God is my Fulcrum⚖

Humility from mistakes and failures is just an opportunity to discover new ways in which to work Steps 2 and 3, as We seek progress both laterally and vertically.
When God steps in to take control, I experience whatever I may be working on as accompanied by a divine feeling, best explained as the “psychological flow” state.
When I fail, making space for His grace and for Him to take the lead, I can experience the epitome of this feeling and know Him intuitively in all His perfection and glory.  When I am propelled by myself, or exercising “my turn,” this feeling exists if I direct my self-will towards His, but I do not feel it as the height of the Perfection that comes only from Him stepping in.  Thus, I have sort of been conditioned to like the Step 1 feeling of powerlessness, because I know what comes next!
When I am used to existing in all of Time and Space at once, making practical use merely of the present moment is overwhelming!  I can make sense of vast complications, so It’s always the simple things that trip me up, lol!  The 12 Step program helps, and so does my Higher Power.  I can break it down and just focus on one simple activity at a time, as otherwise I would be inclined to do everything at once, which in a human existence is unfathomable.

Step 3 and the Flow State:
Let Go and Let God:
When I trust God with the outcome as being beyond my control, I release the stress that builds up around self-appraisal and the “value” or “worthiness” of my work.  Then I can be free to focus only on my willingness and my effort in the task at hand in that moment.  I struggle with being overly metacognitive.  As a metaphysical thinker, I tend to put to much thought into how I’m thinking and acting as I think and act.  If I’m appraising my own thoughts and actions while I’m doing them too much, I may experience difficulty with just relaxing in the moment and enjoying the process of participating in the activity.
“Letting go” is not an excuse to be lazy, or shirk duties, or expect that God will just “do it for me” to take care of me.  I do not assume God will do for me what I can do for myself, as He will not, He will only do for me what I cannot do for myself, as I abandon myself to Him.  In letting go, I am letting go of the outcome so that I can better focus on my efforts.  “Letting go” entails, rather, the ability to experience serenity while exerting my best efforts, because my intentions are in the moment.  By letting go of the results or outcome of my labors, I may fully take responsibility for my own work and be able to focus on it with serenity, thus improving productivity.
“The effort is up to me. I am meant to be responsible only for the footwork.”

Description of “Flow:”
When I rely on God, self-focused fear disappears, and I can focus on the process of my work as being immersed in the activity itself, fully experiencing in in a sense of discovery and joyfulness. The fruits of my labors are also better when I only take responsibility for my effort rather than for its significance or the results. Besides, the results are of the future, and so as such are beyond my control; they are not mine, they belong to God. If I stay in the present, I can let God control what is His, and I experience the great freedom of serenity, along with fun and success!

If my responsibility is only for the effort, I need not worry about judgement based upon the outcome! Simply trying my hardest is all that actually determines success! Spiritual progress is the goal, and this is an ongoing process of growth, of giving my efforts with the intention of strengthening my understanding of and personal ability to demonstrate virtues.
“Hardship as the pathway to peace…”
-Reinhold Niebuhr

Problem-Solving: Break it down…
My Holy Trinity
“Division of Power: Wisdom, Peace, Love”
In terms of residing within the moment, when all seems to much, I can reduce it to the highest truth of “I Love you.” From this starting point, everything else makes sense. Without this Love, which is for me God, nothing makes sense. Square 1 is Love, and the firm foundation upon which happy and purposeful lives are built (AA).

“God, Mutual Relationships, and Progress”
The Point of Step 1:
By relying upon God, we may be capable of mutual relationships (see 7/31/16 entry) so that we can focus on contributing, in a common effort, towards the growth and progress of the whole, as the planet Earth. In this way, real and meaningful progress can be made which would improve the well-being of humanity and our entire ecosystem, which necessarily includes the well-being of each of us as an individual. Refusal of God leads to competition, which keeps us pushing each other down, preventing meaningful progress and leaving us, as a group or whole, in a state of plateau or perhaps even regression. God will always lift us all up.

Infinite, lateral and vertical, progress…
“We seek the enjoyment of working, in a true spirit of togetherness, towards a common effort of the greater good.”

The physical world of space and matter, as all material things, acts as a “placeholder,” or merely an empty vessel that God can mentally manipulate and reconstruct. I try to seek God first and foremost through everything, and then shrug off the empty material world as being impermanent. The soul and that which is spiritual is forever. Even death can be overcome if I lean completely and only upon that which is God.

Life=Love… “I Love You,” works as a key to God within, much like “Open Sesame.”

If I feel overwhelmed by a feeling or a memory, it is nice to have God and Jesus to trust in and a program of action to rely upon. I can just move forward and try to do the “next right thing,” as the next task in front of me, and let myself be absorbed in the activity.
“Here, do this!” is a great relief to hear if I feel overwhelmed, and it solves the problem of “incapacitation” or debilitating indecision caused by an overload of stimulation, as mental or environmental cues. As a very sensitive person, I am easily overstimulated and overwhelmed, and then I freeze up, not knowing what to do next or how to handle myself. It is good for me to have a framework of action and heuristics as “slogans” to fall back upon, enabling me to maintain productivity in the face of “life on life’s terms,” which can often be rather a lot to take. Feeling productive naturally perks up my attitude, and I soon feel a sense of great accomplishment by persisting with a goal despite the pain of memories and emotions; I know now to not fear them, but rather, to be gentle, comfort myself, lean on God, and keep moving, knowing that if I “carry the body, the mind will follow” (AA).

8/2/16
“…It may be more of a persistent effort than any one action.”
For me, the reward of spiritual living is the “way of life” itself. I find I “crave” the feeling of wholesomeness and usefulness I experience by doing what I know to be right. Recovery could be summed up as the process of and towards “doing the right thing not because you should but because you want to.” By personal experience, or experimentation with taking recovery suggestions honestly and with humility, we find the path that works for us, that endows us with a sense of meaning and fulfillment, in the AA-prescribed “clean pattern of living.”
By the continuation of this process we continue to feel fulfilled, but as recovery is an ongoing process, when I neglect my “way of life” I will experience the absence of its corresponding rewards of sobriety. Recovery exists within each day, and is maintained daily. What I did yesterday does not keep my thinking and behavior “sober,” as in “free from defects of character,” today. “…One Day at a Time.”
For me, the 12 steps are a prescription for living for people who experience difficulty handling “life on life’s terms.” The 12 steps explain to me how to apply principles of faith to daily living, thus moving beyond the basic tenets of religion as existing as merely ideas or “in theory,” and into the “actual application” of faith, with the intent to experience practical results in the form of “the Promises” and their corresponding “Rewards.”
I feel good because I do the best I can to do that which is moral.

When I feel overwhelmed by resentments, as a sense of injustice, I can look to the 12 Steps and say, “what’s my role,” or “what am I going to do about it,” so that I am engaging in this program of action towards a practical solution. Taking responsibility for my own responses and making healthy choices, as motivated by Love, always helps me to feel better. If I resent someone for an injustice, then taking it upon myself to offer forgiveness feels very rewarding.
It seems as though that which is moral, or stemming out of Love, innately feels good, and so I am “reinforced” as if by “conditioning,” and become inclined to keep doing such things. In this way, a sort of “evolution” towards that which is spiritual, or based upon Love or a desire to know God, naturally sort of helps itself along this path. “God helps those who help themselves,” and “faith without works is dead,” (AA, and the Bible).

I can always fall back upon my innate and human ability for “compassion” to help guide me. Compassion is the desire for all beings to be free from suffering, and so, even if I am not quite up to “loving-kindness,” I can always practice my ability for compassion, and then just let it evolve spiritually along its own natural trajectory.

Thus, as I remember my “compassion,” the only logical emotional response to “feeling a sense of injustice” is, in fact, compassion, which would then entail the associated emotional response of offering forgiveness; this is necessarily true, as the logical alternative to compassion and forgiveness would be some form of harm and as such immoral, and therefore wrong.

Sometimes, I can only rely upon God for a solution. I take care to remember, that I am not supposed to care what other people think about me, and that as only God can judge me, I am only meant to consider myself in terms of how I stand before the Lord. If I feel insecure around other people, I remember this, and can say to myself, “Oh, my bad! I was feeling insecure because I was doing something I wasn’t supposed to do in comparing myself to others and guiding myself based upon their judgements!” Then I can reorient myself toward God and His perfect spiritual ideals and virtues, and I can instantly feel at peace.

“It’s way smarter to just trust God and abide, lol!”
“…Trusting that He will make all things right…” -Reinhold Niebuhr

Oftentimes, if I seek counsel, it may be wiser to sidestep the “middleman” of “logic or reason” altogether, as even “rationality” is of the material world and therefore impermanent and subject to change with God’s will. It may be more advanced spiritually to appeal directly to God Himself.

“…Abide within the moment, Together doing the ‘next right thing.'”

“Compassion creates understanding” (a “Yogi” tea bag’s quote).
“Rationalism” is not as firm a footing as is honest and simple morality, as Love, or a sincere interest to better know God.

Seeking God directly seems to be more effective in untangling and managing any issues, questions, or confusions I may experience, be they in the form of the preponderance of emotion, or of too many thoughts to make sense of at one time. God can filter and sift through my thoughts, and allow me only the relevant ones and in the proper order, and in such timing that paces them out, allowing me to make proper use of them. If I ask God for help instead of struggling with the ideas directly, he will create manageability.

Emotion + Belief
The natural trajectory of growth towards God begins with that which is spiritual, or intended out of the reason simply of Love. Once I have given “my all” as my best and most sincere efforts, He will curl in to meet me “halfway,” as halfway between Him and me. This means I must completely exhaust my own personal resources, in a demonstration of self-sacrifice, goodwill, and utter trust and dependence upon Him. My best efforts entail my own personal failure, since as a human being, my capacity to imagine that which is the greatest good (and the actual Person of God the Father) far exceeds my actual physical ability to bring such thoughts into fruition.  So faith is required, faith way past mere belief, all the way to knowledge of God as a fact, and as a savior; knowledge that God will step in to complete the project or venture if it is truly inspired as originating out of Love… “Caritas” or “agape,” as selfless, pure, and true Love.

“Where there is Love, there is no question” (“Yogi” tea bag).
True Love naturally evolves into God, as it inherently precludes the existence of doubt. If there is true love, faith or belief logically and necessarily follow as a given, as the alternative would be doubt or mistrust, and so logically could not follow from love (quantitative philosophy, premise-> consequent). “Emotion + Belief…”

“Belief picks up where emotion leaves off.”  Faith and trust emerge naturally from the starting point or foundation of the blind, unquestioning love that is of real and “true love,” as this true love cultivates the path of procession by which we may know God.
When I start with true love, the natural inclination, and the inevitable outcome is the arrival at the destination of God, because it precludes any shred of doubt, thus, ushering in the emergence of a new relationship, as God is a person, and to seek God is to seek a relationship. If I start with true selfless love, there is logically no room for doubt or fear in its natural progression of growth and development, as “love” implies simply all that which is good and nothing else. Loving means giving the benefit of the doubt all-round, universally, and seeing the best in people and circumstances, with the steadfast trust, as firm and solid knowledge, that if it is good, it can and will eventually come to be.

“First Things First”
Putting God first allows Him to determine the nature of the material world, as I experience it subjectively. I tend towards philosophical idealism because I believe in God. Empirically, “all,” as in “the only thing” that really exists, is, in fact, God. He started out as Time and expanded into Everything. If He can be Anything, obviously He could be a Person, and He certainly would and does choose to be!

8/3/16
Goals: listen, and step out of the way, love
Topics:
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-“To thine own self be true…”
-The scientific method
-the concept of “quality Time”

-Tradition 11 Clarification:
“…maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films” (Tradition 11).

Yes, I broke this tradition.
I believe that the point of the 12 steps is to lead me through a clean path of life, free from sin, in the form of character defects. The 12 traditions act for me as similar guidelines, but to guide me in working with others rather than as an individual, with consideration to how my actions affect the lives of others and the functionality of the group as a whole. The basis of this tradition really goes back to “the principle of  attraction rather than of promotion” (Tradition 11).

…I am motivated by neither principle.  I am not attempting to promote AA or to attract people to AA;  I am more interested simply in interpreting it’s deeper spiritual or religious significance, and then offering my “understanding” to anyone, with no other intent but to give it freely away.

My use of the 12 steps is, rather, merely as the platform for a more general edification. I interpret the 12 steps as an instructional, comprehensive path for spiritual progress, not merely as a method by which to “stop drinking.” I see physical sobriety rather, as “a prerequisite” for working the 12 steps, not as an outcome.

I’m not offering my experience as advice or instruction on how to stop drinking, but rather, on how the 12 steps can be referred to in order to “better understand,” and more importantly, “to make proper use of and actually apply to daily living,” the teachings of “the Bible.”

The main intent of such guidelines as the 12 traditions is to encourage us to check our motives before acting, so that we may live free from sin, thus encouraging a “denial of self-seeking.”  With these helpful guidelines serving as the framework for our dealings with others, our actions may be free from sinful, as in selfish, motives, like personal promotion or “personal ambition” (Tradition 11).

“Know Your Roots:”
I am interested in “carrying the message,” and in any subject matter directly or indirectly related to God and the teachings of Jesus and the Bible, and this is how I am interpreting the “12th step,” in the sense of a more general edification…
“Good News!”

“AA” is sort of my favorite, “non-denominational” flavor of Christianity, lol!  We have our roots in the Christian offshoot of the Oxford Group.  By “Understanding,” as one of the “seven gifts of the Holy Spirit,’ I know the “Good Word” when I see it!

In sum, if I ever feel conflicted about my actions in light of Tradition 11, I may always defer to the general spirit of the program, and the sentiment expressed in Tradition 2…”God’s Will, Not Mine, Be Done.”

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” -Shakespeare, via Polonius

-Kant’s “Categorical Imperative,” as a prescription or heuristic for morality applicable to all situations, was essentially reduced down to, “always tell the truth.”

There is the rebuttal in the form of the hypothetical situation of “lying to Nazis in order to save the lives of Jews hidden in one’s own house” as being moral.
This hypothetical situation, however, is problematic, because it isolates existence and moral actions into one singular event, when in reality that event only occurred in the first place because his “categorical imperative” had already been broken, or “only ever speaking the truth,” was a rule not followed in the events leading up to that hypothetical situation.

Thus, this hypothetical example takes morality out of context. Such a categorical imperative as “always speak the truth,” is just and true when applied in a world already ruled by morality. If the truth were told from the beginning, and by each to himself, WWII never would have existed in the first place.

“Caritas:”
“Unconditional Love is the Highest Truth.”

“To thine own self be true…”
I can always look within to find a solution to life’s problems in the form of character development, as averting character defects and cultivating virtues. If I feel a resentment, or anger, or jealousy, or some other form of character defect, I need to take a self-inventory and see where I am spiritually weak or lacking virtue, and therefore susceptible to the effects of fear. If I am depending properly upon God as love, fear is necessarily an impossibility.

If I am in strong spiritual condition, I will see that, “if I feel a disturbance, somehow I am in the wrong” (spiritual axiom from Step 10). Emotional disturbances or other character defects or sins are all seen as stemming from self-centered fear. I can firmly avert that fear, in whichever form it fakes, the very moment it arises so that it will not influence my ensuing thoughts or actions in deleterious ways. I can look at my own thoughts and actions and ask God and myself, in all honesty, “I know that as a human I’m not perfect, but that change is possible, natural, and desirable. So, in which ways can I improve to be more virtuous, or as You would have me?”

Basically:
Honesty with myself about my own sins, defects, and shortcomings is a requirement for useful happy living and working the 12 steps to good purpose.
(The 12 Steps are a heuristic for morality, or living in accordance with God’s will based upon the Bible or Christian values.)

We work towards virtues, which, as states of God’s perfection are Eternal, and so are never really reached or attained but by God, Himself. So for us as humans, this work of spiritual progress lasts eternally.

The point is to change and grow and make spiritual progress, so looking within at moments of unease in the act of self-searching is necessary to uproot these fear-based evils.
“Any discontent I may feel is only ever a result of my own reaction of fear.” My comfort or discomfort comes from my reaction to life, and never actually from life or the external situations themselves. I can delve within to face and uproot that fear response. With much work, instead of reacting to life with fear, I can respond by turning to God, and relying upon the grace of God and my own selfless acts of love. In this way, fears, as evils, do not evidence themselves in my life or interfere with my usefulness to God and to my fellows.

The Dinner Hour,
…Still to Contemplate:
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-The scientific method
-the concept of “quality Time”

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:18, 5:22-23)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Catholic tradition follows the Vulgate in listing 12 fruits: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.
The Douay-Rheims edition replaces four with synonyms — kindness: benignity, for gentleness:mildness, for generosity:longanimity, for self-control:continency.

(From https://en.m.wikipedia.org)

8/4/16
Topics:
-Anonymity as a spiritual principle
-“Contempt prior to investigation…”
-Humility
-The Scientific Method
“This above all: I love You” (any you)

Still on the table:
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-The scientific method
-the concept of “quality Time”

My Focus:
Grasping hold only to my willingness and my desire to please God allows me to be motivated by love in all that I do. This love, which I bring to the table set by God, is what brings me joy or happiness overall. When I place this desire “First,” I feel a sense of fulfillment and success in my daily activities, and even mundane work may retain a quality of greater meaning, as I am merely using it as the raw material or medium by which to experience that which is spiritual and that which is God.

If I focus on pleasing God instead of doing well, and if I am looking for God instead of personal success, then I am placing “First Things First.” This is the proper foundation for living as intended by Him, and so everything in my life, including the outcome, naturally falls into its proper place if I construct my life in this fashion.

“Of success: I might have to let it go before I’ll get it! The first thing I place before God will be the first thing I lose, but what I really need is only ever some form or another of God anyway, so it is best.”

Focusing on Intentions, and Seeking God Above All Else:
For example, I may try to tailor my intentions into a desire to make God proud rather than follow what could become a personal ambition or self-serving motive. Instead of following self-will or desire for personal prestige, I try to seek simply to follow wherever He may lead. Rather than try merely to “do a nice pirouette,” I might rather think, “Ok, if I’m in ballet class, you’d want me to try hard and do a good job, and I want to please You, so that’s why I’d like to do a nice pirouette.”

A desire to please God helps to keep me on the straight and narrow, and away from being motivated by the character defect, or sin, of “selfishness.” “Self-centered fear,” or “selfishness,” is at the root of all of my other sins, which list includes pride, jealousy, or dishonesty. Only my own sins are ever the causes of any and every dissatisfaction I may experience in life.

Maintaining this desire for God is necessary, as it precludes “fear-based, selfish motivation,” which defect of character, or “sin,” is understood to be at the root of all of my problems in life.

In Favor of “Real” Success:
In order to maintain these pure intentions, I must let go of thoughts or worries about the outcome of my work, whatever it may be, as worry is a form of fear, and thus an impurity, sin, or character defect. If a thought or action is based upon fear, it precludes true love which exists only in and as the absence of fear. This “true love,” as charity, “caritas,” or “agape,” is the necessary foundation I provide in order to know and work in conjunction with God.

“…Progress, not Perfection”

RX: Hard Work.
When I take responsibility for the effort, as the footwork to “meet God halfway,” that includes providing purity of mind, as my own motive or intention. I can provide willingness, the effort, and intention, and firmly expel from my mind that which interferes with my good intentions. Right use of will is directing towards God, so that He may use me as a channel. If I have the best intentions, I will understand that God Himself would always know best, and could properly guide me to good purpose.

Thus, when I set up my life in this manner, I can relax, just enjoy the experience of my work in the moment, and feel “real love.”

The Principle of Anonymity:
As a spiritual foundation, and as our guiding intention, “the point” of the 12 Traditions, is to keep us on a path where we are not motivated by personal, selfish achievement or ambition, as this would lead to the wellbeing of others, or the “good of the whole,” being compromised. Thus, it it good to understand the reason behind principles such as these when interpreting how an individual within the fellowship applies them. I try to keep
the big picture and the original guiding rationale behind the program in mind when navigating complicated issues, lest I become sidetracked from what was the main purpose of the steps in the first place and “…can’t see the forest for the trees.”

…The point is to have “Humility.”
The main intention behind the principle of “anonymity” itself is so that no one of us would be able to act out of “personal ambition” and thus bring the rest of us down. We encourage each other to act out of interest for God and “for the wellbeing of our fellows,” and not for the purpose of personal acclaim; this is the reason behind the principle of anonymity in the first place.

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” -William Paley

“Survival of the Fittest” -Herbert Spencer

The Lunch Hour…
-The Scientific Method
“This above all: I love You” (any you)

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” -Shakespeare, via Polonius

By the act of self-searching and self honesty we may uncover this, both the deepest and Highest Truth, which is of God as Unconditional, Everlasting Love.

The scientific method is an ongoing process of contemplation, inquiry and experimentation, in the spirit of joyful exploration, openminded curiosity, and wonder. This model works as a successful approach to life, wherein we humbly pose questions with a trusting eagerness to learn and discover that which “God the Father” has already lovingly prepared.

We may always continue to work and learn, both laterally and vertically, by advancing our skills in areas in which we are already familiar, and by expanding our interests and range of abilities into different areas. We are meant to enjoy life, to make full use of all it has to offer and all there is to experience, and to fully appreciate these gifts with thankfulness and gratitude for all the love and marvels of life that are so freely given to us.

The simple joys of spiritual things and wholesome living fill me with an enthusiasm and eagerness to “get out there and express my gratitude!” I feel exuberant and motivated to try to display to God how glad I am, and I am driven by the wish to “pay it forward,” by loving and helping my fellows, with earnestness and in a spirit of community and togetherness, as He would have it.

Spiritual Kindergarten…
🎯💘Spiritual Progress:
It’s nice to learn new things. But beyond the skills of the particular activity or the information in a given field, there is more to learn “spiritually,” in the methodology or lifestyle habits I employ in doing such things, as I could be working, perhaps, “more lovingly and more closely with God.”

In general, I like to improve upon my “overall method” of work or living habits, and I try to cultivate and display increased levels of serenity, tolerance, kindness, and patience as I go about my daily affairs.

In this way, I am not really doing work “to get it done,” but rather, I am using that perhaps mundane work as a format by which to learn more thoroughly how to “enjoy the process itself of working and living,” to more fully savor life within the moment and feel oneness with God, and to “further refine my virtues as a skill set.”

There are an infinite number of ways by which we may better know God and further develop our relationship with Him.

Induction: as the Reasoning and Application of “The Theory” “…of the One True💖…God”

The dinner hour…
Still on the table:
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-The scientific method to prove God as Love
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with love

By personal experimentation with “the God Theory,” proving His existence is possible. Only the application of faith to real life could provide evidence of God, as merely theorizing is “faith without works.” Only by actually and physically depending upon God and nothing else would He materialize, “as promised,” to “meet halfway.” It was more a persistent effort exerted over an extended period of Time than any particular action. “Faith,” as trust or belief in God, to develop into steadfast knowledge of Him “as a fact,” and as a physical loving human being was utilized.

The point was to “make friends” …and love!

IV: God. DV: I love You.
(IV, DV:Independent, Dependent Variables)
IV: I only Love. DV: God the Person
“It goes both ways…”

The Grand Experiment is a Two-Way Street: Like Any Other Relationship.
I proceeded with the assumption that God must be Love, Unconditional, in some form or another, and most likely beyond my understanding, and so I offered love no matter what, even in the face of hate.

An “interaction” is sort of the goal., lol!
(Interaction: The effect of one variable depends upon the level of a second variable.)

Methodology:
If I employ faith, love, footwork…DV: God. If I employ only 1 or 2 of IVs…DV: not God.
Faith+Love+Work=God
IV 1: Faith as knowledge of God’s existence
IV 2: Faith that God is Love and loving
(*Respectfully assuming the best of Him)
IV 3: Actively and persistently loving God
(Investing in a real relationship with Him)
DV: “…I love you too.”

“Bilal”
As-salāmu ʿalaykum means “Peace be upon you.”
The typical response to the greeting is Waʿalaykumu s-salām (“and upon you, Peace.”

“Nunquam minus solis quam cum solus.”
“Never less alone than when alone.” -Cicero
Alaikum Salaam!

