When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you think about? What’s the first thing you say? Do you set the tone for success, favor and blessing? Yesterday may have had some hardships or some difficulties, but it’s a new day. We should be on the lookout for God’s blessings.

The scripture tells us that the darker it gets in the world, the brighter it’s going to be for God’s people. The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn shining brighter until the new day. Things may be bad all around you, people may be negative, complaining and discouraged, but don’t let that rub off on you. The worse it gets, the brighter you’re going to shine. Be determined to set the tone for your day by praising God and speaking words of faith over your future. Be determined to shine. Stand strong in faith and set the tone for your future!

“Everything on our earth—both the simple and the complicated questions, both the little human problems and the challenges of finding the great path to God, all the secrets of the past, the present, and the future ages—all can be resolved only by such mysterious, ineffably beautiful and omnipotent humility. And even if we cannot understand its truth and meaning, and even if it seems for now that we are not ready for this mysterious and all-powerful humility, nonetheless, that humility by itself will reveal itself to us through those incredible persons who are capable of possessing it.”

Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) - Everyday Saints and Other Stories

I draw comfort and courage from the belief that I am a container holding the presence of God. This awesome and humbling gift of the Divine Indwelling constantly enlivens my spiritual path and seeds my transformation. The more I become aware of God’s presence in my life, the more I thirst to know this Sacred One at an ever deeper and deeper level. Like a cup that seemingly has more and more room to be filled, so I feel that my capacity to be united with God keeps expanding. The more I know how loved I am by God (the more my cup is filled), the more I am always thirsting for more of God (seeing how much room the cup still has in it to receive).
—  Joyce Rupp, The Cup of Our Life

So, in Loomer’s recent podcast with Paul Amos, Paul said that Jacob at the end of the Jack the Ripper DLC was actually going to be far worst than what it was/

According to him, ‘Evie would be changing Jacob’s nappies for the rest of his life’.

This terrifies me. 

“Everything happens for a reason… Right?! I’m a firm believer of this saying. We may not understand why we have to walk a certain path or why when it rains, it pours but trust that God has a plan. “Walk by faith, not by sight.”
We must lose in order to gain. Lessons are best taught through our darkest hour. Through crying and defeat. Through sorrow and loss. All of my pain or sadness has only built my strength, soul, character and wisdom. One day, all of our trails and tribulations will add up and make perfect sense.
Until that day comes, learn to laugh at confusion and dance in the rain. “The pain that you have been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming” Romans 8:18″ (x)

I have this huge headcanon about Noodle guys, and I generally don’t share my headcanons, but this one as been festering for a long ass time

What if Noodle goes through a small phase of depression and self destruction? after all of the running from the black clouds and the (alleged) time in hell, Noodle goes a bit off her rocker during Wobble Street? She’s taken in a lot in a very short span of time and temporarily walks a self destructive path. 

She’ll disappear for nights at a time and go off to god knows where. Whenever she comes back, she wreaks of booze and  and her knuckles are bloody and scraped up. 

When she is home, she doesn’t sleep often. Anytime she goes for a night walk, one of the boys are quick to join her, just in case she tries to disappear again. She’s grown sickly and pale from lack of self care. 

This sort of behavior weighs heavily on her band mates. Only when she realizes how destructive her behavior is, to not only herself, but the boys, does she finally decide to get it together. 

This whole HC started with that part of Do Ya thing where 2D checks in on her, because I like the idea of all of the guys keeping a close eye on her because they can’t stand the idea of losing her again. It was too painful the first time. 

A Marine fan

@chrisbrown @rihanna (read this)

(just a fan of his, but I hope this makes sense)

Well, I know you probably don’t see or read these Chris but I been a fan of you since I came back from Iraq in 2005 and followed your career since then. I’ve watched like many others on your highs and lows but never judged you brother. We all have to grow and walk in our own paths easy or hard. I’m glad God gave you a daughter, no matter the situation, she came so God could slow you down… same reason he gives most men daughters… to teach us to respect women and show them what kind of man to allow or not allow into their lives. Please continue to make great meaningful music, everything is a gimmick these days.

