instruction 16

*Almost 100 direct instructions by Allah in the Quran for mankind*
—  1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
2. Restrain Anger (3:134)
3. Be good to others (4:36)
4. Do not be arrogant (7:13)
5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
6. Speak to people mildly (20:44)
7. Lower your voice (31:19)
8. Do not ridicule others (49:11)
9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)
10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58)
12. Write down the debt (2:282)
13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280)
15. Don’t consume interest (2:275)
16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
17. Do not break the promise (2:177)
18. Keep the trust (2:283)
19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
20. Judge with justice between people (4:58)
21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)
22. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his family members (4:7)
23. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
24. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
25. Protect orphans (2:220)
26. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)
27. Try for settlement between people (49:9)
28. Avoid suspicion (49:12)
29. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)
30. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)
31. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)
32. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)
33. Help those in need by finding them (2:273)
34. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)
35. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)
36. Honor guests (51:26)
37. Order righteousness to people only after practicing it yourself(2:44)
38. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)
39. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)
40. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)
41. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)
42. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)
43. No compulsion in religion (2:256)
44. Believe in all prophets (2:285)
45. Do not have sexual intercourse during menstrual period (2:222)
46. Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)
47. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)
48. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)
49. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)
50. Do not become divided (3:103)
51. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)
52. Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds (3:195)
53. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)
54. Family should be led by men (4:34)
55. Do not be miserly (4:37)
56. Do not keep envy (4:54)
57. Do not kill each other (4:92)
58. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)
59. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
60. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)
61. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth (6:116)
62. Be just (5:8)
63. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)
64. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)
65. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are prohibited (5:3)
66. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)
67. Do not gamble (5:90)
68. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)
69. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)
70. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)
71. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)
72. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)
73. Keep Purity (9:108)
74. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)
75. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)
76. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)
77. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)
78. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)
79. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)
80. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)
81. Do not enter others’ houses without seeking permission (24:27)
82. Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)
83. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)
84. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)
85. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)
86. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)
87. Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)
88. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)
89. Women should not display their finery (33:33)
90. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)
91. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)
92. Repel evil by good (41:34)
93. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)
94. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)
95. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)
96. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)
97. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)
98. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)
99. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)
100 direct instructions by Allah in the Quran for mankind

1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
2. Restrain Anger (3:134)
3. Be good to others (4:36)
4. Do not be arrogant (7:13)
5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
6. Speak to people mildly (20:44)
7. Lower your voice (31:19)
8. Do not ridicule others (49:11)
9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)
10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58)
12. Write down the debt (2:282)
13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is inhard time (2:280)
15. Don’t consume interest (2:275)
16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
17. Do not break the promise (2:177)
18. Keep the trust (2:283)
19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
20. Judge with justice between people (4:58)
21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)
22. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his family members (4:7)
23. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
24. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
25. Protect orphans (2:220)
26. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)
27. Try for settlement between people (49:9)
28. Avoid suspicion (49:12)
29. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)
30. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)
31. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)
32. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)
33. Help those in needby finding them (2:273)
34. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)
35. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)
36. Honor guests (51:26)
37. Order righteousness to people only after practicing it yourself(2:44)
38. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)
39. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)
40. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)41. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)
42. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)
43. No compulsion in religion (2:256)
44. Believe in all prophets (2:285)
45. Do not have sexual intercourse during menstrual period (2:222)
46. Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)
47. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)
48. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)
49. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)
50. Do not become divided (3:103) 
51. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)
52. Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds (3:195)
53. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)
54. Family should be led by men (4:34)
55. Do not be miserly (4:37)
56.Do not keep envy (4:54)
57. Do not kill each other (4:92)
58. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)
59. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
60. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)
61. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth (6:116)
62. Be just (5:8)
63. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)
64. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)
65. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are prohibited (5:3)
66. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)
67. Do not gamble (5:90)
68. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)
69. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)
70. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)
71. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)
72. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)
73. Keep Purity (9:108)
74. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)
75. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)
76. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)
77. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)
78. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)
79. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)
80. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)
81. Do not enter others’ houses without seekingpermission (24:27)
82. Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)
83. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)
84. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)
85. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)
86. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)
87. Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)
88. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)
89. Women should not display their finery (33:33)
90. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)
91. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)
92. Repel evil by good (41:34)
93. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)
94. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)
95. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)
96. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)
97. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)
98. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)
99. Do not repel one who asks (93:10)
100. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)

