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    A PurposeFULL…Life

    Psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl noted: “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” The Scriptures long ago showed that pursuing riches and pleasures without having a deeper purpose in life is empty and unsatisfying. “A mere lover of silver will not be satisfied with silver, neither any lover of wealth with income. This too is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10 [5:9, TNK]) The affluent may seem to enjoy a life of ease and pleasure-seeking, but “even in laughter the heart may be in pain.”—Proverbs 14:13. [excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life? section 2: What Do We Need to Be Happy?]


    softball Sunday

    FL Park

    11/19/17 @ dusk

    some things are black n’ white; somethings not so much…that’s why i need Divine Guidance…to accurately see/understand…life…and what compassionate choices/pursuits/studies/activities are worth my time. “Key” to finding lasting happiness…(and not hurting myself, fellow-fragile-life, and planet Earth…

    “Send out your light and your truth. May these themselves lead me.”—PSALM 43:3.

    How do we even know that there is a Creator?

    Professor George Zinsmeister, formerly of the University of Massachusetts in the United States, believes in God and answers this question in a single word—entropy. He is referring to what scientists term “the second law of thermodynamics.” This law implies something that we all observe. An orderly system, such as a house, cannot come into existence on its own. Yet, our universe consists of countless examples of highly ordered physical and biological systems. All of this is evidence that points to an unimaginably intelligent and powerful Creator.

    Why did God create us?

    Creation was an expression of God’s love. As a loving Father, he wants us to enjoy life and to find pleasure in all the good things he has created for us.—Psalm 92:4 [92:5, TNK].

    What does it mean that God created us “in his image”?—Genesis 1:26, 27.

    God created us with a measure of his own qualities, including the ability to love, to be wise, to be just, and to be creative. He also gave us freedom of choice. When we choose to reflect his qualities, we make him happy. (Proverbs 23:15  “My son, if your heart becomes wise, Then my own heart will rejoice.”) As does any parent, God desires to have intelligent, reasoning children with whom he can communicate and enjoy a meaningful relationship.

    What could we expect our Creator to do for us?

    • “You will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”—JEREMIAH 29:12.

      “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness. . . . For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I myself will help you.’”—ISAIAH 41:10, 13. [excerpted readings: What do We Need to be Happy? section 3 Who Can Give Us Reliable Guidance?]

    perhaps?? this blog is like soft ball (or may be?! i’m just a softie;)…with life’s unexpected events,  you never quite know when: You WILL be up to bat…and i wanna hit it out of the compassion park!:)… (when possible)… don’t wanna strike out aka regret!… nor miss an opportunity to express agape love for fellow-fragile-life.

     *btw: i’m not endorsing Sia/Sean Paul, soft ball per se…a useful metaphor/music (exercise and fun family time)… (rhyme-lol;) laughing cause like the way that sentence rolls of my tongue… got a thing for flowing, flowery, poetry-prose;)…
    Also, You:) (most Readers) have never “actually” met me (in person) Reader:) (that’s probably a good thing; wouldn’t want to be a disappointment to Anybody!)… however, You’d probably agree, there is (undeniable) evidence of my existence, huh?! …this blog didn’t write itself…duh!;) and yes, my real name is joan (winifred is middle name) and the documentation selfie… is me @ 48 yrs. on Earth 11/19/17… (you can verify image against other pics on this blog and on-line elsewhere).
    Yes, there is a Creator!
    Peace & Purposeful Life to You Reader:)
    11/21/17 @ 8:03 p.m.
    Purpose v. plan…got-lemons-now-what ?!
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    Hungry Birdies (3)

    Greetings Fellow-Hunger-er, Fellow-Fragile-Life, Fellow-Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life…Fellow-Reader…Fellow-Eater…Fellow-Forgiver…aka Fellow-Hungry Birdie aka Respected Reader!:)…a mouth full, huh?…;) Hopefully, respectfully addressing You:) Birdies/Any Readers/Stoppers- by here…(in this manner is not offensive, however, sorry IF it is)… (FY: i happen to appreciate/love/like/am intrigued by Birds of various feathers IF You are a Regular Reader, You may know that already?) welcoming and inviting You Curious Birdie to read on… aka accept more bird seed(s)… in order to fully digest aka understand this particular post, You probably should consume… the previous two posts…(1) and (2)…Thanks!

    Offender, offenders, offense, offenses… forgiveness, forgiver…forgiving freely…

    “Not one of them can by any means redeem even a brother . . . that he should still live forever.”—PSALM 49:7, 9 [49:8, 10, TNK].