Second, I know you tired of hearing this but there’s more to you and Robyn brother. You two can say you over each other all you want, but your hearts betray you both. Yall are so prideful and don’t have to be, I once read you say you love her but are scared to hurt her… instead of focusing on why you cant, I feel you should focus on why can’t you. Yall have real love there, not lust. Hard to find Chris… I pray you see this and before you go off on me you at least consider what im saying. I’ve known my wife since I was 10… you’ve known Robyn since 2005 and she still holds you down… easy choice to me… nothing against Kae but she bad mouths you every chance she gets… follow your heart brother, not your pride or everyone else… you love her Chris… be happy brother… I pray that for you and that this message reaches you and even if it doesn’t, at least it’s out there.

I’ll be expecting more good music for my future deployments brother.

Shun Garrett
GySgt, US Marine Corps

Shun Garrett submitted to chrianna


Thank you so much for this message :) 

If you choose the spiritual path, the one of light, the one that serves God, the Universal Consciousness, your pain will end with Enlightenment.
—  Aaliyah Royle

Divine Spirit, I will seek Thee until I find Thee. Show me the highway that leads to Thee. Give me bursting aspirations of the heart. In the echo of devotion teach me to hear Thy voice.

The Path That Leads Back To God

Realize how far you have yet to go on the path that leads back to God, and how important it is to rise above the trifling troubles that occur in daily life. Ignore the pinpricks of difficulties. They distract your attention from your goal: to find God, to establish your unity with Him, through right action and through manifesting His qualities in your life.

The road of life is filled with many rocks of trials and tribulations. We cannot expect God to remove them from our path, but we can ask Him to give us the strength and the wisdom to avoid stumbling over them. God does not intend that we have no obstacles in life, for then we would remain weak. He wants us to become stronger by surmounting them.

To gain this strength, we need follow only one simple formula: increase our love for Divine Mother. With the expansion of our heart’s feeling for God, every mountain of difficulty is reduced to a tiny molehill. Everything that before seemed impossible of accomplishment becomes realizable.

-Sri Daya Mata, Only Love, p 228. Affirmation; Paramahansa Yogananda, Metaphysical Meditations p 31, 32.

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Abandoned by God

            What do you call it when you continue down a path that you know leads to disaster? Foolishness? Lunacy? So many of us do this. We convince ourselves that the path we walk is righteous and good, even though many things, especially the Word of God, points us in the other direction.

            Now what do you call a person who supports and loves the person walking down that dead end path? Aren’t they wasting their time? You might say that we aren’t supposed to judge, only to love, but isn’t it un-loving to cheer your friend, brother, spouse, or whoever down the path of destruction? To support them is just as crazy as walking that path in the first place.

            A lot of times we put God in one of two boxes. He is either all loving and thus cheers us on no matter what path we walk. Or we say that he is full of wrath and condemning, and that he has abandoned those who have turned from Him. When we do either of these things, we miss out on God’s perfect character, how He is the perfect dichotomy between justice and mercy.

            Someone on the blogging site Tumblr had posted this graphic about LGBT meaning “Letting Go of Biblical Truth” and how God has abandoned the LGBT community.

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Now I really don’t like what Christians have done with the LGBT community because, just like God, they put them in one of two boxes. They either say they are condemned and going to Hell, or that God loves them as they are. Again, there is no balance between God’s righteousness and His Grace. This graphic seemed to point out that God abandons gay people, and if you read Romans 1, that seems to be the case:

Romans 1:25-26 - They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

            But is this abandonment? God’s word clearly condemns the homosexual lifestyle (notice I said the lifestyle, not the community) so doesn’t it make sense that he would step back from that path and not cheer them on in their sin? You wouldn’t cheer your brother or sister on when they get involved in drugs, stealing, or anything else like that, so why would God do it in this case?

            It’s not abandonment. It’s free will. God has given us this precious gift of choice in life, a choice that we sometimes use to serve Him and sometimes use to rebel against Him. And here is the neat thing about God. When we choose not to serve Him, in His mercy, He lets us. Look at the story of the Exodus. Pharoah continually denies Moses his request to let the Israelites go.

Exodus 8:32 - But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.

            He does this continually. He makes the choice to disobey the Lord. And so God, having given Pharoah chance after chance, steps back and says, “Fine if that’s what you want, you can have it, and see how it works out for you.”

Exodus 9:12 - But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses.

            God does not abandon people, but in His mercy, He allows us to feel the effect of our brokenness. But once we reach our lowest point, once we hit rock bottom and are humbled, the Lord is standing there ready to take us back. We feel the effect of our sin, but never the full effect. Christ takes that on with the cross. He took the full punishment so that always have opportunities to turn back to God, who in His mercy never abandons us.