8/5/16
Left-overs:
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with love

New Topics:
-Reverence and Wonder (seven gifts of the Holy Spirit)
-Prayer, self-will, “pace/hurrying”
-Self-restraint with timing to
-Spot check inventory “pace” for self-will
-“Only for God” as lasting, renewable invigoration and motivation, as Love
-Spot check orientation, “reasons/motive”
-Rewards of flexibility, calmness, serenity
-Predestination as “cause and effect”

🌬The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
-Starting the Day… “One Love”💖
When I start off my day, humbly on my knees before my alter, I summon up intentions of expressing gratitude and cultivating a desire for more progress, of a spiritual nature, and to be determined by God. I thank Him for this beautiful day, my spiritual progress thus far, and for taking such good care of me. If I do not take it upon myself to stop and take the Time to actively notice and say “Thank You!” for these gifts, I will not feel the associated joy that all of this life’s gifts and blessings entails. My own act of saying “thank You,” and the ensuing gratitude and knowledge of God’s grace, as unmerited love or favor, is a large part of His gifts; I sort of have to “unwrap” the gifts myself, in the sense that there is “some assembly required.” In this sense, “Reverence,” is required for the ensuing joy as “Awe,” or “Wonder,” which is in a way like “rapture,” as a sense of closeness to God or “Oneness with God.”

Orienting myself as humbly and gratefully dependent upon God, I feel overwhelmed, sometimes even euphoric or ecstatic, with a sense of His power and love and His desire and willingness to care for me, and provide all that I might need, as I abide in the sense of a Step 3 “surrender to His will.” He always knows best, if I can find the humility to “step out of the way.” A process of first-hand experimentation, or “trial and error,” can confirm this fact.

When I feel God’s presence, or a sense of oneness with God, the feeling of “awe,” or “wonder,” is such that Our connection is undeniable. I ask not for “knowledge of God’s will and the power to carry it out,” rather, I am so enthralled that I ask instead for Him to stay with me, and lead me through the day, as I wish not to depart from His presence. Thus, I don’t want any power do do “God’s will,” I just want His company, because it feels safe and comfortable to sense His closeness; it just feels like being “really loved” all the Time.

I try not to leave my altar from morning prayer and meditation until I feel the sentiment, “what would You like me to do,” rather than running through a mental check list of “what I want to do.” I know the dangers of being led by self-will, and that being motivated by self-will is associated with character defects, or sins, and stems from selfishness or self-centered fear. I try to wait until my own “self-will” subsides so that I can be led by a desire to follow God’s will for me instead.

I try to sit and wait until I feel cleansed of personal wants and desires, and as being a potential channel of either self-will or God’s will, of virtue or vice, I may need to spend some Time unblocking my mind in self-examination and exploration, by the process of communion, or of talking to God in prayer and learning to listen for God in meditation. With these practices, I may better be able to determine the difference between self-will and God’s will.

“Only Fools Rush In…”
If I feel a “sense of urgency” in an inclination to do something, I know instantly that this is likely “self-will” as it is impetuous and in some way most likely either selfish and indulgent, or fear-based. If I feel led by a desire for some form of “instant gratification” that does not result “directly from conscious contact with God Himself,” then I know it is self-will and that it would be best to refrain from this action and instead turn to God for prayer and meditation as “conscious contact,” as a good starting point for guidance. God Himself could do anything necessary to assuage my fears or fill my needs in a moments notice, as if by magic if I appealed to Him, but the point is to learn to depend upon Him to guide me to help myself, and to learn to want the “real, as spiritual” fruits that He wants for me. Thus, if I feel a need for anything that is not “refuge with the Lord,” I try to examine its nature, and I see it is, rather, a “fleeting, false, and empty desire of the material world,” and so it is likely “self-will,” or “sin.”

Prayer is asking God’s guidance, with humility and the knowledge that only He knows what I need and can properly guide me to help myself understand and meet these needs. Meditation is necessary, as if I’m asking for guidance, I ought to exercise my listening skills and attritional abilities so that I may actually be able to notice and receive such guidance! God is always lovingly trying to care for me, it is only a matter of my own humility, teachability and willingness to seek and accept His care. He can and will provide all that I need.

When I “feel the need to rush and hurry,” I know I am probably being led away from God’s presence, by my own vices in the form of my own reactions as “character defects,” or “sins.” I try to use these feelings as indications to perform a quick “spot check inventory,” to reestablish “conscious contact with God,” and my orientation to do, not only His will for me, but to follow His will for me “while with Him,” or “while remaining in His presence.” In this way, I can constantly reassess my orientation or motivation, to ensure to the best of my ability that I am being motivated by love for God and the desire to please Him, rather than by some form of “sinfulness.” The morality of an action is determined by my own motives or intentions, and this “love for God,” is the only “rechargeable” and “inexhaustible” impetus for moral, righteous living habits. This motive, as the only truly righteous motive, is naturally invigorating, and as true and pure love by God, it feels good!

It is from this motivation to please God that brings me fulfillment in all that I do. Only God in all His glory and perfection can love me perfectly and unconditionally, and He will never fail to recognize and reciprocate, in some delightfully mysterious and wonderful way, any love I feel for Him, or that I direct in His name. The only unfailing and indefatigable reason for me to do anything at all in life is “Soli Deo Gloria,” or “only for The Glory of God,” or solely out of “Love for God.”

The root of my sense of fulfillment and purpose: Love. “Love itself” is actually all I ever really need. “Only God” always loves right back, and so doing anything, as “anything for God” is always worth it.

I respectfully assume the best of God, and trust in His love and care for me in all His infinite wisdom. I act with the firm and solid knowledge that “fundamentally, all is well, and everything does work out,” in some way or another. This knowledge increases “productivity and my sense of well-being” as it allows me to focus on my work itself, rather than wrangle with the interference of “sins of fear,” as extraneous unsettling thoughts or worrisome distractions. All I need to do is let go, succumb to the pre-destined love, and go about my business with this thought as a calming reminder.

Humbly and deferentially, I don’t need to know how things will work out, I just know that God is in some way handling it. With this trust in “God as Love,” all that I need to focus on is just trying my hardest to do the right thing, by putting in every possible effort to keep my motives and actions pure, as guided by and based solely upon “Love for and by God.”

“Living life” is actually a reciprocal relationship with God, and I am only meant to determine my thoughts or actions by His standards of perfect love, and not by those of anyone else. “I am His,” and so as His, I am not meant to question my own worth, as it is inherent by virtue of this relationship, and by His covenant. I am to take care of my side of this relationship and, “with loyalty,” to trust His love for me. As it happens, any inkling of mistrust in the form of a fear for God’s intentions for me, or “fearing what will happen to me,” is not only disrespectful, but is actually a breach of loyalty to His covenant, promise, and trust. Thus, as a child of God, I am not actually permitted to fear His will for me or to “worry about the outcome of my efforts,” I am only to trust Him, as He is in fact, already lovingly caring for me, and I am to “just do my best.” I am to let this fact, that “the outcome is some form of love, and had already been prepared,” simply encourage me and help me along the way as I navigate the “high road.”

He already has a path made for each of us, out of love, and so for us, it is only a matter of putting in the footwork and experiencing the joy and wonder of living as this road unfolds before us.
“…Happy Destiny!”

The lunch hour…
Left-overs:
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with love

Still on the Table:
-“Only for God” as lasting, renewable invigoration and motivation, as Love
-Spot check orientation, “reasons/motive”
-Rewards of flexibility, calmness, serenity
-Predestination as “cause and effect”

“I love You!” “…Duh.” “Lol!”

Leap of Faith finds Solid Ground Mid-Air

Dinner hour:
“Variety is the spice of life,” but it also provides a distraction from extended self-reflection. Firmly limiting time spent on therapeutic emotional awareness helps make the feelings bearable, and practicing the skills of emotional flexibility or open-mindedness, so that I and able to “let go,” and switch tasks at the drop of a dime, also helps make the times of pain or personal struggle a bit more tolerable. This ability to “let go” readily is a spiritual asset valuable to coping successfully with disturbances by focusing on and changing my own reaction, thus breaking negative emotional habits or “maladaptive reflexes.”

I like to work on flexibility as the “ability to let go” of whatever I’m feeling or doing, so that I take it in moderation, a little at a time, and don’t become overwhelmed.

Letting go is a cognitive control exercise and a practice of the intellect, aiding in my “executive function” abilities so I may selectively focus on, better attend to, actively learn, and successfully retain relevant information adaptively. This “art of letting go” could also be seen as a meditational practice. If I break up the day with variety, as hard work punctuated with recreation, tough times aren’t really so tough and the joys are more salient. As I practice “letting go and letting God,” I become better able to shake off struggles, as well as better able to notice blessings. No matter what happens, God is always here to help me, and so even if I’m hurting, I’m not afraid, and I Always know I’m ok.💖  “…Nunquam minus solus…”

Eye of Providence and The Great Seal:💎🔹🔸💬💬
Annuit cœptis(meaning “favor our undertakings”) and the other motto on the reverse of the Great Seal, Novus ordo seclorum (meaning “new order of the ages”) can both be traced to lines by the Roman poet Virgil.

8/6/16
Morning prayers: “Σ: Thank You! …How can I help? What can I do to improve myself, maximize my potential, grow spiritually, and be of best service to You and to my fellows? Put me to good use!”
Topics:
-Pot Luck: “Love” is BYOB to start…
-Charitable assumptions, assuming the best in ways beyond human understanding
-Humility and Piety
-Cognitive control and “timing…”
-“Instant gratification,” as “what I want when I want it,” as treated by meditational, intellectual “self-restraint” practices
-Instant gratification as an obstruction to genuine mutual relationships
-Mutual Relationships with God
-Creativity as a product of teamwork

🔹”Make a wish.” 🔸”You, here, now.”
-empiricism and prophesy

“Philosophical Idealism”
….and The “Principle of Charity,” as applied creatively…
To see the world in its best light, I try to see the big picture and exert the influence of my own perspective upon my own subjective experience of reality. I try to practice self-control, patience, and prudence to see the entire context, in the light that allows for the kindest attributions and assessments of behavior or situations.

It helps to utilize cognitive control and a sense of charity to recognize my own mistakes of “fundamental attribution error,” and to intentionally exert control over my snap judgements to try to view people with beneficence and generosity instead, thus, thoughtfully and patiently, being careful to take into account both the external situation and the individual’s personality at the same time as it exists naturally, rather than considering either factor in isolation and therefore out of context.

I choose a benevolent perspective to exert my influence upon the world, as really, “the world can be all that you make of it.” I actively and intentionally search for creative ways to give people the benefit of the doubt, and this approach allows for the rewards of actually seeing and experiencing a beautiful existence. Optimism, as hope and joyful expectation, is a skill, the rewards of which a may reap in the form of joy and a beautiful life.

I choose “Belief” in a “growth mindset” rather than a “fixed mindset,” to allow for the expansion of my own personal potential beyond some erroneous, fallacious, and restricting threshold theory, which merely acts as a handicap and allows excuses and rationalizations for personal laziness, and incorrectly justifying the absence of positive personal development and change. The idea of there being a threshold to development is more a normative or descriptive theory than a prescriptive projection of actual possibilities under ideal conditions.

The idea of a “threshold” for potential or growth is really just a description of the way it currently exists, rather than the way it actually is, can, and will be under the ideal conditions provided by the factor of faith or “Belief.” My own belief in a possibility or effect exerts a real influence, and actually has an effect upon the result or outcome, in much the same way as “the placebo effect.”

The addition of the variable of “belief,” or “faith,” is “intended for us.” We are meant to utilize faith in order to help us to better effect a change upon ourselves and upon our environments, in order to to improve, by maximizing the objective, empirical effects of “hard work” upon an outcome. The point of faith is, ultimately, to help us, as it better allows for progress, both collectively, as a whole, and individually, for each person, toward the greater good. This process of growth may continue infinitely, in God’s Eternal perfection.

“Attribution Theory”
…Success and Failure, Choosing Humility and Collective Success:

By attributing any success to external factors, being of God but contingent upon our “hard work” within the context of the whole group, I may have the benefit of being better equipped to exert a change successfully and harmoniously with my fellows. I practice seeing any “success” as never existing in isolation or attributable to myself, while attributing “failures” to my own personal and internal causes, so that I take responsibility for improvement and carry my weight. In this way I can avoid the dangers of a self-serving bias and the resulting arrogance and ego inflation, which interfere with cooperative group efforts and perpetuate selfish motivations, as the desires for personal gains at the expense of the greater good or the whole.

PM snack…
(Communion)
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

Topics:
-Commandments, suggestions, rules to follow to build esteem, simple ways to feel like I’m pleasing the Lord or being moral
-feeling loved by acting purely out of love, especially if “solely for God”

-Rewards of flexibility, calmness, serenity
-Predestination as “cause and effect”
-Empiricism and prophesy
-Mutual Relationships with God
-Creativity as a product of teamwork

Rebis, Freemasonry Eye

8/7/16
(Communion)
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

Topics:
-Faith as a duty, as my side of the street
-Rewards of flexibility, calmness, serenity
-Predestination as “cause and effect”
-Empiricism and prophesy
-Mutual Relationships with God
-Creativity as a product of teamwork
-“Undivided attention” during worship
-Forms of workship, …all day long 24/7
-Being a temple of God, God is Love
-Keep the foundation firm, grasping faith as the conviction that God is Love, and seeing it as my duty to honor Him by firmly averting all fears or doubts from my mind, providing a “landing pad” or safe place in my heart where We build a relationship
-Building serenity to focus on the “task at hand,” hand in hand with God and Jesus
-“If you build it, They will come…”

1 Kings 17:8-16
Mark 3:29
2 Peter 3:9
Psalm 34:15
Psalm 18:2
Luke 8:17
1 John 4:8
Psalm 91:1
1 Corinthians 6:10-20
1 Corinthians 2:12
Genesis 9:13🌈
1 Corinthians 13

“19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Lunch hour…
“On Faith+”
I overslept this morning, and missed a church service I had been looking forward to; however, I feel really proud of myself, because, instead of reacting with irritation, resentment, or disappointment, I kept the faith and looked for the love, like a blessing in disguise, assuming that God must have had a lesson or something better in store for me. As it turned out, I got to experiment and broaden my horizons by attending a different church that I had been wondering about for a while now. I don’t think I would have thought to actually try attending another church had I not woken up too late for my usual service. Also, moving forward, in the future I’ll know to make every effort on my end, and prioritize setting an alarm if I’m looking forward to something, rather than just assuming it will work out, or taking my natural circadian rhythm for granted!
“Faith without works…” (James 2:18-24)

“But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
(James 2:18-26)

“20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
(1 Corinthians 6:20)

God is my fulcrum, my compass…
“Grabbing hold of God, nothing else.”
“Love lifts us up…”🎧🎶

Deferring to God directly, bypassing Saint Aquinas’s method of using “reason” or logic, or “rationalism,” as even reason is of the material world, and not of the spiritual realm. God Himself determines reason.

Credo ut intelligam (I believe in order to understand).

“The Pursuit of Happiness,” or of God, the Father, originally as a dependent variable by the actual application of “faith, love, and work” as independent variables, via the scientific method, to form evidence of God, both empirically and Personally.
…effecting an “interaction” and friendship.

…Jesus may be a side effect. Lol!

Dinner hour (communion…)
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

…Dangling carrot of “caritas,” being “Led”

As I go through my day, I try to focus on some mental conception or feeling of God and Jesus, which all starts with Love. I then try to keep up a running dialogue with Them, both internally as through my thoughts, and externally in seeing that God is woven all throughout existence, composing all that which I experience. Daily life becomes sort of like chasing a fishing lure or a dangling carrot, of this warm fuzzy feeling from “caritas,” like in a cartoon. I have general intentions and loose plans as to how to be useful and loving for the Lord, but I try to remain “spiritually prepared,” as openminded and flexible, to “be ready” to follow the Lord before any self-originating plan or external goal. By experience, I know that what I want most is just to be with Them, and in following their lead First of all, just going through my day has the feel of adventure, and I may retain a childlike sense of marvel or wonder even during mundane tasks.

Step 2:
I try to see my own powerlessness in all of life’s daily difficulties or problems as a blessing, because it opens to door for “right relations with God,” Who is really all I need anyway. It is by knowledge of my own insufficiency, as humility, teachability, and a desire for God-dependence, that I may come to properly relate myself to Him, “of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works…” (John 14:10). Any problem is merely a chance to turn to God, with joyful expectation, and receive His love and glory, because I know He will lead me to some sort of solution beyond my own capability. By virtue of this humility, or piety, I may experience “in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.” When I encounter a problem, it always ends up that I’m better off for it, because then I ask His help, and to receive it, I draw nearer to Him! Then We strengthen and develop our relationship and grow ever closer, while together overcoming obstacles. All I need to do is “come to” and “…believe!”

I try to set the ball in motion and maintain the momentum of work by maintaining and persisting with thoughts and feelings of God and Jesus, as Love, in the face of difficulties and potential frustrations, avoiding other emotions which could turn into character defects. I try to keep this foundation for Our relationship well cared for, and I must clear it out constantly with diligent and often metacognitive upkeep, to maintain a sense of Love. If I take care of my side of the street in this, Our relationship, by keeping the faith and Love, I may pave the way for God’s grace merely with my attitude and outlook combined with a sincere and eager effort and intention to please Him. In this way, We may smoothly transition into cooperation, teamwork, and the true workings of a reciprocal relationship with God in action.

Don’t Fear, There is a Solution! (God)😜Problem solving 101:
“To solve a problem…’break it down.'”
If I have a problem I should consult the Word of the Lord. God would know best, so…
“Answer: The Bible.” But that presents another problem, because I’m not familiar with the Bible, and it’s so long I wouldn’t know where to look or what to look for and it overwhelms me just to think about it. Where do I start? So, to solve the problem presented by the solution itself…
“Break it down.”
“Answer: The 12 Steps.”
“Can we break it down further?”
“What I’ve found is that Step 11 is, universally, a good heuristic.”

“Cadence”🎧
Of Effort and Attitude:
“Trying and failing in good humor isn’t really failing at all.”
It is just this scenario, cushioned with faith and love, that crafts the opportunity for a Step 3 experience, whereby we may, firsthand, experience Divine Intervention. If I set the stage and fail gracefully but keep going in “good faith,” I may “Let Go and let God,” and effectively surrender to His care.

7/8/16
Topics;
(Exodus 33:15)
-“don’t leave before the miracle happens”
-“steering,” trust fall back, reorient to primary purpose as caritas/God, not the activity itself, which is just a means
-keeping close to ask for help with the pace and amount of my thoughts, stay in moment and just enjoy being with serenity
-“does it need to get done, does it need to get done now?” Seeing that God almost never asks me to hurry, and that if I follow His will, it will happen at the proper Time, there is no rush to see some idea to fruition or completion, if He wills it, “it will” the right way, as Together with serenity; don’t act out of fear that if I don’t move “right now,” I may forget the good idea
-inspiration, looking forward to prayer time for the exaltation, exuberance, exhilaration
-“inspiration,” and enjoyment are available all day as inexhaustible resources from God, as well as the ability to feel excited about whatever it is I’m doing, so ask!
-eagerness evidenced as “willingness” by taking all suggestions as meant for my own improvement and betterment, even those corrections made to others
-think think think slogan explanation, and a pause for a moment of grace
-the main point anyway as to feel love with God and maintain this, feeling Him beside me as We go through the day

“Devotion”🙏
“14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”
(Exodus 33:14-15)

I have found that what I really want is a “sense of oneness with God,” or to lose myself in the moment and be swept away by the Love He willingly bestows. I would call this sense of an “embrace” some version of a “rapture,” as it reminds my of the way Psyche must feel in the famous painting “Le Ravissement de Psyche” (The Rapture of Psyche) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. From experience and experimentation with persistence, I have found the slogan “Don’t Leave Before The Miracle Happens” to apply to prayer Time, and indeed, any other activity as well (AA).
If I persist diligently, I find that over the course of my prayers and meditation, as I express exaltation I begin may be in to feel exhilarated, exuberant, and immensely inspired. I know that this is the feel I get when I am rather accurately channeling God’s will by relinquishing my own. This, I try to sit in communion, as prayer and meditation, to clear my channel of self-will, instinct, and impulse, until I feel a sense of, “ok, You take the lead, show me the way,” and I try to retain this sense of humility, that I don’t know best, and so am readily ably to defer to God’s help all day long.
I try to keep my mind framed with love and altruistic intentions, as these are accompanied by this feeling of “oneness with God” and a “singleness of purpose between Us.” As a solid foundation, I try to keep in mind that “all is fundamentally well, He is Always here, but that I must exert my will to choose to seek Him and His serenity. I must make this Step 3 choice and fall back on this belief periodically to keep reestablishing serenity. My belief in God and His ever present Love as being readily available is my starting point. The thought “just trust Him, He’s here” always works as a calming base for my “sense of being” in order to maintain a sense of peace and composure. This “method of maintenance” is effective as a lifestyle practice, forming the basis of a way of life or general pattern for living.
I persist with trying to maintain this connection throughout my day, as conscious contact with God via deliberate thoughts to Him and Jesus like an internal dialogue or conversation, and a sense of “singleness of purpose” by seeking and surrendering to His will for me, in order to remain near to Him and to work in conjunction with Him and Jesus.
I must take responsibility for the “steering” of my own free will in order to find this “psychological flow,” with His universal spirit. I take proactive measures by noticing fears and worries as they crop up, and staving them off and shutting them out from my mind, thus maintaining upkeep of a mental “safe place,” conducive to serenity and productivity. I must choose not to follow a fear or worry-based train of thought, and if a worry does crop up, I make a conscious effort to recognize my powerlessness, turn to God, and choose the safely of His love and care. I also spend time on personal moral inventories to root out deeper causes of such fears, as a necessary step to engage in this process thoroughly and effectively. By taking time to face fears in God’s presence, I see that they are just “smoke screens,” carry no weight, wield no real power over me, and that it is my job to actively resist them as they occur, and to not let them into my consciousness. In this way, I “steer” my thoughts and actions responsibly, with “sober thinking” and always with and towards God and Love. I make sure to feed my intentions and motives, or my “fuel tank” or “engine” with this, God’s inexhaustible, ever-present, and all-nourishing energy of “agape,” “caritas,” or “pure and true Love.” For this effect, I must see myself as merely a co-pilot, as “love does not fly solo!” If I wish to keep in this stream of goodness, and “keep the faith with works,” I must keep in close contact with Him intentionally and all the Time, which becomes easier with practice and can feel like a game of “follow the leader” and an “adventure” of sorts. I start this process (…of progress, not perfection) by thinking “about Him,” then thinking my thoughts “to Him,” and then finding that my questions or comments receive responses “in mysterious ways.” Eventually by “letting go and letting God,” “letting Him in,” “and “getting out of the way,” He may grasp the helm and take a turn at steering “Our ship.” It often works like “instructional scaffolding.” My intention may be beyond my own ability, but if I keep trying to follow His will or altruism, and “keep the faith” as the work on my end of the relationship, He will step in as the instructor to complete the task. “Don’t leave before the miracle happens!” Thus, this “leap of faith in action” could be understood in terms of “scaffolding” and the “zone of proximal development,” developed by the psychologist Lev Vygotsky.

“Food for Thought”
(Lunch hour communion)
Left overs:
-eagerness evidenced as “willingness” by taking all suggestions as meant for my own improvement and betterment, even those corrections made to others
-think think think slogan explanation, and a pause for a moment of grace
-the main point anyway as to feel love with God and maintain this, feeling Him beside me as We go through the day

New Topics:
-Step 11 guidance quote
-Hold onto willingness not discomfort
-God-focus to avoid self-focus
-“Eden’s Apple” as lesson about ego, arrogance, pride, self-will…
-“trust and love to take direction,” instead of self-will, to form healthy relationships and work in cooperation with God and each other towards the highest good
-Eden as a metaphor for sins or fears to protect my “mental Zen garden” and wisdom as the apple within my mind’s eye
-Drawing connections, critical thinking
-Letting go and creative problem-solving

Communion, “Soul Food:”
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

Step 11:
“We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms” (12 Steps and 12 Traditions, pp. 104).

