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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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ID

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Innocent as a Dove (Matthew 10:16)

and “Cautious as a Serpent” = Discretion

Discretion (can) mean(s) being spiritually awake and vigilant(.)! (& at all times…in the light/dark)

“Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception . . . of the world.”​—COL. 2:8.

7/30/17 @ 10:58 a.m.

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Painting

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Painting projects…busy with these.  At times, it makes sense/the appropriate thing to do…a fresh coat of paint, a fresh, different color/s. i LOVE painting…and those types of projects…(using both left and right hands/arms.)


Rearranging furniture…can be fun, etc. Changing things around/organization/reorganization is healthy…change is good. However, just randomly knocking down walls/any walls…the house collapses…supporting wall/(s)…are necessary for structural integrity! (Sometimes–the safest/wisest choice is to just paint the wall!)

Structural integrity is the ability of a structure to withstand its intended loading without failing due to fracture, deformation, or fatigue. It is a concept often used in engineering to produce items that will serve their designed purposes and remain functional for a desired service life. [excerpted definition wikipedia]

Supporting beams a necessary…say, for example, within society…civilization(s), certain supporting beams and walls are essential to integrity/peaceful functioning of said society/(ies). What causes civilizations to collapse and organizations to crumble aka structural failure…figuratively and otherwise?! Certain people/certain roles played therein/serve to support structural integrity, right? Globally, among all fragile-life…ecosystems/support systems are important/valued/valuable to sustain life, huh?

(back to my project(s)/work…HOPE to continue this post further….later when/If possible aka find time.)

7/26/17 @ 10:46 p.m.

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O. M. F. Optimization for Multiple Functioning

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Are You a “seeing skeleton” ?!

(not sure (and no time to research) IF i’ve already shared this here (aka this blog previously))…

Check it out at YOUR OWN RISK…of seeing/(understanding) better…

THE reef-dwelling brittle star has an amazing form of armor on its upper surface. This part of its skeleton is studded with microscopic lenses that turn the animal’s armor into a compound eye.

According to chemist Joanna Aizenberg, the brittle star’s dual-purpose shell “demonstrates an important principle: in biology, materials are often optimized for multiple functions.

[…]researchers have devised a simple, low-cost method of producing arrays of microlenses made of calcium carbonate. The many applications of these arrays include telecommunications, where they are used to conduct light signals through optical fibers. [excerpted past/recent reading/peering…The Seeing Skeleton of the Brittle Star–Was It Designed? (by God) AWAKE! May 2013]

Brittle thinking lacks tensile strength…(and now and again may be ? we all need an antacid;)  perhaps (a) 1 life lesson…we can make the most of things…efficiency and speed…is found in not sweating the small stuff (follow-through on the small stuff, (but don’t let it hinder progress long-term)) and …when we can effectively tackle the microscopic…may be we see/understand the macroscopic…

practical verse:

The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and the person unrighteous in what is least is unrighteous also in much. (Luke 16:10)

Multiple/Flexible Functioning…optimizing wellness:  spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically…:)

 

7/19/17 @ 11:45 a.m.

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Reason – able expectations

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able to reason…

reason-able

expectations for myself that i can modestly/reasonably reach…(within my personal abilities)

“there’s a big difference between the healthy pursuit of excellence and the unhealthy striving for an impossible ideal,” says the book Perfectionism​—What’s Bad About Being Too Good? It adds: “Perfectionism can be a heavy burden because, let’s face it, nobody’s perfect.”

The Bible agrees. It states: “There is no righteous man on earth who always does good.” (Ecclesiastes 7:​20)

The Bible says: “Let your reasonableness become known.” (Philippians 4:5) Reasonable people are balanced in what they expect of themselves and in what they expect of others.

The Bible says: “Walk in modesty with your God!” (Micah 6:8) Modest people recognize their limitations. They don’t take on more than they can handle; nor do they spend more time on a task than they can afford.

The Bible says: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might.” (Ecclesiastes 9:​10) So the remedy for perfectionism isn’t laziness; it’s industriousness, but blended with the qualities mentioned above​—reasonableness and modesty. [excerpted: Am I a Perfectionist? Young People Ask]

healthy pursuits…:)

are all my pursuits healthy??

 

7/12/17 @ 8:38 p.m.

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“Nǐ​ Hǎo” and “Chào Bạn”

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have

had

my

fair share

and

(unfair share)

of

challenges

in

(my) life…(mostly likely You:) Reader have had the same: fair/unfair challenges to face in life)

so

why

NOT??

escape

those

challenges (“say” by focusing positive attention…)

with

language

challenges (of choice)??

God has helped me thus far with (life) challenges…

so (in comparison)

what’s learning Chinese and Vietnamese??! (for a native English speaker like me;))

 

[just trying my “reasonable” not perfectionistic best…to expand my abilities to better communicate with fellow-breathing-fragile-life in my  local community and elsewhere.]

 

7/12/17 @ 12:09 p.m.

 

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Summer Reading

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Happy Saturday Reader:)

Hoping You are well & happy…i mean content. (Content-ment is a state of flux for me. Don’t get me wrong…my “absolute” contentment is found in my spirituality. Probably, because i am well-aware/fully-conscious of my “spiritual” need and continuously seek to fill this important need daily.)

“Public” school has been out little over a month now; time flys. Our “usual” Summer routine/history has me living-at-the-library-literally…yet, this Summer, i went once thus far to our local, little, library. Made other time/commitment choices and wanted to focus the kids’ attention elsewhere on their spirituality and art and family togetherness/vaca, etc.

