All messengers of the Light reveal to us that the human being carries a spark of the eternal Light within him. Jesus called it the kingdom of God within you; oriental philosophy speaks of the jewel in the lotus; the Rosicrucians speak of the spirit-spark atom, the primordial atom or the rose of the heart. The theosophists characteristically call it the last remnant of the once divine human being.

Stefan Ruiz

The Eternal Magic of Beirut

For many of us, it’s synonymous with war and strife. But for the artists, chefs, designers, architects and scholars who live there, Beirut will always be a place where ideas and beauty flourished…and flourish still.

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The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.
—  Fernando Pessoa

You Reign - original print from The Worship Project.

This thought has truly captivated me recently. Over every fear, every pain, every sorrow, every failure. Over every joy, over every laughing heart, over every statement of faith and declaration.

It’s beautifully challenging to know that we make our plans, but ultimately the Lord determines our steps. Whether you’re in a time of absolute pain and sorrow, or if you’re on the mountaintops of life, it’s always temporary and another season will follow.

Tough times don’t diminish the authority of Christ in our lives…it’s how we react to situations that determine how much room we give Christ to intervene.

“Do not fret because of those who are evil, or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” - Psalm 37:1-6

I pray and declare abundant blessing and favour upon your journey with the Lord! Go from strength to strength in Jesus’ name!

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If you don’t see the greatness of God then all the things that money can buy become very exciting. If you can’t see the sun you will be impressed with a street light. If you’ve never felt thunder and lightning you’ll be impressed with fireworks. And if you turn your back on the greatness and majesty of God you’ll fall in love with a world of shadows and short-lived pleasures.
—  John Piper