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Spiritual Lenses

Happy Week-end Reader:) “IF” You happen to read me regularly…(that sounds funny, huh? aka follow my blogging/talking) You know by now…my tendency to see/understand/look at/read things through spiritual lenses (filter). (My spirituality could be an embarrassment (and for some). i’m not embarrassed…MUCH.) Okay;) at times, i’ll reread (my) posts…and s~h~u~d~d~e~r at the self-disclosure. (Living “honesty” can be dangerous and humiliating, huh!)

Thinking out loud: {Sometimes, i think: that’s my compassion work (parts of it)…observe, act: could involve: read & write…that’s my job/assignment: read you then “right” you…aka to me: bring out the good/best. You think you’re reading me…(but, do you even know/speak my language??) my code(s)? the code righters…write it!..on hearts by spirit…already embedded deep (agape love). (my long-term destiny is mercifully written.) i’m but a temporary worker here.”What would you do?” give up–NEVER! i know: me: when in doubt, i sit it out. (I’m standing–i’m not doubting.)}

Writing-Righting/Living out loud: This week i gave a brief “talk” in front of about 100+ people; i think. (My Hubby wasn’t there & this ticked me off!; (cause i was focused on myself: feeling nervous, etc.) He wasn’t feeling well & couldn’t make it; last minute.) Of course, He’s forgiven!:) My Sweet friend, A. (originally from India), helped me with it…a conversation on stage between two friends..my “timely” topic of conversation Thursday: based on a lot of readings and studies (and condensed to 5 minutes 20 seconds -lol) about the following: “We do live in difficult times. From all parts of the earth, we hear a steady stream of bad news describing calamities and social unrest. Is there any special significance to the current world situation?”

The media/news outlets pick a part one story, one tragedy at a time…but, reflecting on the full scope of it all is important. (The bigger/fuller picture.) Looking at things from a higher vantage point…say through spiritual lenses could put things in “better” focus. You can peel an orange into pieces/into wedges and eat each wedge…individually…taken/consumed/eaten a wedge at a time…each wedge belongs to and still makes up the whole orange! Even juicing..it’s still ORANGE juice.

Here’s the talk/script/discussion i put together that we (sorta) followed…(A. did Awesome: i couldn’t have done it without her!) some excerpts: mind You, i’m mostly quoting/concisely stuff read…that’s not of my origination. (It’s not always an easy thing/task to express/convey spiritually/progressive stuff…to: Your friends, family, nor a huge/small audience.)  I felt like it came across okay? since afterward–various ones approached me to commend and say they enjoyed the thought-provoking points:

J: Hi A…:) I’m so VERY Glad to See You! How have You been?
A: Okay, like everybody, I’ve been under some stress. Just trying to successfully cope.
J: We do live in difficult times. From all parts of the earth, we hear a steady stream of bad news describing calamities and social unrest. Is there any special significance to the current world situation?
A: I have wondered that Joanie. What does the Bible foretell about our day?
J: Excellent question A. Tragic things happen so suddenly and unexpectedly that no human can predict what tomorrow will bring. (Jehovah God knows what the future holds.) Some 2,000 years ago, the Bible foretold that the world’s troubles would climax in “the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matthew 24:3) This does not mean “the end of the world” as people fear it. Rather, the Bible describes a pattern of events and attitudes, or a sign, that would occur during a time period called “the last days.”
A: I am curious about this sign. What “specific” events did the Bible foretell?
J: Prophecy 1: we can read at Matthew 24:7 the first part of the verse. Would You read this please A?
A: “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.”
J: The Fulfillment of this first prophecy: In the early years of the 20th century, many were expecting continued peace. Yet, the start of World War I in 1914 shocked the world and began an era of unprecedented warfare. Between the end of the second world war and 2010, there were 246 armed conflicts in 151 locations worldwide.
Let’s read the 2nd prophecy…please read the next line of Matthew 24:7 .
A: “And there will be food shortages.”
J: The Fulfillment of this second prophecy: Famine caused more than 70 million deaths in the 20th century and continues to be a global problem.
What the evidence reveals: According to the United Nations, hunger is the world’s greatest health risk, and 1 in 7 people worldwide currently do not have enough to eat.
A: Yes, even here in the United States many go hungry.
J: Let’s turn to Luke 21:11 to read about Prophecies 3 & 4 and I’ll read this? Joan reads: “There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.” (then asks: A, what else did the Bible foretell would happen in the “last days”?)
A: “There will be great earthquakes.”
J: Yes, the evidence proves or reveals the fulfillment of this prophecy…did You know?…”Each year, from 1970 to 2001, there was an average of 19 earthquake disasters * reported, with an average death toll of 19,547. In the ten years before 2012, the average increased to 28 earthquake disasters per year, with an average death toll of 67,954.” (These earthquake statistics “shake” us!)
A: It does seem like we are constantly hearing about another earthquake somewhere in the world.
J: What other prophetic event #4…did we read about in Luke 21:11?
A: “In one place after another pestilences.” —Luke 21:11.
J: The evidence of fulfillment reveals “Despite medical advances, millions still die each year as a result of infectious diseases. International travel and the world’s growing urban population have increased the likelihood that disease outbreaks will spread rapidly.”
A: Ebola comes to mind immediately.
J: I read that The World Health Organization has warned of the rise of drug-resistant germs, saying: “The world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, [will] kill unabated.”
A: Joanie, did the bible foretell anything about how people act/attitudes?
J: Yes, please notice what Matthew 24:12 says..could You please read that A, Thanks.
A: “and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”
J: “Hate-fueled genocide has claimed the lives of millions. In numerous countries, armed conflicts and crime have led to cycles of increasing fear and violence.” Reports reveal that “Each year, more than 740,000 people die as a result of crime and armed conflict.”
A: Wow, amazing how accurately the Bible foretold our day! What does this all mean joanie: will God soon intervene to help us survive these terrible times?
 (published post: 3/28/15 @ 1:23 p.m.)

