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July 4th, 2017: a FREE day??

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Heard a ridiculous stat (on news) about hotdog consumption…(on 4th & Memorial Day BBQ’s) 118 hot dogs per second! Of concern to me–how pets and people (those suffering from PTSD, etc.) adversely affected by the noise/big booms of fireworks…(also, firework safety/accidents, etc.)

PLEASE! think about it? these “fake” so-called “holy” (sacred?!) days (in America and Elsewhere)..are hurting people!…and trees and turkeys and planet!…all the over-consumption, tree-chopping, turkey-killing, over-drinking, over-eating, etc. going on and over-spending and lack of healthy moderation…from drunk driving to operating under the strong influence of something/some drug of choice…say like too much candy on Halloween; You name it. (All the combined, various, exhaustive/time-consuming/(life-consuming) rituals performed…year after year!) Or say the other “unbalanced” extreme…excessive dietary and Other restrictions imposed on adherents.

Come on, there is no denying the commercialism attached to these specific days and the robotic manipulation and enslavement of the masses to perform, buy, eat, drink…oh, yeah…BE FREE!??…uh-huh…no! (No Thank You from me!) not “true” freedom…people are programmed, coerced through culture, family, peer pressure to participate in one way or another!

Some may think these holidays, etc. enrich our lives somehow…but, they do the opposite…you cannot fill a deep void or a spiritual need with surface materialism. (The hunger remains.) And You cannot fill a true/healthy spiritual hunger/need (say for veggies) with pseudo-spirituality (unhealthy junk food) either!

“Material wealth is inferior to spiritual riches.” [Excerpted article reading: Seeking Riches That Are True–July 2017]

i invite any Reader:) today, July 4th, or any day YOU so Choose…to take a “tiny”  independent step toward real freedom…and read the following excerpt and reflect on Your choices/Your options to NOT participate in certain rituals.

TODAY’S economic system is harsh and unfair. Young people search in vain for employment. Many risk their lives to move to more prosperous lands. Poverty is widespread, even in affluent lands. And the gap between rich and poor is widening. According to recent estimates, the richest 1 percent of the earth’s population have as much wealth as the rest of its inhabitants combined. While such a figure is difficult to confirm, no one disputes that billions of people are desperately poor, while others have enough wealth to last for many lifetimes. Jesus recognized this harsh reality with the words: “You always have the poor with you.” (Mark 14:7) Why such inequality?

  Jesus understood that the current economic system would not change until God’s Kingdom comes. Along with the political and religious elements, the greedy commercial system, represented by “the merchants” of Revelation 18:3, constitutes part of *Satan’s world. [*God of this world/System of Things aka Arch-enemy of True God of Compassion Yahweh (Hebrew) Jehovah (English). Satan and cohorts fight/oppose Compassionate Rulership of Yahweh/Jehovah.]

 [a woman relates]“By being materially generous, I have experienced an unusual phenomenon within myself over the years. I find that the more generous I am materially, the more generous my disposition toward others has become. I am more generous in being forgiving, in being patient with others, and in being able to accept disappointments and counsel.” Many have learned that generosity is spiritually enriching.—

Ps. 112:5

It goes well for the man who generously* (graciously) lends.

He conducts his affairs with justice.

Prov. 22:9

The generous person* (he with a good eye) will be blessed,

For he shares his food with the poor.

How Can I minimize involvement with the commercial world?

Resisting the pressures of advertising and the world around them, they remember the principle: “The borrower is a slave to the lender.” (Prov. 22:7) Satan would like nothing better than to have us spend all our time and energy as slaves to his commercial world. Some decisions could keep us in financial bondage for years. Huge home mortgages, lingering student loans, expensive car payments, even extravagant weddings can result in great financial pressure. We demonstrate practical wisdom when we simplify our life and reduce debt and expenses, setting ourselves free […]

When God’s Kingdom* (*Spiritual (actual) Government rulership based on Compassion) does come, rent and mortgages will cease, food will be free and plentiful, health-care costs will disappear. Jehovah’s earthly family will enjoy the best that the earth has to offer. Gold, silver, and gems will be for adornment, not for investment or hoarding. High-quality materials of wood, stone, and metal will be freely available to build beautiful homes. Friends will assist us for sheer satisfaction, not for money. A new system of sharing earth’s bounties will be a way of life. [excerpted reading : Seeking Riches That Are True–July 2017]

True Freedom a “new system of sharing earth’s bounties” a way of life…not under robotic compulsion, but generously/willingly with a heart full of unselfish love for fellow-fragile-life every day of the year!:)

7/4/17 @ 6:42 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Shut Up! Justice? Really? or Else? (What!)

