For a moment, I forgot who I was. Have you ever had that happen to you? An identity crisis of sorts? In the midst of battle, I forgot that:
I am Matrona, the handmaiden of God
I am blessed and highly favored
I am made in the image of God
Psalm 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
Leviticus 26:36 ‘And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee; they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues.
Numbers 10:35 So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.”
Hear the plowshares being beaten into swords. A lot of people are coming under spiritual attack. Remember who you are and send that garbage back. Rise up from the floor where your face was pressed, sharpen your sword and go on the offense. It is time…
Although I have not yet reached, Exodus in my daily scripture reading, other readings with which I am presently involved have mentioned, Miriam and some interesting aspects of her story of which I previously was unaware.
Miriam was not only the sister of Moses and Aaron, she was a prophetess, she was brave, she was a source of water for the Israelites while they were wandering in the desert. One thing I doubt she would have called herself, especially since the word did not exist back then would have been, ‘feminist’.
I do not understand the need for feminists to attach the word ‘Feminist’ to brave, righteous women of the bible. Is it virtue signalling?Is it a desperate plea for recognition in yet another male-dominated traditional religion?
When I see women ordained as Rabbis, Anglican priests, or stamping around stage in their Protestant ministry, dressed like men and speaking like men I think, ‘how unimaginative’. I believe asserting oneself into male dominated arenas
Miriam stands alone as a righteous women without the need to clarify her through the use of modern feminist language. I cannot imagine her, or any other strong woman of the bible, standing on a street corner wearing a big, pink, vagina costume or cat ear hat.
Whatever feminism started out as, it has become a joke.
Miriam’s water cup should be allowed on the Seder table but not as an act of feminist inclusion, but rather as an acknowledgement of the very important contributions of a brave, righteous woman not only to the Israelites, but to the entire world.
You can be righteous and do brave things without being a ‘feminist’.
It is more important to be obedient to the Lord (which is why, Miriam did what she did and was able to do what she was able to do. Not because she was a feminist but because she was obedient and righteous!), than to be a feminist. You can live without feminism but living without God, without the spirit of obedience (obedience is not a character of feminism so how could feminists label an obedient righteous woman as a feminist?) can have disastrous results in one’s life. Being disobedient, is something, Miriam, a pious Jewish woman, would never have done. she would have known that blessings come from being obedient.
when reading about, and studying, the women of the bible please keep in mind they existed in a different time. this might sound very basic and obvious, but I constantly see people making the great mistake of trying to either judge people in the past by our modern standards, or make the other mistake of trying to give modern labels to the behaviors of those in the past who do admirable things.
The things done by, Miriam were brave, different, maybe even a bit scary to those looking on in awe, or wonder, or even skepticism. To, Miriam however, they would just have been the things she did in obedience to hearing God’s voice. A stirring in her spirit perhaps, or a vivid dream she prayed about the next morning and went on to accomplish in ‘real-time’.
Labeling things done by brave, pious women as ‘feminist’ can be considered exclusionary or even as theft by those who are more traditional. Piety fits into tradition but the modern label of ‘feminism’ is not readily accepted by everyone… nor is it necessary. It is another act of exclusion if one thinks applying the label of ‘feminist’ to brave women of the Torah or Bible is the only way to acknowledge that what these women did was extraordinary (Extraordinary yes, but not unattainable to today’s pious women).
What women like, Miriam, the Myrrh Bearing women celebrated during Pascha and Pentecost, the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) and other women of renown, were able to do was only because of their piety and obedience. the willingness to be a vessel for God. To take a risk in order to help others. Feminism has become such a terribly selfish thing. More like a ravenous, self-serving beast in need of a shock collar (abortion, promiscuity, rage, hate, division, etc.), than a thing of beauty or of benefit. Women of the Bible who were brave and accomplished great things did so out of love for their community. They saw a need and fulfilled it. They were selfless, brave, loving, giving, self-sacrificing.
Women such as Miriam, Sarah, Anna, Mary, et al, are exemplars of piety, righteousness, sacrifice, obedience, and love. They already have crowns of glory. They do not need the label of, ‘feminist’ in order to make them ‘relevant’.
That was the message of the dream I had last night. A man, not my husband, was trying to seduce me. In my dream I was a widow. he was wanting what was not his to take and when he challenged me about it, the Lord gave me that reply… “Purity has its own magic.”.
There is so much in the world that we have gotten used to that would shock and appall people from just a few decades ago. Remember when Criminal Minds aired after 9:00p.m. because the content was so gross and disturbing? It now airs on Sunday DURING THE DAY.
On Sunday. The local paper used to not even print the comics in color on Sundays because it might distract children from going to church.
Purity has its own magic.
