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Life Story as told by Antonio Jiménez: “The Streets Became My Home”

Some people take a long time to learn from their own bitter experiences. I was like that. I was born and raised in Barcelona, the second-largest city in Spain. My family lived in an area called Somorrostro, which occupied a large section of the city’s beachfront. Somorrostro had a reputation for crime and drug dealing.

My parents had nine children, and I was the eldest. Because we were very poor, my father sent me to work as a ball boy at a local tennis club. I was ten years old and worked for ten hours each day. As a result, I could not go to school like most children my age. When I was 14, I began working as a machinist at a metal shop.

In 1975, I was called up for military service, which was mandatory in Spain. I wanted to do something adventurous with my life, so I volunteered to join the Spanish Foreign Legion in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa. During that time, I plunged into the sordid world of drug and alcohol abuse.

When I left the Legion, I returned to Barcelona and formed a gang. We stole anything we could lay our hands on. We would then sell the stolen items for money to finance our drug addiction. I started taking LSD and amphetamines, and I immersed myself in a life of sex, alcohol, and gambling. This destructive lifestyle led me to become more and more violent. I always carried a knife, an ax, or a machete, and I was never afraid to use one of them if it seemed necessary.

On one occasion, my gang and I stole a car and were chased by the police. It was like a scene out of a movie. We drove the stolen vehicle for about 30 kilometers (20 mi), until the police started shooting at us. Finally, our driver crashed the car, and we all ran from the scene. When my father found out, he understandably threw me out of the house.

For the next five years, the streets became my home. I slept in doorways, in trucks, on park benches, and in graveyards. I even lived for a while in a cave. My life had no purpose whatsoever, and I felt that it did not matter whether I was alive or dead. I remember cutting my wrists and arms under the influence of drugs. I retain the scars to this day.

Change & Transformation/New Beginnings…

When I was 28, my mother came looking for me and asked me to return home. I agreed and promised her that I would straighten out my life, but it took me a while to fulfill that promise.

One afternoon, two of Jehovah’s Witnesses called at our door. As I was listening to them, my father yelled from inside the house that I should shut the door in their faces. As I never liked taking orders, I decided to ignore him. They offered me three small books, which I gladly accepted. I asked them where their meeting place was, and a few days later, I turned up outside the Kingdom Hall.

The first thing I noticed was how neatly dressed everybody was. In contrast, I had long hair, a scruffy beard, and shabby clothes. It was evident I did not fit in, so I remained outside the hall. But to my surprise, I recognized a former associate and gang member named Juan, dressed in a suit. I later learned that he had become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses just a year earlier. His presence gave me the confidence I needed to go inside and attend the meeting. That was where it all started to change for me.

I accepted an offer to study the Bible and quickly realized that if I wanted God’s approval, I needed to change my aggressive nature and immoral lifestyle. Making those changes was not easy. I learned that to please Jehovah God, I needed to “be transformed by making [my] mind over.” (Romans 12:2) I was deeply touched by God’s mercy. Despite all my mistakes, I sensed that he was giving me the chance to begin again. What I learned about Jehovah God sank deep into my heart. It became clear to me that there was a Creator who cared for me.​—1Peter 5:6, 7.

Moved to Make Changes:

This moved me to start making changes. For example, when the subject of tobacco came up during my Bible study, I said to myself, ‘If Jehovah God wants me to remain clean and undefiled in every sense, then these cigarettes will simply have to go!’ (2 Corinthians 7:1) And into the garbage bin they went!

I also needed to stop using and selling drugs. That took a little more time and effort. To achieve that goal, I knew I had to cut ties with my former associates. Their influence was not helping me to progress spiritually. In time, however, I began to rely more on God and on the help of my new friends in the congregation. Their love for and interest in me as a person was something I had never experienced before. As the months went by, I was finally able to break free from drugs and “put on the new personality,” which would help me to have God’s approval. (Ephesians 4:24) In August 1985, I was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Bible benefits…

The Bible gave me a new lease on life. It freed me from a damaging lifestyle that was destroying my body and my dignity. In fact, more than 30 of my former associates died at a young age from AIDS or other drug-related illnesses. How grateful I am that by applying Bible principles, I was able to avoid the same tragic consequences.

The knives and axes that I used to carry as a violent young man are now a thing of the past. I never imagined that one day I would instead be carrying a Bible and using it to help people.

