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Hey anonymous.

God sees. God sees every detail. He sees every scratch and bruise. He sees every tear. He sees every moment in your life that felt totally godless. God sees every moment that led to hate, slander, anger, and sin. God sees every piece of the life behind the anonymous facade.
And God still loves you.

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Sufjan Stevens singing the Christian hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

This is one of the prettiest songs on Songs for Christmas, in my opinion, even though, from what I understand, this hymn is not traditionally associated with Christmas.

anonymous asked:

is it possible for someone to spend many years devoted to God and faith, but not really be a child of God? I have no gifts, no purpose, I feel like God never hears me or loves me. I've spent many years as a Christian, I believe Jesus is the savior of the world, etc. I just don't believe He chose me to be a Christian. I have told a lot of people about Jesus, so he still used me for His glory, I just don't belong to him. Now I'm just here waiting to die

Hello friend,

I don’t know you and I don’t know what your story is. You could be 15 or you could be 50, but I’m gonna guess you’re younger. Life can seem confusing a lot of the time, somewhere along the way we forget what it all means. We begin to believe the lies of this world that tell us that our only value in life is when we have a greater purpose of some kind, a gift that betters humanity or ourselves.

Can I tell you something?

God pieced you together, knit you inside your mother’s womb and breathed life into your lungs. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, adored by the Creator of the world. The moment you became you were a child of God. Nothing you did, nothing that you can ever do, and nothing that anyone can say will ever change the fact that you are God’s beloved child.

You know how I know this? Becuase the moment Christ said “It is finished.” is the moment that we all became sons and daughters of the Cosmic King of Glory.

You may think in this moment of life that you are worthless, that you bring nothing to the table, but the reality is this, we are not capable or called to bring anything to the table, we are simply invited. Like a child who is called down for dinner, the feast has been laid out because of love. Jesus has summoned you and I, he has summoned everyone who will respond and follow.

My pastor’s sermon today was about how we must see how sinful we are, but we must also see how willing God is to wash us and love us even in it.  Like a child covered in mud, God loves us beneath the dirt and grime of life, He loves us because we are his.

If you are having difficulty finding meaning, I suggest volunteering at your church, reaching out to those around you. We are loved by a God who created the universe with his words, we are more valuable than anything in this world, our very lives are a gift that God desires we use. Everything else is just extra.

You are loved, known, and seen.

-T.B.

anonymous asked:

I don't know what your religious beliefs may be, but do you think it's okay for a Christian to believe in astrology? Does it contradict God in any way? Beyond that, do you know of any biblical relation to astrology? Just something I've been curious about..

I personally do not follow any religion, but I do believe in God, higher power, and higher self. This is actually a very interesting topic, and as I answer this question, please keep in mind that I am not Christian and I do not intend on offending your beliefs or telling you what to believe in; this is just what I know and have learned. Just to get this out of the way, it is okay to be Christian; I respect your relationship to God.

Lemme tell you a little bit of history, believe it or not, the original use of tarot cards (something I personally do not use because I believe it does not belong in the hands of people who do not understand their purpose) was to have direct communication with God. Long ago, particularly priests would use them to communicate to God; it was not meant to be in the hands of common people for they did not know how to use them. The occult (whether it be astrology or tarot) was originally a very holy thing. The only reason why certain religions now disagree that astrology or other occult practices are bad is because people use them for selfish reasons; “how can I get rich?” or “tell me my fortune” instead of searching for who they are and who God is. Also, Christianity has changed a lot over the years, everyone wants to interpret the bible differently or how a priest tells them to.

