but god is working on me daily

anonymous asked:

What would Boris be in the animation department if he became alive to? Bendy's assistant? I feel like if he was, he'd be the only one that Bendy wouldn't get to mad at, despite Boris screwing up a lot. Like Boris spills a couple of gallons of ink, and Bendy is like: "BORIS!" and Boris is like: "Oooooh golly! Boss is gonna yell at me!" And Bendy is like "... Oh I can't be mad at you buddy. I mean look at this face! It's one of the few nice things I see on a daily basis! Here have a cookie!"

Oh my god I love that! Boris being bendy’s personal assistant that’s adorable. On the other hand though I also kinda like the thought of him being in the sound of music department working on the soundtrack and sound design for the show.
I hear he pretty good with the clarinet.

FxF plots to consider
  • one is openly gay/bi/pan/whatever and the other isn’t sure and is experimenting and they meet in a lesbian bar
  • “heathers” with lesbians
  • they started to pretend to be dating to get fuckboys to stop creeping on them but whoops they actually like each other
  • “WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME YOU WERE MY BOSS’ DAUGHTER?!” “I DON;T KNOW WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME YOU WORKED FOR MY DAD???” “GOD DAMMIT!”
  • one is a sorority president and the other is a new pledge
  • actress and techie
  • 1920s au - a fundamentalist and a flapper
  • alternatively, a 1920s au where one’s a bootlegger
  • “oh shit the new girl that got kicked out of her old school for fighting is super hot help”
  • single mom and kindergarten teacher
  • high-strung businesswoman and a chilled out barista who gives them their daily coffee fix

Look I understand that 80% of the events in Les Misérables were a little too complicated for the movie but someone please explain to me why anyone working on that film thought it was a good idea to cut a scene involving Hugh Jackman being smuggled out of a convent in a coffin?

anonymous asked:

Hello, i am a little new to tumblr and i was just wondering, why don't people want others to repost their art/posts? is it like, stealing their post or something? ok, bye :)

Hi! Hello and welcome to tumblr!

This might get long and relatively angry-sounding but by all means this isn’t towards you at all anon, its just that this have been building up in me for a long time. But just know that yes! reposting other artists’ works is offensive and even damaging to them for multiple reasons!

>>Here’s a really well explained answer to why reposting is terrible for artists in general <<

For me, my posts/art are things I created. Things I worked hard for, and spent time on. Some of them are personal to me. To repost that art/post is just like STEALING that work right from me. 

We get that stealing is bad, right?

Because that’s what it is. No sugarcoating, no “reposting”, no “sharing”. It. Is. STEALING

But still, people do it. Sure some might leave credits to the original artist, some might even link back to the original source. But when you’re dealing with the internet, things get muddied real fast. Sources get linked back to other websites, to other blogs that reposted it and some people will flat out claim that work (That YOU created) as theirs. People will trace over them, remove watermarks, add their own stuff to it, etc etc.

And what that does to the original artist, is leave them creditless for the most part and taking the control over their own stuff from them.

To make matters worst, we depend on our content. To some artists, this is literally the only way they make a living. I know you see posts about it like its a joke but it’s not?? Whether its for the next meal, to pay off debt or hospital bills, to leave an abusive place, etc, we really do depend on these art works. It’s not us being whiny or being butthurt on the internet. It is quite literally a matter of Life and Death to some of us. 

It doesn’t matter that you say that “love the artist!” or “credit to the artist!” It affects ALL artists NEGATIVELY. It is always a stab to the heart knowing another one of our pieces got taken and reposted again. Heck, not a day goes by when I don’t find reposted pieces of mine on instagram/twitter/tumblr and so on. (Some just leave no descriptions/credit at all, some are a simple “Found it on tumblr. Forgot from who lol”. Fuck you, specifically, btw.)

So let me ask this: why do you guys need to repost them so badly? 

  1. “I just want to share them with others!” Then by GODS why can’t you just reblog the original post? Will that physically kill you to do so? Can you not have anything on your blog that’s not uploaded by you personally? 
  2. “I just love the art so much!” WELL HELL!! I do too, buddy!! I love it. Because it’s mine. It’s what I created. Rebloging the original post will show how much you love it just as fine! It won’t hurt at all, I promise!
  3. “But I want to share it on other social media besides tumblr??” Listen. Buddy. Pal. Friendo. 8 of 10 times, that artist your talking about is on different social media platforms too. We tend to spread out and do that. Please take time to look through our FAQ/Blogs to make sure? ALSO when it comes to places like Facebook or Twitter, copying and pasting the link of the original post will do just as fine! I repeat: You do not need to repost the artwork at all. Just link them back to the post. 
  4. “But I want to add a comment” Then reblog and comment. But don’t you dare delete the original caption because I swear to god that is an entirely different plate of garbage to deal with.
  5. “…I want to get the notes/likes for it” B*TCH ME TOO!! Why do you think I made it??? If you want to get notes or likes then by all means create something yourself but don’t take credit for someone else’s work?? Do I have to spell out that notes/likes are important to the artists that made that artwork, and to have all of that given to someone else because they reposted it is like a slap to the face?? Some of us face that DAILY. We’re ready to kill a man.

