Inside the Rebellion of Saints

this is for all the kids who glow in the dark. I'm the narrator and this is just the prologue.

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When I look at the friends I’ve made in the past nine months I can’t help but feel honored & blessed. I feel like I’ve got a fresh start on life and I’m ready to tackle my junior year. My schedule & heart have never been so full! When I look at the months ahead I’m not intimidated any more. Sometimes God doesn’t need to swoop down and change it all, in fact some times His power is more evident in the way He can gently calm a storm. It may just be for a moment or so, but tonight all seems right with the world.

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Everyone is clearly shocked by the sudden news of Robin Williams’ death. I am no different. But I think it is very important that we don’t just post statuses or pictures but make a conscious effort to pray for his soul & those who knew & loved him. It’s one thing to lose someone, it’s another thing to lose someone in such a tragic way. Suicide comes with a lot of guilt for family & friends who may feel like it’s their fault it happened. We need to pray for peace in his family & for him to be at rest with a heavenly Father who loves him dearly. May you enter into the gates of Eternal Life, Robin Williams - free of all the weight that held you down on this earth!

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So after almost 21 years I’ve come to this conclusion:

I’m gonna just live my life and let God take care of the details.

Sounds very cliche, but for real.

I don’t think I’ve ever REALLY let myself go entirely. When I try to micromanage everything in my life I usually ruin it and make things far more complicated than they need to be. Frankly I’m tired and ready to be free of the drama my life has been in the past. The endless extreme highs and lows. Life doesn’t need to be this way. So it finally donned on me…well maybe I really should do what I’ve been claiming to do all along: give it to GOD!

So I’m just gonna live. I’m gonna do my best as the woman I am and the woman I want to be. If I’m caught up in Him and all that He has in store for me I can only expect the best things right?

I’m not gonna push anything, look for anything, I’m just gonna pull a Beatles and LET IT BE!

If God wants to place a man in my life, by all means, but I’m just gonna be chillin’ here. If God decides to surprise me and send me to a convent (and boy oh boy would that be a surprise), I’ll be sitting here doing my thang. 

Right now I can only be satisfied and happy with what I have. It doesn’t make sense to ask for any more or wish I had something I don’t. It makes my life an unhappy one and I don’t wanna be unhappy any longer.

So um yeah. 

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Authority…

…people say I have a problem with it.
And well yes that might be true. I came out of the womb kicking and screaming, because despite being 10 days late I wasn’t ready in my own mind to be thrown out into the world. I’ve been kicking and screaming my way through life ever since …I suppose you could say.

I’m defiant.

I have a habit of going right simply because I was instructed to go left.
Like the late James Dean, I fancy myself to be a rebel without a cause (hence my blog name…among other reasons). 
I think the truth of the matter above all else is this: I value my freedom (of both speech & action) as well as my God-given free will above anything else in life. I don’t trust people who tell me what to do, because frankly the only person I believe anyone has to answer to is God. And honestly how can anyone be sure of whats best for me if they don’t walk in my shoes? It’s quite rational really. 
When it comes to people in positions of authority…I often wonder how they could fancy themselves to be anything better than what I am. We are all the same, all fallen creatures, all children of one Divine Being who lives outside of time and space. Obedience to anyone other than God in my opinion is slavery. I will be a slave to no one. 

Most people that claim to be “bosses” or “managers” don’t take the time to earn my trust or respect, it’s either naturally assumed or demanded. This isn’t the right way to go about anything. I will never respond to demands. 

I live by a certain code of rebellion.

I live by my own rules.

This rant is now over. 

Thanks for listening/reading.

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Who is this Jesus you worship? [an alternative & realistic look at Jesus Christ - Messiah]

I always find it a bit odd when I observe the images people conjure up of Jesus Christ.

It’s like we’re reading two entirely different Bibles at times.

 
The world has fallen for this portrait of a caucasian, tender-hearted, pushover with an unusual love for bright colored clothing. [Jesus was a poor Jew…]

 

This isn’t quite the vision that comes to mind when I read the Scriptures. Jesus knew the truth and he let it set Him free - fully human and fully divine, He walked as one among us.

The Jesus I praise was/is an unconventional, controversial, rebellious badass with serious balls. He was point blank, frank, blunt even. Unafraid to call it like He saw it. He turned tables - literally. Often times He would just call people out for what they were - religious hypocrites, close minded, and racist (take the story of the good Samaritan for example). Sure He had a soft spot for the underdog, but that didn’t make Him a wimp by any means.

Jesus was a full blood Jew in the royal line of King David (the badass who killed Goliath). His fingers were probably callused, His skin dark and worn from years of hot carpentry work in Israel’s harsh climate. He most likely wore humble garments that were far from white (and not clean by today’s standards) and His hair probably wasn’t kept.

My Jesus was a radical revolutionary. One might even call Him a hippie of sorts - living by a message of peace, hope and equality for all of God’s creation. So where exactly the modern mainstream image of Jesus originated from I can’t seem to figure out. When people speak of Jesus, sometimes I have to stifle a laugh. I’m sure from up in Heaven at the right hand of the Father, Jesus chuckles a little bit too.

Perhaps we need to rediscover the Scriptures and remember our fearless and bold Savior. A man who was tender enough to welcome children into His arms, yet firm enough to turn the whole world upside down, bringing people to their knees. He wasn’t afraid to turn the other cheek, but He certainly wasn’t afraid to let His voice be heard either.

This is the Man-God that early Christians were willing to suffer extreme torture and executions for at the hands of the Romans.

Clearly this God, messiah, prophet, teacher, Lord, savior is unconventional.

Part of me can’t help but paint this picture in my mind of Jesus with two bold fingers up in the face of the nagging pharisees. 
…but that’s just me…and I’m weird.

I suppose the beauty and appeal of Jesus Christ is the fact that He is the Savior of all for all. There are no boundaries or limits to His love and mercy. It’s just hardcore 24/7 lovin’. He can be whatever we want Him to be because He wants our relationship to be personal and intimate. 

So whether your faith is catered to the common caucasian Jesus of Western pop culture, or my rugged and radical one, the point essentially is this: Jesus does love you individually with a fiercely unconventional and passionate love. And that I hope is something we can all agree on. :)

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Prayer for the Virtue of Chastity

acatholicvibe:

Jesus, Fortress of mankind,

You are Immaculate as God and Man!

Bless me with Your infinite graces,

That I may remain in a state of purity.

Strengthen my body, spirit and soul

To continually reflect Your chastity.

Protect my soul in its daily struggles,

Guiding it to ponder on Your Godliness.

Defend me from the forces of evil,

Those that seek to acquire my soul:

I am truly Yours forever and ever.

Holy is my King, the Conqueror of sin!
Amen. 

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