In a world where feminism is reduced to shaking your mostly naked behind in a camera and calling it empowerment, the woman who protects her reputation is often seen as an oddity. There is SO much degradation freely available of free or on the Internet, brothels in Amsterdam have closed. Amsterdam one of the most liberal, anything-goes, cities in the world cannot compete with the filth that now flows freely.
The Orthodox Church just commemorated the Dormition of the Theotokos on august 15th.
The Dormition of the Mother of God is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches which celebrates the “falling asleep” of Mary the Theotokos, and her being taken up into heaven. It is celebrated on 15 August as the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
The purity of Mary is something worthy of study.
When Anna and Joachim prayed to God to give them a child, they promised to dedicate said child to God upon their third birthday. However, preparing Mary to spend time in the temple serving God did not begin at age three. It began the moment she was born.
From the time, Mary was born until she turned three, her feet never touched the ground. Her mother placed pillows and thick carpets around the room so that Mary’s feet never touched the floor of the house.
Growing up, she lived in the temple and was fed by angels. She never said an unclean word, never committed an unclean act. She was kind and obedient, a hard worker. Too many times today I see/hear parents giving up, people giving up on themselves insisting that keeping discipline in their lives is too hard. The consequences of impurity are far worse than, FOMO (fear of missing out).
Mary’s discipline was its own reward but it was more than that, it is what enabled her to be the Mother of God.
My husband and I used to go round and round about Mary.
‘Any girl could have been chosen to be The Mother of God.”. He would say.
“No!” I would reply. “Only Mary was pure enough to be the vessel for our Lord and Savior!”. Aside from prophecy and blood line, there is a reason why Mary was chosen as the God bearer (Theotokos)… her purity.
Is there a place in your life that needs spiritual decluttering? Have you allowed your soul to be compromised? Only you can answer that but ask Holy Spirit to guide you. Your purity carriers so much weight in the spiritual realm. There is SO MUCH written in the bible about purity. Don’t let the world drag you away from your purity.
Published in Apr 11, 2007… it’s a devotional! An Orthodox Christian devotional. As rare, and elusive as unicorns of myth and legend.
In Protestantism, one only has to throw a stone to find a devotional. Not so with Orthodoxy. Yes, we have books. Books about the ancient fathers, nuns, abbesses, abbots, angels, monks, prayer, psalms, etc., but books you open everyday to read from and pray with are rare.
Orthodoxy is intense. We read hard, pray hard and feast with joy in Orthodoxy. Mostly books written by and written about ancient fathers as an example of righteousness, but I really wanted a daily devotional. So, I bought the devotional pictured above. I have no idea if I will like it. There are no photos of what’s inside. (I bought it off of ebay for a fraction of what it would have cost on Amazon.). Pretty much everything I have encountered with Orthodoxy is like an advanced university course. Be-that-as-it-may, you can still build a relationship with Christ through; prayer, reading your bible, reading books written by the ancients, prayer, fasting, giving alms, etc.
Will this devotional automatically make me feel closer to Christ? I doubt it. But it will, hopefully, provide welcomed insights into our ancient faith.
For now, say your prayers, give alms, be kind to one another as God is kind to us!
The lie is; evolution is real and there is no God.
Believe your bible.
Evolution is a heresy and should never be condoned by the pulpit. It is what is behind abortions, Hitler and his gang of thugs burning Europe and ultimately bringing the world genocide and WWII.
Soon, we will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of 911. Twenty years, can you believe it’s been that long?
The same rally cry, ‘never again!’, which echoed around the world after WWII and in America after 911 seems to have been forgotten. We can’t even have political discussions without them deteriorating into fist fights and in some tragic cases, even death. Heck, vegans can’t even declare their beliefs without extreme vitriol and hate to the point of making death threats. Where is our sense of loyalty and community to one another simply because we call ourselves, American? Standing shoulder to shoulder against our enemies is a thing of the past. There is so much death and infighting we are eating ourselves.
What does ouroboros mean? The ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake or serpent eating its own tail, variously signifying infinity and the cycle of birth and death.
What an odd definition. A snake, or anything else for that matter, eating itself ultimately destroys itself. Only Christ was resurrected. Only the Christian Trinity is infinite. See how the lies look cool but ultimately lead to death?
This poor thing is never going to live again. There is no infinity in it. It mistook itself for food, or an enemy, and devoured itself. This is where America is right now. We are standing on the edge of a knife. We are either going to go too far in the direction of death and become Russia during its darkest times of killing its own people and almost, ultimately, itself as a nation, or we are going to straighten up, tighten our ‘mercy belts’ and stop attacking each other when we do not see eye-to-eye.
Micah 7:6 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies are the members of his own household.
Matthew 10:21 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rise against their parents and have them put to death.