little adhd things (inattentive type edition):
  • i put a thing down 6 seconds ago and now it has vanished into the fucking ether
  • im going to do something productive, i say, proceeding to do one totally useless thing for 4 straight hours
  • time is an illusion
  • whenever someone interrupts me whatever train of thought i was on is gone Forever never to be seen again
  • except then that train of thought comes back half an hour later and i have to bring it up regardless of what we’re talking about now
  • tf do u mean that’s due Tomorrow. wait what day is it. wait shit
  • im going to take a quick break, i say, getting distracted by one totally useless thing for 4 straight hours
  • suddenly the sun is rising
  • im sorry i have no idea what you just said i got distracted bc my brain got stuck on something you said ten minutes ago
  • i can do this!! (thirty seconds later) im so bored im going to commit a crime
  • movies/podcasts/shows that are longer than 10 minutes an episode: too long. cannot pay attention for that long. going to do some other totally useless thing for 4 straight hours
  • rereading the instructions 16 times and still missing something
  • getting yelled at for forgetting things like Sorry Im Mentally Ill
  • “why am i like this”

feel free 2 add (haAHha) ur own

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It’s nice to know that many of us have complicated relationships with our Dads. God knows I love my Daddy and I’m his only girl and pride myself on being his daughter but OH MY GOD. That man makes me want to jump off a bridge sometimes. He can be insensitive and dramatic and hurtful and a great many of my traumas are directly related to his explosive temper and proclivity for extended periods of moodiness in which we are all walking on thin ice to avoid a meltdown.

I can’t wait to love him from faaaar away and also not risk getting disowned when I tell him he’s being a fucking bully and needs to calm down.

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LEMON & GARLIC SHRIMP SCAMPI

1 (16 oz) package linguine, cooked as per package instructions ~ 1 pound large (16-20 count) shrimp, shelled & deveined (tail on, it looks nicer that way) ~ 3 tablespoons butter ~ 2 tablespoons olive oil ~ 4 cloves garlic, minced ~ ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes ~ ½ cup white wine ~ 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice ~ ½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest ~ Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste ~ 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley ~ Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

Heat a medium-sized pan on medium heat. Add butter and olive oil. Once butter is melted, increase the heat and add the shrimp. Cook for 1 min and turn them over, add garlic and red pepper flakes; cook for another minute. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp or they will be tough. Set shrimp aside on a warm plate. Add white wine, lemon juice, and lemon zest to the pan. Add black pepper and salt to taste. Leave on high and let the sauce boil for 2-3 mins. Reduce heat to medium. Add shrimp and parsley and stir to coat with the sauce. Serve immediately over pasta sprinkled with some Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

100 instructions by Allah in the Quran for mankind

100 instructions by Allah in the Quran for
mankind
Allah SWT has directly given us 100 instructions
through Al Quran :
1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
2. Restrain Anger (3:134)
3. Be good to others (4:36)
4. Do not be arrogant (7:13)
5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
6. Speak to people mildly (20:44)
7. Lower your voice (31:19)
8. Do not ridicule others (49:11)
9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)
10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking
permission (24:58)
12. Write down the debt (2:282)
13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard
time (2:280)
15. Don’t consume interest (2:275)
16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
17. Do not break the promise (2:177)
18. Keep the trust (2:283)
19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
20. Judge with justice between people (4:58)
21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)
22. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his
family members (4:7)
23. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
24. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
25. Protect orphans (2:220)
26. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly
(4:29)
27. Try for settlement between people (49:9)
28. Avoid suspicion (49:12)
29. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)
30. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)
31. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)
32. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)
33. Help those in need
by finding them (2:273)
34. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)
35. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)
36. Honor guests (51:26)
37. Order righteousness to people only after practicing it
yourself(2:44)
38. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)
39. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)
40. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)
41. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)
42. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)
43. No compulsion in religion (2:256)
44. Believe in all prophets (2:285)
45. Do not have sexual intercourse during menstrual
period (2:222)
46. Breast feed your children for two complete years
(2:233)
47. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse
(17:32)
48. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)
49. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)
50. Do not become divided (3:103)
51. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this
universe (3:191)
52. Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds
(3:195)
53. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)
54. Family should be led by men (4:34)
55. Do not be miserly (4:37)
56. Do not keep envy (4:54)
57. Do not kill each other (4:92)
58. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)
59. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
60. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)
61. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth (6:116)
62. Be just (5:8)
63. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)
64. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)
65. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are
prohibited (5:3)
66. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)
67. Do not gamble (5:90)
68. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)
69. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people
(6:152)
70. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)
71. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)
72. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)
73. Keep Purity (9:108)
74. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)
75. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of
ignorance (16:119)
76. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good
instruction (16:125)
77. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)
78. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)
79. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge
(17:36)
80. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)
81. Do not enter others’ houses without seeking
permission (24:27)
82. Allah will provide security for those who believe only
in Allah (24:55)
83. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)
84. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)
85. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)
86. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)
87. Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)
88. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)
89. Women should not display their finery (33:33)
90. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)
91. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)
92. Repel evil by good (41:34)
93. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)
94. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)
95. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)
96. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher
degree by Allah (58:11)
97. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)
98. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)
99. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and
Merciful (73:20)
100. Do not repel one who asks (93:10)
Let’s share with others so we can all benefit from it.
May Allah continue to guide us , Aamin

