courtship

anonymous asked:

I pray for you as a fellow bisexual Christian woman. I hope you find your peace and strength in accepting both your sexuality and our Lord one day. You deserve it as a child of his

Hello!

Thank you for your prayers! However, I cannot find peace and strength in something that is not of God. I was a strong supporter of the homosexual movement for most of my life, but I decided to get into His Word to learn the truth. Now that I have chosen to follow His ways instead of the ways of the world, I am at peace. I have never been more happy and secure than I am now. I know that my strength and identity are in Christ and that is a beautiful thing.

I accept myself as a child of God and I know that I have certain temptations. I am not a bisexual Christian woman. I am just a Christian woman who experiences SSA. Bisexual is not my identity. My identity is in Christ. Same-sex attraction just happens to be a temptation for me and the cross that I carry. I should carry my cross and follow Christ instead of dropping my cross and saying that acting on my temptations is not sinful. The unconditional love of God does not mean unconditional approval. We cannot and should not twist His Word to fit our sin. We must honor God with our lives. 

As long as I follow Him and trust in His Word, I am at peace.

May God bless you and guide you!

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

María de Fátima

When it comes to any life decision, looking to our Guide and our Counselor makes all the difference in what happens in our lives. For children of God, that guide is God’s Spirit. The Holy Spirit:

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. - Romans 8:14

The Holy Spirit is more than just the presence we welcome when we are worshipping, but also wen we are building relationships and connecting with others in intimate ways.

You might have a really close group of friends or an accountability partner that you share a lot of things with, but even if that person knows a lot about your in love life, only the Lord knows it all. Only the Lord knows the guy you’re talking to/thinking about/dating as much as He knows you. So why not seek Him about that too? Why not pray about the time you’ve been spending with someone? Even if there is no one in your life romantically right now, why not pray ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you to not grow weary, or bitter, or put up walls because you’re tired of waiting? The Holy Spirit wants to guide you in everything. So let Him guide you before you meet someone, after you meet them, and everything after. Pray for wisdom and discernment. Pray for strength as you seek to approach relationships with Christ at the center. You’re not in this alone. God is with you, so let His Spirit be the One to guide you, revealing to you who you should or should be investing in!

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

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So, Jeremy, Mr. “True love is the love of Christ” mansplainer is implying that his favorite thing about his holiest of holy wedding ceremonies is the pleasures of the flesh? 

Well that’s not making me question how genuine all his Christ-y stuff is at all.

Edit: of course Christians can enjoy sex, you morons.  The point is that Jeremy, for all his “THIS DAY IS ABOUT CHRIST” bullshit, was apparently mostly thinking about getting laid.  Sorry; if your favorite part of a religious ceremony is macking on your new wife, i don’t buy that you really felt that the day was all about Jesus’s true love or whatever the fuck.  (And I will never whine about fundies being prudes, because I think their whole shoving their sex lives in peoples’ faces like they’re something to brag about is immature and annoying.  And further evidence that they wouldn’t get married so young and so fast if it weren’t the only way they could get laid.)

And I’m still 100% confident that within five years Jeremy will have cheated on Jinger because she wasn’t giving him the worshipful attention he felt was his due.  And since I totally called Josh cheating on Anna years before it happened, well…we’ll see I guess.  Jeremy strikes me as a huge sleaze who’s totally full of himself with a massive superiority complex.  That’s a dangerous combo.

bromanticvoyage  asked:

What are some good su fics where dean figures out that he's gay and nobody else guessed it? I always find that the ones where Sam already knew sort of annoy me

We are going to focus on bisexual Dean as opposed to gay Dean in our response, since Dean has had and enjoyed sex with women in canon (aka supernatural universe or “su” on this blog). Even then, this was waaaay harder than we expected. Shipper Sam, who is annoyingly understanding and knows Dean better than Dean himself, is kind of a staple in canon verse fics. 

For starters check out these tags, which all relate to Sam and/or John’s reactions to Dean and Cas being in a relationship: john finds outblindsided!samjealous!sam, idontknock!sam. That said, in some of these fics, Dean is still not particularly self aware - no surprise there! Also look at our pre season4 and solo hunter Dean tags. 


I. Young Dean figuring out his attraction to men and/or to Cas in particular and keeping it secret from John (and Sam)


II. Dean’s already in love with Cas or dating Cas without any gay panic and Sam has no idea. We have added asterisk to fics with a memorable coming out to Sam scene. In other fics, Sam just catches up on their secret relationship without much fuss. 

My Girl
The Temptations
My Girl

My Girl by The Temptations from my Motown Grammy Rhythm & Blues Performances of the 1960’s modern classic vinyl.

Enjoy the ticks and pops. Let Smokey treat you right.

