faith's adventures

One of my favorite things about reading through entire passages of Scripture is coming across little verses hidden in the text that I had never noticed before. Today, the Lord had me in John 6, and verse 43 caught me by surprise:

“But Jesus replied, ‘Stop complaining about what I said.’”

Well, that gets straight to the point, doesn’t it? As Jesus looks at our world, especially His Church, and sees so much division, don’t you think He turns to us, His followers, with love, firmness, a touch of exasperation, and a dash of sass and says, “Stop complaining about what I said”?

He reminded me very plainly of some of the things He asks of us, even those things that are hard to swallow and even harder to carry out:

Love people, even the ones who look or believe or act nothing like you do. Pray for people, even the government leaders you don’t agree with, the boss who treats you unfairly, and yes, even the terrorists intent on destroying and harming. (Remember how an encounter with Jesus turned Paul, a terrorist, into one of the world’s greatest missionaries.) Forgive people, no matter how much you’d prefer to get revenge or how badly they hurt you. Above all, take up your cross, die to your own desires every day, and follow Jesus.

That’s right. Die to yourself. What a controversial calling in our me-centered culture. If you choose to call yourself a Christian, you bear the name of Christ. You live by His Spirit. Your thoughts, preferences, dreams, comfort, safety, and even your very life must be left as an offering at the foot of the cross for the Lord’s glory and for the sake of the world He loves. Those souls you serve will be the ones you call brother and sister in heaven. They are worth more than anything you could collect in this life. In Jesus’ own words, what good is it for someone to gain all the world has to offer but give up their soul?

Stop complaining about what Jesus said, and just do it. Do it as a child whose Father wants them to be free from rules and religion. Do it as one loved more than you’ll ever know by a God who died to know you. Don’t let complaining rob you of your identity.

Remember who you are.

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Upper Geyer Basin - Old Faithful & Hot Spring Pools

An afternoon spent exploring this extraordinary landscape is like being teleported to an alien planet. It’s really hard to believe some of this scenery isn’t out of a sci-fi movie set, but rather it occurs naturally in all it’s glory around this world renowned park. It’s safe more me to say that the Yellowstone experience offers more “bang for your buck” then any other national park I’ve visited.

I arrived at 7:45pm and walked up to see Old Faithful starting to erupt; a perfect way to start the day. Then I proceed to walk the boardwalk and trail from the Upper Geyser Basin to the Biscuit Basin and back over the course of 5-6 miles. This area of the park contains the highest concentration of geysers on the entire planet. There’s an incredible variety of prismatic colored pools, deep blue hot springs and steaming geysers teasing the crowds with spouting, spewing and signs of eruption. Only a few geysers can be reliably predicted with eruption times and the rest can end up being quite random. I was lucky to see about 6 amazing eruptions over the course of 10 hours and two trips around the basin. 

I can’t say enough great things about this amazing, colorful, volcanic landscape. If you only had one day in Yellowstone (that’d be a shame) then this would obviously be the place to explore. People from all over the world stand in awe at the surreal sites found here.

Being tempted feels a lot like having a pesky stray hair clinging to your arm. Sometimes it doesn’t seem that bad at first, but the longer it’s there, the more unbearable it becomes. Many times, you can’t see it without a change of perspective - looking in the mirror after you brush your hair, the light hitting your shirt a certain way, or even a friend pointing it out to you & asking if they can help you get it off, but no matter how you discover it, you know that you would do anything to get rid of it. Often, it’s somehow managed to become so embedded in your clothes that you have to tug quite a bit, & you probably aren’t even sure how it got in there that deep, but once it’s gone, you see it for what it is - light as air, dispensable, unable to hold you back any longer. It might be a challenge to get rid of, but with the brightest of light, solid friends, & a good look at your own reflection from time to time, it doesn’t stand a chance. Today, do the hard thing & ask Jesus what the “stray hairs” are in your life. Ask His light to give you a new perspective & illuminate dark places in your heart & mind that you might not have even realized were taking root. Surround yourself with close friends who have your back & aren’t afraid to lovingly tell you that some things might not be quite right in your life. Take an honest look at your heart & ask yourself what’s holding you back from being more like Christ. Walk with the confidence that Jesus has given you the power of the Holy Spirit & an abundance of His grace to pluck those “stray hairs” off of every part of your clothes - for good.

anonymous asked:

Can I pls pls request anything with seven as a dad ? Like oml this is a fantasy of mine. I want seven with baby tomatoes pls HAVE AN AMAZING DAY U AMAZING PPL

Why, yes love, you can~!

