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Avoiding Pollution

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 “You must not pollute the land in which you live, for [the shedding of human] blood pollutes the land.”​—Num. 35:33, 34.

Thank You Reader, Fellow-Fragile-Life, for Choosing Compassion Everyday and treating All-Fellow-Fragile-Life the way You would want to be treated. 🙂 (Jesus, Sage of Peace, taught this Golden Rule of Living Kindness, Compassion, Forgiveness, and Agape Love.)

Don’t You think HIGH respect for life…results in safe-r choices of actions and interactions with all fragile-life on the planet?!

Bible education promotes peace and respecting life and not shedding blood. It promotes compassion and forgiveness and respect and love for life and fellow-life globally!:)

This topic…reminds me of this great illustration read:

“Happy are the peacemakers,” Jesus said. (Matthew 5:9) Jesus practiced what he preached by promoting nonviolence and taking a message of peace to people of diverse religious backgrounds. (Matthew 26:52) Those who responded were drawn into an unbreakable bond of love. (Colossians 3:14) But was Jesus’ objective merely to build bridges among people of various backgrounds so that they could get along in peace? Did he join with others in their religious practices?

The religious leaders of the sects of the Pharisees and the Sadducees viciously opposed Jesus—even sought to kill him. How did he react? Jesus instructed his disciples: “Let them be. Blind guides is what they are.” (Matthew 15:14) Jesus refused to acknowledge spiritual brotherhood with such individuals.

The International Space Station—a technological wonder orbiting the earth—is the result of the united efforts of some 15 nations. Could you imagine this project being accomplished if the participating nations did not agree on what blueprint to use?

That, essentially, is the situation with the modern-day interfaith movement. Although cooperation and respect are touted, there is no agreed-upon blueprint for building faith. As a result, moral and doctrinal issues remain as divisive as ever.

The Bible contains God’s standards, which are like a blueprint. We can build our lives on what the Bible says. Those who have embraced it have overcome racial and religious prejudices and have learned to work together in peace and unity. Foretelling this, God said: “I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, so that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.” Unity results from the “pure language,” God’s standard of worship.—Zephaniah 3:9; Isaiah 2:2-4. [excerpted reading reference: Interfaith Is it God’s Way? w 3/2014]

Happy Week-end…working together in Peace & Unity!:)

7/29/17 @ 4:40 p.m.

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“Nǐ​ Hǎo” and “Chào Bạn”

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have

had

my

fair share

and

(unfair share)

of

challenges

in

(my) life…(mostly likely You:) Reader have had the same: fair/unfair challenges to face in life)

so

why

NOT??

escape

those

challenges (“say” by focusing positive attention…)

with

language

challenges (of choice)??

God has helped me thus far with (life) challenges…

so (in comparison)

what’s learning Chinese and Vietnamese??! (for a native English speaker like me;))

 

[just trying my “reasonable” not perfectionistic best…to expand my abilities to better communicate with fellow-breathing-fragile-life in my  local community and elsewhere.]

 

7/12/17 @ 12:09 p.m.

 

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Friends of …

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PEACE! are all over this globe…they may personally be far from me (and i may not know them personally), but they are close to my heart! Anyone Young or Old that values peace…and lives peace/an example for me!

Look at these beautiful young people, (discovered this video yesterday)…they make me 🙂

General Question for Meditation:

Do we, fellow-fragile-life, wear our values?!

 

(muted photo taken? a couple months ago?…salmon and black blouse…silver bracelets and necklace (trees)…gifts and hold certain sentimental/symbolic meaning for me…e.g., compassion, family, love, peace, motherhood/marriage, divine sovereignty, longevity, life etc., etc., etc….) Just reminders of my daily responsibilites/intentions of living…etc. in this fleeting-fragile-life!

What values am i wearing today??

THANK YOU READER:) for VALUING PEACE (and pursuing it)!!!:) (oh, and for choosing compassion every minute of every day! HOORAY!..FOR YOU READER, i know You’re a Friend of Peace! am always in need of another friend from whom i can learn lots!:)

6/8/17 @ 8:49 a.m.