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes

Makes 12

INGREDIENTS
1 box red velvet cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
16 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups cream cheese frosting

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375° F
In a large bowl, prepare the red velvet cake batter. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla, stirring until there are no lumps.
Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway. Spoon some of the cream cheese mixture onto the batter. Top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.
Pipe the cream cheese frosting onto each cupcake, then top with red velvet crumbs.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
Makes 12

INGREDIENTS
1 box white cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
20 strawberries
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups vanilla frosting

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375° F
In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.

Finely chop 8 of the strawberries and spoon them evenly on top of the batter. Top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.

In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips in 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate, then chill.
Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Makes 12

INGREDIENTS
1 box vanilla cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
1 8-ounce tube chocolate chip cookie dough
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups cream cheese frosting

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375° F.

In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.

Place a small ball of cookie dough on each, then top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.

Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Makes 12

INGREDIENTS
1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
18 chocolate peanut butter cups
1 cup vanilla frosting
¾ cup peanut butter

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375° F.
In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.

Place a peanut butter cup in each, then top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.

In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter and vanilla frosting, stirring until smooth. Then halve the remaining peanut butter cups.

Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with the peanut butter cup halves.

ISLAM 101: Listen to the Qur'an

1. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)

2. Order righteousness to people only after
practicing it yourself(2:44)

3. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)

4. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)

5. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)

6. Do not break the promise (2:177)

7. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)

8. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)

9. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)

10. Protect orphans (2:220)

11. Do not have sexual intercourse during
menstrual period (2:222)

12. Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)

13. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)

14. No compulsion in religion (2:256)

15. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)

16. Help those in need by finding them (2:273)

17. Don’t consume interest (2:275)

18. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280)

19. Write down the debt (2:282)

20. Keep the trust (2:283)

21. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)

22. Believe in all prophets (2:285)

23. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)

24. Do not become divided (3:103)

25. Restrain Anger (3:134)

26. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)

27. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)

28. Men and Women have equal rewards for their
deeds (3:195)

29. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among
his family members (4:7)

30. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)

31. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)

32. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)

33. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly
(4:29)

34. Family should be led by men (4:34)

35. Be good to others (4:36)

36. Do not be miserly (4:37) 37.Do not keep envy (4:54)

38. Judge with justice between people (4:58)

39. Do not kill each other (4:92)

40. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)

41. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)

42. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)

43. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)

44. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are
prohibited (5:3)

45. Be just (5:8)

46. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)

47. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)

48. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)

49. Do not gamble (5:90)

50. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)

51. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth
(6:116)

52. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)

53. Do not be arrogant (7:13)

54. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)

55. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)

56. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)

57. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)

58. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)

59. Keep Purity (9:108)

60. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)

61. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)

62. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)

63. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)

64. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)

65. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)

66. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)

67. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)

68. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)

69. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)

70. Speak to people mildly (20:44)

71. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)

72. Do not enter others’ houses without seeking
permission (24:27)

73. Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)

