Golden Anniversary Fun:)
When You are married for 50 years,
are You deserving of Gold Stars & 2 Cakes??:)
1 Marble & 1 Red Velvet… a Yummy Uh-Huh:)
And water to wash it down
(for us non-drinkers, huh?)
Congrats chair(s)… Cheers for my Parents:)…on Friday, our immediate Florida Family, celebrated, in our backyard, a Very Positive Example of Loyal Love.
Wow! 50 Years… sounds like an “institution” lol:)
(My parents are practical, modest/moderate people and not into a showy, elaborate fuss.)(They are very grateful, content, and happy with hand-made gifts and kids’ artwork and Chato’s delicious home cooking!) So sharing this accomplishment of theirs (with God’s help, of course) is a teaching tool really… honoring my parents (the/my intent is not bragging).
Ma’s favorite color is Yellow and she loves Red Velvet cake. Daddy says (seriously) how i (firstborn child) changed/impacted his life for the better. (As a parent, I feel that way myself. my kids have taught me a lot! “Hopefully” am a better person for it… probably, will always be working on patience (and other stuff, eh?) My kids have been some of my best teachers.:)
Nowadays, kids/teens/young ones…all of us can learn from those who wisely keep their promises, huh?:) And from those who appreciate spiritual treasures over material ones (and people over possessions)! 50 Years of truth telling/living and forgiving though imperfectly… marital relationships/families function– work when each one applies Biblical Truth/Counsel for each Mate/Family member: 1 of many life (enduring) lessons my parents have taught me.
Ever Grateful for my Parents and the GIFT of life!!:)
“Who is wise and understanding among You? Let him by his fine conduct demonstrate works performed with mildness that comes from wisdom. But If you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your hearts, do not be bragging and lying against the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, it is earthly, animalistic, demonic. For wherever there are jealousy and contentiousness, there will be also disorder and every vile thing. But wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy, and good fruits, impartial, not hypocritical. Moreover, the fruit of righteousness is sown in peaceful conditions for those who are making peace.” (James 3:17, 18)
My youngest daughter likes this song…it is post appropriate and popped in my mind. My favorite line “barefoot on the grass”…(read/spoken with accent:))
yep, we are all “barefoot on the grass”…life…at the mercy of chance sometimes and at the mercy of choice sometimes…and at the mercy of mowers most times (as Fragile-Life)?…
Does choosing Agape Love…make my chances better?!…You Betcha. 🙂
A late afternoon lunch (or early dinner) @ 4:20 p.m….Yummy. I am starting my second cup of Green Tea and second bite of Dark Chocolate! 🙂
(Sorry! to any sensitive Eaters-Readers:) out there (who may be offended by my consuming choices). A girl’s gotta eat, correct? 😉 I eat in moderation when I am hungry and stop when I am full; thus, the late lunch (after physical work) and 2nd cup of tea (the salty mussels made me a little thirsty for more). (Your lunch and dinner is probably more tasty than mine, huh? EnJOY!)
Sip, sip, sip…
My mind is thirsty for more too…How about You?? Again, Sorry! to any sensitive Eaters-Readers:) out there (who may be offended by my mind consuming choices). A girl’s mind has to eat, too, correct? 😉 Thank You for trying some new veggies/tastes.
(Or perhaps, your mind diet requires a spiritual supplement?!)
Bon Appetite!:)… sip, sip, sip…(my green highlights of excerpted points of interest)
“They are no part of the world.”—John 17:16.
People who do not share our faith may feel a special loyalty to their country, tribe, or culture or even to their national sports team. Challenges to such loyalties have resulted in competition and rivalry and, in extreme cases, bloodshed and genocide. The way that people resolve these issues, for better or for worse, might touch us or our families personally because we are inescapably a part of human society. Since God made man with an innate sense of justice, the decisions that human governments make may offend our sense of what is right and fair. (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 32:4) How do we react under such circumstances? It would be all too easy to take sides in worldly issues and be drawn into controversy.
And the easy way… is NOT always the smartest or wisest way, eh?!:)
The institutions that govern human society may pressure citizens to take sides in conflicts that arise. True Christians cannot do so. We do not participate in the political controversies of this world; nor do we take up arms. (Matt. 26:52) We are not swayed by efforts to involve us in exalting any portion of […] world over another. (2 Cor. 2:11) Being no part of the world, we rise above worldly rivalries.—Read John 15:18, 19.
