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Hunckering Down: Hurry Up and Go Away Irma!

We are safely hunkering down so far with Wonderful Family & Friends including, of course, 3 cats and 1 doggie:) here in Southwest Florida! It’s been an adventure thus far; thankfully. (We will see later on as things unfold here. We are also, as of this writing, under a Tornado Watch and Tropical Storm Winds/Rain here in Charlotte County.) My prayers and thoughts of safety and preservation of life go out to Everyone: Be Safe & Stay Calm & Make Sound/Wise Decisions: Pray!… every day, eh?;)

This is a brief post to address the negative/ill-informed (aka lacking evidence) thoughts circulating about hurricanes being some sort of deserved punishment…

In their rush to blame God, some point to Bible accounts where God brought destruction by natural elements. (Genesis 7:17-22; 18:20; 19:24, 25; Numbers 16:31-35) An examination of these Bible accounts shows, however, that in each case, there are three major distinguishing factors. First, there was warning beforehand. Second, unlike today’s natural disasters, which kill good and bad people alike, destruction from God was selective. Only the incorrigibly wicked or those who refused to listen to warnings were destroyed. Third, God made a way for innocent people to escape.—Genesis 7:1, 23; 19:15-17; Numbers 16:23-27.

In the countless disasters that have wreaked havoc on the lives of millions of people today, there is no evidence that God was behind them. [excerpted Is God Punishing Us? w 2011)

9/10/17 @ 12:23 p.m.

Peace & Stay Safe Readers:)

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In and Out of Control

The world is not like a runaway train, completely out of control and heading to a catastrophic end. God has established boundaries, or limits, on how much damage humans can inflict on themselves.

 “And there is not a creation that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and openly exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we must give an account.” (Hebrews 4:13) [excerpted reading reference below]

Check it out PLEASE…🙂 🙂 🙂…the “details”…

What the Bible says should not be quickly dismissed in view of the fact that so much of what it foretells has actually been fulfilled in amazing detail.

For instance, consider the following Bible prophecies:

“Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.”​—Matthew 24:7.

“In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.”​—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

Those prophecies describe a world that some might say is spiraling out of control. In a sense, our world is indeed out of control​—out of the control of humans. According to the Bible, humans simply do not have the wisdom and power to bring about a permanent solution. This is highlighted in the following scriptures:

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”​—Proverbs 14:12.

“Man has dominated man to his harm.”​—Ecclesiastes 8:9.

“It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.”​—Jeremiah 10:23.

Left to its own devices, the world could very likely face a global catastrophe. But that is not going to happen! Why? This is what the Bible says:

God “has established the earth on its foundations; it will not be moved from its place forever and ever.”​—Psalm 104:5.

“A generation is going, and a generation is coming, but the earth remains forever.”​—Ecclesiastes 1:4.

“The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.”​—Psalm 37:29.

“There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; on the top of the mountains it will overflow.”​—Psalm 72:16.

 These Bible teachings provide clear answers. Mankind will not die off from pollution, lack of food and water, or a global pandemic. The world will not be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Why not? God is in control of our planet’s future. Granted, God has allowed humans to exercise free will. However, they will reap the consequences for their decisions. 

Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap;” (Galatians 6:7)

But God will do more. He will bring about an “abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11  “But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”) [excerpted recent readings: AWAKE! No. 6 2017]

My studies give me a b-r-i-g-h-t outlook…plus, i realize that learning to exercise my free will in a compassionate manner…is good for me, my Loved Ones, my Fellow-Fragile-Life, and the Planet.

A lot of humanity’s dire straights are self-inflicted! We all, individually & collectively, need “different” on-going education…on the lines of…dropping arrogance..and

Sowing humble seeds of compassion…heart flowers bloom…eventually, eh?:)…and IF more of us-fellow-fragile-life choose peace…things gradually improve…(also, Divine Guidance/Government & Intervention needed).

