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When I awake, Your presence will satisfy me. Psalm 17:15
At the break of dawn, when the sun rises everything brightens up. The darkness is dispelled. A fresh new day begins.
For us believers, it’s like waking up to a new day, with new mercies and grace. The Lord never forgets to wake us up. His breath is in us. His presence is there to greet us. All our fears and worries that tormented us during the night are washed away in the presence of our Saviour. He is there. We don’t have to face the day alone. Every darkness and gloom is dispelled by His light. Oh what comfort we can take in the fact that we don’t need to face a single day without Jesus!

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30 Days of Deity Devotion
This is a blog challenge that was created by Arrin Deuognatos. Please do not copy without crediting him.

30 Days of Deity Devotion

This is a blog challenge that was created by Arrin Deuognatos. Please do not copy without crediting him. He is no longer on tumblr, but you can find a preserved tumblr version here. (Note from honorthegods: the blog in the link has apparently been deleted) 

  1. A basic introduction of the deity
  2. How did you become first aware of this deity?
  3. Symbols and icons of this deity
  4. A favorite myth or myths of this deity
  5. Members of the family – genealogical connections
  6. Other related deities and entities associated with this deity
  7. Names and epithets
  8. Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.)
  9. Common mistakes about this deity
  10. Offerings – historical and UPG
  11. Festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity
  12. Places associated with this deity and their worship
  13. What modern cultural issues are closest to this deity’s heart?
  14. Has worship of this deity changed in modern times?
  15. Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?
  16. How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins?
  17. How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons?
  18. How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)
  19. What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire? What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?
  20. Art that reminds you of this deity
  21. Music that makes you think of this deity
  22. A quote, a poem, or piece of writing that you think this deity resonates strongly with
  23. Your own composition – a piece of writing about or for this deity
  24. A time when this deity has helped you
  25. A time when this deity has refused to help
  26. How has your relationship with this deity changed over time?
  27. Worst misconception about this deity that you have encountered
  28. Something you wish you knew about this deity but don’t currently
  29. Any interesting or unusual UPG to share?
  30. Any suggestions for others just starting to learn about this deity?

This looks really interesting! Please send me a link if you decide to do this, and I’ll make a directory listing memes for all the different deities. 

Genesis 22:1-18 (HCSB)
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he answered.

“Take your son,” He said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

So Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He split wood for a burnt offering and set out to go to the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac. In his hand he took the fire and the sacrificial knife, and the two of them walked on together.

Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.”

And he replied, “Here I am, my son.”

Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Then the two of them walked on together.

When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.

But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

He replied, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from Me.” Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said: “It will be provided on the Lord’s mountain.”

Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By Myself I have sworn,” this is the Lord’s declaration: “Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son, I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gates of their enemies. And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed My command.”

Devotional (1 Corinthians 6:20)

(1 Corinthians 6:20)  You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

We were bought at a price. Having received our bodies as a gift from God, we are to use them to honor God. If we want to honor God with our bodies, we have to honor Him with our decision too. Are decision determine what we actually do with our bodies. Not thinking things through is how “just one drink” leads to several drinks and eventually a night of regret. It’s how the photo you meant for one person can leave you exposed before lots of people. It’s how the innocent private message on Facebook can lead to a huge fight. Small decisions have eternal impacts. So what can we do to make the right decisions to honor God? Well we can read God’s Word, Pray, get together with other followers of Christ. The Bible gives us the Commandments, those rules might make decisions easier, but they don’t develop a longing for Christ. The more we seek God in all that we do, the more we begin to think as He does and the easier it becomes to make decisions. And therefore it will be easier to Honor God.

  • Do you seek God in the small decisions?
  • Have you ever made a small decision that impacted the rest of your life?
  • What is one way you can train yourself to think more like Christ?

midnight-devotion  asked:

Ugh honestly I love clalec as a botp because he's obviously like an annoying brother and she's the annoying sister but secretly they love each other (IN AND SISTERLY AND BROTHERLY WAY) but thinking of them because 'romantic' with each other is weird and kinda gross

exactly!! it’s so gross like i hope they become good friends and support eachother and it makes me so fucking sad that we cant have a male/female platonic relationship even when one both of them is gay

Visible Vulnerability

July 27, 2016


Read: Ephesians 4:2–6


Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

As I ventured out several weeks after shoulder surgery, I was fearful. I had become comfortable using my arm sling, but both my surgeon and physical therapist now told me to stop wearing it. That’s when I saw this statement: “At this stage, sling wear is discouraged except as a visible sign of vulnerability in an uncontrolled environment.”