My parents never became Jehovah’s Witnesses, but they appreciated the benefits I received because I studied the Bible. In fact, my father even defended the Witnesses in front of all his colleagues. It was clear to him that my newfound faith had brought about a remarkable change for the better. My mother often said that I should have studied the Bible sooner. I could not agree with her more!

My experiences in life have taught me how senseless it is to seek satisfaction in drugs and other vices. I now get true satisfaction from introducing others to the teachings found in God’s Word—teachings that truly saved my life. [excerpted article: The Bible Changes Lives]

An Observation: mine…

To gain human’s approval… at times means unhealthy activities that are harmful or hurtful causing dignity lost at least or death-dealing at most! (What genuine HOPE can man offer me??)

To gain God’s approval… at times means healthy activities that benefit the mind, heart, and body on a deep wellness level… physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually… a refreshing nourishment of sustaining compassion and real love…a real life!

Divine perspective is an elevated vantage point… it can be breathtakingly beautiful… just try to see:)

Peace & Wellness & Respect & Dignity to You Reader:)

11/25/17 @ 11:51 a.m.

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Don’t be ripped off…
by the ripper-off-ers!

Don’t be deceived… by the smoking smoke screens!

1. Alcohol & drug intoxication… a rip off …not true ecstasy.

2. Smoking/drugging… a rip off… not real air/oxygen…energy.

3. Nationalism…a rip off… not true-united-brotherhood-of-global-fellow-fragile-life seeking the unselfish best interests of all.

4. Fame & Fortune… a rip off… not true friendship nor true security…

“There are companions ready to crush one another; But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” PRO verbs 18:24

“For wisdom is a protection just as money is a protection, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.” Eccl. 7:12

“The wealth of the rich is his fortified city; It is like a protective wall in his imagination.” PRO verbs 18:11

5. Latest technology… a rip off… IF mostly misused to hurt rather than help/heal…(Or to silence/kill instead of communicating/interacting/living/moving).

6. FAKE Religion/Big Business…Fake Government…Fake Media/Fake mind-food aka fake knowledge/fake leadership…inaccurate/insufficient misinformation/propaganda, no actual evidence, etc….a rip off… not TRUE satisfying spirituality (or leadership) leading aka setting example worthy of imitation/modeling…leading to TRUE peace (and life/longevity eternal).

“One whose appetite is satisfied turns down honey from the comb, But to the hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet.” PRO verbs 27:7

“And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her (fake religion), my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

7. War games/violence… a rip off… not a viable solution/resolution to conflict …”those who take up the sword… perish by the sword!”

“Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52

“As a city broken through, without a wall, is the man who cannot control his temper.” PRO verbs 25:28

(a limited list; e.g., not extensive… obviously;

I’m sure You could think of other rip-offs to add.)

Accurate Knowledge… along with proactive-POSITIVE Psychological tactics/non-combative/”spiritual” warfare…(in my POV) is like non-invasive, bloodless, precise, mind surgery… with better outcomes!… respecting the sacredness/preciousness of life!:)

“By patience a commander is won over, and a gentle (mild) tongue can break a bone.” PRO verbs 25:15

“Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a receptive ear.” PRO verb 25:12

“A mild answer turns away rage, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” PRO verb 15:1

“If your enemy (the one hating you) is hungry, give him bread to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For you will be heaping burning coals on his head (that is to soften the person and melt his hardness), and Jehovah (True God of Compassion) will reward you.” PRO verbs 25:22

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.” Ephesians 4:31, 32

PEACE Reader:)… keep up the fully-awake-wise-fine-fight:  Soldier of Compassion!:)

11/04/17 @ 12:00 p.m.

Is a house… truly a home without peace & compassion & agape (unselfish) love??… what about our beautiful planet Earth with all its inhabitants?! (Would You agree?…Each family member aka fellow-fragile-life has a personal responsibility to contribute/maintain/sustain home aka Earth.)

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Hello Reader:)

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And how are You?

(sadly; I wouldn’t know for sure…. cause You don’t explicitly explain Reader. 🙂 i.e. leave a “personal” comment for whatever reason, could be a techy one or something beyond your control.) IDK…

Your well-being is, at times, a guessing game… though, I am sure You are coping with similar problems (um, I mean “challenges”) common nowadays to most fellow-fragile-life globally…. trying to live compassion in a violent, me-first above-everyone else world/society) filled with many natural and unnatural disasters of varying magnitude and impact both direct and indirect..

Yeah, it takes a measure of trust to honestly/openly share and care… here and elsewhere.

