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The Choice by Grace Ding, based on an idea by D

I’m so excited to finally share this project with you all! This is my first real (albeit short) comic project. Its been a long and difficult process (much longer than I expected it would be), but its finally done! I’ve learned a lot artistically through this project, but I’ll save those thoughts for a future post.

I do want to explain the origin of the story though. D, one of my friends, was telling me about a time in her life when she was struggling with self-hurt issues. D told me about how, in the midst of those struggles, God spoke to her by giving her the images that form the basis of this story. It helped her through that than and inspired me to make this comic.

Thanks for reading and I hope this story can be encouraging to you as it was for me. 

wow, this is awesome


A prayer

I’m out in the desert right now. I’ve never been able to sense you very well, and now I’m stranded away from all of my friends. My family is distant even though we live in the same house. I feel so alone. I thought that maybe my friends were your emissaries, that their love was your love. But now you’ve let me fail and fall away from their presence.

God, I need encouragement and guidance, but I don’t know how to find it. Reading the Bible feels dry. It’s so familiar that it feels mundane; the writing style is so weird (because it’s been translated from other languages and cultures) that it doesn’t feel like a person wrote it. It doesn’t feel personal or alive. I can’t hear your voice inside me, or at least I can’t tell it apart from my own thoughts.

I need discipline to work hard. I need inspiration to work on. I need determination to fight sin. I need clarity to see the idols and rebellions in my life. I need vision to pursue. I need hope to fight off despair. I need dedication to you.

You are powerful. Your love is amazing, beyond anything any human is capable of. Nothing is worth more than to live in your love. Help me to not just believe these facts, but to feel them and be driven by them. I wish that I would praise you all day long in my thoughts. Help me not to take your grace for granted, but to be in awe of it. Make me thankful for your mercy at all times, and help me act on that gratitude at all times.

God, I want to much to be with the friends I love. Help me to get back to Pittsburgh in the fall, or to know and accept if it’s not your will. Help me to go back to CMU in the spring, or to know and accept if that’s not your plan. Just please don’t leave me in the dark. Show me a path, and help me limp down it, then walk, then run.

Thank you for the mercy I take for granted. Thank you for allowing this basket case to live and to have such amazing friends. Thank you for the opportunity to go to CMU and learn so much there. I’m sorry that I am nearly always oblivious that I am a sinner in the hands of a just god. Thank you for your extreme patience with my weakness and rebellion. Even while I’m so impatient with you and demand that you fix my problems immediately.

Note: this part isn’t that important, the prayer in the block quote is the main content.

Usually when I try to pray, my mind wanders really quickly, and I probably don’t get more than a minute in before I’m deep in thought on something completely different. I don’t say amen, I just realize like ten minutes later I was supposed to be praying. I’ve tried writing down prayers, but then I get distracted by trying to write more neatly, and it still just doesn’t flow. Both methods end up feeling more like letter to Santa than a psalm.

Just now, I tried writing a prayer on my computer instead, and it all came pouring out. Abstract feelings I’ve had for God that have been in my head for months finally became words sent up to him with purpose. It felt natural, conversational, and I think it has more substance than just being a list of requests.


"Mirror, mirror, what’s behind you?
Save me from the things I see
I can keep it from the world
Why won’t you let me hide from me?"

"Mirror, Mirror" by Jeff Williams

For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story - WSJ

"In mentioning album sales, I’d like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they’re buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren’t alone in feeling so alone."

So I watched this (it’s really short, just 16 episodes that average maybe 8 minutes each (YouTube | Crunchyroll). The soundtrack is awesome! (Spotify)
Apparently the next season premieres tomorrow though, so cool :)

So I watched this (it’s really short, just 16 episodes that average maybe 8 minutes each (YouTube | Crunchyroll). The soundtrack is awesome! (Spotify)

Apparently the next season premieres tomorrow though, so cool :)

(Source: ki-zumono, via anordinaryreblog)


My pain and problems keep me chained
And my troubled heart makes me weak
I’ll wait for You to comfort me
And in You I know I’ll find my strength

I will soar on the wings of eagles
I will learn to fly high above this world
And I will soar on the wings of eagles
I will learn to fly
I will learn to fly high above this world


"Eagles" by Third Day



armadajetfire replied to your post: hey

Do you know yet what you’re going to do next?

still working things out. currently i have a summer job

one of my top priorities is getting out of this house as soon as possible… mom making me food everyday is not contributing to my i-am-actually-an-adult development

I can definitely sympathize with wanting to get out of your parents’ house. Good luck to both of us


Somewhere in the Middle

armadajetfire said: 12 Robin or 1 Miss Martian (both the Young Justice versions) please! :D




what a cutieeeee

bonus robin baby:

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh :D

"Forgiving others is easier when I remember that I’m human and stupid, too."

Justina Chen, Return to Me (via simply-quotes)

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"I think most of us try to walk this spiritual life alone and we attempt some kind of “mental re-arrangement” to understand God’s love. But you know, God’s love becomes so much more real when you’re amidst other God-loving people who love you. It’s why 1 John 4:12 says, No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. God does want us to get face-to-face with people to experience His grace."

J.S. Park (via firstjohn419)


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This, more than anything else, is what I learned when I came to CMU

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