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Note to self: stop rushing forward. You are right where He wants you to be. Whatever or whoever it is that you’re waiting for right now in this moment? Trust Him. Trust His timing. Trust His plan. Because He’s got this, love. He’s got this, and He’s got you, and you are right where you are meant to be. Now, lean into Him and enjoy where you’re at today.

PSA

Do NOT ask me to support your Christian missionary work.

I will never support Christian missionaries, especially white Christian missionaries.

I am all about spreading the word of God, but there’s just something very no-no-no about white people busting into non-white communities and indigenous cultures to try and “spread the word”. Something pretty obviously no-no-no. *ahem*

These people have most likely already heard about Christ. And if they haven’t, they should have other natives from that area teach them. Not a bunch of white people from a totally different culture/country. Especially not white people.

A question that plagued me

As a gay Christian, specifically a gay Catholic, I’ve been plagued with the same question for as long as I’ve even considered that I may be a lesbian. And ever since I came out, I’ve gotten this question more frequently than anything else:

Isn’t homosexuality a sin?

Aren’t you going to go to hell?

I spent years debating this. I never had an answer until recently, and I’m writing this post for the gay Christians that are scared, and for the straight Christians that give our church it’s bad reputation of blatant homophobia.

The most common argument I hear for homophobia is that in the book of Leviticus, “a man must not lie with a man as with a woman” and that in Genesis, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. But does Christ not call us to love one another? Are we not called to “love one another as [Jesus] has loved [us]” regardless of gender? If your argument is that it’s wrong to be gay, so God hates you, you’re unfortunately very mistaken. God loves me and you and all the other people regardless of gender or sexuality; if God doesn’t make mistakes, then we are to love however we are made to by God.

Recall that familiar story in the Bible, where the centurion goes to Jesus and asks that Jesus heal his servant. You probably think of it as a touching story of a kind-hearted Roman soldier, but in reality, it’s a story of God healing a gay man’s boyfriend. In the original Greek version of that particular gospel, the Centurion refers to his servant as the Greek word that means a servant who’s duty is to be his/her master’s companion and lover. The man was, in essence, his master’s lover, and Jesus didn’t turn the centurion away because of this. He instead said “your faith has saved you”. Jesus didn’t reprimand the centurion or tell him he’d go to hell for having gay sex, he blessed that lovely gay biblical couple.

I had a conversation a few years ago, with one of my dad’s best friends. He is also Gay and Catholic, and when we spoke, he told me how important it is to love other, in all forms of love, whether filial or agape or eros love, regardless of gender, and that is why he doesn’t consider his sexuality a sin, and neither do I.

At the end of the day, faith, and its expression in the form of religion, is about our personal relationship with God. Or gender doesn’t determine our faith, nor does our sexuality, race, or age.
In the words of Pope Francis, “if a person is gay, and follows the Lord, who am I to judge?”

It’s on days that I have to fight the hardest to stay alive that I remind myself that maybe, just maybe, it’s the ones who have to fight the hardest that God has the biggest plans for.

Not everyone is going to see your worth and potential. Even when you see their’s, and even when you pour time and energy into being the absolute best you can be, there will still be people who look past you or take you for granted. Whether you’ve dealt with this romantically, with friends, your job, or even in ministry, this hurts. However, God is faithful in providing us with Biblically rooted hope for this hurt:

In Samuel 16:1-13, even though God wanted David to be appointed as a king by Samuel, David was nowhere close to being Samuel’s first choice. Samuel was certain that one of David’s brothers was the one God wanted. However, God stepped in, and in a final turn of events, David, who was not even in consideration for being chosen as king, was brought in to his father Jesse’s house and was appointed as king over everyone else.

Had it not been for the Lord, David would have never gotten that position. Even though Samuel eventually saw David was the one who God wanted to be appointed as King, God was the One who anointed Him and made it possible.

Remember this when it comes to romantic relationships, friendships, work opportunities, ministry opportunities, and anything else you desire to have. God never forgets to give you what was meant for you. You may be overlooked by man, but you will never be overlooked by Him. So keep on doing what you do for Him, knowing that He is always faithful in honoring those who do, regardless of how long it takes for others to see your worth.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

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Current Recommended Reading: Christian Witch edition

(Note: This applies to Christian, Catholic, and Christopagan witches, too!)

The Path of a Christian Witch by Adelina St. Clair

Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Christine Valters Paintner

The Jesus Mysteries by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

• Nag Hammadi texts (I’ve been reading them on sacred-texts.com)

• Dead Sea Scrolls (again, some can be found on sacred-texts.com)

• The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene

I intend to come back and continue to update this list as I read more about Christian witchcraft and mysticism, so this list will hopefully expand!

Feel free to reblog with suggestions!

Uncontrolled anger won’t better our world, but sympathetic understanding will. Once we see the world and ourselves for what we are, we can help. Once we understand ourselves we begin to operate not from a posture of anger but of compassion and concern. We look at the world not with bitter frowns but with extended hands. We realize that the lights are out and a lot of people are stumbling in the darkness. So we light candles.
—  Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior

Honestly I think I’ll always be bitter about the fact that Vampire Academy never got a second chance after they decided not to adapt the second book. Like yes, ok, the movie wasn’t the greatest and they should have handled it better instead of turning it into a ‘mean girls meets twilight’. BUT the books are so gooood! VA (and Bloodlines) is literally my favorite book series after Harry Potter. I’m not even joking. The books were dark and twisted and funny and so complex.

It has a kickass actual Queen, Lissa Dragomir, who is suffering from depression and anxiety but nonetheless manages to rule an entire government at the age of 18. A kickass, independent, warrior, Rose Hathaway, who witnesses death all around her but still has to find the will to fight. There’s Christian, the outcast who is shunned by his community because if his family. Then there’s Dimitri who is a survivor, coming from a rather poor Russian household and having to witness his father abuse his mother. There’s Sydney who suffers tremendous abuse from her controlling father which results in her developing an eating disorder. And Adrian who has to learn to keep his Bipolar disorder in check and reach out to help.

Not to mention the books touch sensitive, but very relevant, issues like, mental illness, sexual assault, slut shaming, sex work, corrupt governments and discrimination. The books are filled with blood and horror and forbidden love. TMI was given a second chance on TV and Divergent might be turned into a tv movie too. The writers could really explore the world of the Moroi in depth and give us an amazing, satisfying, chilling show. How has this not happened yet? I wish the original cast comes back too if they ever decide to do such a thing but for now I just want the books to be transferred to the small screen because I would watch the hell out of it!