On that note, some artists have different ways of dealing with these circumstances, so if you ever have an inkling that it might be ok, GO ASK THE ARTIST FIRST!!!!!! 

tl;dr : Reposting is bad bc it’s stealing from artists not only their hard work and credibility, but even their income. Please, I’m literally begging all of you to stop it and to not ever do it

thanks for asking anon.

Orange and Thyme have left you a Dialga egg! 

WHAT IS THIS?

DINNER?

!!!

TIME HAS BEEN REBORN!

Grovyle: THE DIALGA I HAVE SLAIN HAS COME BACK, MY HEIR AND SON!

I SHALL NAME YOU KRONOS, MY CHILD OF CHAOS!

SURLY THE GODS HAVE ANOINTED ME AS THE RULER OF TIME!

Kronos: ..

.. peep?

Grovyle: WE’LL WORK ON YOUR ROAR LATER

Grovyle is now.. for better or for worse, a mother

Dating would include – Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Originally posted by hellomikky

Jacob Frye 

  • Well, the two of you usually can be found in the fight club 
  • Eventually you patch up Jacob after his last fight 
  • Or Evie has to take care of both of you 
  • It really depends on your mood 
  • “Yes, Evie. That guy deserved every punch." 
  • But to be honest you two are always up to cause mischief 
  •  ”[Y/N], Jacob, what have you done this time?!“ 
  • "We did nothing! … Oh, that. Yeah, we did that." 
  • Giving each other nicknames … all the time 
  • "Love” - “Angel” - “Dear” - “Could you two stop?!" 
  • Jacob is a big fan of public display of affection 
  • The people need to know you are his better half 
  • … and he would be lost without your kisses 
  • Seriously every kind of kiss 
  • "I want all of them, love." 
  • After a hard mission he needs you wrapped up in his arms 
  • Jacob’s mixed scent of smoke, beer and himself lures you in 
  • "Why do I smell beer on you, Jacob?" 
  • … "I think Evie calls me!" 
  • He makes sure you keep up your training 
  • Driven by his fear to lose you forever 
  • Even if he knows you can handle yourself just fine 
  • Him not being able to take his eyes off of you when you plan your mission 
  • The satisfied smirk on your lips makes his knees weak 
  • "Stop drooling, brother dearest." 
  • Randomly he wraps you up in his arms to get his daily dose of cuddles 
  • The two of you get comfortable on his favourite but little settee 
  • Resting your head on his chest, while his arms hold you close 
  • The closer the better 
  • His steady breathing making you sleepy 
  • "God, you are adorable, love." 
  • The two of you are barely fighting 
  • And if you do, it will be solved in the fight club later 
  • "I’m not going to hit you!" 
  • "Good, then it is going to be easier for me!" 
  • Don’t worry neither of you gets harmed, because you end up in a heated kiss 
  • "I don’t think you know how much you mean to me, [Y/N]." 
  • Evie approves your relationship without a doubt 
  • You are good for Jacob and vice versa 
  • And foremost you make each other happy 
  • Jacob could never think of someone else taking your place 
  • You are the only one he will ever love the way he does right now 
  • And occasionally the Assassin tells you his feelings in an unknown serious tone 
  • "I truly love you with every fibre of my body, love. You accept every flaw I have. You adore every insecurity I have -" 
  • "Shut up and kiss me, Jacob." 
  • Your wish is his command 

Originally posted by diospyros-05

Evie Frye

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I am not your darling. Nor am I your sweetheart, sweet lips, or sexy doll.

Stop reducing me to just a body that you fixate with lust. I don’t consent, but your eyes have already undressed me. I don’t want your attention.

You are every reminder of why I fucking hate this job, but quitting isn’t even an option. My boss reminds me daily, “You must be nice, cordial, smile to the customers.

… each day I sell parts of my soul with forced smiles to men who get a little too close, whose breath invades my lungs and touch stains my skin. I have to grin and bear it because rent is due in three days. God forbid I don’t smile. Work has become a place of ritualized violation.


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Title: Ritualized Violation
Copyright:  © Ivan Ambrose 2017
Deck: Witch Devil Deck
Safe Space Tags: Sexual Harassment, Violated, Hostile Work Environment, Profanity
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anonymous asked:

how do you balance time with God and time you spend doing things for entertainment, like reading, watching tv, etc.? i've been feeling so guilty lately and i haven't been reading as much (even though it's something i love) because i feel like i should be spending more/all time with God.

..goodness, I’m not very good at it. Recently, I’ve realized I check my phone/social media at work more than I ACTUALLY work. 

You said something interesting about how you felt guilty for doing things like reading, and I just wanted to say that you aren’t all spirit, and you don’t have to be. I want to address this first. Your life isn’t a constant mountaintop experience, and just offering God the intention of being with Him during your “daily normal duties” does a lot.

