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Calling All Prayer Warriors

I ask you to lift up my friend in prayer. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Friday, and had surgery yesterday to remove it. Fortunately, they were able to get all of it. To great dismay the tumor is malignant. This same woman has just beaten breast and bone cancer and she was in full remission after a 5 year battle. She is strong and has a huge faith in our Savior but my prayer is it doesn’t falter. She also has 3 children that are under the age of 14. Please pray for the family’s understanding and acceptance of her illness and most of all that their faith remains strong in the Father!! Thanks so much for your prayers!! God Bless you all 😊

Moments of Intimacy

There is an intimacy with God we can only experience in moments of weakness. There are things about Him we can only get to know in those times.

David didn‘t say, “You get rid of all of my enemies.” He said, “Right here, with death hanging over me and with enemies surrounding me, You are with me. You‘re communing with me, feeding me, and creating intimacy with me in this place of weakness and dependence.”

When we come through that valley of the shadow of death, when we emerge out of the deep end, then what? We have an awareness of God‘s abiding presence that forever changes the way we see impossible situations. Knowing that He is with us even in the deep end diminishes the pressure and anxiety around our taking risks. Put simply, we have a deeper, stronger faith. Our roots are firmly established in the revelation of a Father who never leaves us.

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

By Banning of Jesus culture

also? ngl but i side eyed all those posts/tweets talmbout how mahershala’s oscar win was a win for “all muslims” like no offence but until a majority of non-black muslims stop callin us “abeed”, stop questioning how much of the qur’an we know/how strong our faith is, stop assuming that we can’t be born muslim and etc… imma see mahershala’s win as a win for black muslims lmao

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Old Faithful and the Milky Way by James Anderson
Via Flickr:
I walked around the Upper Geyser Basin after midnight and was able to experience Yellowstone in a whole new way…I highly recommend it! I had a beauty of a few clear and crisp nights and was able to photograph Old Faithful with the Milky Way on one night, the faint glow of the northern lights on another night and then the full moon rising over Old Faithful on our last night.

The reason why there are so many false conversions and confusion about what it means to be a Christian is because we prematurely tell people that they’re saved because they did some deed or ritual. Walking down an aisle & repeating a prayer, believing in God, getting baptized, being in ministry, paying tithes, joining a church, or doing good deeds doesn’t make us saved. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ, but our fruit shows if our faith is truly genuine. Many people are walking around living in sin and rebellion against God but are convinced that they’re saved because a Pastor or religious leader told them so. The bible says to examine yourself to see if you are in the faith. Have you been BORN AGAIN? Read 1 John and compare your present life to scripture. If any man is in Christ they will be a new creature. A believer will not be perfect but their life will reflect the fruit of Christ, they’ll seek to please and obey God, and they’ll persevere to the end!

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

trueapex19  asked:

Heyo, so u saw that ask about Faith and Tsubame! We were just thinking since Tsuba is stalking Ame and has selfies then how do we get a view of Tsuba in her room? Our guess is that Faith is stalking the stalker XD

u mean this is some sort of three way surveillance situation?

(we need to ask @sai-shou when she’s back)

“The arena of the virtues has been opened. Let all who wish to struggle for the prize now enter, girding themselves for the noble contest of the Fast; for those that strive lawfully are justly crowned. Taking up the armor of the Cross, let us make war against the enemy. Let us have as our invincible rampart the Faith, prayer as our breastplate, and as our helmet almsgiving; and as our sword let us use fasting that cuts away all evil from our heart. If we do this, we shall receive the true crown from Christ the King of all at the Day of Judgment.”

If I have offended you in the past year, I ask your forgiveness, and if any have offended me in the past, God forgives, and I forgive. Let us support one another in our struggles and enter the Fast in love!

Life tests

Life is filled with challenges that test our determination and our faith in God. Whether we’re faced with the impending threat of evil or with everyday hassles, the quality of our character is sure to be tested on a regular basis.

It would be a great mistake to overlook the fact that God tests our hearts, our emotions and our minds. What does it mean to test something? It means to put pressure on it to see if it will do what it says it will do. Will it hold up under stress? Can it perform at the level its maker says it can? Is it genuine when measured against a true standard of quality?

God does the same with us.

Are you being tested today? The key is to keep trusting God, even if you don’t understand. There is no such thing as trusting God without unanswered questions, but when you push ahead, despite your doubts, He will build you up and make you strong.

I feel so abandoned. 

We had hope. We thought we had things going for ourselves. We got so close we dared to dream what if what we want most becomes real

But then we were reminded that no, a Woman cannot be President.

But we were told, no, the queers can’t live happily ever after.

But we were told no, women can’t be heroes alone.

But we were told no, the queer romance can’t be as physical as the hetero one.

But we were told no, there can be only ONE queer storyline at a time.

But we are told no, those woman are bad.

We have been trained to be happy with small victories.  We have been beaten down whenever we get to close to what we deserve

I will not settle.  It’s characters that I need to give me hope, because the real world is just too fucking much right now.  If humans aren’t going to show us respect, we will demand it. 

Let’s be each other’s heroes. Please.