THANK YOU Reader for NOT USING Your Free Will in a manner that inflicts harm!:) We, humans, have the potential for great healing/recuperation/recovery…in my pov it starts with spirituality…then flows/follows to mental, emotional, and physical health.

i am in control of my decisions…i can continue to choose compassion.

i can choose peace/Agape Love (and not violence/hate).

i can choose healthy-happy-happenings!-lol:)

(and i can choose to make the best out of whatever comes my way…hurricane or other.)

9/6/17 @ 8:16 p.m.

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The Sunday before…

utter despair set in…

don’t be fooled by

the happy smirk

melted make-up

and

stringy hair…aka brief moment captured of quiet relaxation.

(note to self: may be?? i might try brushing my hair and fixing my make-up before documentation photos, huh??! lol;)…documentation of me feeling in somewhat control of myself/circumstances…[P.S. please! to whom it may concern/matter, ya right;) like this would matter to anyone but me–don’t misuse any image of me IF You happen upon on-line.  At some point, i intend to take them down; don’t know IF possible?…took down fun/goofy “hat” photos from a blog and yet found circulating on-line, UGHH!!]

when i post photo of myself, that is me controlling the image…and not some random friend/person/stranger/stalker… somebody instagram-ming me without me know-ing…which i don’t appreciate without my permission/knowledge. Thank You for respecting!!…:)

{facing (a) fear is letting strangers see my (me/freak show) face on-line, which i don’t like much…people looking/staring at me, etc. i can’t hide behind my stringy hair my whole life, right? may be? i’ll chop it off IDK.}

From one Sunday to the next SUN—day for context IF needed please read: Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

Last Sunday (photo above)…(what was last Sunday’s date? today is 9/4/17) anyway…life seemed good! and it took a turn toward utter despair/non-resolution and fast!!…………………………..however, i am satisfied to get through the (emotional) pain/unpleasant place and make it unscathed to this past Sunday/yesterday feeling “o-kay”…hooray…THANK GOD! (this experience, among many, taught me once again that: “with God all things are possible.”)

Hope You Reader:) are feeling okay?? and in a safe emotional place of high-compassionate-functioning!!:) oh and Thanks for reading my ramblings..hope they encourage You somehow IF not leave this space now.

i employ my emotional/spiritual strategies of pain management (prayer, positive-Bible study, music, etc, exercise)…which usually are quite effective, but somebody pulled an unexpected/deep trigger from a concealed place…and i was too tired/relaxed and smirking-ly-self-assured (see photo above) with the attitude of: i got this all figured out?!…may be to resist too much…oh, ya, i did fight it in the wrong way; the negativity with negativity: OOPS! {but eventually had to let the despair wave wash over me first and then leave me soaked…glad to be through it…and at this “dry” emotional-well-being place: now of peace.}

a lot of it is (coping success):  mouth/mind self-discipline and not letting my thoughts/words on the loose…in the pit of disappointment, hopelessness, and black-hole darkness of super-sensitivity. But hey, sometimes, we all get engulfed before we realize.

time with my Dad doing artwork helped…we are working on a project. And Sabina helped me too. An example of a sweet, happy, positive woman with incredible health challenges seeming insurmountable…non-working arms and legs. (i should upload a video about her here, may be?) She has amazing skills!!:) a beautiful attitude and a beautiful smile and she can accomplish MUCH with her tongue and heart…what i can’t with working arms and legs without biting my tongue.

she helped me understand that difficulties..when courageously faced teach us special skills and focusing on helping Others is key and not being consumed by self-pity and negativity over our particular lot in life.

Hey, i have working fingers, and working eyes, and working arms and working legs. Enough food, enough sleep, healthy kids, etc, roof over my head, and not directly feeling effects of Hurricane Harvey:(…and no reason to give up!…the every day fine fight of compassion.

Sadly, some of us are facing literal hurricanes and figurative ones…but they are only TEMPORARY!! (Please return IF You choose, for a different post on “is the world out of control?”  recent positive readings and practical points about disasters.)

You’re not a sneaky tornado??…right?! -lol:) No! You’re a Friend of Peace!:)

PEACE Friend of Peace:)

 

8/4/17 @ 3:38 p.m.

