Tonight my heart is burdened by this world, I wear it like a lead jacket. Weight. I want to refuse it, turn away, run away, insulate, isolate, protect out of fear. Contract. Ignore. Deny. Or offer myself as a ransom. Penance. Something. But there is a greater call that whispers to me as well, not that I obey it. To embrace instead. To look this world straight in the face and understand it. At the foot of the Cross I find all of my questions and answers. No one can spoon feed me comfort; I must open my own eyes and see the arc of redemption from Eden till now. I think to myself: God is much, much different than my Hallmark conceptions. And also I wonder if my view of human resilience is all wrong. What I think will annihilate - profound loss, deepest violation, the greatest expressions of the problem of evil. Take your pick. Yet stories of people rising from these sufferings testify against me. Jesus died with arms outstretched, accepting. Where can I run? From the news that this world is fallen that is not news at all. The goodness of God and the evil of man. I want one without the other - I'll take either, heaven or hell. But to embrace both, to embrace this earth with its latent yet invisible hope. Who can settle this score? What hope is there for what the locusts have destroyed? Who can raise to life from ash? Arms, wrap around the earthen wood of the Cross and look up. See your God and know. And dare to embrace this world both as it is and as it will be.
Pictured: a photograph I made for a project where artists of various mediums responded to my images. Made possible by serendipity, monsoon and the most abiding plant lover I know. Phoenix, 2013.
📍Oración de sanación📍
Mi Señor, Tú no te apartas de mí porque eres un Dios rico en misericordia y perdón y me sostienes cuando las tormentas quieren perturbar mi vida.
Ayúdame a ser fuerte, a luchar en medio de la dificultad y confiar en que, más allá de los problemas, se encuentra tu esperanza que no defrauda.
Acepto con humildad cada prueba a la que soy sometido porque sé que de ella hay una enseñanza escondida que Tú quieres que descubra.
Tú me corriges a través mis propios errores, me vas modelando para poder sacar el mejor provecho de los dones que has depositado en mí.
De la misma manera que Tú me corriges, con caridad y bondad, debo yo también hacer lo mismo con los que han cometido faltas contra mí
Que nunca mi lengua se adelante a la bondad de mis labios y termine destilando palabras llenas de odio y causando heridas al corazón.
Soy tuyo Señor, ven y dame un corazón puro para amar. Quita de mí todo deseo de venganza y lléname de tu caridad que todo lo sana.
Dame un corazón bueno y dócil, aferrado a tu promesa de que, si pido al Padre en tu nombre, Él, que es todopoderoso, me lo concederá. Amén🙏
📍 Miércoles 16 de Agosto de 2017📍
📖Propósito para hoy📖
Tener respeto en mis conversaciones con el que piensa distinto, ofreciendo siempre una palabra de consuelo y esperanza.
💕Frase de reflexión💕
"Frente a tantos problemas, algunos de ellos graves, no perdamos la esperanza en la misericordia infinita de Dios". Papa Francisco
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Tomorrow night is Celebrate Recovery. If you are dealing with a hurt, habit or hang up on your own you do not have to. Join a community of people who are moving forward to better their lives. Celebrate Recovery meets in the Y Building at 7pm. 4760 Thornton Ave. Fremont, CA 94536
All are invited next Sunday after the congregational meeting (around 10:15am) for a short presentation and Q&A time. Come hear about our experiences in Cuba! Willie Santiago from Cuba Connection Ministries will be here to join us.
By faith let's rejoice together!! We have a RISEN KING!! Our battles today have already been fought, we are just walking through the smoky aftermath. Praise His holy name sweet friend, for He is Jesus!! He who is merciful and kind will always do that which in His loving will, is for our very & utmost best. 🕊
Be still my friend, take the time to slow your thoughts & listen to the Holy Spirit. Fully trust in Him and His plans for you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He knows, and has all ready provided, because of His immense love for you! Be blessed today my friend 😘 .