HAPPY HOLBY TUESGAY!! Just a bit of silliness to get a fan girl through Robbie’s reappearance 😋

Character Development

Other fandoms: look at our child so grown up, pass the depression, pass the sadness, now they know happiness, they get along with others, they go on adventures, they are no longer selfish, they found confidence, the future is brighter and everything’s gonna be alright because we have our faith in them that they will thrive and -

YOI fandom: fudging hell yuri katsuki you ain’t no cinnamon ball you power top viktor like there’s no tmrw i bet my 50 bucks on it

“We all go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens—because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far.” —President Obama speaking today in the Rose Garden on bringing our country together after the election: go.wh.gov/WJ48yw

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Trump Refugee Ban Clashes With Faith-Based Groups' Religious Missions
Six of the nine agencies that resettle refugees in the U.S. are religious groups. Their leaders say the president's decision to halt the refugee flow runs counter to their beliefs and ministry.

“It is deeply ingrained in our faith and our understanding of the Bible that we’re called to welcome the stranger and love and serve our neighbors,” says LIRS President Linda Hartke. “Not the neighbors that we choose, but the neighbors that God gives to us.”

The idea of prioritizing Christian refugees, as President Trump says he wants, does not come from Hartke’s church or from other Christian groups. The news that Trump wants to close the door to refugees, especially from Syria, has alarmed those Lutheran congregations that were prepared to accommodate refugees.

“My phone is ringing off the hook,” Hartke says, “from people in local churches who want to know when they can receive a refugee family. Those are hard calls to take — to have to tell people that the president’s decisions will likely mean that there won’t be refugees that they can be welcoming in the months and perhaps years ahead.”

#NastyWoman

by Nina Donovan, as performed by Ashley Judd at the Women’s March on Washington (1.21.2017)

I’m a Nasty Woman.
Not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in cheeto dust.
Not as nasty a man who is a diss track to America.
From Back to broken Back he’s stomped on, his words are just more white noise ruining this national anthem.
I’m not as nasty as confederate flags being tattooed across my city;
maybe the south actually is going to rise again
Or maybe it never really fell
Because we’re still drowning in vanilla coated power
Slavery has just been reinterpreted into the prison system
Black lives are still in shackles and graves just for being black in front of people who see melanin as animal skin
Tell me of a decade that didn’t have traces of white hoods burning up our faith in humanity.
I’m not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag
And I didn’t know that devils could be resurrected but I feel Hitler in these streets
A mustache traded in for a Toupee
The Nazis renamed The Cabinet
Conversion therapy the new gas chamber,
Shaming and electrocuting the gay out of America
turning rainbows into suicide notes.
I’m not as nasty as racism, or fraud, or homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, white privilege, ignorance, or misogyny
Not as nasty as trading girls like pokemon before their bodies have even evolved.
Not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol
Like wet dreams infused with your own genes.
But yeah!
I’m a nasty woman.
A phunky
Crusty
Bitchy
Loud
Nasty woman.
Not as nasty as the combo of Trump and Pence being served into my voting booth,
But I’m nasty like the battles women fought to get me in that voting booth.
Nasty like the fight to close the wage gap.
Nasty like conversations trying to remind people there is such thing as a wage gap.
Tell me that this is only because women usually go into lower paying fields.
So why did last year’s top actresses make less than half of what the top actors did?
Do you realize that the World Cup shelf of the U.S. men’s soccer team is as empty as Trump’s promises
But the women’s team has scored three World Cups,
In 2015, brought in 20 million more dollars in revenue than the men’s team,
but is still paid 75% less?
See even when women go into high paying careers, their wages are still cut with blades sharpened by testosterone.
Tell me why the work of a black woman and a hispanic women is only worth 63 and 54 percent of a white man’s privileged paycheck?
This is not a feminist myth;
this is inequality.
So we are not here to be debunked
We are here to be respected.
We are here to be nasty
like blood stained bedsheets.
In case you forgot,
women don’t choose when or if they get their periods!
Trust me, if could we would!
We don’t like throwing away our favorite pairs of underwear!
But men can choose to not have sex
And they know how to live without a full head of hair,
so why are tampons and pads still taxed, but Viagra and Rogaine isn’t?
Is your erection really more important than protecting the messy parts of my womanhood?
Is the thinning of your hair really more embarrassing than the period-staining of my jeans?
I know it seems petty to complain about a few extra cents
But it’s just the finishing touch on a pile of change I have yet to feel in this country.
So don’t try to justify our injustices with excuses that smell like your security when you’re walking alone to the bathroom
or your car
or down the street.
Security my eyes have yet to see
Their too busy praying to my feet
So you don’t mistake eye contact for wanting physical contact
I’ve been zipping up my smile so you don’t think I want to unzip your jeans.
I know you forget to examine the reflection of your own privilege
You may be afraid of the truth
But I’m not afraid to be honest
I’m not afraid to be nasty
Yeah I’m nasty
like the struggle of women still beating equality into the world,
because our rights have been beaten out of us for too long.
And our fight will continue to embody our nastiness.
I’m nasty like red, white, and blue bruises.
Nasty like Elizabeth, Amelia, Rosa, Eleanor, Condoleezza, Sonia, Malala, Michelle.
Our mothers, our sisters, us sisters are all nasty like history
And our pussies
ain’t for grabbing
They’re for reminding you that our walls are stronger than America’s ever will be.
They’re for birthing new generations of
Filthy
Vulgar
Bossy
Brave
Proud
Nasty women.
So if you a nasty woman
say hell yeah.