I Can Speak Gibberish. Can You?

You know what bugs me about some churches? When they teach that speaking in tongues is a necessary part of salvation. Or that it comes to everyone when you’re saved.

Which isn’t true.

Seriously, have they read the Bible…?

First off is 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11. There it clearly states that different people are given different spiritual gifts. There is no one gift that is automatic if you get saved.

And then 1 Corinthians 14, where Paul is saying that he would LIKE for everyone to speak in tongues, but that won’t happen. Also, that someone must interpret what is being said, so that it means something.

Speaking in tongues is inspired by God and always serves a purpose. There has to be an interpreter, so that everyone may know what is being said. If there isn’t an interpreter, whatever mumbo-jumbo is spewing from your mouth probably ain’t from God.

Paul also says it is the least desirable of the gifts.

What gets me is that, with those kinds of churches, people only speak in tongues on Sunday. In church. With other people around them speaking tongues. And no one translating. I think it’s an emotional thing or something. Church hype. I don’t know. I just know that it has┬ánever ever happened in my conservative church and lots of those people are definitely Christian, and are definitely saved.

I realize that there are some people who really do speak in tongues, or who really do prophesy or whatever, but it’s just not as common, or necessary, as some churches would have you believe.

I’m saved. I can’t speak in tongues. Does that mean I’m not a Christian? Of course not.

If you can actually speak in tongues, good on ya. But I’m just wary because there seems to be a lot of people faking it.

Read your Bibles, guys. Have a great one!

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Ninja Ballerina Makeup Tips

I apologize to my male readers who care absolutely nothing about makeup. I won’t do this often. I’ll be posting about more relevant stuff to you soon. ­čÖé

I love makeup. I love trying new color combos and blending different neutrals together. It’s fun.

So I cringe a little inside when I see makeup disasters,as I’m sure many girls do. So here’s a few things I’ve learned the world of makeup:

1. You do not want to look like a clown.

Don’t pair colorful eye-shadow (blue, green, bright pink) with any sort of lipstick except very pale, neutral tones. You’ll end up looking like a clown or the Queen of Hearts from that one Alice in Wonderland movie no one talks about.

red clown

Instead, if you want to go with a daring lip color, stick to neutral, light eye-shadows, like brown, silver, bronze, and gold. And if you’re looking for a bright eye-shadow, tone down the lipstick. A gloss would probably work better.

2. If you have a pale complexion, stay away from red-orange lipstick entirely. It’s not very flattering to a light skin-tone. Women with darker skin can usually pull it off ok, but spend some time looking in the mirror if you grab a red-orange lipstick.

3. Mascara. You can actually use too much. Some of this is personal preference. Like, I don’t really like putting mascara on my bottom lashes. It makes me look like a mime. I’m not the only one out there. Also, you don’t want to use so much that your lashes clump together a lot. It looks trashy and super teenage-white-girl-at-starbucks-posting-to-instagram.

4. Liquid black eyeliner. Again, there is definitely such a thing as too much. Careful about lining your bottom eyelid because a lot of women just look tired when they do that, though there are plenty who can pull it off.

cat eye

You don’t want to look like a raccoon when you put on your eyeliner. A simple, skinny cat-eye works wonders and goes well with almost any outfit. A more dramatic cat-eye is ok for late night dates or performing or something, just be careful.

5. The “natural” look is very nice. Just all neutrals, simple.

6. Bronzer. Use it sparingly. Your face should not be 8 shades darker than your arms.

7. Find a good blush. Again, clown warning. Go to your makeup store and ask for help. They’ll be happy to help, I’m sure. It’s their job.

I hope I’ve helped somebody out there. My biggest thing is the clown makeup. Drives me insane. Obviously there are some exceptions to the “rules” I’ve made. Some pale girl can pull off orange lipstick. Some girls get away with blue eye-shadow and red lipstick. Just not many…

By the way, if you have a Merle Norman in your area, try it out. I love their makeup and I recommend it to everyone.

Keep it real, guys.

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Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Organization

Planning is good.

I have, today, decided to actually do some planning for my dance classes. My mom had the fantastic idea to put my combinations on notecards in a little notecard box, separated into the different types of steps by the little dividers.

What’s awesome about this is that I can write down all the combinations, every week, and eventually and I can just pull out notecards to plan my class.

If you teach anything like dance or martial arts or anything, this is a great idea. If it’s dance, you can even write the song you used on the notecard, which is what I’m going to do.

Looking forward to today’s well-planned class. ­čÖé

Any dancers following me? Comment if you’d like me to make a post with some of my favorite combinations.

Modest is Hottest

Oh, but what is modesty, hm? Many people have different opinions on modesty. And it seem like some don’t have an opinion about it at all…

Please, while you’re reading this, keep in mind that this is MY opinion, not what your opinion must be. Though, it wouldn’t hurt to agree with me ­čśë Haha kidding, kidding…. except only kind of.

Anyway, girls, let’s talk modesty. According to the dictionary modesty is sexual reserve: reserve in appearance, manner, and speech, especially in relation to sexual matters. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear tank tops and shorts, that’s not what I believe at all. And, just to share, I sometimes even let my bra straps show *gasp*. You should dress comfortably, and in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. You’re allowed to look cute and feel beautiful.

But, when you start dressing for other people, that’s when lines get blurred. For instance, when you pick out a low-cut tank top, because it’ll get the boys excited… yeah, not modest, not Christian, not classy.

Plus, as a┬áChristian girl, I don’t want to tempt my boyfriend into sexual thoughts. I’m not saying I’m perfect. Of course I want him to like how I look.┬áConfession: I’ve worn shorts because I knew he’d like them. They weren’t, like, spandex, booty shorts. Just regular denim shorts, not even that short. But it wasn’t because I wanted him to think about me like that. It was because I know he likes how I look, and I personally believe that it’s ok to be flirty in how you dress as long as it’s not immodest (sexual, trashy, provocative, whatever floats your goat)

There’s another side to this though, because if you’re dating someone, you want them to be physically attracted to you. I’m sure boys try not to think about girls in a sexual way all the time┬á(well some of them at least… the one’s worth dating) but that’s just not how the world works. And you can’t blame them, girls have those thoughts too. God made men and women attracted to one another, and not just our brains.

So, summary: Modesty; good. Temptation; bad. It’s ok to wear clothes that make you feel good about yourself. It’s not ok when you wear clothes just to look hot, or sexy, or whatever.

Swimsuits! NOT an excuse to wear the minimal amount of clothing and say it’s ok because it’s a swimsuit. Honestly, some things are for your husbands eyes only. Bikinis = bad. They were invented, not for comfort, but to show as much skin as possible.

Um… yeah I think I made my point. Comment opinions please ­čśÇ