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Not Ordinary (Part 2)

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Please let me Reader:) direct Your attention to a timely verse:
{It is VERY sad:( and greatly disturbing 🙁 the violent-tragic-world-wide events and here in the US..the level of violence and hatred reminds me of a prophetic Biblical verse…

“Because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”—MATTHEW 24:12.

Interesting commentary on this scripture:

WHEN Jesus was on earth, he explained how people would identify “the conclusion of the system of things.” Among other things, he foretold: “The love of the greater number will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:3, 12)

Many atheists, agnostics, and evolutionists try to convince others not to love God or even believe that he exists. They make it seem as if only a person who is foolish or uneducated would believe in a Creator. In addition, many people have more respect for human scientists than for the Creator. (Romans 1:25) (excerpted article W2017: Do Not Let Your Love Grow Cold

An illustration i like excerpted reading (reference below):

When you travel by car, you might first consult online sources, maps, and written directions. Then, as you see signs and landmarks that match what the directions say, you gain confidence that you are nearing your destination. In a similar way, God has given us his Word, which describes striking global trends. As we see those landmark events unfolding, we become convinced that we are in the time period leading up to the end.

The Bible explains that world history would reach a unique, pivotal time period that would culminate in the end. That time would see a combination of worldwide events and circumstances that differs from anything in mankind’s history.

Please check this out…(continuing excerpted reading: Is the End Near? w 2015)
3 things to consider: Upheavals, Attitudes, Ruination of Earth…

WORLDWIDE UPHEAVALS A prophecy recorded in Matthew chapter 24 lists events on the earth that would make up a composite sign. That sign would mark “the conclusion of the system of things” and lead to the time when “the end will come.” (Verses 3, 14) These features include major wars, food shortages, earthquakes in one place after another, an increase of lawlessness, a lack of love, and sly efforts by religious leaders to mislead people. (Verses 6-26) Of course, to some extent, such events have been taking place for centuries. However, as the end approaches, they would all occur in the same troubled era.

THE ATTITUDES OF PEOPLE The Bible says that “the last days”—the time period leading to the end—would be marked by a major deterioration of peoples’ attitudes. We read: “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) True, disrespect for fellow humans is not new, but only in “the last days” would that spirit reach such extremes that the era could rightly be described as “critical times hard to deal with.” Have you noticed this ugly downward trend in people’s attitudes?

THE EARTH IS BEING RUINED The Bible states that God will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) In what ways would people be ruining the earth? The time period when Noah lived was described in a similar way: “The earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence. Yes, God looked upon the earth, and it was ruined.” So God said of that corrupt society: “I am bringing them to ruin.” (Genesis 6:11-13) Have you noticed the mounting evidence that the earth is becoming filled with violence? Additionally, humans have arrived at a unique point in history: They have the potential literally to ruin the earth by wiping out all human life on it. They have the weaponry in their hands. And the earth is being ruined in another way. The systems that support life on earth—the air we breathe, the animal and plant ecosystems, the oceans—are steadily being degraded because of human mismanagement.

Ask yourself, ‘Just over a century ago, did mankind even have the power of complete self-destruction?’ But now humans are exerting that power by amassing advanced weaponry and by devastating the environment. The rapid developments in technology seem to be outpacing man’s ability to understand or control the consequences. However, earth’s destiny is not for man to decide or control. Before all life on this earth is eradicated, God will step in to destroy those destroying the earth. That is his promise!

8/20/17 @ 10:10 p.m.

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Not Ordinary (Part 1)

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These are not ordinary times in which we live/breathe/exist…
to put one’s own whims, agendas, preferences, and “so-called” personal happinesses..comforts
ahead and above everything/everyone else…
is to naively
and blindly
miss out on
seeing/understanding
the big picture! (issues of sovereignty)

some of us…mature ones aka spiritually discerning ones…realize/appreciate…there are make it and/or break it…important times in life/history/reality when one’s own (personal/individual) desires, wants, gratification, immediacy…need and have to be put aside for the much greater good…

how deep is your love?
how deep is your compassion?

extraordinary love & compassion required!:)

(Let True Compassion Reign/Rule You aka True God of Compassion and Agape Love…it’s the only pathway to peace/the only way to survive the pelting/harsh rain/reign of cruelty aka man’s selfish-self-rule…
hurting humanity and the planet!:(

8/19/17 @ 8:03 p.m.

