children are a gift from god

Little things Harry would do to make Valentine’s Day special

Spend hours thinking of just the right words to put in your card, crafting the perfect way to explain how much you mean to him.

Insist on taking photos as you open your gifts. And when you protest, saying you’re still in your pajamas, he replies, “Gotta have summat to show our future children, love.”

Buy you a dress in the same shade of baby pink made of the same silky material as your favorite shirt of his. Not so that you’ll stop wearing his, god no; he loves coming home and finding you draped in his shirt, soft legs peaking out from the hem. He loves you in it so much he wants to see all the ways a dress of the same kind would flatter you.

Follow you around, gyrating and singing, as you get ready for the day, pleading with you to sing along. And when you finally let him take your hand, he spins you in a circle, crooning, “Girl, you know I want your love. Your love was handmade for somebody like me.”

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Harmonia, in ancient Greek religion, is the goddess of harmony and concord. She is closely tied to Aphrodite Pandemos, the love that unites all people, the personification of order and civic unity. According to one source, she is the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite (although another describes Harmonia as the daughter of Zeus and Electra). When Hephaestus discovered his wife, Aphrodite, was having an affair with Ares, he vowed to avenge himself by cursing any lineage of children resulting from the affair. As a gift during her wedding to Cadmus, the founder and first king of Thebes, Hephaestus presented Harmonia with a stunning necklace. Crafted by the god himself, the necklace allowed any woman wearing it to remain eternally young and beautiful, yet it was cursed to bring great misfortune to all its owners.

Eris is the goddess of chaos, strife, and discord. In some myths, she is the daughter of Zeus and Hera; according to others, she is the daughter of Nyx, the personification of night, alone. Described as sinister, relentless, and cruel, she is the constant companion of Ares. Eris plays a significant role in the events which eventually led to the Trojan War. All of the Olympians were invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, the future parents of Achilles, except for Eris due to her penchant for troublemaking. As a means of revenge, Eris tossed the golden Apple of Discord into the party, with the inscribed words To The Fairest One. When Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite began quarreling over who the apple should be given to, Zeus appointed Paris, Prince of Troy, as the person to solve the dispute. The goddesses offered Paris various gifts, but he eventually chose Aphrodite, who promised him the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen, wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta.

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Greek Mythology Series: Children to Nyx and Erebus

                 Hypnos

      Greek God (Daimon) of Sleep

Hypnos is the God of sleep and twin to Thanatos (Peaceful Death). He is often seen flying the skies with his Mother (Nyx) and Thanatos. He married Pasithea (Rest) as a gift from Hera after he helped her trick her husband Zeus. With his wife they created the Oneiroi (Dreams). 

He is described as a young looking man with wings and lives in the Underworld in a cave near the River of Lethe. This is where Night and Day meet.

Destiny Recs Part 1

At the Door to the Rest of the Universe by @saltineofswing
“It is a sudden, brutal recoil. A transcendental gasp shared by every Warlock from Mars to Mercury.” Oryx arrives and the Warlocks notice. (And then, being Warlocks, argue about it.) The extrasensory depictions are a highlight. 3.5k, OCs with appearances from Ikora & Eris.

Bullet Hole by @jencforcarolina
They call Toland ‘the Shattered’ for a reason, and a bullet of all things brings the irregularity to the surface. 650 words, Toland & Eris & Eriana.

Children of a Faceless God by @hokuton-punch
Strange but sweet: an unusual Guardian forges an unusual friendship through unusual means. 4.2k, Variks & OC.

Closure by @the-shadowsmiths
Though his duties mean Cayde is forced to sit out on the strike against Taniks, a thoughtful gift means he gets closure all the same. 1.7k, Cayde & OC.

Departure by @ir-anuk
Eris walks through the City. A vivid and creative snapshot of life below the Tower. 1.2k, Eris.

Glory 0.1 by @illumynare
Quick and very cute: Shun watches a Crucible match and remains irrepressibly optimistic. 500 words, one-sided Shun/Ikora, Quist & Berriole.