Ah, that was it! I feared the enthusiastic person who might give me a bear hug or the unaware friend who might bump me accidentally. I was hiding behind my flimsy baby-blue sling because I feared being hurt.

Being honest about our struggles allows us to help each other.
Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable can be scary. We want to be loved and accepted for who we are, but we fear that if people truly knew us, they would reject us and we could get hurt. What if they found out we are not smart enough … kind enough … good enough?

But as members of God’s family, we have a responsibility to help each other grow in faith. We’re told to “encourage one another,” to “build each other up” (1 Thess. 5:11), and to “be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2).

When we are honest and vulnerable with other believers, we may discover we have mutual struggles battling temptation or learning how to live obediently. But most of all, we will share the wonder of God’s gift of grace in our lives.

Dear Lord, many times my fear of being hurt keeps me from being honest about my struggles. Help me to remember how much You love me, and help me to be patient and loving with others.

Being honest about our struggles allows us to help each other.

INSIGHT:
Ephesus was a major and influential seaport city in the Roman Empire located near the Aegean coast in modern-day Turkey. It flourished under the reign of Caesar Augustus and is closely associated with the ministries of three prominent figures in the early church: the apostle Paul, who founded the church at Ephesus; his protégé Timothy, who served as pastor there; and the apostle John, who, according to tradition, returned to Ephesus to continue his ministry after his release from the Isle of Patmos. The church in Ephesus also played a significant role in the development of Christian Scripture: Paul wrote three letters to Ephesus that would later be recognized as inspired Scripture—one to the church (Ephesians) and two to its young pastor (1 and 2 Timothy). And John specifically mentions the church of Ephesus as one of the recipients of the book of Revelation (Rev. 2:1).

By Cindy Hess Kasper

Cleanse-Day Wednesday / 27 July 2016

Apologies for the missed days! We are back.

Welcome, Devotees!

Does your devotional routine need polish?  Try one of these:

  1. Deity Devotion: If you aren’t allergic to scents, find some incense or melting-wax or a candle in a scent sacred to one of your Deities.  Burn that incense or melt that wax or light that candle, and let the fragrance cleanse the air around your shrine.
  2. Shrine Improvement: Time to detail-dust the items on your shrine.  This isn’t as simple as waving a feather-duster around–take a damp cloth or paper towel, some water (or even lustral water or a sacred cleanser like Florida Water) and gently wipe the dust and grime off of the items on your shrine.  (As a note–if something on your altar shouldn’t be cleaned with water-based cleansers, look up what you should use and do that instead!)  Shrine already clean?  Tackle a different dusty area in your home!
  3. Go Outside! Find a place outdoors that has a lot of litter in it.  Spend fifteen minutes cleaning as much litter as you can, as an offering to the spirits of that place. 

Today in the Hellenic Calendar:

  • Today is the 22nd of the lunar month.
  • Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Lesser Panathenaia, Athens’ festival to its patron Athene.
  • If you like incorporating daily hymns into your prayers, Drew Campbell recommends the following prayers for today: To the Kouretes (male retinue/protectors of Zeus); and To Korybas (one member of a group of Mystery Gods called the Korybantes, who had ties to other groups like the Kouretes).

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Running Toward Holiness (#wtsdevo Pursuit)

Pursuit is defined as “an effort to secure or attain” or “the act of pursuing”.  Pursuing is defined as “striving to gain; seeking to attain or accomplish.”  When I read Proverbs 15:9,  “The  Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness,” I have to ask myself, which person am I more like?  Do I truly live a life in which I am seeking to attain righteousness or am I someone who finds it easier to “walk in the way of the wicked?”