You’re a human being, your soul and body are connected in a way that is fearful and wonderful. God doesn’t ask you to become a transcendental being and float out of the material realm, which is something a lot of moderns like us believe without even realizing it. It’s like a silent lie that we absorb. It’s called gnosticism (yes, that’s right, it has affected so many people it has a name. Like a virus).

Material things (created things) aren’t bad, it’s just their use and misuse which MAKES them bad or good. Incarnation principle. :) So, your body and created-ness are good. 

What you said about feeling like you needed to spend ALL your time with God reminded me of this: that maybe what you meant was that you felt you needed to spend all your time in, like, ecstatic prayer or something, and that God couldn’t be with you in your reading. 

Well, bud, He is ALWAYS present. “Emmanuel” - God is with us, always. Even when we do very human things like read. “Jesus became like us in all things but sin”. 

If you don’t remember Him when you do things like read, but want to “stay with Him” at all times, ask for the Grace. He longs to draw you close always.

Know that you offering Jesus your intention to be with Him always is meaningful, and you can’t haul yourself up to Him; He lifts you, with His love, if you let Him.

You have duties and obligations you have to fulfill as a human being, God calls us each to a specific state in life - not every person is called to be a hermit and pray for 8 hours a day, and, likewise, not every person is called to be the parent of 6 and thus forgo quiet time for the rest of their lives (I’m kidding). 

So you really do need to sit down and have an honest look at what God may be asking of and FOR you this season, and what your state in life demands. 

In the words of St. Pio, “Duty before all else, even before that which is holy”. 

According to the Incarnation, in which Jesus was born in a stable, we can encounter God through the seemingly mundane, simple, and normal lives we lead. He’s there waiting in the “pots and pans”. 

So don’t ever shun the “normal” in favor of the supernatural (I mean, Jesus was a carpenter’s son, that’s pretty “normal” because God is present in both. 

- that’s just an aside. to continue:

As far as actually creating a healthy, holy lifestyle centered around God and making time to pray goes:

self-discipline is big, as order is the first principle of heaven. A career services mentor told me in college that if you don’t plan, it won’t happen. So: plan time for God, to make sure that it happens. 

Obviously, “God’s ways are above our ways”, and we can’t plan for EVERYTHING Grace might want us to do in a day. Jesus says, “follow Me (& the fishermen dropped their nets, and followed Him)”, not, “make a plan and then give it to me, it’s totally cool, we can follow your schedule, kiddo”

But God’s leadership/shepherding doesn’t excuse us from trying to live ordered lives, to the best of our ability, while leaving the door open for God’s grace “above our ways”. 

For me, practically, that looks like having a consistent daily routine. 

This is going to sound overly simple, but every day I try to get up before the sun rises, make some coffee, and just be silent before dawn with the Lord. 

Some days, that doesn’t happen because either I get lazy or I need more sleep, but making it a daily thing is my goal. 

After that, I try to honor the practical things I have the means to do to care for myself: breakfast, wash my face. I go to work, go to daily mass, work out daily,…y’know. Basic stuff. But, I try to do it all every day. 

This sounds silly, but having these tiny pockets of order in your life can be really helpful. Not as ends in of themselves, but as means to create facilitate the action of Grace which created self-discipline in the flesh. I don’t always succeed, but that attempt at discipline, in my opinion, is like a fast that helps us re-order ourselves around God as our center, Love, shepherd, and provision.

For me, beyond spending quiet time with God in the morning, I make a HUGE effort to attend daily Mass AND go to adoration (prayer in the chapel before the eucharist) every day because I have time to right now and I love it. My station in life permits it. We’ll get to that in a second.

Mass***** & quiet prayer with Jesus are non-negotiables, for me. I can physically feel the difference when I don’t receive Jesus and root myself in Him: in His presence, in His merciful Love, in His Word.  So, as those are the Most Important, I try to schedule myself AROUND making sure I get there.

Anyway, on the days when I literally can’t go to mass or have time in adoration with Jesus praying because of other duties (I’m a 23 year old laywoman soon-to-be student, peace out I’ll be SO BUSY SOON!) I trust that He will provide what I need, so that protects me from compulsiveness or false guilt

But when I just choose not Visit Jesus out of laziness, or even poor time management on my part, it sucks. 

It makes me feel weak, physically. 100% serious. On these kinds of days, I try to remember I can encounter God in the mundane, and I talk to Him while I do my work. I try to listen, too. You know? Bringing EVERYTHING up into God’s presence and handing them to Him, even the littlest moments. 

It sounds complicated on paper, but it’s actually super simple.

So in order to avoid that (missing daily mass and prayer), I started trying that self-discipline/scheduling thing I mentioned earlier. Time management, to the best of my ability, to facilitate healthy upkeep of my relationship with God. Put God at the center and first, and everything else falls into place. 

Practical tools like planners are things we can use to help us order our lives around Him.

