love interest’s sister) turns out to be in love with her and later also becomes a magical crossdressing guy to save her life.
  • Their manager is a magical girl geek and decides to make them into an idol unit.
Mila’s results

So this is our puppy Mila at 10ish weeks. Some of you guessed what she might be. Some of the guesses were a mix of:

Rottweiler, Terrier, Shepherd, Min Pin, Corgi, Chihuahua, Kelpie

Well we just got back her DNA test saying she is:

- 25% American Staffordshire Terrier
- 25% Border Collie
- 12.5% Australian Cattle Dog
- 37.5% Mixed Breed

I was super surprised by this! @koalagamer suggested Australian Kelpie and after watching videos and looking at pictures, I can’t believe how similar they look! Here are some pictures of kelpie babies (not Mila):

Dog breeds are interesting for sure!

You guys should block yo///uar//entlgb//t, they are the ones putting pda and porn in ace/aro tags, triggering many sex/romance repulsed people including survivors. From what I know the safe search doesn’t work so I advise you to get xkit or tumblr savior and completely avoid going in tags while on mobile. Stay safe folks. ~🐱

It’s awfully quiet in this tag, so allow me to make some noise. If you haven’t read @swanqueenproof ‘s post about the parallels between Snow & Charming and Emma & Regina’s story, I highly recommend it. I’ll be zooming in on what happened when Snow forgot who she was and Charming had to figure out how to remind her.

It’s challenging to notice the parallels because what happens in one episode for Snow and Charming, happens very slowly over multiple episodes and not always in the same order for Emma and Regina. Let’s pull back a little and take a look at what has happened so far. The big villain we’re supposed to be up against is still the Evil Queen.

Initially, Emma is completely confused and conflicted. She can’t start dealing with the Evil Queen until she can find a way to really distinguish between the Queen and Regina.

The scene where she injures the Queen is meant to show her confusion. She doesn’t hurt Regina, but she’s still insecure about her instincts, even if they were right - luckily.

Now let’s go back to our ancient fairy tale couple. After Charming ends up tied to a tree because Snow doesn’t remember him, Jiminy - the conscience - suggests he’s been going about it all wrong. Snow can’t remember him, because she is affected by the memory loss beyond forgetting Charming. She doesn’t remember who she is or who she would want herself to be. He has to remind her of her Self, before he can remind her of who he is and of their love.

When Regina hears about Emma’s vision and her struggle to differentiate between her and the Queen, she is put in a position very similar to Charming’s. Snow who is supposed to know him, rejects him and hurts him.

Emma, who she knows sees her strength, suddenly doesn’t really trust her because of a vision. Her first impulse is to be angry, but she catches herself. There may not be a cricket in the scene, but Regina chooses compassion, like David she chooses her conscience. She trusts that Emma wouldn’t be acting like this to hurt her. Just like Charming didn’t give up on Snow because he knew her.

Emma’s distress is simply acknowledged and she focuses on finding a solution. As we take a look at the advice Jiminy gives Charming, the way to help Emma distinguish between the Evil Queen and Regina, is by reminding Emma of who she herself is. We have all noticed Emma isn’t the same person as during the first season. Just like Snow White she has lost sight of who she is, except it’s been a very slow process for her.

Unlike Charming, Regina doesn’t have a cricket to tell her what to do, but over the course of the season, she ends up in the same place. A place where she needs to remind Emma of who she is.

Enter the wish realm.

When Regina follows Rumple’s advice, we can assume that he only has his own best interests at heart. He gives Regina advice to help Emma remember she is the Savior. The person she was just before entering the wish realm. Except, that’s not what happens. Rumple is right about Emma becoming the Savior because of Regina. I think we can pinpoint the exact moment.

It was the moment she asked Regina if she loved Henry. That’s when Emma becomes the Savior. We know Regina loved Henry, so what is very interesting here is that it marks the moment when Emma’s instincts fail for the first time. She is too emotionally involved. She can’t risk being wrong on this one. Of course the right thing to do when you give a child up is to respect that decision, but considering Emma’s past, it makes complete sense that she wanted to make completely sure he was alright. She knows that even if things seem okay on the outside, the perfect home can be a nightmare. Money and a good job don’t mean that he isn’t being abused. He came to her with claims of his mother being evil. How many times did she try to reach out as a child? Can she just ignore the one she put into this world reaching out to her for help? Was her gut right or did she want to believe Regina loved Henry because then she could walk away without guilt? Or did she want to believe Regina was evil so she would have a reason to come back into Henry’s life? Or was it all of the above, because life is complex like that?

