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    Purging Purgatory

    Peoples & places & punishments… we all need relief! (some RIP: rest in Peace:)…a break from the fake!…

    sadly:( some of us have suffered oppression in one form or another throughout our lives (and in the graves??)…by lies.

    Investigate for Yourself, please, the origins of doctrines…[excepted reading reference article: “Is Purgatory mentioned in the Bible?” 2017]

    Purgatory is defined in Catholic teaching as the state, place, or condition where the souls of those who die atone for their unforgiven sins and are purified.*(See the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Second Edition, Volume 11, page 824.) According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this purification is needed “to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.” The Catechism adds that “the tradition of the Church . . . speaks of a cleansing fire,” (as depicted in the artwork accompanying this article.) However, this is not a Scriptural teaching.

    The ancient Greeks believed in Limbo and purgatory. Influenced by Greek philosophy, Clement of Alexandria asserted that the dead could be cleansed of sin by a purifying fire. However, it was Pope Gregory the Great who stressed the fire of purgatory as a matter of unquestioned belief, according to The History of Christian Doctrines. This reference work adds that Gregory, who was pope from 590 to 604 C.E., “is usually called ‘the inventor of purgatory.’” The Catholic Church defined its official teaching of purgatory at the councils of Lyons (1274) and Florence (1439) and reaffirmed it at the Council of Trent in 1547.

    What the Bible says…

    People who have died are unconscious. “The living know that they are to die, but the dead no longer know anything.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, NAB) A person who has died cannot feel anything and therefore cannot be cleansed by any fire of purgatory.

    There is no punishment for sins after a person dies. The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death” and that “a dead person has been absolved from sin.” (Romans 6:7, 23, NAB) Death is the full and complete punishment for sin.

    Some of us are suffering enough paying full price of consequence(s)… some of us are punished enough in life… leave ’em alone in death!!..RIP…relax, price was fully paid.

     

    8/19/17 @ 11:40 p.m.

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    a Happier Heart

    My sad heart is feeling a little happier… was able to salvage (with my Son’s help) two large, round, magnificent tree trunks from a nearby tree graveyard I drove by today… and along with another longer piece of wood.

    IDK what kind of tree, need to research. Surviving keepsakes for my surviving plants or for my bottom to seat on and reflect.

    I have been clearing wood, branch debris from my backyard, etc… and finding odd pieces for may be ??healing art projects …guess, i could use a heart walking stick?!

    8/18/17@ 5:25 p.m.

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    Billion to One

    I heard something like this said over the week-end… one good thing about the recent power outages here in post-Irma Florida– you can see the stars…(i am paraphrasing in my own words now:… the beautifully-bright-starry-night-sky… can be seen well without artificial light interfering)!!

    Also, trying to keep my spirits UP despite the seemingly relentless trials I have been going through pre-pre-Irma, then prep-Irma, then during and now after… post-hurricane Irma, the over-flowing sadness of the tree graveyards, etc. the loss of life, etc.

    I know the trees will grow, the plants will grow once again…and hopefully the people will grow…(including myself) from these recent experiences/events.

    Relevant readings…enjoy:)

    {Yay, I am working from my newly found Surface and I am so happy to have colored fonts!! Usually, I have to write in black even though I see/feel certain words in various tones/shades. This simple-small discovery makes me feel better:) (I am going back to the previous paragraph and highlighting in purple now.)}

    Read the following over the week-end and found en-courage…ing…Hope YOU do 2🙂

    6 The psalmist then turns his attention to the heavens above, telling us that Jehovah “counts the number of the stars” and “calls all of them by name.” (Ps. 147:4) Why the seeming change of subject and reference to heavenly bodies? Consider this: The psalmist could see the stars with his physical eyes, but he had no idea of how many there really are. Over the years, the number of stars that we can see has increased tremendously. Some think that there are billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy alone. And there may be trillions of galaxies in the universe! To us, stars are indeed without number! But the Creator gives all of them a name or a designation. This means that each star is unique to Jehovah. (1 Cor. 15:41) What about his human creatures on earth? The God who knows where each star is at any given time also knows you as an individual—exactly where you are, precisely how you feel, and specifically what you need at any given moment! [excepted Praise Jah! (the Creator) Why? w 2017]

    Be re-assured and se-“cure” in knowing:  You🙂 are individually unique and appreciated by God…1 in a billion or more… Shine Brightly Reader!🙂

    8/18/17 @ 11:11 a.m.

     

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    Opening Bottles: turning 1 cap at a time

    When asked to open a tightly shut bottle of water, my response (while turning cap)…

    “i am much better at opening closed minds.” (or at least; used to be)

    may be ?? closed minds

    aren’t

    thirsty….(enough?!)

