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“Learn to live a day at a time. Yesterday is history, let it slide. Today is come, make good use of it by utilizing it to the best, because really, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. His blood has made us whole. Tomorrow is a mystery, just pray and believe in God for the best.”
“The road to success is never that smooth. There are obvious portholes you would step in. There are hills you must cross, and you will. Thus, no matter how rough your journey might be, keep up hopes in God so you will not falter. No matter how dark the days might seem, don’t forget to smile, and always have it at the back of your mind that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” It takes a broad smile to make a dark day seem so bright.Psalm 119:105“The Lord is righteous and Mighty in power. In as much as you believe in Him, He will always be with you and never let you down. You have nothing to fear…God is always with you.”Isiah 41:2“There’s absolutely no power, forces or demon that can hinder the firm resolve of a soul fully determined to serve the Lord. For such soul shall do all things wonderfully and reap fruits bountifully.”Philippians 4:13“Everyone who seeks for harbor under the abode of God shall not be devoured by devourers but be saved. God is not a failure that He should fail. Put your trust in God, serve Him wholeheartedly and you will always be successful in each of your endeavors.”Isaiah 12:2“While prayer is the Master key, belief in Christ is a treasure. And even though grace is divine, when the willpower of our heart towards our desire is strong, the lock to our supplications is assuredly opened without no holding back.Mark 11:24“Why crawl when you can walk? Why run when you can fly? Good things obviously come to those who wait on the Lord. Don’t let your heart be troubled whilst waiting for God to answer your desires. Those who wait upon the face of the Lord shall never be weary. They shall never blame themselves for waiting, because God will renew their strength, and they will consequently go ahead of others. And no matter how slow their starting might be, they will fly while others walk or crawl!”Isaiah 40: 31“Believe in Christ with the abundance of your heart and you will surely live in abundance. For everything that you need to sustain through life would be provided by God. Your needs are gracefully met.”Philippians 4:19“Everything happens for a reason, that’s why it’s said that every delay is a blessing. Hard times will come, don’t ever allow it to weigh you down or stop you from serving God continuously. Sometimes, God only wants to see how much you believe in him as you claim. There’s no repose, no delay or unforeseen circumstances that befall a man without the knowledge of God. Keep up the faith and rejoice!”I Corinthians 10:13“When there are a thousand outside voices telling me that I should dress this way, eat this way, go to this club, shop at this mall, the one true place I can look to for peace of mind and inner tranquillity is the Word of God.”“It is most definitely possible to be a Christian and champion women’s rights. Jesus was a champion of women’s rights. Jesus fed the poor. Jesus forgave all. In order to fix the world, we all need to act a lot more Christ-like.”“The modern mechanism of Christianity and some of the pollution in the church can only be cured with love of God and following His will, not turning on one another.”“What would it be like if we spent as much time reading the Scriptures as we did scrolling through our Facebook and Twitter feeds?”“I close my eyes and fill my senses with God, and I feel hope.”“I do my best to take care of my physical health. I eat a plant-based diet, I exercise plenty. I nourish my soul the same way with my faith. Christ’s love feeds my spirit.”“Having faith is bravery. Faith requires no evidence, just tremendous strength of spirit and a mind that conquers doubt.”“Being a Christian is not about leading a perfect life. That’s a common misconception that should be dispelled as much as possible, because the point is that we’re fallible. We are supposed to live lives of constant betterment and try to become who God designed.”People, especially modern cynics, love to pose the question of pain, as in, why does God allow suffering? God is the salve to our pain, God sustains us when we were broken. God is not a man bent on our destruction, but on our redemption.We are never truly alone, even when it feels that way. It is horrible that we should need to feel that way, but even when we feel all our friends and loved ones have turned their backs on us, God is still holding us in His arms.I was bullied from the time that I was a small child and into my adulthood—sometimes, I still feel as though I’m being bullied. It has left me with my own scars to bear, and we truly must prioritize helping our children in situations like these.I think it is especially the duty of our churches and youth organizations for the church to directly address bullying and to implement programs to take the matter seriously and put an end to the merciless evil.Through all of these anti-bullying campaigns and so-called ‘no tolerance’ programs adopted by school districts, why are children still falling through the cracks?With the lamp of God’s love lighting the way, although it is fearsome, we can navigate the darkened world. What’s even better is that we can see the points of light of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we can find our way together.INSPIRING HUMAN RIGHTS QUOTES“You can exile a man, but you can never exile his idea. You can lock a man up in the prison, but an idea cannot be imprisoned. You can kill a man, but an idea can never be killed.”