In short, it was the moment when we learned about Emma’s superpower’s one fatal flaw. There is one exception to the rule of Emma being able to tell anyone is lying. There’s only one person who can lie to her. And it’s not her parents, it’s not Henry. It’s not Regina or Hook. The one person Emma can’t tell is lying… is Emma. She can lie to herself. She’s actually spectacularly good at lying to herself. It’s her kryptonite. Every time we were shown her Superpower failing, we were told about something she wants to believe is true. Yes, her acceptance may be convenient to the liars, but the only reason she believes them, is because she is using their lies to lie to herself.

While Rumple was hoping Regina being a villain would bring back the battle between the Queen and the Savior, something entirely different happened. She was thrown back to a moment before she had her parents, before all of it started. She remembered exactly when and why Regina became the Evil Queen to her in the first place and what it has been about all this time. She wanted to make sure Henry was okay. In this moment, she has the answer to that very first question. Here is Regina, in full Evil Queen attire, looking dangerous and threatening. But she can’t hurt Henry. That is Regina. It’s been who she’d been all along, but it was Emma who needed to be sure. She’s taken back to the first lie she told herself.

So the person she remembers here, it’s not the Savior.

She remembers who she was when Regina became the Evil Queen to her. She remembers who Regina really is. Who Regina could have been, had she never become the Evil Queen to her, because the answer was that yes, she loved Henry. So now that she’s aware of the first lie she told herself, Emma can start to unravel all the other lies she has allowed. The lies that had her lose sight of who she was. Like Jiminy said, by remembering her self, Emma is remembering who Regina is. Henry’s mother. And so much more. She can tell the Queen and the woman apart now. 

She is equipped for the final battle.

A friend at work saw pictures of our little puppy Mila and started to follow the rescue we got her from. She asked about the adoption process a couple days ago and she just messaged to tell me they picked out a little puppy that they get to take home next week! 😊 yay for rescue puppies! 🐶🐶🐶

anonymous asked:

do you think Mabel and Dipper fit the messiah/machiavel trope? cuz I do, and it makes me cry

Okay, I’ve never heard of this trope before so I had to do a bit of research. What I’ve gathered is that the trope is a type of teamwork, usually in the political sense: the shining charismatic leader and the vicious, cunning enforcer who supports the leader and/or their cause. The Messiah is the light and the Machieval is the shadow behind that light. The Messiah usually adheres to morality (like Jesus whom the term originates from); the Machieval favors expediency over morality (like Machiavelli whom the term originates from). Which all does sound like the kind of dynamic Dipper and Mabel have. Outside of the dynamic, I’d even say the individual titles, Machieval and Messiah, fit their characters too.

The Messiah in a narrative context is usually “the visionary, the leader, the savior, the person who may be literally god touched, or just god touched in the sense of the charisma, depth, and power of their vision or capacity to lead/embody that movement.”

Mabel is a natural born leader, there’s no doubt. Its easy for her to reach out and connect with others on an emotional level, and even inspire others to change for the better. She’s incredibly charismatic and charming, and her power even at 12 years old is enough to attract the attention of Gravity Falls’ villains, the gnomes and Gideon, who are insistent on making her their Queen. Seemingly effortlessly she can inspire others to help make her visions (trying out her idealistic version of management running the Mystery Shack, creating and constructing an entire sock opera in a week, etc.) a reality. All qualities of a good leader.

But a Messiah is more than a leader; they’re a savior. Mabel is also capable of seeing the good in others and offering forgiveness even if there’s no real evidence of this being true. She deems Pacifica and Robbie worthy of redemption. In NWHS she looks into Stan’s eyes, the windows to his soul, and judges him to be a good person worthy of being trusted and forgiven, despite all the bad things he’s done. After hearing Ford’s story in AToTS, Mabel basically instantly forgives the man and starts seeing him as another Grunkle she loves dearly, and wants nothing more than for Stan and Ford to forgive each other as she has forgiven them. When Dipper wants to rush into adulthood and becomes blinded by the supernatural, Mabel keeps him a child and reminds him of what’s truly important.

And like a Messiah, Mabel strives to be a good person. Yes, she’s flawed because she’s human. She can be aggressive and self-centered and impulsive. She can be blinded by her infatuations. She avoids emotional confrontation and would prefer to live in optimistic denial when she’s scared and life gets hard. But Mabel wants and tries to be a good, kind person. She goes out of her way to compliment others or brighten their days. She tries to do the right thing in any given situation, often playing morality police to Stan and Dipper. And when she’s wrong, she usually acknowledges that and apologizes. Mabel truly genuinely cares about other people and doing the right thing, and that’s more than most people can say.

Symbolically, Mabel takes on a Messiah-esque pose when she lets go of the button and essentially allows the universe to decide her, and everyone else’s, fates. In Weirdmaggadon she is literally seen as an icon of hope, inspiration, and guidance for Dipper and Gideon, and possibly Wendy and Soos as well. Her being alive and representing doing good, striving to be a good person despite her flaws, and having the ability to defeat Bill on her own (who is basically the “Devil” in this story) is what motivates them all to help find her and save her during the apocalypse and thus save the universe. So, yes, I think we can all agree that Mabel fits the Messiah trope quite well.