The Hateful Verse by @ir-anuk
“Taox turns from the sight and feels the fear coil inside her like a storm, like a change in pressure. It takes her a moment to realize that the hope she had been holding on to before, the unspoken plan for her own future, has left her. Taox thinks, these children will not save us.” The moments that lead to the betrayal. 3k, Taox & others.

The Lady of Situations by @illumynare
In another time, Eris doesn’t make it out of the Pit and the Hunters gain a new legend - often frightening, occasionally helpful. (And you thought her lurking at the bottom of the stairs was bad.) 1.9k, AU, Eris/Toland.

It is beneficial to speak about the Dharma to those who inquire. And when you explain it, why not call it Christianity. They won’t understand in the West if you say anything about Buddha.

I speak of God to Christians, yet I have not read their books. I find God in the heart. Do you think God is Santa Claus, who comes once a year with gifts for children? God is Dharma, the truth; the one who sees this sees all things. And yet God is nothing special - just this.

What we are really teaching is how to be free from suffering, how to be loving and wise and filled with compassion. This teaching is the Dharma, anywhere in any language. So call it Christianity. Then it will be easier for some of them to understand.

—  Ajahn Chah

What are you doing with your freedom? - For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 - Father God, thank You for rescuing Israel from Pharaoh, David from the sword of Goliath, and Daniel from the lion’s den. Thank You most of all for the victory Jesus had over sin at the Cross and his victory over death at the empty tomb. I can’t wait to see You face to face and thank You for my freedom. Until that day come, please guide me while I use this gift of freedom to serve You and Your children and live for You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

The Daughter

In the Gnostic mythos, the Daughter is the first to enter into the World of Matter to rescue humanity, long before Yeshua is a glint in Joseph’s eye. According to the various stories in the Nag Hammadi texts; Sophia witnesses the Demiurge creating ‘living beings’ to inhabit his realm separated from the Pleroma. These beings he crafts are little more than robots sculpted from mud, mindless drones to serve their egotistical master. There is no ambition or free will or compassion or any of the gifts we take for granted in our existence. The aspects that many believe make up what we have called a ‘soul’.

Sophia took pity on the helpless creatures. They were, after all, partly crafted from the corrupted essence the Demiurge himself stole from the True God - the Source of All things, the Unrevealed and Unknown. Thus, just like the Demiurge himself, they were already Her children. And She could have returned to the Pleroma; She would have gladly been welcomed back to sit at the right hand of the Glorious Mother Barbelo. Instead She chose to remain between the two realms, to be our intercessor between the transcendent and the physical. Part of Her remained fixed in the Pleroma as the Mother of All, so then She decided to send a part of Herself into the physical world, in the form of Her daughter; Zoe Sophia (Living Wisdom). 

It is Zoe who enters the androgynous creature known as Adam and gives Them a soul. It is She who gives Them the spark of God and awakens the spiritual gifts we use to experience all that this existence has to offer, both good and bad, and the freedom to choose our own path. This, of course, angers the Demiurge who sends his Archons to try to separate Zoe from the creature - splitting Them into two; male and female. Adam is left as male while the one brought out of him he names Eve; “For you are the Mother of the Living.” The Demiurge is jealous of Adam’s devotion to Eve and his Archons attempt to defile the divine essence of Zoe within her. Zoe leaves the divine spark in Eve and flees into the Tree of Knowledge where she disguises Herself as a snake (in some versions the snake is a pre-incarnate Christ, but we’re going with the Feminine story here) to guide Eve to eat the apple and remember Her true origins - to remember that the two of them are one. 

When Eve eats the apple, she becomes the first to find Gnosis. She is the first Enlightened being. She discovers her soul’s true origin as Zoe, Daughter of God, just as we are all capable of realising. By sharing the apple with Adam, he becomes Her disciple, and also predates Judas’ betrayal by blaming Her for tempting him to eat the apple when their false god demands to know why he disobeyed. Zoe continues to work through Eve’s descendants; her daughter Norea - the wife of Noah - is a Gnostic heroine who eventually ascends to Heaven in order to escape the flood with the help of one of Sophia’s angels.

