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// I think about this often.//

Ultimately it seems to boil down to the intentions of the heart. What is valued: the act or the effect.

Grace and peace!
Domm

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// Christians Can Be Terrible—You Should Know This Going In//

Christians Can Be Terrible–You Should Know This Going In

Originally posted on Reformedish:

Head in HandsChristians can be terrible. As a reader of the New Testament, this doesn’t surprise me. One of the major premises of the Christian faith is that humans are so flawed, so broken, so rebellious, and so unable to redeem themselves that the eternal Son had to incarnate himself, live, die, and rise again in order to fix them (Romans 1-8). I suppose what does shock me…

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// "You must begin by knowing you have already arrived." -Jonathan Livingston Seagull//

“You must begin by knowing you have already arrived.” -Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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“You will begin to touch heaven in the moment you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying 1000mph, or at the speed of light because any number is a limit and perfection doesn’t have limit. Perfect speed my son, is being there. To fly as fast though, to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing you have already arrived.” -Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Lately I’ve been wrestling…

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// I appreciate this perspective of love… And the need for respect via Paul Washer//

I appreciate this perspective of love… And the need for respect via Paul Washer

So many times young people will come to me and they will say, you know, a young man will say, “I desire to marry this girl.”

And I will say, “Why?”

And he will say, “Well, I love to be with her and she is beautiful and when I am with her we feel so good and it just meets so many needs in my life and there is just when she is around, my life is so much more endearing.”

And I will always ask him…

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real-hiphophead:

Jay Electronica

real-hiphophead:

Jay Electronica

(via hip-hop-school)

// "Why is true love in the religious sense equated with obedience?"//

“Why is true love in the religious sense equated with obedience?”

In addition to what is found below, I’ve found that true love begets love.

God’s love for me, in my messiness, in my weakness and scared little girl insecurities, really does produce this awe.

A wonder in my heart that I could still be loved as I am.

Not the more emotionally, spiritually, mentally mature, Dominique… But right now, in the present Dominique.

It still blows my mind that while we…

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// “My fever burns me deeper than i’ll ever show… to you.” -Never is a Promise, Fiona Apple//

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I look so joyous in that photograph. I probably was at that time. When my understanding of “success” was measured in terms of my outward appearance …of joy.

So much has changed within the past year. More than i’d like to admit. More than i’ve previously stated in every other post.

As I grow in an understanding of myself and the world around me, I feel pain. I feel joy. I feel loss. I feel peace.…

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// Different shades of the same.//

I’ve found introverts and extroverts truly do balance each other with regard to the personal growth of one another.

This goes for any relationship whether platonic or romantic.

The more I understand people, the more I realize everyone is needed.

Everyone has a purpose.

I can dig it.

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// "Grace made visible: Eyes to see." via Matt Chandler//

“Grace made visible: Eyes to see.” via Matt Chandler

This is a long read. I think it’s interesting how at the beginning of this sermon, Matt Chandler actually gave the disclaimer:

By the way, there are three of these, and I’m going to wrap them up into one. I know some of you are a bit more linear, like, “Why don’t you just do the one and cut 25 minutes off your sermon?” Sorry, I’m just not wired that way. The Lord didn’t make me that way.

Hmm.…

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// "Religion, rarely. Faith, yes. With some ironic patience on the side//

“Religion, rarely. Faith, yes. With some ironic patience on the side

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PS: I’m still learning what the verse “faith without works is dead” means in correlation to “all our good works being filthy rags.”

I’m also growing in loving God and loving myself so I can know how to love my neighbor as myself :-)

Grace and peace and knowledge with belief,

Domm.

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// "I believe, help my unbelief" meets "God remains faithful even when we are faithless, for He cannot deny Himself."//

“I believe, help my unbelief” meets “God remains faithful even when we are faithless, for He cannot deny Himself.”

“..and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30-1

“Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:28-9

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This has been…

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// What does *this* girl like? Wise discernment.//

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-8

Sidenote: All of James 3 is a gem really. Actually the whole book. There’s something so humble inducing yet grace fulfilling that accompanies this truth.

I know…

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soli DEO gloria.