74. Do not enter parents’ private room without
asking permission (24:58)

75. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)

76. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)

77. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)

78. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)

79. Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)

80. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)

81. Lower your voice (31:19)

82. Women should not display their finery (33:33)

83. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)

84. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)

85. Repel evil by good (41:34)

86. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)

87. Try for settlement between people (49:9)

88. Do not ridicule others (49:11)

89. Avoid suspicion (49:12)

90. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)

91. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)

92. Honor guests (51:26)

93. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)

94. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)

95. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)

96. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)

97. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)

98. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)

99. Do not repel one who asks (93:10)

100. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)

100 Advices from Quran
—————————-

1. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)

2. Order righteousness to people only after
practicing it yourself(2:44)

3. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)

4. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)

5. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)

6. Do not break the promise (2:177)

7. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)

8. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)

9. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)

10. Protect orphans (2:220)

11. Do not have sexual intercourse during
menstrual period (2:222)

12. Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)

13. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)

14. No compulsion in religion (2:256)

15. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)

16. Help those in need by finding them (2:273)

17. Don’t consume interest (2:275)

18. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280)

19. Write down the debt (2:282)

20. Keep the trust (2:283)

21. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)

22. Believe in all prophets (2:285)

23. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)

24. Do not become divided (3:103)

25. Restrain Anger (3:134)

26. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)

27. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)

28. Men and Women have equal rewards for their
deeds (3:195)

29. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among
his family members (4:7)

30. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)

31. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)

32. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)

33. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly
(4:29)

34. Family should be led by men (4:34)

35. Be good to others (4:36)

36. Do not be miserly (4:37) 37.Do not keep envy (4:54)

38. Judge with justice between people (4:58)

39. Do not kill each other (4:92)

40. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)

41. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)

42. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)

43. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)

44. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are
prohibited (5:3)

45. Be just (5:8)

46. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)

47. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)

48. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)

49. Do not gamble (5:90)

50. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)

51. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth
(6:116)

52. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)

53. Do not be arrogant (7:13)

54. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)

55. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)

56. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)

57. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)

58. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)

59. Keep Purity (9:108)

60. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)

61. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)

62. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)

63. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)

64. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)

65. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)

66. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)

67. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)

68. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)

69. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)

70. Speak to people mildly (20:44)

71. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)

72. Do not enter others’ houses without seeking
permission (24:27)

73. Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)

74. Do not enter parents’ private room without
asking permission (24:58)

75. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)

76. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)

77. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)

78. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)

79. Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)

80. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)

81. Lower your voice (31:19)

82. Women should not display their finery (33:33)

83. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)

84. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)

85. Repel evil by good (41:34)

86. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)

87. Try for settlement between people (49:9)

88. Do not ridicule others (49:11)

89. Avoid suspicion (49:12)

90. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)

91. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)

92. Honor guests (51:26)

93. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)

94. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)

95. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)

96. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)

97. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)

98. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)

99. Do not repel one who asks (93:10)

100. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)

Plz Share …. Surely, Allah Will Grant you The Reward For Spreading Righteousness.

so i teach in this super cool school here in spain - it’s an escuela oficial de idiomas, a public school that specialises entirely in language instruction for over-16s. because it’s a public school it’s a very affordable way for talented students to have access to the very best teachers which is just a lovely concept imo

anyway as the english language ‘conversationalist’ my job is to spend an hour with each group once a month generating discussion, usually via cultural topics. it’s a lot of fun because we’re one of very few EOIs that go to C2 level (the highest level under european framework) so i get to really challenge them

so today i was with a (fantastic) C2 group, teaching a class on diversity and representation in media (i love my job). i was about to talk through a collage i had made on tv shows that i feel have good representation when one of my quieter students interrupted me.

“this man in the middle! he is so funny!”

i was kind of confused, because i had brooklyn nine nine in the middle - which, yeah, has just started showing here in spain but american tv is, in general, not very popular in spain. spanish people tend to prefer english stuff if they go for english language media, they’re ‘purists’ and it drives me crazy. so i thought maybe she was talking about terry crews, because everybody hates chris might have been popular here? but nah

“this man! he was on one of those…..what do you call those things, with lots of celebrities just being so angry and so mean to each other???”

i mean, i guessed the golden globes first, but then i suggested a roast….