For some further context…please see: Listen UP: a lamentation. (also wrote a past piece: Comfort, Hugs and Hope! With all the tragic news constantly bombarding us…who doesn’t need relief, comfort, hug or hope?!)

 

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3.27.15 Rainy Day Pick Up

“A Rainy Day Pick Up!” (Let me explain.)
When it’s a stormy/rainy day–there’s a particular procedure to pick the kids up from school safely. (Here in FL we get torrential.)

The girls and i still got drenched, soaked to the bone sorta (with 1 see-through-clear umbrella and 2 hoodies, blue and pink). However, We made it!…safely to the car; our destination, a block or so away…actually, the short ride home was uneventful traffic-wise which was a surprise. (And what’s a few minutes of being wet?? Nothing! to complain about)…Snuggly-warm in my dry clothes/pants now.  i gotta thing for pockets…(since spraining my ankle a while back:World Mental Health Day: When the Caregiver is a Child)…and how fortunate am i to have: “Very” generous friends that constantly pass on/give me stuff…like these a&f pants: navy blue, khaki, front-hand and side-button and back-side…perfect pockets (6 of ’em) lol. Usually, i’m in skirts and dresses/dress clothes A LOT/frequently/most days.  (odd i know)…to be raving on about my pocket pants. Now what’s in my pockets?…(hmmmmm, me to know;) Yeah, i’m a geek..uh-huh, do own a “pocket” bible.

We all need a rainy day “pick up” aka a particular procedure that keeps us safe say…from drowning in disappointment. From time to time who hasn’t felt disappointed with themselves/(i.e.unfinished, mountainous, projects hanging over my head) or disappointed with somebody else or over something??

Excerpts:  You can be Happy despite disappointments w08: (my highlights)

Jehovah God focused, not on the problem, but on the solution.

God’s Word encourages us to focus on positive things rather than on what might have been or what we should have done. It says: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are of serious concern, whatever things are righteous, whatever things are chaste, whatever things are lovable, whatever things are well spoken of, whatever virtue there is and whatever praiseworthy thing there is, continue considering these things.”—Philippians 4:8.

Many of us tend to exaggerate the negative when we experience disappointment.

It is easy for us to react with bitter resentment when people disappoint us.

Disappointments can be viewed as necessary experience along the way to ultimate success.

“Time and unforeseen occurrence” befall us all, states God’s Word. (Ecclesiastes 9:11) All of a sudden, a crime, an accident, or a disease can bring great distress—and disappointment. The Bible also says: “Expectation postponed is making the heart sick.” (Proverbs 13:12) Eager anticipation of something good fills us with joy, but if it is not soon realized, we may feel a depressing sense of letdown.

Similarly, faithful King Jehoshaphat erred when he formed an alliance with God’s enemies. Jehovah’s prophet said: “For this there is indignation against you from the person of Jehovah. Nevertheless, there are good things that have been found with you.” (2 Chronicles 19:2, 3) Jehovah recognized that one mistake did not make Jehoshaphat a traitor. In the same way, we can avoid losing friends if we do not overreact when they err. Friends who disappoint us may still have fine qualities.

Other “reasonable” readings:

With the fast pace of life today, the more we try to keep up, the further we seem to fall behind. Demands on our time and energy can be unrelenting, and when we fail to get done what we set out to do, there is a tendency to come down on ourselves. We could even begin to feel as though we are letting others down.

Unreasonably high expectations easily turn into perfectionism, and this can be most frustrating. Ben, a young married man, confesses: “When I examine my actions, thoughts, or feelings, I always see how they could have been better. I am constantly looking for perfection, and this leads to impatience, frustration, and disappointment.” Gail, a Christian wife, says: “Perfectionist thinking does not allow for failure. We want to be supermoms and superwives. We have to be productive to be happy, so wasted effort irritates us.”

Yet another factor that can lead to personal disappointment is deteriorating health and old age. Diminished mobility and energy magnify our limitations and add to feelings of frustration. “I felt impatient with myself for not being able to accomplish things that were so easy and natural before I got sick,” acknowledges Elizabeth.

The foregoing is a sampling of what can trigger feelings of disappointment. Left unchecked, such feelings can even lead us to believe that we are not appreciated by others.

[..]remember that Jehovah is reasonable and understanding. Psalm 103:14 reminds us: “He himself well knows the formation of us, remembering that we are dust.” Knowing our capabilities and limitations, Jehovah expects from us only what we are able to give. And one thing he does ask of us is “to be modest in walking with [our] God.”—Micah 6:8.

The consequences of perfectionist thinking are well summed up in the adage: “To expect life to be tailored to our specifications is to invite frustration.” To avoid this, an adjustment in thinking is required. Humility and modesty—having a realistic view of our limitations—will most certainly nurture in us balanced and reasonable expectations.

Cultivating reasonable expectations can help us cope with frustrations and disappointments. Excerpts: Why Be Reasonable in Our Expectations? w00

i was taught expect nothing–appreciate everything!:) Just making rainy day (positive pick up) thinking adjustments…like changing my wet clothes…for dry, fun ones.

Focusing on the Positives:

YAY!:) and i was on time today like all day!…(despite it all, eh?)

(published 3.27.15 @8:49 p.m.)

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