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A Mild Tongue

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A gentle tongue can break a bone.Prov. 25:15.

In my POV, the silent treatment is less effective than a mild tongue.  To effectuate positive change(s)…is ignoring the person and/or the problem (indefinitely) a mature course of action/non-action?! Gentle speech even when under provocation can have better results.

A mild* gentle answer turns away rage,

But a harsh* painful word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

(Sometimes, i analyze/wonder IF certain areas/aspects of my life/relationships would improve IF i was a better communicator?) Gentle and compassionate communication certainly contributes to PEACE!

We all contribute to (emotional) climate…may be the ultimate climate control is a mild tongue!:)

PEACE always Reader:)

i’ll contribute to the quiet/serenity and shut up now;)

6/2/17 @ 11:22 a.m.

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A Recent Public Conversation

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(whith potential to help many? families/friends)…You:) Decide…

 

5/31/17 @ 2:52 p.m.

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Sunday 4/16/17

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So Sunday…just getting home; off goes my purple blazer…plopping down in a comfy chair–snap!…reflecting/meditating/”capturing” a moment about…

an important topic (my Fam and i heard an afternoon talk) “pursuing peace in an angry world.

Have You noticed?? how “many” are very upset, ANGRY and on the verge of losing it whether on the road or at the store or anywhere these days?? (Yes, we are all tired, over-worked, hurt, humiliated, sick, in pain, rejected, dejected, and stressed out, huh?!)

“Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man (person) we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Practical (Scriptural) Points to Help Us All…Pursue Peace with Fellow-Fragile-Life:

“Let go of anger and abandon rage;

Do not become upset and turn to doing evil.”

* (Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”) Psalm 37: 8, 9

Cultivate Peace: Being Kind. (When we choose to treat Others the way we would like to be treated (kindly, compassionately, and with respect); we don’t retaliate aka seek/scheme our own personal sense of justice by seeking some sort of vengeance: ouch!) Rather, we improve (IF possible) the situation/relationship by doing the kind/compassionate thing…anyway…e.g., “But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” * (That is, to soften the person and melt his hardness.)

We are all responsible for peace between fellow-fragile-life at home, in our respective communities, and globally…we can play a part in breaking the cycle of anger, hate, and violence:

Return evil for evil to no one. . . . If possible, as far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men.”—Romans 12:17, 18.

 THANK YOU so MUCH READER:) for PURSUING PEACE!!:)

4/19/17 @ 6:53 p.m.

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Paradise…Possible!

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Recent Readings…check it out:)..no time to discuss; just time to copy & paste…article: “Paradise on Earth​—Fantasy or Reality?” W No. 4 2017…enJOY…(Happy Sunday to You Reader!:))

Paradise! Colorful travel brochures make tempting offers for us to fly away to some distant “paradise” to relax and forget all our worries and troubles. But as we know all too well, when we return home, the realities of life remain much the same as they were when we left them.

PARADISE TRADITION

Over the centuries, people have been intrigued by the idea of paradise. For many, their interest was prompted by the mention in the Bible of “a garden in Eden, toward the east.” What made that garden so attractive? The account tells us: “Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food.” That garden was a pleasing and good place. Most captivating of all, there was “also the tree of life in the middle of the garden.”—Genesis 2:8, 9.

In addition, the Genesis account mentions four rivers flowing out of the garden. Two of those rivers are still known to us today—the Tigris (or, Hiddekel) and the Euphrates. (Genesis 2:10-14; footnote) These two rivers flow into the Persian Gulf through what is now Iraq, formerly part of ancient Persia.

Understandably, earthly paradise is very much a part of Persia’s cultural heritage. A 16th-century Persian carpet, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., shows a walled garden with trees and flowers woven into its design. The Persian word for “walled garden” also means “paradise,” and the scene on the carpet mirrors the Bible’s description of the beautiful and luxuriant garden of Eden.

