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Thank You:) for Reading …in case it isn’t obvious:

i am NO hula hooper. 😉 lol

(figuratively speaking)

An imperfect observation by me:  i can be “fussy” at times myself…we all have our preferences, and moody/ier days, eh?:)

however…i try to be forgiving and considerate of Others’, their feelings, etc.  and cooperate within a healthy reasonable spectrum…to keep the peace.  And, we all have our limitations and consciences. i know, personally, couldn’t demand/insist on Anyone breaking their conscience in some matter micro or macro…(on my behalf).

We all have our individual thresholds for being comfortable and uncomfortable. I respect that.

Some of us (perhaps sick? unreasonable? fierce? ignorant? too proud?) people are impossible/beyond pleasing; You “kindly” jump through one or two hoops, in good faith, then they unmercilessly require series of hoops and jumps…unending.

gimme a break…”not open to any agreement” is a negative trait interestingly described 2 Timothy 3:1-5: (my highlights)

But know this, that 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,  having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.

So, just want to encourage any Reader:) do Your Best. Trying to Please (some) People is futile! I am no people pleaser.

I’ve found it much easier and conscience healing to please Yahweh–God of True LOVE…by trying to be forgiving, loving, giving, and genuinely-compassionate to all crossing my path…and not overly-critical, harsh and i.m.p.o.s.s.i.b.l.e. to make comfortable/happy/pleased.

questions for self-reflections:

Am i hard to make comfortable? Do i have unrealistic expectations?

am i hurting so much that i am hurting Others? Am i reasonable in my dealings with Others?

do i show fellow-feeling? and agape love/respect to all my fellow-life?

BTW: this is an honest/TRUTH FULL piece of prose..(my blog/this site) is NOT a work of fiction. i am a LEGIT person, with a LEGIT name, though Joan Winifred…i use as my “pen” name, which is my “actual” first two names given me by my parents, (what were they thinking, eh?:)

I am a female…born. I am a Mother…real since ’99, ’01, ’03, ’05  (4 offspring; 1 boy, 3 girls–vaginal births; married since ’91 to Chato/Father of said offspring). Soon to be 50. I am a legit work in progress. 🙂 Very spiritually minded. My Primary Loyalty Yahweh; meaning i love everyone else less than True God of bible revealed name Yahweh/Jehovah. (My “True” Friends accept this unreservedly about me.) And I Love Humans A VERY LOT!! which try to demonstrate by living genuine-unselfish-compassion everyday toward all life even—when very difficult— involving self-sacrifice and pain!! Favorite Books–Bible.

Learner of Fun and relaxation…and Mandarin among other languages.

Legit: Boring. Not a Quitter. Lover of Truth; Pursuer of Peace and Living Moderation in most things except study and love!:)

may be those are not humble self-descriptions, huh?

anyway trying my best…”hammering” things out…🙂 lol

Encouraging reading today:

He will not judge by what appears to his eyes, nor reprove simply according to what his ears hear. He will judge the lowly with fairness, and with uprightness he will give reproof.​—Isa. 11:3, 4.

Jehovah preserved the Law covenant for us in his Word, the Bible. He wants us, not to obsess over the details of the Law, but to discern and apply its “weightier matters,” the lofty principles that underpin its commandments. (Matt. 23:23) The Mosaic Law reflected a “framework of the knowledge and of the truth” about Jehovah and his righteous principles. (Rom. 2:20) The cities of refuge, for example, teach […] how to “judge with true justice,” and they teach all of us how to “deal with one another in loyal love and mercy.” (Zech. 7:9) [excerpted Imitate Jehovah’s Justice & Mercy w 2017]

2/12/19 @10:26 a.m.

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who(m) am i gonna make happy today?? HUH?

myself?
finicky people?
God?