“Think Think Think:”
…This slogan is meant to be displayed on its placard upside down. Sometimes I need to stop and think, and “try another perspective,” because I might be missing the point, perhaps by focusing too intently on the problem and losing sight of God, or “the process of working with love in my heart,” to power me through. Especially if I feel discomfort, pain, or worry, be it physical or emotional, simply reorienting my perspective so that I’m looking for God instead of a solution seems to solve the problem, sometimes by directly solving it, and sometimes by allowing me to see it from within a broader context, where the significance of the issue diminishes to its proper scale. Sometimes the discomfort doesn’t go away, but it ceases to bother me because I’m focused too intently on God, and that Love is intense enough to conquer any pain or unease. Focusing on God takes me away from self-focus, and lifts the weight of my own self-centered, selfish problems up off my shoulders, allowing me to relax, loosen up, and just “enjoy the experience.”
“Restart, Refocus…”
I can take a moment for Step 1 and reaffirm my own shortsightedness and potential for fear, pride, or arrogance as sins when I am “alone behind the wheel” and powered by self-will. I may need to stop and think, refocus on God, and ask for help from God directly, knowing full well that He will, as I meet Him halfway. I give up on “my way,” “what I want,” and “self-will,” and seek Him in all earnestness, ready to do anything to meet Him.
“Pause”
Sometimes I need a moment of grace as a pause in my own momentum, as if I am already caught up in and powered by self-will I need to stop and “let go,” before He can step in to show me a better way. Only by wresting myself free of self-propulsion will I open myself up for God to intercede.

“Willingness is Key”
I experience success, as happiness or fulfillment and a sense of oneness with God, to the extent that “I am willing.” I try to maintain “willingness” to seek God’s will and not follow my own selfish impulses. I see willingness in action as seeking to be “a channel,” as in the 11th Step prayer, the “Prayer of St. Francis.”

Step 3:
My success ultimately hinges upon my own “willingness,” to turn my will and life over to the care of God, to humbly admit that I am weak and I don’t know best, and to seek his love and direction with loving and trusting earnestness, as of a child, joyously expectant and without answers. Sometimes what I need isn’t really a solution at all, it’s just to go through the process of talking out my thoughts with Him or spending quality Time in a common effort, as with the common purpose of love.

“Half-measures availed us nothing….”
At this point I may see my own defeat or powerlessness as a cause for a sort of spiritual revelry, or a rallying point, because with this admission, any concept of “self-reliance” is properly understood as illusory, clearing the way for “right relations with God.” Thus, in comes God! “…But there is one who has all power, that one is God, may you find Him now.” If I need help, I always know that “…He could and would if He were sought” (AA). After a few first-hand experiences, just try tearing me away from that, His Help; this may be understood as “fear of the Lord,” in terms of a “separation anxiety.” I try to counter such fear with my own trust, obedience, and devotion to His promise of Always.

“Willingness to Go to Any Lengths…”
I try to be responsible for my “willingness,” by interpreting all suggestions or rules I hear, if they are sensible, as properly applicable to everyone, in the spirit of “progress not perfection.” Thus, I heed every correction I hear, and I see that by taking any and every piece of good advice, I may demonstrate my willingness by exerting literally every effort, “in good faith.” Even if I think I’m pretty well off in an area, I will follow a correction made to someone else, in order to improve further.

“Any and Every Correction?”
I have found that employing this method results in feeling a resoluteness of purpose and the sense of drawing closer to God. Taking action helps me to sense and take part in a deeper meaning to life, as a sense of duty or responsibility, and belongingness or community.

In addition, taking care of the footwork, by making every effort, including fact-checking questionable advice and actively seeking out and looking for additional opportunities by which to improve, results in exponential personal growth on my end, in terms of any sort of learning, such as character building, spiritual development, or really any sort of skill at all. I may seek out the mistakes or character defects as sins, so I can work towards growth and healing, and progress Together with God.

Mantras to encourage Humility…
I’m sorry, I love You, thank You, help me…

Dinner hour…
Communion, “Soul Food:”
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

Topics:
-“Eden’s Apple” as lesson about ego, arrogance, pride, self-will…
-“trust and love to take direction,” instead of self-will, to form healthy relationships and work in cooperation with God and each other towards the highest good
-Eden as a metaphor for sins or fears to protect my “mental Zen garden” and wisdom as the apple within my mind’s eye
-Drawing connections, critical thinking
-Letting go and creative problem-solving

New Life!:🐣
“26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
(James 2:26)

“In Action…”
It’s nice to have commandments, or simple suggestions or guidelines of morality and ways to please the Lord to follow, as a method of pure and honest work or action by which I may bring my thoughts or intentions of love to actual fruition. I need a method by which to “prove it,” else my love rests stagnant and will not circulate. My mere intentions of altruism may need a physical means by which to “build up steam,” and bring the faith into reality, thus joining the spiritual and corporeal realms, and helping me to feel like I’m effecting an actual positive impact and spreading Love. I need physical actions to carry out the intention, to to build up the momentum and carry the thoughts over to the physical, tangible, material realm. With God, We may cultivate this Love together, as “a faith with works” works wonders!

The only really fulfilling, altruistic, and truly pure and loving reason or motivation to do anything is “Soli Deo Gloria,” or as I interpret it, out of love for God and His Love for me, as “only to glorify the Father.” It is the intention itself that determines the righteousness of an action, and only this intention, of “only to glorify God,” is actually truly righteous. Thus, in this sense, God’s standard sets of rules and requirements are a gift and a blessing!

8/9/16
I’m not sure what to expect of today, but whatever We do, I’m sure it’ll be neat!

Left-Overs…
Topics:
-“Eden’s Apple” as lesson about ego, arrogance, pride, self-will…
-“trust and love to take direction,” instead of self-will, to form healthy relationships and work in cooperation with God and each other towards the highest good
-Eden as a metaphor for sins or fears to protect my “mental Zen garden” and wisdom as the apple within my mind’s eye
-Drawing connections, critical thinking
-Letting go and creative problem-solving

Goals:
-“steering,” trust fall back, reorient to primary purpose as caritas/God, not the activity itself, which is just a means
-keeping close to ask for help with the pace and amount of my thoughts, stay in moment and just enjoy being with serenity
-“does it need to get done, does it need to get done now?” Seeing that God almost never asks me to hurry, and that if I follow His will, it will happen at the proper Time, there is no rush to see some idea to fruition or completion, if He wills it, “it will” the right way, as Together with serenity; don’t act out of fear that if I don’t move “right now,” I may forget the good idea
-Practice effort and Trust in God’s care!

New Topics:
-Valuing humility, not self-confidence
-Emotional Intelligence
-Creativity, letting go, teamwork
-“Insight;” as in problem-solving, and…

“But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You…” (-From Thomas Merton’s Prayer)

“Teamwork”
It is the actual process, or act itself of problem-solving, of writing about and exploring the concepts of healthy coping methods and spiritual development or self-improvement, Together with God, that usually provides me with a sense of “overcoming obstacles,” achievement, or progress. There really is no finite, external solution to any problem, as all problems are of the material world, and all the material world is essentially empty and contingent upon or comprised of God’s will. Thus, simply taking responsibility to make an effort toward contemplating possible solutions, “Together, as with God,” bestows upon me the “release,” as God Himself is necessarily always the answer. As God the Father, Yahweh or Abba, is an actual Person, to seek God is to seek a “relationship,” thus entailing an ensuing “act of teamwork” of some sort.

I know that my own capabilities or resources are insufficient to solve my difficulties with “living life on life’s terms.” However, by reaching out to God, and trusting in His care by assuming He has already laid out the path of the solution if I am willing to abide, I may get excited about this new opportunity to grow, rather than become disappointed by my own weakness. I seek to grow both towards Him in strengthening our bond and relationship, and “in His image,” as to become more as He would like me to be.

“I’m Supposed to Be Weak!”
As it turns out, I’m not supposed to try to be self-sufficient, I’m supposed to rely upon God as like a Father. As a human being, I am supposed to be powerless by virtue of my standing in God’s world, and I am meant to recognize this openly so that I may freely seek help, thus accomplishing feats “Together” beyond what my abilities of my own would allow. Seen properly in this light, I may strive towards God and His Perfection of virtues as instructional “measuring sticks.” His Perfection is eternal, and so I may strive towards spiritual growth with Him for all eternity.

What a relief to find out that trying to rely upon self-sufficiency is a based upon a fallacy! In all truth, I am utterly powerless, as God Himself controls anything and everything. It seems a great weight is lifted from my shoulders, in that now I realize that attempting to strive for personal accomplishments is also fallacious, as all that I do is only empowered by the “grace of God,” or His “unmerited love or favor.” So if I feel self-confidence, I am taking credit for that which is not mine, and am feeding into an overblown ego, thus upsetting the natural balance set by God, and laying the groundwork for a devastating ego crash.
It is this lack of recognition, that God is supposed to be in control, not me, that leads to my being an “egomaniac with an inferiority complex.” I am meant to value humility rather than self-confidence, as from this “right-sized,” as Divinely-intended, starting point, real accomplishments, as being “worthy in God’s sight” rather than in mine, may actually be made! As long as I am self-seeking, or seeking self-confidence, self-sufficiency, or personal success, over my relationship with God, I will end up dissatisfied in some way or another, because I am rebelling against the natural order of things in God’s universe.

“Humility”
It is this process of “self-discovery Together with God,” as like a Father or Teacher, that provides me with that which I really need, which is really just Time with Him, to recognize His influence, accept His help, and take comfort in the Love I feel by merely being in His presence. All I need to do to feel this, the true nature of things as He intended, is to “literally ask Him” for help and to honestly seek Him.

Batter Up!
Lunch Hour Communion in Prep…
Goals:
Taking my own advice as being meant “especially” for myself also, as I am striving to be a channel of God.

If I wish to be a conduit by which God may do truly great things, I will trust Him unquestionably, assuming that the greatness of His design is beyond my finite human comprehension, and so I reside in the security of His Love rather than in self-based assurance from logic or rationale, or the “why” of the matter, which is ultimately based upon my own understanding, and a form of “self-reliance” rather than God-reliance. I am content to know less than the whole story, and to simply play my part, trusting that, “…He will make all things right if I surrender to His will;” (-Reinhold Niebuhr).

Lunch Hour Communion:
(“Soul Food,” or “Food for Thought”)
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

Left-Overs…
Topics:
-“Eden’s Apple” as lesson about ego, arrogance, pride, self-will…
-“trust and love to take direction,” instead of self-will, to form healthy relationships and work in cooperation with God and each other towards the highest good
-Eden as a metaphor for sins or fears to protect my “mental Zen garden” and wisdom as the apple within my mind’s eye
-Drawing connections, critical thinking
-Letting go and creative problem-solving

New Topics:
-Valuing humility, not self-confidence
-Emotional Intelligence
-Creativity, letting go, teamwork
-“Insight;” as in problem-solving, and…

“My Mantras”
(…For a Dialogue with God and Jesus:)
“I’m sorry, I’ll try again harder!” “I know We can do better Together!” “Thank You!” “Please help me!” “Please show me how!” “I love You!”

🔑🔸”The Key”🔹🌈
If I trust God’s love and take responsibility for the “willingness” to follow His path for me, to any and all lengths, I have already made a commitment to put in the most work possible. I exert “only love, as trust in God,” thus reciprocating His Love, and providing me the willingness to follow God anywhere and through anything, with the outcome resting wholly upon God’s will.

At this point, I don’t need to know what His path for me will be, because needing to know that information only comes from a desire to try to determine it myself or to exert my own influence upon an outcome. Typically, the desire to know God’s will specifically would originate from self-will, as fear and doubt, or as looking to make an “informed decision” about whether or not to follow it, out of laziness or the desire for an easier road, and is thus a form of sin, or self-will in disguise; I have already committed to following His will for me out of “blind love,” or “blind trust.” I trust His will for me, and rely upon it over my own, thus committing myself simply to trying my absolute hardest to do that which entails the most spiritual rigor and would please Him most.

I feel safe, loved, and properly “armored” for anything I may encounter, or “life on life’s terms,” by the very fact of my willingness to go to any lengths. I have the willingness to do anything, only for God, and to follow “the high road,” by going His way and not mine, so there’s really nothing for which I would be unprepared. I may proceed with serenity through any difficulty without asking how or why, and just maintain the love that is our “base,” and basis for a “real, as trusting and reciprocal, relationship.” I already know that whatever I end up doing, it will end well, because I’m maintaining “conscious contact” and relying upon God and Jesus, via our constant prayer-line of communication, so I don’t need to “guess” about how I stand with Him and Jesus. Any “ending” serves merely as a crossroads, tying nicely into a continuation of His “high road,” or of a clean pattern of healthy living, as knotted into Eternity, personally, by God’s own loving hand.

Dinner Hour Communion:
(“Soul Food,” or “Food for Thought”)
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

Left-Overs…
Topics:
-“Eden’s Apple” as lesson about ego, arrogance, pride, self-will…
-“trust and love to take direction,” instead of self-will, to form healthy relationships and work in cooperation with God and each other towards the highest good
-Eden as a metaphor for sins or fears to protect my “mental Zen garden” and wisdom as the apple within my mind’s eye
-Drawing connections, critical thinking
-Letting go and creative problem-solving

New Topics:
-Valuing humility, not self-confidence
-Emotional Intelligence
-Creativity, letting go, teamwork
-“Insight;” as in problem-solving, and…

“12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.15 All that belongs to the Father is mine.That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
(John 16:12-15)

8/10/16
Goals: “Bring the attitude and love to power work with joyful momentum!”

Left-Overs…
Topics:
-“Eden’s Apple” as lesson about ego, arrogance, pride, self-will…
-“trust and love to take direction,” instead of self-will, to form healthy relationships and work in cooperation with God and each other towards the highest good
-Eden as a metaphor for sins or fears to protect my “mental Zen garden” and wisdom as the apple within my mind’s eye
-Empathy
-Creativity, “letting go,” teamwork
-“Insight; impasse, and problem-solving;” a moment of grace, “let go let God,” creative thinking as convergent, divergent, and as “thinking outside the box”
-Drawing connections, critical thinking

New Topics:
-Caritas passages, singleness of “will”
-Willingness, growth mentality, pleasure and duty to change, looking for mistakes to correct, not justifications to make
-“I don’t know best,” trusting God wants what’s best for me, so sins must lead to unhappiness, hard work to happiness
-“You’re going to have fun, and you’re going to like it!” My job to bring the trust in the sense of, “this work will be fun!”

“13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift ofprophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there areprophecies, they will fail; whether there aretongues, they will cease; whether there isknowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
(1 Corinthians 13)

“16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
(1 John 4:16)

“Willingness as a Placeholder”
When I start my day, I try to just hold onto the thought and intention, as my basic impetus, that I am “willing.” I am merely “willing to go to any lengths,” and my aim is to live a moral, useful, happy, productive life, simply as “doing the right thing.” As I have the best of intentions and wish to serve the “greatest good” possible, I see that God’s will would always be the Greatest good, and so my running theme for the day is, “Thy will not mine be done.”

I realize that as I focus on my willingness and desire to live rightly, and to seek and serve the Highest good as the will of God, I can and must let go of other forms of self-will or sin, which appear as thoughts of, “what I want, what I desire, what I like, how I feel about doing this, or what will happen as the outcome.” All of these forms of cognition are selfishly-based fears, and so are character defects or forms of sin. If grasp my willingness, I may focus only keeping my intentions pure, and on God Himself, and thus, there will be no mental space left to be occupied by fears. God will step in if I clear away space for Him by virtue of maintaining willingness.

Rather than thinking of an outcome or an effect, I take responsibility for the cause, as my intention or motivation. I am trying to take care to use of my metacognitive abilities to reorient myself to my “primary purpose,” which is to seek and serve the greatest good and be actively loving. I try not to entertain doubts or fears or thoughts of “what will happen,” rather I try to maintain a pro-active and positive mind frame, of “what can I do,” as “what active measures can I myself take to contribute to the greater good, a solution, or the proliferation of love and happiness?” The moment a doubt or fear arises within me, I take care to firmly face and avert it, by seeking God, and restarting with my guiding force of Our love. By spot check inventories, I may develop the metacognitive habit of “checking my motives to determine the justness of my actions.” If the reason for my action is based upon fear or some other selfish drive, I refrain, and seek God for help. When I notice a “sinful,” as “selfish or fear-based” motive, I try to admit my weakness immediately, and make the healthy choice of “God” instead, and I ask Him for help.

The “effect” of proceeding through my day in this manner is that I have a sense of purpose, and a duty, to maintain the purity of my own mind by being vigilant for sinful self-will as evidenced by my motives, and to stave them off as they creep in, as like an adventurer clearing a jungle path “of spirituality” with a machete. If I feel a fear, I face and avert it, relying heavily and perhaps completely upon God and Jesus for direction. By committing to the “willingness to go to any lengths,” I take care to choose the most spiritually rigorous and challenging options as I carve my way through my own mental landscape and through the day’s activities.

In addition, I keep my motive as being “of love, or, to please the Lord,” and so by grace I enjoy any work ahead of me, as it is by virtue of my driving force or reason for an activity that I may actually derive joy from that action. I “actively seek God,” looking for the most loving or difficult options, and constantly praying or meditating as an internal dialogue with Him and Jesus, “appraising myself only by my motives,” which I can change at will, by directing it towards the grace of God. If my desire or motive is “to please God, or to draw nearer and strengthen our connection or relationship,” I know that, “He will lead me by the right path…” (Thomas Merton’s Prayer).

I often need to exercise my intellectual abilities to stop, focus, and think, so that I am not making excuses or justifying bad behavior. I see that I am meant to make proper use of every helpful resource available to me, as a supportive fellowship is God-given and therefore intended.

“Focus: Cause, not Effect”
In this way, I may use my “thinking about thinking,” or metacognitive tendencies to good purpose; rather than worrying about myself and the impression I make, I may “pray my thoughts to God” to properly orient myself via steadying my intention, focusing constantly so that I may be propelled purely by love, as both with and towards God and Jesus.
“…The serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things We can…” (Reinhold Niebuhr).

“Intentions! This Above All…”
I can control what drives me, and when I keep my heart pure and free from selfish motives, by daily spiritual maintenance and devoted diligence to a “singleness of purpose,” as “agape,” or “with God,” the “effect” is serenity, and I really don’t have “cause” to worry about anything else!

Lunch Hour Communion:
-“Love intention” as inexhaustible fuel to power any effort
-Love as seeing only best in others and situations… Problem? I call your bluff.💖
…Let’s work through it Together.

I derive enjoyment from an activity not by any quality of the activity itself, or even from the outcome, but from my “reason” for engaging in that activity in the first place, as my “intention,” or my “motive.”

“Faith with Works”
The concept of “faith with works,” or a faith that works is evidenced in action when I take responsibility for my own willingness. I understand this “willingness,” to be a combination of “right intention,” which is to seek and serve the will of God, in the form of “agape,” or “a will to love,” combined with the actual action, or efforts to fulfill the intention and to carry that love over into actual reality.
(James 2:18-26)

I try to keep diligently focused on God and Jesus, “keeping my eyes peeled” and “my ear to the ground,” if you will, so that I may keep myself properly aligned and oriented, rather than out of touch, or disconnected. If I were to act without First looking for God, as actively communing, and then following my best understanding of His will for me, obediently and with love, I would be operating as if without a compass in the wilderness, merely out of my own wants or desires, and so propelled by some form of sin, understood as self-will.

I actively look for indicators of God’s love and direction, myself coming armed with willingness and belief in the power of His love, that Together, We may overcome anything. I try to remain teachable, as a diligent and hard-working pupil, seeking to learn from any resource He may employ, on behalf of my betterment and in the process of spiritual discipline and growth.

“Where there’s a ‘Step 3’ there’s a way!”
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, so long as that will is God’s! I must keep checking that I’m maintaining some sort of understanding of a “right path,” and focus my mental abilities to think through different choices. For instance, I may ponder a choice, and think, well, “that option requires more work, so it would be a good way to show Him just how much I care!” I may also see respecting myself as being respectful to God, as I am His.

I may use my imagination to think a choice all the way through, not out of fear but in the interest of thoroughness, carefully examining the consequences of that choice as it comes full circle. I know that I am “equipped” to handle any problem, if I remember that, “I myself don’t have the solution, nor do I know how to handle life on life’s terms,” but that God does, and He will help, if I earnestly seek Him.

Love, or “agape,” as a reason or intention, I understand in terms of “altruism. ” Love serves as a reason for action just because it’s the right and good thing to to, not because of any other result; as such, “the very act of being loving, or action done out of caritas, is the end in and of itself,” as there is no other reason. I see “God,” as understood in the sense of caritas or agape, as being a worthy reason for doing anything, “simply for His own sake.” I see this type of selfless love, “this ‘agape’ as being a will to love, and not merely the feeling of ‘philia,'” as itself being the greatest Good. Logically, as the greatest Good, this Love must be some form of God!

This love sees and assumes only the best in others, out of charity, and is the will to see life in its best light, and so can be understood in terms of faith, hope, and optimism; but when an action is added to form an actual display and the exertion of effort as the declaration of the vastness or pricelessness of the value of this Love, as truly precious and worthy of going “…to any lengths,” then the Love solidifies, and a relationship with God is set in “it’s base.”

He can make anything possible.

My Aim:💘
My aim is desiring and enacting hard work in the name of God. I see this will to love as “caritas,” and I act while knowing that this will, “to love selflessly, with no other reason than but for its own sake,” or, “only for God,” is able to power, or serve as an engine, and perpetually fuel any feat. I may use the cadence of my own breath to regulate the pace of my thoughts and actions in order to focus with serenity.

“First and Foremost:”
I seek a relationship with God and Jesus, and try my hardest to make Them proud.

“A Promise of God”
“12 Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.”
14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
17 So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

(Exodus 33:12-23)

Dinner Communion Prep:
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

Communion, “Soul Food” for Thought:
(Topics: Left-Overs…)
-“Eden’s Apple” as lesson about ego, arrogance, pride, self-will…
-“trust and love to take direction,” instead of self-will, to form healthy relationships and work in cooperation with God and each other towards the highest good
-Eden as a metaphor for sins or fears to protect my “mental Zen garden” and wisdom as the apple within my mind’s eye
-“I don’t know best,” trusting God wants what’s best for me, so sins must lead to unhappiness, hard work to happiness
-“You’re going to have fun, and you’re going to like it!” My job to bring the trust in the sense of, “this work will be fun!”

-Willingness, “growth mentality,” pleasure and duty to change, looking for mistakes to correct, not justifications to make

-Drawing connections, critical thinking
-Empathy, Emotional Intelligence
-Creativity, “letting go,” teamwork
-“Insight; impasse, and problem-solving;” a moment of grace, “let go let God,”
-creativity as convergent and divergent, and as “thinking outside the box”

“Inspiration:”
“If you take a break, leave your work while it’s still incomplete, before you finish running an idea the whole way through to it’s completion, as then, picking it back up again to resume work will be all the easer.”
-Ernest Hemingway, “A Moveable Feast”

“A Moveable Festivus”

New Topics:
-“Reaction formation”
-“Just world theory,” attribution bias
-“Openness to experience” (O.C.E.A.N.)
-Building esteem with estimable acts
-Process of elimination, deductive reasoning, hypothesis testing

-“Paraklētos” -Origin: via late Latin from Greek paraklētos ‘called in aid’ from para- ‘alongside’ + klētos (from kalein to call).
-John 14:16-26

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

(John 14:16-26)

8/11/16
Topical Outline:
-Praise, feeling blessed or grateful as a result of “thank you,” happy as a result of smiling, feel love by displaying it
-opportunity to show respect physically and by time, effort spent, express interest
-God (Jesus) as only People worthy of praise and able to care for Us as children
-displays of trust by taking a moment to consider him First before proceeding
-strictly refraining from allowing myself to entertain worries, doubts, or to ever feel discouraged, “tuning” my intention instead
-reinterpreting emotional cues
-“inspiration”
-problem-solving, pause for Grace (God)
-meditation and listening to and looking for God, by knowing I don’t have answers
-inspiration by communing with God
-“strange” dynamic

“Clearing a Path”
As a child of God, I have an innate need to express thankfulness and gratitude by taking time to devote, specifically, to praise and worship. This need is no mistake, as the circuitry connecting the body and mind are interdependent; we may “feel happy as a result of the physical effort of smiling, rather than smile as a result of happiness.” This concept applies also to the practice of prayer and worship. If I make a conscious, deliberate effort to notice and vocally express appreciation for God’s grace as it works in my life, I will feel grateful. If I offer praise and reverence to our Maker, I will feel blessed. By personal experimentation, I have found that the more energy I put into my spiritual life, the more fulfilling every other aspect of my life becomes, as the spirit, or soul, is the foundation of my being. Thus, if I nurture my connection with God, I am granted the spiritual sustenance that I actually require, as a human and therefore primarily spiritual being. Once I fill this primary need for a relationship with God, the other cognitive and physical needs associated with humanness become systemically fulfilled, by virtue of God’s hierarchy.