In fact, stories of paradise are retold in many languages and cultures around the world. As the human family migrated to different parts of the earth, they carried with them versions of the original account, which, over centuries of time, became blended with beliefs and legends that developed locally. Even today, people almost instinctively describe places of great natural beauty as paradise.

Some explorers claimed to have located the lost paradise. For example, Charles Gordon, a British army general, on visiting the Seychelles in 1881, was so impressed by the luxuriant beauty of the Vallée de Mai—now a World Heritage site—that he declared it to be the garden of Eden. In the 15th century, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus wondered if he was close to rediscovering the Edenic garden when he landed on the island of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Mapping Paradise, a modern history book, contains details of more than 190 ancient maps, many showing Adam and Eve in Eden. Among them is an unusual map from a 13th-century copy of the Beatus of Liébana manuscript. At its top is a small rectangle with paradise in the center. From there flow four rivers, labeled “Tigris,” “Eufrates,” “Pison,” and “Geon,” each to one of its four corners, supposedly representing the spread of Christianity to the four corners of the earth. Such depictions show that although the location of the original Paradise was unknown, memories of it evidently remained as attractive as ever.

 John Milton, a 17th-century English poet, is known for his poem Paradise Lost, based on the Genesis account of Adam’s sin and expulsion from Eden. In it he highlighted the promised restoration of everlasting life on earth for humans, declaring: “For then the earth shall all be paradise.” Subsequently, Milton wrote a sequel entitled Paradise Regained.

Clearly, the concept of a lost earthly paradise is a golden thread running through human history. So why is it now ignored? Basically because, as Mapping Paradise observes, “theologians have . . . turned their back firmly on the issue of the location of paradise.”

Most churchgoers are taught that their ultimate destiny is heaven, not life in an earthly paradise. Yet the Bible says at Psalm 37:29: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” Since our world today is hardly a paradise, what hope is there that this promise will ever be fulfilled? 

Paradise Earth-Wide Will Be a Reality…

Jehovah God, who created the original Paradise, has promised to restore what was lost. How? Recall that Jesus taught us to pray: “Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” (Matthew 6:10) That Kingdom is a world government in the hands of Jesus Christ that will replace all human rule. (Daniel 2:44) Under the rule of that Kingdom, God’s will regarding a paradise earth will “take place.”

Why can we be sure that the hope of Paradise on earth is not fantasy but reality? Because the Bible tells us: “As for the heavens, they belong to Jehovah, but the earth he has given to the sons of men.” The hope of Paradise on earth is one that “God, who cannot lie, promised long ago.” (Psalm 115:16; Titus 1:2) What a wonderful prospect the Bible offers—Paradise forever!

This topic “Eden” has been more than a fascination, for me, for years…check out this related reading IF You choose:

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Peace & Paradise to You Reader:)

4/9/17 @ 11:35 a.m.

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Recycle Day

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YAY!:) it’s recycle day! aka Thursday..(yeah, i’m probably the only weirdo;) on my block…who gets pumped UP to see the recycle truck stopping in front of my house taking my recyclables away!-Hooray; i LOVE organization.) Usually over-stuff my GIANT bin (when in the middle of organizing projects aka simplifying my life) and this morning, it wouldn’t close and alas, some bottles failed to make it in the truck spilling on the grass.  (UGH!, was hoping everything would go.) Scooped them up and bottles will wait in the bin till…(or IF my kids find some creative use before next week).

oh yeah, joanie’s ostensibly making small talk…how else do you (politely/tactfully/indirectly) get around to the BIG talk?!…and/or get mind off of big grief/worries/stress/concerns, etc?

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO

(not sweating the big stuff while fretting over the small stuff?!;)

BIG stuff…

will my new kitty make it? will my old friend (cousin) make it?

will the planet make it?

will my oldest daughter make it? (safely…in time…to pick up my youngest from school.)

etc.

etc,

etc.,

will i make it?