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Wild Life

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In some places…(and in some circles) it’s against the law to feed “wild life”…

yeah, warn us
us feeders
of the heart, and soul…and tamers of the beasts & the beasts within (and beasts with-out in need of food/restraint)

back away slowly…
that’s the “scientific” recommendation.
(regarding snakes)

yeah, warn us
us charmers, us handlers…
of the snakes and vermin

domesticated cats…refuse to leave me alone…
can i afford?? anymore snaps and bites from the “so-called” crocs/”wild” life???

(aka (at times as) those not fully committed/absolutely loyal to and stabilized in compassion and to the True God of Compassion)
wild life is in the business of survival (and may be?? (IDK for sure–what do i know; i am NO expert!) and not in the business of living/loving/respecting beyond immediacy of selfishness)

ignoring … or feeding at a safe distance (“seems” wise)
cause
i
know…(or i think)

you’ll grab my hand
and
not let go

or fatally!! bite my heart
hard

does all wild life bite the hand that feeds?!…(jury still out/field testing)

cautiousness/vigilance needed to
preserve all life Wild and Other!:)

well, when your base line is agape love, compassion…You–your choices reflect that place/space of operation-ing/functioning/motivation(s)…you’re kind/giving/forgiving to all, eh?? or at least you try (at most times) to be “fair”…kind to all kinds of Fragile-Life…:)…{and a modest person knows their limitations in the process of kindness, etc.}

(this is what Jesus (sage of peace/compassion) lived…and what i “try” to live):

No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his life*(soul) in behalf of his friends. John 15:13

8/16/17 @ 8:48 a.m.

p.s…(and) You’re a Friend(?)(.)(!)

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Illusion V. Reality

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…another type of epiphany watching re-run TV…(usually, as a non-sedentary person, it’s not long before i fall asleep watching most movies (new or recycled) or TV) last night  8/9/17 (while on vaca) happened upon the middle of an old Star Trek episode/movie…dealing with illusion v. reality…(topic “caught” my attention)

“Pike chose illusion, Kirk chose reality”…What do i choose: illusion or reality??

may be, at times, we-fragile-life choose both or may be?…we choose to escape/improve “reality” with illusion (or vacation or work)?? a reality make-up of sorts to beautify our dull/harsh surroundings…etc.

Is to ignore illusion courageously embracing reality?!

When i choose spiritual lenses…i see reality.  When i choose selfish lenses…i see illusion?

Long meditative/prayerful walks on the beach…(working?)…aka collecting shells of various odd shapes, sizes, broken or Not (for art projects)…i happen upon trash left behind…a plastic bottle, cup, popsicle stick here and there…i pick these up as well…so, the next fragile-life behind me can enJOY a clean beach walk/experience…nothing special on my part…from time to time, for whatever reason, we all drop things/or forget things, including me, without realizing, also, just wanting to compassionately leave the beach nice/clean/fresh/pristine as it should be!…beautiful!

What ticked me off yesterday…while walking barefoot…good thing watch were i am going…dog poop!…left behind.  Okay, so may be a wild/unleashed dog..unsupervised by Owner…ran off doing his/her duty…i commend all thoughtful dog owners who take the time and pick-up after and parents who don’t leave dirty diapers on beaches!:)…

who wants to step in poop?? while walking the beach?? not even dog owners wanna barefoot, unexpectedly step in it, right?!

May be ? we can all improve reality a bit…by being less selfish and more thoughtful of how our choices or our thoughtlessness affect Others. For example, while walking the beach…i enJOY the sounds of the waves crashing and birds chirping…personally, just like my feet don’t wanna step in poop…my ears don’t wanna hear…for example, people fighting and swearing/cursing each other out…leaving their poop/mess behind…floating in the wind…in ear shot of me.

Choosing peaceful thoughts, peaceful interactions, and peaceful communications…makes things clean/nice for everyone at the beach or elsewhere, huh?

Respect.

Compassion.

Reality is: we can choose not to be an irritant. Illusion: sand always stays on the beach. Reality: we can choose not to throw sand, and we can choose to rinse/wipe our feet when leaving beach.

Who wants sand in their eyes?? OUCH:(

Anyway, i am rambling now…SORRY (to irritate!) this post (and may be misc. etc.) has taken an unexpected turn (life sometimes does that, huh?)…i am heading in a direction “unintended”… i hope to explore further/get back on track…aka continue topic of reality v. illusion in another (spiritual) direction later on.

PEACE Reader:) hoping You enJOY a long, healthy, happy walk somewhere today in a clean, nature space!:)

 

8/10/17 @ 11:00 a.m.

