• Palm Tree(s) thriving in desert

    Heb., ta·mar […]The long taproot of the palm enables it to reach down to water sources not available to many plants and thus to thrive amid desert conditions. […]The tall, stately palm, with its straight, uniform trunk rising up to 30 m (100 ft) and cresting with a plume of long feathery fronds, makes a graceful silhouette of unique beauty. [excerpt Palm Tree Insight Vol 2]

    for palms are sometimes used in the Bible to stand for uprightness. (Ps. 92:12 “But the righteous will flourish like a palm tree And grow big like a cedar in Lebʹa·non.”)

     

    4/23/17 @ 11:50 a.m.

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  • Joan Winifred peace wisdom

    Sunday 4/16/17

    So Sunday…just getting home; off goes my purple blazer…plopping down in a comfy chair–snap!…reflecting/meditating/”capturing” a moment about…

    an important topic (my Fam and i heard an afternoon talk) “pursuing peace in an angry world.

    Have You noticed?? how “many” are very upset, ANGRY and on the verge of losing it whether on the road or at the store or anywhere these days?? (Yes, we are all tired, over-worked, hurt, humiliated, sick, in pain, rejected, dejected, and stressed out, huh?!)

    “Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man (person) we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

    Practical (Scriptural) Points to Help Us All…Pursue Peace with Fellow-Fragile-Life:

    “Let go of anger and abandon rage;

    Do not become upset and turn to doing evil.”

    * (Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”) Psalm 37: 8, 9

    Cultivate Peace: Being Kind. (When we choose to treat Others the way we would like to be treated (kindly, compassionately, and with respect); we don’t retaliate aka seek/scheme our own personal sense of justice by seeking some sort of vengeance: ouch!) Rather, we improve (IF possible) the situation/relationship by doing the kind/compassionate thing…anyway…e.g., “But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” * (That is, to soften the person and melt his hardness.)

    We are all responsible for peace between fellow-fragile-life at home, in our respective communities, and globally…we can play a part in breaking the cycle of anger, hate, and violence:

    Return evil for evil to no one. . . . If possible, as far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men.”—Romans 12:17, 18.

     THANK YOU so MUCH READER:) for PURSUING PEACE!!:)

    4/19/17 @ 6:53 p.m.

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  • Beach (2)

    Other collections…gathered & arranged (usually one can find lots of sharks’ teeth at this particular beach; not me Saturday).

    yeah, i can have “serious” fun-lol;)

    This is the closest i have ever been to an “actual” alligator!! (This photo does NOT do him justice whatsoever!)…Isn’t he beautiful?!:) Total Love at first sighting (and no, i didn’t feed him; did talk to him though;)…there is a section at/near Dog Beach that is sectioned off…water behind black iron fence and warnings to keep dogs away from this area…anyway, my daughters and friends (and me) had FUN frolicking on beach and it was so Cool to be so close (yet safe behind fence) to this exquisite-fellow…fragile-life!!

    Florida has helped me grow in appreciation/love for bugs, snakes, and alligators…(e.g., expanding my compassion/comfort zone of living/loving)…not naturally easy for me to want interaction with a snake, etc…i naturally gravitate to bunnies and kitties, doggies, birdies, etc.

    all work and no play makes me…(stressed out?)

    (Saturday taught me to take more time to enJOY/fully appreciate all natural beauty of Florida/Earth.)

    4/19/17 @ 5:41 p.m.

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  • caregiving compassion conscientious-ness Joan Winifred justice motivation respect universe

    High COMPASSION (standards)

    BTW: Just because

    i may

    “choose”

    to

    use

    my

    free will

    in

    a manner…exhibiting HIGH respect for life and compassion..

    doesn’t make me a perfectionist or over-achiever

    may be

    it

    just

    shows

    i

    CARE

    A LOT!!! (Hold in Esteem/Value)

    for

    fellow-fragile-life

    and

    the planet

    and

    the

    intelligent mind (God of Compassion)

    designer

    behind

    all that is…(created in the Universe and beyond)

     

    4/16/17 @ 5:44 a.m.