About balancing that with entertainment, um, well, I mean:

Jesus Himself was accused of being too “cheerful” (”…For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at this glutton and drunkard, a friendof tax collectors and of sinners!’ “ (Luke 7:34))…. AND Jesus went off repeatedly to Quiet Places to pray..so I think we can take that to mean that Jesus knew how to balance both work and play and rest. (If I can say that about play).

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1. 

First, I would say never feel guilty for resting or for something fun. We aren’t stoics or robots. We have friends and families and communities and are human beings. Jesus had community too. And as human beings we have a NEED to rest and recuperate, and God gives us the sabbath to rest and worship Him. And in the evenings, think of an ideal gathering in Jesus’s time, around a table to eat a good meal and maybe tell stories or listen to someone sing or preach….that’s a kind of rest, I think.

TV/entertainment can help us rest and relax…through…being entertained. The purpose of the object is in the name, here. But, like any other created thing, it’s just bad when we it gets out of place, in our lives (or when we watch bad content, but that’s another post).

So second, I would suggest doing a little healthy self-inquisition in Jesus’s loving presence to see if you’re using TV/entertainment as a way to AVOID something that might be nipping at your mind or conscience, or heart, or eve subconsciousness. 

In my life, I know that often, when I feel guilty like that, it’s either because I’m using TV and entertainment to avoid something and avoid God or avoid something He wants to tell me, or because my “life” is “out of order” (see above, about ordering life around the essentials :) ) and as soon as I face up and acknowledge it in order to learn and grow and conform to Jesus, I re-find that peace and center in Christ.

But sometimes, that guilt I feel comes from me feeling like I don’t DESERVE rest, or from false SELF CONDEMNATION, which are literally straight from hell. 

So on that note, continuing, I know that God is Love, and that He doesn’t ask us to perfect ourselves on our own, which means that if I’m choosing to not making time for Him, I can go to Him and ask for His help reordering my life around Him. I know that He never leaves us, so I trust that even in my “wandering”, He is waiting for me (think Moses in the desert - God still preserved him).

The devil tries to take good, well-meaning people like yourself who want to Do The Right Thing and often tempts them with false guilt and self-condemnation. So if I’m feeling that guilt, I try to stop and evaluate it to see if it is from God or not, as well (I’m Catholic, so I usually also take it to confession and to friends for help discerning the truth). 

Remember: God never covers up our sin or equivocates around them or shortcomings, but He never addresses them outside His merciful Love.

God’s voice convicts, heals, and calls us out of error like a good coach, parent, or mentor. 

The devil’s accuses, condemns, and blames us for where we’ve messed up. 

God draws us into the light where our flaws and painful wounds and sins are exposed, offers us forgiveness, helps us wash our robes white, helps us change our ways, and heals us. We’re kids, and if a kid has a bad habit, even a deadly habit (sin is a deadly habit), the parent doesn’t push them away - the parent helps them get better.

The devil points fingers and yells until we want to curl up in a ball and die and hate ourselves and put ourselves out of existence.

So, yeah. 

I hope that rambling kind of helped you, a little. I just..typed what I felt.

To summarize: 

1) self-discipline 

2) make God / time with God the prioritiy but remember that God also wants you to do “regular” things appropriate to your state in life

>>>>the Incarnation principle>>>>

3) reflect on your actions and thoughts in the presence of God to see whether or not you’re avoiding something via media (and, thus, encountering feelings of guilt) 

4) reflect on your feelings of guilt and pray for the HS to show you if they’re from God or the Devil (based in Truth or in a Lie)

5) remember that God enters INTO your mess RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE, THE WAY YOU ARE, helps you with your burdens, etc, and helps you out of it - He doesn’t ask you to be perfect before you come to Him because He MAKES you perfect in His love, and that includes your guilty feelings over not spending enough time with God

6) practical tools like self discipline and planners help us organize and take appropriate stewardship of our time and means

7) “patience obtains all things” = slow and steady wins the race. God honors our little efforts to improve in ALL things and transforms them with Big Grace if we let Him :)

8) life is a balance between work and rest and entertainment and no entertainment, and it takes time to find it, but I trust you will.

God bless ya, dude. Lemme know if that didn’t answered/didn’t answer your question/if you have other questions/need clarification/anything.

This is a great video on being overwhelmed/scheduling/spending time with God from a guy named Fr. Mike Schmitz, and he’s super smart and clear. He might be able to help you.

This is a video from the same guy about having time to pray, which might help too. :)


(Re, Mass*****: I heard that Protestant churches don’t have daily services like Catholics have daily masses???? So if you ever wanted to go hear a sermon and have service daily, but your Protestant church doesn’t (if you’re a Protestant anon, idk), then you are MORE than welcome in the Catholic mass. #WeAreOneBodyInChrist. Catholics would only ask you abstain from the bread and cup unless you are a Catholic. It’s not exclusionary, it protects us from receiving Christ out of order or without Right Love and Understanding and Preparedness like St. Paul indicates we ought to in his letters. Catholics go through a process in our youth of intense education, learning about Jesus’s Presence there and scripture and etc, and out of respect, we would ask you refrain. Early christians had a three-year process of becoming a christian they abided, too. :) I think anglicans can partake? Idk? You’d have to check with the priest.)

anonymous asked:

Hi so i dont know what to do right now bc the majority of my friend group is queer and some of their not mutual friends have told them to stay away from me bc im a christian and for some reason they think it automatically makes me like all the terrible homophobic christians even though thats probably the opposite of me and it makes me sad and idk how to show them that im not what they think and not all christians are like that and most importantly have Him shine through me to them?

