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Spiritual Lenses

insights Joan Winifred

Happy Week-end Reader:) “IF” You happen to read me regularly…(that sounds funny, huh? aka follow my blogging/talking) You know by now…my tendency to see/understand/look at/read things through spiritual lenses (filter). (My spirituality could be an embarrassment (and for some). i’m not embarrassed…MUCH.) Okay;) at times, i’ll reread (my) posts…and s~h~u~d~d~e~r at the self-disclosure. (Living “honesty” can be dangerous and humiliating, huh!)

Thinking out loud: {Sometimes, i think: that’s my compassion work (parts of it)…observe, act: could involve: read & write…that’s my job/assignment: read you then “right” you…aka to me: bring out the good/best. You think you’re reading me…(but, do you even know/speak my language??) my code(s)? the code righters…write it!..on hearts by spirit…already embedded deep (agape love). (my long-term destiny is mercifully written.) i’m but a temporary worker here.”What would you do?” give up–NEVER! i know: me: when in doubt, i sit it out. (I’m standing–i’m not doubting.)}

Writing-Righting/Living out loud: This week i gave a brief “talk” in front of about 100+ people; i think. (My Hubby wasn’t there & this ticked me off!; (cause i was focused on myself: feeling nervous, etc.) He wasn’t feeling well & couldn’t make it; last minute.) Of course, He’s forgiven!:) My Sweet friend, A. (originally from India), helped me with it…a conversation on stage between two “timely” topic of conversation Thursday: based on a lot of readings and studies (and condensed to 5 minutes 20 seconds -lol) about the following: “We do live in difficult times. From all parts of the earth, we hear a steady stream of bad news describing calamities and social unrest. Is there any special significance to the current world situation?”

The media/news outlets pick a part one story, one tragedy at a time…but, reflecting on the full scope of it all is important. (The bigger/fuller picture.) Looking at things from a higher vantage point…say through spiritual lenses could put things in “better” focus. You can peel an orange into pieces/into wedges and eat each wedge…individually…taken/consumed/eaten a wedge at a time…each wedge belongs to and still makes up the whole orange! Even’s still ORANGE juice.

Here’s the talk/script/discussion i put together that we (sorta) followed…(A. did Awesome: i couldn’t have done it without her!) some excerpts: mind You, i’m mostly quoting/concisely stuff read…that’s not of my origination. (It’s not always an easy thing/task to express/convey spiritually/progressive stuff…to: Your friends, family, nor a huge/small audience.)  I felt like it came across okay? since afterward–various ones approached me to commend and say they enjoyed the thought-provoking points:

