So the American Freedom Defense Initiative made this series of horribly offensive posters about Muslims in America and plastered them all over public transportation in a number of cities. In response, the Colorado Muslim Society made these posters to promote love and understanding, something we could all do a little more of.

Here’s the hate poster:

 

Here’s the great response:

 

Read more: http://upworthy.com/i-wish-people-knew-these-religions-had-this-one-amazing-thing-in-common

“We know you don’t know us, but we watch you every morning…”

Fathers are the most important male figures in a girl’slife.The way they treat women molds our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us more than we could ever know.

And as this story can attest to, dads have the power to influence more than just their own daughters. In a Facebook post by Love What Matters,Lorena Juregui de Birdy shares a heartwarming taleof how her husband’s everyday actions toward their daughter hailed him “Super Dad” to a group of middle school “Super Fans” that he didn’t even know were watching.

It reads:

This is a letter my husband received on his vehicle by students at my son’s middle school. See, my son’s middle school is located next to my daughter’s elementary school attached by a concrete pathway between the lots. Every morning my husband parks his car at my son’s middle school parking lot and allows our son to walk to his 7th grade courtyard while he takes our daughter out of her car and walks her to her school. Every morning our daughter drags her dad by the hand to her school and every morning my husband holds her backpack and any other toy she insists on walking with them. As my husband returned from dropping off our daughter one morning, he spotted the attached letter on his windshield. It’s true what they say, it’s the little things that matter most and sometimes go unnoticed, it took the innocence of a few middle school “Super Fans” to remind me of the amazing father my children have and of the wonderful husband I married.

“You show what a real man can do for his daughter. We love to watch you and every day our hearts melt just watching you and your daughter walking. The girls and I want someone like you to marry us one day.”

Sheesh. How precious is THAT?! I think my heart just grew three sizes.

Thanks, Super Dad, for showing today’s generation of budding young women that they deserve to be treated like the daughters of the most high King that they are.

“She is more precious than rubies.”
~Proverbs 31:10~

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Read more: http://faithit.com/middle-school-girls-leave-note-super-dad/

“There will always be men more attractive than your husband, and there will be someone who seems to have all the strengths that your husband lacks.”

By Juli Slattery

The stereotype of an adulterous affair in marriage has typically been the picture of a cheating husband. The man has a one-night stand on a business trip or falls in love with his secretary. I guess it never occurred to us that for every cheating man, there must also be a cheating woman.

Relationship expert Bonnie Eaker Weil reported on ABCs 20/20 her findings that more than 50 percent of married women are sexually unfaithful. That statistic doesnt take into consideration the countless others who are entangled in emotional affairs and fantasies.

Every married woman is at risk for an affair. If you say, No, Id never do that! take to heart what Paul wrote, If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you dont fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Every affair begins with a temptationan attraction. Unfortunately, most of us have no idea what to do when a man other than your husband starts to pay attention to you. It feels good to be pursued again, especially if your marriage is in the doldrums.

Right after Paul told us to be careful not to fall, he gave some very practical advice about how to handle temptation: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NIV).

While temptation is unavoidable, sin is still inexcusable. Even if you feel overwhelmingly attracted to another man (or woman), unfaithfulness doesnt have to be your destiny. God has promised to provide a way out for those who are willing to run to him.

Dont Be Surprised When It Happens

How many affairs would be avoided if we would simply anticipate that its normal to be tempted? Yes,The day will likely come when you find yourself drawn to someone who appears to be better suited for you than your husband. The attraction can even be spiritual (for example, a mans passion for the Lord is so attractive compared to your husband who seems to be spiritually dead).

Since you know this day will come, prepare for it now. Remember in elementary school all of the times you had a fire drill or tornado drill? Why do we have drills? To prepare for a real danger during a time that is not a crisis. Using that same wisdom, come up with a plan now of what you will do when temptation comes. How will you respond? Who will you call for help?

Do you have an accountability partner in place now? What woman in your life have you told, You have permission to ask me the hard questions about my marriage. I want you to get in my face if you ever see something in my life that concerns you.

Just like the fire drill, if you have already determined where to run, you wont be paralyzed when a true danger threatens your marriage.

