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“god never envisioned a world where his image bearers would do life in low gear to be encouraged to hold back, especially when suffering is rampant, people are lost, and there is so much kingdom work to do. he wants his daughters to thrive, mature, gain wisdom, hone their gifts, and contribute to his vast purposes in our world. we should be the first to celebrate the news that the doors of education and opportunity are opening to young girls who are emerging as leaders and who are blessing their communities and improving national economies.”

– carolyn custis james, half the church

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{close up of a batik painting in tembi// indonesia}

the awesome list:

things that are awesome:

+ the year in awesome people

+ the power of half

+ louie schwartzberg: nature. beauty. gratitude.

+ picture show: cambodian fishing villages, lit by a solar night light

+ cnn’s hero of the year award 2011

+ amy purdy

{and an awesome photo of an awesome little one in nepal}