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S & L

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snoozing and losing

snooze much–lose much??

snooze little–lose little??

NO Snoozing–NO Losing?! 🙂

(Not talking physical sleep; spiritual slumber is harmful whereas physical sleep restorative.)

An observation: imperfect: mine:

Some of us lose out on a lot spiritually sleep walking through much of our lives. We are caught unawares and unwise. With our mind’s eyes shut/closed…We fail to prioritize the most important components of life which would bring us the deepest satisfaction and happiness…and JOY. (My P.O.V.)

I don’t get enough physical sleep mostly due to forces beyond my control, (that’s my excuse and i’m sticking with it for now;) i.e. sick kid(s)/family member(s), etc. And force within my self-control…UP too late learning)…attempting to know what i don’t now know.

Wish i could sleep when i want/need to sleep. Life doesn’t always cooperate, eh?;)

In my personal readings of the Bible…there are warnings to stay on the watch; pay attention—CARE fully. Caring does have something to do with it; for sure. Caring about the correct things…aka what is truly worthy of care/concern.

I CARE ABOUT LIFE! ALL LIFE.

At my mind gym…we had a special visitor this week..who briefly spoke about […] which got my mind churning about “criteria”  for my choices…is the slight inspiration for this post. He brought up 3 topics for consideration which are very practical—for all of us—to deeply consider individually.

  1. morality
  2.  doctrine
  3.  organization

Personally, my base line morality is: RESPECT FOR LIFE. Which is a BIG blanket…comfy! covers;)…many “specifics” in life including bed and bedding. lol:)

Usually, keeps me warm and my conscience feeling healthy…(aka  one thing NOT keeping me up at night.)

my choices, my refrains, my symbolic gestures, etc…i always wear my seat belt and drive the speed limit. I stopped skiing, at Hubby’s request, due to fear of m.a.j.o.r. injuries. Am much better at ice skating, and enJOY that Winter sport; less spills for me. I respect the sacredness of blood, so i don’t consume this life force in any form. I respect young life, so no abortion. I respect old life, so i respect authority; accept counsel from my parents, grandparents and feel elderly ones are a source of wisdom and should be loved and taken care. I respect male life and female life and innate differences are valued by me which entails/encompasses cooperation, peace.

Also, “Potential” is a value…potential life–should be protected/respected…which means, to me, sex inside marriage. Young/new life is worthy of loving-protective-stable male/female teachers, (e.g., parents aka more experienced life helping inexperienced life succeed with pertinent life lessons).

I believe both males and females aka “parents” “generators” of life: sperm/egg …have much to bring of VALUE to the working/functioning table of life–from which–young/less-experienced/newer on the scene/life can learn/need to learn.

I respect animal life, though, i do eat meat in moderation. (So, this shows/indicates: I elevate/value human/fellow-breathing-fragile-life-species/capacities/potentials over animal/fellow-breathing-fragile-life-species to some degree. I do love animals, too. Especially, the tasty kind, just joking!lol or the fluffy/cute kind!:) I am SERIOUSLY disgusted by wanton abuses and merciless murders of precious life in general. I reject violence. I reject war. I save bugs and don’t stomp on them…cause hey, i am a bug myself. Have annoyed many in my lifetime; i’m sure.:) and maybe?? You Reader:)…find this post pestering?!! OOPS.

I “attempt” to live Agape Love to the best of my very-imperfect abilities in my dealings/interactions/communications with all my fellow-life out of respect & love of life.

I’m glad to be alive! And I Do Respect Others have differing values/criteria and respect they make different choices than me.  I am just “explaining” my personal values/choices and connections…which seem tied & teethered appropriately/logically within frame of Respect For Life moral value.

I don’t mean to be mean…and/or turn this into a long list of do nots…just “brief” examples of how my ‘base’ morality flows: Valuing: “Respect For Life” touches/connects/knots various choices together i personally make.

Doctrine: TRUTH. I investigate/”care” FULLY (cause i care fully) examine everything–of interest–to be sure my knowledge (or acceptance thereof) is reasonably ‘accurate’ on a given topic including religion. (And whether or not Respect For Life is demonstrated/manifested..and how, when, why, where.)