“We need officials who will commit to the health of the nation and the rights of the people, through electing the right people, however, we would be able to ensure that no private sector institution and no group of ideologues can co-opt our rights, drive us into insensible wars and steal the nation from its people.”“Today, something can still be done by those who feel a sense of impotence: they can render support to Amnesty International. They can assist it to stand up for justice and freedom.”“Everyone has a right to the alleviation of suffering, the basic personal freedoms, peaceful coexistence and the opportunity to lead a productive life…”“Human rights were not invented by Americans. It is the other way around in a very real sense. Human rights invented America.”“All people are born equally, treat nobody any less. We all came to the world through the same channel, backgrounds only make us whatever we are today. Don’t ever discriminate because no one lives forever.”“Torture is still being committed in secret in most part of the world even though it’s banned in two-thirds of the world’s countries. Too many governments still give chance to disappearance, murder or unlawful imprisonment to be exercised by their officials with impunity. If we really want to make the world a better place, these definitely has to stop.”“With unity and absolute togetherness, we can prevent genocide from taking place again. The future of our children is of great essentiality to us, and we can assuredly make a better future for them if we stand together. Together we stand, divided we fall!”“For a nation to have peace does not necessarily depict the absence of war or violence, but the absence of every other factor that put peace to a threat, such as poverty, inequality, and discrimination. ““The foundation upon which all of us may build our world is referred to as Human Rights. With Human Rights, we can build a world where everybody will live in harmony, serenity and peace and plenty”“Medicine could be viewed as social justice work, in a world riven by inequity. Who is considered human enough to have that right, if access to health care is considered a human right? Shelter, education, good health care, and clear water are meant to be encompassed in the set of basics that people must have as birthrights.”“Don’t just pray or wish for peace without doing the necessary things in our homes. Let us bring it about. Charity they say, begins at home.”“Rights will not be far to seek if we all discharge our duties. If, however, we run after rights and leave our duties unperformed, our rights may not fail to escape us.”“Every heart of human harbors the truth, and one has to search for it and find it there. And as one sees it, one has to be guided by it. However, no one has the right to force or coerce another person to act according to his own understanding of truth.”“No one should be afraid of a jackbooted squad coming and taking them away from the country that is their home.”“It should not be anyone’s job to explain to anyone else why they should care about other people.”“Human rights are not controversial. What’s controversial is believing that anyone deserves lesser for the simple fact of their race, class, gender, or beliefs.”“My mother taught me to look each person in the eye as my equal. The thought that anyone would look me in the eye and consider me unequal fuels my will to fight the good fight.”“Women around the world should be given the same opportunities, no matter where they are from, as white males from first-world countries.”“That there should be a single child in poverty in the United States should be a tragedy. That there are millions going to sleep hungry, unsure of where the next meal will come from, is class warfare against the most vulnerable.”“Coming to America for opportunities should be met with opportunities, not abject hatred.”“It’s a sick irony that the top elite conservatives of the United States expect every single school child to recite a pledge that boasts freedom and justice for all, when they really only want it for themselves.”What haunts me is that the prevalence of human trafficking, particularly the sex trafficking of underage girls and young women, means that I have almost definitely seen one of these individuals in my daily life. I’ve sat next to them on the bus, or ordered coffee right behind them. Were their eyes begging for my help, and I simply overlooked, did not notice?There are so many women suffering in silence, and, yes, men, too. There are so people who are humiliated in their own homes, in front of their children. How are they ever supposed to develop an idea of what safety is?Spousal violence is a rising problem in the United States. Turn on a true crime television program. