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27

Aug

How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You're Not Sure What to Do

Very helpful.

There is so much heartache and pain in our lives, so many hurts that we don’t know how to hold ourselves or for each other. But we can start somewhere, and by God’s grace we will be able to love each other deeply in the darkest places.

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25

Aug

surisburnbook:

Blue Ivy’s anonymity is very important to her parents, unless Beyonce is getting an award on basic cable, in which case all bets are off. Blue charmed her way through the Video Music Awards, dancing and helping present Beyonce with her statue.

It’s all very cute, but that dress looks off the rack. If Beyonce is wearing a custom sparkly leotard, the least she could do is buy Blue Ivy a show-stopping red carpet number.

When people are surprised by “good” people doing bad things (Bible characters like David or pastors), it shows what they believe: that Christianity is about how you should live your life so that God will bless you and take you to heaven. But Christianity is that God continually and persistently works with and gives His grace to people who don’t deserve it, seek it, or even appreciate it once they get it. It’s that the best people cannot overcome their sin, flaws, and self-centeredness; but if they cling to the grace of God until the end of their lives they will triumph.
Tim Keller, David and Bathsheba (free sermon online)

24

Aug

African-American Evangelicals on Race

I have been helped by this mini-series from Christianity Today. So far Bryan Loritts and Leonce Crump II have shared. I would encourage you to read their posts.

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15

Aug

atlanticinfocus:

From Desperate Iraqi Minorities Flee ISIS Attacks, one of 36 photos. Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride a donkey as they make their way towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh, on August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq’s human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

atlanticinfocus:

From Desperate Iraqi Minorities Flee ISIS Attacks, one of 36 photos. Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride a donkey as they make their way towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh, on August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq’s human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

14

Aug

You may know her from the incredibly popular song “Somebody That I Used to Know,” but in my opinion, Kimbra is one of the most revolutionary artists in music right now.

I’ve posted a video of the making of her upcoming album, The Golden Echo. You’ll see her tinker with production and someone going HAM on the synth. You can also get the first listen of each track on the album at NPR.

In her newest single “Miracle,” she literally mimics a horn section with her voice in the middle of the song. She says, “I sound like an alien, but it’s so much more interesting than just getting a horn section in. And cheaper!”

Kimbra is my musical soul-mate :) She’s heavily influenced by and enjoys R&B, but is able to take that and end up with this funky indie pop sound that’s totally unique to the pop music scene. I have so much respect for her as a musician and performer. 

13

Aug

officialssay:

Screenshot of a tweet sent by FAFSA. It has since been taken down, and the agency apologized. 

But this is my favorite Bridesmaids quote!!!

officialssay:

Screenshot of a tweet sent by FAFSA. It has since been taken down, and the agency apologized. 

But this is my favorite Bridesmaids quote!!!

surisburnbook:

Estelle Style

Estelle: Princess of Sweden. Duchess of Attitude.

(Source: leonorelilianmaria)

12

Aug

I’m usually too lazy to make certain things, but I made ranch dressing and a fun mayo a few weeks ago and was so happy with the results!! I found an awesome garlic basil mayo because I love using basil as much as I can in the summer. Then the ranch dressing/dip is from a website my sister-in-law’s sister (that’s a lot of sisterssss) told me about.

For some reason you can’t use hyperlinks when you’re doing a photo post like this, so sorry for the ugly URL links below… Pictured is the ranch dressing. Enjoy!

Ranch Dip ingredients:

2/3 cup avocado oil or light olive oil (has to be LIGHT olive oil)
1 room temperature egg
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tbsp dried herbs or handful chopped fresh herbs
2 Tbsp full fat unsweetened canned coconut milk 

MORE AT: http://planksloveandguacamole.blogspot.com/2014/05/bacon-and-ranch-cauliflower-dippers.html

Garlic Basil Mayo ingredients:

1 room-temperature egg
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1 small clove garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
A little more than 1 cup light olive oil (has to be LIGHT olive oil)

MORE AT: http://www.lifemadefull.com/2012/02/21/dairy-free-garlic-basil-mayo/

I’m usually too lazy to make certain things, but I made ranch dressing and a fun mayo a few weeks ago and was so happy with the results!! I found an awesome garlic basil mayo because I love using basil as much as I can in the summer. Then the ranch dressing/dip is from a website my sister-in-law’s sister (that’s a lot of sisterssss) told me about.

For some reason you can’t use hyperlinks when you’re doing a photo post like this, so sorry for the ugly URL links below… Pictured is the ranch dressing. Enjoy!

Ranch Dip ingredients:

2/3 cup avocado oil or light olive oil (has to be LIGHT olive oil)
1 room temperature egg
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tbsp dried herbs or handful chopped fresh herbs
2 Tbsp full fat unsweetened canned coconut milk

MORE AT: http://planksloveandguacamole.blogspot.com/2014/05/bacon-and-ranch-cauliflower-dippers.html

Garlic Basil Mayo ingredients:

1 room-temperature egg
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1 small clove garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
A little more than 1 cup light olive oil (has to be LIGHT olive oil)

MORE AT: http://www.lifemadefull.com/2012/02/21/dairy-free-garlic-basil-mayo/

08

Aug

This takes me baaaack.

(Source: Spotify)