jesus brings life

As a Christian

I can honestly say that understanding, tolerance, compassion, and acceptance are the main characteristics of my religion, and many people in the practice don’t believe that, and it makes me really sad. The scripture says bring your weary, tired and broken, not your white, male, and cis.

the most melbourne gothic thing is the ‘jesus died for our sins’ bike. is it just one or are there several. how many are there. who moves it every day. why has no one ever seen someone move it. how does it know where to find me when i’m about to sin

this is it. this is when i made one of the most pinnacle choices of my life and was like ‘okay im gonna see what all the hype is about’ and opened netflix and changed my god forsaken life. one year ago today, i watched voltron and it ruined my life.

Christmas Claymation movies are weird.

They either are weird but quirky kids movies, extremely dark, or a fever-dream mix of the two. There are some that they don’t show anymore, but here’s a list to prove my point:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: A little reindeer is made fun of for being different, but after going on a series of adventures he saves Christmas! (x)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town: A baby is raised by a family of toymakers and grows up to be a Robin-Hood figure in a town that bans toys with the help of an ice wizard. (x)

Jack Frost: An ice spirit falls in love on earth but it’s not meant to be. The main antagonist is a Russian ruler with a robot/automaton army, and a hand puppet that he talks to. And this somehow all ties into Groundhog Day. (x)

Year Without a Santa Claus: Santa wonders if his job is really worth it and decides to skip Christmas for a year. Also um… two nature entities are the most memorable part of the movie, but they’re kind of a subplot? (x

Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey: A baby donkey with long ears is left to die in the freezing cold, only to be saved by his mother, who dies as she uses her body to protect him from the elements. Also the baby donkey ends up bringing Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. (x)

The Little Drummer Boy: A boy hates humanity because his family was murdered in front of him via fire. He eventually goes to Bethlehem with his pets, but his pet sheep is run over by a cart, and baby Jesus brings it back to life in exchange for a song on his drum. (x)

The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow: A shepherd boy is blinded by lightning and the local bullies send his sheep into the wolf-infested forest. Oh- and there’s the classic “It hasn’t snowed in years" plotline.(x)

Pinocchio Christmas: Um… kind of just Pinocchio but Christmas edition? He has a girlfriend, and apparently he was crafted from a magic tree (That Pinocchio lore tho) (x)

The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold: I used to think this was a St Patrick’s Day special, but nope. So a sailor gets stranded on an island with leprechauns, and a banshee disguises herself as a beautiful woman in order to coerce the sailor into getting her that sweet leprechaun gold. (x)

And my personal favorite "was this even real” Christmas movie is…

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus: A baby (Santa) is taken in by the immortal fae folk of the forest. He’s taught life lessons that the kids at home can relate to, like the cruelty and violence of mankind! Anyhow he eventually grows up in the mountains with a pet mountain lion. Later on, there are invisible orcs that eventually beat the crap out of him when he tries to deliver toys. (I don’t remember it all too well, because they haven’t shown it that often for… kind of obvious reasons I guess?) (x)

Jesus brings joy.

Something I wish people would understand about the Christian life, is that it’s supposed to look different than what this world is like. I’ve been told before that I seem fake, due to how positive I am all the time and how joyful I act on a daily basis. Nobody could POSSIBLY be that happy and positive! But guys, this is me, the real me ya’ll. And my question is, shouldn’t every follower of Christ be experiencing the same thing? We should be the most joyful people on the planet. I can honestly say that my life is full of joy, even in trials, and even when I’m in pain, or suffering. What you see, is what you get. I am positive all the time, on social media and in person, because I have the right to be. I am able to see good in the bad and see challenges in life as a way to grow and learn and become better. Something else I wish people would understand is that no good thing from me (or any Christian for that matter), is from us. It is God alone who works through us! The ONLY reason I am able to be this way is because I know Jesus. Without Him, I am a hopeless, cynical person. Does this mean I won’t ever feel sad? Heartbroken? or upset? No. But I have faith that makes me content in the simple things and helps me to see blessings, even when they seem to be hiding. I am not ashamed of who I am and the God I serve. This joy is overflowing and cannot be erased. My point, in this long post, is that Christ calls us to live differently, and experience life differently. I happily take on that challenge, and encourage you to do the same. Every day is an opportunity to know Him and be more like Him. Do you know this kind of joy? And if not, what are you waiting for? Invite Him into your heart-He will change everything for you.

Beltane Encouragement

I caught the flu yesterday and it reared its ugly head today as I was beginning to celebrate Beltane. I was so disheartened because it put my plans on hold. I was so excited and had plans to drop off presents at friends’ houses and wait up to see if I could see any fae tonight.

As I slunk to my room tonight to sleep I felt defeated. Then I peaked over at my altar. I figured I would at least light a candle and leave some small food items out for the fae (whether it was as a middle finger to the bug or as an apology to the whole witch community, I do not know.) As I lit the candle I suddenly felt spiritually rejuvenated and the Holy Spirit descended on my altar. I felt ecstatic!

On Beltane we celebrate life. As a Christian I celebrate the eternal life that God has given me, that Jesus had to die for! I am more excited on this night than I was on Easter. My Lord has given me life!

Through Jesus, She Is: Purified

Day 3

Daily Verse:
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
—1 John 1:7 (NIV)

Daily Devo:
It doesn’t matter how dark your past is, how dark your thoughts are, or how dark your daily life seems to be at times, there is nothing that is too dark for Jesus, the light, to shine through.

You do not have to be perfect in order for His light to beam right through the cracks, and into your heart. In fact, that’s why God sent His Son to die for our sins, so that He would cleanse us everything that kept us from Him, our Heavenly Father. Even if you feel like you’re not really dealing with anything major right now, there is always room for improvement. No one is perfect and though we all struggle with different things. We are all imperfect children before the throne of God who desperately need to be purified by Him.

So whether it’s something that happened between you and your boyfriend that you know shouldn’t have done, or something you said or did that you knew wasn’t right to a friend, there is no need to be ashamed to lay down your burdens at the feet of Jesus. Let Him cleanse you. Let Him make you new. Remember this when the darkness seems to take over. The light of Jesus will always burn brighter than anything else! You are dearly loved by Him and He does not want to see you living in darkness!

Daily Reading:
1 John 1, Psalm 51:2

Daily Challenge:
Take a picture of something involving daylight. Keep it in your phone as a reminder of the light Jesus brings to your life this month.