This post is just a little mind appetizer… an indirect inquiry of wellness…THANKS for stopping by this blog!:) Hope You are Well…physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

IF You are hoping to have Your ears tickled… aka told exactly what You want to hear or IF You are used to hearing people agreeing with You constantly or Yes-sing You all the time aka shallow mind junk food–giving You absolute permission to do whatever your present whim may be…You probably don’t want to read my following posts.

{Honestly, I don’t set out to please people though attempting to live compassion can be pleasing to people.}

Then again, You may enJOY benefit by a hearty/healthy spiritual veggie meal with new/old spices…say like some pepper… we all need a good sneeze now and again -lol:)

Wouldn’t You agree, that a lot of health issues come down to diet… food choices?? Over-eating the not-so- healthy stuff and under-eating the very-healthy stuff? Or a diet that lacks nutritional variety? Hydration/dehydration?? Lack of adequate exercise??

May be (?) some of us need supplements to boost immunity or a limited palate…or energy for action…

Do You need a spiritual supplement?!

IF…. so please read on…. stay alert to/for my next posts.

(super-busy as usual… a mountain of laundry, etc. calling me to climb… and my brain is cooking up some stuff…i am trying not to burn. 😉 and will try to serve in a timely manner… though, some like their food hot, cold or room temperature?!

PEACE, Health and Happiness to YOU Reader!… Stay well-fed spiritually🙂

10/16/17 @ 1:39 p.m.

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Deciphering Heiroglyphics {(Yep! i before e except after c)}

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Aka typing up my handwritten-lol;)/hieroglyphic scribble notes/paraphrasing pieces of recent *talk on topic “Being Conscious of My Spiritual Need”…ties in nicely with posts: Fully Conscious?? Are You Growing? (Am i growing?), You’re NOT an Idiot!!!

How Do You…

know IF You:) are appropriately (or at the very least) adequately caring for/satisfying this essential/basic, yet important need??

being conscious of Your spiritual need means to know–Your need for God…{(Yeah, i said it/shared it…You have a need for “God”! and obviously, say not a need for me or my blog, eh?)} we have a built-in design to reach out to someone beyond self…beast vs.man…is NOT content to eat/sleep warm himself…no, we/{mankind-womankind} have a strange urge aka SPIRITUALITY! {(Yeah!! i am very strange-lol:) and probably also because am very vocal about spiritual things/topics.)}

Many experts have acknowledged all civilizations are routed in their “quest for God” …and finding satisfying answers to grappling questions: Why are We Here??  What is the Purpose of Life?? {Why do we die?? Is there Life after Death?? Why so Much Suffering? and will it ever end?? Who is the True God/Creator? Can We Be Friends?} {[BTW: i’ve personally “peered” into the Bible and have found very intellectually/spiritually satisfying answers to these questions and more.]}

“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need,* since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.

footnote *Or “those who are beggars for the spirit.” (Matthew 5:3)

Being a beggar for the spirit…a begging drive to do all we can to satisfy/fill the need…

Wide-array of beliefs…41,000 different denominations of (so-called) Christianity alone…teachings in conflict, people confused as to what to “really” believe…

a key to satisfying this need in appropriate way…connecting verse 6 of Matthew 5…

“Happy are those hungering and thirsting for righteousness, since they will be filled.* (satisfied).

rigeteousness — desire what is right according to God’s standards

2 Timothy 3:16–“All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight,*(correcting) for disciplining in righteousness,”

“inspired” of God…Greek word “theopneustos” means “God Breathed”