“maybe, i don’t know. but they are usually so awful and so mean, but when he was on one - and i don’t remember who it was - he was so nice and so kind and so funny. he never made the joke about other people.”

and of course my reaction was something like this 

because i instantly knew for sure that she was talking about andy samberg’s bit at james franco’s roast on comedy central. and if there was ever a better assesment of andy samberg’s talents as a comedian it has to be “nice and kind and never about other people!!!”

and this is how i ended up showing andy samberg’s roast of james franco to a classroom filled with adults in a public school in palma de mallorca, spain!!!!!

anonymous asked:

I'm having a really hard time figuring out God's will for my life... I'm at an age where I need to start figuring this stuff out and I don't know how to.

Many Christians sometimes find it difficult to determine God’s will for their lives in certain situations. Times when you don’t find a clear direction can be very confusing and frustrating. God gave Moses the burning bush, he showed his will to Gideon with the fleece, and he spoke to Saul with thunder and lightening. When he does this for us, it’s easy to understand God’s guidance. But he seldom does it this way. To truly find God’s will for our life we often must step out in faith. This can be scary, but we need to realize God is there beside us and he will not allow us to stray as long as we trust in him. Proverbs 3:6 promises us, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Psalm 37:23 tells us, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord….” And Isaiah 30:21 informs us, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” God’s word plainly is saying that God will help us find his direction, but how does he do it?

I believe God reveals his will to us in two or three stages. Initially, we may get a feeling of direction from God from different sources:

1. Prayer. In order for God to speak to us, we need to be in his presence listening for his voice. As we spend time in prayer, we may sense God’s leading in our lives.

2. His Word. God speaks to us through his written word as we study and meditate upon scripture.

3. Circumstances. Many times God will cause doors to open, or others to close. If we are walking in obedience to him, we have to assume that events in our life are ordered by God. They don’t just happen by chance. Maybe the reason why a door has opened up to us is that God wants us to go through it!

4. Our heart. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will minister to our spirit and reveal God’s plan for us. We will have an assurance deep in our heart. We will feel God’s voice guiding us.

5. Others. God can use other believers to bring us his direction. Sometimes we will be singing a song in church, or we will be reading a Christian book, or hear the Pastor’s message, or one of our friends will say something that will show us God’s will. God can reveal his direction to us through any of these five ways. But even when he does, it’s sometimes difficult to discern that what we sense or feel is truly God’s plan for our lives. Jesus said in Matthew 18:16, “…by the word of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” Jesus is here quoting Deuteronomy 19:15, “…by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.” I believe this is a good principle to follow in trying to figure out God’s plan for you. Initially, you get the direction from one of the five ways mentioned above, but now God will confirm his plan to you in the mouth of two or three witnesses: in other words: one or two more things will confirm God’s direction for you. When you see this confirmation, then you will know it’s time to step out in faith. There have been times in my life when I simply had to take that first step of faith, and when I did, God confirmed his plan for me as I went. You may sense God asking you to do this, but remember, God understands our human weakness. If we sincerely seek him and are willing to obey his word, he will usually affirm his will for us in other ways.

He confirms his direction for us the same way he revealed it to us in the first place — through one of these five ways:

1. Prayer. We need to seek God in prayer. Luke 11:9-10 promises, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” If we truly seek God’s will, we will find it.

2. His Word. Sometimes while we’re struggling for God’s guidance, a scripture that we are reading will seem to pop out at us confirming which way God wants us to go. Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Allow God’s word to illumine your pathway.

3. Circumstances. Events will sometimes indicate God’s direction for us. Paul wrote about such a circumstance in his life in 2 Corinthians 2:12, “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord.” As you are seeking God’s direction, events may establish what you have already felt God telling you to do.

4. Our heart. God will sometimes speak to our heart. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would help guide us in John 16:13, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Just like Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-12, we need to be listening for God’s still small voice speaking to our soul.

5. Others. Many times when we are struggling with indecision, God will use others to affirm his will. Sometimes a song will speak to us, or God will use the Pastor’s message. Many times a friend will speak to us and, not realizing our struggle, will speak words of encouragement which will help solidify our decision for the Lord. Other times someone on the radio, or a book will proclaim God’s answer to us. God uses his whole church body to minister to one another. Colossians 3:16 instructs us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” God will speak to us whether it’s the word of Christ, or wisdom, or teaching, or admonishing, or songs, or grace in our hearts. God will confirm His will in our lives. <3

- Sarah

anonymous asked:

I cut again last night after not doing it for months. I am so ashamed right now. I really don't get what plans God would ever have for me.

