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My goofy “dumb and dumber”  lol 🙂 b.angs..c.hopped
by me in a hurry;) last night.

Cannot take myself too seriously, eh? (i hide behind my hair anyway. My oldest daughter has an adorably-chic pixie-ish cut accentuating her high chipmunk cheeks. My middle girl has very long hair; dark with hazel eyes on the greener side. My youngest daughter hair grooming is in-between both lengths, but shorter than mine and long enough for braiding. Every time i get close to changing a decade…30, 40..now 50 envision bravely changing/cutting my crutch to a stylish chin-length bob/lob. Then, worry i’ll look like a boy! My cousin who wanted to “trim” my hair for me…gave me a really bad boy’s punk haircut, by mistake once.;) Awful way to start junior high school: UGH! the birth of hair fear and self-consciousness…was already too tall, too skinny, and too freckly…and too different thinking/living because of my spirituality. Survived and hair grew; not fast enough for me, though.:)

(Only the exceptionally cute can/do pull off attractive shorter cuts in my POV.)

Though, i got a great cut in France back in the day. The salon/experience was like an art studio. They skillfully worked on my hair for seemingly hours. (Hubby Chato liked it more than me.) All my French female friends had fashionable hair with stylish neck scarves. So, i chopped my plain hair.

Chasing after 4 kids…easier keeping it no-fuss, one-long-length to pull back or up.

Do somethings need trimming/chopping IF impairing our vision??

(yep, small talk is over:)

bangs brings mind to…

“fringes” there are examples in the Gospels of people being miraculously healed by touching the “fringes” of Jesus’ garments.

(BTW: i don’t believe in modern-day faith healing, um, cough, cough: scams/schemes for money; just like i don’t believe in spiritualism: fortune tellers and spirit mediums communicating with dead. Topic fodder for another time, perhaps.)

Last night @ the mind gym was meditating on this thought of how minor changes can heal/help us. “Fringes”…small bites of healthy spiritual food, a comforting/positive scripture…time outside in nature focusing on the beauty of life and not its tragedy so much…quells anxieties. The scriptures say we only know the “fringes” about God.

excerpted: “LIVING AS CHRISTIANS” Do You Perceive God’s Invisible Qualities?

When you look at a colorful flower, a starry sky, or a thundering waterfall, do you see the handiwork of the Creator? The creation around us clearly reveals Jehovah’s invisible qualities. (Ro 1:20) By pausing to reflect on what we see with our eyes, we are able to perceive God’s power, love, wisdom, and justice, as well as his generosity.​—Ps 104:24.

What are some of Jehovah’s creative works that you notice each day? Even if you live in a city, you may see birds or trees. Observing intently Jehovah’s creation can help us to reduce anxiety, put our problems in proper perspective, and increase our faith in Jehovah’s ability to care for us throughout eternity. (Mt 6:25-32) If you have children, help them to perceive Jehovah’s matchless qualities. As we grow in appreciation for the creation around us, we will draw closer to the Creator.​—Ps 8:3, 4.

It’s logical to me to acknowledge work of an artist, an author etc.
Seriously, would any of us pick up a book or purchase a work of art and not readily accept…somebody/some person/personality…accomplished this?! The book didn’t write itself…nor did the painting paint itself: DUH!!

This brought me to tears (the other day) and helped me cope with my limitations and inadequacies..weaknesses; (obvious). Hopefully this will be encouraging to You Reader…

Maintain a Realistic View

To find contentment, we must maintain a realistic view of our own limitations and those of others. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul points out: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Many facets of Jehovah’s glory lie far beyond our comprehension. One example is the simple fact stated at Genesis 1:31: “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” Whenever Jehovah chooses to look back on what he has done, he can always say that “it was very good.” No human can always claim that. Acknowledging our limitations is the first step toward gaining contentment. However, there is more to it. We need to understand and accept Jehovah’s view of the matter.

The Greek word translated “sin” comes from a root that means “to miss the mark.” (Romans 3:9, footnote) To illustrate: Envision someone who is hoping to win a prize by hitting a target with an arrow. He has three arrows at his disposal. He shoots the first one and misses by a yard. He aims better with the second arrow but still misses by a foot [30 cm]. With full concentration he lets the last arrow go and misses by only an inch [2 cm]. It was so close, but a miss is a miss.

We are all like that disappointed archer. Sometimes we seem to “miss the mark” by much. Other times we come close but still miss the mark. We are frustrated because we tried so hard, but it was still not good enough. Now, let us go back to the archer.