It all traces back to the fact that all religions are connected. The earliest depiction of religion is traced back to men with higher knowledge wanting to give faith to people with lesser knowledge. So for them to give faith or an explanation for why we exist materially, the men with higher knowledge told the people with lesser knowledge that the sun was their God; because he gives us warmth, light, and life.
From that spread other religions to help people understand our world on a different level and to have someone or something to rely our faith on. You’ll notice MANY MANY MANY religions have a main deity that depicts the sun, for example, the Greek God Helios or the Egyptian God Ra. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all connect back to Egyptian religion, and then back to the sun and men with higher knowledge. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism share a lot of the same teachings.
Going back to the topic of tarot and its relation to religion; in tarot there are 22 major trump archetypes and it just so happens that there are 22 letters in Hebrew that have a close connection to the tarot’s meaning. Tarot traces all the way back to Ancient Egypt as well. There is even a card that represents the pope, it is the 5th Major Trump card and it represents the high priest of Christianity. The 2nd Major Trump depicts a female pope. The only female pope was named Joan, considered a fictional person from 1099 A.D., but in the tarot she is depicted holding the Torah; the Book of Law. The book of Torah is quite literally the old testament. There is also a card that represents Adam and Eve, and another card that depicts a Magician that stands behind a table on which are spread a number of objects, one of the objects prominently being the Holy Grail. Every single tarot card is traced back to a holy meaning; a lot of them hold biblical meanings.
To put it simply; tarot was originally used to understand the bible and God. It was never meant to be evil and was never meant to be used by common people. The only people who were ever supposed to use tarot were prophets.
A really good book to read more about this sort of stuff is called “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall

Moving onto biblical relations to astrology, there is a lot of relation actually.
I have a HUGE quote from a website that puts it perfectly, but it is quite long so I hope you’re ready to have a long read

“The following are some of the most interesting Biblical references to astrology.

 "I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the THIRD HEAVEN. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know - God knows. And I know that this person - whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows - was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that humans are not permitted to tell.“ (2 Corinthians 12:1-4)

The phrase, “I know a person,” is a euphemism people used in those days to refer to themselves in a humble manner. Paul explained that he was taken to the “third heaven.” The phrase, “third heaven,” is a reference to the multi-level realms of the afterlife. This is an astrological/religious concept believed by Jews, Christians, Gnostic Christians, Platonists, and other people in those days. A correlation with Paul’s third heaven can be found in the Gnostic book entitled “The Apocalypse of Paul.

The Apocalypse of Paul also describes Paul’s afterlife visit to the third heaven. It also describes how Paul travels through a hierarchy of heavenly realms all the way to the “tenth heaven.”

According to Flavius Josephus, the famed Jewish historian, the Jewish temple at Jerusalem had the twelve signs of the zodiac inlaid in its floor. Josephus also stated that the twelve loaves of showbread in the temple was a reference to the zodiac. In modern times, Israel issued stamps with the zodiac signs identified with the twelve tribes of Israel and the astrological symbolism of the temple.

The Bible states that God made the heavenly bodies to show us “signs” of his intentions. These signs can be read by anyone who knows how to interpret them. Astrology is about interpreting these signs in the motions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. “And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as SIGNS to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the Earth.” And it was so.“ (Genesis 1:14-15)

"And there shall be SIGNS in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27)

In the verse above, Christ uses astrology to reveal the “signs” in the sky of his coming.

The Bible states that the first communication from God came from the stars. David writes in his Psalm:

“The HEAVENS declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day after day utters his speech and night after night shows his knowledge. There is no tongue or language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the Earth and their words to the ends of the world. In them (the heavens) he has set a tabernacle for the sun.” (Psalm 19:1-4)

“Can you bring forth the Mazzaroth (the zodiac) in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? (an astrological constellation)” (Job 38:32)

This Bible verse shows God using astrology to answer Job.

