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There are three areas in which many are influenced by outward appearances: race or ethnicity, economic situation, and age. It is important for us to try to see others through God’s impartial eyes! (Acts 10:34, 35)​[excerpted w 18.08, pp.8-12]

Jesus’ teachings help overcome prejudices…

How did Jesus’ teachings help people conquer prejudice?

Many Jews in Jesus’ time had prejudices. Christ stressed the need for humility and condemned racial pride. He urged his followers to view one another as brothers.​—[excerpted w 18.06, pp.9-10]

Personally, being taught since infancy of a brotherhood/sisterhood of global humankind through Bible education… my parents’ close family friends came from all races/cultures/various languages…as well as actively cultivating “humility” or attempting to since youth onward…helps me appreciate/respect/agape-love my fellow-humans. 🙂 Viewing Others as SUPERIOR  to me while realistically aware of my own limitations/weaknesses…keeps the peace.

Also, the attitude of : Everyone has a skill/gift from which to learn…i just chose the more spiritual skills/life lessons which interest me the most. Yeah, i may want to build a cell phone, however, to me…what good is a communication device/tool IF You have no one/(have not built a relationship) with which to lovingly/peacefully communicate…or IF there is no one with which to talk kindly…

then

You just talk to yourself!:)…but do you get a “truthful” answer??;)

2/16/19 @ 4:00 p.m.

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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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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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