Lately I've been feeling a little overwhelmed with negative 😔🙄 stuff in my life. And it's pouring over my, what I should be positive 🌋about ... Today... Today I saw a light at the tunnel! 😇😁 🔦 But why now⁉️ Well I've made some small changes and I can't help to think that maybe that's it. Come on, I can tell myself that everything's going to be okay until I'm blue in the face 🔵 But even when I didn't see the light 🔦 I had to do something, something!!! So ya I pray 🙄, when I can't sleep 😔or the famous, " please let me win the lotto!💰💰💰"but when was the last time I was really in the, "word"? 📖 So baby steps 👣 I read a verse from the Bible each morning and meditated on it 🙇 and think of how I could apply that to my life. Then I started to pray specific prayers for others that I know are struggling. It's been a week📈 in my prayer journal 📓and I've witnessed prayers being answered ☁️☁️ . It's an amazing feeling 😳😳. Ya, I still get nervous, then I remember that it's in God's hands now 🙏 I just have to do my part and HE will do His. .
Lion Die Cut stickers are now available! (link is in our bio) These things are only 1.50 and shipping is FREE! That means for the same price as a bottle of soda you can get this super rad sticker! This is a no brainer! Buy one today and when it arrives in your mailbox it will have an invite to our Gospel Brand Family Community page on Facebook! #stickers
STICKERS = INVITE 🙌🏼🙌🏼
Invite to what you may ask!? Our Facebook Gospel Brand Family page! There you will get to be apart of a community of believers from different cities, states, countries, walks of life. We all have so much to offer and we as GB wanted to create a space where you can feel connected!
We will send an email to those who purchase with a step-by-step video on how to apply car stickers! So make sure you look out for that!
If you have a youth in high-school, the lab is a safe place for them to learn about God, grow in their faith, and have a bit of fun! Follow @stpaulstracy @thelabsp to keep
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Verse of the day -“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!”
Psalms 143:10 ESV
Verse of the week
-“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8 ESV
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Dates to keep -share the scoop - August 26th -Youth band - every Monday 7-8pm
During our season of fallow ground we aren’t shutting off, we are just making the changes needed to improve our community rhythms in a way that invites more presence to our interactions. One of the ways we do this is by being together. Join us at our end of summer bonfire on the 25th at 6pm. More details will be available on the website. Hope to see you all there.
We are in desperate need for the TRUTH in this modern age, where religious ignorance and errors are at their peak. This is what my previous post was about. I was raised a Roman Catholic Girl and it was normal for me to worship mother Mary and other saints. However, 5 Years ago, God opened my heart. The Holy Spirit showed me that it was wrong. Only God should be praised and worshipped. As mentioned in Scripture, "worship the Lord your God and serve Him only," (Luke 4;8); "you shall fear only God , worship Him and swear by His name," (Deuteronomy 6:13).
The highest occupation for the Christians is the Lord Jesus Christ and an increasing knowledge of who He is. The truth is that He is Lord and the only mediator between God and Man, (1Tim.2:5). Indeed, Jesus is the only way to the Father, the truth incarnate and He is the life to all who believe that He is Lord, has resurrected from the dead and has taken His rightful throne with the Father. No Christian saints can bring you to God the Father, neither Mohammed, nor Buddha, or Vishnu. Without Jesus, we are lost in our sins.
Thus, JESUS IS NOT ONLY YOUR ONLY WAY. BUT THE PERFECT WAY INTO GOD'S PRESENCE. If your life is a mess, open your heart to Jesus. I want to encourage you today to call His name. If you seek Him faithfully, He will reveal Himself to you. All to gain, nothing to lose!! 🙌🙌 +++ #bible#christianity#bibleverse#god#jesus#christ#holyspirit#worship#prayer#faith#faithful#love#mediator#cristo#instafaith#christian#catholic#devotional#inspirational#church#arise#godisgreat#bethel#godisgood#mediador#heisrisen#emmanuel#church#instagood