stay tall

They say “Hope is a thing with feathers”
But this time they’d be wrong
It is not a thing with Angel wings
To lift us off the ground

Hope is construct of nerve and steel
A testament of our strength
A measure of human tenacity
In the face of our greatest fears

They say “Hope is a thing with feathers”
But we have never been so soft
Because Hope is a thing of bone and mettle
That keeps us standing tall

—  Stay strong, stay hopeful (for @thaliaai because elections)
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*wipes sweat and tears off my tablet* what do you mean that isn’t even all of them?

Listen, stay alert, stand tall in the faith, be courageous, and be strong. -1 Corinthians 16:13
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It’s not always easy to stay alert, stand tall in the faith, and to be courageous and strong, but through Christ, it is possible, and it is worth it. The courage you need to get through the many things you’re dealing with on a daily basis can only be found in Christ Jesus, so seek Him daily. Even when it comes to romantic relationships, and navigating through friendships and other relationships, you are not alone in the things you are thinking, feeling, and experiencing. There might be some days where you don’t feel that you’re up to the task of being courageous and strong, but when you’re feeling this, remember that God is not asking you to try and be brave on your own. Through Jesus Christ, He will give you the strength to be:
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(For single women)
-Brave enough to spend the day not worried about who might finally text or message you back
-Brave enough to trust God to open the door for the relationship that is right, realizing that you don’t have to keep rereading texts and constantly looking into every interact with a guy, wondering if he’s “the one"
-Brave enough to not give someone your heart when you know he isn’t ready
-Brave enough to end that “situationship” that has been going on for months with someone doesn’t want to commit, yet wants to tug your heart along at the same time.
-Brave enough to fully embrace what God is doing right now in this very moment and not worried about tomorrow, next week or next year.
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(For women in relationships)
-Brave enough to forgive even when it’s hard
-Brave enough to be completely focused on God this week despite your worries about where the relationship stands
-Brave enough to believe that there is hope or what your significant other is going
-Brave enough be afraid to ask God to heal your heart from those that hurt you when you’re finding that it’s affecting your current relationship
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If you try to be brave on your own, you will only make it so far. Let God be the One who gives you the strength to make it through whatever fear, doubts, and worries you have!
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Written by @morganhnichols for #QWCDevos

I still have faith

Despite yesterday’s episode I know it’ll get better. How thou art fallen was obviously a HUGE editing mistake and I’m seeing things like “I’m losing faith in Shadowhunters” and “I have no faith in shadowhunters anymore” and I want to say PLEASE STAY STRONG. They’ve done so well with rep and writing so far and yes much about this episode could’ve been prevented and written differently but please hold out. I know it’ll get better. I still have faith. This was a bit of a rough patch but please PLEASE don’t lose faith. This fandom-this community-is one of the most genuine and strong communities I’ve been a part of and Malec is SOOOO important to us and they deserved better yes but I do think it’ll get better. Please stay strong. Stand tall together and have faith.