And the Demiurge and Archons continue to rage as Wisdom Lives on in what was supposed to be ‘his’ creation and yet never truly belonged to ‘him’. His own son witnesses the glory and grace of Sophia and turns against his father, swearing loyalty to Her. For this, Sophia sends Zoe to raise this redeemed archon up into the heavens and teach him the truth of the Pleroma. The people turned against the Demiurge and put their trust in the Mother and this noble, righteous and kind ‘father god’. So the Demiurge shouted down that “There are no other gods beside me!”

The Daughter laughed back at the foolish false god; “You are wrong, Blind One.” and, with a fearsome roar, she blew fire into his face and sent him down into the dark abyss. 

Of course, the above is merely a fable. A collection of metaphors. The stories themselves can be found in the Nag Hammadi texts such as On the Origin of the World. However, the message of the Daughter’s purpose and Her devotion to the world is made clear for those willing to look.

She is our greatest protector against forces of ignorance and hatred. She is the passion and devotion of a young priestess with the courage and strength of a warrior. She is Wisdom living here with us wherever we see and hear Her. Whether it be in a school teacher who changes how we view the world, in our parents giving us sage advice, or a quote from scripture or a secular writing that makes us gasp - She is here. I see Her in great women of Light, from Eve to the Magdalene to great women of modern times. And we can find Her within ourselves because that divine spark has been within all living beings since the very start when we were but single cells on a cooling rock. 

anonymous asked:

I don't really like kids. Maybe it's because I've never fit in--I mean, I didn't like kids when I was a kid myself. But every time I'm so awkward around them I feel so guilty--I just don't know what to do. Jesus loved kids, right? And I mean. I still LOVE them. I just don't want them for myself. The point is, is this against God? Not being good with kids and not wanting them?

Hi friend,

Although children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3-5), there is nothing in the Bible that says that married couples must have children. So, no, your decision of whether or not to have children is not against God. 

Here is some more information on this topic. 

As for not liking kids (which, I understand, because I used to feel the same way), just make sure that you are still loving them as best you can. They’re just like you, after all, and Jesus died for them and loves them so much, just as He died for you and loves you so much. 

(An added thought: While you may always feel this way about not liking and not wanting kids (which is okay, by the way), be open to the fact that you may not. I used to say that I never wanted to get married and never wanted kids, and now, here I am, 26 years old, married and hoping to have children of my own. His plan for your life may surprise you.) 

All my love,

S. 

Cigarette Butts

A lover’s dream, a schizophrenic nightmare,

If you stop the bleeding, I’ll trust you forever,

There’s so many questions I want to ask you,

Many as old and dead as the cans you’ve sipped


Without the Company of old friends, I’d be dead,

So man, roll us another one as we wait for the sun,

It peaks over the horizon and with it comes sleep,

Blessed rest for God’s children, even the sleepwalkers,


No sympathy for the weak, demons best left in my head,

Join us as we walk hand in hand, lovers and friends,

Save our lives, we’ve become convinced we don’t need em,

Even if you can’t stop the pain, I’ll love you anyway,


We have so much to lose, precious gifts from the Man above,

it’s a slow burn, roasting my innards, ready for consumption,

As the beast swallows us piece by piece, we’ll look him right in his eye,

With a defiance unwritten till now, a battle cry, unheard till then,


it’s easy…ya know…as lover’s go.

