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“a” ‘better place to play’ : patience, please

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Wearing? Patience.

We all wear our values on full display, eh?!

A quality I/i am continually working on is patience…leads to harmony.

It’s a less angry/stressful/aggravating/agonizing/arrogant place to play.

More Peace🙂 easily found at the patience playgroundlot(s) less punching and petty bickering over empty words.

Patience (olive green) at play is energizing and not exhausting!

practical points on Patience:)

We are surrounded by a world in which people are often lovers of themselves, not open to any agreement, and without self-control. Those who display such characteristics are frequently anything but patient. […]

In the Biblical sense of the word, patience is more than simply putting up with a trying situation. A person with godly patience endures with a purpose. He sees beyond his own needs and considers the welfare of the one causing a disagreeable situation. For this reason, when a patient person is wronged or provoked, he refuses to give up hope for improvement in the disturbed relationship. Little wonder, then, that the Bible lists being “patient” as the first of many fine qualities that stem from love. (1 Cor. 13:4)

from my (albeit limited/imperfect) point of view: the more patience shown…indicative of depth of love; love indicative of understanding/appreciation; the more we love someone the more willing we are to be patient with/in our dealings/interactions/communications.

Patience is a wise course in numerous situations/circumstances (on & off line).

For example, please, notice these further excerpted readings:

Many everyday situations may test our patience. For example, if you feel that you have something important to say, you may need to exercise patience in order to avoid interrupting others. (Jas. 1:19) You might also need to show patience when associating with […] whose habits irritate you. Instead of overreacting to such things, you are wise to consider how [Yahweh]/ Jehovah and Jesus react to our weaknesses. They do not focus a critical eye on our minor failings. Rather, they see our good qualities and patiently observe our efforts to improve.​—1 Tim. 1:16; 1 Pet. 3:12.

Another situation that may test our patience is when someone suggests that we said or did something wrong. All too often, we may be quick to take offense and justify ourselves. However, God’s Word recommends a different response. It states: “Better to be patient than to be haughty in spirit. Do not be quick to take offense, for the taking of offense lodges in the bosom of fools.” (Eccl. 7:8, 9) Hence, even if an accusation is completely untrue, we should patiently weigh our response. Jesus followed that principle when others unjustly ridiculed him.​—Matt. 11:19.

[excerpted aforementioned readings: w 9/2018: Patience–Endurance with a Purpose]

am working on being more and more patient and…enduring with a purpose

and

obviously…

not interrupting as a talker😉

am i patient listener?!

a patient person/friend/parent/partner/fellow-fragile-life inhabiting Earth?

am i patiently purposeful?

10/09/18 @ 3:28 p.m.

Life seems an easier going with patience & purpose🙂

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lighting the w-a-y

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Your word is a lamp to my foot, And a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

A psalmist said in prayer to Yahweh/Jehovah: “Your word is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.” (Psalm 119:105) God’s statements and reminders are found in the Bible, and they can help us to overcome obstacles that we may encounter on our path. Indeed, when we read the Bible and let it guide us, we are experiencing firsthand what is described at Isaiah 30:21: “Your own ears will hear a word behind you saying: ‘This is the way. Walk in it, you people.’”

17 There is no doubt that Yahweh/Jehovah provides guidance. The question is, Will you submit to it? To understand the direction that Yahweh/Jehovah provides, make it your resolve to read a portion of the Bible each day. Meditate on what you read, try to perceive Yahweh/Jehovah’s will in matters, and think of different ways that the material could apply in your life. (1 Timothy 4:15) Then use your “power of reason” when you make personal decisions.​—Romans 12:1. [excerpts: Let God’s Word Guide Your Steps W 07 5/1 pp. 16, 18 (God’s Holy Name in Hebrew: Yahweh. English translation: Jehovah: accepted by many scholars)

p.s. my heart and prayers go out to All…
in perplexing circumstances including Haiti…
another tragic event: Earthquake hit October 6th

(couple years ago past tragic event: Hurricane Matthew hit on October 6th also.)

My Fam and i were recently at a First Responders’ Training Educational Event…and one practical point took away: You cannot change the event…however, MORE PREPARATION means less damage. Less preparation means MORE DAMAGE!!

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i’ve always felt life is a pop quiz…what does one do about pop, unexpected quizzes??…YOU PREPARE! YOU STUDY! YOU READY?!?!

With world-wide disasters…popping up here/there/anywhere/anytime: are You personally prepared for Earthquake, Hurricane, Flood, Fire, Terrorist Activity, Shooting, Political Revolutions, Mobs, Ect., …having a plan (evacuation and Other) and a to-go bag with on-hand supplies…is practical.