    (practical spiritual encouragement: drink up (people) while the pure water is free and life-saving without a tight cap)

    8/18/17 @ 12:42 a.m.

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    recalculating & recalibrating recovery

    Journey Truth…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    [to (respectfully) paraphrase with a spin Sojourner Truth]

    “i [suffer] the shadow to support the substance.”

     

    9/15/17 @ 7:37 a.m.

    everybody needs r&r…and a little refreshment/rest

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    Hunckering Down: Hurry Up and Go Away Irma!

    We are safely hunkering down so far with Wonderful Family & Friends including, of course, 3 cats and 1 doggie:) here in Southwest Florida! It’s been an adventure thus far; thankfully. (We will see later on as things unfold here. We are also, as of this writing, under a Tornado Watch and Tropical Storm Winds/Rain here in Charlotte County.) My prayers and thoughts of safety and preservation of life go out to Everyone: Be Safe & Stay Calm & Make Sound/Wise Decisions: Pray!… every day, eh?;)

    This is a brief post to address the negative/ill-informed (aka lacking evidence) thoughts circulating about hurricanes being some sort of deserved punishment…

    In their rush to blame God, some point to Bible accounts where God brought destruction by natural elements. (Genesis 7:17-22; 18:20; 19:24, 25; Numbers 16:31-35) An examination of these Bible accounts shows, however, that in each case, there are three major distinguishing factors. First, there was warning beforehand. Second, unlike today’s natural disasters, which kill good and bad people alike, destruction from God was selective. Only the incorrigibly wicked or those who refused to listen to warnings were destroyed. Third, God made a way for innocent people to escape.—Genesis 7:1, 23; 19:15-17; Numbers 16:23-27.

    In the countless disasters that have wreaked havoc on the lives of millions of people today, there is no evidence that God was behind them. [excerpted Is God Punishing Us? w 2011)

    9/10/17 @ 12:23 p.m.

    Peace & Stay Safe Readers:)

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    “Cone” of Uncertainty

    Wish i was talking about an ice cream cone.

    Staying calm in the cone of uncertainty…

    “perhaps” quite crucial for survival!

    Generally speaking…(and not just concerning hurricanes and any potential impacts)…some of us get all worked up when their isn’t enough accurate information to make an informed logical assessment.

    Fear, negative emotions, and anxiety can dictate rash and dash decisions that can prove fatal and not wise nor life-saving.

    Sometimes, you need to be patience and wait and see how things may turn out, but take all necessary precautions and preventive measures for safety.

    Before a major event: Yeah, prep for the worse and positively hope and pray for the best…possible outcome.

    Prepare and Don’t Panic!

    • In a fire. Stay close to the floor, and move quickly to the nearest exit. Smoke makes it hard to see, and most fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation. Leave behind personal items. Seconds can make the difference between life and death.

      In an earthquake. Get under sturdy furniture or next to an inside wall. Expect aftershocks, and get outside and away from buildings as soon as you can. Trained rescuers may not arrive for hours, so try to rescue others if you can.

      In a tsunami. If the water suddenly rushes away from the shore, move quickly to higher ground. Expect more and larger waves.

      In a tornado or a hurricane. Go to a storm shelter without delay.

      In a flood. Stay out of flooded buildings. Avoid wading in or driving through water. Floodwater can contain sewage and conceal dangers, including debris, open manholes, and downed power lines.

      Did you know? Two feet [0.6 m] of moving water can carry a car away. Most deaths in a flood result when people try to drive through moving water.

      If the authorities order evacuation, leave immediately! Let friends know where you are, or they may risk their lives looking for you.

      Did you know? Text messaging may be more reliable than telephone voice service.

      If the authorities direct residents to remain at home or shelter in place, stay inside. In case of an outdoor chemical, biological, or nuclear accident or attack, stay indoors, turn off ventilation, and seal all doors and windows. In a nuclear event, go to the lowest internal part of your building to reduce exposure to radiation. Listen to local TV or radio news. Stay indoors until authorities announce that the threat has passed. [excerpted Disaster–Steps That Could Save Lives Awake! No. 5 2017]

    Be Safe Readers and Remain Calm in the Cone of Uncertainty!:)…

    aka be patient & prepare & Pray for come what may.

    During Disaster: “Act Quickly”–taking compassionate safe steps that save lives!:)

     

    9/8/17 @ 2:30 a.m.

    p.s. and get adequate rest/sleep…(to cope and endure)…Good Night or is it? Good Morning;)

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    In and Out of Control

    The world is not like a runaway train, completely out of control and heading to a catastrophic end. God has established boundaries, or limits, on how much damage humans can inflict on themselves.