The Bible also describes an astrological sign called the “Morning Star” which is a reference to the planet Venus. The Morning Star, also known as the “light bringer”, is also an astrological symbol that functions as a sign for the onset of dawn. It appears as a brilliant “star” at night just before the sun rises and brings light each morning to Earth. The greatest function of this “light bringer” is as a symbolic reference to the Messiah who brings the light of God to the people. The Bible also uses the term “Morning Star” as a reference to all sons of God including Lucifer, the “light bearer”.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright MORNING STAR.” (Revelation 22:16)

“And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the MORNING STAR rises in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)

“Just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the MORNING STAR.” (Revelation 2:27-29)

“How you have fallen from heaven, O MORNING STAR, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the Earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the STARS of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)

“After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said: "May the day of my birth perish … May its MORNING STARS become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn, for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes.” (Job 3:1-10)

“Where were you when I laid the Earth’s foundation? … On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone - while the MORNING STARS sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7)

In one of the prophetic dreams of Joseph, he saw the sun, moon, and eleven STARS bowing down to his star. The interpretation of this dream was obvious and that was that Joseph’s father (SUN), mother (MOON), and eleven brothers (ELEVEN STARS) will bow down to him.

“Then he (Joseph) had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the SUN and MOON and ELEVEN STARS were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” (Genesis 37:9-11)

Of course, we all know the rest of the story that they indeed had to bow down to Joseph when Pharaoh made him a prince because of his ability to interpret dreams. Here is an excellent Bible passage that describes the astrological influences on humanity:

“There is a time for everything, and A SEASON FOR EVERY ACTIVITY UNDER HEAVEN: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Astrology refers to every 2160 years as a new “AGE” which is a different sign of the zodiac that comes into position to influence the Earth. The Bible describes events that will occur according to the signs of the astrological “ages”.

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the AGE.” (Matthew 28:20)

“Anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this AGE or in the AGE to come.” (Matthew 12:32)

“The harvest is the end of the AGE, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the AGE.” (Matthew 13:39-40)

“What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the AGE?” (Matthew 24:3)

“No one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this AGE and, in the AGE to come, eternal life.” (Luke 18:29-30)

“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this AGE or of the rulers of this AGE … None of the rulers of this AGE understood it.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-8)

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the AGES has come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11)

“[Christ was raised] far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present AGE but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:21)

“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened … who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming AGE and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)

“Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the AGE of the AGES.” (Hebrews 9:26)

“Just and true are your ways, King of the AGES.” (Revelation 15:3)

All these Bible verses are referring to the end of the AGE of Pisces (the fish, the Church age) and the beginning of the AGE of Aquarius (the water-bearer, Christ).

Jesus was born under the end of the age of Aries (the ram or lamb) and this may explain why he called himself the “lamb of God.” By the time Jesus began his ministry, it was the beginning of the age of Pisces (the fish, the Church age). The sign of the fish has special significance to Christianity because the sign of the fish has been known throughout the millennia to be the sign of Christianity. Jesus recruited “fishermen” as disciples to make them “fishers of men.” He fed the masses with a miraculous draft of fishes. His followers were know in Latin as “pisciculi”, the “little fishes.” A commonly used icon in Christian churches is the “Vesica Piscis”, which is Latin for “mouth of the fish”. Its shape resembles a fish without a tail. It can be seen in the shape of stained glass windows in many churches and cathedrals. The Pope wears a ceremonial hat in the shape of a fish head.

Around the year 2300 A.D., the end of the age of Pisces will occur. The world will then enter a new age, the age of Aquarius (the Water-Bearer). It should be obvious to Christians that the identity of this “Water-Bearer” is the one who (1) came from the waters of Galilee (2) baptized with water (3) changed water into wine (4) walked on the water (5) washed the feet of others with water (6) calmed the ocean waters (7) gives living water (8) says we must be born of water (9) drank the cup from the Father.

Sometime before the age of Aquarius arrives, major Earth changes were foretold by Jesus and Edgar Cayce to occur. Jesus said that before this happens, there will be wonders in the sun, moon, and stars signaling this coming age of the Christ consciousness. This is a good reason why every Christian should study astrology so that these heavenly signs can be interpreted.

