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prescription for strange times

Breathing-Fragile-Life choice Joan Winifred

Seek Jehovah . . . Seek righteousnessseek meekness. Probably you may be concealed in the day of Jehovah’s anger.”​—ZEPHANIAH 2:3.

Seek meekness?!

The third point made at Zephaniah 2:3 is that if we want to be hidden in the day of Jehovah’s anger, we must “seek meekness.” Each day, we rub shoulders with men, women, and young people who are anything but meek. To them, being mild-tempered is a flaw. Submissiveness is considered a serious weakness. They are demanding, selfish, and opinionated, believing that their personal “rights” and preferences must be accommodated at all costs. How sad it would be if some of those attitudes were to rub off on us! This is the time to “seek meekness.” How? By being submissive to God, humbly accepting his discipline and conforming to his will.

It’s a strength to be self-controlled and not ruled by rage (nor petty selfishness).

ZEPHANIAH began his prophetic work at a critical time in Judah’s history. The spiritual condition of the nation was at a low ebb. Instead of putting their trust in Jehovah, the people were looking to pagan priests and astrologers for guidance. Baal worship, with its fertility rites, was rampant in the land. The civil leaders​—the princes, the nobles, and the judges—​were oppressing the very ones they were supposed to protect. (Zephaniah 1:9; 3:3) No wonder Jehovah decided to ‘stretch out his hand’ against Judah and Jerusalem in order to destroy them!​—Zephaniah 1:4.

Could some individuals really be spared in the day of Jehovah’s anger? Yes, provided that they met the three conditions outlined at Zephaniah 2:2, 3. As we read these verses, let us take special note of these requirements. Zephaniah wrote: “Before the statute gives birth to anything, before the day has passed by just like chaff, before there comes upon you people the burning anger of Jehovah, before there comes upon you the day of Jehovah’s anger, seek Jehovah, all you meek ones of the earth, who have practiced His own judicial decision. Seek righteousness, seek meekness. Probably you may be concealed in the day of Jehovah’s anger.”

The Bible warns and Jesus spoke/warned of a Great Tribulation sequeing Armageddon.

Analyze and think about …ancient and modern history seems to have two thick concurrent threads throughout…one thread written by people pleasers…those who fear fellow-humans more and who follow fellow-humans to heinous acts and commit atrocity, violence, disaster, destruction and death. And another thread of humans who fear God/(conscience) more and who follow God of love and make/made better/positive choices resulting in better/healthier outcomes…less, reduced, and even eliminated needless pain, suffering, effectuating positive-healthy change for the short-medium-long term.

Seeking Yahweh/Jehovah? and how…

Israel was a dedicated nation, but in Zephaniah’s day the people of Judah were not living up to that dedication. As a result, the nation was eventually cast off. ‘Seeking Jehovah’ today involves developing and maintaining a warm personal relationship with him in association with his earthly organization. It means getting to know how God views matters and being attentive to his feelings. We seek Jehovah when we carefully study his Word, meditate upon it, and apply its counsel in life. As we also seek Jehovah’s guidance in fervent prayer and follow the leading of his holy spirit, our relationship with him deepens and we are impelled to serve him ‘with all our heart, soul, and vital force.’​—Deuteronomy 6:5; Galatians 5:22-25; Philippians 4:6, 7; Revelation 4:11.

Seeking righteousness? and how…

The second requirement mentioned at Zephaniah 2:3 is to “seek righteousness.” Most of us made important changes so that we could qualify for Christian baptism, but we must continue to uphold God’s righteous standards throughout our life. Some who started out well in this respect have allowed themselves to be sullied by the world. It is not easy to seek righteousness, for we are surrounded by people who view sexual immorality, lying, and other sins as normal. Yet, a strong desire to please Jehovah can overpower any tendency to seek the world’s approval by trying to blend in with it. Judah lost God’s favor because of mimicking her ungodly neighboring nations. Instead of imitating the world, then, let us be “imitators of God,” cultivating “the new personality which was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty.”​—Ephesians 4:24; 5:1.