 

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F.S. Freckles/Smores = Taste of Sunshine :)

 

Happy Week-End to YOU/Reader:)…and All Breathing-Fragile-Life Earth-Wide…(My Brothers & Sisters)…Hold Tight & Never Give UP! :)…(Your spiritual fight for Compassion, etc.)

F.S. Free Stuff…aka the sun shines compassionately on all of us globally…(Praise JAH-Divine Designer (of Sun, etc.)…:)

All of Us–All-Fragile-Life benefit from the Sun, huh?

7/22/17 @ 10:15 a.m.

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H.F.T…Harvesting, Funneling, and Trapping

To keep themselves warm during cold weather, butterflies spread their wings in the sun. The wings of some species of swallowtail are remarkably efficient at trapping and absorbing sunlight. The insects’ secret lies not just in their dark pigment but also in the structure of microscopic, overlapping scales coating their wings. The scales, in turn, contain rows of honeycomblike holes separated by inverse V-shaped ridges that funnel light into the holes. This ingenious structure traps incoming sunlight, making the wings extremely black and warming the butterfly with amazing efficiency.

“Butterfly wings may rank among the most delicate structures in nature,” says Science Daily, “but they have given researchers powerful inspiration for new technology that doubles the production of hydrogen gas—a green fuel of the future—from water and sunlight.” [excerpted Article/my bold highlights: Was It Designed? The Light-Absorbing Butterfly Wing AWAKE! 2014]

hmmmm…a no brainer to me, YES! An innovative-intelligent-chief-builder-designer constructed/created Butterfly wings!:)

Life Lesson: Don’t underestimate any (seemingly) delicate structure/frame/form…

If Butterflies can fly/function with 70% wing damage…

IF only 30% of my life is chaos/problem/challenge-free…i can still FLY HIGH!…survive 🙂

7/18/17 @ 9:14 p.m.

 

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Otter Know

Divine Design…

The fur of the sea otter is denser than that of any other mammal, with some one million hairs per square inch (155,000 per sq cm). When the otter swims, its coat traps a layer of air close to its body. That air acts as an insulator, preventing the cold water from coming into direct contact with the animal’s skin and sapping its body heat.

Scientists believe that there is a lesson to be learned from the sea otter’s fur. They have experimented with a number of artificial fur coats, varying such factors as hair length and hair spacing. The researchers have concluded that “the denser and the longer the hairs are, the dryer or the more water-repellent the hairy surface is.” Put another way, sea otters can boast a truly efficient fur coat.

Researchers hope that their studies will lead to technological advances in the design and production of novel water-repellent textiles. This may lead some to wonder whether people who have to dive in cold waters may not be better off wearing a hairy wet suit—one similar to that of the sea otter! [excerpted reading highlights…AWAKE! No. 3 2017 The Sea Otter’s Fur]

Staying insulated by fresh/pure air…:)
6/19/17 @ 10:29 a.m.
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Senselessness

Senseless suffering of fellow-fragile-life…earth-wide has me sad at the moment and i’m fighting tears…the “temporary” nature of it all brings me solace.

Look around, look around…You don’t have to look too far or too wide to see the injury fellow humans inflict on each other constantly (physically or psychologically, etc.).

Can we all stop! Get along! Show Love and Compassion. And “try” to forgive.

(We would all feel so much better…and cry less.) and maybe–Laugh More:)

No matter what our pain, or plight…Couldn’t we all use a JUST hero?!…who compassionately pleads/works tirelessly…for all of us including the cause of the lowly, the lost, the burned and the maimed, the forgotten and the unpopular, the powerless, and helpless, and hungry, and “for whoever has no helper”…

4/8/17 @ 9:11 p.m.

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Circumscion of the Heart

heart

of

stone

heart

of

flesh

fleshed and flushed out

fished and fizzled

and scrapped

and sizzled
and
skinned
ALIVE??

burning
HOT

and

cool

is
vacillation
for
wimps?

is
oscillation
for
fans?

(sharp? and dull? thick n’ thin blades)

AND, not?
followers!

is your selfishness
“killing (me) softly?”

