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an FYI and then some…

communication conscientious-ness contentment Joan Winifred

Happy Reading Reader:)
just a quick FYi…am not sure what is going on with my website. (1) My hope is to continue writing/talking/learning…here and

(2) elsewhere. (?)

WHY??? would anyone want to hack my site?! i am no mind reader nor heart reader. So, my desire is to continue writing, however, under secure measures would be the ideal.

Life is like that…the ideal and the not-so ideal, eh?…the theory and the practice. Oh, what am i gonna stop living cause living is not ideal?!

oh Yeah, i work very hard at practicing what i preach…aka speaking and living the TRUTH!…even in uncertain or difficult times.

Spiritual Topics and spirituality are my main focus…my personal spiritual growth is of the utmost concern to me…even greater than say my physical health and well-being. What i’ve learned through my years of living on this beautiful planet Earth is…my spiritual well-being and health…positively trickles down/up to my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. So, i give my spiritual needs TOP priority in my self-care.
That means self-d.i.s.c.i.p.l.i.n.e…study, meditation, research daily…am too much of a geek to admit here…( )
Various minds work at various times and at various lengths…mind laziness is deadly…IF YOU ask me. Yep, i know You didn’t ask…
oh well…i spoke up anyway.

My spiritual self-care:
It has helped me pursue and maintain a modesty…a moderate life-style of living and loving. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never gotten drunk. ever. (well, not off alcohol—off love, lol:) I don’t over-eat. Etc., Etc., Etc.,…guess, that makes me very boring!!;)…or very healthy??;)

um, this quick post is getting a little rambly…(a made up word?)…You know what use to bug me as a talker…in school or elsewhere…people equating quiet kids as being well-behaved or “good” and us talkers…getting in trouble in school, etc. for not shutting up enough…as “bad” or misbehaving…what?! cause you THINK OUT LOUD!!! ugh.

Look out for the quiet sneaks…may be?! 😉

Quiet is not always good (nor bad)…people make presumptions, assumptions and suppositions and presuppositions about all sorts of nonsense.

For example, faulty thinking: people assume rich is good or better. and poor is bad or worse. That nobody would choose to be poor (or poorer) materially AND on purpose!!…think again!!!

The real truth seekers and keepers…WANT spiritual riches and not material ones. And this may (or may not (depends))…make them less economically so-called successful or economically focused. They understand that moth and rust consume. They’ve experienced the Truth…of “the things seen temporary, the things unseen everlasting.” Some so-called poor are of a HIGH/ER moral caliber/character: They don’t easily sell out…their integrity for dirty money. Or become enslaved to acquiring riches. They value the intangible more than the tangible. Perhaps, the abstract over the concrete. They “value” the incorruptible over the corruptible.

Perhaps, the process over the result…dollar(s) in hand. May be? they feel their time is better spent acquiring “sense” (wisdom) and not “cents”…:)

Some only believe in what they can see/feel…touch. They may lack heart vision.

Some of us highly value people and relationships and “family” a world-wide brotherhood of humanity: peace of mind and heart over Big-Business of War. Or the competition to acquire MORE than other fellow-fragile-life.

Some of us trade and don’t spend…some of us give and don’t take.

Stop the presses people;)…YEP, there are humans out there who do and could care less about possessions!!!

Possessions do not make the man…may be? they own him like master to slave.

The real givers…may actually sacrifice and give it all away!!!…including their life for a friend…or the greater good.

(and yeah, am well aware i may be putting myself at risk writing this spiritual stuff.)

“No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends,” ~John 15:13

While wealth in itself is not condemned in the Bible, the love of money is. The Bible writer Paul said: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things.” He noted that by forfeiting spiritual interests out of a desire to be rich, “some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains.”​—1 Timothy 6:10.

Interestingly, Paul gave specific instructions for the rich. He said: “Give orders to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be high-minded, and to rest their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God, who furnishes us all things richly for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17) Evidently there is a danger that rich people might become proud and feel superior to others. Also, they may be tempted to think that riches can offer true security​—something that only God can fully provide.

Clearly, Christians are not required to be poor. Neither should they be “determined to be rich.” (1 Timothy 6:9) They simply work hard to earn a reasonable means of living. Depending on various factors and the economic system under which they live, their efforts will meet with different levels of success.​—Ecclesiastes 11:6.

Whatever their financial circumstances are, Christians should endeavor to “make sure of the more important things.” (Philippians 1:10) By putting spiritual values first, they are “safely treasuring up for themselves a fine foundation for the future, in order that they may get a firm hold on the real life.”​—1 Timothy 6:19. [excerpted on-line article: Must Christians Be Poor?]

questions for reflections:
Whether economically rich or poor…
am i determined to be rich in fine works??…(aka works that help fellow-fragile-life and the planet; our shared home, our shared future)

am i acquiring spiritual treasures??

am i learning con-tent-ment??

a “tent” provides a measure of protection/security.

con(s)…don’t dwell on….nor what was “me(a)nt” to be.

contentment …is a living/true value…(an important thing to learn/appreciate).

 

related reading…perhaps?…IDK, check it out IF YOU:) so choose:  the-game-of-life

dbsa-conference-is-done

 

8/11/18 @ 3:33 p.m.

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bach & handel

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Balking and handling…
(gently & patiently)

It’s Friday, what else am i gonna do?? Change my attitude?!(insert (or is lose)…snarky/sarcastic tone)

Another Day of the Week?…Nah, liv-ing Friday!

7/20/18 @ 3:12 p.m.

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Dose of Reality

contentment Joan Winifred

Poor and Rich

“For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.” Matthew 26:11

commentary read on topic: (my highlights)

Poverty is not new. Jehovah told ancient Israel that there would never cease to be poor ones in the land. (Deut. 15:11) Centuries later, Jesus acknowledged: “You always have the poor with you.” (Matt. 26:11) Did Jesus mean that there would always be poor people on the earth? No, he meant that there would be poor people as long as this corrupt system of things lasts. Therefore, how heartening it is to understand that Jesus’ miracles serve as portents of better times ahead under Kingdom rule when all will have plenty to eat and be satisfied! [excerpted: Christ the Power of God w ’15]

Which is worse/(more/less) suffering? materially rich yet spiritually poor? or spiritually rich yet materially poor?

spiritually poor and materially poor? Materially rich and spiritually rich?

my choices through the years manifest as the repeated pattern of choosing:  spiritual riches over material ones…which paradoxically has led me to a place of balance…not too rich not too poor…

is “just right”…Goldilocks contentment??;)  meaning..(having what you need when you need it—to accomplish what you need to do!🙂

7/23/18 @ 5:59 p.m.

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crumb(s) (contentment)

Breathing-Fragile-Life comfort contentment healing Joan Winifred justice kindness lamentations of the heart never giving up! reality

maybe..? (for a time (anyway)) cause of circumstances or things beyond our control/power…(and other variables)

That’s all some of us… will get in this (temporary) life…

c-r-u-m-b-s

feeling “crummy” (joanie) ??…

“even the little doggies eat crumbs falling from the table of their Masters”…

Grateful! for crumbs…

(and willing to share)

any crumbs (when able).

 

YAP

 

 

(may be? i yap too much;)

 

1/27/18 @ 9:28 p.m.

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