Heroic Ramblings

Seeing as I have five-ish hours before I need to wake up to go to work, I feel I should stave off ennui by talking about the relationship between classical heroes (Ranging from guys like Heracles to more chivalric legends such as Arthur) and modern superhero tropes (especially as relating to Spider-Man, because he’s great) The term hero originates with the Greek term Hērōs, meaning something between a warrior and a defender. In practice, it referred to any particularly impressive warrior. These were guys (Mostly men, natch, as hērōs is a masculine word) that were often gifted with divine power or favor. Many of them were either the children of gods or their descendants. Other than the obvious Greek heroes such as Heracles and Odysseus, Beowulf is a pretty good example of another classical hero. Every classical hero has a fatal flaw that inevitably leads to their undoing and most of them die in battle. Heracles had his anger, Odysseus was too proud, Beowulf was ambitious. Interestingly, the idea of the classical antihero was not a dark and brooding character with a load of weapons and a chip on his shoulder- Heracles fits that bill. At some point, likely due to the Christian idea of a hero as a morally upright and unfaltering figure, the classical antihero split off as a counterpart to earlier heroes. The antihero was cowardly, plagued by doubt, etc. everything the hero was, the antihero was not. Also of note were stories about such things as the Argo, the Calydonian Boar Hunt, and of course the Trojan War. These stories involved many heroes and gods coming together in one place and kicking up a storm. Much later, characters such as Superman and the Phantom showed up. Influenced by earlier stories, comic books often drew heavily on the tropes of Greek mythology and other similar sources. Superman is, in a way, a classical hero. His greatest flaw being his utter compassion and humility. Bestowed with immense strength and almost divine power. At the same time, he embodies the Jewish ideal of a hero; he is compassionate even to those that would harm him and he always tries to leave the world better for his passage. So, for a while, Clark kind of set the bar for what a superhero was. Sure, Batman and the Flash had a massive part to play, but Superman is iconic in a way nothing else can match. From there, we got things like the Crisis crossovers. Superheroes and cosmic powers all in one place, kicking up a storm. And my favorite, we got Spider-Man. Spider-Man is the iconic modern classical antihero (What a mouthful) for a number of reasons. Unconfident, often foolish, bearer of Great Responsibility… Spider-Man is often tragic, see the fate of poor Gwen Stacy. Peter Parker often fails in ways that other heroes don’t. And yet, through it all, he perseveres. @weareskald I feel like you might like these ramblings.

Originally posted by marveldcuniv3rse

Yuletide Spirits as portrayed by Sam Flegal, including the Odin, in red, holding the spear, with him Frau Hölle, from German folklore and being opposed by him Krampus, from Alpine folklore.

These folklore stories probably arose, at least in their current form, after the conversion to Christianity in the areas they are known and seem to be influenced by it. Krampus is said to be a kind of bad Santa Claus who visits naughty children. Odin is (here) a folklore forerunner of (good) Santa and I understand his gifts can include: peace, friendship, laughter, health, abundance, merriment, life, joy and hope. Of course, the Heathen God Odin is known, particularly, as the one who gives inspiration, especially to poets, scholars and warriors.

2013 Image: copyright is Sam Flegal’s.

dark, rolling storm-skies,
looming clouds of near-atomic destruction,
even the gods,
know when to hide.

cracked desert ground,
hot and scorched from harsh sun,
warmth that turns to icy unforgiveness,
in the night.

the children are escaping their grandmother’s bones,
skeletal shards littering a dead earth,
Bluebird and Coyote seek the azure color of the sea,
pride creates a cyclical doom, spared of rewards.

the Creator,
who mourns the aging of youths,
so powerful that He plucked the sunlight from the sky,
and the shadows of playing children from the ground.

silent,
picturesque butterflies that erupted from the bag,
that He gifted the rambunctious children,
butterflies made from the rainbow of the earth.

Montezuma, he who aids the Great Spirit,
struck down with a heavy hand,
for his hubristic endeavor,
no home can be built high enough to reach the heavens.

mortals are as foolish and faulty,
as the animal kingdom,
exempt from the fact that we humans,
endure.

thunder pounds a heavy beat in the sky,
as dangerous a sound as,
the drums that are held up like savior deities,
by human hands.

melodies,
slow,
intoxicating,
watching humanity’s fall from grace.