I can offer up praises to God and Jesus by my thoughts and expressions, simply as a running internal dialogue with Them, and by my intentions and actions, by carrying on with an activity simply to please Them. Relying upon God as a reason or motivation to do anything is an unfailing impetus to provide whatever I may need to get through any obstacle ahead of me. I try to take care to keep God and Jesus first and foremost in my thoughts, and to keep the material world as existing secondarily to Them. Thus, in this way, my lenses are “rose-tinted,” as I am seeing the world through the “screens” of my Higher Power. When I put Them first, I know I will see what I need to see and interpret it how I am meant to interpret it. I try to keep my connection with God and Jesus strong so that I follow them and not some other person or my own instincts. Simply thinking about God “before” I act or consider myself and my own interests may serve this purpose, and this thought can always be developed in “wonderful ways.”

God always goes First in His natural order of things in His universe, naturally. If I try to proceed with a thought or activity without considering Him or Jesus and what They think or how They would feel, ideally Both in turn, I will find that activity’s progression naturally “empty” and unfulfilling. If I forget about God, I will leave out the “only sustenance,” or “spiritual substance” that I actually need! From God, and only from God do “all blessings flow.” In the past I might have been driven by love, but failed to recognize its origin and true nature as being God. I am so grateful that sensing Him as a Person allows me the opportunity to strengthen Our connection, and more thoroughly feel and channel His Love. Praying to God the Father, and Jesus, is vastly more satisfying, natural, and comfortable than praying to a murky concept of some amorphous Force.

Only God and Jesus are worthy of praise or elevation in my life, and only They are able to properly reciprocate such feelings and care for me with truly unconditional love. I can look for ways to “make sacrifices,” as in “considering Their interests first,” and look for methods by which to more thoroughly express my gratitude and love, by making healthy choices to care for myself as “belonging to Them,” and by devoting my time and energy to endeavors or undertakings made in Their name, “Soli Deo Gloria.” Sometimes, all it takes on my part may be to just make a start, by displaying an interest in what God might wish for me to do, and I find that this inclination is so natural, beautiful, and in fact, Divinely-intended, that it serves to perpetuate and proliferate as “good Will” within myself.

I try to see it as my duty to work only in conjunction with my Higher Power, or God and Jesus. I try to take care of “clearing the way” free of fears, doubts, or forms of pride or other sins, as character defects, so that I may be maximally useful to God and to my fellows. If I do not maintain upkeep of “the path of my mind and soul,” then I may lay myself prone to the whims of “self-will run amok,” and be susceptible to the misery of immorality, as being run purely by the instinct for selfishness, and thus leading to immoral, “wrong action.”

I try to clear the way for intentions of Love and the will and grace of God by resisting discouragement, seeing that as a human, it as natural for a maladaptive instinct to arise within me, but that it is actually my duty to turn instead to God, trusting in His help to expel that sin, in the form of “fear.”

I try to halt disagreeable feelings right in their paths, and if I feel frustrated, resentful, irritated, uncomfortable, or morose and self-pitying, I recognize my weakness and stop my mind in its tracks. I see those thoughts or feelings for what they are, as illusory and essentially fallacious smoke-screens, and I see it as my job to banish them from the temple that is my mind. I know that God will help me and guide me, if I make the decision to seek and listen for Him, and not myself. I see it as my responsibility and privilege to strictly refrain from entertaining fear or pride-based thoughts, as they are sins. I. often tell myself that a fearful or selfish thought “is not permitted,” out of respect for God, and myself, as God’s child.

“Emotional Cues”
I try to reinterpret my emotions, as cues not of how I feel, but of what I’m lacking and need, of myself, to replenish. If I feel discouraged, I do not follow the fear to the path of sin, but rather, I take note of what’s missing and I provide encouragement!

I may entertain any sort of encouraging or comforting thoughts to dispel fears, and it is my duty to do so. I see my own defects or negative attitudes as opportunities to admit my own weakness and then honor God and Jesus, by turning to Them and expressing love as trust. I try to seek God First in my thoughts whenever I notice such a fear, knowing that He is ready and waiting to help, in some way, by His grace.

“Antennae”
Simply “tuning” my attention towards thoughts of God, helps to redirect my thinking in a healthy direction, and if I earnestly seek Him and put in the effort, He will always meet me, once my own abilities are exhausted. Thus, I never worry about how something will be accomplished, I know that if I keep focused on fueling my intention, with love and towards and for God, then the outcome will always be managed by God, and is really none of my business, so I am not meant to try to control it; in this way, I may work in conjunction with God and Jesus in cooperation, as a team, by the allocation of responsibilities and tasks between us, in a “division of labor” by taking roles, rather like an assembly line.

“Santa’s Sleigh Analogy🎄”
I try to see that to fuel efforts, I must act a bit like Rudolph, and clear the correct path, as free from sin, for the “greater good” of the community. I keep constantly in touch with God, and remain alert for changes in direction, or warning signs, and heed the inner workings of my conscience, as God is like a moral compass. This method of “right living” has the sense of a “trust fall” at first, because I am leading the way by the stem for the actual Driver who is picking up the stern of the sleigh to tow the line. I try to focus first and foremost on God, and only after I have successfully latched onto Him do I allow myself to consider the existence or workings of the external world; In this way, I try to see “only God” in all that there is.

I try to look for opportunities to put in ever more work, because I know that what effort I put it is rewarded by a sense of worth and self-esteem, and that actually acting upon intentions of love is the reason I myself feel loved. I try to remember that “estimable action” is necessary to build up self-esteem, as a sense of purpose, meaning, or value.

Thus, I have been rather, “conditioned” to seek out the path of hardship, because I know from past experience that good old fashioned effort in an enterprise, when inspired by love for and from God, will lead to a “sense of overcoming” or some form of accomplishment, and is generally what I really need; purposeful action, made out of love, generates and perpetuates that love.

Left overs…
-“Inspiration”
(Quote)
-problem-solving, pause for Grace (God)
-meditation and listening to and looking for God, by knowing I don’t have answers
-inspiration by communing with God
-“strange” dynamic

Communion Prep:
-Working in a state of group harmony and togetherness to properly utilize all contributions as resources and maximize creativity
-the concept of “quality Time”
-“heart rest” or communion with God and Jesus to untangle thoughts and restart with Love

Communion, “Soul Food” for Thought:
(Topics: Left-Overs…)
-“Eden’s Apple” as lesson about ego, arrogance, pride, self-will…
-“trust and love to take direction,” instead of self-will, to form healthy relationships and work in cooperation with God and each other towards the highest good
-Eden as a metaphor for sins or fears to protect my “mental Zen garden” and wisdom as the apple within my mind’s eye
-“I don’t know best,” trusting God wants what’s best for me, so sins must lead to unhappiness, hard work to happiness
-“You’re going to have fun, and you’re going to like it!” My job to bring the trust in the sense of, “this work will be fun!”
-Willingness, “growth mentality,” pleasure and duty to change, looking for mistakes to correct, not justifications to make

-Drawing connections, critical thinking
-Empathy, Emotional Intelligence
-Creativity, “letting go,” teamwork
-“Insight; impasse, and problem-solving;” a moment of grace, “let go let God,”
-creativity as convergent and divergent, and as “thinking outside the box”

“Inspiration:”
My Own Paraphrasing:
“If you take a break, leave your work while it’s still incomplete, before you finish running an idea the whole way through to it’s completion, as then, picking it back up again to resume work will be all the easer.”
-Ernest Hemingway, “A Moveable Feast”

“A Moveable Festivus”

Direct Quote:
“I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.”
-Ernest Hemingway, “A Moveable Feast”

New Topics:
-“Reaction formation”
-“Just world theory,” attribution bias
-“Openness to experience” (O.C.E.A.N.)
-Building esteem with estimable acts
-Process of elimination, deductive reasoning, hypothesis testing
-honesty and “cognitive dissonance”
-growth mentality, seeking out mistakes to correct and ways to change, improve

Lunch Goals:
Prioritize our relationships and communion above personal productivity;
practice listening…
“Meditation and ‘Agape'”
Apostolic Pedagogy

Dinner Communion:
Topics:
-“Walk by faith not by sight.”
(2 Corinthians 5:7)

Assurance of the Resurrection
“5 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in thistent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
The Judgment Seat of Christ
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
Be Reconciled to God
12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it isfor God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

(2 Corinthians 5)

…Gently held by the hand, to stand in awe and marvel at the vast complexities and beauty with You. I am not meant to try to make sense of it on my own, but to share it and experience it Together as One.

Apparatus, ascribed

“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?”
(John 5:44)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1″And to The Messenger who is in the assembly of Sardis write: Thus says he who has The Seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works and the name that you have, and that you are alive and are dying.” 2″Be vigilant and confirm what remains of those things that are ready to die, for I have not found you such that your works are perfect before God.” 3″Remember how you have heard and received; take heed and return. But if you do not wake up, I shall come upon you as a thief, and you will not know which hour I shall come upon you.” 4″But I have a few names in Sardis, those who have not defiled their garments, and they walk before me in white and they are worthy.” 5″He who overcomes in this way is garbed with a white garment, and I shall not blot out his name from The Book of Life, and I shall confess his name before my Father and before his Angels.”6″Whoever has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit speaks to the assemblies.”
7″And to The Messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia write: Thus says The Holy One, The True One, he who has the key of David, The One who opens and there is none who shuts, and he shuts and there is none who opens:”*
8″I know your works, and behold, I have set an open door before you which no man can shut, because you have a little power, and you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” 9″And behold, I grant some of the synagogue of Satan, of those who say about themselves that they are Jews and are not, but they are lying, behold, I shall make them come and worship before your feet and to know that I love you.”10″Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also shall keep you from the trial that is going to come over the entire inhabited world, to test the inhabitants of The Earth.” 11″I come at once. Hold fast whatever you have, lest someone take your crown.” 12″And I will make the overcomer a pillar in The Temple of God and he will not go outside again, and I shall write upon him The Name of my God, and the name of The City, The New Jerusalem, which descends from my God, and my new Name.” 13″Let him who has an ear hear what The Spirit says to the assemblies.”
14″And to The Messenger of the assembly of the Laidiqians* write: “Thus says The Eternal, The Trustworthy and True Witness, and The Source of The Creation of God:”
15″I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot; because it is necessary that you be either cold or hot,” 16″And you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I am going to vomit you from my mouth.”17″Because you said that you are rich, and, ‘I have prospered, and I lack nothing’, and you do not know that you are sick and wretched and poor* and naked,” 18″I counsel you to buy gold from me, proved by fire, that you may prosper, and white garments to put on, lest the shame of your nakedness be revealed, and eye salve to apply that you may see.”19″I rebuke and discipline those whom I love. Be zealous therefore and return.”20″Behold, I stand at the door and I shall knock. If a man listens to my voice and will open the door, I also shall come in and I shall have supper with him, and he with me.” 21″And I shall grant the overcomer to sit with me on my throne, just as I have overcome and I sit with my Father on his throne.” 22″Whoever has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit says to the assemblies.”
(Revelation 3)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1After these things I saw, and behold, a door opened in Heaven, and a voice which I heard like a trumpet speaking with me saying, “Come up here, and I shall show you whatever is granted to happen after these things.” 2And at once I was in The Spirit, and behold a throne fixed in Heaven, and upon the throne sat he;3And he who sat was as the likeness of the appearance of Jasper red quartz stone and of red and white Sardius, and a rainbow of the clouds which encircled the throne was like the appearance of an emerald; 4And around the throne, twenty four thrones, and upon those thrones, twenty four Elders who sat wearing white garments and crowns of gold upon their heads.
5And from the throne proceed thunders and lightnings and voices, and seven lamps were burning before that throne, which are The Seven Spirits of God. 6And before the throne, a sea of glass as the likeness of crystal, and in the midst of the throne and around the throne, four beasts that were full of eyes, front and back.7The first beast was like a lion; the second had the likeness of a calf; the third beast had a face like a man and the fourth beast, the likeness of a flying eagle. 8Each one of these four beasts stood and had from its appendages and over it six surrounding wings, and from within they are full of eyes and are not silent day or night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, LORD JEHOVAH God* Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” 9And when these four beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him who sits upon the throne and to The One Living to the eternity of eternities, amen, 10The 24 Elders fall down in front of him who sits upon the throne and worship The Living One for the eternity of eternities, amen, and cast their crowns before the throne saying, 11″You are worthy, Our Lord and Our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you have created all things, and by your pleasure they exist and were created.”
(Revelation 4)

8/12/17
Topical Outline:
-pedagogy
-of myself… nothing.
-demonstrations of faith
-constantly in touch!
-loose to follow God not instincts
-keep base calm, never panic
-God knows all, my manageability comes from Him, so I shouldn’t try to rely on my self to make sense of or manage my life, which would lead me to be overwhelmed
-“cart before horse”
-from self-focus to God focus, glorify with thoughts
-point is to do it w/ God simultaneously
-adaptively modify behavior
-one day at a time…per minute

“Pedagogy”
When I go to altar for my morning prayers, it is helpful for me to remember the extent of my weakness and that I know not what I am meant to do, what would make me happy, nor how I should go about living and proceeding with my day. I come to pray in the spirit of earnestness, asking for guidance, and to be taught and instructed “as a student,” to learn how best to make proper use of myself. I come before God knowing that I know, essentially, nothing.
This mind-frame, wherein I possess self-knowledge of my own ignorance, coupled with humility evidenced as teachability and the desire to be led, is a first step towards righteous living under the Lord. This humble admission of powerlessness and weakness places me rightly in a position of child-like dependence. I come to my prayers bringing love and trust for God, as a demonstration of faith. I cling tight to the willingness to follow God before anything else, as I know, from past experience, that placing my own instincts before spiritual interests puts “the cart before the horse” (Step 12). If I interpret the meaning of my life as being primarily spiritual, and construct a lifestyle or pattern of living with spiritual development and a relationship with God and Jesus as the top priority, then I might have a real chance at success “in God’s world.”

“Refusing to place God first, we had deprived ourselves of His help. But now the words ‘Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works’ began to carry bright promise and meaning” (Bill W.).

“Live Usefully and Walk Humbly with God:”
I call to mind how overwhelmed I become, with worry, stress, self-pity, or other fears or defects of character, when I attempt to make it through life on my own resources. I get thrown off course and my peace of mind is at the mercy of extraneous factors, like other people or situations, if I place instincts or worldly concerns ahead of my own spiritual development, instruction for which I receive by nurturing my relationship with, or connection to, God. This negativity of fear or worry is usually systemic, and occurs as a result my own actions, of not firmly planting my lifestyle and entwined belief system upon faith in a loving God, who wants to help me to enjoy life and be happy. I recognize that I, of myself, don’t know what’s best for me, else I wouldn’t feel the burden of daily mundane tasks and be weighted down from enjoyment by erroneous, as worldly and spiritually irrelevant, concerns.

I try to let go completely of my own instincts, as wants, desires, or plans, and lay myself out before God, completely opening myself up to the sentiment of, “Thy will not mine be done.” I lay out this as my intention, and follow it up with the “resolute belief” and trusting knowledge that He will step in to lead me and help me to live rightly. Rather than wonder if I will be helped, I assume I am already being helped, and I ask for His guidance in interpreting it and heeding His instruction.

As I keep close to this belief, any unexpected event may be interpreted not as a disruption or source of frustration, but rather, as a time for a new learning experience and lesson, understood as “some new surprise of love,” in the form of a new way in which to rely upon God and draw near to Him for “nourishment of the soul.” I am, as I now know, not meant to know how to handle the lesson, but rather to see it as a chance to try to utilize the skill-set of virtues He means for me to develop, and to turn to God to intuit His presence in a new and marvelous way, which was, as before, unbeknownst to me. In some form or another, any solution is God.

“True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the profound desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God” (Bill W.).

“Praises!”
I try to offer to Him, as a form of praise, worship, or devotion, a display of loyalty or trust in His care by actually making use of His promise of love and protection. As part of “a real mutual relationship”, it is my job to respect Him by believing He would be true to His word, and assuming only the best of Him and of His intentions, as not to do so would be disloyalty to God. “Acting as if, is more than acting as if.” If I believe that He loves me, “I will express gratitude by actually using that gift of love,” and taking full advantage of His love as a solid base upon which to plant myself, which no material, and therefore extemporaneous, matter could ever seriously disrupt.

I do, however, keep in mind that I receive guidance only to the extent that I let go of my wants to the best of my current ability, as of that very day, and only then do I lay myself prone to the Light of the Father.

“Stepping Stones”
I find that when I view life as like a school, looking for any outlet of self-improvement, by character building or any instruction in general, I am working from within a “growth mentality,” wherein I expect and therefore receive the grace of God, in the form of personal change and joy, as I seek it on His terms and not my own. I try to hold on to my willingness and humility, and I literally, within my mind, ask Him to help.

I am “willing to go to any lengths,” and to put in the most work possible, and I need not know what this entails. This willingness clears the way of any excuses. I know that “willingness” opens the door, and serves as a “placeholder” for God. After much daily practice, I develop a firmer and firmer sense and understanding of God, and the ways in which He works in my life. I know now, that I experience joy to the extent that I “consciously and intentionally depend upon God.” I try to stay in touch with God each passing moment, as I know that if I ever feel worried, it is because I strayed from “intentional, conscious contact, as verbal dialogue or otherwise,” and that if I recede to my base, He will again help me to “manage my unmanageability,” provided I am willing to do it “His way, not mine.”

“Spirit of Experimentation”
If I rely only upon myself, without God as the cornerstone, my life is unmanageable, and I am susceptible to the worry and discontent inherent in prioritizing matters which are not primarily spiritual in nature. When I place God first, He will make all things right, because by my own willingness, I allow Him the priority, space, and access to actually make this possible.

As it turns out, “spiritual living” was what I had craved in the first place, and so though I may embark upon this path to avoid pitfalls, I continue upon it seeking ever more joy, seeing these spiritual fruits as the real and lasting treasures in life.

“Focus: Remain Calm and In Trust!”
When I reach a point of difficulty, I can interpret it from within the context of “spiritual development,” and rightly see it as an opportunity to fine-tune or strengthen a virtue as a spiritual skill, thus better equipping me as a “student of God,” to live the way He would like for me. A trying situation becomes an opportunity for a demonstration of faith, and I find that “so long as I keep the thought and feeling of God within my heart, Together, We can overcome any obstacle,” and it will, in fact, become a stepping stone to something far greater, and beyond my wildest dreams.

“Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, although for the moment you do not see” (Bill W.).

“A Path of Faith”
I find that to treat my “spiritual malady” of selfishness or self-centered fear, I may substitute self-focus for thoughts of and to God. I try to think “alongside” God and Jesus, and then to actually follow this train of thought with corresponding actions, instead of being directed by own instincts. Thus, I proceed, like “a moth to the flame.”

I try to practice behavior modification, by “responding adaptively” to environmental pressures, and for me this means turning first only ever to God, as the sole source of manageability in my life. Only from this starting point, with full recognition of my utter dependence, do I find that the solution is only ever “just being with God,” as he leads me through the course of obstacles that is this life’s training ground.

“Keep it Simple: God+Agape'”
“Conscious contact with God,” and having the desire in my heart of “caritas” as Our driving force, I find that life makes sense. The moment I cease to consciously rely upon Him, my life immediately seems overwhelming and is unmanageable. Thus, when I look to God, it is with knowing love of the full power of His glory.
Through Him alone is anything possible, and this knowledge inspires such “overwhelming joy” within me that I am nearly beside myself, I am so overcome. It is this Love and glory, as restoration and wholesome joyful living, to which I look.

“The Joy of Living”
It is essential for me to reaffirm my standing each morning, as on my knees, and to live “One day at a time,” because I am completely at the mercy of life on life’s terms as it exists within each new day. As a human being with free-will, if I do not consciously give my will over to God, I will be led by my own instincts. If I don’t continue with conscious and intentional efforts to follow God and not my instincts or self-determined wants, I will end up with the cart before the horse. I find that the more consistently I reaffirm my standing, the more manageable my life becomes, and thus, I adaptively alter my responses to life by turning to God first.

Lunch Communion Topics:
-Fulfillment by “willingness” to follow instructions and take suggestions.
-Taking forced breaks to say “thank You” and “I love You” as being absolutely vital
…also admitting weakness in saying “please help me!”
-Not giving up, but surrendering to help; when I reach my limits, “Let God”
-Remembering to seek intimacy with God and Jesus so We experience “the point”😍
-Keep it Simple: God(+Jesus)+”Agape”

“A theorist without practice is a tree without fruit; and a devotee without learning is a house without an entrance.”
(-Sa’di, from “For Today,” pp. 225)

“I’m so sorry! I’ll try again!”
I’m so sorry I didn’t prioritize You! Your way is so much better than mine! I feel so silly when You show me how easy life is when We work Together, and how frustrated I get when I try something on my own or prioritize a task ahead of You. You show me how calm and simple and manageable everything is, if I but seek You first! Whenever I seek You after “feeling lost or overwhelmed” by a situation, I feel so silly for ever having strayed; whatever the problem may be, somehow or another, You always fix it! Please stay with me!
“Let’s try again! …What should I do?”

Dinner Communion Topics:
💌
“Good Orderly Direction”
I enjoy building self-esteem from doing as I’m told, or based upon my best and most charitable understanding of God’s will for me, my conscience, and my spiritual toolkit of virtues. I find this process rewarding, “especially” if the action I take is not what I had intended by my own self-will. I find that I experience enjoyment in proportion to my actual obedience to God, in the face of my own conflicting interests.

I love the opportunity to do the right thing, and it is even more rewarding to follow through with that action when “the stakes are higher,” as when my own initial impulse is something different than what I intuit as being God’s will, or “the right thing.” Making good choices, especially when coupled with self-sacrifice in order to do so, produces a sense of “overcoming temptation,” humble morality, and an overall internal sense of success, as healthful, happy, wholesome living.

“Reaction Formation-Level Dynamics”
Sometimes I need to stop and think if I have been stuck in a rut of maladaptive habits. If, for instance, my first instinct is avoidance, as to run away or isolate, I need to be mindful of that tendency and see that it is keeping me in a negative cycle; if I would like more positive results, I ought to do the opposite instead.

Thus, I can begin to use these emotional cues of “types of fear” to raise my awareness of the approaching detrimental impulse or behavior, and make the conscious decision to chose the “right path,” and summon my efforts to ask God for help.  In my human condition of weakness, and with full knowledge of my own powerlessness and sin, I may offer God my will to direct in order to “do the opposite,” thus, effectively replacing my “instinct” of fear with that of God.

Then, perhaps I may call a friend to talk, instead of hiding out of the “sin of fear.” In this way, I can build healthy new habits and break my old patterns, which were prompted by self-will, as “sins, or character defects,” which are manifested as various fears. Using dynamics similar to the defense mechanism of “reaction formation,” I will see the “urge to isolate” as a sign to “not isolate,” and as an indicator that I need to reach out instead. If I look to examine my motive, I may determine if it is fear, and choose to thwart it and dispel it’s power from my life. If I heed the fear, I will be blindly powered by self-will toward a behavioral “sin, or temptation.” There is no need to act on a fear when God and Jesus are ready and willing to step in and intercede. If and when I “stop and think,” I can pause to allow the Grace of God to direct my attention to the “better way.”

Dinner Communion Topics:
(New Focus)

🙏Stop and Think:
…My Focus ought to be God. Then restart in Love.🖖
When I am relating rightly to God, my next step is always to… “ask for direction.”
“What do I do?”

I try to follow God throughout the day as a compass, as my “moveable” orientation, and as my personal “Tour Guide” along His pathway for me, to partake Together with Jesus in a “feast” of “soul sustenance.” Life is abundant with unknown joys!

WWJD: What would Jesus do…but more importantly, “why?” Motives make a difference, and ultimately, determine the morality or righteousness of an action.
“I am what drives me.”

Let Go and Let God play His “Trump Card.”

8/13/16
Topical outline:
-God focus
-Letting go of preconceived notions
-All care, and solutions to all of my problems revealed by following God
-Fearless and searching moral inventory “able to be made in all honestly,” but only because I already know I am loved unconditionally, have already been forgiven, and will be restored from sins
-Depth of gratitude and joy from praises as renewing my willingness to follow
-Desire emerges to seek God’s path for me, and appreciation of spiritual growth in its own right, not merely by virtue of God’s direction; eagerness to weed out defects for the “sense of accomplishment and overcoming” in developing beyond them
-Each day as a totally new and unique experience on this spiritual path
-Sense of adventure that is this lifetime
-Practicing cognitive abilities aiding in emotional and behavioral regulation skills, by both selectively focusing and inhibiting focus for cognitive flexibility, and by practicing persisting in sustained efforts in a difficult activity; “second wind” and… -“Grit”
-“Ball of wax” argument

“Restart!”🌞
When I come to God in the morning to start my day, I come knowing that I don’t know what’s best for me or what will truly make me happy. Aware of the futility of my own efforts to live joyfully, I seek direction from God and Jesus, with humility and love, knowing that They will help me if only I ask and abide faithfully.