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see the program is about a woman who has been murdered, and the woman is almost always murdered by her boyfriend/husband/partner, etc. Are we now consuming this heinous endemic as pop culture and entertainment?As I stood in line at the drug store one day, I heard a man yelling for someone to come to him, he even whistled. I expected a child (although that would have been unacceptable in its own right), but what I saw was a grown woman, ashamed, frightened. I haven’t been able to get the look in her eyes out of my mind.There is no ‘big or small’ sexual assault. There is no ‘spectrum’ for sexual assault. All sexual assault is heinous, all sexual assault is equal, and we must take a serious and critical look at the tools we use for prevention and categorize the way they fail children, women, and men everywhere. Then we must fix the problem.ANIMAL WELFARE QUOTESAnimal trafficking brings $20 billion, yes, billion with a b, into the United States every year, and that’s why you don’t see tighter regulations, higher fines, heftier punishments. As they say, follow the moneyThere is a famous scene at the beginning of a Star Wars film, where the main character cuts open an animal to climb inside of it to so that he would survive extremely cold weather. People were shocked by this, and they should be. Do they not consider that wearing fur or leather is the same thing?Special needs animals need special homes with special hearts in order to take care of them. These animals deserve forever homes, too. It’s so disheartening, how often I see posts for adoptions for a dog or cat that have aged twelve years without ever finding their family because of some perceived defect. Killing other creatures for sport is something one rarely sees in nature, but we accept it as our nature purely as cognitive dissonance.“The heart of a person can be judged through the way he treats animals.”“One of my beliefs when it comes to animals is that they should be adored and respected as citizens of this earth. They should have the right to their own families, their own life and their own freedom.”“The best friend a man can have is an animal—they are so agreeable, they don’t hate on you and they embrace you without passing any criticism.”“Animals are better off than a lot of humans, if having soul means being able to feel gratitude, loyalty and love.”“A part of one’s soul remains asleep until one has loved an animal.”“As I am in favor of human rights, so am I also in favor of animal rights. That’s the way of a whole human being.”“The noblest attribute of man is the love for all living creatures.”“Peradventure a new group of beings landed on planet earth, and these beings believe they are superior over us, humans… just like most of you exercise superiority over other animals, would you ever allow such beings right over you just like you assume rights over other animals?”“People always say they have a deer heads on their walls because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go! I have photographs of my mother because I think she’s attractive.”“One day, soon, the oddness of the seemingly universal belief of human in other animals’ slavery will be palpable. Then, we will be worthier of sharing this planet with them because we will have discovered our souls.”“The privilege of having a soul is shared with us by Animals.”“Animals suffer as much as we do. The spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals should be fought against. We won’t have the audacity and the stony heart to impose such sufferings on them if only we were humane and understand what true humanity entails. And appallingly, humanity may not find the desired peace until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things.”“Don’t rely on a man who excludes an animal from his shelter of pity and compassion. Men like these are likely to deal with fellow men in this same fashion.”“Although the body of each living creature may be different, the soul remains the same.”“Animal creation has been so enslaved for long. It’s so bad that we have treated our distant cousins in feathers and furs badly that agreeably beyond doubts, they would depict the Devil in a human form if they were to formulate a religion about us.”“Because the heart beats under a shelter of wings, feathers, fur or hairs, it is, for that sake, to be of no account?”“The day we become silent about the things that matter is the moment our lives begin to end.”“A man is only noble when he has pity on all living creatures.”“A time will come in life when men will look at the maltreatment and killings of animals the same way they look on the murder of men.”“We would all do well to remember that the food chain is more like a network, and everything within that network deserves respect.”“I couldn’t fathom eating another creature’s flesh any more than I could fathom eating another human’s flesh.”