“you weren’t lying when you said it would sting”,
the crack of lightning behind the clouds,
is as brutal as any whip strike,
on your back.

the sun is a bright promise in the sky,
a promise that burns everything it touches,
a reminder that in imperfect fingertips,
balance is nonexistent.

retribution razes rebellion,
rebellion destroys injustice,
and the world spins into a vicious cycle,
full of idols, mortals, and monsters.

i see only gods.

—  desert of the gods; l.m.

“Now. Open your eyes”

“Oh gods, Leo. I-Is this really for me?”

“Yes ma'am. I made it myself, actually. Well, I received help from other children of Hephaestus and Demeter too bu-”

“It’s beautiful. I love it. I love you" 

Picture of Calypso’s new bike, a gift from Leo, who was starting to like this thing about Calypso shutting him up with a kiss.

So everything kinda “make sense” now, i think.

Yusho doesn’t remember the actual details of Yuya’s birth etc, and neither does Yuzu’s father it seems, commenting that Yuzu was more like a gift from god.

Yusho asked Shuuzou about his wife but he told Yusho to not “remind him” about it.

And Yusho was actually “suspecting” that Zarc might have “chosen” him for his reincarnation(Yuya) to grow, so that he can teach him to duel again, to learn how to entertain people again etc(since Zarc was all about entertaining his audience in the first place).

Scary omg whattt

Medical Naturalness vs Medical Advances

I got told that I look at pregnancy like a disease and my children like a curse because I had medical intervention that kept me and my children alive during my pregnancy rather than allowing nature of birth and death to just “happen”. The medical intervention being medication that kept me and my children alive then giving birth in a hospital.

This is what happens when “naturalness” becomes an idol. The dignity and the life of the mother and child mean less than the sake of being “all natural”, to avoid “big pharma” or whatever medical conspiracy is circling today.

“Naturalness” is about “as close to God as you can get on earth” as is dying from radiation poisoning.

When you bow down and worship “naturalness”, you limit God and his ability to work through human beings. You become unaware and in denial of the gifts that are borrowed from God and given to man in the sciences, music, and art. Intelligence and advancement and naturalness are both just neutrals. Both can be used for good, and both can be used for evil.

  • atheists: i am uncomfortable with the lack of separation of church and state in like 80% of our laws
  • christians: god y'all are so demanding. atheists always speaking out about their atheist opinions amirite
  • christians: by the way gay marriage can't be legal because the bible says so physician-assisted suicide can't be legal because life is a gift from god and suicide is a sin we're gonna print god on all of our legal currency every single federal document is gonna mention god's will in it not only are we gonna force children from the age of 5 to pledge allegiance to their entire country but we're also gonna make them pledge allegiance to a country under god and just for fun we're gonna blame atheists feeling like they need to defend their right to an existence without the influence of a 2000 year old book guiding their every decision on the idea that they're all cheeto-fingered fedora-wearing dudebros JUST so that we don't have to act like we give a shit about nonchristian people
If every morning you look at your child as a gift from God, a blessing that He has bestowed today, and thank Him for that blessing, you will approach your children with love, patience, and grace. You have to bow your knee and say, “God, you really are good and you knew exactly what you were doing when you gave me this child.
—  Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae
A woman who belongs to herself can taste lassitude in everything she does, not because belonging to one’s self is debilitating, but the constant warding off of crowdedness is fatiguing. A woman like that lies awake instead of falling asleep, as she enjoys the rise and fall of her breathing chest. Her darkness doesn’t scare her because she understands the necessity of her space. She wakes up every morning smelling like sweet water and damp hair from the dream she’d just had. Her breath, a gift from God, is hers alone so she is not in the business of letting people take it away. She trades stories and handshakes because she enjoys the socialism of human experience. When languor introduces itself to a woman who belongs to herself, you can likely find her before a mirror, counting the times that love has failed her, men have insulted her, children have ignored her, and mothers have refused to mother her. She might spiral into unexplainable frenzies of silence that may last anywhere from a minute to a decade. Leave her to herself because privacy is valuable to a woman who enjoys her own company, especially since she might be in need of some time to howl herself into wellness, once more.
—  Uma Samari