    Mosaic Law…

    Could anyone today offer the sacrifices required by the Law?

    Since the temple and priesthood no longer exist, it is not possible to offer the sacrifices required by the Law for the atonement of sins. But God has not left us without hope. The Scriptures point to a permanent solution, “a new covenant,” by means of which Jehovah promises: “I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more.” By means of this “new covenant,” God provides the basis for forgiving all of our sins forever.—Jeremiah 31:31-34.

    A common progenitor…”Adam”

    How did Adam’s sin affect us?

    When Adam rebelled against God, he lost the prospect of endless life. (Genesis 3:17-19  “ And to Adam*(Meaning “Earthling Man; Mankind; Humankind.”) he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life. 18  It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field. 19  In the sweat of your face you will eat bread*(or food)  until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.” ) As our common progenitor, Adam could pass on to us only imperfection and death. In effect, he is responsible for the death of all his children.

    If a criminal deliberately murdered someone you love, could he satisfy justice by sacrificing a bull?

    The Law did not permit making an animal sacrifice for willful murder. (Numbers 35:31 “You must take no ransom for the life(*”soul”) of a murderer who is deserving to die, for he should be put to death without fail. ) No animal’s life is worth as much as a man’s. The sinner would have to pay with his own life.

    So, then, what kind of sacrifice could cover Adam’s sin so that Jehovah (God/Yahweh) could forgive people and ‘remember their sins no more’?

    An equal exchange is required—‘soul for soul,’ that is, life for life. (Deuteronomy 19:21) Nothing less than a perfect human life—like Adam’s life before he sinned—could balance the scales of justice. Only someone with such a perfect life, uncontaminated by sin inherited from Adam, could provide the atoning sacrifice. (Psalm 49:7-9 “None of them can redeem a brother Or give to God a ransom for him,   (The ransom* (redemption) price for their life*(or “soul”) is so precious That it is always beyond their reach);  That he should live forever and not see the pit. *(“grave”)[49:8-10, TNK]) Only God could produce such a perfect life, without a human father, as He did when he created Adam.—Genesis 2:7.

    Who alone could present himself as an atoning sacrifice?

    Only the Messiah could be the atoning sacrifice. He will indeed come as a Deliverer. (Genesis 3:15 15  And I will put enmity*(“hostility”) between you and the woman and between your offspring*(lit. “seed”) and her offspring.*(lit. “seed”) He will crush*(Or “bruise; strike.”) your head, and you will strike*(Or “bruise; strike.”) him in the heel.” ; Psalm 2:2, 8 “  The kings of the earth take their stand And high officials gather together*(Or “take counsel together.”) as one)   Ask of me, and I will give nations as your inheritance.”  But first, he must provide a perfect “guilt offering”—a complete covering for our sins, both inherited and committed.—Leviticus 7:1 “‘This is the law of the guilt offering: It is something most holy. ; Isaiah 53:6, 10   Like sheep we have all wandered about, Each has turned his own way, And Jehovah has caused the error of us all to meet up with him.” 10  But it was Jehovah’s will*(Or “But Jehovah took delight.”) to crush him, and he let him become sick. If you will present his life*(Or “soul.”) as a guilt offering, He will see his offspring,*(lit. “seed”) he will prolong his days, And through him the delight*(Or “will; good pleasure.”) of Jehovah will have success.”

    [excerpted reading: How Can You Have a Happy Life? Section 14 Why Do We Need a Better Sacrifice?] 

    In summary, all of us humans have a common progenitor…  father… Adam, we were suppose to inherit not big money from our fore-father… but BIG LIFE aka perfect life eternal … He selfishly chose to do what was good for him and this resulted in us inheriting death/misery instead, yikes!! We are mess-ups and mess- makers cause our first father made a mess of things… forfeited/lost Eden.

    However, not all is eternally lost… the Holy Writings/Sacred Scriptures speak of a “spiritual” paradise…(oh, and spiritual “Israelites” too)…

    stay alert for more on topic(s)… Hungry Birdies (4)

    Spiritual paradise…??

    Spiritual Israelites…??

    New Covenant…??

    (draft 11/17/17)  11/20/17 @ 7:27 p.m. edited /published @7:31 p.m.