Hello dearest!
Oh boy. For starters I can tell you it is completely possible to be friends with someone who is a member of the LGBT community and still be firm in your beliefs. My roommate is gay and we’re amazing friends! Heck he’s even spoken to his friends to say that not all Christians are the way some people have portrayed us; as hate-mongers or homophobes. I can’t really give you any sort of tricks or say exactly what happened but I can tell you I offered our friendship, our roommateship, and every conversation we’ve ever had to God.
There was something God showed me during this whole ordeal that has changed my perspective on the LBGT community and how we as Christians should treat them. Think about what your job as a Christian is: is it to save them? To fix them? To remove their sin? No! You’re simply on this Earth to love so deeply that it points back to Jesus. Your job is to point to the one who does save them, who will fix their hurt, and who can remove their sin. I have firm belief that if we point someone to God and they choose to follow Him that He will show them what is keeping them from His presence.
When you surrender your fears to God and ask Him to make you a beacon of His love, fantastic things happen. I see him asking for prayer for daily things, I hear him audibly thank God for little moments, and I’m blown away to see how God is working on his heart and mind. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. Beloved the only thing I kept in mind throughout the whole ordeal was Love like you have been loved. That’s it. Of course we’ve had sort of awkward conversations but God gave me the words to speak truth in love at that time.  Speak truthfully always but we are not here to condemn them, not even Jesus did that, we are here to love like He did. So be there for them, be a shoulder for them to cry on, be encouraging in their hopes, pray for them, ask them how you can pray for them, be a friend in the way Jesus was to you when you were still lost.
We’ll be praying for you, lovely! Keep your head up!
- 31 Women (Nan)

As a Haitian-American growing up in the suburbs was probably one of the worst experiences I’ve ever gone through ever lol. I’m empathetic as fuck for my parents and understanding the dynamics of their lives and limited opportunities and resources why they felt like integration and working overtime to fulfill the “American Dream” was needed. I recognize the privilege I’ve experienced on a class based level, having access to education and being able to do extra curricular activities, but my god. I am literally traumatized daily by the things I’ve endured. My last bit of trauma, that’s been literally tugging at me, has been attending a PWI and being heavily surrounded by white people in academic spaces, social settings, and intimacy with white/white passing individuals. Everyday, I get angrier at the things people have said, the things I’ve let people say in my presence without a fast enough reflect to defend myself or others. White liberal people in my personal experience (even growing up in the deep south) have been some of the most violent, white supremacist in my life.

rea-rivkah  asked:

I'm sorry if there's something like this in the FAQ, I'm on mobile, but: as an IB student (especially with your country having many more courses than the US) how do you find the time and motivation to do such complete works almost daily?? I want to draw but my fatigue or workload always thwarts me.

Haha don’t worry, there’s no such section in the FAQ 

The truth is, I don’t make them daily! I usually upload something every 5, maybe 4 days on average. This roughly translates to 6 works per month - I don’t think it’s that much :)  

The second thing may be the fact that I got some experience so my drawing time shortens to an extent. I tend to (THIS IS HIGHLY UNHEALTHY AND PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DONT DO IT) draw in 6 hour blocks with no breaks which generally interferes with my sleeping schedule, so I literally dont sleep for the sake of drawing. I really need to change it because it’s been severely damaging my health and I mean it when I say that the “rebelious not sleeping bc drawing” facade is not as cool as ppl think.

Another factor might be that my IB course is entirely separated from my actual dreams and this keeps me motivated; I don’t study art so whenever I come home having at least a tiny itsy bitsy amount of time to draw is a real blessing!!

The last thing is, the IB course will be over in 2 months! I’ve already turned in most of my IAs and EE, only the Tok essay still needs to be turned in and it’s written, too. I’m studying for my exams, obviously, but I gotta treat myself from time to time :D  

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Our Heavenly Father is pouring out His Spirit upon all people - and He wants you to be supernaturally empowered to do not only the works that Jesus did - but even greater works!
Why is God pouring out His Spirit? Acts 1:8 tells us exactly why: “You shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you - and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Pray that His Spirit and His blessings will be poured out on us and our children and the generations to come!

Lesson 9: Grimoire 101

By: Teacher Faye

Live class date and time: 1/10/2017 @ 9:00pm

Hey guys!

      So today we’re going to be exploring the Witches’ magic books. Or in other words, their grimoire or book of shadows. So a quick rundown of what this lesson is going to look like: we’ll talk about what exactly a grimoire is and how it’s different from a book of shadows, well talk about the history of them, different forms, what does and doesn’t go in it, ideas for broomcloset grimoires, and some other kinds of journals you could keep as well. Then we’ll get to questions and homework!