~Nao

707 / Luciel / Saeyoung as a Dad

  • He wanted kids with MC, but he was a little afraid of turning into his mother at first.
  • You encourage him with “You’re going to be a better parent than your mother was“ speeches
  • Would stay up bugging you about what ifs and planning for the kids’ futures
  • The first time he holds his firstborns, he legit ugly cried
  • He would be peeking at the nursery everyday before he goes and visits you
  • Very protective : he would make sure that none of his enemies ever touch a single hair on his kids’ heads
  • Hands-on dad; he doesn’t mind changing diapers and getting puked on at all
  • Just look at him, he looks so happy and content with his mini tomatoes
  • Brags about his kids A LOT
  • You’re just a little scared when you’re out grocery shopping and ask for updates though
  • Because he sends you photoshopped pictures of the kids in different backgrounds and matching adventures
  • Saeyoung wtf are you actually doing with the kids asdfghjkl IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR AN UPDATE
  • When the twins are a little older, you’d find him playing with them when he’s not busy
  • You always find him passed out on the floor with the kids sprawled over him
  • TOMATO PILE
  • Well okay, he admittedly spoils them a lot, but he’s also good at disciplining them
  • You’d think it was bad enough with the twins, but wait until he gets a daughter
  • Expect lots of princess outfits (both for him and your daughter)
  • They’re so inseparable that you’re beginning to get jealous
  • All your kids’ first words would be “papa“ (nyaha too bad, MC)
  • Takes them on camping trips when they’re older
  • Never misses a school performance even when he’s busy (he asks Saeran to proxy for him lmao Saeyoung you cheat)
  • Teaches his kids survival tips and more (bullies are afraid of his kids)
  • He can finally upgrade from pranking Yoosung to cracking DAD JOKES
  • Needless to say, he wouldn’t be a perfect dad per se, but he’d be one of the best dads there ever were.

if its any consolation? texans watch texans’ backs. texans give a shit about other texans. and texans care about their animals, especially their dogs. we’re watching the news and im seeing just as many dogs being flown out of the floods as i am people. yes, this is horrible. its heartbreaking. but texas is….fuck, texas is texas strong. i make a lot of goofs about this damn state (and most of them were warranted) but damn if this state aint made of tougher stuff. just good tough family folk who are fightin’ just as hard to save their old doggies as they are their kids. for every death count im seeing so many more getting themselves out, getting their neighbors out, getting strangers out because thats just what you fucking do.

"Four. There's been a fourth. Something's different this time."

“You know how they never leave a note? This one did.”

So the fourth suicide was different than all the rest. Jennifer Wilson, the unfaithful spouse who works in the media, left a note for the detective. The amount of pink helped Sherlock realize the mistake. Her real-but-technically-never-alive daughter was Rachel Wilson.

Why do you think the Unaired Pilot had five serial suicides but when A Study in Pink came around they changed it to four? Faulty? Or we’ve been hacked and it’s a message.

Why did Gatiss and Moffat talk in 2011 about the emotional climax to Sherlock happening in series 4? Because this arc has been their plan from the beginning.

So what happened in the fourth series of Sherlock?

What’s different about this one?

John Watson, unfaithful spouse who works in the media, left a note for the detective. His real-but-never-technically-alive daughter was Rosamund Watson. The amount of references to A Study in Pink helped the audience realize the mistake.

Once you start noticing the ASIP references, everything you see is Mind Palace.

THAT is the clue.

PINK!!

– Mary shooting Sherlock in The Roland Kerr college from ASIP
– Sherlock descending the steps to Moriarty’s cell were the same as the ones in Brixton in ASIP
– “You’ve been reading John’s blog, the story of how you met”
– “Alternatively” opening montage of TAB has ASIP references sprinkled out of order
– Holmes and Watson recreate their meeting in TAB
– Sherlock and John’s ending Montage in TFP being like Mycroft’s in ASIP when he says “Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson”
– “Perfectly sound analysis but i was hoping you’d go deeper” / “Too Deep, Sherlock, you’re in too deep” / “I shall have to go deep into myself” / “These are deep waters”
– Sherlock having flashbacks to ASIP in TLD
– Faith recreating Sherlock’s adventure in ASIP
– John rushing to save Sherlock from a serial killer at the last minute
– John’s cane
– John (re)starting Therapy

I’m sure there are many others I’m missing, so feel free to add more if you think of them.

TL;DR: Everything since Sherlock got shot is mind palace. The next piece of footage we get will shoot us back in time to series 3. I wouldn’t expect anything less from two men who also write for Doctor Who.