Remember Whats Real

I had been meeting with Lisa for about two months before she spilled the beans. During our first several counseling sessions, she talked around her disappointment in marriage and other irritations of life. Then, the day came when she felt safe enough to tell me about Doug. They had met at the gym several months earlier and been drawn to each other immediately. Low and behold, Doug was a Christian! Lisa and Doug began coincidentally showing up at the gym at the same time and got to know each other. Eventually, they began meeting over coffee.

Juli, Doug is so kind and sensitive! He loves the Lord and has really helped me grow in my faith. God knows how lonely Ive been in my marriage. I believe hes providing Doug as an answer to my prayer for true companionship.

Okay . . . reality check. God will never answer your prayers by inviting you into sin. How could a grounded Christian woman like Lisa have gotten so far off base? Because Satan is the deceiver. He will tempt you to doubt the truth about what is good and what is evil.

God has equipped our bodies with very powerful hormones that kick in when we enter a new romantic relationship. Remember when you could go days without thinking about food or when you wrote your boyfriends name all over your geometry notebook? Your mind still has the capacity to experience puppy love even as a grown woman.

The tingles of a new relationship can and will blind you from reality. If you do not fight to find true north according to Gods Word, you will make a disastrous decision that has far-reaching consequences. No matter how much you believe that this man will make your life better, he will not. No amount of money, great sex, or adoration can compensate for walking away from fellowship with God and representing Jesus Christ to your husband, children, and community.

Run Fast

There is a time to walk and then there is a time to run. No one casually strolls out of burning building. They run for their lives. Paul says sexual temptation represents a time to run. Flee sexual temptation! Joseph demonstrated what fleeing looks like. He literally ran away from Potiphars wife when she tried to seduce him. He didnt stop to deliberate the consequences or figure out how he could keep the woman happy while not going all the way. He simply ran.

Theres no harm in a little flirting, you might think. Yes, there is great harm! The longer you linger in temptation, the more opportunity the Enemy has to deceive you.

What does running look like? It means not giving the relationship any chance of developing. If you have to, change jobs, move to another neighborhood, and absolutely refuse to be alone with the person who represents the temptation.

Ask for Help

One of the most dangerous things to do when you are attracted to another man is to keep it a secret. You may be embarrassed to admit to a friend your secret crush, or you may be afraid that being honest will mean you have to give it up.

In some cases, I think its appropriate to tell you husband. Honey, I just need you to know that there is a guy at work who Ive commit to never being alone with. Nothing has happened, but I just sense its a danger zone. It would be very difficult for an attraction to take root after this type of honest conversation.

If you do not believe it is wise to talk to your husband, please share the situation with a trusted friend or mentor. She can pray with you, give you solid advice, and ask you the tough questions about whether or not you are taking the way of escape or continuing to play with fire.

Invest in Your Marriage

If youve ever had a serious health concern, it probably changed the way you approached your health. A near-fatal heart attack will cause most of us to swear off cheeseburgers and cigarettes. The same should be true of how we respond to the possibility of a broken marriage. It should cause us to reexamine what weve begun to take for granted.

I know youve heard this statement, but its worth repeating: The grass is greener wherever you water it. Being attracted to another man is not only a temptation, but also an indication that perhaps your marriage needs some watering. Its a wake-up call that your marriage is vulnerable to infidelity. Can you pinpoint what desires you have that are not being met in your marriage?

Maybe its time to invest in marriage counseling, get away for some time alone with your spouse, or work on romance and sexual satisfaction in your marriage. Even if you are married to an unresponsive husband who doesnt have a strong desire to improve your marriage, how are you investing in the relationship? Do you pray daily for God to give you love and patience? Are you intentional about learning how to build intimacy, as far as it depends upon you?

Although investing in your marriage is an important way to respond to a temptation, investing in your relationship with God is even more important. There are some who believe that the greatest weapon against an affair is a strong marriage. I disagree. The greatest weapons against a spiritual threat (and temptation is a always a spiritual threat) is a spiritual weapon.

Paul told us specifically how to arm ourselves against the schemes of the devil. He told us to be clothed with the armor of Godarmor like the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shield of faith, and the sword of the spirit.

My friend, never try to fight a spiritual temptation solely with emotional or psychological weapons. You will lose. Gods way of escape is to cling to him and to run to him. He is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of his glory blameless with great joy (Jude 24).