Cutting may give you temporary relief, or maybe it helps you deal with your past… but you already know it isn’t a healthy relief, and that you need to break away from it. There are also many things that can trigger self-harm.

Whatever your circumstances, prepare yourself, because changing your mind, body and spirit won’t be an easy task. If this temptation does not go away, then the first take would be to work on talking it out, so you don’t have to act it out. Of course, this means talking with your pastor and a counselorAnother step to help will be to change your mode of thinking. If you struggle with cutting or self-injury, embracing these Scriptures below on a daily basis can help you begin to change your mind, body and spirit. 

Feeling: I deserve punishment.

Truth: When Jesus allowed Himself to be beaten, mocked and nailed to a cross to die, he paid the price for any wrongs. He bled (so that I don’t have to) and gave me grace, love and forgiveness (1 Peter 2:24). I have been made righteous because of a faith in Jesus, and he has freely given me His grace in spite of my sin (Romans 3:21-26).

Feeling: God has abandoned me.

Truth: Because God loves me, He promises to never leave me or forsake me. His love for me is everlasting; it will never stop, disappear or grow cold. Nothing can separate me from His love—not even myself. He won’t ever leave me but will provide mercy and grace when I am in need (Hebrews 13:5, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:35-39 and Hebrews 4:16).

Feeling: Things are never going to get better.

Truth: God promises me of a future and a hope. I can’t see it right now, and I don’t know how He is working it out. Still, I choose to trust Him, and while He is working out my problems, I will wait on Him (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 27:14).

Feeling: I’ll never be able to change.

Truth: When I came to Christ, He made me a new creation. It will take time to renew my mind, body and spirit, but He has promised to change me, no matter how I feel (John 15:15, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Colossians 2:7, Philippians 1:6).

Feeling: No one could love me.

Truth: When Jesus died on the cross, He demonstrated the ultimate act of love for me. He did this because I am chosen and dearly loved (Romans 5:6-11, Colossians 3:12).

Feeling: I’m unacceptable.

Truth: Because God created me, and Christ died for me, I am acceptable to Him; before the world was created, He made the choice to adopt me as His own (Ephesians 2:13, I Peter 2:9, Ephesians 1:5).

Feeling: I feel like God won’t forgive me.

Truth: Despite how I see myself, God sees me as blameless and holy because of what Christ did on the cross. It’s hard to imagine, but God has completely forgiven me. When I confess anything that I have done wrong, He is more than willing to forgive and cleanse me from sin, no matter how many mistakes I make (Colossians 1:22, Colossians 1:13-14, 1 John 1:9). Remember, change takes time, but if you accept the truth of what God says, and seek help, you will discover better coping and life skills.

God has a plan for life even though it’s sometimes difficult to determine His will in certain situations. Times when you don’t find a clear direction can be very confusing and frustrating. God gave Moses the burning bush, He showed his will to Gideon with the fleece, and He spoke to Saul with thunder and lightening. When he does this for us, it’s easy to understand God’s guidance. But he seldom does it this way. So to truly find God’s will for our life we often must step out in faith. This can be scary, but we need to realize God is there beside us and he will not allow us to stray as long as we trust in him.

Proverbs 3:6 promises us, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Psalm 37:23 tells us, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord….” And Isaiah 30:21 informs us, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” God’s word plainly is saying that God will help us find his direction, but how does he do it?

I believe God reveals his will to us in stages. Initially, we may get a feeling of direction from God from different sources:

1. Prayer. In order for God to speak to us, we need to be in his presence listening for his voice. As we spend time in prayer, we may sense God’s leading in our lives.

2. His word. God speaks to us through his written word as we study and meditate upon his holy scripture.

3. Circumstances. Many times God will cause doors to open, or others to close. If we are walking in obedience to him, we have to assume that events in our life are ordered by God. They don’t just happen by chance. Maybe the reason why a door has opened up to us is that God wants us to go through it!

