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“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
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Psalm‬ ‭139:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You can’t hide your feelings from God. When we try to the only thing we do is prove that we don’t trust Him with them. Don’t suffocate on the things you want to hide. Beloved, He already knows your heart.
Speak. Release. Breathe. Cry. Be free.

Don’t Leave Your Gifts Half-developed

Jesus’ parable of the talents illustrates that God expects us to make the most of what he gives us. We are to cultivate our gifts and abilities, keep our hearts aflame, grow our character and personality, and broaden our experiences so we will be increasingly more effective in our service.

Paul told the Philippians to “keep on growing in knowledge and understanding,” and he reminded Timothy to “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you” (Philippians 1:9b NLT, 2 Timothy 1:6b NASB).

If you don’t exercise your muscles, they weaken and atrophy. In the same way, if you don’t utilize the abilities and skills God has given you, you will lose them. Jesus taught the parable of the talents to emphasize this truth. Referring to the servant who failed to use his one talent, the master said, “Take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags” (Matthew 25:28 NIV).

If you fail to use what you’ve been given, you’ll lose it. When you use what you’ve been given, God will increase it. Paul told Timothy, “Be sure to use the abilities God has given you … Put these abilities to work” (1 Timothy 4:14a, 15a LB).

Whatever gifts you have been given can be enlarged and developed through practice. For instance, no one gets the gift of teaching fully developed. But with study, feedback, and practice, a “good” teacher can become a better teacher and, with time, grow to be a master teacher.

Don’t settle for a half-developed gift. Stretch yourself and learn all you can. “Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of” (2 Timothy 2:15a MSG). Take advantage of every training opportunity to develop your SHAPE and sharpen your serving skill.

In Heaven, we are all going to serve God forever. Right now, we can prepare for that eternal service by practicing on Earth. Like athletes preparing for the Olympics, we keep training for that big day. “They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally” (1 Corinthians 9:25b MSG).

We’re getting ready for eternal responsibilities and rewards.


by Rick Warren.

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Love is always a response to love. The Bible says, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NIV). When you say, “I don’t love God,” it’s because you don’t understand just how much he really loves you.

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
—  Proverbs 8:17 NIV

Father you showed us love by sending your son to die in the place of our sins. Helps us to remember this when we’re tempted to think real love is just happiness or a good feeling.
Five Things to Do in the Middle of a Storm

Have courage, because Jesus is with you.
Don’t ever argue with a fear. Just tell it where to go! Tell it to go talk to Jesus.

Take a risk in faith.
Don’t ask God to bless what you’re doing. Do what God is blessing. Ask him what he wants you to do, and then be willing to get out of the boat.

Stay focused on Jesus.
The moment you take your eyes off the Lord, you’re going under. Matthew 14:30 says, “But when [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”  (NIV) When you focus on the wind and the waves — your circumstances — you’re going to sink, just like Peter. If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed; if you look within, you’ll be depressed; if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.

Don’t doubt.
You don’t need great faith to make it through the storm in your life. You just need faith in the right person.

Praise God.
Even in the storm, even when you feel like you’re sinking, even when you’re scared to death — praise him all the time. Thank God in the middle of the storm.

Met: Okay so, is anyone okay with me moving us to Hangout?

Everyone: [starts chattering]

Met: Okay, I am su-

Niv: I don’t think Sal can hear us.

Howly: But Met can move her.

Met: That’s wha-

Niv: Actually, I got an idea.

Met: I SWEAR TO GOD IF YOU ARE JUST GOING TO SWITCH THE CHANNELS AND RENAME THEM APPROPIATELY, I AM GOING TO PUNCH YOU.

Niv: TOO LATE!

Met: I SWEAR TO GOD!

Through Jesus, She Is: Purified

Day 6

Daily Verse:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
— Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

Daily Devo:
If you have accepted Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, you know what it means to experience the love of Jesus. You know what it means to encounter God and all He has done for you by sending Jesus to die for your sins. But sometimes, even though we know God is there, He seems far away.

