Justin was born to a peasant family in the foothills of Macedonia, as the last vestiges of the classical age gave way to the nascent Middle Ages. Theodora was a dancing girl (her jealous detractors labelled her otherwise). At her lowest ebb, she found herself banished to the badlands of the Eastern Roman Empire. Justin left the foothills behind and became a soldier. Through the kindness of strangers, and her undeniable tenacity, Theodora made it back to the capital. Through the malleability of opponents, and his undeniable ambition, Justin, now Justinian, also found himself within the city walls. Fate and love saw the pair married. Astuteness and fortune saw the pair crowned Emperor and Empress of the Empire. With the imperial lovers at the helm, Rome's imperial purple once again spread out over the map of the Mediterranean, and breathtaking Hagia Sophia was erected. Once cathedral, then mosque, now museum, its titanic dome still towers over the city's historic centre; a testament to imperial grandeur, a saga of rags to riches, and a reminder of the dancing girl and peasant solider, who many lifetimes ago, brought together by serendipity, took each other's breath away.
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Happy Friday, beautiful humans! And beautiful non-humans. I don't discriminate.
It's Friday, so you know what that means! Time to give you some unsolicited information about myself! 😁 I absolutely love this photo of me in Girona, Catalonia (Spain), so I thought this week I'd share a bit about some of my favorite places in Europe. Here we go:
🇪🇸 Girona • Part of why I loved this city is because it was shown to me by a local who loves it. I think that's the best way to take in any city. Plus, it is just gorgeous, with classic European riverside houses, ancient structures, and a view of the mountains. Also, some of Game of Thrones was filmed there, if you're into that... (peep the Sept of Baelor to the right)
🇳🇴 Hardangerfjord, Norway • Norway completely took my breath away. The fjords, the mountains, the glaciers... everything is just too perfect for words. And Hardangerfjord was a great introduction to the country. I think Buerbreen glacier is my favorite hike I've ever done.
🇩🇪 The Rhein, Germany • My parents and I did a boat trip on a section of the Rhein river, and I learned that having a "favorite river" is a thing. The hills on either side of it are just riddled with castles/fortresses, adorable port towns, and vineyards. The stunning landscape never ended, no matter how far we went.
🇪🇺 That's all for now! Though the list is so much longer than this. Have you ever been to Europe? 😊 If so, what was your favorite place? If not, what's at the top of your bucket list? 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
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“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
For a really long time now, I have continually experienced something I can only describe as a crooked, fearful feeling in my chest. No matter where I am or who I’m with or what I’m doing, I often feel that something is “off” inside my heart. Living with that sense of uneasiness can make every choice, every emotion, every relationship feel heavy and confusing.
Anxiety often prevents me from leaving bad situations, taking opportunities, committing to plans, being there for my friends and confidently following my heart. Anxiety sits in my chest, tells me I’m wrong and convinces me I can’t handle it. To say the least, peace is difficult to come by.
Being able to recognize and accept my anxiety and weakness is THE WORST when all I want to do is hide myself away until I can laugh it off, compliment your shoes and make you believe I’m jolly good fun. BUT, being honest about our weaknesses allows room for understanding, patience and LOADS of grace. As Paul did, I want to celebrate my weaknesses and know that the strength I have is not my own, but that of a Father who loves me. His power is made PERFECT in my weakness and recognizing the insufficiency of my grace and strength only makes room for more of His.
Have no fear. You are loved beyond measure. And nothing is too big, too broken or too deep for God’s grace to cover it.
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Finally made it to Gdańsk roaming around famous Mariacka street trying to find some amber souvenirs ♥️do you bring some souvenirs from your trips? If yes what is it ? For me it’s always fridge magnets and local goodies 🌼