The Signs as Pixies
  • Aries: Red feathery wings, extremely fast. Lives deep in the woods and when campers have a fire they will appear and dance in the flames and sparks in front of them. Sometimes they are the source of wildfires.
  • Taurus: Small, thin feathers that start dark green on the end and start to get lighter as it nears the pixies body. Lives in the trees and rarely comes to the ground so is never seen by humans. Protects birds from hunters and likes to fly with groups of birds.
  • Gemini: Very colorful, delicate, big wings that usually have at least 3 colors on them. Stay in Tall grass and are constantly moving around, enjoys playing tricks. the fastest out of all the pixies, if you ever feel a sudden gust of wind this pixie most likely just flew past you.
  • Cancer: Soft, gentle white wings, slightly resemble angel wings. Live in colder places and are only ever seen by children due to their fear of adults. Appear when children are crying to comfort them or if animals are hurt to heal them.
  • Leo: Large and wide gold wings. Stays in bright places, often seen right outside of small open areas. Leaves trails of silver for people they deem worthy that lead to cool places such as a hidden flower meadow deep in a forest, a waterfall, or a beautiful view.
  • Virgo: Clear wings with a line design in grey. Only come out in the mornings and when it is extremely foggy or misty. Live behind water falls and keep water clean. It is said that if a human stands in a foggy meadow at 5 AM this pixie will appear. It is otherwise never seen as it hides in the mist, fog, and behind its waterfall.
  • Libra: Small petal shaped wings that are either pink or purple. When born finds a garden to live in and takes care of the flowers. It is every gardeners dream to have this pixie choose their garden and is called the garden guardian.
  • Scorpio: The most magnificent wings, they look like a dark shimmering star filled sky. It only comes out at night and lives in the mountains. If it catches a human wandering around during night times it will hypnotize them and lead them deep into caves.
  • Capricorn: Thin, pale yellow oval shaped wings. Most evolved out of all pixies. Lives in tree holes and has a large set of its own tools. Rides on deers and fawns' backs and fends off ticks with its sword.
  • Sagittarius: Bright glowing wings that fade into clear as it gets closer to the body. Does not have a specific home since it always ventures into human territory and goes from city to city to explore. At night it races through parks with its glowing wings playing with the fireflies.
  • Aquarius: Sea green round flat wings with scales to help them float and swim in water. Live by the beach and digs holes in the sand to sleep. Loves to swim and glide just above the water and is extremely fast at flying. If you are ever at the beach and see dolphins it is probably because the led them there to play.
  • Pisces: Small, pale pink and blue pointed wings with scales. Live in tiny ponds and sleep in water lilies. It can hold its breath for 7 minutes and is often under water playing with the minnows. Otherwise it can be seen sunbathing or jumping on lily pads.

Okay, so, in Chamber of Secrets Ginny’s pretty consistently described as “tiny”, but then again, so’s Colin, so it might just be because they’re first years.

And later, Fred and George give Ginny as an example of “size is no guarantee of power” (saying she packs a mean hex) but then again, they’re her older brothers, and gonna be used to thinking of her as little, no matter if she’s short, average, or tall (don’t remember which book, sorry).

But! In Order of the Phoenix, when it’s Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Ginny, and Luna all in the Department of Mysteries, Bellatrix says “Very well- take the smallest one. Let him watch while we torture the little girl.”

And all the other kids circle protectively around Ginny. Which means out of those five kids, Ginny is the tiniest. Luna is bigger than Ginny. I dunno if she’s taller or broader or both, but you take both of them in their 4th year, Ginny’s smaller than Luna.

Granted, Luna’s about half a year older and they’re still growing, so who knows how things settle out once they’re adults but man, tiny!Ginny is important to me and it’d be awesome to see more fanart where she’s littler than Luna, at least during their school years.

anonymous asked:

How tall are rugby players?? Are they all Giants??

That would be one word for it. Another one would be “freak”, for instance… But yes, in general, they are pretty tall.

The numbers 4 and 5 (locks) are usually the tallest ones in the team. Guys like Richie Gray, Luke Charteris, Brodie Retallick, Bakkies Botha; those guys will be 6′10, 6′11, (way over 2m) easy. Here’s a picture of Richie Gray next to a fan:

Next, you have the number 8s. They’re also pretty tall, around 1,90 (6′3). Those are guys like Kieran Read, Sébastien Chabal and Jamie Heaslip. Here’s a picture of Chabal, mostly because I’ve just realized I probably don’t have any pictures of him on my blog and that is a DAMN SHAME.