True and false exist. Many of us fail to take the necessary time and/or are mentally lazy, don’t care, and sleepily accept/eat/fall for false notions, outright-obnoxious lies, and incomplete information or mis/disinformation which is distracting, damaging, and/or deadly!:(

Hey, i wanna keep living, THANKS!:)

From my perspective: means Trusting Truth & Respecting Life.

My Respect For Life informs: I don’t want to “stupidly” cut life short or snooze and lose!! or booze..nope, not an over-drinker…my respect for life takes me down the route of m.o.d.e.r.a.t.i.o.n.

(So, i’ve never smoked and never will. I “try” not to make rash/dash…overly-emotional decisions before gathering adequate/enough evidence of accuracy. Which takes time and patience/tenacity /endurance/care…courage.)

Wonder why i’m TIRED!;)

Plus, i’ve found: Truly Respecting Life not only eloooooongates, but ELEVATES quality of living/life.🙂

Organization: When analyzing ANY/ALL organization(s): i.e., government, business, religion, education, club, etc. and/or whether to support or join:

My Morality: “Respect For Life” and Doctrine: “Truth” come into play major.

Does this organization/religion/business/club: Respect Life or Take Life?? What about Truth?? Does this particular organization: teach, implement, practice what is TRUE??! And to a reasonable degree??

to me: it’s not that overly-complicated…trusting truth and respecting life…are simply logical and beneficial🙂…and for myself and for Others

I really appreciate when Others have Respect For Life/my life!!:)

I am spiritually awake to:

  1. Respect For Life (and to what degree/how deeply)?!
  2.  Doctrine: Truth. Is this (?) True/Accurate: (on the surface or deeply)?!
  3. IF ANY ORGANIZATION does not adhere to morality and doctrine 1 + 2 = criteria/test…i take notice. I reject. I abstain.

{Yes, I have other (numbers/values) that can/may be added to my analysis/equation formula…not enumerated above…for the sake of keeping this post: short/concise/simple/succinct as possible.}

And when in doubt, i sit it out…or i research more and remain neutral/non-participatory..because of my deep love & respect for the precious gift of life! 🙂

I accept/realize not everyone sees things/investigates—like me—through this spiritual lens of Respecting Life & Trusting Truth…so, they will view and do differently than me. That is their prerogative!

And whatever our particular prerogatives/our choices–we all live with our own consequences!

Actually, these two values R.L. & T.T. help me feel better/more positively about my very imperfect/very much a work in progress: ever learning/changing self.

THANKS Reader for understanding.

Another “personal” observation: acquired over time: My Day seems to go Okay when i continue Respecting Life & Trusting Truth!:) and these values have been with me since Youth..(i’ll be 50 March 2019)…

Partly because of my Parents. Partly because of my (Bible & Other) education. Partly because of my association. Partly because…

 

 

(2/1/15 @ 3:04p.m.)

Peace/Respect to You Reader:)

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Sticks & Goads

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Yes, there are Sensitive Ones among us Humans. I can be pretty tenacious/stubborn and overly-sensitive, at times. (Especially when  a younger woman.)

Metaphorical/symbolic sticks & goads can be helpful and useful; at critical times in life for us stubborn ones, e.g., me, to keep headed in the healthy/life-preserving direction…when a little too slow to accept/learn an “essential” life lesson for our/my own good/safety.

This goes without saying: am NOT endorsing bullying nor violence: domestic or otherwise whatsoever!!

Taken in context to time of history and surrounding entirety of movie/culture…a classic, The Quiet Man…Watch the movie to put the following—Funny to some of us—clip in context: some may find it offensive, however.

BTW:  She ditched him first and made Hubby walk 5 miles alone; i think trudging through a downpour rain and unfamiliar terrain. Plus giving him grief, etc…as probably only a beloved wife can…way before this scene. (He had been extremely patient and quiet prior.)