He is slowly turning away, dejected because he really wanted that prize. Suddenly, the man in charge calls him back and hands him a prize, saying: “I want to give you this because I like you, and I saw how hard you tried.” The archer is elated!

Elated! Everyone who receives from God “the gift” of everlasting life in perfection will feel this way. (Romans 6:23) Thereafter, everything they do will be good​—they will never miss the mark again. They will be perfectly content. In the meantime, if we keep this view in mind, we will feel better about ourselves and those around us.

[excerpted: Find Contentment by Applying Bible Principles w 06]

Take Care Reader🙂 pursuing integrity & cultivating contentment is worth the effort.

Peace

2/08/19 @ 12:21 p.m.

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am passively/relaxingly (?)  learning my Mandarin by watching/ listening to a Roku Little Pim Baby language program while writing/studying in English.

us humans passively learn, huh? (passively programmed??;) Uh-Oh.:)

and actively.

learn.

Working…mind.

i go through periods of intense learning of various things (usually Biblical/spiritual stuff/study) and then let myself relax a little…have taken a too long brain break from Mandarin and am trying to get back on active track.

priming my mind…preparing my mind

for

more Mandarin work/study.

I AM NOT PASSIVE REGARDING SPIRITUAL ISSUES/LEARNING.

2/06/19 @ 7:07 p.m.

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Operating Under the Influence

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Under what influence(s) am i truly operating?!

Operating under the influence of: not much sleep, a 5 a.m. alarm clock, pain, aging, a female biology, a feminine physique…Wind, weather (literal and emotional), cooler FL temps, kids, tea, hubby, love…etc., etc., etc! (this morning)…and the inevitable(?) unspecified etc…of the near unforeseeable.

None of us are e-n-t-i-r-e-l-y influence-free or totally free thinkers/doers! (For the accurate record, this blog/(my writings) is not under the influence of money, and never has been).

Still standing!

YAY!:)…for now.;)

My daughter ‘snapped’ goofy pics of “Mother” (as she calls me) in wind-poofy poncho, comfy-practical, old-lady, slipper-sneakers this morning.;)…to be 13 again or going on 50?! I’ll take 50; thanks.

{IDK, what does it say about me/her that she is choosing to refer to me as “Mother” and not mom, mommy nor mama and definitely not MA?! She’s growing up fast.}

Don’t wanna do over of middle school. Though, parenting children through all the ever-changing phases and fleeting stages feels like reliving my earlier life; yet with greater insight and not as blindly.

O.perating U.nder I.nfluence

Aka “OUI”, Yes! “We” are all operating under influence of one “KIND”(?) or another.

The real questions to deeply consider/contemplate/ruminate regarding influence:

who or what is influencing me?? (and why? why not?)

am i ‘s.e.l.e.c.t.i.v.e.’ about my influence(s)??

ultimately ‘any’ influences boil down to: positive/negative/unhealthy/healthy:

is this influence having positive or negative results in my life??

am i having a “positive” or “negative” influence on the lives of Others : off & on-line??

how do i reduce and eliminate the negative/unhealthy influence for better results in my life??…physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually?

Like wind—the mind/body is f~l~e~x~i~b~l~e. Changing. I may not be able to avoid wind altogether, but i don’t have to chase a tornado around or hunt a hurricane (and on purpose).

When/IF crossing street, i can get out of the way…of a big truck.

Nor must i subject/submit my mind to hate and poison under the guise of remaining open-minded and/or tolerant…(as a learner or person who loves learning).

I can choose to let certain information into my mind and I can choose not to dwell on certain information.

“Stop being molded by this system of things.”​—ROMANS 12:2.

Who am i allowing to mold my mind?? Why should they/You have such power of influence over me?? What “positive” example is this influence/person setting??

Oh yeah, sounds good?? open-minded?!

may be?! on the surface…is being well-accurately educated/informed seemingly mean…just let me read/listen to everything/all the media/so-called “news” “translated” to English (my native tongue/heart language) from around the world…this will supposedly broaden my “knowledge” understanding of real reality?…of what…exactly? an additional/supplemental diet of poisonous propaganda?! Is a diet consisting of eating twice or thrice as much or more actually “better” for me?!

Lies, hurtful & murderous ideologies circulate (and through the centuries of humans’ bloody history)…many recycled and repackaged (and implemented) at fast speed via various platforms…yet when practiced/digested ending with evidence—-similar “sick” patterns of unhealthy/hurtful manifestations…i.e., disease and DEATH.

Yep, am gonna be careful and cautious as to what i eat by mouth and by mind!