The flankers, numbers 6 and 7, theoretically need more mobility than the lower numbers, so they should be leaner. Those are my coach’s words I’m repeating. He’s a very good coach, and I respect him a lot, but that doesn’t make him automatically right… I mean, think of Thierry Dusautoir, Richie McCaw, Sam Warburton, Chris Robshaw; do those guys strike you as “leaner” than the rest of the team? Anyway, they’re pretty tall, too, usually around 1,88 (6′2) (Funnily enough, I just checked the heights of those four guys I just mentioned and they’re all exactly 1,88m tall. Weird, huh?) Here’s the obligatory Richie pic, because I love him (also, you can see that he’s taller than Nigel Owens – at least I think it’s Nigel):

Followed by a pic of Warby, because I love him too (and I especially love cuddle pictures) (look at his faceeeeeeeee ^-^):

Then there’s the front row: the props (numbers 1 and 3) and the hooker (number 2). People say that the hookers should be shorter (something to do with it being easier for them to hook the ball if they don’t have to bend their knees too much) but, in practice, they tend to be the same size as the props. They are not as tall as the rest of the team, I’d say around 1,83m (6 feet), but they are still kinda tall and wide. Here’s Cian Healy, my favorite prop, to give you an idea of their body type:

Also, here’s Cian Healy with his pug, Ted, which is the reason why he’s my favorite prop (he’ll take selfies with this little creature looking like a dust mite next to him, and tag them with #puglife, and go to pottery classes and make decorated bowls for him, and all his Ted tweets are so adorable I wanna claw my eyes out):

And here’s Tom Youngs, a hooker, who’s actually atypically short (1,75m – 5′8) but, as you can see, could never be called “little”:

But they can also be leaner, like Dimitri Szarzewski, who’s 1,80m (5′10) tall (I’m only including this picture so you’ll know of the variety in rugby players. I swear this is my only interest here.):

That’s it for the forwards. As far as the backs go, heights can vary a lot, but they’re usually not much shorter, and can be quite tall, too, like George North (1,94m – 6′4), Sonny Bill Williams (1,94m – 6′4 too), Israel Folau (1,93m), and Jonah Lomu (1,96m – 6′5):

In theory, scrum-halves should be a bit smaller and scrawnier, but that’s not necessarily true, especially in professional teams. Mike Phillips, for instance, is 1,91 (6′3), and far from scrawny (again, I’m just trying to prove my point, I don’t post gratuitous shirtless pictures, this isn’t for me at all):

But it is true that some smaller players can be found among the backs. And, of course, those are the ones we adore. Smaller backs can usually make up for their lack of size and mass with agility and mobility, and they have the added advantage of giving us in idea of what a regular-sized person would look like next to the other players. There are three players in particular that I hold very dear to my heart because of this: Cheslin Kolbe (who, being 1,71 or 5′7,  is what I would call “regular-sized”), pictured below looking like he’s running towards Valhalla while being pursued by Ice Giants:

Fumiaki Tanaka, who is 1,66m (5′5) and would be considered short in spite of the fact that he’s actually just a little bit taller than me (I’m 1,63m) and, in this picture, you can see that he’s also just a little bit taller than the other guy’s leg:

And, of course, our dear, dear, Leigh Halfpenny, who generally looks like a very muscular cherub. Being 1,79m tall (5′10) he would, in a normal setting, even be considered tall, but everyone else on his team is so much taller than him he always looks like a child:

I mean, LOOK AT THAT^^^!!! If you drew two human figures, side by side, with ^that kind of size difference, people would tell you you have no sense of proportion. And if you look at their feet, you’ll see that Luke is actually a little ways behind Leigh; so, because of perspective, he should be looking smaller than he actually is. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!

AND HE FUCKING LOVES TO CUDDLE TOO! LOOK AT ALL THESE CWTCHES!!

FUCK HIM!!!! FUCK ALL OF THEM!!!! I CAN’T TAKE THIS!!! I need a moment…

*drinks a gallon of water to stave off a very INTENSE THIRST*

Alright. So, going back to what I was saying in the other post (which I imagine was what prompted your message in the first place), if you look at Kolbe and Fumi playing, you’ll see that they have a completely different style than Leigh. Leigh plays just like the other players, creative in his own way, but physically very conservative, doing all the standard moves, especially when it comes to tackling and being tackled. Both Kolbe and Fumy play in a very different way, physically.