PEACE!:)

 

 

10/27/16 @ 2:57 p.m.

 

 

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Being a Loser

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Being a loser helps maintain unity: HUH?!

It takes at least two to argue, but when one begins listening instead of speaking, a heated exchange may start to cool down. Therefore, resist the urge to retaliate when provoked. Maintain your own self-respect and dignity by controlling yourself. Remember, peace in the family is more important than winning arguments. “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out, and where there is no slanderer, quarreling ceases.”—Proverbs 26:20. (How to Stop Strife in the Home article excerpt)

PEACE is more important than winning. Self-Control and r&r (resisting retaliation) and listening..promote peaceful communications within our immediate family as well as global family of fragile-life.

Question(s) for Consideration:

Do i like winning?

Do i do whatever it takes to win?

Do i like losing?

Do i do whatever it takes to lose?

Losing/winning…being a loser of arguments means being a winner of greater prizes: PEACE & UNITY!:)

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Pebble

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“When I first saw You with those little kids…I knew” : “I knew …You were a fighter Joanie!” …words from an older-more-experienced-life, Créole-English-speaking Friend of mine…. referring to meeting/getting to know me, years ago, when my kids were really young… about 10 years ago… she sees me still…hanging on (in my compassion fight/spiritual battle/quest to make the truth my own/surviving)… an unexpected assessment…a different view of seeing myself brought to my attention/brought into focus from an unexpected encounter this past week-end… whatever i’ve accomplished/fought in the past or today… this skinny, little underdog… scrappy piece of scrap paper… you know the kind… crumpled with a bunch of scribbles/hieroglyphics on it… that some don’t readily read carefully or decipher & just toss away…(is tired today May 11, 2015).

I’m sick of certain battles (i.e. of the petty)…like another cold, ugh! all of it (pain/suffering, etc.) will be worth it… when it’s all done… and (my hope) i end up on the right side/innocent side of compassion (from the God of compassion’s viewpoint that is–not man’s narrow viewpoint!)
 Some want… fame, fortune, beauty, money, flight/freedom…. their lists, bucket or to do, are endlessly ambitious… me..i want a little white psephon (pebble)! (may be ? i’m the most ambitious of all??)
Pebbles were used in courts of justice in rendering judgment or voicing an opinion of either innocence or guilt. White pebbles were used for pronouncing innocence, acquittal; black ones for pronouncing guilt, condemnation. The white pebble given to the conqueror therefore appears to mean Jesus’ judgment of him as innocent, pure, clean. (excerpt Insight Books) 
 NAH! I’ll NEVER give up… just choosing my battles carefully (and my closer companions, too)… compassion is a fight worth fighting!…(got my priorities straight, huh?)
A friend or foe (of compassion) is hard to know…(at times) but… pursuing peace with everybody is my only way to go. Yet, i’m not gonna compromise compassion ethics to please people..
Sha·lohmʹ, the Hebrew word rendered “peace,” refers to the state of being free from war or disturbance (Jg 4:17, 1Sa 7:14; 1Ki 4:24; 2Ch15:5; Job 21:9; Ec 3:8); it can convey the idea of health, safety, soundness (Ge 27:14, ftn), welfare (Ge 41:16), friendship (Ps 41:9), and entirety or completeness (Jer 13:19). The Greek word for peace (ei·reʹne) has taken on the same broad connotations as the Hebrew word sha·lohmʹ and may express the ideas of well-being, salvation, and concord, in addition to the absence of conflict. It occurs in the farewell exclamation “go in peace,” which somewhat corresponds to the expression ‘may it go well with you.’—Mr 5:34; Lu 7:50;8:48; Jas 2:16; compare 1 Sa 1:17; 20:42; 25:35; 29:27;2Sa 15:19; 2Ki 5:19. (excerpted..You guessed it: Insight Vol 2)
May it go well with YOU:)….(& me).
Peace & Pebble… possible? (YES!…w/patience.)
(published 5/12/15 @10:32 a.m.)
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