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    micro & MACRO

    May be?
    Your micro
    gives away
    …Your macro.

    maybe?
    my MACRO
    Gives away
    my micro…

    The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and the person unrighteous in what is least is unrighteous also in much.” Luke 16:10

    {BIG words & little words… little words with big meaning and big words with little meaning…

    “In the same way, unless you with the tongue use speech that is easily understood, how will anyone know what is being said? You will, in fact, be speaking into the air.” 1Corinthians 14:9}

    biting my tongue

    blistering my fingertips

    blowing & popping bubbles…POP pop POP… (without any gum)

    words with meaning have teeth

    BITE

    11/20/17 @ 7:02 p.m.

     

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    Potentials & Trajectories

    Pleading!…please, I am pleading for You & Your potential… let me appeal to Your humble-ambition to reach your FULLEST BRILLIANT POTENTIAL…that will be irrevocably lost IF
    You lazily/sleepily settle for the RIP-OFF Trajectory!!

    GET OFF THE RIP OFF TRAJECTORY….NOW!…

    “For the day of Jehovah against all the nations is near. As You have done, so it will be done to you. The way you treated others will come back on your own head.”

    Obadiah 15

    (before it’s too late)

    Surrender/SUBMIT to the spiritual treatment… aka new trajectory of true peace….BOW! to COMPASSION & True God of Compassion!: live agape love now…man’s selfish-self-rule is subprime! …like an inoperable…stage 4 cancer/tumor… don’t be deceived/destroyed…the present “world” (failing (selfish) global framework of human society)…is moribund.

    You can be a survivor!!

    imagine what You:) can/will accomplish now and later on)…(with a fully-compassionately-functioning-perfectly-healthy-mind!:))

    ACT NOW

    11/16/17 @ 6:09 p.m.

    Rip OFF

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    Hungry Birdies (2)

    Good Afternoon/Evening Birdies:)… aka Respected Readers in need of an afternoon/early evening snack -lol:) Thank You for reading (1)…okay, um, how can I simplify this somewhat complicated topic… okay, thinking I should include a quick opening statement/preface about the Mosaic Law…(which is a great study)…(Following preface will connect the next excerpted reading… that ties into previous post…THANKS for Your patience!:)

    What do You already know about the Mosaic Law? What do You already know about Federal Laws of the United States? Comparative numbers to size and scope and reach and depth… The entire code… Mosaic Law has 600 laws…that’s it. Federal laws of the U.S. fill over 150,000 pages of legal books and every couple years more than 600 laws are being added…MOUNTAINOUS MAN-MADE LAWS!… yet, do any of us feel any safer or more secure?? Or dignified or respected?? Or feel FREE-er?!;) The Bible talks about the Law of Love written on hearts… that would compassionately govern important areas of life. Here, in the States, with all the rules and regulations filling all these legal books:  are people full of honesty? and impartiality? Peace? security?! joy? Do we feel super-safer/protected?! Hmmm….

    Quick term(s) to keep in mind:

    Mosaic Law:

    “The Law that Jehovah God gave Israel through Moses in the wilderness of Sinai in 1513 B.C.E. The first five books of the Bible are often referred to as the Law.​—Joshua 23:6,  “Now you must be very courageous to observe and carry out all that is written in the book of the Law of Moses by never deviating from it to the right or to the left, ; Luke 24:44 “He then said to them: “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all the things written about me in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and Psalms must be fulfilled.” [excerpted New World Translation Glossary of Bible Terms]

    “Why Did the Law Require Sacrifices?”….[excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life? Section 13]

    “The soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I myself have put it upon the altar for you to make atonement for your souls.”—LEVITICUS 17:11.

    GOD made provision for individuals and for the nation as a whole to atone for their sins by means of sacrifices, or offerings. According to the Law, anyone committing a sin had to rectify the wrong and then present to Jehovah an appropriate offering. Various sins required specific offerings, and these provided a measure of relief from guilt.—Leviticus 5:5-7.

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    Hungry Birdies (1)

    Good Morning Hungry Birdies:) aka Respected Readers!:)
    My Mom/parents are bird watchers… and feeders and they actually have variety of birds feeding out of their hands in their back yard (as well as bird feeders/bird houses)… it’s amazing to see! My Mom is the forest creature whisperer… it’s like the scene from vintage Snow White when all the woodland creatures come out of hiding…are attracted and come to her presence… squirrels, bunnies, moles, turtles, etc.. . Various visitors daily…including a Bob Cat in their back yard along with a huge wild pig passing through one day-lol:)

    Cardinals, Blue Jays and Scrub Jays… among their feathered friends/pets/family!:)

    Spiritual hunger is top priority for me and my family…(this has to be a short post for now; heading to my parents’ place soon… for art and other work) and looking forward to Bunny TV. That’s what I call relaxing in their lanai looking out at the bunnies, creatures, etc. I LOVE IT!!:).. it’s peaceful/quiet/respite time for me.