{So for me, personally, i enJOY reading God’s “inspired” word daily/the Bible…but it’s more than just looking…a scan/glance.}
22 However, become doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves with false reasoning. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one is like a man looking at his own face* (his natural face) in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself, and he goes away and immediately forgets what sort of person he is. 25 But the one who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and continues in it has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; and he will be happy in what he does.  (James 1:22-25)
to peer–more than a fleeting glance…a careful search for a hidden object–desires to see, investigates till he finds it…
speaker gave example of lost car keys–how much effort to find, we have to dig, search, peer to satisfy spiritual need.
How do we know IF we are satisfying this need?!
a response, an affect…we would be affected emotionally and/or physically–Psalm 19:7
The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength.* (Or “restoring (bringing back) the soul.” The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.
Deep Bible Study–being absorbed and making application…restoring strength..makes the inexperienced wise, heart rejoices and makes the eyes shine. We don’t need bad experiences to be wise, we don’t have to touch the fire to know we will be burned. {Experiencing many positive affects in life and making compassionate choices.  Having a personal friendship with God…God called Abraham His Friend. Humans have the opportunity to do the same.}
Challenges and obstacles that could hinder us spiritually…Jesus illustrates:
Matthew 13:3-8…”Then he told them many things by illustrations, saying: “Look! A sower went out to sow. 4 As he was sowing, some seeds fell alongside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on rocky ground where there was not much soil, and they immediately sprang up because the soil was not deep. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. 8 Still others fell on the fine soil, and they began to yield fruit, this one 100 times more, that one 60, the other 30.”
 Context…seed–Kingdom message…opportunity to satisfy need and different heart conditions…verses 3 & 4 seed didn’t grow? why? so much activity coming and going along roadside…not taking time to absorb spiritual food…rocky road – no root- tribulation/trials/hardship at once stumbled–difficulty and stopped growing spiritually. Thorns…anxiety of this system –deceptive power of riches, chokes it!
need to analyze our circumstances/priorities…anything going on? improper desire for a lot of material things? lack of priority for personal study?
{We can truly be happy by being conscious of our spiritual need…takes time, EFFORT!…can be realized/reached…a healthy place/spiritual paradise. Functioning well–manifesting compassionate ways in various aspects of living and loving.}

“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need,* since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.

footnote *Or “those who are beggars for the spirit.” (Matthew 5:3)

{am i too proud to beg?!}
{am i truly happy?!}
{am i satisfying my spiritual need?!}
7/15 17 @ 7:37 p.m.
*p.s. for clarification talk i heard (not personally wrote) my musings are in {}…this post is a deciphering of my notes of said talk/lecture.
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How Do You…

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know (for sure)??

how can i/(You) tell…

IF

am FULLY

aware of

completely conscious of

a (my)

“spiritual”

“need” (need is different from want)

and whether or

not

that/this

need

is

being

appropriately filled???

 

Do

i

(pretty much)

know

when

i

am

hungry,

right?!

How

do

i know

IF

am

feeding/filling

this

spiritual

hunger/need

appropriately??!

and

nutritiously??!

 

7/12/17@ 8:01 p.m.

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“Sounds of Life” are You Listening??! aka Sounding It Out!

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Heard this intriguing phrase “the sounds of life” in an encouraging talk.

How would You describe the “sounds of life” ??

may be? i’d sum up sounds this way:

Boo-Hoo!:(

and

Woo-hoo!:)

 

(Life is full of extreme happy and extreme sad and everything in between these two states…hmmm.)

What sounds are You making/hearing?…(with my mind or with my mouth? or with my fingers pounding my keyboard?)

my mind is looking forward to any time off…in near future, and my body is looking forward to a cup of tea now. My ears are looking forward to an uplifting song…so, i don’t wallow in my own depths of selfishness…so, i can actively pursue compassion today..and keep working!

EnJOY some Sunshine Reader:) and hope You’re life is full of WOO-HOO’s…:) (aka results of wise choices.) Life gets tricky/complicated…it’s like a new compassion language word..sometimes You gotta s-o-u-n-d it out! (aka look to divine wisdom for help.)

 

 

 

5/31/17 @ 12:41 p.m.

related context (IF needed)…/wellness/2013/06/did-you-hear-that-sound/

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Lunch time?

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Bon Appetit! 🙂

on-line Chinese help…

“màn màn chī” 慢慢吃

This literally means “eat slow”

 

so what are You/am i having for lunch or eating slow(ly)??

Some left-over Yucca from last night’s dinner with a little quinoa with black beans and corn…oh, and two mixed teas: green and an herbal infusion of peppermint, spearmint with tarragon. Yummy! (i messed up the Mojo…burnt the garlic, who does that?!..i am a distracted cooker;)… left it on too high and walked away briefly to do something else, ugh! i’d much rather prepare mind food anyway; that’s my thing.)

好吃
 Yummy
Hào chī

 

Healthy food choices important…also healthy mind food choices.

5/11/17 @ 12:56 p.m.

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A? Walking…Diction ary

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Walking Dictionary…walking dead…words. Let me explain.
No, i am not a know-it-all.  HA! (obviously, need no outward declaration of that fact!;))

I am not a definer/describer of every word out there in any language including my own heart language: English.

However, don’t You find: some words transcend simple definitions. Love. Peace. Compassion. Freedom. Hope. Do we understand love IF we erase the word hate. If we take away war are we left with…Peace?  IF we take the word “bad” out of the dictionary and censor/shun this word completely…does that automatically make us all good?? or kind?!