Another astrological reference concerning Christianity deals with the winter solstice which begins on December 21. It is the day of the year when the night is longest and the daytime shortest. The ancient Egyptians noticed that on the autumn equinox, the sun does not set farther south and sets in the same place on the horizon for three days. This is an astrological reference to when the sun (Son) goes down for three days (dies) and then begins to rise again (resurrection). Using the crude instruments available, ancient astronomers were able to detect by December 25th of each year that the daytime had become noticeably longer. This date was chosen, and remains, the traditional date for followers of many different religions to celebrate the “rebirth” of the sun. Following the equinox, each succeeding day has slightly more sunlight than the previous day. It was seen as a promise that warmth would return once more to the Earth. Numerous pre-Christian religions honored their gods’ birth or rebirth on or about that day. The ancient Egyptians knew that as long as the sun rose in the morning, life would continue on the Earth. This explains why the Egyptians used the sun as their symbol for the eternal life of the cycle of the seasons. In many Christian churches today, the symbol of the cross with a circle in the center of it appears on church steeples. This icon of the circle as representing the sun, comes from the Egyptian belief that the sun represents eternal life.

The Egyptian religion held that the Sun of God, Horus, was killed under the sign of Virgo (the virgin) but was resurrected in the age of Leo (the lion). This is why the Egyptians built the Sphinx with the head of a woman (Virgo) and the body of a lion (Leo).

During the days of Moses, the Hebrews were subject to the religion of Egypt. Before the worship of Amun-Ra (the major Egyptian deity) was instituted, Egyptians worshipped Isis (the Mother of God). When the Hebrews left Egypt and arrived in Canaan, their religion was influenced by the Canaanite religion whose God was named El (the planet of Saturn). The Star of David is a symbol which comes from the star of Saturn (El) which is the planet the ancients used to refer to the Hebrews. The Hebrews adopted Saturday (from Saturn’s day) as their day of worship. Christians, whose astrological influence was the sun (also from Egyptian origin), worshipped on Sunday (or the sun’s day).

The story of Jonah (Semetic for “sun”) is about a man who is swallowed by a whale (death) and remains in it’s belly for three days at which time the man is freed (resurrection). This story is another symbolic of the astrological account of how the sun remains still for three days during the winter equinox. It is also symbolic of the resurrection of Christ.

When Moses came down from the mountain, he saw the people worshipping a golden calf. This idol came from the Egyptians astrological worship of the sun. Golden represents the color of the sun. The calf (Taurus the bull) represents the age in which the Moses lived when he wrote the Torah. When history moved into the next sign (Aries the ram), the Hebrews celebrated the approach of their Messiah by blowing rams horns. The sign of Aries influenced many religions to adopt the lamb of God concept.

The concept of the zodiac is very ancient, with roots in the early cited cultures of Mesopotamia. Astrology is, more than likely, the oldest religion created by humans. The first twelve-sign zodiacs were named after the gods of these cultures. The Greeks adopted astrology from the Babylonians, and the Romans, in turn, adopted astrology from the Greeks. These cultures renamed the signs of the Mesopotamian zodiac to symbols of their own mythologies. This is why the familiar zodiac of the contemporary West bears names out of Mediterranean mythology.

The concept of reincarnation is a necessary tenet of astrology. The notions of reincarnation and karma together explain why some people are born into lucky circumstances and others into unfortunate conditions. For astrologers concerned with the question of why some people are born into a life of hardship written large across their horoscopes and other people seem to be born under a lucky star, reincarnation and karma prove important explanatory tools to understand divine justice. Reincarnation also provides a framework for explaining why a person has certain personality traits. They are carryovers from past lifetimes. “There shall be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.” - Jesus Christ, Luke 21:25″ - The website where this is from is here
 So basically, the tie between Christianity and astrology is very close. Even with the Ages. It is said that when we enter the Age of Aquarius, Jesus will return.