2/11/19 @ 10:02 a.m. further reading…IF hungry…honest, and humble at heart… (my blue highlights)

In rebutting Satan, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 according to the Greek Septuagint version of this Hebrew scripture. The Greek word translated “utterance” (rheʹma) has a twofold meaning. It is sometimes translated “word,” “expression,” or “utterance.” But, like its Hebrew equivalent (da·varʹ), it can also mean “thing.”

4 In Luke 1:37 we read: “With God no declaration [rheʹma] will be an impossibility.” Luke 2:15 reads: “The shepherds began saying to one another: ‘Let us by all means go clear to Bethlehem and see this thing [rheʹma] that has taken place, which Jehovah has made known to us.’” So, particularly as used in connection with Jehovah, this Greek word can imply a “word,” a “declaration,” or an “utterance” of God. Or it can imply a “thing,” whether that refers to an “event,” or “action” described, the result of what is said, the word fulfilled.

5. What is the meaning of Luke 1:37?

5 Thus understood, Luke 1:37 does not mean that God can say just anything. That could be true of a man, even if what he said was unlikely to occur or was meaningless. But regarding God’s statements, the import of Luke 1:37 is that no word or declaration of Jehovah can go unfulfilled. The declaration that the angel had made to Mary was thus bound to come to pass. The thought behind the Hebrew and the Greek words used for Jehovah’s “word,” “utterance,” “expression,” or “declaration” is beautifully expressed in the book of Isaiah. Jehovah states: “For just as the pouring rain descends, and the snow, from the heavens and does not return to that place, unless it actually saturates the earth and makes it produce and sprout, and seed is actually given to the sower and bread to the eater, so my word [Hebrew, da·varʹ; Greek, rheʹma] that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly do that in which I have delighted, and it will have certain success in that for which I have sent it.”​—Isaiah 55:10, 11.

“Not on Bread Alone”

6, 7. What was the historical and geographic context of Deuteronomy 8:2, 3?

6 Now, coming back to the point, what did Jesus mean when, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, he said that “man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth”? (Matthew 4:4) Was he saying that the godly man is sustained just by utterances, words, or declarations? Would head knowledge of such divine expressions be sufficient? Let us examine the historical context of the words Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy.

7 The Bible study aid “All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial” informs us, on page 36: “The book of Deuteronomy contains a dynamic message for Jehovah’s people. After wandering in the wilderness for forty years, the sons of Israel now stood on the threshold of the Land of Promise.” The year was 1473 B.C.E. The place? The plains of Moab. In his second discourse to the assembled Israelites, Moses declared: “You must remember all the way that Jehovah your God made you walk these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, to put you to the test so as to know what was in your heart, as to whether you would keep his commandments or not. So he humbled you and let you go hungry and fed you with the manna, which neither you had known nor your fathers had known; in order to make you know that not by bread alone does man live but by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth does man live.”​—Deuteronomy 8:2, 3.

Yes, if the Israelites had taken full advantage of their experiences in the wilderness, they would have learned to ‘live by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth,’ not only by learning to obey his written commandments but actually by experiencing the results of Jehovah’s utterances in their life as a nation and in their individual lives. They had been given ample opportunity to “taste and see that Jehovah is good.” (Psalm 34:8) These enriching experiences in connection with Jehovah’s words​—both uttered and fulfilled—​should have sustained them spiritually.

12, 13. How did Joshua familiarize himself with Jehovah’s utterances, and to what did he testify?

12 Joshua, who succeeded Moses as leader of Israel, informed himself of Jehovah’s utterances by filling his mind with them. His faith was strengthened by observing their fulfillment. After Moses’ death, Jehovah made this utterance to Joshua: “This book of the law should not depart from your mouth, and you must in an undertone read in it day and night, in order that you may take care to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way successful and then you will act wisely.”​—Joshua 1:8.