    Here is a small sprinkling of seeds…enjoy:)

    “A law he set in Israel . . . that they might set their confidence in God himself.”—PSALM 78:5, 7.

    JEHOVAH God provided the Torah as part of the long-range purpose that he set out in Eden—to restore and bless the entire human family.

    What laws did God give before the Law given to Moses?

    God prohibited murder and the eating of blood, among other directives. (Genesis 9:3-5) These decrees emphasize the sacredness of life and are binding on all mankind, Noah’s descendants.

    Where does Abraham fit into God’s purpose?

    God told faithful Abraham: “By means of your seed [one of his descendants] all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves.” (Genesis 22:18) God would use that “seed” to fulfill his purpose.

    How does the Law fit into God’s purpose?

    In connection with the Law given to Moses, God made a covenant with the nation of Israel. By keeping that covenant, Israel would become “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”—Exodus 19:5, 6.

    How did the Law benefit all mankind?

    God used the nation of Israel as an example of the blessings that result from supporting his rulership. God’s Law was designed to guide and protect Israel, in order for them to become “a light of the nations.” (Isaiah 42:6) For Israel to become such a blessing, they needed to follow God’s written Law.—Deuteronomy 11:26, 27.

    How could a nation of imperfect people carry out God’s Law perfectly?

    Despite their best intentions, imperfect people would always fall short, even as Moses did. (Numbers 12:3; 20:10-12) Nevertheless, God preserved ancient Israel in order to fulfill his purpose. [excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life?, Section 12, Why Did God Provide the Torah?]

    Please come back for (2)….:)

     

    11/14/17 @ 10:12 a.m.

     

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    beyond the crowd…HEY! NOW!

    Go for the moon

     “You must not follow after the crowd to do evil, and you must not pervert justice by giving testimony to go along with the crowd.*(or testimony that is popular)” Exodus 23:22

    Any of us can courageously choose NOT to go along with the crowd! IS it an easy course, at times,…no. However, the real thinkers and innovative doers/accomplishers of timelessness goodness…did…outside the boxes of commodity…conformity. Breaking the jello mold…(“watch it wiggle, see it jiggle”… old jello jingle…:) in other words… fear of man, or fear of what Others think or giving up or giving in because of… eats away pieces of integrity.

    History is full of examples both positive & negative… impacts of past societies…

    Are my personal values making me susceptible or impervious… to Others’ opinions of me?? Yeah, to a degree, of course, it’s only natural to want those You deeply love to think kindly of You…approval of family and society can be two different things… or one and the same type of thing… sometimes, neither society nor family accept..aka fully appreciate and treat me as outcast…(my (Bible) beliefs and (high-compassion) values) have brought me there…(obviously; IF it mattered most to me… winning approval over despising shame… would I write and publish most of this spiritual stuff on this blog?! It’s the slight space between being sensitive to Others and not letting the sensitivities of Others dictate;) my every choice in the matters that matter most.

    And what matters most to me??

    (Hmmm… living compassion; probably…and white pebbles)… (we all need encouragement/support so… am thankful! for the family/friends i do have who put up with me;)…

    Resistance is NOT futile and possible…[excerpted: Resist the Pressure of Public Opinion w 2010] Thinking of a person/example of Compassion and thinking of a person who swam in the opposite direction of society and expectations thereof, etc. of his day… who treated women, children and any other underdog with deserved dignity and respect… check it out please…

    “Greeks, Romans, and Judeans all considered honor and shame to be pivotal values in their cultures,” says one scholar. “Men lived and died in quest of honor, reputation, fame, approval, and respect.” Such values made them susceptible to the opinions of others.

    Status, position, and honor were everything in a society characterized by an acute awareness of rank, ranging from nobility to slavery. Honor was a person’s value not only in his own eyes but in the eyes of others as well. To honor a person meant to acknowledge publicly that he behaved in a way expected of him. Rendering honor also meant being outwardly impressed by a person’s wealth, office, or nobility and therefore according him due attention. Honor could be won by performing virtuous deeds or by excelling over others. In contrast, shame, or dishonor, accompanied public humiliation or ridicule. More than a personal feeling or a response of one’s conscience, it was the result of condemnation by society.