Astrology does not contradict God; it is a passage to be closer to God. I hope that by learning of this you do not get criticized by your friends and loved ones for it. You have to understand that when people are so steadfast with their faiths and beliefs, that new ideas can be unsettling and difficult to accept. So, I strongly suggest you do not try to convince these people of any of these facts. You cannot change a way a person thinks. People who are ready to become enlightened will readily learn and listen from others.

Last night, I couldn’t sleep- surprise, surprise. So I decided to pray. I haven’t prayed in the longest time. I went from growing up in Catholic School to not walking into a church in years until my grandpa died this past winter. Initially, I was going to pray that I could fall asleep; how spiritual of me, I know. But the minute I made the sign of the cross and began praying, I just started talking to God. About nothing. About everything. I told Him I was sorry for not practicing what I was taught to my entire life- that I neglected my faith and didn’t do anything to change that. I told Him that I really need support and guidance right now, and just His hand to get me through. I also confessed to him that I felt neglected and unheard and skeptical and that I thought religion was supposed to be easier. When I thought I was done, I then asked if I could talk to my Grandpa. Within one sentence, I had tears streaming down my face. I told my grandpa everything I’ve been wanting to say since the night he left us. I told him how much I love him and miss him and just want to make him proud as he’s watching over me. I asked him to send my love to grandpa and Pop-pop. It hurt. It hurt so badly, there were times I couldn’t catch my breath. But it was the first time in a long time that I felt connected, it was almost a surreal experience. I might lose followers because of this post being about prayer and religion but I honestly don’t care. I felt heard and connected and loved last night and I haven’t felt that in awhile. I’m thankful for that today. 

Confession

i agree with some parts of that confession about people making fun of Christians but it was a bit all over the place. i am believer and im proud of it. sometimes it bothers me when people talk down on my faith but i try not to let it phase me. my beliefs have impacted me in some ways and made me the person i am today. don’t believe? cool, but at least have some respect. respect is all we ask for honestly. im vocal about my faith on my social media, and sometimes in person, if it bothers you, turn a blind eye. as a matter of fact, block me if it really gets to you that much. but as long as you respect me ill respect you.

anonymous asked:

I am a Christian, but not lately. I am tired of being a Christian sometimes. It's really hard. I get tired of Christians and our hypocrisy & now I'm trying to spend time with atheists and idk, it's hard too. I also find myself fantasizing about marriage and I'm so sad. I hate where I am right now. I feel stuck in my church and I just want a change from everything and everyone but I can't escape. I know Jesus is the answer but I'm not allowing myself to go to him. It's hard to see Him as my joy.

Hello Dear Heart. There’s a lot in the question, so I’m just going to do my best to address each part. I’m praying for you and I love you! 

Part 1: Don’t be lukewarm. God doesn’t leave you room for that. You need to make a choice, are you going to be all in for God, or not? Are you going to commit and surrender to Christ, or are you going to walk away? I would suggest doing the former, but no one here can make that choice for you. I understand that being a Christian is hard, but living a double life is harder. Faith is such a struggle honestly, we all have times of doubts and fears that make us question who we are, but these questions can actually make our faith stronger if we go about them in the right way. I would suggest taking your concerns or questions straight to God. Yell at Him if you have to. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not, because he can see right through that. He knows you. He knows you deeply. He knows your questions and your doubts, so go to Him and listen. Read His word and pray and he will answer you, just not in the way you expect and not always at the times you want.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Part 2: Of course Christians are hypocrites! We’re sinners, but we’re sinners set free. We want to do what is right, but we fail all the time. We say not to lie, but we do it anyway. That’s not the point. The point is we’re looking heavenward for our identity now, those mistakes don’t define us anymore. We still sin and we still struggle, but we have a way out by the Grace of God. His mercy covers us. Try to flee from sin, but when you fail, know that God is there to pick you up and dust you off and set you own your feet again every time. Obviously some Christians don’t attempt to flee from sin at all and choose to live however they want, but that begs the question whether they truly have faith at all. 