CLEAN HEARTS
cr”eye”

out!
see/understand??!

poured out…(and poored out? MUCH–yeah)
(it’s RICH!a gap e FULL!)

i
am not silly
puddy
in your hands!
(obedient to your commands?)
only
the POTTER
knows
(me)
and
my
rips

aka
(compassion ripped
ribs)

my circumcised heart<3

(my pain is my pleasure)

it’s hard…
feeling (caring (and for all fellow-fragile-life))
(and to the proper/precise/specific/appropriate degree)

feelings

of
this
fast, fleeting
bleeding, breathing

FREE [words-on-hearts] life

“In his presence are majesty and splendor; Strength and Joy are in his dwelling place. […]Give Jehovah his due for his glory and strength.” 1 Chronicles 16:27, 28

(3/11/17 @8:12 p.m.)

God help me!

e-n-d-u-r-a-n-c-e

(God help you!)

my destiny?

(is)

etched

in heart

[made in pebble]…

updated 3/12/17 @ 7:32 a.m.

Please forgive me..

for my ripple affects

...affects…affects…affects…

WHO

(published 3.12.17 @8:00 a.m. possibly?..nope, updated/edited/published 3/13/17 @11:01)

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Day Off

usually, i don’t ever get a day off…(or take a day off)

today was a semi-day off

Saturday–fun day

at beach w/my brother, his wife & my kids and Hubby

 

the beach is a place of healing, huh?

 

i love the sounds at the beach

the shells

the waves

my books

 

swimming.

 
(some like to pray at the beach)
Peace with God and Peace with People
is that a secure dwelling of comfort?!
 

Did You Hear That Sound?!

9/19/16 @ 8:03 a.m.
 

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Comfort Chronicles (1)

i may “try” (attempt) to chronicle…some lessons learned while putting forth (special) effort during this comfort campaign/September 2016.  This is more than some social experiment. Bringing comfort to others, realistically speaking means, at times, discomfort for me. Flexibly w-o-r-k-i-n-g out of my own personal comfort zone…to extend comfort to any in need…is an active priority (within my own home and outside my own home). This is an opportunity for spiritual growth. This is an an opportunity to cultivate humility, patience, love and forgiveness for my fellow-fragile-life.

Over the Summer…which here in Florida, obviously, we live Summer, by Summer i mean:  kids out of school…time…time at library, of course..reading with spiritual lenses…various books to help me grow my compassion and unselfishness.  To practice compassion well takes knowledge and skill. Sometimes, we may think we are helping and in reality, we are hurting. There is a time to speak. There is a time to be quiet. There is a time to help. There is  time to observe. There is a time to act. Assessing/evaluating what to do or what to say or what not to do or what not to say…takes understanding and wisdom…and an accurate education.

In a sense, to live/practice compassion and to live/practice comfort…reminds me of Doctors..or those in the medical field. A couple titles not an endorsementread everything at your own risk (didn’t care for some of the graphic word imagery/language)...”How Doctors Think” and “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.”

What i think and how i feel affects my personal priority of comfort/compassion (during this campaign)…so, i can’t let my own feelings of anxiety, fear, pain, discomfort, etc…interfere with the way i treat others. Whether i am having a bad day or not, whether i am feeling well or not…All-Fragile-Life Deserves Agape Love, Respect, Compassion, Comfort (from me). Yeah, of course, my abilities are limited and my circumstances limiting…i can only do so much! Yet, i recognize the more i can put aside (or careless about my own) thoughts/feelings…the more i can give and care for Others.

a verse read that touches my heart:

“Again I turned my attention to all the acts of oppression that go on under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, and there was no one to comfort them. And their oppressors had the power, and there was no one to comfort them.” (Eccl. 4:1)

 

Turning attention to…being aware of…those of us who are oppressed..we all need comfort.  (My closest friends and me..are actively trying to bring comfort..as best we can.) Every day there is someone in need of comfort in some small or large way, eh?!

i think too..i feel too…that bringing comfort to Others…brings (a measure of) comfort to me!..so, guess, i am more selfish than want to readily admit (and here).

The only way to describe (it) is: i am a work in progress involved in a work in progress…:)

9/3/16@5:55 p.m.

 

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