So what exactly is a grimoire or a book of shadows? 

This definitely depends on who you ask, so I’ll start with historical information and go from there. By definition, a grimoire is a book of magic spells and invocations. Historically, a grimoire has been used as a textbook of magick pretty much. It’s used to keep instructions on spells, how to create magic objects, summoning or invoking gods and spirit and so on. A grimoire was seen as less of a journal, and more as a instruction book. A book of shadows is a term coined by Gerald Gardner, the father of Wicca, in the 1950’s. Gardner used it as a sort of cook book of spells that have worked for the owner. According to Gardner, there was one book of shadows per coven and the initiation members could use it and add to is as they saw fit. He also believed that the book should be burned when the owner died. (this obviously isn’t very common anymore and a lot of witches like to pass down their books to family or friends, so I wouldn’t suggest burning it.)


Now a days, the difference between a grimoire and a bos is very small. 

        For a lot of people, a grimoire is a spell book, and a book of shadows is a witch’s journal where she keeps track of how spells go and such. So basically, the bos is a follow up of a grimoire. But still, most witches don’t go by these general uses at all. To most witches, their book contains any and all information they may want to remember with journal entries and they call it whatever they want. I personally call my book a Grimoire, but it has a lot of different things in it. If you want to use your book as a spell book and have a separate book for journaling, that’s great! A witch’s book is completely a personal preference.


        As for format, again, a grimoire can be anything you want it to be. A lot of witches like to use big, leather bound books with homemade paper and fancy ink. But a lot of us can’t afford fancy books. Some good things to think about when you’re thinking about what to use as a grimoire is how you want it to look inside. If you want a very organized book with sections for each topic like herbs, journal, correspondences, and so on, then something adjustable would be a really good idea for you. Binders are really cheap and you can add, take away, and move around the  information inside your book whenever you want. Binders are also a great way to personalize the cover of your book. It’s super easy to glue some fancy fabric or leather around that cheap cardboard cover and make it look old and witchy. To those who don’t really care much about organization, a simple journal will do. You can go all out and get pretty handmade ones off etsy or you can go as simple as a spiral notebook, it’s completely up to you and your preferences. If you do use a notebook instead of something adjustable, it may be a good idea to add in an index or tabs on the pages so you don’t have to flip through every page to find the spell or herb uses you are looking for. The same goes for if you do organize it. I use pretty scrapbook paper in between my sections so that I can easily spot it between my regular pages.


A question I see a lot online, is what does my grimoire need to look like.         Again, as most of the answers to these kinds of questions are, it’s all up to you! This is your personal book and it should resonate with you. A lot of people will say your book needs to be handwritten and you need to draw your own pictures and such. To me, that’s silly. If you want to handwrite and hand draw your book, great! Do it! It’ll add that extra energy you give into the work. However if you’re anything like me, and you are not an artistic person, there are other methods. I have terrible handwriting for example, and I have no drawing ability really whatsoever. So what I do is I get on a website called Canva and put together the page I want to work on. I add in images from tumblr or pinterest, and a title. However to add on a personal touch to it, I usually leave the information section blank and then handwrite it in. I’ll post an example. (post example of page) Other people type out their entire grimoire and that’s totally okay too! Having an online grimoire can also be a great format to use. As most of us are tumblr users, we know that tumblr or any sort of blog format can be great for gathering and sharing information for your practice. Using a website like Evernote, where you can create different notebooks and pages in the site can also be great because you can access it from any smart device and edit on the go. This means you can just carry around your phone instead of a big book and if you need to know what a certain crystal does, just whip out your phone and  the information is right there. Online grimoires can be a really great tool for witches in the broomcloset as well as they are much easier to hide.

Some tips for making it pretty or unique. 

        If you’re up for the task of making your own paper, I’ll post the recipe I have for that if you want, you can always add  in little pieces of flowers or herbs into the paper while it’s drying. This can be really great if you have planned out what you want to put on that page and can make the herbs correspond with that topic. I like to decorate my pages with stamps. Stamps can get pretty expensive, but if you go to hobby lobby, they usually have some cool ones in the clearance section and Michaels has halloween stamps on sale during the season. Adding in pretty ribbons to your spine can both add some color and help organize at the same time. A lot of people add on little charms at the bottom of bookmark ribbons as well, though depending on how long your ribbons are, those may get tangled as your using it. If your crafty, you can use scrapbook paper and supplies to jazz up your pages. If you have pretty bad handwriting like me, I get calligraphy pens that are made to make your handwriting look fancy when you don’t know how to write calligraphy. They’re pretty cheap at craft stores and they can come in a lot of different colors. You could also go all out and use a quill, even make your own magical ink if you like.

Jumping back a little bit, let’s talk about what goes in a grimoire and what doesn’t. 