13 Toward the end of his life, after having faithfully obeyed Jehovah’s word and observed its fulfillment upon Jehovah’s people, Joshua was able to testify: “So Jehovah gave Israel all the land that he had sworn to give to their forefathers, and they proceeded to take possession of it and to dwell in it. Furthermore, Jehovah gave them rest all around, according to everything that he had sworn to their forefathers, and not one of all their enemies stood before them. All their enemies Jehovah gave into their hand. Not a promise [Hebrew, da·varʹ; Greek, rheʹma] failed out of all the good promise that Jehovah had made to the house of Israel; it all came true.” (Joshua 21:43-45) Joshua truly lived and was sustained, not on literal bread alone, “but on every utterance coming forth through (Yahweh) Jehovah’s mouth.”​—Matthew 4:4. [Sustaining Ourselves on the Fulfillment of Jehovah’s Utterances w ’85]

Yeah…and the point:

“I SAW all the works that were done under the sun, and, look! everything was vanity and a striving after wind.” (Eccl. 1:14) These are not the words of a cynic. They come from an inspired Bible writer who realistically appraised life under imperfect conditions. An examination of what this writer, wise King Solomon, took under survey is helpful in determining what can keep our lives from being “vanity.”

There are people whose whole life centers around gaining knowledge. But is acquiring knowledge merely for the sake of knowledge what makes life meaningful? No, for often such knowledge is attended by the painful realization that there is so much wrong in this imperfect system that it cannot humanly be corrected. As King Solomon put it: “That which is made crooked cannot be made straight, and that which is wanting cannot possibly be counted.” (Eccl. 1:15) Then, too, circumstances may be against a person’s using his knowledge to the best advantage.

Further, one’s trying to enjoy life through the pursuit of material pleasures, as many do, is not the key to purposeful living. As to his efforts in this regard, Solomon wrote: “I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself. I made gardens and parks for myself, and I planted in them fruit trees of all sorts. I made pools of water for myself, to irrigate with them the forest, springing up with trees. . . . I accumulated also silver and gold for myself, and property peculiar to kings and the jurisdictional districts. I made male singers and female singers for myself and the exquisite delights of the sons of mankind, a lady, even ladies. . . . And anything that my eyes asked for I did not keep away from them.”​—Eccl. 2:4-10.

Throughout the course of human history, few among mankind have had the resources that were available to King Solomon. However, though he seemingly had everything that he could possibly want, he found his pursuits frustrating, not satisfying. Why? For one thing, Solomon knew that his life could not be sustained indefinitely. Everything would be lost to him at death. “I, even I,” said Solomon, “hated all my hard work at which I was working hard under the sun, that I would leave behind for the man who would come to be after me. And who is there knowing whether he will prove to be wise or foolish? Yet he will take control over all my hard work at which I worked hard.”​—Eccl. 2:18, 19.

Similarly, one’s endeavoring to gain a position of prominence in the world can lead to bitter disappointment. All too often very capable people are the victims of circumstances that rob them of the opportunity to make good use of their ability. King Solomon found that: “Foolishness has been put in many high positions . . . I have seen servants on horses but princes walking on the earth just like servants.” (Eccl. 10:6, 7) “The swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.”​—Eccl. 9:11.

Among imperfect humans, ability is not necessarily the determining factor in one’s getting a particular position. It has been said, ‘What counts is not what a person knows but whom he knows.’ So often this is why very capable men who may be of noble disposition find themselves having to put up with the foolishness of incapable persons who have administrative control. These princely men may not be granted any dignity but may even be represented as fools to others by those managing affairs.

Solomon was not exaggerating things when he labeled the works done in an imperfect system as “vanity.” The pursuit of material goals​—position and possessions and the like—​simply is not satisfying but is accompanied by a multitude of frustrations.

What, then, is the point of life? Is there not something that can bring satisfaction? Yes, it is the pursuit of that which can lead to one’s having a permanent and secure future. King Solomon showed just what that was after completing his survey of vain pursuits. He wrote: “The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole obligation of man.”​—Eccl. 12:13.