i find it funny/odd/curious–the old woman saying…”here’s a stick to beat the lovely lady with.” No!! i don’t believe in physical beatings!! Not men beating women nor women beating men!! It just “strikes” 😉 a funny chord to me/my ‘dark’ sense of humor (on my unsuspecting modern-mind when the old woman interjects with the unexpected surprise stick!), and when taken in context to movie, and with regard to my own personal stubbornness…(perhaps, making things more difficult/complicated than necessary. Some of us stubborn minds may need to be dragged along a little to come to our senses about Truth.) and also, as a new/young wife learning humility when Hubby was graciously/kindly trying to share something very useful that could/would teach me something of value i needed to learn..yep, i can be a know-it-all..ready!;) {In case You Reader:) didn’t figure that out by patiently reading my ramblings…on, and on and on. 😉

i’ve come to appreciate some symbolic sticks of sorts (Divine Leadership)…Am always working on acquiring humility, patience and trying to listen more…and to Hubby. Male perspective/insight/competent-loving leadership is very important to me which i deeply RESPECT; and very helpful/useful i’ve  found as a female.}

Anyway stuff read about kicking the goads…(Divine Leadership)

The goad is compared to the words of a wise person, words that move the listener to advance in harmony with the wisdom heard. (Ec 12:11The figurative expression “kicking against the goads” is drawn from the action of a stubborn bull that resists the prickings of the goad by kicking against it, resulting in injury to himself. The expression, therefore, denotes resisting or rebelling against rightful authority or a condition that cannot be altered, doing so to one’s own injury.

This is exactly what Saul did before becoming a Christian, by fighting against the followers of Jesus Christ, who had the backing of Almighty, Jehovah God.​—Ac 26:14; compare Ac 5:38, 39. [excerpt: Insight on Scriptures “Goad” Vol. 1]

Self-reflection:  Am i kicking against warnings and wise words…arrogantly or unintentionally?! both? 😉

Further excerpted reading IF YOU:) so choose:

Are You “Kicking Against the Goads”? w 2003:

IN BIBLE times, an oxgoad​—a long rod, usually tipped with a sharp metal spike—​was used for driving and guiding draft animals. If the animal stubbornly resisted the prickings of the goad by pushing against it, what was the result? Rather than gaining relief, it only inflicted pain on itself.

The resurrected Jesus Christ spoke of goads when he appeared to a man named Saul, who was on his way to arrest some of Jesus’ disciples.

Out of the midst of a blinding light, Saul heard Jesus say: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? To keep kicking against the goads makes it hard for you.” By maltreating Christians, Saul was actually fighting against God, pursuing a course that could only harm himself.​—Acts 26:14.

Could we also unintentionally be “kicking against the goads”? The Bible likens “the words of the wise ones” to oxgoads that prod us to move forward in the right direction. (Ecclesiastes 12:11The inspired counsel in God’s Word can motivate and guide us correctly​—if we let it. (2 Timothy 3:16) Resisting its proddings can only harm us.

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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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Eye & Tooth

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Spelling. Vocabulary. Comprehension.

Straightforward—aka easily understand to most—on-line dictionary definitions of above-mentioned:

spelling: the process or activity of writing or naming the letters of a word.

vocabulary: the body of words used in a particular language.

words used on a particular occasion or in a particular sphere.
the body of words known to an individual person.

 

comprehension: the action or capability of understanding something.

Many words make up a language. Our individual vocabularies differ as well as our comprehension and spelling skills and/or writing skills.

Two common words spoken/spelled/understood/embodied/expressed/written/lived in both common and uncommon ways by all of us: Love and hate.

Or strong like and/or strong dislike. Or less like or MORE LIKE..lol..:)

various gradients on the love to hate or hate to love spectrum occur.

I love love and i hate hate.

Love and hate can, at times, be viewed as “justice” terms/vocabulary.

When i love, what or who or how i love is “worthy” ? deserving of said love?!

Not to oversimplify the problems afflicting humankind, but to reduce things to a love/hate matter doesn’t seem illogical/unreasonable or overly-emotional to me.

Love and hate…false religion and true religion play major roles throughout history and modern-story continuously and as systems of so-called “justice” “law”…including today 1/23/19…on both the little screen/individual life and on the big screen/society at large.

for example,

i
HATE

false religion!!! (It rears its ugly head in different—even unexpected—places.)

it has destroyed many minds and many lives!!! 🙁 

What goes around, as the truism states, comes around..

And

FALSE RELIGION WILL BE DESERVEDLY DESTROYED!!!

It’s like an intricately decorated fake cake. Eye fooled and tooth deceived by delusions of deliciousness.