I may come to pray, on my knees, lost and beseeching Their help and restoration, but I remain in prayer and meditation for the company and sense of warmth and belongingness I feel when I persist in expressing myself honestly before Them.

“Right Relations with God”
I know that God will make all things right if I surrender to His will, much like a pupil. God and Jesus always “know just what to do” to solve any and all of my problems. The decision to choose the “right road,” however, is mine alone, and I must avail myself of Them as a resource of help. I find that I must let go of all of my own preconceived and typically fallacious notions of “what’s best,” and of the “true nature of existence.” As a result of my own limitations to understand God’s world, I must trust in His care for me instead.

This trust is a great show of faith and a display of love for Him, because I am subjecting myself to His will without knowing ahead of Time what it will be. In that sense, I am expressing great love, in that I am assuming the best of Him and that He will swoop in to take care of me. As it turns out, after much personal experience as experimentation, if I begin with this dynamic, as bringing love and obedience, the results always play out in Our favor, as I am attempting to be merely an extension of the will of God. Thus, I relinquish self-seeking in favor of the “greatest good,” which, and Whom, I understand to be God. In this way, I may embark upon my day in a “state of allegiance” with the Source of all comfort, happiness, and “personal security.”

“Developing Personal Trust”
With this “allegiance to God” as the starting point of my path for the day, and as the foundation of my “sense of self,” by consistently choosing His will as the optional replacement for my own self-will at each opportunity, I find the idea of “fear” itself to be, in all actuality, utter nonsense, and thus a form of “insanity.”

I may start to notice when I veer from deliberately thinking of or to Him and considering what His will would be prior to making a decision, because I will notice my fear creep back into my mind. Thoughts of and to God or other spiritual things, like virtues or ways to be helpful, effectively displace any fears that would occur otherwise. The treatment for my fear-based “spiritual malady,” or state of disillusionment or joylessness, is God.

“Miracles in Action”
I may begin to notice how God works in my life, offering comfort, relief, and methods by which to solve my problems that I never would have pursued of my own devices, had I not consciously and literally asked Him for help. I let go of my preconceived notions of “what I ought to be doing” or “how I ought to go about doing it,” and whole new worlds of possibility open up before me, revealing solutions to any and all of my problems that I, of myself, never would have fathomed. I begin to see first-hand how God actually does and will help, “if and only if” I ask Him, literally, for His will as His solution, and not mine. “I must let go of the tendency to want my problems solved my way or on my terms.” Once I let go, God may step in and put “His magic” to work, as helping me through my daily problems and working miracles in my life, as solutions beyond my wildest dreams or preconceptions.

“Fearless and Searching”
When I see how much God loves me and wants to help, I am able to begin work on my personal moral inventory, to weed out my character defects and sources of sin in my life. I already know God loves me unconditionally, and that I am inherently forgiven for any sin, and so I can comfortably look at my personality, or “character,” and honestly and truthfully see and admit what needs improvement and where my shortcomings are, “without a sense of inferiority.” I am supposed to be weak and have defects of character, and I am supposed to be asking God for help in overcoming my defects of character in the process of “refining virtues as tools.” I am meant to admit my sins, because I possess the belief that God can and will lift then when I admit them and seek His help. I am urged to notice my sins or defects of character and repent for bad behavior.

I am able to take an “honest and thorough” inventory of myself “only” by the virtue of my belief that God already knows the full extent of my wrongdoing, loves me unconditionally anyway, and can and will “fix me,” by helping me to “learn how to grow and change in cooperation with Him, following His way.” Without this “belief in change and a solution” to my defects of character, I would be susceptible to denial, self-justification, and rationalization; if I didn’t believe in a solution and if I weren’t willing do do the work entailed in actually changing and building character, I wouldn’t be willing to admit any personal flaws, defects of character, sins, or wrongdoing. In this way, “denial of the power of God” works to wrongly provide me with a “false sense of absolution,” by my “denial of the existence of the problem itself.” This sense of security is essentially false, and perpetuates deeper defects.

This denial is based upon self-centered fear, that I am somehow insufficient, inferior, or not good enough. In order to keep these fears at bay, I ignore my shortcomings and engage in still more character defects to cover them up rather than work towards a solution and improve.

“There is an Ab-solution!”
When I see that my own resources fail, and that God does not, I come to rely upon Him to help me through my problems. I do not expect for Him to make them disappear, but rather, I seek for Him to guide me through them. I may start to get excited about finding new ways in which to grow spiritually and work Together, and I may enthusiastically draw up a very thorough list of my personal defects, knowing that He’s ready and waiting to show me how to replace them with virtues, by using my daily work as an opportunity for skill-building, to strengthen my spiritual toolkit of virtues, which will help me to “handle life on life’s terms,” and “match calamity with serenity.” God wants to guide me through life on a path of spiritual development, as a preparation for better things to come, with “lasting equipment.”

I feel ready and willing to follow God’s lead, knowing that as I abide, I will reach the solution, as He has already laid it out ahead of me! Thus, life is suddenly a very safe experience, rather than a blind and fearful race of competing instincts and insecurities, and thus becomes a serene and joyful process of personal discovery, in which We may all harmoniously share and help each other along, in the spirit of Togetherness, as One.😘

📿
“Hamster Wheel Gets Zodiac”
There’s no rush to do anything, as that “drive to hurry,” or “sense of a need to rush towards something” is the merely the “instinctive need for God,” and is fueled by the sense of His absence. This sense is not caused by His actual absence but instead by my own self, as my failing to “focus on Him.”

God may be found, by simply “directing my focus towards Him!” God is always right here, right now, with each of in the moment, but I have to “do my part” and intentionally focus my attention to Him!

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Joy of actual growth, and of the process of learning with God, by looking for my mistakes and instituting His corrections

Left-Overs:
-Depth of gratitude and joy from praising God as renewing my willingness to follow and work, as feeling His reciprocated and Almighty, “rapturous” Love propels me
-Desire emerges to seek God’s path for me, and appreciation of spiritual growth in its own right, not merely by virtue of God’s direction; eagerness to weed out defects for the “sense of accomplishment and overcoming” in developing beyond them
-Each day as a totally new and unique experience on this spiritual path
-Sense of adventure that is this lifetime
-Practicing cognitive abilities aiding in emotional and behavioral regulation skills, by both selectively focusing and inhibiting focus for cognitive flexibility, and by practicing persisting in sustained efforts in a difficult activity; “second wind” and… -“Grit”
-“Ball of wax” argument

“Rivers of Babylon”
-Sublime
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
(Psalm 19:14)

🚸
The vast expanse that is my mind was not meant for me to “figure out” on my own. I am never alone, and am meant to humbly and gratefully turn to my Maker to walk me through it, whatever “it” is, hand in hand.

When approached Together, the vastness of my cognitive landscape can be properly enjoyed and appreciated.

⚠️
I feel tired and lazy and like laying down, so I’ll do the opposite instead and work out! Being productive always builds Our momentum back up and lifts my spirits!😄

Try working your way up to leaning upon God directly instead of using a mantra.

🔔Evening Snack Communion:
Topics:
-Consciously asking questions…
-“How are You?”
-Learning to listen to answers before needing to ask for directions and help
-Problem-solving via prevention
-Safety-net of constant conscious contact
-God-focus constituting “self-forgetting”
-Prioritizing communing and relationship with God and Jesus

-Bible Passages:
“10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’[a]
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.”
(Acts 4:10-15)

“27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[a]
31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[b] gives the Spirit without limit.35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.”
(John 3:27-35)

“4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a]
7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.”
(Hebrews 12:4-8)

8/14/16
Goals:
-Keep my heart as a solid bedrock, resolutely loving and free from all fear, using God and Jesus as my focus, as my and eyes and my ears and interpretations, to direct Us along His path, maintaining a “can-do” attitude to encourage and steady Our relationship towards His living and loving purposes for Us, and not mine

Topical Left-overs…
-Each day as a totally new and unique experience on this spiritual path
-Sense of adventure that is this lifetime
-Practicing cognitive abilities aiding in emotional and behavioral regulation skills, by both selectively focusing and inhibiting focus for cognitive flexibility, and by practicing persisting in sustained efforts in a difficult activity; “second wind” and… -“Grit”
-“Ball of wax” argument

New Topic:
💐Umm…

index
Dinner Communion Topics:
💌
“Good Orderly Direction”
I enjoy building self-esteem from doing as I’m told, or based upon my best and most charitable understanding of God’s will for me, my conscience, and my spiritual toolkit of virtues. I find this process rewarding, “especially” if the action I take is not what I had intended by my own self-will. I find that I experience enjoyment in proportion to my actual obedience to God, in the face of my own conflicting interests.I love the opportunity to do the right thing, and it is even more rewarding to follow through with that action when “the stakes are higher,” as when my own initial impulse is something different than what I intuit as being God’s will, or “the right thing.” Making good choices, especially when coupled with self-sacrifice in order to do so, produces a sense of “overcoming temptation,” humble morality, and an overall internal sense of success, as healthful, happy, wholesome living.”Reaction Formation-Level Dynamics”
Sometimes I need to stop and think if I have been stuck in a rut of maladaptive habits. If, for instance, my first instinct is avoidance, as to run away or isolate, I need to be mindful of that tendency and see that it is keeping me in a negative cycle; if I would like more positive results, I ought to do the opposite instead.Thus, I can begin to use these emotional cues of “types of fear” to raise my awareness of the approaching detrimental impulse or behavior, and make the conscious decision to chose the “right path,” and summon my efforts to ask God for help.  In my human condition of weakness, and with full knowledge of my own powerlessness and sin, I may offer God my will to direct in order to “do the opposite,” thus, effectively replacing my “instinct” of fear with that of God.Then, perhaps I may call a friend to talk, instead of hiding out of the “sin of fear.” In this way, I can build healthy new habits and break my old patterns, which were prompted by self-will, as “sins, or character defects,” which are manifested as various fears. Using dynamics similar to the defense mechanism of “reaction formation,” I will see the “urge to isolate” as a sign to “not isolate,” and as an indicator that I need to reach out instead. If I look to examine my motive, I may determine if it is fear, and choose to thwart it and dispel it’s power from my life. If I heed the fear, I will be blindly powered by self-will toward a behavioral “sin, or temptation.” There is no need to act on a fear when God and Jesus are ready and willing to step in and intercede. If and when I “stop and think,” I can pause to allow the Grace of God to direct my attention to the “better way.”Dinner Communion Topics:
(New Focus)🙏Stop and Think:
…My Focus ought to be God. Then restart in Love.🖖
When I am relating rightly to God, my next step is always to… “ask for direction.”
“What do I do?”I try to follow God throughout the day as a compass, as my “moveable” orientation, and as my personal “Tour Guide” along His pathway for me, to partake Together with Jesus in a “feast” of “soul sustenance.” Life is abundant with unknown joys!WWJD: What would Jesus do…but more importantly, “why?” Motives make a difference, and ultimately, determine the morality or righteousness of an action.
“I am what drives me.”Let Go and Let God play His “Trump Card.”8/13/16
Topical outline:
-God focus
-Letting go of preconceived notions
-All care, and solutions to all of my problems revealed by following God
-Fearless and searching moral inventory “able to be made in all honestly,” but only because I already know I am loved unconditionally, have already been forgiven, and will be restored from sins
-Depth of gratitude and joy from praises as renewing my willingness to follow
-Desire emerges to seek God’s path for me, and appreciation of spiritual growth in its own right, not merely by virtue of God’s direction; eagerness to weed out defects for the “sense of accomplishment and overcoming” in developing beyond them
-Each day as a totally new and unique experience on this spiritual path
-Sense of adventure that is this lifetime
-Practicing cognitive abilities aiding in emotional and behavioral regulation skills, by both selectively focusing and inhibiting focus for cognitive flexibility, and by practicing persisting in sustained efforts in a difficult activity; “second wind” and… -“Grit”
-“Ball of wax” argument”Restart!”🌞
When I come to God in the morning to start my day, I come knowing that I don’t know what’s best for me or what will truly make me happy. Aware of the futility of my own efforts to live joyfully, I seek direction from God and Jesus, with humility and love, knowing that They will help me if only I ask and abide faithfully.I may come to pray, on my knees, lost and beseeching Their help and restoration, but I remain in prayer and meditation for the company and sense of warmth and belongingness I feel when I persist in expressing myself honestly before Them.”Right Relations with God”
I know that God will make all things right if I surrender to His will, much like a pupil. God and Jesus always “know just what to do” to solve any and all of my problems. The decision to choose the “right road,” however, is mine alone, and I must avail myself of Them as a resource of help. I find that I must let go of all of my own preconceived and typically fallacious notions of “what’s best,” and of the “true nature of existence.” As a result of my own limitations to understand God’s world, I must trust in His care for me instead.

This trust is a great show of faith and a display of love for Him, because I am subjecting myself to His will without knowing ahead of Time what it will be. In that sense, I am expressing great love, in that I am assuming the best of Him and that He will swoop in to take care of me. As it turns out, after much personal experience as experimentation, if I begin with this dynamic, as bringing love and obedience, the results always play out in Our favor, as I am attempting to be merely an extension of the will of God. Thus, I relinquish self-seeking in favor of the “greatest good,” which, and Whom, I understand to be God. In this way, I may embark upon my day in a “state of allegiance” with the Source of all comfort, happiness, and “personal security.”

“Developing Personal Trust”
With this “allegiance to God” as the starting point of my path for the day, and as the foundation of my “sense of self,” by consistently choosing His will as the optional replacement for my own self-will at each opportunity, I find the idea of “fear” itself to be, in all actuality, utter nonsense, and thus a form of “insanity.”

I may start to notice when I veer from deliberately thinking of or to Him and considering what His will would be prior to making a decision, because I will notice my fear creep back into my mind. Thoughts of and to God or other spiritual things, like virtues or ways to be helpful, effectively displace any fears that would occur otherwise. The treatment for my fear-based “spiritual malady,” or state of disillusionment or joylessness, is God.

“Miracles in Action”
I may begin to notice how God works in my life, offering comfort, relief, and methods by which to solve my problems that I never would have pursued of my own devices, had I not consciously and literally asked Him for help. I let go of my preconceived notions of “what I ought to be doing” or “how I ought to go about doing it,” and whole new worlds of possibility open up before me, revealing solutions to any and all of my problems that I, of myself, never would have fathomed. I begin to see first-hand how God actually does and will help, “if and only if” I ask Him, literally, for His will as His solution, and not mine. “I must let go of the tendency to want my problems solved my way or on my terms.” Once I let go, God may step in and put “His magic” to work, as helping me through my daily problems and working miracles in my life, as solutions beyond my wildest dreams or preconceptions.

“Fearless and Searching”
When I see how much God loves me and wants to help, I am able to begin work on my personal moral inventory, to weed out my character defects and sources of sin in my life. I already know God loves me unconditionally, and that I am inherently forgiven for any sin, and so I can comfortably look at my personality, or “character,” and honestly and truthfully see and admit what needs improvement and where my shortcomings are, “without a sense of inferiority.” I am supposed to be weak and have defects of character, and I am supposed to be asking God for help in overcoming my defects of character in the process of “refining virtues as tools.” I am meant to admit my sins, because I possess the belief that God can and will lift then when I admit them and seek His help. I am urged to notice my sins or defects of character and repent for bad behavior.

I am able to take an “honest and thorough” inventory of myself “only” by the virtue of my belief that God already knows the full extent of my wrongdoing, loves me unconditionally anyway, and can and will “fix me,” by helping me to “learn how to grow and change in cooperation with Him, following His way.” Without this “belief in change and a solution” to my defects of character, I would be susceptible to denial, self-justification, and rationalization; if I didn’t believe in a solution and if I weren’t willing do do the work entailed in actually changing and building character, I wouldn’t be willing to admit any personal flaws, defects of character, sins, or wrongdoing. In this way, “denial of the power of God” works to wrongly provide me with a “false sense of absolution,” by my “denial of the existence of the problem itself.” This sense of security is essentially false, and perpetuates deeper defects.

This denial is based upon self-centered fear, that I am somehow insufficient, inferior, or not good enough. In order to keep these fears at bay, I ignore my shortcomings and engage in still more character defects to cover them up rather than work towards a solution and improve.

“There is an Ab-solution!”
When I see that my own resources fail, and that God does not, I come to rely upon Him to help me through my problems. I do not expect for Him to make them disappear, but rather, I seek for Him to guide me through them. I may start to get excited about finding new ways in which to grow spiritually and work Together, and I may enthusiastically draw up a very thorough list of my personal defects, knowing that He’s ready and waiting to show me how to replace them with virtues, by using my daily work as an opportunity for skill-building, to strengthen my spiritual toolkit of virtues, which will help me to “handle life on life’s terms,” and “match calamity with serenity.” God wants to guide me through life on a path of spiritual development, as a preparation for better things to come, with “lasting equipment.”

I feel ready and willing to follow God’s lead, knowing that as I abide, I will reach the solution, as He has already laid it out ahead of me! Thus, life is suddenly a very safe experience, rather than a blind and fearful race of competing instincts and insecurities, and thus becomes a serene and joyful process of personal discovery, in which We may all harmoniously share and help each other along, in the spirit of Togetherness, as One.😘

📿
“Hamster Wheel Gets Zodiac”
There’s no rush to do anything, as that “drive to hurry,” or “sense of a need to rush towards something” is the merely the “instinctive need for God,” and is fueled by the sense of His absence. This sense is not caused by His actual absence but instead by my own self, as my failing to “focus on Him.”

God may be found, by simply “directing my focus towards Him!” God is always right here, right now, with each of in the moment, but I have to “do my part” and intentionally focus my attention to Him!

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Joy of actual growth, and of the process of learning with God, by looking for my mistakes and instituting His corrections

Left-Overs:
-Depth of gratitude and joy from praising God as renewing my willingness to follow and work, as feeling His reciprocated and Almighty, “rapturous” Love propels me
-Desire emerges to seek God’s path for me, and appreciation of spiritual growth in its own right, not merely by virtue of God’s direction; eagerness to weed out defects for the “sense of accomplishment and overcoming” in developing beyond them
-Each day as a totally new and unique experience on this spiritual path
-Sense of adventure that is this lifetime
-Practicing cognitive abilities aiding in emotional and behavioral regulation skills, by both selectively focusing and inhibiting focus for cognitive flexibility, and by practicing persisting in sustained efforts in a difficult activity; “second wind” and… -“Grit”
-“Ball of wax” argument

“Rivers of Babylon”
-Sublime
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
(Psalm 19:14)

🚸
The vast expanse that is my mind was not meant for me to “figure out” on my own. I am never alone, and am meant to humbly and gratefully turn to my Maker to walk me through it, whatever “it” is, hand in hand.

When approached Together, the vastness of my cognitive landscape can be properly enjoyed and appreciated.

⚠️
I feel tired and lazy and like laying down, so I’ll do the opposite instead and work out! Being productive always builds Our momentum back up and lifts my spirits!😄

Try working your way up to leaning upon God directly instead of using a mantra.

🔔Evening Snack Communion:
Topics:
-Consciously asking questions…
-“How are You?”
-Learning to listen to answers before needing to ask for directions and help
-Problem-solving via prevention
-Safety-net of constant conscious contact
-God-focus constituting “self-forgetting”
-Prioritizing communing and relationship with God and Jesus

-Bible Passages:
“10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’[a]
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.”
(Acts 4:10-15)

“27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[a]
31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[b] gives the Spirit without limit.35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.”
(John 3:27-35)

“4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a]
7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.”
(Hebrews 12:4-8)

8/14/16
Goals:
-Keep my heart as a solid bedrock, resolutely loving and free from all fear, using God and Jesus as my focus, as my and eyes and my ears and interpretations, to direct Us along His path, maintaining a “can-do” attitude to encourage and steady Our relationship towards His living and loving purposes for Us, and not mine

Topical Left-overs…
-Each day as a totally new and unique experience on this spiritual path
-Sense of adventure that is this lifetime
-Practicing cognitive abilities aiding in emotional and behavioral regulation skills, by both selectively focusing and inhibiting focus for cognitive flexibility, and by practicing persisting in sustained efforts in a difficult activity; “second wind” and… -“Grit”
-“Ball of wax” argument

New Topic:
💐Umm…

noun: pia; noun: pia mater
1. the delicate innermost membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord.

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late 19th century: from medieval Latin, in full literally ‘tender mother,’ translating Arabic al-‘umm ar-raḳīḳa .

💒Home is where the heart is…
“My Mental Zen Garden”🎋

When I calm and steady my mind, I may create within my cognitive space this refuge of my “mental zen garden.” I cognitively craft a “safe space” in my “heart,” where I may freely welcome and meet with God and Jesus, thus laying the groundwork for a “faith that works.” I provide the “faith in Their Love,” and seek company, companionship, and instruction.

I know that I am powerless and weak and that on my own, my life is unmanageable, but that through God all things are possible! Knowing full well that, as His child, He loves me and wants to help me live usefully and joyfully, I invite Him and Jesus into this home that is my heart, and I seek company, direction and servitude.

My mind is complex, or “convoluted,” if you will, and very deep and metaphysical. I lack the ability to properly sift through and filter my thoughts to make proper use of them, and I get overwhelmed by how much there is to contemplate. My mental space exists as both visual imagery as spatial, geometric, multi-dimensional concepts, and as semantic, verbal thoughts, and it is like a whole other world when I close my eyes and look within. Bringing this inner world into accord with my understanding of the material world can sometimes require an overhaul of my past schemas or priorities, and the starting point of my attempt to understand all of this, necessarily must be from within.

It is almost as if I am innately magnetized, or have “specialized antennas,” specifically designed to tune into the trail laid out for me as a path to God, to complete “the puzzle that is me,” by finding God. Then, Together We build a relationship, thus bringing Him and Jesus “home.” Only when I start with my “internal, intuitive and instinctive sense of God,” may anything and everything else be rightly comprehended as it exists in Truth.

If I attempt to make sense of my cognitive processes on my own, I very quickly get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, effectively incapacitating me! God and Jesus help me by providing me with a protective “upper layer to my thinking,” in the form of a conversation, and an idea or task on which to focus, so that the vast wealth or reservoir of knowledge within me is laid out piece by piece, or rationed out one thought at a Time, so that it becomes manageable. If I try to interpret my mind “all at once,” I would not be able to convey meaning, as it is, literally, beyond words.

As it turns out, I am not meant to try to navigate my inner-workings by myself, I am meant to rely upon our Creator, as my Maker, and to seek His purposes for me rather than my own will for myself. It is almost as if I was made incomplete as a human intentionally and by Divine-design, with God Himself as the “missing piece of the puzzle.” “Only God” bestows the sense of peace I had longed for in so many past ventures, that had always turned up empty if they did not aim for Him directly.

Thus, I know my weakness without our Creator, the Eternal Father, and I know the glory of a life founded upon Him, as the greatest truth and fact of Love. Singing His praises with thoughts of love and thanks powers me through any enterprise, and so long as I keep safe space for Him and knowledge of His workings in my mind at all times, by actively communing with Him and Jesus, I feel utterly loved and protected and cared for, and all the other goings-on in my life retain their proper proportion. Only God Himself can be Everything to everyone, and He is!

🔔Lunch Communion:
-Keep calm, faith is love
-Ask God to help, or how He’s doing!
-Practice relying upon God directly for instruction, and only Together should you try to make use of your spiritual toolkit

A Balanced Perspective⚖

Polarity Integration: The Gift of Desperation Meets A Positive Mentality…
-Balance out “loss aversion” outlook, or prevention of mood depression pitfalls, with “positive reinforcement,” of remembering to work towards beneficial goals and rewards, by framing your thoughts not only as, “I need Your help,” but also as “I need Your love!” ..And don’t forget what you bring to the table!😘💒
“What can I do for You?”
😍
-Safety-net of constant conscious contact as an ongoing internal conversation
-God-focus constituting “self-forgetting”
-Prioritizing communing and relationship with God and Jesus

🌐”A Delicate Ecosystem”
We evolve in progress as a community, providing for each other what individually we would lack, in an effort of cooperation and teamwork, as a process of maintaining a state of homeostasis and equilibrium.
“Love does not fly solo.”