My food energizes/enables me…and for what lifestyle?? (Love & Peace?!)

I AM KEEPING MY INTEGRITY (and what fuels it)!:)

Yep, there are those who hate integrity-keepers!

(Too bad. They’re NOT getting/taking/chaining my mind!…away from me.)

I AM NOT A ROBOT!! I AM NOT THEIR SLAVE!!..I AM NOT GOING TO BE MISLED INTO MIND-BODY CONFORMING TO POPULAR-STUPID-FALSE-HURTFUL-HATEFUL-DAMAGING-IDEAS PROPAGATED BY THE ILL-INFORMED AND ILL-INDOCTRINATED/ILL-EDUCATED!!

For example, i know/believe beyond doubt: male and female biologically live/inhabit Earth. End of story: sperm & egg equally needed/important for reproduction of human life.

Illustrations read: re: Parents & God/Higher Authority: (my neon highlights)

Parents endeavor to instill in their children good values. They may teach them to be honest, industrious, and considerate of others. This is not overly restrictive. Rather, the parents are preparing them for a successful life as independent adults. When the children grow up and leave home, they will be free to make their own choices. If they choose to live within the values that they learned from their parents, they will be more likely to make decisions that they will not later regret. As a result, they will be free from many self-induced troubles and anxieties.

Like a good parent, Yahweh/Jehovah wants his children to have the most fulfilling life possible. (Isa. 48:17, 18) He therefore provides basic principles for moral conduct and for behavior toward others. In such matters he invites us to cultivate his very way of thinking and to share his values. Far from constraining us, this enhances, elevates, and expands our thinking ability. (Ps. 92:5; Prov. 2:1-5; Isa. 55:9) It helps us make choices that lead to happiness while still allowing us to blossom as individuals. (Ps. 1:2, 3) Yes, thinking like Jehovah is beneficial and desirable!

 A person might seek to improve his health by eating food that is nutritious. But of what value would that be if he is also ingesting regular doses of contaminated food?

[excerpted reading: “Who Molds Your Thinking?”  w November 2018]

Yes, i want “my” ‘thinking ability to be enhanced, ELEVATED, and

e-x-panded!!’🙂

1/28/19 @ 8:48 p.m.

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CON

I “con” = Con Artist?? 😉

My brain goes there…to corny play-on-words. (Not meaning to personally disrespect artists/any artist working with the (?) sacred.)

(I respect art and artists. )

My mind “respectfully” asks:  Are icons  in “deed” (oops, there i go again) counterfeits, fakes?! Ch-e-e-r-fully check out the following.🙂

“Images were unknown in the worship of the primitive Christians . . . The admission of images into the church in the 4th and 5th centuries was justified on the theory that the ignorant people could learn the facts of Christianity from them better than from sermons or books.”— Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, by McClintock and Strong, Volume 4, pages 503 and 504.

hmmm, wow…’theories’ everywhere about everything, eh?…wonder IF an ‘illiterate monkey‘ thought up this one: “ignorant people could learn the facts of Christianity from  [images] better than from sermons or books.”
Goes without saying pictures are teaching tools…however, any tool can be properly used and improperly misused, huh? (In our day and age, today’s “tool” of media manipulates to ‘only’ teach “Truth” &  “Facts” ?!)
“Ignorant” to what?? The Dishonesty and Corruption of the Church Fathers?!
Here’s a “fact”…keeping the “masses aka us ‘regular’ folks” aka the ones not HIGHLY ESTEEMED AS EXPERTS..dumb…or dumb ’em down so they cannot easily fact check/THINK for themselves…why?? or Why not?! teach people to read..or improve literacy skills or help them learn a different language say Latin…so they can be educated enough to check scripture/read for themselves and engage in comparative inquiry (True v. False) against any religious-false “oral” dogma spewing from less-educated or less-than holy priests with unholy motivations.

Appalled by a Lack of Education

Cyril Lucaris was born in 1572, in Venice-occupied Candia (now Iráklion), Crete. Possessing fine talents, he studied at Venice and Padua in Italy and then traveled widely in that country and others. Embittered by the factional struggles within the church and attracted by reformation movements in Europe, he may have visited Geneva, then under the sway of Calvinism.

While visiting Poland, Lucaris saw that the Orthodox there, priests and laity alike, were in a deplorable spiritual condition as a result of their lack of education. Back in Alexandria and Constantinople, he was alarmed to find that even the pulpits​—where the reading of the Scriptures was done—​had been removed from some churches!

