Saturday, June 30, 2012

wow!

check out part 1 of this podcast of this man's journey from Islam to Orthodox Christianity! I will look for part 2 and post later.http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/illuminedheart/my_conversion_from_islam_to_orthodox_christianity_-_part_1

beautiful

here is a beautiful blog by my friend dawn on the sacrament of Confession. be blessed!
http://biblegirl1999.blogspot.com/2012/06/confession.html

Friday, June 29, 2012

its a Fact!

thought this was an awesome statement from my friend Dawn Villarreal:
"Christianity did not start with Protestantism (Reformation). Protestantism is 495 years old. Grant it, that's pretty old, but the holy Catholic & Orthodox churches are older. They began Christianity whether you don't want to believe it or not, it's a historical fact. And just like the Bible says in Matthew, 'the gates of hell shall not prevail against it'. Still going strong over 2,000 years!"

Amen and Amen!!!!

amazing statement!!

St. Herman of Alaska:

"A true Christian is made by faith and love toward Christ. Our sins do not in the least hinder our Christianity, according to the word of the Saviour Himself. He deigned to say: not the righteous have I come to call, but sinners to salvation; there is more joy in heaven over one who repents then over ninety righteous ones. Likewise concerning the sinful woman who touched His feet, He deigned to say to the the Pharisee Simon: to one who has love, a great debt is forgiven, but from one who has no love, even a small debt will be demanded. From these judgments a Christian should bring himself to hope and joy, and not in the least accept an inflicted despair. Here one needs the shield of faith.

Sin, to one who loves God, is nothing other than an arrow from the enemy in battle. The true Christian is a warrior fighting his way through the regiments of the unseen enemy to his heavenly homeland. According to the word of the Apostles, our homeland is in heaven; and about the warrior he says: “our warfare is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of wickedness under heaven” (Ephesians 6:12)."

Thursday, June 28, 2012

wow!

this statement is even more thought provoking!

'‎'If wounds in the body have been neglected and left unattended, they do not react to medicine when the doctors apply it to them; but if they have first been 
cleansed, then they respond to the action of the medicine and so are quickly healed. In the same way, if the soul is neglected and wholly covered with the leprosy of self-indulgence, it cannot experience the fear of God, however persistently it is warned of the terror and power of God's judgment. When, however, through great attentiveness the soul begins to be purified, it also begins to experience the fear of God as a life-giving medicine which, through the reproaches it arouses in the conscience, burns the soul in the fire of dispassion. After this the soul is gradually cleansed until it is completely purified; its love increases as its fear diminishes, until it attains perfect love, in which there is no fear but only the complete dispassion which is energized by the glory of God. So let us rejoice endlessly in our fear of God and in the love which is the fulfilling of the law of perfection in Christ (cf. Rom. 13:10).''


St. Diadochos of Photiki~

good saying.

really gives me something to ponder:

"It is God, Who is merciful and grants everyone what he needs, Who is building him up when He gives him more than he needs; in doing so He shows the abundance of His love for men and teaches him to give thanks. When He does not grant him what he needs, He makes him compensate for the thing he needs through the working of the mind and teaches him patience."
~St. Dorotheos of Gaza~

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

well HI!

wow its been forever since I last posted. a lot has happened. I got to meet and really get to know my birth mom, middle sister and pretty much all of my biological family! it was awesome and I am more at piece with myself. My hubby and I have been faithfully going to the Greek Orthodox Church and I am amazed at how wonderful the Lord has been in leading us back to the Faith of the Apostles! we have officially started Catechism and maybe by the end of the year we will be taking that finally step of really Committing our lives to God and to the Church that Christ established. Since going to the Orthodox Church I have so much more stability, joy peace and freedom in my faith and walk with the Lord! we were privileged to visit a Monastery a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing and a wonderful experience! Also my hubby and I are faced with 3 expensive choices of treatments for our infertility and we are not quite sure at what we want to do and at this point we are just going to leave it because right now emotionally we wouldn't be able to handle all of that. we are praying extra hard that God will just intervene and bless us with our deepest desire of a baby by next year. anyways that's all my news!