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No man who merely skims the book of God—can profit thereby; we must dig and mine until we obtain the hid treasure. The door of the Word only opens to the key of diligence.

Scripture grows upon the student. It is full of surprises. Under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, to the searching eye—it glows with splendor of revelation, like a vast temple paved with wrought gold, and roofed with rubies, emeralds, and all manner of precious gems. No merchandise like the merchandise of Scripture truth.

Lastly, the Scriptures reveal Jesus, “The Scriptures point to Me!” No more powerful motive can be urged upon Bible readers than this—he who finds Jesus finds life, heaven, all things. Happy he who, searching his Bible, discovers his Savior!

Charles C. Spurgeon (via calehaugen)

(Source: erintallent, via calehaugen)

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sassyfitblog:

Bikini Prep Plyo Workout
Summer is less than 30 days away. If you’ve been slacking, it’s time to kick it up a notch. 
There’s no better fat burner & muscle builder than a Plyometric Workout. This one will help you get shredded.
It’s definitely Sassy Fit Girl Approved :)
Here are the exercises you’ll be doing:
Circuit #1
Jump Squat with a Heel Click - 15 reps 
Leg Balance Warrior 3 - 10 reps each side
Plank with Bunny Hop - 20 reps alternating sides (your abs & arms should be screaming after this move)
Repeat 3x
Circuit #2
Side Skater - 30 reps alternating sides
Oblique V-Crunch - 8 reps each side
Asymmetrical Push-up - 10 reps alternating sides
Repeat 3x
Circuit #3
180 Jump Squat - 20 reps alternating sides
Side Elbow Plank with Leg Lift - 10 reps each side
Plank with Alternating Shoulder & Knee Tap - 10 reps each side
Repeat 3x
Don’t forget to warm up and cool down. 
You can use my 5 minute workout to warm up.
Reblog to share.

sassyfitblog:

Bikini Prep Plyo Workout

Summer is less than 30 days away. If you’ve been slacking, it’s time to kick it up a notch. 

There’s no better fat burner & muscle builder than a Plyometric Workout. This one will help you get shredded.

It’s definitely Sassy Fit Girl Approved :)

Here are the exercises you’ll be doing:

Circuit #1

  1. Jump Squat with a Heel Click - 15 reps 
  2. Leg Balance Warrior 3 - 10 reps each side
  3. Plank with Bunny Hop - 20 reps alternating sides (your abs & arms should be screaming after this move)

Repeat 3x

Circuit #2

  1. Side Skater - 30 reps alternating sides
  2. Oblique V-Crunch - 8 reps each side
  3. Asymmetrical Push-up - 10 reps alternating sides

Repeat 3x

Circuit #3

  1. 180 Jump Squat - 20 reps alternating sides
  2. Side Elbow Plank with Leg Lift - 10 reps each side
  3. Plank with Alternating Shoulder & Knee Tap - 10 reps each side

Repeat 3x

Don’t forget to warm up and cool down. 

You can use my 5 minute workout to warm up.

Reblog to share.

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I crave space. It charges my batteries. It helps me breathe. Being around people can be so exhausting, because most of them love to take and barely know how to give. Except for a rare few.
Katie Kacvinsky (via calehaugen)

(Source: psych-facts, via calehaugen)

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And kid, you’ve got to love yourself. You’ve got wake up at four in the morning, brew black coffee, and stare at the birds drowning in the darkness of the dawn. You’ve got to sit next to the man at the train station who’s reading your favorite book and start a conversation. You’ve got to come home after a bad day and burn your skin from a shower. Then you’ve got to wash all your sheets until they smell of lemon detergent you bought for four dollars at the local grocery store. You’ve got to stop taking everything so goddam personally. You are not the moon kissing the black sky. You’ve got to compliment someones crooked brows at an art fair and tell them that their eyes remind you of green swimming pools in mid July. You’ve got to stop letting yourself get upset about things that won’t matter in two years. Sleep in on Saturday mornings and wake yourself up early on Sunday. You’ve got to stop worrying about what you’re going to tell her when she finds out. You’ve got to stop over thinking why he stopped caring about you over six months ago. You’ve got to stop asking everyone for their opinions. Fuck it. Love yourself, kiddo. You’ve got to love yourself.
(via aurelle)

(Source: irynka, via sarahjoann)

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the roots of my song "wholly" - poetry courtesy of ramses prashad.

calehaugen:

Before you go on
and tell me how much you love me,

please reconsider
every situation where I could possibly
fail you,
and whether or not you’d still be
willing to allow
the aforementioned trio of syllables 
to dance off your lips.

before you say “I love you” 
please understand 
that those words are warmly embracing, 
not only your perception of who I am today 
but every part of me 
you’ll soon discover.

I’m a multi-layered composition of acrylics 
smeared on canvas 
and the opaqueness of each coat
only serves to hide my true colors; 
the imperfections that lie
caked beneath a hardened exterior. 

I tell you this in advance 
so when you begin to unravel
these bandages wrapped around my chest, 
you don’t find the bruised heart 
and dismal soul housed
within this dilapidated shell of a man, 
repulsive. 

I’m not asking you to love me perfectly 
but to love me graciously. 

So when pain inevitably
seeps through the cracks 
and you begin to look back 
and question my every intention, 
you’ll be reminded of the imago dei 
being redeemed within me.

You’ll be reminded to love me
and see me
as God intended me. 
I’m not looking for a love that’s holy 
but simply for you to love me wholly; 
that your love would take part
in the triune commune that’s reclaiming me. 
I’m not asking you to condone my failures 
but for your love
to be the balm
pressed against my brokenness.

May this beautiful struggle tell of the love that redeemed us.

The soul cry of every person desiring love.