In those moments, remember the words of Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount in today’s verse. Remember that even when God seems far away, it is a pure heart that will bring you closer to Him. Sometimes when you’re going through things, it can be tempting to run to the person you’re in a relationship with or to vent to a friend. But no matter what how much we feel like this might bring comfort to your hearts Jesus is the One who will give you a pure heart.
So run to Jesus allow Him to clean your heart daily, and be blessed by the opportunity to you have there to be in the presence of God. It is far more valuable than being in the presence of anyone else.

Daily Reading:
Matthew 5:3-12

Daily Challenge:
Listen to First by Lauren Daigle

Hell is Love?  St Isaac and Gehenna

One popular belief among Christians across many traditions and denominations is that hell is a place where the wicked experience pure punishment and where the love and mercy of God no longer restrains the justice of God.  St Isaac the Syrian (613-700), a bishop and theologian from Nineveh, strongly disagrees with these ideas.  St Isaac emphatically declares to “not call God just.”  Why so? What about 2 Thessalonians 1.6, which states that “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you” (NIV)?  For Isaac, it is mercy, not justice, that describes God’s attitude towards humanity.  In fact, he goes so far as to say that “Justice (or rectitude) does not belong to the Christian way of life and there is no mention of it in Christ’s teaching”.[1]  Some may consider this rhetorically hyperbolic and even theologically dangerous.  Isaac is contrasting a certain view of “justice” with God’s actions towards humanity.  He articulates this point by asking several questions:

“How can you call God just when you come across the Scriptural passage on the wage given to the workers? ‘Friend, I do thee no wrong: I choose to give unto this last even as unto thee. Or is thine eye evil because I am good?’ (Matthew 20:13-15). How can a man call God just when he comes across the passage on the prodigal son who wasted his wealth with riotous living, how for the compunction alone which he showed, the father ran and fell upon his neck and gave him authority over all his wealth?”  [2]

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Memo

Inspired on the song with the same name: Memo, by Years & Years. Lyrics were taken out of order (which is why I don’t consider it a songfic), but the spirit of the song is still there (and breaking your heart in the process). Please go listen to it and bleed your soul out, it is this good.

This is in 3rd person from Dan’s perspective-ish — the lyrics are meant to be from Phil’s POV (idek, it’s making sense to me and I hope it makes to you). It ended up being longer than planned, and a monster to write, but I had to get it out, so it’s here. [Word count is: 4.182.]

And a massive thank you to lesterotic for the support. You rock, Niv!

Please enjoy (…or don’t? idk) and let me know your thoughts!

•You see yourself in another way
I try my best but I don’t ever change

Dan hates the mornings, because he wakes up looking like a fucking mess. He hates how his hair goes right back into curls during the course of one night, while Cat can go a week without having to straighten hers. He feels strange in the morning. Not quite himself; almost like a Hollywood star seen accidentally without makeup.

He makes his way down to the kitchen as lazily as is considered still moving, still in his pajamas, and today will probably be one of those, and he won’t change until tomorrow, seeing as he has nothing on his schedule.

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Meanwhile on the top of Nivix:
  • Niv-Mizzet: Guildmage Zarek, have you ever thought why I didn't eat you after what you did at the Promenade?
  • Zarek: Because you are wise and merciful and saw how useful I could be to you?
  • Niv-Mizzet: Goodness no. Try again.
  • Zarek: Because my talent is irreplaceable?
  • Niv-Mizzet: *laughs maniacally* Good one, Zarek! Excellent joke, I should tell that one to Izmagnus Council later at the meeting.
  • Zarek: Is it because you could punish me better if I was alive?
  • Niv-Mizzet: I would like you to think so, but let us be honest here. I thought that there was no way you could upset me any further than eating a storm mage can upset my stomach. *leans close* But I am beginning to come to a different conclusion.