     “And there is not a creation that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and openly exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we must give an account.” (Hebrews 4:13) [excerpted reading reference below]

    Check it out PLEASE…🙂 🙂 🙂…the “details”…

    What the Bible says should not be quickly dismissed in view of the fact that so much of what it foretells has actually been fulfilled in amazing detail.

    For instance, consider the following Bible prophecies:

    “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.”​—Matthew 24:7.

    “In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.”​—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

    Those prophecies describe a world that some might say is spiraling out of control. In a sense, our world is indeed out of control​—out of the control of humans. According to the Bible, humans simply do not have the wisdom and power to bring about a permanent solution. This is highlighted in the following scriptures:

    “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”​—Proverbs 14:12.

    “Man has dominated man to his harm.”​—Ecclesiastes 8:9.

    “It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.”​—Jeremiah 10:23.

    Left to its own devices, the world could very likely face a global catastrophe. But that is not going to happen! Why? This is what the Bible says:

    God “has established the earth on its foundations; it will not be moved from its place forever and ever.”​—Psalm 104:5.

    “A generation is going, and a generation is coming, but the earth remains forever.”​—Ecclesiastes 1:4.

    “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.”​—Psalm 37:29.

    “There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; on the top of the mountains it will overflow.”​—Psalm 72:16.

     These Bible teachings provide clear answers. Mankind will not die off from pollution, lack of food and water, or a global pandemic. The world will not be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Why not? God is in control of our planet’s future. Granted, God has allowed humans to exercise free will. However, they will reap the consequences for their decisions. 

    Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap;” (Galatians 6:7)

    But God will do more. He will bring about an “abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11  “But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”) [excerpted recent readings: AWAKE! No. 6 2017]

    My studies give me a b-r-i-g-h-t outlook…plus, i realize that learning to exercise my free will in a compassionate manner…is good for me, my Loved Ones, my Fellow-Fragile-Life, and the Planet.

    A lot of humanity’s dire straights are self-inflicted! We all, individually & collectively, need “different” on-going education…on the lines of…dropping arrogance..and

    Sowing humble seeds of compassion…heart flowers bloom…eventually, eh?:)…and IF more of us-fellow-fragile-life choose peace…things gradually improve…(also, Divine Guidance/Government & Intervention needed).

    THANK YOU Reader for NOT USING Your Free Will in a manner that inflicts harm!:) We, humans, have the potential for great healing/recuperation/recovery…in my pov it starts with spirituality…then flows/follows to mental, emotional, and physical health.

    i am in control of my decisions…i can continue to choose compassion.

    i can choose peace/Agape Love (and not violence/hate).

    i can choose healthy-happy-happenings!-lol:)

    (and i can choose to make the best out of whatever comes my way…hurricane or other.)

    9/6/17 @ 8:16 p.m.

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  • “Pay Attention to Safety” (Art Imitating Life??/Life Imitating Art??)

    An art project my Dad and me worked on/working on…and it’s probably near completion today…his concept, an ancient Asian safety sign…characters resemble ancient Chinese text…meaning “Pay Attention to Safety”…wise guy, huh?? My Dad is an artist (among other things)..this project was in the process way before any inkling about Hurricane Norma…very timely though!:)

    so, Daddy made the canvas…and we decided on the red and gold and ancient text…he loved the phrase: “Pay Attention to Safety”…it is hanging at my Parent’s place…(the full painted photo taken today.) He’s happy with it and feels it’s finished…(i could work on it more, though.)

    so, we painted the background red…obviously, duh, then he wanted me to paint the characters…and i am no expert Chinese Character writer/drawer/painter!!…by any means!!…a baby/toddler could write Chinese better than me…but this is art..so, he had me chalk outline first…then paint. (Honestly, i wanted Chato to do it for me.  My Dad insisted it would be good for me to try my best and do it myself…glad i did.) Time with Daddy and art work has helped me a lot to cope and get through some stuff dealing with. (He keeps telling me NOT to worry about it being perfect or being a perfectionist!)

    Daddy is always very generous with sincere praise and encouragement…and loves the way it turned out, yet i want/would like the opportunity to tidy up the gold/yellow lettering…may be?

    I was concerned about spacing…the characters and usage of canvas. I love my Dad…and his timely, wise, loving, life lessons.

    Safety: Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually…an important sign of the times:

    “PAY ATTENTION TO SAFETY”….(joanie)

    Okay, Daddy..Thanks!…we have other works in the works:)

     

    9/6/17 @ 1:05 a.m.

     

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    Prepare and Don’t Panic!

    My thoughts and prayers are with those dealing with/experiencing Category 5 Hurricane Irma at the moment of this writing! And, of course, with all Others in the potential “perhaps” zone of catastrophic path of the unknown impact! And with All those dealing with a disaster of one name/sort or another in one place or another!