When it’s a one-on-one defense, for instance, Leigh rarely goes for their ankles; he goes low, but more to their hips. Kolbe and Fumi, unless they’re trying to take the ball, tackle very low, almost at the ground, or very high, almost to the neck. What Leigh does is the standard procedure: wait until the very last moment, until the attacking player has committed to a course of action, and then go for their gravity center; that way, you avoid getting side-stepped or missing the tackle (and if you’re the last line of defense, if you fail it means the other team scored). Problem is, you’re going to take the full brunt of the impact right on your shoulder, and if the other player is much bigger than you, that can be brutal, and you might not be able to stop them. Tackling very low or very high, on the other hand, is risky but physically safer. For tackling low you have to be very fast because they can see what you’re doing a mile away and your chances of missing are very high, but the impact you suffer is almost minimal. Tackling high can give the other team a penalty (or even a penalty try) and you a yellow card if you go too high, and it’s largely ineffective. It’s more of a delaying tactic, you hang on to them and try to slow them down until your forwards can get there and give you a hand. But, again, the impact you suffer is very low.

When Leigh is tackled, he usually resists and tries to keep his feet or, at least, the field position. Kolbe and Fumi never resist being tackled. When you watch them play, it looks like they’re getting the beating of a lifetime: they’ll soar backwards, legs in the air, arms flailing, the other players can pick them up and throw them over their heads; but they immediately get back up, brush it off and keep playing without showing any signs of hurt. They give a little bit of ground (and, really, it’s just a few meters at most) so they can fully cushion their own falls.

Kolbe and Fumi are very fast, agile players, so they actually can pull off these moves without harming their team; I think Leigh could do it too, but, honestly, it has never occurred to him that, since he’s smaller, he should play differently. Now that I think about it, it’s quite likely that Jonny Wilkinson might have had a similar problem…

This goddamn essay having been written, I should probably warn you that I’m no rugby theorist, I just really like the sport, both watching and playing, and tend to pay attention to all sorts of stuff and draw conclusions from that. Of course, I could be wrong and just talking out of my ass here (although I play both in a women’s team and a mixed team, so both in competitions where I’m roughly the same size as everyone else and where I’m much smaller, and I’ve found that what I said generally applies). If anyone cares to add to what I’ve written, or correct me, please do so. I’m always eager to learn! :)

(Also, if you were expecting a short, straightforward and technical answer, I’m very sorry. I just needed to unwind a bit and I wanted to talk about/fangirl on/thirst over rugby a bit. And I apologize to everyone else for not putting it under a “Read more”, but I just spent some 15 minutes of my very scarce free time writing this and looking for the photos, so I want everyone to see it.)

Listen, stay alert, stand tall in the faith, be courageous, and be strong. - 1 Co 16:13

It’s not always easy to stay alert, to stand tall in the faith, to be courageous and strong — but through Christ, it IS possible (Phil 4:13), and it is worth it. And be encouraged that the courage you need to get through the many things you’re dealing with on a daily basis can be found in Christ Jesus. Understand that even when it comes to talking to guys, and navigating through friendships and relationships you are not alone in the things you are thinking, feeling, and experiencing. Go to Jesus for everything. It is through Him that you will be able to:

1. Brave enough to back away from that relationship that is pulling you away from God.
2. Brave enough to end that “situationship” that has been going on for months with someone doesn’t want to commit, yet wants to tug your heart along at the same time.
3. Brave enough to spend the day not worried about who might finally text or message you back
4. Brave enough to not give someone your heart when you
5. Brave enough to be completely focused on God this week despite your worries, doubts, and fears
6. Be brave enough to trust that God will open the door for the relationship that is right, realizing that you don’t have to keep rereading texts and constantly looking into every interact with a guy, wondering if he’s “the one”
7. Brave enough be afraid to ask God to heal your heart from those that hurt you or rejected you
8. Brave enough to fully embrace what God is doing right now in this very moment and not worried about tomorrow, next week or next year.

If you’re struggling with any of these things, I want to encourage you to look to JESUS. He’s the one that makes you brave.

Biblical context + further reading: 1 Co 16, 1 Sam 4:9, Ps 31:24, Phil 4:13

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