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Taganrog Court Convicts Jehovah’s Witnesses for Practicing Their Faith

The judge had scheduled to announce the verdict on July 28, 2014, but he adjourned to the following day. On July 29, the judge read the 100-page decision all day and continued on the morning of July 30.

On July 30, 2014, the Taganrog City Court convicted and sentenced 7 of the 16 Witnesses in Taganrog for attending and organizing their peaceful religious meetings. They were prosecuted merely for carrying out the same religious activity that Jehovah’s Witnesses perform around the world. This verdict sets a dangerous precedent in restricting religious freedom for Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout Russia.

Victor Zhenkov, one of the attorneys in the case, stated: “I fear what the decision portends for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. Law enforcement authorities in Taganrog and throughout Russia can use this decision in a propaganda campaign to continue harassing and persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses with the real threat of imprisonment merely for practicing their faith.”

(For related context check out:Today’s Date is July 10, 2014, correct??)

Are Judges judging justly?! (You judge?/You decide?)

Judges Struggle With Their Own Conscience When Required to Ignore Conscience of Others

The presiding judge of the Suwon District Court wept as she read the prison sentence for 21-year-old Chang-jo Im, a conscientious objector to military service. Although the judge had handed down verdicts that day in five other criminal cases without any signs of distress, the injustice of this case moved her to tears. Having no other option, she sentenced this young man, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, to 18 months’ imprisonment.

In his decision regarding one conscientious objector, Judge Young-sik Kim states: “The justices hardly believe that they are ‘punishing criminals’ when they deal with conscientious objectors.” The conflict he felt caused him to question the validity of the draft evasion statute as a sentencing guideline for conscientious objectors.

“The ultimate goal of protecting freedom of conscience by the Constitution as a fundamental right is to protect individuals’ conscience, which form the basis for human worth and dignity. . . . Though their decision to reject military service does not harmonize with the majority’s idea, it would be difficult to argue that their decision amounts to a serious antisocial or antinational crime that deserves strict sanction by directly invoking the criminal punishment.”–Judge Hye-won Lim, Suwon District Court, February 21, 2013, 2012Chogi2381.

“Deciding the relationship between oneself and others . . . [and] giving serious consideration to the ‘value of human existence’ is an integral process of forming one’s character. It also embraces the decision not to deprive anyone of his or her life, even under an armed conflict. If those [who have made] such decisions are forced to perform the military duty or compelled to take up arms and are invariably subjected to punishment if they refuse to perform such a duty, it would amount to denying their rights and their identity. Surely it violates human dignity.”–Judge Young-hoon Kang, Seoul North District Court, January 14, 2013, 2012Chogi1554.

“There is no sufficient reason to claim that national security will be severely endangered to an extent that it would be impossible to protect human dignity and [the] value of all citizens when a minority, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, . . . refuses to take up arms and perform military training. In fact, the defendant . . . has already refused to perform military duty despite punishment. If the claim [were] sufficiently grounded, national security and human dignity and the value of all citizens would already be in serious danger.”–Judge Seung-yeop Lee, Ulsan District Court, August 27, 2013, 2013Godan601.

Check out the Numbers: South Korea

  • Witnesses sentenced to prison each month for conscientious objection: 40-50

  • Witnesses now imprisoned for conscientious objection: 602

  • Total of Witnesses imprisoned for conscientious objection since 1950: 17,840

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Rescued by Forgiveness

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Go ahead… go on..i
DARE!
You…(smile)

ASK ?

Me.

