lizstas A sweet & wise priest recently helped me (whether he knew it or not) solve a puzzling concern of mine. I've been missing the early days of my faith, when I felt so connected to Christ, in such communion with the Spirit, fervent, inspired, creative to the max, listening, desperate to hear more from the mouth of the Lord, to see His glory, constantly asking for closeness and basking in the love. My Abouna was discussing that nostalgic feeling of remembering our first Love, Jesus, & the "honeymoon" period that follows when Christ first woos us, beckons us in love to get to know Him. Abouna emphasized that the honeymoon period isn't because we get our first taste of God's glory and want to stay there because we know, like earthly honeymoons, it won't last. The feelings of the honeymoon period come from how we first choose to respond to God's affections for us. It is perhaps that we do not respond with the same fervor and affection that God consistently shows us. We did it once, but we forgot it, and now we question and wonder why we don't feel that same closeness. We aren't willing to respond with the same fervor, same faith, same belief. At least I know now, I'm not, or wasn't. I think sometimes I forget just how huge God's love and affection is for me, and how God longs for a relationship with me. This relationship is deep, bound with ever-strengthening threads as I enter into closer communion with the Holy Trinity. It is a gift. Christ prays to His Father in front of his disciples, and says to the ages, "I made Your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which You have loved me may be in them and I in them." We get to experience God's love for His Son, feel and know that very same love! To feel as Christ felt while he walked this earth, to know as he knows the great affection that the Creator has for us. We have the example of Christ to remind us that as it was from day one, and so it will be, that God walks with us, is in us, and eternally loves us. I think the best part of all of this is that Christ isn't just the example. He is that Love, that God, that Creator. #Christ #Christianity #Orthodoxy #truth #sweet #love #gift #kindness 2d

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lizstas Today is definitely a day for my quizzical monkey candle: 5 degrees outside, lots of reflection, lots of thinking, lots of work. #monkey #candle #fire #flame #tinyjoy 1mon

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lizstas A little pan-fried, salted and peppered #tempeh for the #vegan #life #veganlife #badvegan #fasting #Orthodoxy #actuallytasty 1mon
  •   missmac0909 What is this? Looks yummy 1mon
  •   lizstas @missmac0909 tempeh! It's like soybean curd. I've read it described as having a nutty, earthy taste and I think it does. The texture reminds me of tater tots, breakfast sausage, cottage cheese. It's great, really, cos you can put it in a lot of dishes. It is kinda like tofu; it takes on a lot of flavor of other stuff it's paired with, and it's good protein! :) 1mon
  •   missmac0909 Where to you get it? 1mon
  •   lizstas @missmac0909 I get mine at trader joe's :) 4w

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lizstas Tonight I sang praises to the woman whom Coptic Orthodoxy calls, "the pride of the human race." This lovely mosaic is a piece completed via artist[s]/Churches in Thailand. It depicts St. Mary and the Word made Flesh, Christ Jesus, our Emmanuel, or "God with us." =)
She bore God without being consumed by the Presence of the Divine that dwelt within her body.
Here are two snips from tonight's hymns that I enjoy intellectually and enjoy singing, snips which ponder this piece of Orthodox history: "You held in your womb
The Lord your God
You nourished him with your milk
Like the rest of the humans." "About that chosen Lamb
To the prudent, this is a mystery
A plant without seed
Hail to you O Mary." #Coptic #Orthodox #Orthodoxy #Christianity #Mary #VirginMary #SaintMary #praise #blessing #Jesus #Emmanuel #Nativity #Christmas #gratitude
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lizstas It is on a quiet day of snowing that we celebrate our Grandpa's/Dad's/Great-Grandpa's life. Farewell for now, Grandpa. #mourning #snowing #Wisconsin #winter #grief 1mon

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lizstas The Doctor Is In. #CazaCool 2mon

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lizstas Beth: your fabulous daughter and I have the same fabulous taste in slippers! Also she left me candy so like duh, bff's/kindred spirits for life. :D 2mon

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lizstas "IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!" cried the Elf James Martin from his spot on the newspaper car sale ads. #cookie #decorate #decorating #Christmas #holiday #season #seasonal #winter #frosting #baking #yummy #sugar #delicious #fun #elf #Santa #helper 2mon

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lizstas In Nazareth, there is a Church dedicated to the Annunciation. ~The Annunciation: The angel Gabriel appears to a young girl named Mary, who is already betrothed, already expected to be a woman, and tells her that she has been given, essentially, the most important job any human on earth has ever undertaken: to be the God-bearer. Mary will literally carry God in her womb, bringing Him forth into our world.~ Talk about a coming-of-age story! I can barely manage to go to bed at a decent hour for work the next morning and remember to grab a clif bar on the way out the door! Talk about the wisdom and maturity of this young woman!! I took a picture of my favorite mosaic at the Church, the one offered by the Church(es) in Nazareth itself. She is humility, grace, sweetness, barefoot, willing, calm, pondering, careful, and wise. I'm in awe. I'm going to continue pondering the Mother of the Church, as she is, during this month of Advent. Follow along with me if you like. Her story is incredible and powerful. Let it touch you, if you can. Otherwise, please enjoy the pretty picture by artists greater than myself. :) Glory be to God forever & ever, Amen! #Christianity #Orthodox #Catholic #Incarnation #VirginMary #Mary #Mother #Church #Nazareth #Christmas #Nativity #Advent #Jesus #Immanuel #Theotokos #Jewish 2mon
  •   radiateapparel Just wanted to let you know that you are LOVED! 2mon

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lizstas I've never felt this closely connected to a cup before. #cup #mug #good #morning #goodvibes #thepapersource #papersource #mn 2mon

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lizstas #ninjabread #cookie #gingerbread #ninja #hiiiyahh !!! #Christmas #Baking Thanks to the Huntley's for our tiiight cookie kit! 2mon

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