Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.

— Mary Oliver, How I Go to the Woods

When making du'aa remember that Allah is Ar-Rahman, He is Ar-Raheem, He is Al-Ghafoor, He is Al-Mutakabbir, He is Al-Ali, He has 99 beautiful names that show us that He is Allah the one and only. He has the power to give you whatever you want. Allah tells us in Surah Ghafir “Call upon Me, I will respond to you.” So pray for BIG things, things that seem difficult to fathom, things that blow your mind. Don’t limit yourself to what you ask of Him.

Loyal hellhound that guards the gates of the Underworld,
I call to you!

Come bounding from the deep,
Slick as midnight through the cool and Earthy ground.
Three headed dog whom Hades trusts,
I ask that you watch my home for spirits,
And take them back to the place where they may find rest.

Guide them gently,
Sweet and fierce pup,
Bring them carefully and with kindness.

I pray to you,
Spotted and strong Kerberos!



“Hymn to Kerberos”

gods i need someone tender, i need someone quiet, i need someone loving to be near me right now, i need tenderness and compassion and constancy and genuinity. god i don’t believe in you but if you’re there,  send someone my way and i’ll pray to you every night for the rest of my life.

“i come to the masjid to pray so no i don’t want your politics, you leave that and your other prided cloaks and shoes outside. and no i don’t need fancy walls and impeccable interior designs to get my juices flowing, i can pray on the cement or on grass or in a damn fitting room at the mall with rihanna’s voice on the speaker above me and find more solace than i do in some of these masjids. the woman section of this main prayer hall was built to match the egos of its builders, taking away any reason why you’d want to pray in this space in the first place. if you’re a woman and want to see any of the architecture you’d have to break your neck and ultimately distract yourself from your prayer in the first place, it’s just not right. i don’t need coddling and cuteness, i don’t want you to win for me. i’m tired and i just want space. you get space but you never had to ask for it or were questioned for it, and that’s cool, i’m not mad at you for it. it’s not a competition for equality, just always a dirty race for space”

Poem and photo by Amarra Ghani, The Islamic Center, in Washington, DC

anonymous asked:

I'm not giving up anything for lent but I have decided to read a bible chapter a day and meditate on it because I feel very far away from God and when I pray I don't really feel connected anymore. Do you have a recommendation of what book of the bible to read?

Reading the Bible is an excellent way to reconnect with God. However, the Bible can be a challenging text – approaching it with an open, prayerful mind is important. Some days, you’ll open the Bible and immediately feel something – God’s Word will embrace you like a Presence, and what you read will fill your mind with awe and your heart with joy. Other times, you’ll try, and you just won’t feel much of anything. And that’s okay. The key is to persevere, to keep turning to Scripture for inspiration and guidance, and not to become frustrated at points when it feels empty. Rest assured that whether or not you “feel something” every time, reading the Bible allows God to enter your heart.

With all that in mind, I’ve gathered a few quick resources for you: 

  • “How” to read the Bible – tips for approaching it prayerfully, etc. (x)
  • Short descriptions of each book of the Bible to help you decide which one to read (x
  • A quick quiz to help you pick a section of the Bible to read from (x)

Some other tips of my own I’ll throw in:

  • Don’t feel obligated to read every chapter of whichever book you choose, at least not to start with. You can feel free to skip around the Bible, find the places that really resonate with you.
  • That being said, every sentence of the Bible has meaning and holds some source of inspiration, whether it’s super obvious or not. Even if a chapter is nothing but another looooong genealogy (there are so. many. of those), God’s Spirit breathes through it.
  • There are verses that will startle or upset you. It’s up to you to decide the best way to handle that for yourself: you can move on past them, meditate on them, or seek out context for them. (Google is your friend.)
  • FIND NOTES ON THE VERSES! Can’t emphasize this enough. You don’t have to read every single footnote your Bible has, but a copy of the Bible that has footnotes is a lot more helpful than one that doesn’t. Because sometimes, things just won’t make sense, but a footnote can help clear it up for you.

But I have gone on such a tangent from what you actually asked. Which books to start on? That’s definitely up to you, or you can try the quiz I linked above to see which section to start on. I’m personally a big fan of Genesis (some disturbing stuff in there, but other beautiful stuff too), Ruth, Esther, Samuel (for David!), Daniel, Acts of the Apostles, and Hebrews. And I highly recommend getting some Gospel reading in too for Lent – the Gospel of John is my favorite, but any will do.

I hope that helped, anon! Sorry this got so long! I think I’ll compose an even longer post at a later date about Bible reading, if you want to stay tuned for that as well.