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Exclusivity Rights and FAIR Use

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had an epiphany of sorts…tonight…watching of all things “Shark Tank”…w/Hubby & Kids…

a couple exiting after a deal-made…hubby & wifey happily hugged…and a shark made a remark about her hugging Hubby instead of him/shark…to which the husband piped up/asserted laughingly and said…”i have exclusivity rights!”  The hug-less Shark snickered and shut-up.

businesses and contracts and various works, etc…have “legal” exclusivity rights and of course, Fair Use…is involved…

relationships are works!…(they take a lot of Work (and some more than Others, eh?) …works in progress/progression and it is only “logical” that some of these have exclusivity rights…(attached).

 

Isn’t it the “Just”-ice type (fair) thing to do…Respect People’s Rights… to/of exclusivity??

 

7/19/17 @ 8:39 p.m.

published 8/10/17 @ 9:46 a.m.

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A Little Pop-Opera at the Beach-a

Breathing-Fragile-Life Joan Winifred

a little good music
a little good food (spiritual & physical)
a little good sun
a little good surf

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

and of course, a little good work;)

each crashing wave crashes my stress……………………………………good riddance!:)

(8/8/17 @ 9:47 a.m.)

a little good fun…in the sun

enJOY a little PEACE today…:)

a little pop-opera at the beach-a is good for ya-lol…:)

SMILE (“while You have teeth” and the opportunity for compassion) 🙂

{music, less stress, a little less work, lots of little learning…(working on Chinese, Vietnamese, etc) somehow any so-called little vacation doesn’t feel right (to me) without Italian Music or Classical.}

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Keeping Senses Sharp

Joan Winifred

Sharp v. Dull

primitive/basic example…a dull knife can’t cut (it)

But a physical man does not accept*(receive) the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know them, because they are examined spiritually. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Life just like writing…needs editing. Sometimes certain things…habits, etc…need to cut it out…IF unhealthy (physically/spiritually/mentally/emotionally).

What needs editing out of my life?! What are my priorities?!

{FY i…write this blog…one reason…a place of encouragement (spiritually, etc).  IF this blog is not encouraging You:) Reader to do the right/compassionate thing…cut it out. Stop reading now.  My writing motivation is to never intentionally encourage Anyone to do anything hurtful/non-compassionate to Themselves or to their Families or Other-Fellow-Fragile-Life or the Planet.}

excerpted reading…hopefully helpful to You:) on some small level:

Many today are obsessed with the latest fashions, electronic gadgets, and so forth.

Jesus stated that “no one can slave for two masters.” He added: “You cannot slave for God and for Riches.” That is because both “masters” require exclusive devotion. We will either “hate the one and love the other” or “stick to the one and despise the other,” said Jesus. (Matt. 6:24)

Fleshly-minded people have difficulty cultivating a balanced view of material things. Why? Because their spiritual senses are dulled. ( 1 Corinthians 2:14.) Once their powers of discernment have become clouded, it becomes more difficult for them to distinguish right from wrong. (Heb. 5:11-14: “We have much to say about him, and it is difficult to explain, because you have become dull in your hearing. 12 For although by now*(in view of the time) you should be teachers, you again need someone to teach you from the beginning the elementary things of the sacred pronouncements of God, and you have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who continues to feed on milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is a young child. 14 But solid food belongs to mature people, to those who through use have their powers of discernment*(perceptive powers) trained to distinguish both right and wrong.“) As a result, some develop an uncontrolled desire for material things—a desire that can never be fully satisfied. (Eccl. 5:10- “A lover of silver will never be satisfied with silver, nor a lover of wealth with income. This too is futility.”)

[…]so applying Bible principles helps us to fight against materialistic desires. [excerpted article: “Do You love me more than these? w 2017]

Keeping my spiritual senses sharp…includes keeping material things in their proper place. Making compassionate choices that don’t endanger myself or Others…(or enslave/encroach on my time/my life).

My top priority is not acquiring stuff and more stuff and more stuff and more stuff…to overwhelm/clutter my mind (and my house) and my energy/my time.

What do i really “need” to live?? Sharp spiritual senses help me cultivate contentment…in all matters and in all circumstances.

 

8/4/17 @ 9:01 a.m.

8/4/17 @ 10:51 a.m.

p.s. and staying spiritually “sharp” helps me know what and when and how…to edit: what (who) needs editing in my life…

when i am able to keep my spiritual senses sharp…i use my NO! judiciously and compassionately…which keeps me “safe” “healthy”…”alive” (“prioritized” “organized”) 😉 …in multiple respects: physically/mentally/emotionally/spiritually…active, alert, vigilant…at all times…oh and flexible.

editing can be edifying, eh?!;)

PEACE & Health & Happy Editing…to YOU:)

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