“Let Go and Let God”
In “letting go,” One will pick up where the Last left off, thus, We carry each other.

Aqua💎Marine
“…To ‘engage’ my ‘Corps.'”😉

🎯”I need You for Whom to love!”💘
“Caritas: God is Love”
-Bible Passage
“4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
(1 John 4)

“…I’d rather trust God.”💖
🔑”Willingness…to go to any lengths,” is the key. My “willingness” entails the most work possible on my part, so when fueled by Love, there is nothing left to fear.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
Indecision or trepidation?
It’s a form of fear. Replace it with God, love, altruism, or “the next right thing…”
“Start with the intention, because if it is right and true, you really can’t go wrong.”

Franço-American Proverb:
“Between two stools, one sits on the ground. …But between two ferns, one sits on a stool.”😜

Hope in action:🤘
“I’m sorry, I just know I can do better! Please show me the way!”
“A Stairway of Faith”
The beginning of a sense of self-worth as “…The willingness to do as I’m told.”

Liberation from Fear:
With “my engine वेद” running on You💖, I’m not “running away” from anything!

“Hold onto the intention, but let go of any vision or preconception of the outcome!” All I need to focus on is the positive intention and my own effort or exertion. The point is to enjoy the process anyway, so any outcome is really just a byproduct.

“For Whom the belle extols.”🌞
New Topic Line-Up
-Practice, diligence, discipline
-Prudence, Patience
-Moderation
-Rejoice!
-Start use of “Weekly Theme” with Virtues
-Narrow and refine focus (God.😉Lol!)

8/15/16
Topical Outline:
-God’s will, not, mine
-Faith as my job to remedy worry
-Intentions and Inspiration
-Fuel to lift my attitude and spirits
-8 Verses on Transforming the Mind
-Altruism/caritas, God, or spiritual virtues as being worthy reasons for actions
-God determines what’s real and worthy
-Actively choosing “hardship as the pathway to Peace” (-Reinhold Niebuhr)
-Someone worthy of looking up to, who will always swoop in to help me back up

“Alignment”
When I come to pray in the morning, I do so knowing that I am not meant to manage my life on my own, and that attempting to do so is the cause of my worries and fears. I lay my troubles, hopes, joys, and plans or intentions out before God and Jesus. I do this in seeking counsel and redirection, or reassurance that I am headed in the right direction and prioritizing the right things. I know I am willful, by my God-given free will, and so I take care to reorient myself towards God and His will for me instead, each morning and throughout the day.

When my intentions are where they ought to be, as “Thy will, not mine, be done.” I know that I am in the best of care, as I cannot go wrong when I give myself over to “all that is right.” I realize the folly of thinking I know best, and how I can never really be sure of my worth or goodness if I am not consistently checking in with He who knows best, to realign my values, and receive redirection or reassurance, as this sort of security cannot come from myself or any other human, it must come only from God Himself, in quiet times of prayer and meditation, to really provide the steadfast security, assurance, and protection that I crave, as a solid “faith.”

When I put work in to nurture my connection with God, I don’t have to worry or guess or doubt myself, because I am putting in the Time to ensure that I am doing my best to “seek His will for me” and “to want to do the right thing,” and not merely my own will or what I, of myself, think I ought to do, which is self-based.

“Intentions as Inspiration”
Intentions serve as an unfailing inspiration if they are right and true. In all that I do, I try to first think of God, to start a dialogue and ask what would be best. When I think of what would be healthy and wholesome and what He would want for me, I start to feel a sense of “industriousness,” and motivation to start doing the right thing.

The act of coming to pray and vocalizing wonderful and selfless intentions, orienting my will to be of service to God so that He may teach me and prepare me to be useful and properly helpful to my fellows, seems to clear my mind of useless clutter accumulated by worldly concerns.

Simply aligning myself to God’a will as the greatest good feels freeing, and takes the weight or responsibility off my shoulders of trying to determine what’s best; I’m meant to just ask the Father, I’m not supposed to know! In an act of humility and deference I find the care I was looking for, and no longer get sucked into the illusory ideal of “self-sufficiency,” or try to take the role God ought to fill in my life.

“Caritas and Altruism”
If I go through my day propelled by self-interest, personal accomplishment, the admiration of other people, or other sorts of personal pleasures or gains, then I am placing empty material concerns and sinful selfishness ahead of spiritual matters and so would have the “cart before the horse,” and would inevitably end up disillusioned and unfulfilled.

“Spiritual Strivings”
When I properly prioritize God’s will for me, loving, pleasing or directly honoring Him, other priorities fall right into place. Spiritual values, as virtues, take top priority. Ideals of humility, tolerance, patience, kindness, compassion, prudence, courage, community, sharing, belongingness, hope, optimism, faith and selfless love as charity or altruism become goals to personally learn and demonstrate. Just thinking about these lofty spiritual ideals fills my heart with joy and bestows upon me the drive and inspiration to put myself to use and get into action to apply, learn, develop, and fine-tune these ideals in my daily practice. When I see how rightly rewarding learning these spiritual principles actually is, those worldly goals of “a certain car, or money, or a position of prestige in the workplace,” are seen from a more complete perspective, and such goals are revealed as empty or ill-advised in relation to these spiritual strivings.

“Realignment”
I must take care to renew and reaffirm these intentions throughout the day. My thoughts and heart are only ever filled with that which I actively fill them, so I must intentionally orient myself to these spiritual goals or motives, and then I find that pretty much any undertaking I pursue, if for a virtuous reason, provides me with that sense of fulfillment, meaning, or purpose which I had sought in material gains or selfish goals; what I need is not some end point or product, what I crave is a “sense of being,” which is provided when I actively set out to put an intention driven by virtue into action in the real world.

When I act in the name of God or a virtue, I have “a sense of being or embodying that virtue.” “I am what drives me.” Thus, I must maintain my trajectory throughout the day, in the face of conflicting consumer-driven messages from society, my culture, or the media, about what I should be doing or striving toward. I find that I must take time to focus on and seek out God directly, and perhaps recite a few prayers vocalizing the main point of “the greater good,” as love, harmony, helping each other, and other spiritual goals to reach for by working hard. God alone determines what’s real and what’s important, and so I first seek Him directly, and then I will proceed through the world and make full use of resources, consulting other ancillary but aligned spiritual sources to help me along His path for me.

“Choosing ‘…Hardship as the Pathway to Peace’✌️” (-Reinhold Niebuhr)
I find that developing virtues as spiritual skills is immensely rewarding and fulfilling in its own right. In order to further enhance and refine these as part of an “eternal toolkit,” I know to seek ever more challenging circumstances in which to “practice spirituality,” as engaging in the active and intentional practice of virtues as a discipline in its own right. Thus, I may use the day’s work or a career path as merely a raw medium in which to develop the worthy goals of my inner spiritual life.

🔔Lunch Communion:
“Veritatem Dilexi: I Delight in the Truth”
🙏
“Ung Je Serviray: One Will I Serve”
Asking God, “what can I do for You?”
…Solves all my problems!

Properly directed will is first offered to God, rather than determined my by own wants or interests, which are mundane, and ultimately lead to unhappiness.

New Topics:
-Empathy and relying upon developing my relationship with God and Jesus
-Seeing my own emotional fragility and unmanageability as an opportunity to grow closer to God and Jesus, and so positive!
RX:🙏5x’s daily on knees, PTSD treatment

-Enjoying the opportunity to reaffirm my powerlessness, humility, and complete and utter dependence upon my relationship and connection with God and Jesus, and finding my point of weakness as His point of entry, leading for Us to “Rejoice!”
-Remembering that “living Together as One,” in a state of God-dependence is joy!

-Reflect in gratitude and express Love!

🔔Dinner Communion:
-Saying “I love You,” as a solution to any emotional difficulty, clearing away any obstacles and powering Our “engine वेद ”
-“Conversations” or Our communion as constituting St. Francis’ “self -forgetting”
-“Teamwork” with God and Jesus, not just consultation, builds Our relationship

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
-Shakespeare, via Polonius from “Hamlet”

This above all:💖
“Caritas”
“God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
The Highest Truth is Love!
…So I guess He’s dyslexic!
Time is a palindrome…😉
“Veritatem Dilexi: I Delight in the Truth”

8/16/16
-Narrow and refine focus (God.😉Lol!)

Topical Outline:
-“The best method is the one that works.”
-“Spirit of experimentation”
-Relying upon God and Jesus before consulting my toolkit or mantras
-Bringing the love, “division of labor”
-Willingness, as in “to go to any lengths.”
-Desiring hard work for fruition of labors by action; “carry the body, the mind will follow,” and “faith without works is dead”
-Ability to “match calamity with serenity”
-“I’m sorry, I’ll try again!”
-8 Verses on transforming the mind

“Square 1″📐
My hard and fast surety that God loves me unconditionally and wants the best for me, as for any of His children, is the basis, or groundwork, of my serenity, and is something I must constantly reaffirm in order to proceed with anything that I may do with my life. Belief in God is insufficient for faith, as belief in “God’s love” for us is what is required of me, as a child of God, in order to actually made use of and develop this relationship. When I come to pray, I express trust in His care, and from this starting point, We may develop a healthy mutual relationship, and actually reciprocate our feelings. I use thoughts of God all day long as inspiration, and shoot up little “cupid’s arrows” at Him whenever I feel low. He appreciates this and He will always swoop in to lift me back up. God is the only Person worthy of my devout love and affection and praises, and works sort of like an inexhaustible source of “fuel” or inspiration for me throughout the day. He will always provide the energy or the means by which to accomplish any task, if it is in His name, or is a worthy, love-based and altruistic undertaking.

Telling God that I love Him can have the effect of this feeling of being a “perpetual motion machine,” as by just deliberately expressing that sentiment to Him, I feel instantly refreshed and invigorated. After devoting myself through much time and effort to this relationship, the framework for an actual collaboration is set into place, and I may experience life itself as a relationship with God. I may look at my own living as more like a process of collaboration or teamwork, and in this way, the meaning and love it holds is infinite, eternal, inexhaustible, and always in the process of becoming more wonderful.
“When I put myself completely into the hands of God, each new day really is experienced as totally new and unique from the last, and anything is possible!”

I try my hardest not to question how a feat will be accomplished; rather, I focus on my intention behind it, as to please God or do the right thing, or act helpfully rather than selfishly, and I let this desire to actually express and display the love within me work its own ways out. The more diligent a student I become of liberating myself from my my own wants or likes or plans or ecpectatuons, the more room I allow for the will of God to work its magic in my life; I try my hardest not to impose my selfish human limits upon His infinite, loving glory.

I hold onto my willingness to go to any lengths, which means a commitment to doing the most work possible in any given situation. In this way, I don’t succumb to fears of my own limitations or doubts about my abilities, as I am not meant to judge or appraise the results of my efforts, only my efforts themselves. Did I take a short-cut, or let an impure motive dictate a decision I made? The more readily I seek help to improve, and especially “literally ask God Himself for help,” the more I learn, and thus, the more I succeed. The goal is really to learn and make spiritual progress, and then to challenge myself to actually enjoy this process more and more, as it is made ever more difficult to accompany my own advancement, and scaffold the way for a continuation of my growth and spiritual development. I strive to become more adept at applying virtues to daily living and thus enhance and refine them. “These spiritual values, or the ability to employ virtues, are to a large extent, the determinants of my level of happiness.”

I to to develop the ability to feel and actively exude love to anyone and everyone, especially in the face of adversity or active opposition. In order to keep advancing my skill in this discipline, I require increasingly difficult and uncomfortable circumstances, and increasingly complicated and challenging tasks, in order to maintain my state of growth and diligence in this “occupation.” It is quite difficult to focus on this, tent to my ongoing dialogue with God and Jesus ad “conscious contact,” and to actually advance and learn in the activity itself. Properly prioritizing these competing demands is absolutely essential to success, and God must always come first, as God determines each ensuing detail!

The ability to have genuinely loving, trusting, accepting, and mutually helpful and beneficial relationships is an eternal skill and blessing, and so is valued and prioritized ahead of personal success or private gains. Teamwork executed in such a way that “no man is left behind,” and we all maintain well-being, is an assumption that takes precedence. Thus, the eternal riches for which we are meant to strive are participation in loving mutual relationships, and personal spiritual virtues, as actual “abilities” and “qualities of being,” which we are meant always to keep developing.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Carrying each other”
-“Togetherness” as “the pinnacle”
-Empathy, “me too” and sharing feelings
-Scavenger hunt of “God winks,” as little mementos or pleasing reminders of our tenderness and fond memories, as inside jokes or “symbols with understood associations,” indicating a particular action or to make the day seem more magical, actively choosing any path that draws me nearer to God and Jesus
-Constant communion, as an ongoing conversation of “conscious contact” or “Christ consciousness,” as necessary to keep the trail from running cold, and to strengthen our relationship and love
-Mellifluous pace set by breath and God
-Trias Politica principle, separation of powers

🕵🦄
-The scavenger hunt… is Itself is the point
-The process, experiencing togetherness
-Conversation as the best reward
-A relationship with God and Jesus
-Aiming to be “a vessel,” à la St. Francis
-Art form of practicing “let go and let God”

-Keeping only the “lessons or skills” learned in life’s process, any temporal “products” of which are essentially meaningless and impermanent
-Virtues and mutual loving relationships as spiritual and eternal rewards, existing as “elements of the process”

-Learning to “Travel Light,” lol!
“Taking care of You takes care of me!”😘

Spit lines like…
“…Stars are blazing like rebel diamonds cut out of the Son. Can you read my mind? 🎧
“…All I do is kiss you, through the bars of Orion…”🎼
Juliet, I’d do stars with you any time
Juliet, when we made love you used to cry
You said, “I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you ’til I die.”
There’s a place for us, you know the movie song
When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?

And a lovestruck Romeo, sings the streets a serenade, Laying everybody low with a love song that he made, He finds a convenient streetlight and steps out of the shade, And says something like, You and me babe, how about it?
💘…Read more: The Killers – Romeo And Juliet Lyrics | MetroLyrics

🔔Dinner Communion:
-Quieting my mind and directing focus…
-Catering to Our relationship

-Integration, theosophy
-Try pondering the meaning behind your mantra, not just reciting the words
-“Why not What,” as “💖 to fuel”
-Focus on your intention of love for doing something instead of what you’re doing
-Generate love, using the activity as merely a means or form of action for the consolidation of dormant love, ultimately as “caritas or agápē” …of Ascension

-“Compassion ‘creates’ understanding.”
(-Yogi tea bag quote)

8/17/16
-Maximize and expand my usefulness to God and His children
-Love required in all actions for them to carry significance (1 Corinthians 13)
-If action not performed with Love and God, I find it inherently unfulfilling
-Far greater possibilities with teamwork and utilizing contributions of all members
-Broad pinnacle as peak of “the life experience,” in “spirit of togetherness”
-8 verses on transforming the mind, and avoiding 8 worldly, mundane concerns

💘
When I come to pray in the morning, I try to set aside all my worries and cares, and free up my mind to welcome the idea of God. I let thoughts and thanks and praises circulate within my mind until I have a sense of a connection with God and Jesus. This sense or understanding of “oneness with God” is self-evident, and feels so good that I don’t need to guess what I’ve tapped into; “when you know, you know.” This loving tangible presence is so secure, calming, and serene, and the feeling of having my love reciprocated is so intense, I wish not to leave my altar without this presence, and in this way, I may recognize first-hand my own need and the importance of this “conscious contact with God” throughout the day. When I go too long without deliberately conversing with Him or Jesus, I can feel their absence in my own misdirected focus, and this sensation could be described in terms of the 7th gift of the Spirit, of “fear of the Lord,” as in “fear of His absence,” or in terms of “attachment theory” as a child’s “separation anxiety.”

“Spirit of Togetherness”
I try to work alongside my Higher Power, as both God and Jesus, throughout the day, residing in the calming knowledge that I am never alone. My body is as a temple, and my thoughts back and forth with God become my refuge. I have this sense of being a “haven” when I maintain and nurture this “cognitive tie,” or “umbilical cord.” I kind of have the sense of being like a “Moveable Festivus,” as a sense of experiencing life with “God’s steadfast, unwavering serenity” no matter where I may travel or what may happen. Relying upon God, via my own trust in His love and care, I am endowed with the gift of “constant love” and a certainty that this connection warrants value above all else in existence, and it turns my life into a “celebration,” as my heart is so readily warmed whenever the need arises.

“All You Need is Love…”
This love, for and from God, known as agape or caritas, is at times so rapturous and overwhelming that I actually have to ask Him to hold it back, and help to soften the intensity of the feeling. The experience of this love in all its glory confirms my understanding that “God is Love,” and that without this love, nothing I may do and no task I attempt is really ever meaningful or worth doing. When, however, I attempt the same task alongside God, and invite Him and Jesus to dwell together with me, in my heart and mind, that mundane task is suddenly a joyful experience, which we may use as merely a platform or format by which to bring evermore powerful sentiments of love, which were previously lying dormant, into fruition and consolidation. We practice using action or “faith with works,” to carry Love over into the material world and therefore into tangible existence.
(1 John 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13)

“Maximize Potential, then Expand It!”
I find that working with a “growth mentality,” and believing that there is no finite limit to our potential, helps me to make progress and to further fill out whatever abilities I may possess at that time, as I go about my daily work. I do, however, also know two additional key facts, that “God helps those who help themselves,” and will not do for me what I am already able, and that “He will do for me what I cannot do for myself.” When I work in conjunction with God, striving to be as the “vessel” expressed in the St. Francis prayer, and giving myself over to a striving that “God’s will not mine be done,” I find that He will work wonders, far beyond what I would have intended or strived for on my own, provided I trust the results to Him, and don’t doubt how some noble goal will work out, but focus only the intention, putting in my greatest efforts, “giving it my all,” and bringing the love, and I follow His lead to diligently abide.

“Upon a Noble Deed”🦄
When I attempt life or an activity in this manner, aiming my efforts with the best and most loving intentions, of the Most High God, I find that nothing can really steer me wrong, as I diligently fill my heart with the Love necessary to steer me right!

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Enjoyment as a sense of adventure, seeking out challenges together, desiring hard work, “reap what you sow…”
-Expanding potential not just fulfilling it
-Worth doing by doing it together, maximizing “each other” as resources
-Joy of expressing altruistic sentiments

“Take My Hand…”✍🏻
Following God (and secondarily, Jesus) takes first priority in my life, as God does not intend to follow me! I am trying to take Time to savor and fully realize the joy and beauty of living when I follow the proper order of things, as determined by God.👫

“Scavenger Hunt”🕊
Unraveling the wonders He intends for me by embarking upon life Together, with God and Jesus, allows for me to appreciate living in all its intended majesty. With my “constant Companions,” it is not only disrespectful to harbor fears, but it is also illogical, as I am being guided every step of the way to the extent that I practice a “give and take,” of expressing interest and exerting actions lovingly, with the bountiful love of God filling and fueling my heart. The more deliberately and consciously I cling to my intentions of pleasing God, or acting lovingly or altruistically in His name, the more fulfilling I find the activity, and the closer I feel emotionally to God Himself, as a sense of actively being loved.

“The Cheerful Giver”
“6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully.”
(2 Corinthians 9:6)

I always feel a sense of belongingness, and “right at home” wherever I go, for God and Jesus are always with me! I get so much out of this “giving,” by performing hard work with selfless love as my impetus, I desire ever more challenging feats to tackle or fears to dispel, knowing, “beyond a shadow of a doubt,” by consciously and constantly mentally conversing with God and Jesus, that I am being led through these obstacles as I abide, and that He or Jesus will pick up and complete the task when my own abilities give way and I start to “fall apart.”

“Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” (-Marilyn Monroe)

“Home is Where the Heart is”💒
Thus, if my heart is in the right place of God’s love, as caritas or agápē, I need not fear failure, but rather look forward to “giving it my all” without expecting to succeed, because I know that when my resources are exhausted, God’s own powers will pull Us through, as this, God’s Love, is necessarily and by definition a team effort, not a solo act! I devoutly trust God and Jesus, and we work together, each providing our own unique strengths and supporting each other through any weaknesses, much like a “division of labor,” and a “separation of powers,” as with the “trias politica” principle, and in this way, we carry each other.
“Peace, Love, Truth”👼
“Trinitas🙏Invictus”

-Themes to Follow:🦄
“Mighty Max,” “homework after Heaven!”
-Job to do, take care of You!😘
-Cadence and communion🎧👽
-“Quixotic;” imagination and altruistic love as the fuel of riding upon “noble deeds,” effectively blending fantasy with function
…after You!✌️
-“Symbiosis” and reflection; feed love into it and it loves back, providing energy and extra motivation to power any acts of love or “noble deeds.” Thus, God serves as a “perpetual motion machine,” but only with the proper input of selfless altruistic love.
-Consult God first.🔹

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Difficult circumstances as opportunities to “show just how much I really care,” and to keep going by relying upon God, which serves as motivation to overcome the pain
-Without hardship and making actual sacrifices, I couldn’t prove my devotion
-Cross to bear of sin/character defects as being “optional;” ask God to help each morning and again at every crossroads
-Try sharing the thinking process 😉

“But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.”
(Matthew 10:26)

“Keep your demons oily…” Flashbacks or memories won’t displace you if you keep them fresh, remembering them only from within the proper perspective, within the broader context offered by having moved forward with recovery, and by continuing to partake in joyful and healthy living.

When I work joyfully, in the bliss of the present moment with God, and experience “psychological flow,” I consciously let go to God, and intentionally hold no vision of the actual product or outcome of my loving intentions, I just try to let God work His magic, in ways beyond what I could ever hope for with my finite human mind. When I try to impose my own vision of a final product upon a piece, I merely end up imposing limitations upon God’s greatness, and I render myself closed off to the far better things that He, in all His glory, would have willed for me.

“Ananke’s spindle” …a tale about the thread leading through the labyrinth to God.
Power of imagination, of creating “Fate”💖
…Play “make-believe;” shugendo
-Chronicle age 17 sacrifice story as poem

😍
-Choosing to put God first, along with Jesus, even and especially in trivial or inconsequential matters, as acts and tokens of devotion, by a creating a deliberate intention to serve as the reason behind making any given decision, thus gracing that choice or action with worth and endowing it with consequence or meaningfulness, merely by the virtue of the motive, and so it is blessed by being a gift offered only up to God.

8/18/16
✍🏻Topical outline:
-Seeking out obstacles where we may rely on God, finding more ways to grow closer
-Bondage of self and 8 mundane concerns
-My own fragility, sins, or character defects as turning from a weakness to a strength when I see my shortcomings as points where I turn to God for help
-Concept of carrying each other
-Practicing intellectual exercises of focus to abstain from habits of worry or fear

“Obstacles”🕊
I do not ask God to remove obstacles from my path, and I do not question His plan for my life. I do not seek an easy route or the path of least resistance, but rather, I seek hardship, knowing that this will bring me closer to a sense of unflappable peace. I am striving for that inner-serenity that is founded by reliance upon God, so that I may be at peace come what may, and work towards developing tolerance and patience in difficult circumstances, being able to accept this world as it is and its inhabitants as they are, as this sort of acceptance is a necessary component to being able to truly love my fellow man, and to work towards God’s unconditional love.

“Relationships”👫
If the most meaningful way to live is to strive towards character building, as practicing and refining virtues as skills, and to form and develop loving mutual relationships, then obstacles are actually blessings, as only through trials and tribulations could I further develop my spiritual skill-set and grow in God’s image.

“The God-Shaped Hole”🙏
If what I truly crave is to be nearer to God, then when He places before me a stumbling block, a difficulty, or a problem, He is challenging me to reach out to Him for help. Thus, these personal points of weakness or potential sins are not life-sentences, but are merely blessings in disguise. Properly perceived and utilized, any difficulty or character defect I experience as a point of weakness becomes a point of entry for God, and an opportunity for me to choose to rely upon Him, and firsthand experience His miracles of restoration and Almighty Love.

Thus, it seems as though I were made fragile and broken and weak by design, as my own shortcomings are actually meant to be filled and overcome by God Himself. Quality Time spent working on a task together with my Higher Power, as both God and Jesus, is what I always crave, as this is what allows us to build and strengthen our relationship and grow closer together. Without my own personal handicaps, I would not be able to experience the beauty and Supreme love of this most important of relationships, the Primary relationship intended for human life, which is that between myself and my Maker. My own weakness is really just an entryway for God if I choose to seek Him.