(you know– not having any plugins on this blog or statistical dashboard analytics to read/review…key words to worry/ponder about… keeps me in the “dark!” I’m not afraid of the dark… though, I could be in the dark about any on-line stalkers, huh?)

It’s sad that some misuse/abuse the dark… to exploit others or to carry out crimes against fellow-fragile-life!:(

But, I give You:), any Reader, the benefit of the doubt… You will not misuse/abuse my darkness for your own advantage…PEACE &.THANK YOU!:)

I can write freely cause I don’t know for sure… or rather: I don’t have any plugin(s) “subjectively judging” my writing/thoughts/worth… as to likes or hates or tweets or who(m) may or may not be reading my posts.

Though I have FAITH!

My posts are being read…or

Someone is being

Fed, eh?!:)

HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….:)

ANYBODY/ANYMIND…out there in virtual reading land reading me… aka as my writing??

IF so…I dare YOU:)

to

leave

me

a question below…. later or now.

Oh, I’m positive, You can think up a variety of interesting questions… for the sake of compassion, however, PLEASE, PLEASE… keep them on the nice/positive/kind side! THANKS a BUNCH!:)

{It would be really FUN for me, IF any reader could stump me with a Biblical question.  How about asking me a biblical/spiritual question… and i’ll try my best to give a reasonable answer.}

Okay: so IF You read my last entry/post: Rescued from Distress, You realize I was heading out the door to make it to a talk…I took some notes as usual.

Did you know ? there is research circulating somewhere that I’ve read..the benefits of hand-writing notes over typing notes during a lecture/talk…that you process/learn better, etc..I use to know short-hand as a teen/young adult..lack of use, I’ve forgotten most of it.. just take long-hand/cursive notes: sometimes direct quotes or just paraphrasing…i write very fast/scribble-lol

So, looking over my scribbles… btw: this talk was given by an older gentleman who works compassionately in the jails…here in FL w/the so-called hardened criminals for the past 3 years… the in it for life-ers…some have killed their wives, etc. He spoke with such respect/affection for these ones he meets with in prison…1 prisoner mentioned that day in and day out same coldness climate and the only thing that keeps him going aka gives him hope is the 2 hour weekly visit by this gentleman and the positive Biblical stuff he shares with him..for those 2 hours, it’s the only “warmth” (compassion) this guy feels in life…” life” in jail/isolated antartica.

Actually… that brought me to tears;(… the stuff he mentioned about the prisoners…I asked him if my kids and I could give them something via him to give to the prisoners: a kind word/letter to not give up hope  or a kids’ happy drawing for some encouragement… he said NO… the gangs inside might misinterpret and could/would kill the prisoner(s) for some infraction. The prison gangs have their own live/comply or die rules, eh?!

(Most abusers of power have their own live-comply-or die rules, huh??)

i heard an AMAZING point/thought on PERFECTION & Forgiveness… that I LOVED!!… will elaborate “later.”

One of the prisoners… who had murdered…was quite upset over something he misunderstood: that he was beyond forgiveness by God because he murdered.  The gentleman shared scriptures with him about how God forgives in a LARGE way…(and there are recorded Biblical examples of previous murderers who were forgiven)… the prisoner’s whole demeanor/attitude changed for the positive!:)

Regardless of our circumstances, it is comforting to bear in mind that Jehovah is as he described himself to Moses—“a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth, preserving loving-kindness for thousands, pardoning error and transgression and sin.” Jehovah has not changed.—Ex. 34:6, 7.

Some may feel powerless to change (for the better/healthier: physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually)… forgiveness rescues us all in and out of prison bars (literal or figurative)!… it changes us… just knowing someone releases You:) from Your offense (of course, that doesn’t always imply release from prison… we still may pay consequence, eh?).. but the peace of mind in knowing you’re forgiven–gives some the motivation/power to forgive themselves and positively move forward to recovery.

Let’s face it… for the most part, most of us muddle through life… non/dis-functioning… we have bodies and minds that just don’t work correctly/Well… eyes, kidneys, pancreas, liver or whatever… mental illness… we may let addiction, anger, fear, greed control us and rule us… bringing us to the grave or guard… prison.