“A lot of people are terrified of waking up during surgery. Being able to see and feel everything that’s being done to them in the procedure, unable to call for help or ask someone to stop. That fear alone should tell us everything we need to know about why vivisection is heinous.”“I was talking to a friend and they told me that they’d recently accidentally stepped on their dog’s tail, and how sorry they were, how crushed they felt at the look of fear and betrayal in their pet’s eyes. As she told me this story, she was biting into a chicken sandwich, and I thought about the fear in the eyes of that chicken every day of its life before it became her meal.”“There used to be this Native American belief that consuming another person’s flesh would inalterably change you into an actual monster. As an extension of that belief, does this make the consumption of any flesh an evil act?”“I just believe in treating others well. That’s all. I consider all living beings just as important as myself.”“I think that most of us can say that our lives have been touched by an animal that we’ve loved. We should turn that appreciation towards other animals, too. How many people that eat hamburgers have ever really seen a cow nurture its young? It’s an almost spiritual experience.“The fact that rescue animals exist is a blaring siren signal that all pet adoptions should be of rescue animals. Until that moniker no longer exists, there is no reason whatsoever to get any other kind of animal.”“What we need most is to realize that human beings are fantastic resources for change.”“There’s no way that we can delude ourselves into believing that hunting is a sport. Does the other team know they’re playing? Didn’t think so.”“Just because you don’t see it happen doesn’t mean that animals aren’t suffering to feed and clothe you.”“There’s an old adage about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes—it’s something we say to make people more empathetic to the plights of others. What’s the animal rights equivalent? Walk a mile in another creature’s fur, and then imagine what it’s like to be skinned alive?”“It is against the principles of human rights to bully another human being.”“The fat acceptance movement as enough to worry about without concern trolls poking about.”“You can’t just give up and say, I’m only one person. You have to say I’m one person, and I have the power to make changes.”“I think it’s odd that we find the torturing of animals to be a sign of major mental illness and a link between it and serial killers, but no one ever thinks of the indirect torture of eating animal flesh.”“When we eat another animal, we make ourselves into cemeteries.”“I’m just waiting for the next major fast-food chain to name itself RIP.”“There are still slave auctions in this day and age. I’ll bet you thought that was impossible, but it is still the world we live in.”“It’s not enough to have gotten rid of slavery in our own countries, we have to make sure that it never happens to another single human being anywhere.”“Equal rights for all includes both human beings and animals—with zero exceptions.”“The books of Genesis make some of the most valid claims of animal rights that have ever been made.”“God only gave us permission to eat meat after original sin occurred.”“Factory farms don’t even consider animals to be real living things. They consider them to be protein units per square foot.”“It is the duty of all Christians to take a stand against cruelty in all its forms, as God would have us do.”“Some of the earliest radical animal rights reformists were Evangelical Christians. We should study and embrace this link!”“It’s simple: Proverbs tells us that animal cruelty is inconsistent with Christian belief.”“It is not easy to be outspokenly religious in this day and age without receiving criticism, and, although it is clear that Muslims are persecuted for their religious beliefs in light of the events of 9/11, it is getting harder and harder to ‘get away with’ our Christianity.”“All Christians should be advocates for fairness in all laws, both natural and manmade.”“The most courageous thing a Christian can do is open up their hearts to the love and forgiveness of Christ and reflect Christ’s love to the world around them.”“Inviting harmony into our lives can be as simple as smiling at someone who is downtrodden, because something as simple as a smile communicates human compassion and understanding.“This downward spiral of major politics is a slap in the face, but it’s reality. Now we just have to fight back.”“If you’ve ever looked into the eyes of another creature with the goal of understanding, you have known what it is like to see the emotions residing in that animal’s heart.”“Animal testing, including vivisection, only tests the ability of the human being to be inhuman.”“Animal testing doesn’t actually teach us anything. It sure as heck doesn’t teach them anything, either.”“If you want a major hint at what is consistently part of destroying our environment, I’ll give you one: Factory farming.”“I think we live in a culture of cruelty. What else can you call it?”