In this way, I may look forward to difficulties as a chance not only to work upon the skill of humility, but also then to experience God’s grace and my own bliss and sense of wonder at His marvels. My ability to “succeed,” or experience actual fulfillment, depends upon my willingness to admit defeat when I rely upon self-sufficiency, and then to actually ask for the help of God. Acting “as if,” is a necessary component to get the ball rolling and pave the way, by providing momentum and a safe space for Him to enter my life and expel the sin or difficulty. I may “act as if” God is beginning to help me and I practice the virtue of trust by assuming He will step in to show me some sort of solution as soon as I “let go,” or “step out of the way,” in a step 3 manner. This faith in His help is rewarded, and He always comes to the rescue once my own resources are thoroughly depleted. In this way, faith works wonders, so long as I ask for His help and let go of my own self-will.

If relationships are part of what makes life meaningful, and the Primary relationship
in my life that requires tending to is my relationship with God and Jesus, then difficulties or obstacles in my path are desirable, as they will draw me nearer to God, and His inexhaustible supply of love. In this practice of interdependence with God, my own life feels much more manageable, because I am leaning on my faith that God is carrying me through in ways that I cannot see. This faith or trust works much like a self-fulfilling prophesy or “placebo effect,” and His grace “will always materialize if I work for it” (The Promises, AA). I feel much more secure and serene in the face on uncertainty or unfamiliar circumstances or difficulties when I pause to intuit that “safety-net” of God’s Arms Unseen. When I focus on Him, I see that He is caring for me all the Time and He is with me each passing moment, if only I am willing to devote the Time, energy, and attention to notice!

“A Matter of Focus”⚛
“Seek and ye shall find…” I like to start out with “…I love You too!” when I devote Time to appreciating God and nurturing Our relationship, through an exchange of feelings, thoughts, and sentiments. Coming to God and expecting anything other than Unconditional Love could be interpreted as disrespectful or even a disloyalty. I take comfort in thinking that I am not supposed to worry, nor am I actually allowed to! Rather than fear, I am supposed to turn to God for help and comfort. My gift to Him is loyalty in the form of trusting Him to be good to His word, and already in the process of caring for me, if I will but abide and follow His will.

Goals to Follow:🐇
-Keeping my attitude aloft with altruistic thoughts, and an interchange with God
-Feeling like I can help, or being given a job to do as revving my engine
-Trusting God to manage a reservoir of happy thoughts or cool ideas to map out
-Practice turning to God directly, and bypass tool or mantra as coping strategy
-Overcoming a problem “while Together” as being the point; don’t lose sight of the relationship while engaging in work
-Concept of “sacrifice”
-God first! …as a thought of devotion!🔹

Follow…
Kyros Jesus🌞
🐯Eye on the prize!💘
“I love You, are You ok? How can I help?”
Altruism Engine, upon a “noble deed”🦄
“Hosanna in Excelsis”🎧

“An Invitation to Abundant Life”
(Isaiah 55)
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
2
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
3
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.
4
Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people,
A leader and commander for the people.
5
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do not know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”
6
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
7
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
8
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12
“For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
(Isaiah 55)

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Playfulness; “Revelation” excerpt, live for the pleasure of God; “Entertain Us”
-Rock of the monolith, “Rock of Gibraltar”
-Cornerstone of “Unconquerable Love”
-Secure base, steady, solid Love, “Batten down the hatches, steady as She goes!”
-“Wear life like a loose garment,” remain flexible as to a changing wind or to God changing His mind; “Bruno” in Cinderella, as a “reaction to disturbances” parable;
remain openminded for higher purposes

“Here We Are Now, Entertain Us”🎸
11″You are worthy, Our Lord and Our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you have created all things, and by your pleasure they exist and were created.”
(Revelation 4:11)

“Willingness🔑 is the Cornerstone”
“…as a Placeholder for God”🗿
“Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.'”
(Matthew 21:42)

🗽”Excelsior!”⛅️📓
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’[e]
Hosanna in the highest!”
(Matthew 21:9)

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree
“20 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”
21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
(Matthew 21:20-22)

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
“33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.34 Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. 35 And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. 37 Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”
41 They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease hisvineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord’s doing,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?[j]
43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. 44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
45 Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. 46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.”
(Matthew 21:33-46)

Glory!😉
“The joy of seeing children laugh, and play, and be happy, and partake in the wonders of life…”

…Interplay, and an interchange in the process of getting to know each other.

“Freedom from the Bondage of Self”
Living for myself leads to depression or feelings of futility or meaninglessness, but living to please God and Jesus leads to ever greater Love, abundance and joy. Self-will is sacrificed for the freedom of the will of God.

Growing far greater in strength through the greater of difficulties, by being a safe harbor of faith for the grace of God.💒

“Looking Back with Courage”
The worst of my past may not have been God’s will for me, but I will not regret it nor wish to forget it, but rather will spin it to gold with the thread of faithful love. I don’t know how, but somehow, I will end up better off and stronger for those trials.

Scourge it by flame, and it will last forever, sealed true by testing. The greater the suffering endured, the greater the Love to emerge from the crucible. Never in vain do we cling to the Lord.

“I would be humble, for I know my weakness…”
(“I Would be True,” by Howard A. Walter)

Antipas, “faithful Mawrtyr”
Loosen up!😅

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“Thanksgiving!,” as a giving of thanks
-My “mental zen garden” of Zion🌸

“Sanctus”😇
The Sanctus (Latin: Sanctus, “Holy”) is a hymnfrom Chalcedonian Christian liturgy. It may also be called the epinikios hymnos (Greek: ἐπινίκιος ὕμνος, “Hymn of Victory”) when referring to the Greek rendition. (Wikipedia.com)

“The knowledge of it as a whole was confined to the faithful. Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth; pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts; Heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna in excelsis Hosanna in the highest Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.”

Ἅγιος, ἅγιος, ἅγιος Κύριος Σαβαώθ· πλήρης ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ τῆς δόξης σου, ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις. Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου. Ὡσαννὰ (ὁ) ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις.

“TheósBas”
The word God was used to represent Greek Theos, Latin Deus in Bible translations, first in the Gothic translation of the New Testament by Ulfilas. For the etymology of deus, see *dyēus. Greek “θεός ” (theos) means god in English

Daughter of = “bas” if you use Ashkenazi pronunciation and “bat” if you use Sephardi pronunciation.

“TheósBeulah”
Beulah. A female given name. [ 1611, Bible (KJV), Isaiah 62:4: Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

Assurance of Zion’s Salvation
(Isaiah 62)
62
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp thatburns.
2
The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
3
You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God.
4
You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;
But you shall be called Hephzibah,[a]and your land Beulah;[b]
For the Lord delights in you,
And your land shall be married.
5
For as a young man marries a virgin,
So shall your sons marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So shall your God rejoice over you.
6
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
7
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
8
The Lord has sworn by His right hand
And by the arm of His strength:
“Surely I will no longer give your grain
As food for your enemies;
And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine,
For which you have labored.
9
But those who have gathered it shall eat it,
And praise the Lord;
Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”
10
Go through,
Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up,
Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Lift up a banner for the peoples!
11
Indeed the Lord has proclaimed
To the end of the world:
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Surely your salvation is coming;
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.’”
12
And they shall call them The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;
And you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.”
Footnotes:
* Isaiah 62:4 Literally My Delight Is in Her
* Isaiah 62:4 Literally Married
(Isaiah 62)

“In Eastern Orthodoxy deification (theosis) is a transformative process whose goal is likeness to or union with God. As a process of transformation, theosis is brought about by the effects of katharsis (purification of mind and body) and theoria (‘illumination’ with the ‘vision’ of God).”
(Wikipedia.com)

8/19/16
Topical Outline:
-Following deliberately and obediently and inhibiting my own “self-will”
-Self-will understood in relation to the 8 mundane or worldly concerns
-Rewards of putting God’s will first
-Responsibility to enjoy life

“First Things First” ΑΩ
I know when I am ready to start my day in the proper mind-frame when my attitude is that of being totally open and accepting of God’s will and of being cleansed of my own selfish wants and desires. I may have to sift through my mind in prayer and meditation for 15 minutes or so before I clear room for the grace of God within my mind. Eventually, through an exchange of communion, I am overcome with joy and gratitude for this new day, such that I wish not to leave my prayer space until I am sure of my intentions to follow God rather than my own self. I have found that I experience magic and wonder in my life to the exact extent that I am willing to place Him first in my life and replace my own wants with whatever He way want for me.

“Hallelujah!”
Once I am completely immersed in this Almighty sense of Love and feeling of grace, as “unmerited favor,” which I experience as a result of reverent praise and a giving of thanks, I can be sure that I am aware of the gift that is this life, and that I know exactly Whom to thank for it. I can sense God rather acutely at this juncture, and I can be sure that I am ready to follow Him. If God can bestow upon me such great blessings of love and joy, I wish not to ever be apart from Him and His will for me! In this way, I see and feel firsthand what He intends, and have an inkling of an understanding of that which He is capable, and I make conscious choices all day long to summon up love, thanks, and praises in my thoughts, and I offer them up to God.

“Self-Will”
In my experience, self-will could be understood primarily as my own wants and desires which are susceptible to the influence of fear, and I understand self-centered fear as the root of my sins or character defects. At any point, I can make the choice to indulge the fear, or I can turn to God and ask Him for help. Actually being willing for Him to lift my defects is what “separates the men from the boys” (Step 7). I try to keep an unwavering sense of His Supreme Love and care as my solid base throughout the day. I, as a human being, however, poses free will, and so in order to maintain this solid base of trust and love, I must consciously choose to do so at every opportunity to exert my self-will, and so I diligently and intentionally seek God’s will and try to inhibit my own all day long. When one of my fears pops up, it is my duty and opportunity to seek God’s help, and to choose instead to turn to the Lord.

“8 Mundane Concerns”
I could further interpret self-will as being grounded in the 8 worldly or mundane concerns, including, “gain, loss, pleasure, pain, praise, blame, fame, and dishonor.” In the past, my need for security was based upon by ability to attain the positive side of each of those 4 coins, or at least to avoid the negative, reserve side! However, all of these self-based pursuits are impermanent, fleeting, or transitory. They are not of a spiritual nature, and are not the worthwhile things in life, and as such, they will always leave me wanting and ultimately dissatisfied. Rather, I may seek the eternal riches by seeking God to depend upon for that innate need I have for an inner-security. That need I feel, that no earthly pleasure can satisfy, was by His design, as I am meant to seek and experience all the happiness He intends for us as The Most Loving Father would.

“My Responsibility…”🌞
God takes “the best” care, inherently! It is up to me to turn to Him in trust, and place myself in His hands. At that point, I can just relax and focus on being productive, trying to make proper use of all of life’s pure and simple joys, and trying to be of most use to Him and my fellows. I can interpret it as my responsibility to enjoy all the blessings with which He has graced me, as He intends for me to enjoy life!

“Passing💌Notes Creatively”🐞
The more diligently I seek to place God before me as I go through the day, as a form of devotion and as a way in which to Honor Him, the more joy I derive from life. Especially in the trivial or mundane tasks, if I just focus on intentions of praise, and see that simply by exerting myself fully in the execution of little tasks, trying to complete them as joyfully and earnestly as possible, my heart fills with His love as a reciprocation of my own intentions to work in His name. My efforts in any sort of task are my offering up to Him, and as most earthly work is of an impermanent nature anyway, I know He cares not about the actual product or job, but that He appreciates that I am trying my hardest to honor and praise Him. Eventually, living life itself becomes better understood as a crafting of an interplay or an exchange, and a process of further developing a mutually loving relationship with God. This earthly life is just a raw format or platform by which I may better “get to know” God!

Goals:
-Secure base, solid loving trust, seeing it as my job to reaffirm that everything’s ok, and then turning to God “immediately”
-Intentionally considering what God and Jesus would find most pleasing always
-Using “pick me up” prayers of “I love You, are You ok, what can I do for You?” to keep generating love, and to maintain contact of a productive altruistic sort
-Keeping my attitude powered by God-driven intentions; upon a “noble deed” 🦄

🔔Lunch Communion;
-God(+Jesus) as the only “measuring stick” for my efforts or as my orientation; considering others, or their opinions, ahead of God’s as causing discontent
-Intellectual exercises of focus to stretch my ability to summon serenity and love
-Loosen up, …humor, zealousness!😜
-“Desire to be useful” fulfilled by intuiting it as “my responsibility” to trust and love God and Jesus, providing a “safe space”
-Nurturing my imagination and banishing fear, worry, or panic by asking God to help
-Avoiding considerations of my subjective wants, likes, or reactive feelings, and practicing devotion to God and trying to serve His needs instead, as an ongoing practice and lifestyle pattern offering real spiritual and eternal fulfillment

-Very spiritually sensitive, aided by selfless living habits to live in congruence with an intensely felt conscience and intuition of morality as a sense of right and wrong
-“Cognitive dissonance;” disillusionment by a deep sense of the wrongness of selfish or temporal pursuits leading either to self-debasement, or, by faith in God and His restoration, to righteous living in the highest order, as being the only remedy to such sensitivity to innate spiritual values
-God will not be ignored if you are chosen!💝

-Practice itself is a practice!
-Share the helm, work together!
-Trying to help God, serve His will, and follow His lead is actually what I needed!
-Maintaining humility and obedience, as I myself don’t know what’s best; for any given scenario I must consult God!
-Situational ethics and situational answers
-Populating my mental landscape diligently with wholesome comforting thoughts and healthy positive subject matter, to share in communion with God
-⚾️”If you build it they will come!”📝👓
-Relying upon God and Jesus directly💞

“Love Mechanics”🐸👑
-Belief is a skill! I choose to believe the best of life and of other people because that’s what loving is! We will believe in you so that you will believe in yourself, and so I believe in myself only indirectly, or by virtue of first believing in God, as Love.
-I just won’t believe hate, I call its bluff.💖
-Believing in Love becomes reflective.🔹
-I know innately that God loves me unconditionally and perfectly, and so I’ll do “anything for God and Jesus!” Thus, it is only indirectly and by no means of my own doing that I am granted the willingness “to go to any lengths,” rather, I just follow suit. All I do is recognize that God is Love, no matter what evidence I may be given to the contrary, as an act of love or good-will, and then, somehow, We pull Together as if by magnets, ever closer and more dear evermore!
-Where there’s a “Step 3,” there’s a way!

…As an “Instigator🔸,” not a reactionist.
😉

🔔Dinner Communion:
-“Hallelujah” and thank You.🙇
-Growing closer through emotional difficulties and recovering Together

“The Hope of the Faithful, and the Messiah’s Victory”
(Psalm 16)
A Michtam of David.
“16 Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
2 O my soul, you have said to the Lord,
“You are my Lord,
My goodness is nothing apart from You.”
3 As for the saints who are on the earth,
“They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
Nor take up their names on my lips.
5 O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
7 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
(Psalm 16)

Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)
“23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
(Psalm 24)

8/20/16
Topical Outline:
-Following God through adventures to witness marvels and little signs of love
-Each day being a totally new adventure
-Joy of release from emptying myself of my “character defects or sins” as well as specific expectations or wants, in favor of being the St. Francis prayer’s “channel”
-Comfort from action of “the right thing”
-Performing a loving action to feel love
-Sense of industry, usefulness, meaning
all contingent upon my connection to God
-Constant reliance upon God (and Jesus) as being the only foundation of true and unshakable peace, joy, and fulfillment
-Turning immediately to God whenever I struggle as helping me back up instantly, the more constant the reliance and the more readily I ask for help, the more sturdy this measure of prevention and the briefer my period of struggle or suffering
-Taking responsibility for the attitude of “everything is ok, chill out,” as being conducive for me to open up to God’s care
-Offerings to God of praise and thanks as the reason I feel blessed and grateful
-Courage and humility as both increasing together from acting fearless with God
-HOW: honest, willing, openminded

-Rely directly on God and Jesus, and follow your breath with praises and playful joy… Upon a “noble s-deed,” lol!🦄

🔔Dinner Communion:
-Commune in tranquil gratitude
-Reflect on the day Together in a joyful spirit of camaraderie and harmony
-Carry each other, work together, consult each other, and cheer each other on
-Absorb, savor, and enjoy sharing reflections of a day at the beach!🌊🌞🐚

“Executive Function for Communion…”💑
“Stop on a dime” cognitive and behavioral control, flexibility, and inhibition exercises; listening practice; focus and attention exercises by balancing a wife range of incoming stimuli; maximizing functionality by exposure to an increasing amount of competing demands; sharing mind space and expanding metacognitive abilities; enhancing quality of communication made possible by prayer and meditation, as talking and listening to God and Jesus

Rhapsody💏💓
Enthusiasm😍
Ineffably💖

1 Peter 5
Shepherd the Flock
“5 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,[a] not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Submit to God, Resist the Devil
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”[b]
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[c] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[d]the God of all grace, who called us[e] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Farewell and Peace
12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.
13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
(1 Peter 5)

Luke 16
The Parable of the Unjust Steward
“16 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’
3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’
5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures[a] of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ So he said, ‘A hundred measures[b] of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail,[c] they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?
13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The Law, the Prophets, and the Kingdom
14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.
18 “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from herhusband commits adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell[d] from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”
(Luke 16)

Genesis 37
Joseph Dreams of Greatness
37 Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2 This is the history of Jacob.
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of manycolors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told itto his brothers; and they hated him even more. 6 So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”
8 And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
12 Then his brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.”
So he said to him, “Here I am.”
14 Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem.
15 Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?”
16 So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks.”
17 And the man said, “They have departed from here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.
18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19 Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! 20 Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”
21 But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.” 22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of manycolors that was on him. 24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit wasempty; there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. 26 So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened. 28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.
29 Then Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes. 30 And he returned to his brothers and said, “The lad is no more; and I, where shall I go?”
31 So they took Joseph’s tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood. 32 Then they sent the tunic of manycolors, and they brought it to their father and said, “We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son’s tunic or not?”
33 And he recognized it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces.” 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, “For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.
36 Now the Midianites[a] had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh andcaptain of the guard.

Genesis 39
Joseph a Slave in Egypt
39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. 5 So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. 6 Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate.
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
7 And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”
8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. 9 There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.
11 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house wasinside, 12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. 13 And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, 14 that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15 And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”
16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; 18 so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.”
19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. 20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
Footnotes:
* Genesis 39:23 Literally his hand

Genesis 40
The Prisoners’ Dreams
40 It came to pass after these things thatthe butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker. 3 So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. 4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.
5 Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. 6 And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?”
8 And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”
So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”
9 Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, 10 and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. 11 Then Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”
12 And Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches arethree days. 13 Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. 14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, “I also was in my dream, and there werethree white baskets on my head. 17 In the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.”
18 So Joseph answered and said, “This isthe interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.”
20 Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21 Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Genesis 41
Pharaoh’s Dreams
41 Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. 2 Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. 3 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river. 4 And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. 5 He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. 6 Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. 7 And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream. 8 Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh.
9 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember my faults this day. 10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker, 11 we each had a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream. 12 Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his owndream. 13 And it came to pass, just as he interpreted for us, so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him.”
14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.”
16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: “Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. 18 Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. 19 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. 20 And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. 21 When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke. 22 Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good. 23 Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. 24 And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but there wasno one who could explain it to me.”
25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do: 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years; the dreams are one. 27 And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them areseven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine. 28 This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 29 Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; 30 but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land. 31 So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe. 32 And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
33 “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh do this,and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. 35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. 36 Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.”
Joseph’s Rise to Power
37 So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. 47 Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly. 48 So he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them. 49 Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable.
50 And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. 51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh:[a] “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” 52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim:[b] “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
53 Then the seven years of plenty which were in the land of Egypt ended, 54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do.” 56 The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses[c] and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt. 57 So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain,because the famine was severe in all lands.

Genesis 42 (NKJV)
Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt
42 When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” 2 And he said, “Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy for us there, that we may live and not die.”
3 So Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. 4 But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “Lest some calamity befall him.” 5 And the sons of Israel went to buy grain among those who journeyed, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6 Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth. 7 Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted as a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. Then he said to them, “Where do you come from?”
And they said, “From the land of Canaan to buy food.”
8 So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. 9 Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land!”
10 And they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all one man’s sons; we are honest men;your servants are not spies.”
12 But he said to them, “No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land.”
13 And they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and in fact, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no more.”
14 But Joseph said to them, “It is as I spoke to you, saying, ‘You are spies!’ 15 In this manner you shall be tested: By the life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 16 Send one of you, and let him bring your brother; and you shall be kept in prison, that your words may be tested to see whether there is any truth in you; or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies!” 17 So he put them all together in prison three days.
18 Then Joseph said to them the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God: 19 If you arehonest men, let one of your brothers be confined to your prison house; but you, go and carry grain for the famine of your houses. 20 And bring your youngest brother to me; so your words will be verified, and you shall not die.”
And they did so. 21 Then they said to one another, “We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us.”
22 And Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not speak to you, saying, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us.” 23 But they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter. 24 And he turned himself away from them and wept. Then he returned to them again, and talked with them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.
The Brothers Return to Canaan
25 Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus he did for them. 26 So they loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there. 27 But as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the encampment, he saw his money; and there it was, in the mouth of his sack. 28 So he said to his brothers, “My money has been restored, and there it is, in my sack!” Then their hearts failed them and they were afraid, saying to one another, “What is this that God has done to us?”
29 Then they went to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened to them, saying: 30 “The man who is lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies. 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is with our father this day in the land of Canaan.’ 33 Then the man, the lord of the country, said to us, ‘By this I will know that you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, take food forthe famine of your households, and be gone. 34 And bring your youngest brother to me; so I shall know that you are not spies, but that you are honest men. I will grant your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’”
35 Then it happened as they emptied their sacks, that surprisingly each man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 36 And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me: Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you want to take Benjamin. All these things are against me.”
37 Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “Kill my two sons if I do not bring him backto you; put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.”
38 But he said, “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If any calamity should befall him along the way in which you go, then you would bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.”

8/21/16
Topical Outline:
-Life as a collaboration with God
-“Wear life like a loose garment” Cinderella parable, about being gentle and kind
-“Letting God in” as being more as striving for a “state of openness” than a particular action, to let Him work through me
-An approaching frustration or source of conflict (inner or external) as a sign to recede into my base of love, as like a retreat or refuge, to reaffirm what’s really important and let God love me back
-Remembering that whatever I do is worthwhile if I do it to please the Lord
-Washing the dishes is more valuable than winning a Nobel Peace prize in the eyes or the Lord, if and only if I do it out of Love for Him only, as an act of worship or devotion by virtue of my intentions to please Him or make Him proud.
-Exchanging displays of appreciation, using this material world as merely a means by which we can prove our love by diligent efforts, hard work, and exertion
-“If I’m only doing this to put my money where my mouth is and show God I really care, then I’ll choose the hardest and most painstaking route, exerting every last effort, with no physical expense spared!”
-It’s not so much about what I’m doing, it’s about why I’m doing it, as only for God, and how I’m doing it, as trying by hardest.
-An act of praise and love turns into a collective effort with God and Jesus

“Wear Life Like a Loose Garment”👗
Looking pack on the Cinderella movie, I remember how the dog, Bruno, was irritated when the birds aroused him from his slumber and served as “disruptions” to him, angling him into doing something that he didn’t want to do. But Bruno did grudgingly acquiesce, and he finally saw that there was a higher calling for him than his own desires, and that the “disruptions” were only trying to show him that his beloved Cinderella needed his help. I can look back on that scene and interpret it as a parable. If I remain open to life’s little changes, “wearing it as a loose garment,” and remain only loosely or tentatively attached to my own self-will, desires, or little designs, I can be serenely accepting of what comes my way, and be properly utilized and take part in God’s plan for me.

Often times, things don’t go as I would want, and I could react with irritation or frustration, sadness, disdain, worry, or panic. I could act like Brutus and become grumpy with the birds, and possibly miss out on something important. If, however, I am ready to be of service to God in any capacity and at any given moment, if I cling only loosely to my own sense of how things should be and forgo control to God, I will open myself up to even greater things, of which I could not conceive on my own. When I am as open as the wind to changes in my understanding of the world and my place in it, and to changes in my day’s priorities, I allow room for God to care for me and show me greater things, in the path of improvement that He intends.