Part 3: Marriage is Holy. It’s not something that God takes lightly. He wants you to be with the person that will bring you the closet to Him and will be the best for you. Therefore, don’t settle for less. Wait for the Lord’s timing and it will go well with you. Your time will come if the Lord wills it, but you have to trust Him enough to wait. That’s probably one of the hardest things that we’re called to do, wait, but it will be so worth it! 

Part 4: Why not change? You have the power to make a choice and start living differently right now. This is the first day of the rest of your life. If you don’t like your church, then visit new ones. If you don’t like your friends and you feel they’re a bad influence on you, then go get involved in something new and meet new people. Just make sure that you don’t like them for the right reasons. If they challenge you to live for God, then you should probably keep them around. Nothing is preventing you from changing the way you’re living right now. Start living for the Lord. Today. Walking in the light of righteousness brings healing to your soul. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.” 

Part 5: The only way to find true peace, happiness, joy, etc. is in Christ. Any other replacement is fleeting and a mere shadow of what it could be. You have the very essence of life and truth at your finger tips. Please, for the actual Love of God (literally, not slang), take it. Notice I did not say to seek the joy of Christ; I said seek Christ himself. The only way you will see Him as joy is by knowing Him better. If you don’t talk to Him, how will you share in His joy? Pray to Him and praise Him and actually have a relationship with Him. When you have Christ, you get joy thrown in the mix along with everything else. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

I can’t answer everything that you need answered because I am not all-knowing, so please approach God. Please surrender and give these things up to Him. Please read His word and pray and pour at your heart at His feet. 

-31Women (Beth) 

anonymous asked:

Hi! I went looking on the FAQ & in the tags, but haven't found something that answers my question. I'm debating coming out to a friend, but he is very involved religiously. we attend a catholic private school, so the atmosphere isn't too accepting, & he shares many beliefs with the Catholic Church. however, I do not know how he would react to me coming out, & at this point my questioning makes me sound like the over-invested ally. do you have any ideas as to how I could figure out his reaction?

Kii says:

Personally, I would say something direct like “How does the Catholic Church view transgender people?”

If he gives a negative answer, ask if he shares those beliefs.

If he gives a positive answer and/or confirms that he doesn’t hold negative beliefs about trans people, you can transition (no pun intended) into “Oh good, because there’s something I wanted to tell you…”

However, if he seems to be transphobic, you can say “Oh, okay. I have a friend who was thinking about joining the church, but they are transgender.” or “You’re always open about your beliefs and since this is such a hot topic in the news now, I was wondering what your opinions were. Thanks.”

anonymous asked:

I screwed up again and got high.. I'm high right now writing this all I feel like is crap.. making this mistake and sinning... I don't know what to do. I was so strong and when I get around certain people I just fall... :( I'm so upset with myself

Hi friend,

First of all, we all sin. You are not alone. It’s okay, but it isn’t, if that makes any sense.

It’s okay when we falter because God is there to pick us up. He knows our pain and He wants to help us so that we don’t make the same mistakes again.

I want you to read Matthew chapter 4 (specifically verses 1-11). When Jesus was in the wilderness, Satan tempted him. Many times, in fact. But Jesus met every single temptation from Satan with Scripture. Specifically, He met each temptation with Scripture that addressed whatever temptation Satan threw at Him. 

We have got to follow Jesus’ example. 

Sinning is inevitable. It’s why Jesus died on the cross. He died for us, for our inevitable sins. So that every single one of us who believes in Him will have everlasting life.

Another one of my favorite verses related to temptation is James 1:12, which says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” 

If you don’t want to be getting high anymore, first of all, I think you should talk to God about it. Study his Word. Listen to what He has to say. And secondly, I think you’ve got to decide whether to remove yourself entirely from the situation (i.e., your friends who are doing it), or, if you still want to hang out with them, you’ve got to come up with a plan for when you are tempted. 