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  • Plants

    i am gonna water my plants after composing this…then i think? take the late afternoon off and head to ******…for a little beach time to recuperate…and replenish…for my multi-well-being…

    Some plants need direct sunlight and lots of water…some indirect/low light and little water…to grow. My indoor plants are air purifiers…

    i love all (my) plants..and try my best to care for them.  Learning what they need to flourish and providing such takes skill, patience, and commitment.

    Too much direct light and too much water…can damage some.

    If i am a complex plant…what do i need? Both direct/indirect light…and clean, fresh water:)…periodically…(and a little  time off now and again, eh?)

     

    4/15/17 @ 3:30 p.m.

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  • Breathing-Fragile-Life Joan Winifred

    Wages

    Wages could be looked at like consequences. You’re a hard, good worker, so most likely, you receive good pay…aka high/commensurate pay for your job. Not all of us have the same job nor the same pay. Not all pay is completely commensurate of the job done. Do You truly deserve the pay you get?? May be, we all want more pay for less work?;)

    Have You thought about death as a wage??

    God’s law states that “the wages sin pays is death.” (Romans 6:​23) Rather than hide this law from Adam, God told him that the penalty for disobedience would be death. (Genesis 3:3 “But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’”) When Adam sinned, God, “who cannot lie,” kept his word. (Titus 1:2 “) Adam passed on to his descendants not only sin but also the wages of sin​—death.

    The first human, Adam, was created perfect, without sin [“In the Bible’s original languages, the words for sin mean “to miss a mark,” or a target. For example, a group of soldiers in ancient Israel were so adept at slinging stones that they “would not miss.” That expression, if translated literally, could read “would not sin.” (Judges 20:16  “In this army were 700 chosen men who were left-handed. Every one of these men could sling a stone to within a hairbreadth and would not miss.”) Thus, to sin is to miss the mark of God’s perfect standards.

    As the Creator, God has the right to set standards for mankind. (Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, Jehovah our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they came into existence and were created.”) We are accountable to him for our actions.—Romans 14:12 “So, then, each of us will render an account for himself to God.”] However, he chose to disobey God. Adam’s disobedience, or sin, profoundly affected all his descendants. “Through the disobedience of the one man,” the Bible explains, “many were made sinners.”​—Romans 5:​19.

    Despite having a perfect mind and body, Adam disobeyed God because he selfishly desired something that did not belong to him. (Genesis 2:​16, 17; 3:6)

    Although sinful humans deserve the penalty of death, God extended to them “the riches of his undeserved kindness.” (Ephesians 1:7) His provision to redeem mankind​—sending Jesus as a perfect sacrifice​—was both profoundly just and supremely merciful.

    Jesus was also perfect, but he never sinned. Therefore, he could be “an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 2:2; footnote) Just as Adam’s disobedience contaminated the human family with sin, so Jesus’ death removed the stain of sin from all who exercise faith in him.

    In a sense, Adam sold the human race into sin. Jesus, by willingly dying in our behalf, repurchased humankind as his own. As a result, “if anyone does commit a sin, we have a helper with the Father, Jesus Christ, a righteous one.”​—1 John 2:1.

    Although many believe that Jesus was crucified​—executed on a cross​—the Bible reports: “His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:​24, King James Version) Bible writers used two Greek words to refer to the instrument of Jesus’ execution​—stau·rosʹ and xyʹlon. Many scholars have concluded that these words refer to a beam or an upright stake made of one piece of wood.” [excerpted reading: Why Did Jesus Die?]

    Man & Woman were meant to live forever on Earth…(in peace, health, and happiness)

    Jehovah’s original purpose was for mankind to live forever here on earth. (Gen. 1:28 “Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”; Ps. 37:29  “The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.”) He generously gave Adam and Eve a variety of precious gifts that enabled them to enjoy life. (Read James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, coming down from the Father of the celestial lights, who does not vary or change like the shifting shadows.”) Jehovah gave them free will, the ability to reason, and the capacity to love and to enjoy friendship. The Creator spoke to Adam and instructed him on how to show his obedience. Adam also learned how to take care of his needs and how to care for the animals and the land. (Gen. 2:15-17 “Jehovah God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eʹden to cultivate it and to take care of it. 16  Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17  But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”, 19, 20 “Now Jehovah God had been forming from the ground every wild animal of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call each living creature, that became its name. 20  So the man named all the domestic animals and the flying creatures of the heavens and every wild animal of the field, but for man there was no helper as a complement of him.”)