J: Hi A…:) I’m so VERY Glad to See You! How have You been?
A: Okay, like everybody, I’ve been under some stress. Just trying to successfully cope.
J: We do live in difficult times. From all parts of the earth, we hear a steady stream of bad news describing calamities and social unrest. Is there any special significance to the current world situation?
A: I have wondered that Joanie. What does the Bible foretell about our day?
J: Excellent question A. Tragic things happen so suddenly and unexpectedly that no human can predict what tomorrow will bring. (Jehovah God knows what the future holds.) Some 2,000 years ago, the Bible foretold that the world’s troubles would climax in “the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matthew 24:3) This does not mean “the end of the world” as people fear it. Rather, the Bible describes a pattern of events and attitudes, or a sign, that would occur during a time period called “the last days.”
A: I am curious about this sign. What “specific” events did the Bible foretell?
J: Prophecy 1: we can read at Matthew 24:7 the first part of the verse. Would You read this please A?
A: “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.”
J: The Fulfillment of this first prophecy: In the early years of the 20th century, many were expecting continued peace. Yet, the start of World War I in 1914 shocked the world and began an era of unprecedented warfare. Between the end of the second world war and 2010, there were 246 armed conflicts in 151 locations worldwide.
Let’s read the 2nd prophecy…please read the next line of Matthew 24:7 .
A: “And there will be food shortages.”
J: The Fulfillment of this second prophecy: Famine caused more than 70 million deaths in the 20th century and continues to be a global problem.
What the evidence reveals: According to the United Nations, hunger is the world’s greatest health risk, and 1 in 7 people worldwide currently do not have enough to eat.
A: Yes, even here in the United States many go hungry.
J: Let’s turn to Luke 21:11 to read about Prophecies 3 & 4 and I’ll read this? Joan reads: “There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.” (then asks: A, what else did the Bible foretell would happen in the “last days”?)
A: “There will be great earthquakes.”
J: Yes, the evidence proves or reveals the fulfillment of this prophecy…did You know?…”Each year, from 1970 to 2001, there was an average of 19 earthquake disasters * reported, with an average death toll of 19,547. In the ten years before 2012, the average increased to 28 earthquake disasters per year, with an average death toll of 67,954.” (These earthquake statistics “shake” us!)
A: It does seem like we are constantly hearing about another earthquake somewhere in the world.
J: What other prophetic event #4…did we read about in Luke 21:11?
A: “In one place after another pestilences.” —Luke 21:11.
J: The evidence of fulfillment reveals “Despite medical advances, millions still die each year as a result of infectious diseases. International travel and the world’s growing urban population have increased the likelihood that disease outbreaks will spread rapidly.”
A: Ebola comes to mind immediately.
J: I read that The World Health Organization has warned of the rise of drug-resistant germs, saying: “The world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, [will] kill unabated.”
A: Joanie, did the bible foretell anything about how people act/attitudes?
J: Yes, please notice what Matthew 24:12 says..could You please read that A, Thanks.
A: “and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”
J: “Hate-fueled genocide has claimed the lives of millions. In numerous countries, armed conflicts and crime have led to cycles of increasing fear and violence.” Reports reveal that “Each year, more than 740,000 people die as a result of crime and armed conflict.”
A: Wow, amazing how accurately the Bible foretold our day! What does this all mean joanie: will God soon intervene to help us survive these terrible times?
 (published post: 3/28/15 @ 1:23 p.m.)

For some further context…please see: Listen UP: a lamentation. (also wrote a past piece: Comfort, Hugs and Hope! With all the tragic news constantly bombarding us…who doesn’t need relief, comfort, hug or hope?!)


1 comment

  1. JoanW Post author

    Hi Joanie…this is joanie, yeah, me…(breathing-fragile-life labeled Joan Winifred born 3-25-69 aka “joanie”)…WHY? r u/(am i) writing a comment on your/(my own) post?? good question!…hmmmmmm: am i being a “tad” nar·cis·sis·tic?! am i just having f-u-n?? …observing: nobody else seems to be adding to this one-sided conversation by commenting?…so, i’m just talking/commenting to myself, eh? -lol:)

    Nope, just being silly (& smart?) & adding an addendum to this post for some clarity: “spiritual” lenses see/understand (from another perspective), right?… i mean “correct”…you know what? (what?) may be ? the following is a description of the very first narcissist: “In Eden, the garden of God, you proved to be. Every precious stone was your covering . . . You are the anointed cherub that is covering . . . You were faultless in your ways from the day of your being created until unrighteousness was found in you. Because of the abundance of your sales goods they filled the midst of you with violence, and you began to sin. And I shall . . . destroy you, O cherub that is covering . . . Your heart became haughty because of your beauty. You brought your wisdom to ruin on account of your beaming splendor.” (Ezekiel 28:13-17) This is speaking (in part) about a spirit creature..a “beautiful” angel/Cherub..who thought too much/too highly of himself/his beauty & smarts and ambitiously sought worship/control/sovereignty…the Bible talks about “haughtiness” originating with this spirit aka “satan”…(& that his haughtiness knows no bounds)…(the topic of “haughtiness” may need an entire post and not a comment)…i bring it up because…this negative trait of extreme pride aka haughtiness can result in MUCH human harm…“Pride is before a crash, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” (Proverbs 16:18)

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