ERRONEOUS PRACTICES/HUMAN TRADITION

In 1602, Lucaris went to Alexandria, where he succeeded his relative, Patriarch Meletios, in that see. He then started corresponding with various reform-minded theologians in Europe. In one of those letters, he noted that the Orthodox Church maintained many erroneous practices. In other letters, he stressed the need for the church to replace superstition with “evangelical simplicity” and to depend on the authority of the Scriptures alone.

Lucaris was also alarmed that the spiritual authority of the Church Fathers was held in equal esteem with the words of Jesus and the apostles. “I can no longer endure to hear men say that the comments of human tradition are of equal weight with the Scriptures,” he wrote. (Matthew 15:6) He added that, in his opinion, image worship was disastrous. The invocation of “saints” was, he observed, an insult to the Mediator, Jesus.​—1 Timothy 2:5.

Aversion to the Roman Catholic Church:

Those ideas, along with his aversion to the Roman Catholic Church, brought upon Lucaris the hatred and persecution of the Jesuits and those in the Orthodox Church who favored a union with the Catholics. In spite of that opposition, in 1620, Lucaris was elected patriarch of Constantinople. The patriarchate of the Orthodox Church was at that time under the domination of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman government would readily depose a patriarch and admit a new one for payment of money.

Lucaris’ foes, mainly the Jesuits and the all-powerful and fearsome papal Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith), kept slandering and plotting against him. “In the pursuit of this aim the Jesuits employed every means​—guile, calumny, flattery and, above all, bribery, which was by far the most effective weapon for winning the favour of the [Ottoman] grandees,” notes the work Kyrillos Loukaris. As a result, in 1622, Lucaris was banished to the island of Rhodes, and Gregory of Amasya purchased the office for 20,000 silver coins. However, Gregory was unable to produce the promised sum, so Anthimus of Adrianople purchased the office, only to resign later. Amazingly, Lucaris was restored to the patriarchal throne.

(makes me wonder how many??! offices of influence: religious/governmental or otherwise won…have been “purchased” through the centuries and currently…and by “clean” (?) currency/money (?) traded/exchanged by clean hands?)

Lucaris was determined to use this new opportunity to educate the Orthodox clergy and laity by publishing a translation of the Bible and theological tracts. To accomplish this, he arranged for a printing press to be brought to Constantinople under the protection of the English ambassador. However, when the press arrived in June 1627, Lucaris’ enemies charged him with employing it for political purposes, and they eventually had it destroyed. Lucaris now had to use printing presses in Geneva.

Respect for The Bible and Its Power to Educate:)

Lucaris’ tremendous respect for the Bible and its power to educate fueled his desire to make its words more accessible to the common man. He recognized that the language used in the original, inspired Greek Bible manuscripts was no longer comprehensible to the average person. So the first book that Lucaris commissioned was a translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures into the Greek of his day. Maximus Callipolites, a learned monk, started work on it in March 1629. Many of the Orthodox considered translating the Scriptures outrageous, no matter how obscure the text otherwise might be to readers. To appease them, Lucaris had the original text and the modern rendering printed in parallel columns, adding only a few notes. Since Callipolites died soon after delivering the manuscript, Lucaris himself read the proofs. That translation was printed shortly after Lucaris’ death in 1638.

In spite of Lucaris’ precautions, that translation roused a storm of disapproval from many bishops. Lucaris’ love of God’s Word was more than evident in the preface of that Bible translation. He wrote that the Scriptures, presented in the language that the people speak, are “a sweet message, given to us from heaven.” He admonished people “to know and be acquainted with all [the Bible’s] contents” and said that there is no other way of learning about “the things that concern faith correctly . . . save through the divine and sacred Gospel.”​—Philippians 1:9, 10.

Lucaris sternly denounced those who forbade the study of the Bible, as well as those who rejected the translation of the original text: “If we speak or read without understanding, it is like throwing our words to the wind.” (Compare 1 Corinthians 14:7-9.) In concluding the preface, he wrote: While you are all reading this divine and holy Gospel in your own tongue, appropriate the profit derived from its reading, . . . and may God ever lighten your way to that which is good.”Proverbs 4:18.

“Confession of Faith”

After he had initiated that Bible translation, Lucaris took another bold step. In 1629 he published at Geneva a Confession of Faith. It was a personal statement of beliefs that he hoped would be adopted by the Orthodox Church. According to the book The Orthodox Church, that Confession empties the Orthodox doctrine of the priesthood and holy orders of all meaning, and deplores the veneration of icons and the invocation of saints as forms of idolatry.”