If I remain faithful throughout the duration of my marriage, it wont simply be because I love my husband, but it will be because of how much I love the Lord. Clinging to Mike might keep me from wandering, but only clinging to Jesus can make my heart pure.

The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe(Proverbs 18:10).

**This post appeared originally on Authentic Intimacy.

About the Author:Dr. Juli Slattery is a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional, with a weekly podcast called Java with Juli. Julis commitment to biblical principles,relatable style, and quick wit have made her a highly sought-after speaker to womens groups. Juli served as the co-host of the Focus on the Family daily broadcast from 2010-2012. She then sensed the Lord calling her to leave her position at Focus to co-found a women’s media ministry focusing on intimacy in marriage &amp; intimacy with Christ.

Dr. Juli Slattery is the co-founder of Authentic Intimacy, an international non-profit designed to minister to women on topics around intimacy. Her books include Surprised by the Healer, Pulling Back the Shades, Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?, Beyond the Masquerade, No More Headaches, and Finding the Hero In Your Husband. She currently sits on the board of trustees for Moody Bible Institute.

Juli and her husband Mike have been married for more than 20 years, and are raising their three boys in Colorado Springs; where Juli can be found playing in the mountains and trying to manage her addiction to soy lattes.

Read more: http://www.faithit.com/when-youre-attracted-somone-not-your-spouse-juli-slattery/

It was the night before Dak Prescott took the field for the first time with the Dallas Cowboys…

As so many young men do, Dak Prescott has dreamed of being in the NFL for as long as he can remember. He and his two brothers lived and breathed football 24/7 ever since they were boys.

Well, on September 11, 2016, Dak finally got to see this lifelong dreamcome trueas the NFL rookie quarterbacktook the field for the Dallas Cowboys. But the night before, he knew there was somebody he had to send a message to firsthis #1 cheerleader, his biggest fan and his angel in the sky: his mama.

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As he’s done so many times in the past threeyears, Dak typed out the message to his mother, Peggy, but he never pressed the “send” button. He knew she’d read it anyway.

Peggy Prescott passed away in November of 2013 after a long battle with colon cancer, but her memory has not faded from Dak’s mind in the slightest. He’ll never forget how she made it to every single one of his Mississippi State games before she got too ill, or how she got a football tattoo with the #3 written on it to permanently display her support for her three precious boys.

As a single mom working at the I-220 travel pizza and living in a trailer park in Princeton, Louisiana, Peggy had her fair share of challenges in raising a family. But that never daunted her incredible work ethic or steadfast faith. In fact, Dak credits his own work ethic on the field and his faith in God to the values his mother instilled in him as a child.

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“Single mom, raising three boys, always at work, definitely,” he said. “We went to work to help her, spent a lot of time up at her work because that’s what she was doing. So definitely 90 percent came from that.”

I tape my wrists before games and before practice, he stated in an earlier interview with The Times.I simply write Faith on there for the faith that my mom showed me; the relationship we built from the faith we had and my faith in God. I write another little note that changes every day based on how Im feeling. I miss her, or, I love her. Ill write something like that on there. But I talk to her through the day. Its just something that makes me feel better, knowing shes right there listening. Shes with me in everything I dothe good and the bad.

Nobody will ever be able to replacePeggy, but now, Dak’s brothers have taken their mother’s place as his encouragers. Andherpresence is always felt right alongside them.

“I’ll go into the game thinking about her,” Dak’s brother Tad told ESPNearlier this month.“When I give Dak a hug, I’m thinking of her. She’ll come up as much as she would on a normal day. Yeah, it’s a little more special because it’s the first game, but there’s never a moment she’s not with us.”

Dak even wears a #4 on his jersey in remembrance of her birthday so that she can be with him each step of the way on the field.

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And he has a “Mom” tattoo on his wrist that holds a dual-meaning as an acronym for “Mind Over Matter.”

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Though she never got to see his first game, Dak tells ESPN that he can picture the look on her face:

“She’d probably just be crying.She was emotional. We always used to get on her about crying. So she’d just be crying with a big smile on her face.”

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Each time Dak makes it to the end zone, he points skyward as a little thank you to the mother who was the backbone for his success and the Father in heaven who’s taking care of her until they meet again one day.

Read more: http://www.faithit.com/dak-prescott-cowboys-quarterback-texts-mom-before-game-died-cancer/