Thank The Universe For Screwing Up Your Plans

Thank The Universe For Screwing Up Your Plans

Things never work out the way you want them to, but they always work out the way that they should.

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So I have this theory. This theory is that whenever you decide exactly how you want things to go in your life, the universe takes one look at your plans, and laughs right in your face. And you know what I've decided? THAT'S OK!

So many times in my life I have looked toward the sky and cried because all of my best-laid plans have gone terribly awry. It ranges from the smallest of things to the biggest. From not getting a good grade on a test that I studied so hard for, to having friends cancel plans last minute, all the way up to not making the cheer team or even losing my dad. I never planned for any of these things. In fact, I planned against them. I had everything perfectly lined up, and still, somehow I didn't get the outcome I deserved or expected. I dated a boy for three years, I thought he was going to be IT. I was a cheerleader for one year of college, thought it would be a given to cheer the next three. I thought my dad would see me graduate high school and move on to college. And yet, none of these things are true in my life today.

It's taken a lot for me to get to this point today. To be able to appreciate the randomness and even sometimes cruelness of the universe. It's not easy to decide to accept the way that things happen in life, especially when they never seem to happen the way that you want.

But here I am today, a living testament. Hardly anything ever goes the way I want it to, but it always ends up exactly the way it should be. I broke up with my boyfriend of three years, and couldn't understand how this was the plan for my life.

Two months later, I met the love of my life, my future husband. And I smiled, looked up at the sky, and I thanked God for having me and my former boyfriend break up. I was 100% devastated after not making the cheer team again, and I cursed the universe for all of the pain that losing cheer caused me.

And then, one day months later, I woke up and looked at my life, and I thanked God again for having me not make that team. I never recovered from the loss of my dad, and never knew how losing him could really be the plan for my life.

And then, almost six years later, a friend sat on my bed and sobbed about losing her father recently. I was able to talk to her, console her, and most of all, understand her pain.

And once more, I tilted my face upward and thanked God and the universe for making me able to help my friend.

I don't think that we ever truly get to understand everything that happens in this life we have and why. But I think that's the most beautiful part of being human. Things never go the way we plan, and that's honestly a good thing.

So the next time you're cursing your life and wondering why...do yourself a favor.

Say thanks to the universe for screwing up your plans.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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To The Christian Girl Against Feminism, Religion Isn't An Excuse Not To Fight For Equality

Religion is not an excuse to not fight for feminism.

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When I first read the article "I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist..." I thought it had to be a joke. Unfortunately, it was a sad reality.

I am a privileged white female. I came from a middle-class family with a law-enforcement father. I still am smart enough to realize we NEED intersectional, no strings attached, unconditional feminism. Anyone who disagrees is just wrong. In this case, the author is trying to base her outdated sexist beliefs on the Bible, and I am appalled.

At first, I thought it was a joke, I genuinely read the title out loud to my father and even he said it had to be a man pretending to be a woman. As I read the article I realized that sadly this is a girl who has had religion corrupt her life.

Religion can be a beautiful thing, it can change lives and give people hope that they need. I have heard countless stories about how finding a god has made people better, and that is incredible. However, using religion to say women don't deserve the same as men is absolutely absurd.

Part of me wants to scream in her face that she can't be ok with being a victim, another part of me wants to throw my hands up and give up on her and like-minded individuals. However, in a time like ours where women are coming so close to being equals, I can't sit down or act irrationally.

So here are the facts:

1. Women who work fulltime only make 77% of men's salaries on average. African American women only make 64 cents per dollar and Latina women only make 56 cents per dollar. Imagine being just as capable and trained just as well but a guy makes more money than you because he has a penis.

2. One in three women around the globe has experienced sexual violence. ONE IN EVERY THREE. YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY SURVIVORS. If women were considered equals that would not be the case.

3. Only 24% of high-level management positions are held by women. That's worldwide. 195 countries. Let that sink in. This isn't because women aren't smart either, 60% of all United States college degrees are awarded to women.

4. Women are not allowed to vote in many places, like Saudi Arabia or the Vatican. Imagine not having the right to vote! YOU GET NO SAY IN ANYTHING.

You can thank women for your right to work, vote, get an education, practice a religion that you chose, a range of professions, windshield wipers, bras, dishwashers, diapers, need I go on?

Women are strong as hell and your misinterpretation of an outdated book does not dimish all of the amazing things women have accomplished and will continue to accomplish.

To quote one bad bitch, "Power's not given to you. You have to take it." — Beyoncé Knowles Carter.

Now ladies let's get into our feminist formation and fight for our rights!

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