“I’m sure the people stuck without potable water or electricity in Puerto Rico are also so interested in the upcoming seasons of TV Series.”“Animal and human rights are not ‘on the fence’ issues. You’re either on the right side or the wrong side of the fence.”“Here’s an assignment for my fellow Christians: Go to YouTube, search for any video of ‘slaughterhouse animal cruelty’, watch it, the whole thing, and ask yourself if that’s what God meant when He gave us dominion over animals.”“Spiritual starvation is real. Just like when you don’t feed your physical body, if you deprive your spirit of its own nourishment, prayer, studying the Scriptures, what have you, it will begin to shut down, as well.”“Sure, you can justify living in an enormous home and wasting resources while others across the planet starve, but you’re deluding yourself.”“The next time you go to crank up the AC, remember there are people who walk for miles in the hot sun daily for a few sips of unclean water.”“We need to do some serious transformative work to our social paradigm. Instead of a ‘me’ culture, this needs to be a ‘we’ culture—that’s when we’ll be able to work together to put an end to these global crises of famine, climate change, and so forth.”“It’s vitally important that mental health care services are considered a basic human right.”“Nutrition is an important part of our overall health, of course, but also for our mental health. Homeless people are among the largest groups known to have high concentrations of mentally ill individuals. See the connection?”-Shenita Etwaroo“Do you wear eyeglasses? If you’ve ever bought a pair of eyeglasses you know how expensive it can be, just to see. Being able to see is a basic human right—necessary for our survival! Human beings should be entitled to a pair of eyeglasses. It’s ridiculous that there should be people walking around half-blind because they can’t afford the pumped-up prices of a pair of glasses, for Pete’s sake.”“We seem to be laboring under the delusion that none of us can possibly be special. We used to tell people that everyone is special, but this new attitude of pessimism is not helping us move forward. Of course everyone is special. That doesn’t make everyone capable of being an astronaut, but they’re still special.”“There are so many people in the world who every day feel that they do not deserve to be loved. I just think that is so unfortunate and so saddening. I wish I could give the entire world a hug and say that they are loved.”“When I think about God, I think of all the ways my life has changed and grown with every step of my Christian journey. I am infinitely grateful for the infinite nature of His love.”“Let’s spell things out plainly: It is beyond the scope of my understanding of how we are still, after everything we know, polluting our oceans with plastics, and worse. A whale just died after consuming more than 80 plastic bags. A whale!”“Animal rights and environmentalism walk hand in hand. We simply cannot take care of one without the other. If we try to do that, we fail. Protect the animals, protect our planet.”“The myth of the radical animal rights activist is still alive and well today, thanks to some well-publicized stunts from over twenty years ago. I’m not going to throw paint on your fur coat, but I will look at you and be unable to see anything but suffering and a lack of compassion.”“At the intersection of peace and justice, there is God and animals.”“There’s something about the truth that just scares some people. They’re afraid to speak it, hear it, or live it. Walking with the Lord, you have to be prepared for the truth—even if it can be sometimes unsettling.” “The Devil isn’t a TV show or a rock song or anything like that. The Devil is any force that inspires you to sin against God.”“Imagine the pain of having your infant taken away from you to be killed while you’re used for your milk—cows have that exact same feeling, I guarantee you.”“They say that you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. I think that this self-love begins in a love of God.”“If you accidentally step on your bunny or kitty’s paw, they jump back, they make a sound, and you feel terrible. Isn’t that all the proof you really need that animals feel pain, fear, and betrayal?”“Even in these times of uncertainty, God still sends us signs that we are loved. Look at the way light reflects off of water, and even in this small, ordinary thing, you’ll see Him smiling.”“I am much more offended by children being gunned down in their schools than by being called a snowflake. Go right ahead, and then tell me why it’s okay for boys and girls to lose their lives en masse. I’ll wait.”“Rabbits will always have a special place in my heart. They are often discredited as being good pets because they don’t ‘do anything’—ask any rabbit parent and watch how they laugh!”
When the owl sings, the night is silent. (Quand le hibou chante, La nuit est silence)
Life is meant to be great, and you’re not living it, until you start living itAlways respect mothers. She was right there waiting for you, as you were born
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