Yes, the key to a satisfying life is recognition of one’s spiritual need. One greater than Solomon, Jesus Christ, pointed this out in resisting Satan the Devil. He quoted from the Hebrew Scriptures and said: “Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth.” (Matt. 4:4) When a person has a wholesome regard for the Creator and heeds his commands, he is spared the frustrations that come from making mundane knowledge, position or material possessions the chief goal. Instead of setting his heart on something that is transitory, he is building a relationship with God that can last for all eternity. That relationship is not based on what a person has but on what he really is as a person. As the Bible says: “Man sees what appears to the eyes; but as for Jehovah, he sees what the heart is.”​—1 Sam. 16:7.

Not even death can destroy what fearers of the true God have gained. Why not? Because nothing can separate them from God’s love. “I am convinced,” wrote the Christian apostle Paul, “that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38, 39)[excerpted: What is the Point of Life? w’76]

question(s) for self-reflection(s):

am i setting my heart on transitory stale crumbs?

am i setting my heart on daily fresh bread?

(dumb? or YUM!🙂

 

 

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snoozing and losing

snooze much–lose much??

snooze little–lose little??

NO Snoozing–NO Losing?! 🙂

(Not talking physical sleep; spiritual slumber is harmful whereas physical sleep restorative.)

An observation: imperfect: mine:

Some of us lose out on a lot spiritually sleep walking through much of our lives. We are caught unawares and unwise. With our mind’s eyes shut/closed…We fail to prioritize the most important components of life which would bring us the deepest satisfaction and happiness…and JOY. (My P.O.V.)

I don’t get enough physical sleep mostly due to forces beyond my control, (that’s my excuse and i’m sticking with it for now;) i.e. sick kid(s)/family member(s), etc. And force within my self-control…UP too late learning)…attempting to know what i don’t now know.

Wish i could sleep when i want/need to sleep. Life doesn’t always cooperate, eh?;)

In my personal readings of the Bible…there are warnings to stay on the watch; pay attention—CARE fully. Caring does have something to do with it; for sure. Caring about the correct things…aka what is truly worthy of care/concern.

I CARE ABOUT LIFE! ALL LIFE.

At my mind gym…we had a special visitor this week..who briefly spoke about […] which got my mind churning about “criteria”  for my choices…is the slight inspiration for this post. He brought up 3 topics for consideration which are very practical—for all of us—to deeply consider individually.

  1. morality
  2.  doctrine
  3.  organization

Personally, my base line morality is: RESPECT FOR LIFE. Which is a BIG blanket…comfy! covers;)…many “specifics” in life including bed and bedding. lol:)

Usually, keeps me warm and my conscience feeling healthy…(aka  one thing NOT keeping me up at night.)

my choices, my refrains, my symbolic gestures, etc…i always wear my seat belt and drive the speed limit. I stopped skiing, at Hubby’s request, due to fear of m.a.j.o.r. injuries. Am much better at ice skating, and enJOY that Winter sport; less spills for me. I respect the sacredness of blood, so i don’t consume this life force in any form. I respect young life, so no abortion. I respect old life, so i respect authority; accept counsel from my parents, grandparents and feel elderly ones are a source of wisdom and should be loved and taken care. I respect male life and female life and innate differences are valued by me which entails/encompasses cooperation, peace.

Also, “Potential” is a value…potential life–should be protected/respected…which means, to me, sex inside marriage. Young/new life is worthy of loving-protective-stable male/female teachers, (e.g., parents aka more experienced life helping inexperienced life succeed with pertinent life lessons).

I believe both males and females aka “parents” “generators” of life: sperm/egg …have much to bring of VALUE to the working/functioning table of life–from which–young/less-experienced/newer on the scene/life can learn/need to learn.

I respect animal life, though, i do eat meat in moderation. (So, this shows/indicates: I elevate/value human/fellow-breathing-fragile-life-species/capacities/potentials over animal/fellow-breathing-fragile-life-species to some degree. I do love animals, too. Especially, the tasty kind, just joking!lol or the fluffy/cute kind!:) I am SERIOUSLY disgusted by wanton abuses and merciless murders of precious life in general. I reject violence. I reject war. I save bugs and don’t stomp on them…cause hey, i am a bug myself. Have annoyed many in my lifetime; i’m sure.:) and maybe?? You Reader:)…find this post pestering?!! OOPS.