Opportunities for growth abound outside and inside the library, eh!  Though, my extra reading time (aka supplemental reading beside my daily spiritual studies) has been very limited/cut short due to stuff foreseen and unforseen. In particular, a couple titles have peaked (yeah! i know it’s “piqued”..chose peaked on purpose; BTW) my curiosity!…topics and available excerpts; long-story short–up until today have not had the means/chance to consume/read or acquire. UGH!

Life can be like this: what we would like to do, we cannot and what we can do is not always what we would like to do! (Thus, the process of learning contentment and making the best/most of what is available to work with on any “given” day.)

all i know or in other words–what i’ve learned…each day is a gift and make the most of it/life by making the most compassionate choices You can…based on accurate knowledge You have up to this point in life.

Mercy is a topic near-dear to my heart…forgiveness, etc. So, i Love this PRO verb: (positive do-ing!)

The one showing favor to the lowly is lending to Jehovah (God of Compassion), and He will repay him for what he does.” (Proverb 19:17)

Also, to continue recent post: discerning-wisdom-position-arrogance-v-humility please check out this excerpted reading: that connects with the above Proverb…(aka taking positive compassionate action(s))…

MANY years ago, three men went to speak to a faithful servant of God named Job. One of the men, Eliphaz the Temanite, asked Job some interesting questions: “Can a man be of use to God? Can anyone with insight be of benefit to him? Does the Almighty care that you are righteous, or does he gain anything because you follow the course of integrity?” (Job 22:1-3) Eliphaz clearly thought that the answer was no. Another one of the men, Bildad the Shuhite, then added that it is impossible for humans to be considered righteous by God.—

Read Job 25:4 

So how can mortal man be righteous before God,

Or how can one born of a woman be innocent (pure)?

Eliphaz and Bildad tried to make Job feel that his efforts to serve Jehovah (God of Compassion) were worthless. Those men wanted Job to believe that we are no more valuable to God than a moth, a maggot, or a worm. (Job 4:19; 25:6) Were they saying that because they were humble? (Job 22:29) It is true that Jehovah is supremely great and that we are very small in comparison to him. If we are on top of a mountain or looking out from an airplane window, we get a sense of how tiny and unimportant we are. But is that how Jehovah feels about our efforts to serve him and to work hard for the Kingdom? No! Jehovah told Eliphaz, Bildad, and the third man, Zophar, that they were telling lies. Then God said that he was happy with Job and called him “my servant.” (Job 42:7, 8) So we can be sure that imperfect humans can “be of use to God.”

 A young man named Elihu was listening to the conversation between Job and the three men. When it was over, Elihu asked Job about Jehovah: “If you are righteous, what do you give him; what does he receive from you?” (Job 35:7) Was Elihu also trying to say that our efforts to serve God are worthless? No. Jehovah did not correct Elihu, as he had the other men. Elihu was making a different point. He was saying that Jehovah does not need us to worship him. Jehovah is complete. There is nothing we could do that would make him richer or stronger. In fact, any good quality or ability we have comes from God, and he notices how we use it.

When we show loyal love to those who worship Jehovah, he views those actions as if they were done to him personally. […] Jehovah actually notices each time we show mercy to others. And although he is the Creator of the universe, Jehovah even chooses to view these actions as a personal loan to him, which he repays with many wonderful gifts. [excerpted article: May Your Volunteer Spirit bring Praise to Jehovah]

Having a willing spirit to volunteer…wherever the need may be…does call for compassion, mercy, and forgiveness…etc.

THANKS for Reading…(and for Your mercy in putting up with my musings, etc.)

Peace & Mercy to YOU:)

7/8/17 @ 11:12 a.m.

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Proximity

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my choices brought me to this place (figuratively and literally)

this proximity?

 

why? and how? did Your choices

bring You…

here?

there?

no

where

near

me

 

distance and closeness choice & chance

(banished…by…(choice/chance))
(everybody grieves for something/someone…by choice/chance??)

(6/5/17 @ 12:49 p.m. last/previous (before today’s quick edit) edited–published 6/6/17 @ 1:33 p.m.)

a P.S.
to paraphase a loyal man…”i opened my mouth to the True God and cannot turn back”…
i only have the power to move forward!

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Working Definition of Compassion

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“compassion, a sympathetic awareness of another’s suffering or adversity coupled with a desire to lessen it.”

Have You heard it said…”knowledge is power!” NO! i modify that expression to ACCURATE knowledge is power! Power to do the compassionate/appropriate thing at the appropriate/needed time!

Why should the topic of compassion interest you? Because the Bible urges you to imitate Jehovah. (Eph. 5:1 “Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children,”) Yet, while humans were created to be compassionate, our imperfection as descendants of Adam inclines us toward self-interest. Sometimes we may find that it is not easy to decide whether we will help others or concentrate on ourselves. For some, this is an ongoing conflict, or a balancing act. What can help you to develop and maintain your interest in others?

Mental-health experts say that practicing compassion can improve your health, well-being, and relationships. When you relieve the suffering of others, you will feel happier, more optimistic, less lonely, and less inclined to think negative thoughts. Yes, your showing compassion will benefit you. (Eph. 4:31, 32 Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32  But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.”)

Christians who lovingly seek to help others are rewarded with a good conscience, knowing that they are acting in harmony with godly principles. Having such a disposition makes for a more caring parent, a better spouse, and a better friend. Those who are quick to show compassion are, in turn, more likely to receive help and support when they need it.​—Read Matthew 5:7  “Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy.”; Luke 6:38 “Practice giving, and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.” [excerpts: Imitate Jehovah’s Compassion w 2017]

In what ways today can i be less self-concerned and more concerned with Others’ interests? In what added ways can i give more freely?

Practice makes…”better”…everyone feels better when shown compassion, eh? 🙂

 

5/27/17 @ 11:03 a.m.

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