    My Brother and Sister-in-law are in Haiti…my immediate Family and Friends are here close to my vicinity in FL. I think this whole state is a flood zone. We happen to live in flat land…our place of literal/bodily dwelling doesn’t flood…usually, but surrounding us does…go figure?….of course, with potential of spillage or depending on rainfall, etc. that could change fast.

    During rainy season, i live in crocs. {i haven’t gotten around to getting rubber boats -ha, i meant to type boots:)…it’s hot to wear boots in high 80’s/90’s, but i think, it’s “probably” time. The super big puddles/rivers and washed out streets…picking kids up from school has had me considering a boots investment for a while now. Rubber boots may be sold out ? IDK and rainy season is almost finished…Hurricane season ends in November.} Boots haven’t been a necessity…for me (till now? in the “perhaps” zone)

    My kids are prepping their to-go bags/carry-ons as i type on this laptop…and my 12 year old just announced -lol that IF we leave, (cause of flooding), she is NOT taking her homework binder!!;) This is ironic coming from a kid who always does her homework no matter what and is thoughtful, super-responsible with follow-through! She’s also singing “it’s the end of the world as we know it–AND I FEEL FINE!!” (School officials will inform Wednesday at noon about school cancellations, etc.) My 14 year old is considering what artwork to bring…and to wrap in plastic. And of course, the cats are their priority! i am chuckling cause now–the kids are asking/aka testing me about a particular privilege–i feel they are not old enough for yet…and under usual conditions the answer would be NO! …smartie pants, my answer is still NO!…:) My 12 year old is now stating IF You love me, you will answer this question…and i quickly piped up Yes! (meaning: of course i love you and i’m listening while my head is down typing), and so–now she laughingly informs me: I have to buy her a rat cause i said ‘Yes’…(what she really means is gerbil; that’s what she calls a gerbil and all in rodent family and she knows my yes means yes and my no, no. Plus she knows, i don’t care much for rats!), but she loves all animals in any family type and would be perfectly fine with a real rat (from the pet store). (Not me though, i do not want rats for pets from a store or anywhere, thank you; still working on fully appreciating this fellow-fragile-life/creature; obviously.)

    Now the kids are goofing around making up…& singing country songs…”Two tear drops floating down the river…” and talking/chattering non-stop; wonder where/who they get that from?! 😉

    This is suppose to be a serious post about preparation(s) and a kid is now tickling my nose/trying to stick a piece of twirled plastic up my nose so, i’ll sneeze…while my eyes are distracted on this screen.  STOP IT! Cut it out! She is relentlessly aggravating me for a laugh…we are having fun and laughing/playing and not panicking while prepping for a potentially very-serious-weather-life-altering-event.

    My son quietly informs that: IF our house gets wrecked, his only regret is not painting his room…blue.

    okay back to business…little girls have left room..i better type fast to finish this before the unrelenting interruptions start up again…i LOVE my kids!…and especially love their creative teaching techniques…teaching me patience, and other qualities (like staying calm in emergencies and listening completely before replying) i need to work on–or things i need to change…lol;)…especially my snarky sarcasm that surfaces from time-to-time.

    “PREPARATION is Your MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO SURVIVAL!” – Awake! No. 5 “When Disaster Strikes–Steps That Can Save Lives”….

    No one is immune to disaster. But what does preparation involve?

    • Prepare mentally. Acknowledge the fact that disasters happen and that you and your loved ones are potentially at risk. It is too late to prepare after disaster strikes.

    • Learn about disasters that can happen in your area. Know where shelters are. Consider whether the construction of your home and its location are as safe as possible. Remove fire hazards. Install smoke detectors, and change their batteries at least once a year, if not more often.

    • Prepare emergency supplies. Power, water, phone, and transportation services can fail. If you own a car, try to keep the fuel tank at least half full, and always have food, water, and an emergency kit in your home.​

    • Have access to the phone numbers of friends, both near and far.

    • Make and rehearse an escape plan. Know the nearest exits in your building, as well as the emergency plan of your children’s school. Set up family meeting places​—such as a school or a library—​one nearby and another outside your neighborhood. Authorities recommend that you practice walking with your family to those meeting points.

    • Plan to help others, including the elderly and the infirm.

    i’ve been living in the “perhaps” zone concerning various life things/circumstances, etc…for a while now…this training has prepped/disciplined/taught my mind and heart to be prepared..for whatever occurs….{at least, i think/hope anyway.}

    Reader:)…are You prepared? Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?? (for disaster or whatever?)

    Don’t Panic! BE PREPARED! BE SAFE and ACCURATELY INFORMED!:)

    PEACE!:)

    9/5/17 @ 10:35 p.m.

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