Matthew 10:35 For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Luke 12:52 From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.
This is all coming about because the war really is virtue against barbarism. It is not virtuous to kill unborn children simply because they ‘got in the way’ of your life. It is not virtuous to threaten, or attack, people who eat meat. It is not virtuous to say you want to attack ‘the patriarchy’ because you hate men. it’s not ok to hate men. It’s not ok to hate anyone.
It is hard to be patient with people who are attacking you. It is hard to pray for your enemies. Mercy is hard. That's why Jesus told us to be merciful.
Think about it, why was Jesus hated so much? No other deity in the history of the world has be vilified and hated as much as Christ. He taught; peace, mercy, love, going the extra mile (literally and figuratively). other religions teach similar things but no one swears in the name of pagan gods. No one burns pagan symbols, attacks Norse creation myths, or does any of the hateful things people do do Christian symbols.
‘To the barbarian, virtue is a blemish.’-(I heard Rabbi Lapin say this but I think he was quoting someone else. I can’t remember who.)
Christ is hated because He taught unprecedented levels of virtue. He taught that life is sacred. Although he did not abolish the law, he took the law to a new level. There was to be no more manipulation of the law (but it still happens in churches everywhere).
I urge you to leave your church if they; support abortion, gay marriage, your pastor is divorced and remarried, they do not believe the eucharist IS the body and blood of Christ, they teach evolution in any form over or in conjunction with creation, they push tithing while members of your congregation are starving and losing their homes while your pastor lives in a mcmansion, they promote ‘if you’re good enough’ no harm will ever come to you (that’s legalism folks), basically, if your church boasts that it is ‘progressive’ it’s not a proper Christian church. What they are really doing is promoting the views, and values of the world.
This book is an excellent resource for understanding what the world was like when Christ came into it, and what people were into that was so unacceptable, Hint: pretty much everything that has become acceptable to progressive ‘christianity’ is just a rehash of what Christ taught against during His ministry.
Scripture tells us, ‘God never changes’. So why all of the changes to Christianity? Why are there hundreds of thousands of denominations? Each denomination convinced it is the only way to be Christian and yet it looks almost nothing like the early church?
Find, and read, books that support creation over evolution. read them to your children. Teach them God is sovereign, not science. Teach them that all human life is sacred.
One of the things I struggled with when I was a member of a certain house of prayer was the tendency for people to misunderstand the difference between clairvoyance, prophecy from God, and observational information, and other ways of what I now call, ‘organic knowing’.
The prophets of the bible would not recognize much of what goes on in a, ‘spirit filled service’ as being from God.
The ladies’ group at church is reading from the book, Fr. Arseny. Here is what he said about the topic.
Another time I asked him, “Fr. Arseny! We, your spiritual children, often talk about the fact that spiritual fathers frequently have the gift of prophecy or clairvoyance…”. Fr. Arseny interrupted me sharply saying, “Don’t continue! You don’t know what real prophecy or clairvoyance is. Take the mother of a small child. She sees and notices all his actions, and she can foresee what he is going to think or do because he is her child and she loves him. All this isn’t prophecy or mind reading; it is a kind of spiritual observation, which is common to many. True prophecy and mind reading is given by God to a few chosen people, people like Fr. John of Kronstadt, but certainly not to us sinful people. Let us stop this conversation, it is useless,” said Fr. Arseny
Bolded text is mine.
We need to take a step back and consider everything we do, making certain we have dedicated it to the glory of God.
We hear so much these days about ‘self-care’. We used to be focused on self-improvement. I think things have a way of getting out of hand if there is no, ‘God plan’.
As Christians, everything we do should be with God in mind. Scripture is a great way to understand God and His will (did you get that… HIS will (for our lives.
One of the great warriors for God, and self-improvement… biblical self-improvement is, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. I love listening to, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He gives great, biblical based advice in a loving, fatherly way. I’m not Jewish but he’s ‘my’ Rabbi.
Here is a video of his. I plan to implement some of the things he advises. I am picking and choosing what to do because taking on too much, even with good intentions, can backfire and end up defeating the purpose.
The things I am going to do for the next week at least?
No t.v.. this is a big deal for me because I love stories and I love t.v. and movies. So no cheating. I will not be watching Amazon Prime or Netflix. I will allow myself Rabbi Daniel Lapin or Orthodox videos.
read more. I love to read and I do so in between other tasks and even on commercial breaks during t.v. programs. Not for the next week. I will be committed to dedicated reading and reading out loud to one’s self is something he recommends. I will be doing that 3x per week for 20 minutes.
Last, but not least, I will commit to daily journaling. I will occasionally write here to there in a journal, if I can find it. My commitment is to write on my planner daily the 5 things for which I am grateful.