Next time you’re tempted, try remembering the moment you wrote me this. How you felt. Talk to God. Be like Jesus and shoot some Scripture back at Satan. If you don’t want to carry your Bible everywhere or bring it out in front of your friends, try getting an app for your phone. Highlight your favorite verses. Go back to those in times of temptation. And, once again, always, always, always talk to God about it. Because He is the only one who can help you, in the end. He already know what’s on your heart. You’ve simply got to meet Him halfway. You’ve got to ask Him for help. Ask Him to change your heart, to help you when you are tempted. 

It’s all going to be okay.

I’m praying for you.

Trust God, my friend.

All my love,

S. 

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anonymous asked:

BVB , real madrid

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Okay, I’m gonna have a haaaard time answering BVB 😹

  1. is my favourite: Marco Reus, Erik Durm, Marc Bartra (sorry, but I have to list them all XD)
  2. i like the most when it comes to the appearance: Erik Durm 😚
    Actually it’s hard to choose just one player, cos many of our players are exceptionally handsome: Marc Bartra, Roman Bürki, Sven Bender, Łukasz Piszczek, etc
  3. i would play a prank on: Marco, Marc & Gonzo xD
  4. i would get drunk with: Marco & Marc, also Christian Pulisic XD
  5. i would choose for my partner if i got an invitation for a wedding: Erik Durm (as long as his hair is normal and not bleached!)
  6. i could just cuddle all day long: Marco
  7. i would ask for an advice if i had problems: Marcel Schmelzer
  8. i would bake cookies for: Marco (although I don’t like baking cookies, but I know he’ll love it 😹)
  9. i would read a fanfic about: Marco, Erik, Marc, Roman 😹
  10. i would write a fanfic about: Marco. Also maybe Erik & Marc 😅
  11. i would prefer to play in another team: hmmm… Erik & Christian Pulisic, maybe, if Tuchel keeps on ignoring them 😒 Such a waste of their amazing talents to not make the squad or sit on the bench only. 

REAL MADRID

This would have different answers if Iker Casillas was still there… oh well 😐

  1. is my favourite: Alvaro Morata
  2. i like the most when it comes to the appearance: Morata
  3. i would play a prank on: Toni Kroos
  4. i would get drunk with: Toni
  5. i would choose for my partner if i got an invitation for a wedding: Morata
  6. i could just cuddle all day long: Morata
  7. i would ask for an advice if i had problems: Toni
  8. i would bake cookies for: Toni, maybe xD
  9. i would read a fanfic about: Morata (I already did xD)
  10. i would write a fanfic about: none 😅
  11. i would prefer to play in another team: Morata! Come to BVB! 😝

Thank you! <3

Send me a team 😆

anonymous asked:

//I think I'm losing my faith and I don't want to but I'm worried I never had it in the first place.

Hey there, dear. It sounds like you’ve dipped into one of faith’s natural valleys – that doesn’t mean you never had faith in the first place! The thing about faith is that it’s not a quantifiable commodity, not a thing to have or lose, but a journey.

This is an ask from someone who I think was in a similar place in their faith journey. Take a look, and see if it helps you at all.

Praying for you, dear! God is with you every step of the way, whether you feel Their presence or not. You can reach a place of renewed faith, even if it takes time. Peace, anon <3

I was tagged by the lovely @awinterbornrose - thank you!

1.- What tradition you like from another culture/religion? - Oh so many. I love Dia de los Muertos. There is a lot that I really like from the Jewish religion - it’s so beautiful and rich in their traditions. I like the architecture of old Gothic Catholic churches, I also like some christian/Catholic music, I like the pantheistic ways of Greek, Egyptian, Norse, etc. gods. I like a lot of Celtic culture. So much from Native American cultures, This is one of the reasons why I couldn’t be part of any organized religion anymore - so much from so many is just so beautiful to me and I’d rather appreciate some from all than try to adhere to and so rigidly follow just one.  (I’m not knocking organized religion for others, I think it can be very helpful to some - it’s just not for me anymore). And with other cultures that aren’t necessarily religious traditions I just love learning about them too. I’m fascinated by other people and their lives/traditions etc.