4. Our heart. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will minister to our spirit and reveal God’s plan for us. We will have an assurance deep in our heart. We will feel God’s voice guiding us.

5. Others. God can use other believers to bring us his direction. Sometimes we will be singing a song in church, or we will be reading a Christian book, or hear the Pastor’s message, or one of our friends will say something that will show us God’s will. God can reveal his direction to us through any of these five ways. But even when he does, it’s sometimes difficult to discern that what we sense or feel is truly God’s plan for our lives. Jesus said in Matthew 18:16, “…by the word of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” Jesus is here quoting Deuteronomy 19:15, “…by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.” I believe this is a good principle to follow in trying to figure out God’s plan for you. Initially, you get the direction from one of the five ways mentioned above, but now God will confirm his plan to you in the mouth of two or three witnesses: in other words: one or two more things will confirm God’s direction for you. When you see this confirmation, then you will know it’s time to step out in faith. There have been times in my life when I simply had to take that first step of faith, and when I did, God confirmed his plan for me as I went. You may sense God asking you to do this, but remember, God understands our human weakness. If we sincerely seek him and are willing to obey his word, he will usually affirm his will for us in other ways.

He confirms his direction for us the same way he revealed it to us in the first place — through one of these five ways:

1. Prayer. We need to seek God in prayer. Luke 11:9-10 promises, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” If we truly seek God’s will, we will find it.

2. His word. Sometimes while we’re struggling for God’s guidance, a scripture that we are reading will seem to pop out at us confirming which way God wants us to go. Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Allow God’s word to illumine your pathway.

3. Circumstances. Events will sometimes indicate God’s direction for us. Paul wrote about such a circumstance in his life in 2 Corinthians 2:12, “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord.” As you are seeking God’s direction, events may establish what you have already felt God telling you to do.

4. Our heart. God will sometimes speak to our heart. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would help guide us in John 16:13, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Just like Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-12, we need to be listening for God’s still small voice speaking to our soul.

5. Others. Many times when we are struggling with indecision, God will use others to affirm his will. Sometimes a song will speak to us, or God will use the Pastor’s message. Many times a friend will speak to us and, not realizing our struggle, will speak words of encouragement which will help solidify our decision for the Lord. Other times someone on the radio, or a book will proclaim God’s answer to us. God uses his whole church body to minister to one another. Colossians 3:16 instructs us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” God will speak to us whether it’s the word of Christ, or wisdom, or teaching, or admonishing, or songs, or grace in our hearts. God will confirm his will in our lives.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Psalms 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalms 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” 

Matthew 6:34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).  

God is capable of anything, and He is more than capable of getting you through this. However, if you need to seek help, please do so. Do not be ashamed, there are good, well-trained people who want to assist you. God will help us, but sometimes it’s up to us to take action before He steps in.

Blessings<3

-Sarah

God Is Not Sexist

I’ve gotten a lot of questions related to this topic. Here’s my two cents. Take it with a grain of salt. Read with discernment. 

 It’s important for me to note that I am not an expert of anything. I’m speaking as a Christian woman who has wrestled greatly with this concept out of my own ignorance and frustration about my identity as a woman that doesn’t want to be overlooked or restricted in my role in the church. All of this personal wrestling led me to take a class last year on Feminism called, “Women, Religion, and the Bible.” It was not a Christian course, but it helped me tremendously to work through my confusion and resentment towards God, men, and the church.

I’d like to define sexism, and then consider the intentions behind God’s desired structure for how the church and family should function. Addressing these two main aspects will make all the difference in understanding how God is not sexist. Sexism: a belief that exalts males as superior and therefore leads to the devaluing or discriminatory treatment of females that develops prejudices against their rights, ability, and worth. Sexism should inflict a godly anger within you. Men and women alike should be quick to reject this mentality and we should seek to intentionally counteract any sexism we encounter. Sexism should disgust you. Not merely as a woman, but as a Christian. Scripture says that God does not show partiality (Acts 10:34) and that in Christ, there is no differentiation of worth (Galatians 3:28); neither male nor female, neither Jew nor Greek, neither bond nor slave–all are fully unified in equality because the deepest core of a Christian’s identity is Jesus. The next thing we must acknowledge is how the entirety of the Bible represents God’s character. One dominant trait of God’s identity is he is just, an attribute fully rooted in his goodness. As a God of justice, he is deliverer of the captives, defender of the oppressed, and advocate of those without a voice. 