The Machiavel is a “term given to people who function in pragmatic, vicious, cunning ways. This is the person who holds the knife to the throat or the guns under the table. The one who blackmails, bribes, and does all the things that should never have to be done but must be done for the things they love.”

Dipper is not at all afraid to get his hands dirty to get what he wants and usually won’t hesitate to do what (he feels) must be done in a situation, even if that’s an immoral action. He’s a guile hero, ambitious, relying mostly on his wits, cunning and pragmatic with a grayscale sense of justice, all qualities that are very Machiavellian in nature. There are many, many examples of Dipper favoring expediency over morality shown in canon.

Like in Fight Fighters (lying and cheating to win a fight), Boss Mabel (ripping people off for money), The Golf War (cheating and sabotaging his sister’s competitor by manipulating others into doing what he wants) Sock Opera (making a literal deal with a demon to get what he wants), Society of the Blind Eye (using a memory erasing gun to erase the society member’s memories to prevent them from erasing anyone in town’s memories again, essentially committing the action he’s condemning the society for), A Tale of Two Stans (coming up with the idea to use the same gun on gov agents despite knowing the potential consequences the memory erasure could have on the agents’ sanities), the Stanchurian Candidate (mind-controlling his great uncle for political reasons, an action that’s literally compared to that of a villain in the show), etc. 

In Headhunters, Mabel remarks that Dipper is her sidekick, and this is sort of true. Dipper usually plays more of the supporter/enforcer role than the visionary like Mabel, which is an interesting perspective for a main protagonist and narrator of a story to have. Mabel generally has the ideas, and Dipper generally helps make them happen. He’s usually the one that constructs a plan to make sure Mabel’s idea is a success in situations where they work together like that. He’s strategizing and cheering her on behind-the-scenes when she’s up front in the spotlight working her magic. And he’s planning to tear down anyone who gets in their way. The episode I believe that embodies this dynamic best is Golf War.

Mabel wants to beat Pacifica at golf. Dipper supports Mabel and her goal. He decides manipulating the lilliputtins and cheating is the best course of action for Mabel to win the match. Mabel disagrees at first, trying to play morality police to Dipper, pointing out cheating is wrong, but Dipper convinces her to trust him against her better judgment. They go through with his plan. It backfires. Mabel says that rivalries are stupid and offers Pacifica friendship, and so forgiveness. Dipper does not apologize to anyone, nor acknowledges that what he did was wrong. Throughout this whole episode, you have Mabel as the leader, the public figure, the one playing the match, and later the savior as she deems Pacifica worthy of forgiveness, and Dipper as the enforcer, the planner, the one standing off to the side, the one ensuring Mabel wins and doing whatever he feels is necessary to achieve that. The Messiah and the Machiavel

And in fact, their physical positions on the castle emphasize this dynamic as well. Mabel is in the center like the King (or Queen), addressing the lilliputtins after being told Dipper’s plan, and Dipper is standing a little behind and beside her, closer to where the knight’s stationed (even borrowing the knight’s trumpet to garner everyone’s attention to Mabel).

Dipper and Mabel balance each other out, which I’m not sure is something that plays into the Messiah/Machiavel trope exactly, but is a large part of the twins’ dynamic. Mabel lets Dipper know when he’s taking things too far, and Dipper lets Mabel know when niceness isn’t gonna cut it, when someone doesn’t deserve her kindness. That’s not to say that the two are flat out opposites, however. The Messiah, like I said earlier, is still human. They have moments of selfishness and cruelty as Mabel does. And likewise, the Machiavel has moments of selflessness and kindness as Dipper does. Neither is one extreme or the other. Mabel may have a bigger heart than Dipper, but that doesn’t mean Dipper doesn’t have a heart at all. He does. He’s just more cynical and pragmatic (and arguably angrier) than Mabel is. 

Nor is it true that Mabel is always in the light and Dipper is always in the shadows. Generally you see them more in this way, but Mabel is capable of stepping back and happily supporting Dipper when he has an idea too or wants to take the lead, which is part of what makes them a good team. Mabel isn’t as ruthless as Dipper and Dipper isn’t as big-hearted as Mabel, so they can’t take on each other’s tropes in a reverse dynamic where Dipper is the leader and Mabel the supporter. But they’re both human, and they both try to help each other make the best choices.

So, yeah, I guess Mabel and Dipper fit the Messiah/Machiavel trope for the most part. This wicked fanart from Boss Mabel really shows that kind of dynamic between them too, with Mabel in the boss chair (the throne of sorts) and Dipper standing a little behind and beside her again like a bodyguard or second in command, whispering in her ear.