2.- What’s your favorite season and why? Fall and Spring.  I love the in-between of these seasons.  Not too hot, not too cold (you know baby bear lol), I love the transition of them, the dying of the old and growth of the new.  Please note I only love this in nature - not in my own personal life - I hate the transition times and in-between times in my personal life lol, but in nature they’re quite beautiful.

3.- What’s the song that cheers you up without fail. A lot but lately it’s been Justin Timberlake’s new one Can’t Fight the Feeling.  But just about any upbeat son cheers up me almost without fail.

4.- Least favorite color? dull, washed out colors.  I like bright, true, clear, colors.  I’m not a fan of beige (as an accent it’s fine but too much is just ugh and blah).

5.- Top 3 favorite foods? Salad, rice, and I have no idea what else.  I’m really not a “foodie” person (I hate that term lol).  I eat to live, I’ve never been especially enamored of food.

6.- If you could talk for an hour with anyone, who would it be? My brother - provided he would let his guard down and be real with me, and not interrupt me.

7.- Least favorite vacation you have taken and why? Cairo, Egypt.  Okay it technically wasn’t a vacation, but I’m counting it.  Hubby went there for work, I was able to go with him and it was just a very odd, sad, scary, trip.  There was a lot of turmoil in the city. I was away from him during the days and with the girlfriend of the other man from hubby’s work and our driver (an old secret service agent) who did not speak or understand a word of English and neither myself or the other lady spoke any Arabic.  Then we met up with an English speaking tour guide to go see the Pyramids and Sphinx (that was awesome). The poverty, social and political unrest, the beggars, the children, the dilapidated, crumbling buildings, etc. it was all just too much.  At night when we’d go out to dinner, my existence or presence was never acknowledged.  The only reason I was even allowed to order for myself was because we were American, but the servers hardly even looked at me, I wasn’t spoken to by any of the other men who hubby and co-worker were doing business with - it’s like I wasn’t even at the table.  The other man from work was Arabic and his girlfriend (who was French) wasn’t even allowed to order for herself without getting the man’s approval from the servers.  We were there for 4 days and it was 3 days too long IMO.  I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to go, but it was very sad and depressing and eye opening (like all travel is quite honestly - good or bad I always learn something).  It’s just not a place I ever want to visit again.  And I mean no disrespect to the people at all - it’s just a very different way of life than I am used to.  Traffic was horrific, drivers rarely slowed down for pedestrians - especially females - unless they were older women that was the difference.  Pedestrians would play a game like roulette with the cars and take their lives in their hands trying to dodge between cars just to get across the street.  The hotel was lovely (the Intercontinental), the shop keepers were so nice and I wanted to give them all of my money.  They were just so grateful for shoppers since tourism was so down when we were there. I really feel for them though, and I did like seeing the few cultural things that I saw (like I said I love learning about other cultures and such). I can see how this was at one time a gorgeous city and I keep those images stronger in my head, I hope that one day they can get back to a more peaceful existence.

 
8.- You just won a million dollars, what do you do? Probably nothing different.  Put it in the bank until I figure out how I want to invest it I guess.

9.- What’s the book that you wanted to toss against the wall? Just one?  This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, currently The Godfather by Mario Puzo (although I am still reading it but man is it so fucking sexist).

10- What artist/celeb you cannot stand? Kanye West, Justin Beiber, Jay Z, I don’t like Beyonce’s music but I like her, Idina Menzel, Seth McFarlane, Bill Maher, Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter,  John Oliver, Donald Trump. i’m sure there are others but these are just off the top of my head.

11.- Ever been caught doing something you shouldn’t? Other than sneaking food from the kitchen when I was little?  I can’t think of anything.

I tag anyone who wants to do this and I’m going to keep Ely’s questions so you can do the same ones. I’m terrible at thinking of questions and these were good!