💕 (Reposting this quote because there was a typo in the version from the other day! Text it to a friend that might need to be encouraged). 💕
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Somewhere in time, this belief has been formed that if you as a woman desire to be loved or to be in a relationship that you are somehow needy. Far too many people who desire a romantic relationship have been told over and over, “you have time” and to not worry about finding a relationship. Now of course, not everyone desires to be in a romantic relationship at the same time and in the same way, and many single people are very content where they are, and are not even thinking about a relationship. However, this is a reminder for women who desire to meet and fall in love with the Godly man that will become their husband. This is for you:
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It’s okay to desire that. And it’s okay others you’re around don’t desire that, don’t let that cause you to think that maybe you’re asking for too much to desire to be loved.
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I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine…- Song of Solomon 6:3
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Song of Solomon is a book of the Bible that points to love between man and woman before God. Of course we do not have all of the same customs as King Solomon and his wife did it our culture today, but there is no coincidence that this book is included in the canon of scripture. The words of the bride in the verse above is to the man that is about to become her husband.
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It’s not wrong to desire that. Yes, it is true that there will be many people who remain single and there is even a Biblical way of doing that (1 Corinthians 7), but understand this: if you DO desire marriage, and if you DO desire to be loved in that way, it is not wrong. It may seem at times as if it’s too late for you or that none of the eligible men seem to look your way, but here’s the reality: in the same way that God is working on you, He is working on other single men around the world right now who desire romantic love, too. Don’t let anyone cause you think love isn’t worth pursuing anymore. No, it isn’t easy, but with God, it’s not impossible. He has always loved you, and will continue to do so no matter what the future holds.
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Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

She’s never out of sight

Originally posted by trechos-of-books

Adam fell asleep reading many nights, the leather-bound book splayed in his lap. Belle would shake her head, to rid herself of the overlaid image of the Beast in the same armchair, so much broader and taller, his legs reaching half-way across the richly patterned carpet, the upholstery of the chair worn in different places from his shoulders, the marks he’d left with his claws. His eyes were the same, she told herself that though it wasn’t entirely true, but it was true enough and she had learned that meant something, from the books of the library he’d given to her when she was still his hostage and from the hours she spent considering their attachment and what else the world could hold for her. She had wanted adventure and when she’d had it, she couldn’t enjoy it; she wondered how much risk she was willing to take. She stood and walked to him, to take the book from his lap, to settle herself in its place. She was beginning to know what he felt like as a man and he was beginning to accept the beast had not left him completely, wrapping his arm around her waist tightly even before he opened his blue eyes, letting his voice be something between a murmur and a growl when he woke fully, her hand in the hair he refused to cut. It was a darker gold in the firelight, with other colors, umber, chestnut, tints that her father would have had on his palette. She closed her eyes when he touched her throat with his lips, when he called her ma trésor, when the book slipped to the floor and Adam woke up.

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The courtship of the bowerbird takes place in three stages.  First, the female will visit the bower while the male is away, examining the decorations and arrangements at her leisure.  If she likes what she sees, she will revisit the bower while the male is there, and he will perform a rather spectacular mating dance.  Provided she is suitably impressed, she will return a third and final time to her chosen male’s bower, this time after she has built the nest for her future brood.  The male will dance for her again, and then they will mate.  Interestingly, it has been shown that younger females make their selection of mate more on the construction and attractiveness of the bower, while older females seem to put more weight on the male’s dancing.  This may be because younger females may be frightened by the male’s rather frantic mating dance.  Even more intriguing, recent studies have shown that males are sensitive to the discomfort of the female, and will reduce the intensity of their display if the female appears nervous.

Catholic Pick Up Lines

Use at your own peril.  Lol




• Hey, I’d love to say a prayer before a meal with you sometime? How about Saturday at 8:00?

• I think God just answered my discernment about my vocation to a married life.

• Is this seat taken or are you a Sedevacantist?

• Can I take you out for a small meal that when combined with another small meal doesn’t exceed your day’s large meal.

• So last night I was reading in the book of Numbers, and then I realized, I don’t have yours.

• What’s a nice girl like you doing in a confession line like this?

• Are you a traditionalist? Because your form is extraordinary.

• The bible says to give food and drink to the hungry and thirsty… How about dinner?

• Baby, your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead.

• What time do you have to be back in Heaven?

• I’m starting a Parish Directory, can I have your name and number?

• I guess the Never Fail Novena doesn’t ever fail, becuase here you are.

• Here’s a Rose. I think Saint Thérèse wanted you to have it.

• Your halo really brings out your eyes.

• Would you like to study Theology of the Body with me sometime?

• If Solomon met you he wouldn’t have needed 700 wives, one would have been enough.

• Are you a penitential season? Because I’d give up anything for you.

• You may need to go to confession, because you just stole my heart.

• I’m doing my Marian consecration this year. Next year, I’d like to be Marian you.

• You know what the temple veil and I have in common? We’re both ripped

Three Important Quotes About Christian Relationships

“Imagine a man so focused on God that the only reason he looked up to see you is because he heard God say, ‘That’s her.’” 
- Unknown

“A woman’s heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her.” 
- C.S. Lewis

“How can you give your heart to someone if they don’t know to Whom your heart belongs? How will they understand your heart if they don’t know Who made it? In order for your hearts to be united, they should have in common a true love for God and passion to follow His Word.”

- Me

God knows all things. He knows whom we’ll marry before we meet him or her. But that doesn’t mean our task is to discover what He already knows or worry that we might miss His perfect plan. Our responsibility is to love Him, study His word, deepen our relationship with Him, and learn to evaluate our choices in light of biblical wisdom. If we’re doing these things, we can make our decisions in the confidence that we aren’t somehow missing God’s will.
—  Joshua Harris, Boy Meets Girl