Not talking undue anxiety…just preparedness…modesty.

the best book that has helped me the most with my personal pop quizzes…tough, tragic, and otherwise: The Bible…old and new testament; there is so MUCH wisdom practical to modern-living and surviving/thriving!:)

disasters…popping up: are You personally prepared for Earthquake, Hurricane, Flood, Fire, Terrorist Activity, Tsunami, You name it..having a plan and a to-go bag with on-hand supplies…is practical…logical…a head light.

i intend to pass my pop quizzes! 🙂

 

10/07/18 @ 12:03 p.m.

 

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generalizations and specifics

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theories & REAL..ities…

generalizations & specifics…was Abraham a liar…when it came to calling Sarah his sister??…(i don’t think so.)…marriage is family…unit of relatives…both physical and spiritual…bonds.

check it out IF You so choose…some older stuff written/read… (my highlights)

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Ca(i)n and Ab(e)l(e)

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Can?? IF wanted (to)
and
able?? can
or
Cain
and Abel…the so-called good bro; the so-called bad bro

What is the distinction between can? and able?…similar meanings/similar capacities, eh?!

(We are both…can & able or able and can)

Cain…can/could but didn’t! and Abel would/did…
Cain can be good
Abel…was!…good.

(choices and delusions, insights and know-hows)

at the mind gym…My more-experienced-in-life Friend, Joyce:)…”JOY” ful, smart, sweet, sassy 80 something year old…whom i deeply respect, admire and love…an amazing positive-capable-example. The spiritual (and other) epitome of Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Worker, Smart Lady…has helped countless people through the years (including my family) these few words cannot adequately sum up her goodness/value/worth on so many exemplary levels.

Yet she shockingly, humbly tells me she’s Cain–we are all Cain. Why? How? “Can” that be Joyce??!

this was her response to me (above-mentioned) after we discussed the following readings/excerpts… (of note: “Yahweh” Hebrew for God’s name..”Jehovah” is the English language equivalent of said name…found 7,000 times in the Bible: (my highlights))

3. Why did Jehovah (aka Yahweh) reach out to Cain, and what did He tell him?

Consider the case of Cain. He did not profess to worship any other god but Jehovah. Cain’s worship, however, was not acceptable to God. There were seeds of wickedness growing deep within his heart. (1 John 3:12) Jehovah reached out to Cain and told him: “If you turn to doing good, will you not be restored to favor? But if you do not turn to doing good, sin is crouching at the door, and its craving is to dominate you; but will you get the mastery over it?” (Gen. 4:6, 7) Jehovah was, in effect, telling Cain, “If you repent and take a firm stand on my side, I will, in turn, be on your side.”

4. Given the opportunity to be on Jehovah’s side, what did Cain do?

If only Cain would correct his thinking, Jehovah would restore him to favor. But Cain did not listen to the counsel. Wrong thinking and selfish desire led him to wrong actions. (Jas. 1:14, 15) In his youth, Cain may never have imagined that he would take a stand against Jehovah. In time, however, he did the unimaginable​—he rebelled against God and killed his own brother!

5. What kind of thinking could cause us to lose Jehovah’s favor?

Like Cain, a Christian today could be following the wrong path even while professing to worship Jehovah. (Jude 11) For instance, one could nurture immoral fantasies, greedy thoughts, or hateful feelings toward a fellow Christian. (1 John 2:15-17; 3:15) This thinking can lead to sinful actions. […]. Other humans may not be aware of our thoughts and conduct, but Jehovah sees all things and knows if we are not wholeheartedly on his side.​—Read Jeremiah 17:9, 10

[Who Is On Jehovah’s Side? excerpted reading W July 2018]

my imperfect thoughts about above reading:

a lot of us may think or say “we’re good”… could mean “all set”  “good to go”, etc. or “doing good” (our personal definition of good, eh?) …or on the right/correct/logical/reasonable/sensible side of things…history, controversy, religion, knowledge, you name it, etc. We have a “good” education.  Yet…we could be fooling ourselves (and Others)…most of us profess something…”good” “right”…

i am no judge…but God/Yahweh/Jehovah…knows; for sure.

And IF all of us openly/humbly accept wise counsel…we become able (or Abel-Like) …aka we don’t kill our Brother…or Others.

Questions for Reflections:

am i on the side of (genuine) good?

am i on God’s good side?

who actually determines “good” ? “bad” ?

am i winning my personal/individual spiritual battle for good?

what can i do?

what am i able to do?

10/04/18 @ 11:58 a.m.

You Dear Reader:)…can…You are Able…((to) BE GOOD) :)…(and so can i)

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