Example of Sage of Peace/Compassion…
If you are ever in doubt as to how you ought to behave in any given situation, it would be wise to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus have done?’ The nation in which Jesus lived was made up of people from various regions—Judea, Galilee, Samaria, and others. Bible accounts reveal that there were tensions between people of these different areas. (John 4:9) Tensions also existed between Pharisees and Sadducees (Acts 23:6-9), between the people and the tax collectors (Matt. 9:11), and between those who had received a Rabbinic education and those who had not. (John 7:49) In the first century, Israel was ruled by the Romans, whose presence was deeply resented by the local people. While Jesus championed religious truth […], he never encouraged his disciples to foster rivalries. (John 4:22) On the contrary, he urged them to love all men as their neighbor.—Luke 10:27.
Why did Jesus not endorse common Jewish prejudices? Because neither he nor his Father takes sides in this world’s controversies. […]God designed humans in such a way that they could produce different races. Neither Jehovah nor Jesus exalts one race, nationality, or language above another. (Acts 10:34, 35; Rev. 7:9, 13, 14) We must follow their perfect example.—Matt. 5:43-48.
In NO WAY do I want to endorse common prejudices!!!…(i.e. politics, certain controversies exalt one race, nationality or language above others.) That’s partially why I am impartially no part of the world…I stay politically neutral. I love all my fellow-fragile-life-brothers-and-sisters-globally and wish them all PEACE and longevity!! It doesn’t matter what peer-pressure, family-pressure, community-pressure, national-pressure, political-power-struggle-pressure, etc. we can all rise above worldly rivalries! I cannot kill my brother or sister just because they live in another country or speak another language or eat different food!
Sip, sip, sip…
Note how some first-century Christians reacted to one divisive issue that arose within the congregation. Individuals in Corinth were saying: “‘I belong to Paul,’ ‘But I to Apollos,’ ‘But I to Cephas,’ ‘But I to Christ.’” Whatever the underlying issue, the apostle Paul was indignant about its effect. “Is the Christ divided?” he asked. What was the solution to such disruptive thinking? Paul exhorted the Christians: “Now I urge you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you should all speak in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you may be completely united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.” Neither should there be divisions of any kind in […] (True) Christian congregation today.—1 Cor. 1:10-13; read Romans 16:17, 18 “Now I urge you, brothers, to keep your eye on those who create divisions and causes for stumbling contrary to the teaching that you have learned, and avoid them For men of that sort are slaves, not of our Lord Christ, but of their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattering speech they seduce the hearts of unsuspecting ones.”
Some of us are being seduced everyday…by the political and religious and big business smooth-talkers, etc. Don’t be an unsuspecting one/pawn doing the mindless bidding of the puppet masters (in their various ego-power struggles/controversies)!
Has your upbringing or environment exposed you to national or regional loyalties? Do any such feelings still linger in your heart? Christians should not allow nationalistic fervor to taint their view of others. But what if you realize that you do have negative thoughts toward people of other nations, cultures, languages, or races? Then it would certainly be profitable to meditate on how Jehovah (True God of Agape/Compassion) views nationalism and prejudice.—Read Romans 12:2And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. [excerpted reference: Maintain Your Loyalty to God’s Kingdom w 2015]
Questions for Reflections:
Who is molding my mind? This system of things/world.. aka soon to end framework of human society??
Do I have or foster attitude “mine is best” …holding partisan allegiances??
Am I truly FREE…on all levels from: divisive, prideful, competitive practices that dominate today’s hurtful/violent/unloving present world/framework of human society??
PEACE & Unity to YOU:)
Published 10/26/17 @ 6:26 p.m.
P.s. and a FY…i did not finish drinking my 2nd cup of green tea…😉
(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…
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)
flaws…i have many; obvious to those close/far from me…(and to myself)
but i will continue to shed tears (and Prayers) for U! (myfellowfragilelife)
Do not say: “I will do to him just as he has done to me.”—Prov. 24:29.
Early Morning Reading…
Have you ever heard someone say, “I will give him a taste of his own medicine”? Jesus recommended a more positive way of handling difficult situations. This rule of conduct is so well-known that it is often called the Golden Rule: “Just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them.” (Luke 6:31) Jesus meant that we should treat people the way we would like to be treated and not repay unkindness with unkindness […] (excerpted w 15 5/15)
Being sensitive to feelings thereby striving to show RESPECT and love (at all times)…what we put into relationships w/fellow-fragile-life (especially w/closer relationships like family/marriage/spiritual brotherhood)…is that what we hope to get back??