Just about everyone would agree not everything labeled “food” is healthy or nutritious, eh?! And BTW: i LOVE ‘real’ Chocolate Cake, Yummy!:)…in moderation.

And OUCH i have a (wisdom) tooth needing pulling.

Some of us can spell f.o.o.d. correctly. Just because i can spell the word doesn’t mean i can cook. Or IF i can cook–i am a good cook. Or just because i enJOY eating doesn’t mean i know how to make or that i indeed make good/healthy eating choices.

C.A.K.E.

Food come in various forms. So does religion.

From my studies, i’ve found it necessary and “healthy” (not just spiritually, but psychologically, mentally, emotionally, and physically) to clearly distinguish/differentiate between “true” and “false”.

Accurate = True. (Healthy for me.)

Inaccurate = False. (Unhealthy for me.)

False religion: It’s like a rotten-broken (so-called wisdom) tooth needing pulling…that causes excruciating pain or worse. 🙁

Or a rotten wood plank…a trap…plummeting people to the pit of hopelessness and despair and death beneath.

(The Bible truthfully foretells an Amazing Time of Divine Justice taking place.)

This will bring GREAT RELIEF TO HUMANITY!!!🙂

Love is the identifying mark of “True” religion.

Some reading:  enJOY Truth seeker…”lex talionis”

  The rule of “an eye for an eye” was part of God’s Law given by Moses to ancient Israel and was quoted by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:​38, King James Version; Exodus 21:24, 25; Deuteronomy 19:21) It meant that when dealing out justice to wrongdoers, the punishment should fit the crime. * (This legal principle, sometimes referred to by the Latin term lex talionis, was also reflected in the legal system of some other ancient societies.)

The rule applied to deliberate injurious acts against another person. Regarding a willful offender, the Mosaic Law stated: “Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, the same sort of injury he inflicted should be inflicted on him.”​—Leviticus 24:20.

The “eye for an eye” rule did not authorize or sanction vigilante justice. Rather, it helped appointed judges to impose punishments that were appropriate, being neither too harsh nor too lenient.

The rule also served as a deterrent to any who would intentionally harm others or scheme to do so. “Those who remain [those who observed God’s justice being carried out] will hear and be afraid,” explained the Law, “and they will never again do anything bad like this among you.”​—Deuteronomy 19:20.

To Whom does this rule apply?

No, this rule is not binding on Christians. It was part of the Mosaic Law, which Jesus’ sacrificial death abolished.​—Romans 10:4.

Even so, the rule provides insight into God’s way of thinking. For example, it shows that God values justice. (Psalm 89:14) It also reveals his standard of justice​—namely, that wrongdoers should be disciplined “to the proper degree.”​—Jeremiah 30:11.

 Misconceptions:

Misconception: The “eye for an eye” rule was excessively harsh.

Fact: The rule did not authorize a heavy-handed, cruel application of justice. Rather, when properly applied, it meant that qualified judges would impose retribution for an offense only after first considering the circumstances involved and the extent to which the offense was deliberate. (Exodus 21:28-​30; Numbers 35:22-​25) The “eye for an eye” rule thus acted as a restraint against extremes in punishment.

Misconception: The “eye for an eye” rule authorized an endless cycle of personal vengeance.

Fact: The Mosaic Law itself stated: “You must not take vengeance nor hold a grudge against the sons of your people.” (Leviticus 19:18) Rather than promoting personal vengeance, the Law encouraged people to trust in God and in the legal system that he had authorized to right any wrongs.​—Deuteronomy 32:35.

quick blurb: (my red & purple highlights)

1/23/19 @ 5:45 p.m.

From my observations/studies: remaining politically neutral at all times: this is the wisest course for me…as well as having no part of false religion and its practices; e.g., vindictive-vigilante justice.

(Religion is a lifestyle.)

(My lifestyle is living–(spelling correctly/comprehending deeply)– Agape Love to the best of my limited abilities.)

Us humans–have the imperfect/sick tendency to take our own limited sense of so-called ‘justice’ into our own ‘little’ hands…leading SADLY to very disastrous results for ourselves and others.:(

THANK YOU READER FOR LIVING AGAPE LOVE aka Divine Justice!:)

 

 

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