I “attempt” to live Agape Love to the best of my very-imperfect abilities in my dealings/interactions/communications with all my fellow-life out of respect & love of life.

I’m glad to be alive! And I Do Respect Others have differing values/criteria and respect they make different choices than me.  I am just “explaining” my personal values/choices and connections…which seem tied & teethered appropriately/logically within frame of Respect For Life moral value.

I don’t mean to be mean…and/or turn this into a long list of do nots…just “brief” examples of how my ‘base’ morality flows: Valuing: “Respect For Life” touches/connects/knots various choices together i personally make.

Doctrine: TRUTH. I investigate/”care” FULLY (cause i care fully) examine everything–of interest–to be sure my knowledge (or acceptance thereof) is reasonably ‘accurate’ on a given topic including religion. (And whether or not Respect For Life is demonstrated/manifested..and how, when, why, where.)

True and false exist. Many of us fail to take the necessary time and/or are mentally lazy, don’t care, and sleepily accept/eat/fall for false notions, outright-obnoxious lies, and incomplete information or mis/disinformation which is distracting, damaging, and/or deadly!:(

Hey, i wanna keep living, THANKS!:)

From my perspective: means Trusting Truth & Respecting Life.

My Respect For Life informs: I don’t want to “stupidly” cut life short or snooze and lose!! or booze..nope, not an over-drinker…my respect for life takes me down the route of m.o.d.e.r.a.t.i.o.n.

(So, i’ve never smoked and never will. I “try” not to make rash/dash…overly-emotional decisions before gathering adequate/enough evidence of accuracy. Which takes time and patience/tenacity /endurance/care…courage.)

Wonder why i’m TIRED!;)

Plus, i’ve found: Truly Respecting Life not only eloooooongates, but ELEVATES quality of living/life.🙂

Organization: When analyzing ANY/ALL organization(s): i.e., government, business, religion, education, club, etc. and/or whether to support or join:

My Morality: “Respect For Life” and Doctrine: “Truth” come into play major.

Does this organization/religion/business/club: Respect Life or Take Life?? What about Truth?? Does this particular organization: teach, implement, practice what is TRUE??! And to a reasonable degree??

to me: it’s not that overly-complicated…trusting truth and respecting life…are simply logical and beneficial🙂…and for myself and for Others

I really appreciate when Others have Respect For Life/my life!!:)

I am spiritually awake to:

  1. Respect For Life (and to what degree/how deeply)?!
  2.  Doctrine: Truth. Is this (?) True/Accurate: (on the surface or deeply)?!
  3. IF ANY ORGANIZATION does not adhere to morality and doctrine 1 + 2 = criteria/test…i take notice. I reject. I abstain.

{Yes, I have other (numbers/values) that can/may be added to my analysis/equation formula…not enumerated above…for the sake of keeping this post: short/concise/simple/succinct as possible.}

And when in doubt, i sit it out…or i research more and remain neutral/non-participatory..because of my deep love & respect for the precious gift of life! 🙂

I accept/realize not everyone sees things/investigates—like me—through this spiritual lens of Respecting Life & Trusting Truth…so, they will view and do differently than me. That is their prerogative!

And whatever our particular prerogatives/our choices–we all live with our own consequences!

Actually, these two values R.L. & T.T. help me feel better/more positively about my very imperfect/very much a work in progress: ever learning/changing self.

THANKS Reader for understanding.

Another “personal” observation: acquired over time: My Day seems to go Okay when i continue Respecting Life & Trusting Truth!:) and these values have been with me since Youth..(i’ll be 50 March 2019)…

Partly because of my Parents. Partly because of my (Bible & Other) education. Partly because of my association. Partly because…

 

 

(2/1/15 @ 3:04p.m.)

Peace/Respect to You Reader:)

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