What about IF we add a bunch of new words…will we adopt new thinking consensus?? will we all speak in agreement?!

Some words are helpful. Some words hurtful and dangerous, scary and deadly, eh?

Do You respect words? (i “try” to carefully choose mine.)  (Ya, i probably should–would do well to expand my vocabulary! Yet, i like the power of small words that pack a big (spiritual/literary/poetic) punch.)

On the practical-side of things…we all need some form of easily comprehended communication and form of understanding, sharing, cooperation whether that is with letters, words, symbols or signs….to function well say as a united-global-brotherhood-of-fellow-fragile-life-inhabiting-Earth…in the pursuit of peace, unity, security.

How else do we describe or determine or decide…without words?! Like all preferences that all of us have no matter who we are or where we live…some of us prefer certain words over others. We usually like the ones that make us individually look and feel good/better. Words that tickle our ears in our comfort consciousness zones.

(It is a useless and futile game of frustration to fight over words.)

Same with numbers…take certain numbers away and do you still have the same amount? or value? money? equations?! May be, money just becomes plain paper…is that what it truly is–a fluctuating, non-fixed variable?…or take words that are empty…valueless…counterfeit aka meaningless.

People are not fixed…our words/our actions…may be our value (in the eyes of someone, or anyone or ourselves) changes…(If we are a person of our word…may be we gain respect (value). If we are someone who is not…may be we lose trust.)

Languages, words, values change over time. (Gain and loss are constants.)

Money can be power. Words can be power.

Both can be printed on paper…both can be burned.

Both can be used to manipulate the masses of mankind. For example, misunderstanding and mislabeling can result in much suffering and death for millions.

So can mis-education. Mis-direction of mis-understanding and mis-labeling.

Missing…out.

Just spell it out joanie!

L.a.w.

an important word to some…e.g., lawyers, judges, etc., people in power over people with limited or no power.

The Bible speaks of an important law that would be written on hearts. The Law of Love. (A law i personally don’t wanna break!) Those who respect this law…live it/communicate it daily (with words/deeds).

Some places of mind oppression persecute people or bully underdogs or express prejudice by enacting or exploiting…man-made law(s) to hurt and to keep those in power/control in power/control.  A large country out there…is using/enforcing the dangerous term “extremist” in an elastic stretch to wrap up and strangle…oppress/ban/prosecute…peace-loving, non-violent, Bible-readers/students, good-citizens of their respective country and good/loving neighbors to their fellow-fragile-life…(they are in my prayers my fellow-brothers & sisters; friends of compassion!) IF i were there in body…i would be mistreated/mislabeled the same way; no doubt. My heart/mind suffers right along with them!:(

All of us…have likes…our favorite friends, books…the Bible, an Awe-inspiring-Masterpiece to say the least, is not

a book to be banned or put on a list of so-called extremist reading!!!…

Nor its readers to be stripped of their fundamental human rights!

…the TRUTH found in the Bible and discovered by those who it set free…cannot be bound by bars nor bans…

nor bogus classifications!

 

4/1/17 @ 9:09 p.m. edited/updated/published 4/4/17 @ 10:18 a.m.

 

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2013, 14, 15, 16 Confessions of a Chocolate Lover

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Confessions of a chocolate lover…FY: i don’t want to stumble any (aka put an obstacle in anyone’s path that could potentially cause a fall) or be pushy as in push (aka potentially injure) any by my personal research/belief(s) system or by my love of chocolate…however, i am NOT/NEVER participating in Halloween whatsoever! (And yes, i share candy with kids; just at other times and for other reasons.) And Yes, i will control any chocolate and/or candy cravings for another day. Sorry, but i (little-fragile-life) refuse to be manipulated and controlled/enslaved by my desire for chocolate…or by threats of treats or tricks by big business or big media, big religion, popular tradition or scary zombies, etc.

for further context IF You choose to read (at your own risk of finding freedom)…check the following out please:)

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Halloween history and customs

Samhain: The origin of Halloween can be traced to this “ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago,” states The World Book Encyclopedia. “The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time. During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead.” However, the Bible clearly teaches that the dead “are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) Thus, they cannot contact the living.

 

Halloween costumes, candy, and trick or treat: According to the book Halloween—An American Holiday, An American History, some of the Celts wore ghoulish costumes so that wandering spirits would mistake them for one of their own and leave them alone. Others offered sweets to the spirits to appease them. In medieval Europe, the Catholic clergy adopted local pagan customs and had their adherents go from house to house wearing costumes and requesting small gifts. The Bible, on the other hand, does not permit merging false religious practices with the worship of God.—2 Corinthians 6:17.