Yes, i believe it is possible for all of us to cultivate a “new” personality aka work on positive traits i.e. courage and to be freely forgiving (aka put up with Others and not always insist on own way aka pursue peace), and be less selfish and show more agape-love to ALL HUMANS! 🙂 i got my weak spots; probably more obvious to Others than myself–that i need to work on.😉


Notice that Zephaniah 2:3 says: “Probably you may be concealed in the day of Jehovah’s anger.” Why is the word “probably” used when addressing the “meek ones of the earth”? Well, those meek ones had taken positive steps, but there was no room for self-confidence. They had not come to the end of their life course in faithfulness. It was conceivable that some of them might fall into sin. The same is true of us. Jesus said: “He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) Yes, salvation in the day of Jehovah’s anger depends upon our continuing to do what is right in his eyes. Is that your firm resolve?

4/10/19 @ 2:11 p.m.

reference excerpted past readings: Seek Jehovah Before the Day of His Anger w 01]

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Breathing-Fragile-Life caregiving Joan Winifred

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BE GIVING…my ‘cup’ of tea

(my sleepy-morning rhyme..(this)..morning mantra singing to myself; is it better than talking to myself?!;))

Use to make up little jingles, teaching songs/poems for my little babies, toddlers, kids…to encourage, console, and get them/teach them to do good things…morning songs, bedtime songs, brush your teeth, pick up your toys, get along, etc…we had so many of these…some spur-of-the moment and others daily repeats…at the time, a parent thinks: i’ll never forget these or the cute spontaneous kids sayings…some songs/teaching rhymes: think wrote down somewhere;  others long forgotten by me. (Hopefully to be recalled by my kids IF they ever get married and choose to have kids. We also have taught them since babyhood and beyond morality life lessons…i.e. no sex before/outside marriage.)

Effective teaching tools for kids…and adults?! i gravitate toward music as a heart (emotional) teaching/learning tool; guess, obvious by my music selections in posts.

For me/from my POV, Bible education is primary/essential education.

I started writing the above this morning then spent most of the day with my 80 year old Anty (Yep, no “u”..anyway, i don’t know IF it’s a New England/Massachusetts thing to call her ant and not aunt?)…taking her to chiropractor, (she’s been in a lot of pain), and then we had a nice afternoon and tea/coffee time with my parents and older relatives. I love story time/talk time over tea.

It’s a privilege to learn and associate with Older-MORE-Experienced in Life Ones. I only have 1 Ant. So, any time with her is precious!:)

Now that i’m 50…70-80 doesn’t seem so ancient anymore!;)

Topic of giving…we all, young and older, have individual gifts to share. What is the greatest giving one can do?!

Give our time, energy, resources, a helping hand, word of encouragement/consolation, etc. love, …entire LIFE?!

Watched this vid last night.

Interesting Question: “Did It Really Happen?

 “Listen, Obey and Be Blessed!”

Happy Friday & Week-end!:)

3/29/19 @ 9:43 p.m

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Divine ‘Law’

Breathing-Fragile-Life earth education God insights Joan Winifred logic science & spirituality sovereignty spiritual food study

Mostly I am interested in Divine Law.
This law is truly ‘Just’ and beneficial and logical and loving.

Mostly my first question is consistently ‘why’ (?) then predictably “why not?”..;)

Another answer…/reason “why”  and “why not” …the so-called ‘theory‘ of evolution is unacceptable/illogica/illegal(?) to me: it b-r-e-a-k-s a fundamental/natural/easily-observable law…

i can’t “see” [it]…which refers to legal “acceptance”…related readings:

On the basis of related historical evidence, some scholars believe that, in transferring land, the buyer was shown the land from a vantage point, the exact boundaries being designated. When the buyer said, “I see,” he indicated legal acceptance. When Jehovah gave Abraham the promise of receiving the land of Canaan, Abraham was first told to look in all four directions. Abraham did not say, “I see,” perhaps because God said that he would give the Promised Land to Abraham’s seed, later on. (Ge 13:14, 15) Moses, as the legal representative of Israel, was told to “see” the land, which, if the view just discussed is correct, would indicate legal transfer of the land to Israel, for them to take it under Joshua’s leadership. (De 3:27, 28; 34:4; consider also Satan’s offer to Jesus at Mt 4:8.) Another action appearing to have similar legal flavor was: walking across the land or entering it for the purpose of taking possession. (Ge 13:17; 28:13) In certain ancient documents, the number of trees on a piece of land was listed at each real-estate sale.​—Compare Ge 23:17, 18.