The Confession consists of 18 articles. Its second article declares that the Scriptures are inspired by God and that their authority exceeds that of the church. It says: “We believe the Holy Scripture to be given by God . . . We believe the authority of the Holy Scripture to be above the authority of the Church. To be taught by the Holy Ghost is a far different thing from being taught by a man.”​—2 Timothy 3:16.

The eighth and tenth articles maintain that Jesus Christ is the sole Mediator, High Priest, and Head of the congregation. Lucaris wrote: “We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ sitteth on the right hand of His Father and there He maketh intercession for us, executing alone the office of a true and lawful high priest and mediator.”​—Matthew 23:10.

The 12th article declares that the church can stray, mistaking the false for true, but the light of the holy spirit may rescue it through the labors of faithful ministers. In article 18, Lucaris maintains that purgatory is a mere figment: “It is evident that the fiction of Purgatory is not to be admitted.

The appendix of the Confession contains a number of questions and responses. There Lucaris stresses first that the Scriptures should be read by every one of the faithful and that it is harmful for a Christian to fail to read God’s Word. He then adds that the Apocryphal books should be shunned.​—Revelation 22:18, 19.

The fourth question asks: “How ought we to think of Icons?” Lucaris answers: “We are taught by the Divine and Sacred Scriptures, which say plainly, ‘Thou shalt not make to thyself an idol, or a likeness of anything that is in the heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath; thou shalt not adore them, nor shalt thou worship them; [Exodus 20:4, 5]’ since we ought to worship, not the creature, but only the Creator and Maker of the heaven and of the earth, and Him only to adore. . . . The worship and service of [the icons], as being forbidden . . . in Sacred Scripture, we reject, lest we should forget, and instead of the Creator and Maker, adore colours, and art, and creatures.​—Acts 17:29.

Didn’t discern everything erroneous..(Hey, we’re all imperfect, eh?;) with lots to learn yet…from womb to grave.)

Although Lucaris was not able to discern fully all matters of error in the era of spiritual darkness in which he lived, he made commendable efforts to have the Bible be the authority on church doctrine and to educate people about its teachings.

Killed for killing it–ignorance.

Immediately after the release of this Confession, a renewed wave of opposition to Lucaris arose. In 1633, Cyril Contari, the metropolitan of Beroea (now Aleppo), a personal enemy of Lucaris and supported by the Jesuits, tried to bargain with the Ottomans for the patriarchal chair. However, the scheme failed when Contari was unable to pay the money. Lucaris retained the office. The following year Athanasius of Thessalonica paid 60,000 silver coins for the office. Lucaris was again deposed. But within a month he was recalled and reinstated. By then Cyril Contari had raised his 50,000 silver coins. This time Lucaris was banished to Rhodes. After six months, his friends were able to secure his restoration.

In 1638, however, Jesuits and their Orthodox collaborators accused Lucaris of high treason against the Ottoman Empire. This time the sultan ordered his death. Lucaris was arrested, and on July 27, 1638, he was taken on board a small boat as if for banishment. As soon as the boat was at sea, he was strangled. His body was buried near the shore, then exhumed and thrown into the sea. It was found by fishermen and later buried by his friends.

Ludicrous Lucaris?! “living” lessons..🙂

“It should not be overlooked that one of [Lucaris’] primary aims was to enlighten and uplift the educational level of his clergy and flock, which in the sixteenth and early seventeenth century had sunk to an extremely low point,” states one scholar. Numerous obstacles prevented Lucaris from reaching his goal. He was removed from the patriarchal throne five times. Thirty-four years after his death, a synod in Jerusalem anathematized his beliefs as heresies. They declared that the Scriptures “should be read, not by just anyone, but only by the ones peering into the deep things of the spirit after having done appropriate research”​—that is, only the supposedly educated clergymen.

Once again, the ruling ecclesiastical class suppressed efforts to make God’s Word available to their flock. They violently silenced a voice that pointed to some of the errors of their non-Biblical beliefs. They proved to be among the worst enemies of religious freedom and truth. Sadly, this is a stance that in various ways survives even to our day. It is a sobering reminder of what happens when clergy-instigated intrigues stand in the way of freedom of thought and expression.

[reading excerpted (my highlights red & purple) : Cyril Lucaris—A Man Who Valued the Bible w 2/15/00]

Questions for Reflections:
What do i value/highly esteem?
Theory?
Tradition?
Truth?
Divine/Accurate Education?
Spiritual Light?
Spiritual Darkness?
Human’s Word?
God’s Word?
Scripture? or Aprocrypha?
Freedom of Thought & Expression?
1/12/19 @ 6:26 p.m.
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