        The short answer is: anything and nothing. Really you can put whatever  you want in a grimoire and there’s really nothing that shouldn’t go in there, but from experience, I will say there are something that may be better in their own books. This is mostly for people using bound books, because once you’re out of room, you have to start a new book, so usually I would keep important information like my gods and their associations, uses and meanings for herbs and crystals, spells and rituals, quick cheat sheets for tarot and rune meanings, and stuff like that. I know a lot of witches who like to do daily or weekly tarot readings and record them in their grimoires. For me, this wouldn’t work because it would fill up so quickly, so I’d suggest leaving readings and dream journaling to their own books as to not fill up your grimoire so fast. However this is dependent on how you want to use your book. If it’s meant to be a hand down, I want my kids to have this and their kids and their kids, then you don’t want to fill it up with random readings, maybe only important ones. But if you’re using it for keeping track of your practice through journaling and such, it may work for you to have one grimoire and once it’s filled you start a new one. Personally I keep all my important “textbook” information in my grimoire, with a section toward the back for prompt journaling, and then I have a separate journal for tarot readings.

Storing your grimoire will depend on how sacred you consider it and how you treat your other tools. 

        Historically, witches would keep their grimoires and sacred books wrapped in silk and hidden away in a dark place. The silk was meant to keep negative energies and prying eyes from getting into your book, and keeping it in a dark place was both for secrecy and to keep the book in a good condition as they usually used leather and skins. Where you keep it can also depend on how often you use your book or work in it. I work in my book pretty often, so I keep it on my desk in my office when I’m not using it during a spell or ritual. This way it’s close so I can work in it. But for those who don’t work in it that often, it could be a good idea to keep it on your altar, or maybe under it or wherever you keep your tools. Your grimoire or book of shadows is in essence a tool for you craft. You want to treat it as you would your tools, but it’s also your craft between covers. If you are a messy witch who likes tea, maybe it’s not a big deal that you accidentally left a tea ring on one of the pages. Maybe it’s okay that it’s just sitting out in the open with other books and papers stacked on top of it. If you are very organized and your book is incredibly sacred and special to you, keeping it in a safe and protected area would be best. For broomcloset witches, I would suggest keeping your book either in a bag somewhere or stacked with other books where it doesn’t look too out of place.


Does a grimoire need to be a secret or can I show it to others? 

        Most covens have a group grimoire that all of the members can add to or use, so I would say that it doesn’t necessarily need to be a secret. If you are using it as a spell book or a “textbook” then Letting others see it could be helpful to them, but you don’t have to. A lot of people who use their books for journaling their path will keep their books to themselves as it is a very personal tool for them. Keeping your book a secret or not is very dependent on your practice and how you plan on using the book. I don’t really care who looks at my book for the most part as long as they aren’t being negative or hateful towards it or me. I do however try and cleanse my book whenever someone else uses or looks at it just in case they leave left over energy behind that I don’t want.
         So that’s about all I have on grimoires. Some other cool ideas for books to keep for your practice are tarot journals, dream journals, a reference book for herbs or crystals. I also have a grimoire to go. It’s a smaller grimoire with basic information and cheat sheets that i keep with me so if I’m out and about and need to know what a specific herb does, I can just look it up.
         

For your homework, I have a few things:

  • For those of you who don’t yet have a book of shadows or grimoire, I encourage you to make one! Go out and buy a really cheap notebook to start with and draw out a cover page for it! Look on tumblr or pinterest or youtube for inspiration!
  • For those of you with one already who use it as a journal, I want you to write out a journal entry about how you use your book and how it’s special to you and shows who you are and what your craft is.
  • And for those of you who have a book and use it more as a textbook style, go research something completely new that you have been putting off or just haven’t gotten to yet and make a page for it. Find some cool pictures to put on the page or draw some.

Soo, that’s about it. :)
I’m going to open it up to questions now for those who have any!

Resources:
Evernote


Some Youtubers with awesome Grimoires!

Skye Alexanders’ Books

  • The Modern Witchraft Grimoire
  • The Modern Witchcraft Spellbook
Just a list of things I love about a few NCT member

Taeil: The way he lets his younger members figure things out on their own despite being wise beyond his years and having a lot of advice to offer. He doesn’t force advice on his members and instead lets them learn from experience. He’s quiet and subdued even though he’s extremely intelligent and experienced. He reminds me of a silent guardian that is always watching over the members without them really realizing it. 

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The Psalmists talk about the Lord being their inheritance (or portion, in some versions). I think about that often.

If I were to lose everything, home, family, and health, would the gift of God’s presence be enough to fill my days and make them complete?

If I were imprisoned for my faith and separated from all the earthly things I hold dear, would God be enough to fill my life and make it whole?

God alone is enough of an inheritance for me. He brings with him good gifts like grace, hope, and eternal life. He promises that all things will work out in the end for the good of those who love Him.

I may not die in a grand house surrounded by finery, but the place God prepares in heaven for me is far greater than anything on this earth. A place at his table is enough for me.