The Earth and all creatures/beautiful-breathing-fragile-life upon…real-estate. (Of who/what does ‘evolution’ take possession?)

Please:) check out this excerpted reading for further explanation: my highlights. Make sure to read cited Scriptures!

Jehovah God is designated as the Source of law, the Supreme Lawgiver (Isa 33:22), the Sovereign, delegating authority (Ps 73:28; Jer 50:25; Lu 2:29; Ac 4:24; Re 6:10), without whose permission or allowance no authority can be exercised. (Ro 13:1; Da 4:35; Ac 17:24-31) His throne is established on righteousness and judgment. (Ps 97:1, 2) The stated will of God becomes law to his creatures.

Law of Divine Creation. One of the definitions of law given in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary is “the observed regularity of nature.” As Creator of all things in heaven and earth (Ac 4:24; Re 4:11), Jehovah has established laws governing all created thingsJob 38:10 speaks of a “regulation” on the seaJob 38:12, of ‘commanding the morning’; and Job 38:31-33 calls attention to star constellations and to “the statutes of the heavens.” The same chapter points to God as governing the light, snow, hail, clouds, rain, dew, and lightning. Continuing to chapters 39 through 41, God’s care for the animal kingdom is shown, and the birth, life cycles, and habits of animals are attributed to regulations laid down by God, not to any evolutionary “adaptation.” In fact, in the very creating of life-forms, God incorporated the law that each was to bring forth “according to its kind,” making evolution impossible. (Ge 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25) Man also brought forth sons “in his likeness, in his image.” (Ge 5:3) At Psalm 139:13-16 the embryonic growth of a child in the womb is spoken of, its parts being written down “in [Jehovah’s] book” before any of them actually existed. Job 26:7 describes Jehovah as “hanging the earth upon nothing.Scientists today attribute the earth’s position in space primarily to the interaction of the law of gravity and the law of centrifugal force.

Supreme Sovereignty & lèse-majesté…a legitimate lesson of law:

Jehovah was identified in the Law as absolute Sovereign and also as King in a special way. Since Jehovah was both God and King of Israel, disobedience to the Law was both a religious offense and lèse-majesté, an offense against the Head of State, which in this case was against the King Jehovah. David, Solomon, and their successors on the throne of Judah were said to sit on “Jehovah’s throne.” (1Ch 29:23) Human kings and rulers in Israel were bound by the Law, and when they became despotic they were law violators accountable to God. (1Sa 15:22, 23) [excerpted readings: Insight on Scriptures, Volume 2, Law]

For consideration:
Those versed in the law and who “see” accept Yahweh as Legal/Absolute Sovereign…may view ‘evolution’ (and its promotion/education/inculcation reckless) as lèse-majesté…aka lawless and God dishonoring.
3/26/19 @ 7:11 p.m.
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Half Century (Old)

Breathing-Fragile-Life Hope Joan Winifred never giving up! numbers reality respect time Truth

It’s slightly shocking, to me, to have reached 1/2 century on this 25th of Mars.

Pic inside today (auto-lighting).

3/25/1969–3/25/2019 (ALIVE & living: No Doubt!)

Outside squinting-sunshine aka Wonderful-Weather. 🙂

Relevant content/context:





46. 3-25-15-46-reasons/years-of-thankfulness

47. 25th-day-47th-year-and-yeah-its-friday

48. now-march-25-2017 Keeping my mind!

49. commemorating-sacrifice-truth We distinguish the inspired statement of truth from the inspired statement of error.” 1 John 4:6.

50. yes-no

3/26/19 @ 8:11 a.m.

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