What’s bringing You and Where?!

lol…Teeth and kids… bringing me to dentist and now running out to Park… today.

Later:)

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Finals, Flowers, Farewells

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Finals/farewells…last week of virtual and brick n’ mortar learning for the kids here in Port Charlotte, Florida…though, little do they (entirely) realize they will still be (home) schooling over the SUMMER…Summer school ain’t so bad–in Mommy’s relatively relaxed atmosphere…no pressure to perform perfectly, no unrealistic expectations…just expecting them to gradually go from immaturity to maturity at their personal pace of progress.

i say: LET KIDS PLAY…it’s a great teacher, eh?!

Learning/applying principles and not letter of the law type living/learning IS my goal for them….life long learners and agape livers is what we want to achieve.

Do i have enough patience??? to let them learn at their own rate/pace…some days: yes.  some days: no.

{learning takes (some) messes and i’m sorta sick/tired of cleaning up actually (literally & figuratively)…you know, the consistent-non-stop-demands of mom-wife-friend-fragile-life…etc.}

it’s exhausting but ultra-satisfying work…the constant work demands on me….and my family…and the kids…and due to our personal circumstances…

PLEASE People i ENTREAT YOU: kids are kids…STOP!!! TAKING THEIR CHILDHOOD(s) AWAY to PLEASE STUPID STANDARDS of SUPERFICIAL SUCCESS!!

Honestly, i sorta hate grades…i sorta hate marks…aren’t marks aka scars…some teachers just don’t get it/me…i really don’t care about all the tests and grading, etc. aka LABELS and labeling..i am totally HAPPY with whatever my kids learn and whenever they learn it. They are putting forth their best effort.

Mind You, the girls have enJOYed and loved their classroom teachers, etc…and on their own wanted to express appreciation/gratitude/compassion by giving flowers…they were so Happy to pass out a bunch of flowers to the principal et al…including to my surprise: my youngest daughter…who seems to have the ability to see a lot of good in those whom others see not as-much…e.g., a certain cafeteria lady/teacher that can be very strict/and seemingly stern…slightly intimidating to adults too.

YEAH, i want my kids doing well..being kind...being compassionate…but transitory temporary comparisons..i don’t like much. They are doing fine in my value system…REAL FINE. They don’t have to be valedictorian (and)…to have a powerful/positive voice/example to their class.

STOP! DEMANDING ME/US…to conform…i NEVER will……………………..NEVER and will never require my kids to conform to this world’s standards… of whatever.

Compassion/True Agape Love is our standard…VALUE…so:

(metaphorically speaking) i SPIT at so-called academia, i SPIT at so-called media, i SPIT at demand-errrrs/oppressors…i SPIT at so-called success that requires conforming (to the popular course)…partially, cause i have an awful-green head cold -lol and partially cause…they et al… have made me sick and others too…fed up??

Seriously, how can i respect those who have absolutely no respect for compassion and differences of/in learning?!?!

Freedom is NOT forcing kids to so-call pass a one-size fits all test/measurement. (Freedom is the needed flexibility for kids to actually learn according to their individualized abilities.)

i am SUPER PROUD of all that my kids have accomplished despite adversities pecularily their own, constant challenges, putting up with us (their goofy parents and our limitations) and chronic illness in our family…and the perseverance on the part of my 15 year old son…taking a tough course he didn’t like, mountains of work…on topic totally unappealing to him…he just scaled a good portion of HIS Everest yesterday…he pulled basically an all-nighter/all-dayer to finish on time: the course and life lesson of over-coming procrastination & practicing self-discipline!!:) …he has his final exam tomorrow…poor kid and on a SUNDAY.

i LOVE YOU L-P!!!!! Good job son!!!

Anyway, to discreetly let me know…he reached it: his mountaintop… (a boy who plays my heart strings well..with his sense of humor, etc) …walks quietly up behind me, gently places a headset on my ears…and this song playing: ENJOY:)

Go! You Can Do It: SUCCEED: ALL CHAMPIONS OF COMPASSION!!!

No Losers: Fighters of Compassion: Everyday living LOVE!:)

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