Welcome to the Family
  • Kylo Ren:There you are, Grandfather. I’ve been praying for you for so long. I desperately need your wisdom. Why haven’t you bothered to answer my prayers?
  • Darth Vader:Listen here weird kid. I haven’t got the time to deal with you. As you see, I’m surrounded by these Disney Villains creeps; who dare to even think they’re at my level of evilness.
  • Disney Villains:Oh, get off your high horses and join us.
  • Darth Vader:NEVER! *force-chokes them all*
  • Kylo Ren:That’s my grandfather. But seriously ignoring my prayer was not cool old man!
  • Darth Vader:*tries to force-choke Kylo next*
  • Kylo Ren:..shh..it…I-shhould…hhaave…see..itc..oming. *runs away*

wildfang-windchaser asked:

I hope everything works out with your parents! I kind of understand because my parents are pretty strict too. I have to hide a lot of stuff from them. I hope everything works out and I'll be praying for you! Hope you have a better day tomorrow!

It’s really hard. Especially when your a junior in high school and you’ve got 3 other younger siblings running around the house. 

The thing I have to work on the most is actually getting up and working harder. That’s one of the reasons why I got laid off and I DEFINITELY don’t want the same mistake happening again. 

Prayer to Thoth Thrice Great

I love You.
Forgive me, that I cannot pray enough.
Even if I collected together all the words
That people say mindlessly, sending praises to false gods,
Even then we would not have enough words
To sing glory to your benevolence and your goodness
And your Wisdom and Omniscience,
And thank You for all your gifts to this world.
You are worthy of many thousands
Of praises and glorifications,
But my true offering to you,
As the God of Truth,
Is this broken and humbled heart…
Accept my prayer,
Accept my humility,
Accept my broken heart,
Forgive me, that I’m not diligent enough
In service for You…
Let me forever and always
Serve you with zeal,
Serve you in Ma’at,
Let me not make mistakes
In understanding your Truth;
Let me become as the caduceus in your hands,
And fulfill your will and orders
In this world,
Speak the words of Ma’at
And glorify you,
Be a witness of Truth,
Which is manifested through You,
And love You with my whole heart,
Giving You all my love and more, all that you deserve.
I’m grateful to You
For the right to be in your service,
O Thoth-Hermes-Djehuty, Thrice Greatest,
The Messenger and the Logos Divine,
Heart of Ra, Tongue of Ptah, Will of Atum,
The Angelic Word of God.

© In-Taier, 28.09.2012 [original in russian] [translated into english: 9-10.02.2016]
Picture: Vignette from Spell 95, for being in the presence of Thoth - papyrus of Ramose

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

Tonight I Pray that you realize that we can come to the Lord with a thankful heart even in the midst of tribulation and sorrow.  That we can face our trials with a power that others do not have…  The power of the Lord God!!! I pray that as we face those oncoming storms that we lean closer into Him so that He can help us to navigate our way through the storm. For it is when we put our trust in Him, we have the assurance that He will help us to endure the trial before us and discern His purpose for it so that we can grow into a more intimate walk with Him.  I pray that each of us can be like the eagle who has the ability to lock its joints and soar effortlessly on the updraft, instead of flapping his wings.  I pray that as we wait upon the Lord, that He will help us to use the winds of adversity to soar above our problems.  After all, God promises “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; and mount up with wings like eagles” In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love you all!!!  God bless You!!! ♥♥♥

Lenten Fast

Hello, dear followers. This Lent I will not be on Tumblr for most of the season. However, as I intend to read the four Gospel accounts of the Lord’s Passion, I will be posting the conclusion of my reflections on each Gospel. So I’ll be making at least four posts throughout Lent, in addition to a queue of posts for Holy Week. I’ll be praying for you all. So thanks for following me, and I hope you have a fruitful Lenten season. –Kayla

  • (My brother and I are watching Supernatural (Remember the Titans, season 8) and Dean starts praying to Cas)
  • Me:*mishears Dean, thinking he said "I love you man"* ......so why does everyone want Destiel to be canon?? Doesn't this make it canon???
  • Brother:...
  • Brother:he said "where the hell are you man"
  • Me:...
  • Me:ohh.

anonymous asked:

Well because prayer must be preformed in Arabic. Learning the meaning is so important but you gotta pray in Arabic. I'm not Arab but I pray in Arabic cause I gotta. I make dua and stuff in English. Also, the more you struggle praying in Arabic or practicing the Quran, the more good deeds you get.

As I said, my prayer is between God and myself.