At first glance, it seems easy to answer this question.  Wickedness, at its core, has a connotation of all sorts of evil.  In a world filled with so much hate and so many unexplainable crimes against innocent people, it is easy to feel comfortable in a Christian life in which I am not tempted to do so many of the things being broadcast on the nightly news.   However, if I am truly honest with myself and take a close look at what “righteousness” actually means (“acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin”), it doesn’t take a very long self-examination to realize that pursuing or seeking to attain a life free of guilt or sin is not always my top priority.

Whether it is gossip, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, or some other sin I have learned to justify, I have to be honest and say I am often found guilty.  When I am found guilty of any of these types of behaviors, I have stopped pursuing righteousness and have placed a wedge between me and God’s love.  It is easy to justify these behaviors and say things like “Jesus took all of my sin to the cross,” or “baptism washed away all of my imperfections,” but I believe I am still called to a life of relentless pursuit of the perfection Jesus modeled.  Yes, I will fall short.  Yes, I will have days when I miss the mark and need to fall at the foot of the cross and be thankful that God’s mercy is new every morning; but God longs for me to wake up every day determined to live a life worthy of His calling.

Jesus set the example for us by living a sinless life.  He stood up to the temptations of the devil time and time again by knowing and using the power of the Word of God.  We must do nothing less in these days of extreme spiritual warfare.  We must be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies deep within us, and we must be armed with the sword of the Spirit which is His Holy Word in order to stand up against the fiery darts of the evil one.

Matthew 7:13 says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”  I believe this verse is warning us that the pursuit of righteousness takes extreme effort.  Many will find themselves “walking in the way of the wicked” on the day Jesus comes.  Not necessarily because they are evil people, but because they did not choose to actively strive to gain or seek to attain a life free of guilt and sin.

Are you walking in the way of the wicked today simply by not choosing to pursue a life that resembles Jesus’ life as much as possible?  What can you let go of or stop doing today that could show God you are intentionally CHOOSING to enter the narrow gate?

God loves those who pursue righteousness.  I’m praying today is the day you start running in the direction of holiness.

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Devotional Series: Pursuit (#wtsdevo  Pursuit)

Posted by: Tammy Nischan \  Personal // Walk the Same

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Strength in Weakness (#cmdevo #LivingEpistles)

Read: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Do you have reason to boast? Maybe you were saved at a young age. Maybe you have served God around the world. Maybe you have recently accepted Jesus, but you have been diligent in prayer and reading your Bible since then. I’m sure each of us could find things that maybe we would consider boast-worthy.

Paul had many reasons to boast. He was seemingly the perfect Jew, obeying the law and zealous. However, Paul realized that though he could boast, his boasting was not helping his faith. In fact, in order to keep Paul from boasting, Paul writes that he was given a “thorn in the flesh”; although we don’t know exactly what this thorn was, we know it tormented Paul though he often prayed for God to take the thorn away.

Sometimes I think that certain things I am going through are like thorns in my flesh; my insecurities, recurring feelings of depression and anxiety. Though I pray for these things to go away, they always seem to remain. They may keep quiet for a season, but they return in full force. However, I have realized that when I try to power through on my own, these “thorns” seem to just bury themselves deeper within me. However, when I rely on God, He gives me the strength to go on.

God does not allow us to experience trials and “thorns in the flesh” because he wants us to suffer; these things remind us that though we may think that we have reason to boast and that we can do it on our own, really we need to rely on God in the midst of our weakness.

Imagine this; if everything in my life always went well, if I was successful on my own and could work life out myself, what would I need God for? Though we may try, we cannot save ourselves; we need God more than anything else. These trials and sufferings are reminders that we are frail humans in need of a power greater than ourselves. When we are weak and admit that we can’t overcome on our own, we can be vessels for the amazing power of God. When we are weak, He is strong.

I don’t want to seem weak. I don’t want people to think that I’m not capable. I don’t think anyone wants to feel that way. However, it is important that we learn to delight in the circumstances where we are not strong enough. If there is anything that we have reason to boast in, it shouldn’t be our strength; it should be our weakness. We should endeavor, like Paul, to delight in our weaknesses because they better convey God’s strength.

When we are weak, and willing to admit we are weak and ask for God’s help, then we are truly strong.

Series: Living Epistles by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #LivingEpistles)

Text by: Brianna A // Personal // Color Movement