 

Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies: These have long been associated with the evil spirit world. (Halloween Trivia) The Bible clearly states that we should oppose wicked spirit forces, not celebrate with them.—Ephesians 6:12.

 

Halloween pumpkins, or jack-o’-lanterns: In medieval Britain, “supplicants moved from door to door asking for food in return for a prayer for the dead,” and they would carry “hollowed-out turnip lanterns, whose candle connoted a soul trapped in purgatory.” (Halloween—From Pagan Ritual to Party Night) Others say that the lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits. During the 1800’s in North America, pumpkins replaced turnips because they were plentiful as well as easy to hollow out and carve. The beliefs behind this custom—the immortality of the soul, purgatory, and prayers for the dead—are not based on the Bible.—Ezekiel 18:4. (excerpted The Origins of Halloween–What Does the Bible say about them?)

{Personally, some feelings on the matter: i want my kids to enJOY chocolate or candy in moderation at appropriate times throughout the year and not have to feel like they are “entitled” to beg for these or trick/hurt/threaten others, in some way, to get what they want when they expect to get what they want. Nor do i like the idea of them feeling the need to pretend to be something they are not as a method to get what they may want i.e. scary costume, etc. And Yes, my kids have played dress up and pretend as part of their normal growth toward maturity at appropriate times.} i respect other parents may feel differently than me! Plus, my kids are old enough to decide for themselves to participate or not. (Honestly, i am Happy when they make courageous decisions that are different from the popular course. Just because the crowd does it, does not mean i want my kids involved…depends.)

10/29/16 @ 5:10 p.m

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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr: It’s COLD

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Hats off (i mean hats on) to all You BRAVE hearts enduring the bitterly cold weather (wherever and in whatever form it takes)!!:) This is a (semi) cold morning for us folks here in Florida. Listening to “winter” ish wind whip up (as i compose this piece) brings me back to my New England weather days (except i’m missing snow). AND…Where’s the hot coco?:)

Getting the little girls off to school this morning…puttering down the road in a cold car with cold engine (for the first time in years) got me thinking/asking: am i spoiled/complacent now by mild weather conditions these past 13 years?? It’s good my kids are getting to experience a tiny taste of what life is like for those of us who do not have (our) circumstances of living in tropical paradise.

We are all products of our conditioning: extreme or other…our minds and bodies molded. Who, what, where, why and when…has or is molding our thinking, doing, living, weathering??

The media/governments/religions/big businesses of this world exert MUCH influence over many…are we accepting, conforming and being controlled, molded into something (for the powers that be) to utilize/exploit/abuse, etc?!

Some stuff i’ve read & have encouraged my kids/teens to think about:

Ask yourself: ‘Does the way I dress, act, and speak really reflect who I am, or am I merely mimicking the stereotype I see depicted in the media?’

  “And 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.” (Romans 12:2)
  • any who think they’re carving out their own identity are merely conforming to an identity that’s been handed to them.“I see it in my little sister,” says a young woman named Karen. “She pretends not to care about anything but clothes and boys. She’s smart, and I know that she has other interests, but she plays dumb because she thinks that’s the only way she can be like ‘all the other girls.’ And she’s only 12!”

    The stereotype does not reflect what all teenage girls want to be. “In the media, girls are shown as self-obsessed, ditzy, and prone to do immature things, but I think most of us have fairly good judgment,” says 15-year-old Alexis. “We have other things in our lives besides daydreaming about some cute guy.”

    The Bible says: “Mature people . . . have their powers of discernment trained to distinguish both right and wrong.”—Hebrews 5:14.

  • Stereotyping serves the interests of marketers—not those of teen girls. Recognizing the potential for profit, powerful industries—including publishing, fashion, technology, and entertainment—start targeting young people before they reach their teens. “Advertisers suggest tweens who don’t have the latest clothes, jewelry, makeup, and electronic products won’t be popular,” says the book 12 Going on 29. “Tweens see seductive commercials on a constant basis, even before they understand what the seduction is about.” `excerpt: Why Reject the Media Stereotype?—Part 1: For Girls

 Not only do powerful industries, governments, etc…want us all (younger and older) to hand over our power/our pocket books, but our minds and bodies too…NO THANKS…i’m NOT BUYING…(nor selling)…

While trying to keep warm…aka ALIVE! Where’s my hat?:)

 

(published 1/8/15 @ 10:42 a.m.)

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