    When Jesus spoke about a person’s being assigned “the most prominent place” or “the lowest place” at a feast, it was a matter of honor or shame according to the culture of the day. (Luke 14:8-10) On at least two occasions, Jesus’ disciples disputed over “which one of them seemed to be greatest.” (Luke 9:46; 22:24) They were manifesting a major concern of the society in which they lived. Meanwhile, proud and competitive Jewish religious leaders saw Jesus’ preaching as a challenge to their honor and authority. Their attempts to get the better of him in public debates before crowds, however, invariably resulted in failure.—Luke 13:11-17.

    Another concept current in first-century Jewish, Greek, and Roman thinking was the shamefulness of being “seized and publicly charged with wrongdoing.” For a person to be bound or confined was viewed as degrading. Such treatment insulted an individual before friends, family, and the general community—whether he was convicted of a crime or not. The stigma thereafter attached to his reputation could shatter his self-respect and damage his relationship with others. More shameful than being bound was the indignity of being stripped or flogged. Such treatment incited contempt and derision, depriving the person of his honor.

    Execution on a torture stake subjected the victim to the worst of all possible indignities. Such an execution was “the penalty for slaves,” says scholar Martin Hengel. “As such it symbolized extreme humiliation, shame and torture.” Social pressure to renounce a person who was dishonored in this way was brought upon his family and friends. Since Christ died in this manner, all who wanted to be Christians in the first century C.E. thus had to face the challenge of public ridicule. Most people likely considered it absurd for someone to identify himself as a follower of a man who suffered impalement. “We preach Christ impaled,” wrote the apostle Paul, “to the Jews a cause for stumbling but to the nations foolishness.” (1 Cor. 1:23) How did the early Christians face this challenge?

    In order to maintain his integrity to Jehovah God, Jesus underwent the most dishonorable execution possible. “He endured a torture stake, despising shame.” (Heb. 12:2) Jesus’ enemies slapped him, spat on him, stripped him, flogged him, impaled him, and reviled him. (Mark 14:65; 15:29-32) Yet, Jesus despised the shame that they attempted to heap on him. How? He refused to shrink from such treatment. Jesus knew that he lost no dignity in Jehovah’s eyes, and he certainly sought no glory from men. Even though Jesus died the death of a slave, Jehovah dignified him by resurrecting him and giving him the most honorable place next to Him. At Philippians 2:8-11, we read: “[Christ Jesus] humbled himself and became obedient as far as death, yes, death on a torture stake. For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

    What about us today? Things the world considers foolish, weak, and ignoble, God views as wise, powerful, and honorable. (1 Cor. 1:25-28 “Because a foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and a weak thing of God is stronger than men. For you see his calling of you, brothers, that there are not many wise in a fleshly way *(or by human standards),not many powerful, not many of noble birth *(or from important families), 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world to put the wise men to shame; and God chose the weak things of the world to put the strong things to shame; 28 and God chose the insignificant things of the world and the things looked down on, the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,” 

    Would it not be foolish and shortsighted for us to be influenced entirely by public opinion?

     Whether You Reader:) are a follower of Christ (or choose another role-model/mentor) or not… it begs the self-reflection questions: am I unduly influenced by society and public opinion…(and for the better or for the worse/to my own detriment)?? Would I willingly despise shame, face public ridicule, torture for my personal belief system?? Is my personal belief system worth it?! And what did Jesus preach/teach…a timeless message of Peace & Compassion and help for the underdog!!!

    Society and societies have let free/walk…violent criminals against humanity and basic compassion.

    Think about it where is Today’s society taking me… to peace, joy, happiness, life?!…

    No, a violent, non-compassionate, self-serving society is one I will balk!… and I choose to remain politically neutral and a conscientious objector

    I will continue to spiritually fight with all my might to NOT conform!!!…I invite You Reader:) to flee from the elements of society that are hurting Humanity, You and the Planet… namely, false religion, fake government, materialism, and commercialism/big business!

    As previous societies have past/passed away..so, this current-present society will end… who will survive??!…

    The END of Framework (Part 1)

    The END of Framework (Part 2)

    End of Framework (Part 3)

    Further context IF needed:

    The GREATEST MAN Lives For SO MUCH MORE…:)

    The GREATEST MAN Who Ever Lived: Killed! (Part 1?)

    Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

    Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

    Where are You Taking Me? (You’ll See!)

    11/13/17 @ 3:33 p.m.

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