     Jehovah also created Adam and Eve with the senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. Thus they could enjoy to the full the beauty and bounty of  their Paradise home. For the first human pair, the possibilities for satisfying work, accomplishment, and discovery were endless.

    7 What else was part of God’s purpose? Jehovah created Adam and Eve with the ability to have perfect children. God had in mind for their children to have children, until the human family filled the whole earth. He wanted Adam and Eve and all parents after them to love their children as Jehovah loved his first perfect human children. Earth, with all its resources, was to become their permanent home.—Ps. 115:16 “As for the heavens, they belong to Jehovah,But the earth he has given to the sons of men.”

    Things did not immediately work out as God had purposed. Why not? Jehovah gave Adam and Eve a simple law that served to test whether they recognized the limits of their freedom. He said: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Gen. 2:16, 17) It was not hard for Adam and Eve to understand this law; nor was it a hardship for them to obey it. After all, they had more food available than they could eat.

    By rebelling against Jehovah, Adam and Eve lost their perfection. Moreover, their rebellion resulted in alienation from Jehovah because his “eyes are too pure to look on what is evil.” Therefore, he “cannot tolerate wickedness.” (Hab. 1:13) If he had tolerated it, the well-being of all living creatures—in heaven and on earth—would be threatened. Above all, had God done nothing about the sin committed in Eden, his own trustworthiness would have been called into question. But Jehovah is faithful to his own standards; he never violates them. (Ps. 119:142 “Your righteousness is an eternal righteousness,And your law is truth.”) Thus, having free will did not entitle Adam and Eve to disregard God’s law. As a consequence of rebelling against Jehovah, they died and returned to the dust from which they had been created.—Gen. 3:19 “In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”.  [excerpts: God’s Purpose Will Be Fulfilled]

    Healing a Relationship Rift…

     God’s love for humans, however, endures. Despite Adam and Eve’s rebellion, Jehovah wants mankind to enjoy a good relationship with him. He does not desire any to die. (2 Pet. 3:9) So right after the rebellion, God made arrangements to enable humans to restore their friendship with him while he at the same time maintained his own righteous standards.

    Jehovah provided a perfect man who could become the ransomer. That perfect man would need to be loyal to Jehovah and be willing to give his life in exchange for doomed humanity. (Rom. 5:17-19) Jehovah transferred the life of his very first creation from heaven to earth. (John 1:14) Jesus thus became a perfect human, just as Adam had been. But unlike Adam, Jesus lived up to the standard Jehovah expected from a perfect man. Even under the most extreme tests, Jesus never sinned nor broke any of God’s laws.

    As a perfect man, Jesus could save humankind from sin and death by dying in their behalf. He corresponded exactly to all that Adam should have been—a perfect man, absolutely loyal and obedient to God. (1 Tim. 2:6  “who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all—this is what is to be witnessed to in its own due time.”) Jesus became the ransom sacrifice that opened the way to endless life “for many”—men, women, and children. (Matt. 20:28 “Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his life as a ransom in exchange for many.”) Indeed, the ransom is the key that unlocks the door to the fulfillment of God’s original purpose.  (2 Cor. 1:19, 20) The ransom gives all faithful humans the prospect of everlasting life. [excerpts: God’s Purpose Will Be Fulfilled]

    Logic & Love (and much work, study & research & 48 years of suffering experience as Breathing-Fragile-Life inhabiting Planet Earth)…forces me to intelligently choose LIFE…:)!

    4/15/17 @ 1:38 p.m.

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  • Joan Winifred

    Forgiveness Changes Things…

    “While it is true that forgiving will not change the past, it will certainly change our future for the good.” [excerpted w 16 01]

    Resentment can be a weight holding us down and back. When we (courageously) let go of any traces of resentment…it frees us…the weight dissipates and we…fly or fling:) forward…Future Go!:)

    4/12/17 @9:47 a.m.

     

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