The Bible is both a historical document and the inspired word of God, and if it is both, we can trust that regardless of it’s content–whether it offends us or affirms us in our personal life, it is all given by God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16). Regardless of how we feel towards a text, story, book, or individual verse within scripture, we can see His nature tracing through the whole Bible, and we know that his ultimate goal was accomplished through Christ, who was the full manifestation of God and a living demonstration of his love. We can see how the life of Jesus–who is the representation of the invisible God, the Father–is not demonstrative of sexism. He is inclusive, just, loving, and self-sacrificial on our behalf so we may have life to the full. 

Feminism is the belief in the social, political, and socioeconomic equality of men and women. Feminist thought is represented by a vast population in various unparalleled ways by Christians and non-Christians alike, but based on the fundamental values and goals of feminism, I can’t separate it from my Christian worldview. My view of self is seen first through the lens of the gospel, and second through the lens of a woman. I stand as a Christian feminist, and to me, that sounds redundant, honestly. The gospel proclaims how we are dead to ourselves, buried in the death of Christ, made alive through the power of his resurrection, and sealed with the Spirit who is working within us–this means that our worth is fully embedded within the priceless worth of Christ. We are all valuable. In Christ, we are all equal because we are all hidden in Christ. We are all his possession, and in his presence, none are elevated due to any component of their lives. The foot of the cross is level ground. Women and men alike are validated in their anger towards anything that devalues a category of humanity (whether it be race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic status, etc). It is completely valid to be angered over anything that devalues, discriminates, oppresses, or threatens the unity, freedom, and equality that we have full access to through Christ. As the church, we should resist any ideology that hinders our lives from living dignified or fulfilled with our standing in Christ.

  A lot of scholars argue that the patriarchal system that was dominant in Roman culture had a major impact on letters from the New Testament, and no author–including Paul would counteract the authority of the government and risk having their writings demolished, so out of wisdom and the sovereignty of God, he was compliant with the laws of government so that the message of Christ–which matters more than the specification of a woman’s role in the structural dynamic of church leadership–would be known and spread to all nations. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do believe our priority should be to abide in Christ by living according to the word in faith that His sovereignty has preserved it. We can trust that His will and His way is the only way that we all can experience true liberation and fulfillment. You can trust that the slightly offensive texts you’ve found in the NT do not negate or contradict the overarching message of Christ’s ministry that was purposed to set captives free–captives of sin and the effects of sin. I don’t know what to make of the texts that offend me as a woman, but I know that my offense is secondary to the value of truth as a whole, and I’m not set-back by the patriarchal traces of scripture. There is a remnant of that time period and cultural structures stamped onto it, but it isn’t enough to derail the fundamental intentions of the texts and the truth within them. The parts that offend me aren’t fundamental. Anyone is welcome to disagree with me. 

Gender roles are another topic worthy of discussion. I believe God created men and women with different roles and when we embody those roles, we thrive individually and the church benefits as an entity. I do not hesitate to question these constructs out of ignorance, complacency, or apathy. Rather, I trust that even if a message offends me, I am primarily concerned with how I might glorify God most, and I belief this is done by adhering to the instruction found in scripture. When I’m offended, angered, or unsettled by a command, I try to remove the self-absorption of my perspective. When I find myself questioning a “principal,” it’s important to explore the purpose for which it was written, and when you confront the purpose, you will be faced with the content of God’s character. When we stop getting so defensive because of a principal and remember that it does not stand alone–it exists because there is a God behind it. When you can humble yourself to locate His heart in a text, you will find comfort in the attributes that are the backbone, the roots, and the foundation. Every law, principal, and instruction is intended to uphold the values, purpose, love, and glory of God which pertains fully and beautifully to his creation. As I said earlier, I am not an expert. I do not have all the answers. What I do know is that our God is for us, not against us. I know He is a God of justice and sacrificial love. I know that we are most satisfied when we are living to glorify Him. I know that He is not one who devalues or discriminates against women. I know He is not actively prejudice against our rights, nor is he a passive bystander that approves of anything that invalidates our worth or prevents us from knowing satisfaction and freedom in our roles in the church or family.