Quiet time tips

Some of y’all have been asking about how to structure quiet time with Jesus and some tips on how to go about it, so I’ve composed a list of quick things to remember when setting up quiet time.

Quick note: Please understand that these are things that I believe are important and helpful, but they are by no means the only way to do quiet time. It has taken me a long time to get into a routine and I still fail to follow these guidelines at times. This is all a good starting point, but in the end it is up to how you feel you’d like to spend your time with God. 

  • PRAY. It’s a very easy, very important way to begin quiet time. It is a way to open up your heart to whatever God wants to tell you that day and to ask Him to keep you rooted and ready to hear what He wants to tell you. If you are having trouble thinking of what to say, here’s a good place to start: 

Dear Lord, Thank you for who You are and what You have done for me. Please open my heart to listen to Your word today. Shape my heart into what You have created it to be, and be with me today as we strengthen our relationship. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

  • Set a specific time and place that works with your daily schedule. In scheduling quiet time, it is important that you always have a set plan for each day. Getting into a routine makes it easier to stay focused and on task, lessening the chances of skipping days or falling behind.
  • Have a plan. Make sure you know what you’re reading ahead of time. Some days you might feel called to turn somewhere else in the Bible, and if you feel that on your heart, by all means follow that. However, having a plan makes it a lot easier to focus and have some direction. Later blog post will explain where to find cool plans and lessons. 
  • Don’t skip days. Trust me, I get it. I have had too many days where the very last thing I wanted to do was talk to God and open up my Bible. A lot of times I would rather just watch Netflix or go to sleep. These are the days where it is most important to spend time with God. It’s going to be hard, but it’s also going to be worth it.
  • Turn off all music, phones, laptops, and TV’s. It’s called quiet time for a reason. This is a time for you to sit silently with God and hear what he has to say to you. It is important to get rid of all distractions and just be still.
  • Journal! Journaling is so fun and great and helpful! I’ll most likely write a post on how to keep a journal sometime later, but however you do it, it’s neat to be able to keep an account of your walk with Christ. Writing things down often makes it clearer, and you’re able to go back and remember all the cool things you’ve learned! My journal consists of a mess of letters, prayers, notes, and other cool things I’ve come across. I highly highly recommend getting one if you don’t have one already.
  • Listen. This is a part of quiet time that I definitely need to improve on. Conversations with God isn’t just us reading and praying. It’s just as important, if not more important, to sit and listen. He speaks to everyone in different ways, but He is always talking to us if we just listen.

Hope this gives y’all a nice little outline on how to better organize your quiet time! If you have any questions/requests for future blog posts feel free to stop by the asks!

Fast From Wrong Thinking: "I'll Never Be Able To Change This Area Of My Life"

Today we are fasting from the thought that says, “I’ll never be able to change this area of my life.”

We all have stubborn areas of our lives that won’t seem to change—perhaps a habit, an attitude, an addiction, or even a relationship. That ends today!

LET’S CHANGE IT TODAY

1. Fast from wrong thinking! You are doing that now. When we change our thinking, we can change anything! As a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

2. Stop trying so hard. Expect change to happen TO you, not BY you. Romans 12:2 says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Our part is to renew our mind by fasting from wrong thinking. God’s part is to transform us. And He will! Expect!

3. Give up on promising God that you will change. Peace comes when you stop living by the promises YOU make to God; and start living by the promises HE makes to you. He will change you, as you renew your mind (Jeremiah 18:6).

4. Think: fire and hammer. Jeremiah 23:29 says, “Is not My Word like fire? And like a hammer which shatters a rock?” God’s Word acts as both fire and a hammer. The Word does the work! Expect His Word to burn the stubborn area out of you with His fire or break it off of you with His hammer!

5. Awaken to God’s grace. (Titus 2:12) His grace empowers us to change, to stop sinning, and to live godly lives. The river of grace is always flowing. Just step into it and receive!

6. Refuse to give in to condemnation. Condemnation keeps you bound to your present condition. When you realize Jesus doesn’t condemn you, power comes to change you (John 8:11).

7. Speak to the mountain that hasn’t changed. (Mark 11:23) Remember, whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven. You have that kind of authority. Use your words to exercise your authority (Proverbs 18:21).

THINK IT & SAY IT

I embrace the truth that as I renew my mind to the Word of God, He is transforming me. God’s grace gives me the power to change. His Word is doing the work! As I speak God’s Word and think God’s Word, it is changing me.

I am free from condemnation, because I belong to Jesus Christ. That grace and freedom is changing me today, in Jesus’ Name!

  • what she says: I'm fine
  • what she means: Jimmy Neutron was such a pretentious little shit like there was the episode where he worked at a fast food joint and he kept referring to salt as "sodium chloride" even when the other employee was like "it's fucking salt" and apparently we're supposed to root for Jimmy even though he's constantly like "the world around me doesn't meet the standards a genius like me has I'm just going to change it and ruin everyone's fucking day because I can't let people know that I'm normal like them" like god how did he not constantly get his shit pushed in daily what an asshole