Taking time to de-stress and welcome love into my being during a study break 🙏🏻// “Lord I come to tell you I love you, to tell you I need you, to tell you there’s no better place for me than in your arms, to tell you I’m sorry for running in circles…you’re the only one who brings me peace” ☝🏻

Goddess of the Day: May 6

Dike - Greek Goddess of Justice.  One of the Horai, Dike is a springtime deity, bringing about the changing of seasons.  She rules human justice, fair judgments, customs, and cultural law.  Dike bestows and teaches morality, and is one of the guardians of the gates of heaven.  

(text from Brandi Auset, The Goddess Guide)

“Our Shia are the people of piety and diligence, loyalty and honesty, and asceticism and worship. They perform fifty-one rak’as in a single day and night. They pass their nights with worship and their days with fasting. They defray the zakat from their wealth, perform the hajj, and refrain from committing any forbidden thing.”

— Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (ع)
Bihar ul-Anwar; 68:167 H.23, al-Wassail; 3:41 H.26

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord O My Soul) - original print from The Worship Project.

I was devastated to hear of the brutal executions that took place this morning in Bali. I’ve been following this developing story for a while, and I was so humbled to hear of their commitment to Jesus in everything they are facing.  Just before the executions took place, the convicted prisoners were together, singing “Bless the Lord O My Soul”, their faith was more important than their fear of death.

10,000 Reasons was already on my “list” of songs to write for the project, and I just think this is so profoundly fitting today. Can I encourage us, as people of faith in Jesus, let’s use #TenThousandReasons and let’s tell their story - and tell our own. How are we standing up for Jesus - even in the face of hideous opposition?

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Don’t expect to just go to church on Sunday to get filled. You can go to church, hear a great message, and talk to your church friends - and on Monday you can go to work and forget about it all - no, that’s not how we’re supposed to operate in our lives as Christians. We’re called to seek out God’s presence every day of the week, not just through hearing a good message, but by reading the bible - which is a book full of truth, inspired by God. We need to press in to God’s presence, through prayer, worship, and meditation. We need to take time out of our day to spend time with Him.