“Application of Theoretical Faith …Like an Anointment”🕊
Life really is just a collaboration with God. When I work off of this fundamental understanding as the foundation for my life, my understanding of the world, and the way in which I actually live, this world is absolutely magical. I trust God and I take it as going without question that He loves us all unconditionally. The proof is in the “figgie pudding,” however, and comes down to my own moments of weakness. If I feel distraught, do I follow that feeling down a path of negativity or sin, or do I turn to God and Jesus, knowing that they will carry me through? I am learning by personal experimentation, and by God’s grace, that if I keep my secure base of love and trust in God, then I can shake off those little sources of conflict, and just go back to this most fundamental truth; We love each other, and so everything is ok! When I start to get overwhelmed by feelings, the actions of other people, or situations, this is my chance to pull my weight and properly exert my free will by offering it God and depending upon Him as the loving Father. How often do I really make use of all the love He has for Us? He is always ready and waiting to take care of me, it is just a matter of my putting His will ahead of my own, humbling myself to ask for help, opening myself up to see it, and loving Him enough to accept it. Letting God help me is an act of love towards Him, as what He wants is for us to be happy.
“No Man Left Behind”⛄️”Nemo Resideo”

“A State of Love and Trust”🗽
When I revert back to my “safe place,” when I notice and accept God’s love for me, everything else falls into place, because I see and accept God’s priorities for me, and I can physically feel His love and know that He will keep me safe whenever I choose to depend upon Him. I experience contentment, especially in the face of conflict, to the extent that I rely upon God, which is right-dependence. Self-seeking is sinful, and self-sufficiency is an illusion and bound to fail, thus seeking God’s will as “right use of will” is self-evident, by the process of elimination.

At any given point of the day, if I feel worried, all I have to do is emit the mental exertion to focus and notice God, existing with me always, readily available within the present moment. Feeling like God has left me is only ever an indication that my attention has shifted, and I will sense Him again immediately as soon as I redirect my focus towards Him. God and Jesus reciprocate thoughts, feelings, and expressions that are consciously and explicitly directed to Them, as part of the ongoing process of life, which is a collaboration and the format by which We may form, strengthen, and further develop Our relationships and the “active love” that We strive to generate in so doing.

💖”Prove It”✏️📓
If this life is really just a platform to express and cultivate love for the benefit of God and therefore also my fellows, then I will feel the need to “put my money where my mouth is,” and want to really prove that my love is genuine. If I feel intense love for God, what should I do with it? I would want to express it and let Him know just how much I care with actual demonstrations of love and praise. I find this approach to life as so practically effective that I see it as the ultimate meaning of life; to actually express love by my actions throughout the day. “The best method is the one that works,” and like a hawk, I’ve tried all the alternative approaches and have circled in upon this one, as the one true God, as being the ultimate and only unfailing answer.

The most meaningful way for me to live is to focus upon my relationship with God, and therefore also Jesus, and to work Together with Them to generate Love. Any little thing that I do is meaningful beyond this world if my intention is to try my hardest to do it the best that I can, merely as a sort of offering up to God, or as a display of praise and affection. He reciprocates when the intention is backed by sincere efforts, and then, all of the sudden, after much devotion, I am overwhelmed by a feeling of rapturous love, or a sense of “oneness with God.” If I open myself up to Him, and start with my own offering of faith, as the conviction that He is Perfect Unconditional Love, He will step in, and once the full extent of my own resources or efforts are depleted, He will fulfill His end of “the covenant🌈.”

“A Two-(or Three-🎄)Way Street”👐
God loves me and wants me to be happy. If I avow this belief and show my trust in Him, as Love, by following His path for me, I know that all will be well. Love, however, is generated by reciprocal and mutual efforts, by a constant interplay and exchange, and it is not a solo effort. If I want to be loved, I know to first act lovingly, and then God will reciprocate. If I get the ball rolling and provide a safe space for God and Jesus in my heart, as a mind-state that is conducive to believing only the best of God and Jesus, and thus providing a solid platform for building a relationship, They will take care of Their side of the street and fulfill Their end of the relationship. I know that to overcome an issue, I need never to get upset but only to to ask God for help instead, sincerely and expectantly, and without trying to impose my own will upon the outcome or results. I live as an ongoing demonstration of my unwavering belief in only the best of God, and as a continual practice of learning and personal development. I am aiming to grow and improve towards God’s ideals and Perfection, and so I expect to make mistakes so that I may learn from His loving corrections; but, whether I succeed or not, the outcome is “always a win,” because I always end up in His Arms.🏛 My greatest joy and the one fact that makes any problem seem manageable is God Himself.

“Joyful Effort”🍀✍🏻
When God rewards my efforts with a better understanding of Himself or evidence of His marvels, I am encouraged to trod ahead, and I am blessed with the energy and enthusiasm necessary not only to complete my tasks, but to perform them in a state of peace, love, and joy, by which I may experience my work as fulfilling, because I am cognizant of the fact that I am working Together with God. It is this sense of life as being a collaboration with God and Jesus that provides me with a sense of meaning and fulfillment, whether I’m doing the dishes, doing my homework, or contemplating weighty or sensitive issues. The sense that I’m doing whatever I do for Their pleasure or in their honor places me squarely in the “sunlight of the spirit” (AA), and this impetus towards hospitality for is just the thing that, as a byproduct, takes care of me; as long as God and Jesus are happy, I’m happy, and nothing brings me more joy than working hard to show Them how much I care! I value most this “caritas,” “agape,” or “love in action,” that is the result of living life as a relationship, or collaboration, Together with God and Jesus.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Focus!😍
-😘”State of love and trust”
-“Spot-check inventory” if I feel ill at ease, to realign my motives and cure anything…
-“I love You so much! What can I do for You to show how much I care?”
-Collaboration of efforts “in love”

-Talk to God and Jesus instead of thinking solo, share the helm!

🐸👑
Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1 (NKJV)
1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
The Prophet Is Called
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10
See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.”
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”
And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”
14 Then the Lord said to me:
“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
15
For behold, I am calling
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
“They shall come and each one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
16
I will utter My judgments
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because they have forsaken Me,
Burned incense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own hands.
17
“Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
18
For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
19
They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”
😘🐸👑
🔏💋💌🔓📜🖍📝💝🌞
👪

“Jesus does it better!”
“Duchess!” 🐩 Rhapsody in White, lol!
…Learning from “Master-Peace”😉

🔔Dinner Communion:
-Fall into God’s flow, like a record groove
-Share in responsibilities, carry each other through with encouragement
-Love and trust… And Listen Up!👼

😉Delegation:
Commandment, Directive:
Focus on God, with love and trust, as always accessible within the present moment in Time, through extraneous material distractions and worldly interference, by exerting mental efforts to successfully maintain a foundational, God-based spiritual connectedness and integrate this reality with empty, earthly existence, and thus successfully navigate through Life “the Best” way possible.💖

Primary focus, and the concept of undivided attention…😍 “United”

“Coincidence” is just God’s endorsement of the spiritual principle of anonymity.🍀

8/22/16
Topical Outline:
-Listening and narrowing my focus to just God and Jesus to cleanse my mind of worries or an “overactive imagination”
-God helping to “ration my inspiration” at a steady pace, making my vast collection of thoughts “manageable,” as presented one at a time rather than all at once
-My happiness as contingent upon my ability to selectively focus on God and inhibit focus on self-will, in order to be led through a clean, fulfilling path of life
-Seeing it as my job and responsibility to provide the faith, that everything is ok, and making safe, secure, comfortable space for God and Jesus to offer instruction
-Reliance upon God alone as bedrock for the fulfillment of hard work and true love

“Keep Calm and Carry a Tune”💓🎧
It was rather a comforting revelation when I discovered that I have the ability to choose my own thoughts, and create a safe mental place, or “my mental zen garden,” as I call it, that I may retreat to as a refuge in times of stress. I can use this Step 3 decision, as a responsible exertion of self-will, to recede into my “safe space,” where I can play host, and spend Time apart with God and Jesus. I know that I don’t know best, and my feelings can overwhelm me at times. But, no matter what I may be feeling or stressed out over, the ability to exert my free will at any given time is always within my power and control, and if ever life feels like too much for me to take, I can take a moment and focus to turn inward to be with God.

“Cognitive Adventure!”🦄
If my life started to feel unmanageable, I know that it was because I took a bit too much control and neglected to focus my attention upon God, to realize the safety that only He can provide. When I properly utilize my metacognitive abilities, I use my higher level thinking, or that protective layer of thought, to form a “God- or Christ-consciousness,” which I would refer to as a Step 11 “conscious contact.” This metaphysical type of thinking is best described as “thinking about thinking,” and often if I feel stressed, it is because I am using this level of thought to critique or appraise my performance, which results in fear as self-consciousness, or to worry about the future and the outcome of my work, which is also a form of fear. My solution to this cognitively-originated fear is to devote this upper level of thought to communicating with God and Jesus, and the contemplation of spiritual things, as the process of developing and refining virtues. Righteousness in action stems from intentions, and if I feel worried, I know to do a spot-check moral inventory to check my motives. I can then reorient my intentions toward God and love, or altruism, benevolence, compassion, or other innately fulfilling fruits that will truly nurture and sustain my spiritual needs. If I take care to actively fill my mind with what I truly need as being God and His soul sustenance of spiritual thinking, there is no room left for shallow wants or sinful desires, and so by turning to God, I may take a proactive role in turning away fears. This “taking action,” feels invigorating, and bestows upon me a sense of adventure and courageousness from the sense of fulfilling my responsibility of righteous moral living, as being like God’s sidekick.
“…Upon s noble (St.-)deed!”🦄

“Humility as Proportional to Fearlessness from Being God’s Sidekick”
By developing through experimentation and personal experience with my own limits, mistakes, and defeats, I am graced with a sense of humility, and I learn the habit of turning to God. Understood in terms of “the gift of desperation,” I first turn to God sheerly out of necessity, like “the mother of invention,” because there is nowhere else to turn. But, when I first turned to God I did so with utter willingness to believe that He would help me, if I surrendered to “His will,” and so I was able to avail myself to restoration by His act of Providence. Only because I believed in Him, perhaps so earnestly as a result of my belief that He could only ever be some form of unconditional Love, He and Jesus actually did pull through!

“Held-On, No Limit”🃏🖐🎰
Now I know the misery of my own self-will, shortcomings and frailties, and have some sense of the limitless extent of God’s power, and so I choose to live in the protection of His care and His will through that “conscious contact,” as thoughts about and with God. I use this Step 11 as like a constant security blanket to help allay my deep-seated fears. I know my fragility and emotional sensitivity, and I know that God will care for me if I but ask. I don’t question the form that His love may take on, and I assume that often His ways may appear contradictory because they are beyond my understanding. Rather, I just see troubles or difficulties as signals to work hard and pull my weight, by practicing my faith in Him as an offering or gift, and by believing that He would never abandon me. I maintain my loyalty and faith in His care as Love, and it always works out eventually. “Don’t give up before the miracle happens” (AA)! In this way, with the crucible of “life on life’s terms,” we test, solidify, and strengthen Our relationship, thus forging a lasting and eternal bond of trust and Love.

“Great Expectations”
When I completely give myself to God’s infinite care, working hard to maintain the love as evidenced by unfailing trust, He fulfills “His promise🌈” in truly miraculous ways, which might not be possible if I had insisted upon knowing how things would work out. I had the love, so I had no doubt and no need to question Him or His ways. Now I find these obstacles of life so thrilling and rewarding, as like merely opportunities to prove my love to God, and then wait in wonder to see how He will manifest the solution, as a miracle beyond my expectations. Sometimes I feel a bit like “the magician’s assistant,” or a “damsel in distress,” and it can be exhilarating to wait in anticipation of how the Hero will save the day! Working Together like this, dividing parts of a task between God and Jesus and myself, We can each more thoroughly attend to Our own individual responsibilities, and then pool Our efforts into a most magnificent outcome, of “God’s will manifested.” I just try to work as hard as I can to let God shine through, and be as Great as He is.💖

“God is Great,” therefore, I have “Great Expectations!”

-Rely directly on God and Jesus, and follow your breath with praises and playful joy… Upon a “noble (st)deed,” lol!🦄

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
Refusal to cut corners or act shrewdly…
Desiring to act justly, sheerly in order to honor God, in all matters great and small.

…Not placing the cart before the horse; aiming to not place selfishness or material concerns ahead of God and practicing His standards of righteousness, as living by a strict code of morality.

“…Desiring ever-harder work to keep improving and grow spiritually towards God’s limitless Perfection of virtues, and thereby please God all the more greatly.”

✌️”Kyros Peace,” Le Petit Prince
A Peace that makes no compromise in abiding what is just as God’s law will naturally create division with the unjust.

The Parable of the Unjust Steward
(Luke 16:9-13)
9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail,[c] they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?
13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

The Law, the Prophets, and the Kingdom
(Luke 16:14-17)
14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.

Proverbs 8 (NKJV)
The Excellence of Wisdom
8 Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
4 “To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
5 O you simple ones, understand prudence,
And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,
And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
7 For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;
Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
9 They are all plain to him who understands,
And right to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;
11 For wisdom is better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And find out knowledge anddiscretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles,
All the judges of the earth.[a]
17 I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver.
20 I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23 I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;[b]
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.
32 “Now therefore, listen to me, mychildren,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”

🕊Providing the love and security for a “Landing Pad”👻

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“I love You.” (“open sesame”😜)
-John 3
-1 Corinthians 2-4

“All of the powers that be only ever come from One Source …from God!”💖🌈👼
One God, Eternal Father in Heaven. 🙄

John 3:27
“27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.”

John 3 (NKJV)
The New Birth
3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.[a] 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but[b] have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
John the Baptist Exalts Christ
22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. 24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison.
25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”
27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

1 Corinthians 2 (NKJV)
Christ Crucified
2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony[a] of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching werenot with persuasive words of human[b]wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Spiritual Wisdom
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[c]
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy[d] Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”[e] But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3
New King James Version (NKJV)
Sectarianism Is Carnal
3 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?
Watering, Working, Warning
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
Avoid Worldly Wisdom
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; [a]20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”[b]21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. 23 And you are Christ’s, and Christ isGod’s.

1 Corinthians 4New King James Version (NKJV)
Stewards of the Mysteries of God
4 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court.[a] In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
Fools for Christ’s Sake
6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. 7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
8 You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you! 9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You aredistinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. 12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; 13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
Paul’s Paternal Care
14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not havemany fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
Footnotes:
* 1 Corinthians 4:3 Literally day
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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…Aspiring to humble servant under God.

8/23/16
Topical Outline:
-Longanimity
-1 Corinthians 13
-Patience as a greater asset than my own selfish wants or misguided desires
-Emergence from God’s crucible, by clinging solely to His Love, “caritas”
-“Blessed and tested, tried and true…”
-Joy of being “as a child of God” to seek what He would have for me, not self-will
-Higher goods as more fulfilling; respite of “8 verses for transforming the mind” to comfort and keep me in the path of morality when confronted with the unjust

A Casual Little Anecdote or Parable…
“Longanimity”🎗
Sometimes it seems that life presents me with struggles that are beyond my own ability to surmount. As it turns out, I think this may be true and intended, as a way in which God singles people out for training in His discipline of spirituality and virtue cultivation, or character development. I was told not that God would not give me more than I could handle, but rather, that He would not put upon me more than “He and I” could bear Together. Thus, when I am confronted with a situation that to me is unmanageable and beyond my own ability or strength to solve and surmount, by much direct experience and practice working Steps 1 and 2 in unison, I know now to never become discouraged! I try to fall back on that respite of “God’s will not mine be done,” and I see that I am being directed to turn to the Lord. During a struggle, I am meant to turn to God so that We may know each other better and reinforce Our relationship, which is an end or benefit in itself, but also, it is because it is these times of hardship that provide the raw material, or training ground, by which we may forge great spiritual assets or tools of personal virtues. It is only through trials and tribulations that we are led to grow in strength, in order to learn and experience God’s greater things in life, as things of the spirit, which are eternal and therefore the true gifts and treasures.

“Golden Ticket”🎫
Looking back on a difficult time for me, I was made to wait seemingly endlessly for something that I wanted, as a response, or news, in the mail. I waited several months in anticipation, but I prayed not for good news to come soon; rather, I prayed instead for the patience to accept life on life’s terms and receive the news on their schedule not mine, and for the ability to be happy whether or not the response was positive, or the “good news” for which I hoped. Eventually, after rather rushing each morning to my mailbox, I started to “let go and let God.” I looked for the higher-order, spiritual lesson He was trying to teach me, and I learned to let go of my attachment to the mail I was expecting, because something better was creeping in to replace that attachment, as a result of prayer “for God’s will,” and persistence in spiritual striving. I was developing the virtue of patience. I had to go through having something I wanted withheld from me to learn that it was not really necessary to my happiness, and that patience and acceptance of life on life’s terms are far more valuable assets, or skills, than a letter in the mail. However, as soon as I thoroughly let go of my desire for that letter, I did receive the news! It was not the news I wanted, nor was it bad news, but that was immaterial, because I had already been “liberated from the bondage of that attachment” to that item, and so I was okay with not getting what I wanted. At this juncture the lesson turned from one of patience and acceptance to one also including the lesson of humility.

“The Real Prize”🏆
It seems that these little trials of life are rather desirable, and not at all inconveniences, if I try to look for God’s lesson within them so that I may use them to good purpose, as He intends for me. The humility, patience, and acceptance that I learned rather acutely from that experience have been absolutely invaluable to me during even more challenging obstacles that I have since encountered. It goes to show, however, that the more challenging the obstacle, the sweeter the fruit, or the stronger I become as a result of the challenge, provided I utilize my humility and turn directly and immediately to God for help, and then diligently follow Him through.

“Heart of Gold”💛
To overcome hardship with gentleness, serenity, and agape or caritas, as being “Love like iron,” by that eternal and indestructible bond between God, Jesus, and myself, I must trust them through ever greater ordeals, each and every Time utilizing and strengthening the spiritual fruits of personal virtues, especially faith, hope, and caritas, thus not only overcoming obstacles, but actually enjoying the experience of working together in good humor and in harmony. Thus, through these little “adventures,” We grow closer Together in Love, and emerge from His crucible with a heart forged like iron, eternal and ever stronger, from God’s own gold.💖

…Patience to reside within the present moment, and focus on this instant, as being the Time in which I may know God.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-1 John 4, 1 Corinthians 13
-Retreating to the present moment in Time continually, as an ongoing Step 3 process of maintaining, not achieving, equilibrium or sustaining a flux-state of homeostasis
-Serenity as always available by stoping to focus on God and Jesus at this moment
-“Faith that works” of Step 2 by actually relying upon God, not just believing
-Blessing of admitting powerlessness and being forced to seek an act of Providence because God (and Jesus) and I Together may achieve far greater things than I ever could have alone; blessing of my limits because admitting my shortcomings is necessary for truly depending upon God, as only God can provide “the magic”
-“Quality of faith” as determined by what is believed about God; the requirement of “quality faith” as being fulfilled, if and only if (iff) only the best of God is ever believed in; the only assumption I make is that God is only ever some form or another of Unconditional Love, perhaps in ways beyond my understanding, because “I know that I don’t know” what will unfold in the completeness of Time and God’s plan, which only His infinite and eternal Perfection could comprehend; therefore I have faith and humility by knowing my limitations, and defer knowledge of just how He will manifest His love to God alone

Faith is…
-Belief in God, but only as Love, and as wanting and willing to help me according to His will; in being omnipotent and omniscient, He knows best! Believing in God as anything other than Loving is selling Him short and does not count as belief, but rather is evidence of a lack of faith, and is both disrespectful and disloyal. “What you believe in matters.”

1 John 4:8
“8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

1 John 4English Standard Version (ESV)
Test the Spirits
4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Footnotes:
* 1 John 4:20 Some manuscripts how can he
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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Good things “appreciate” in Time.😇
…Stop and smell the roses with Me.😘🌹
⏱📿
“15 minutes of meditation could save You 15 percent or more on care insurance.”
⏰☎️🛡

Rule of Thumb:👍 “Ask God!”
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1 John 4:16
“16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”

“The Dude Abides”🎳💖
1 Corinthians 13:10, 12-13
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift ofprophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there areprophecies, they will fail; whether there aretongues, they will cease; whether there isknowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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My weakness is God’s strength.😇🏳
My Hero!⚔✒🛡
Jesus is firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.⚒👓🌞

The solution may require patience, as being a process, and a matter of Time.😜
“Time heals all wounds.”😘

“The Ancient of the Days”
One Dei..😍

A taco that craps ice cream.
…Like the alien in that Jodi Foster movie, “Contact!” Lol!
(A “South Park” reference😜)
Or “Calvinistic” Calvin and Hobbes…

🔔Dinner Communion:
-Relief of knowing God is a real Person and not just an amorphous Force of Love
-3 Little Pigs Parable?
-Matthew 7
-HOW: honest, openminded, willing
-Luke 11, “Lamps and Signs”🕯🌈😇
-Psalm 82, “Elohim”
-Psalm 84, “Nest”
-Psalm 85, “Pathway to Peace”
-Pulp Fiction?
-Ezekiel 37

Matthew 7New King James Version (NKJV)
Do Not Judge
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow Way
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Build on the Rock
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Footnotes:
* Matthew 7:14 NU-Text and M-Text read How . . . !
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

🕯”Lamps and Signs”🌈
This little light of mine…😇

Luke 11New King James Version (NKJV)
The Model Prayer
11 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,[a]
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.[b]
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
3
Give us day by day our daily bread.
4
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”[c]
A Friend Comes at Midnight
5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread[d] from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asksfor a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
A House Divided Cannot Stand
14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub,[e] the ruler of the demons.”
16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
An Unclean Spirit Returns
24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then he goes and takes with himseven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
Keeping the Word
27 And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!”
28 But He said, “More than that, blessed arethose who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Seeking a Sign
29 And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.[f] 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
The Lamp of the Body
33 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”
Woe to the Pharisees and Lawyers
37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. 38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.
39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. 40 Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.
42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites![g] For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.”
45 Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, “Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.”
46 And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.49 Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’50 that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
53 And as He said these things to them,[h]the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, 54 lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.[i]
Footnotes:
* Luke 11:2 NU-Text omits Our and in heaven.
* Luke 11:2 NU-Text omits the rest of this verse.
* Luke 11:4 NU-Text omits But deliver us from the evil one.
* Luke 11:11 NU-Text omits the words from bread through for in the next sentence.
* Luke 11:15 NU-Text and M-Text read Beelzebul.
* Luke 11:29 NU-Text omits the prophet.
* Luke 11:44 NU-Text omits scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites.
* Luke 11:53 NU-Text reads And when He left there.
* Luke 11:54 NU-Text omits and seeking and that they might accuse Him.

Psalm 82New King James Version (NKJV)
A Plea for Justice
A Psalm of Asaph.
82 God stands in the congregation of the mighty;
He judges among the gods.[a]
2 How long will you judge unjustly,
And show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3 Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.
5 They do not know, nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are unstable.
6 I said, “You are gods,[b]
And all of you are children of the Most High.
7 But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.”
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth;
For You shall inherit all nations.
Footnotes:
* Psalm 82:1 Hebrew elohim, mighty ones; that is, the judges
* Psalm 82:6 Hebrew elohim, mighty ones; that is, the judges
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Psalm 84New King James Version (NKJV)
The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God
To the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath.[a] A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
84 How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young—
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.[b]
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 O God, behold our shield,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Footnotes:
* Psalm 84:1 Hebrew Al Gittith
* Psalm 84:7 Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read The God of gods shall be seen.

“A Pathway to Peace”😎
Psalm 85:10-13
10 Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth,
And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good;
And our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before Him,
And shall make His footsteps ourpathway.

Psalm 85New King James Version (NKJV)
Prayer that the Lord Will Restore Favor to the Land
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
85 Lord, You have been favorable to Your land;
You have brought back the captivity of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people;
You have covered all their sin. Selah
3 You have taken away all Your wrath;
You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.
4 Restore us, O God of our salvation,
And cause Your anger toward us to cease.
5 Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
6 Will You not revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
7 Show us Your mercy, Lord,
And grant us Your salvation.
8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak,
For He will speak peace
To His people and to His saints;
But let them not turn back to folly.
9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth,
And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good;
And our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before Him,
And shall make His footsteps ourpathway.
New King James Version (NKJV)

🌞The Son✌️
The Cool Tutelage of Mei-Pei-in-the-Sky
“Kill Bill?” Maybe “with Kindness,” lol!🤘

💐”St. Francis Prayer”
Lord, make me a channel of Thy peace…
…I’ll be Your throne, Your lotus flower.🌸

🎄Like…🎃Pumpkin Jack and 🕸Sally and ⌛️St. Nick of Time…the holy Trinity.

Jeepers Creepers!
BYOBrother✝, Where art Thou?
Seek and ye shall…
…Finders Keepers!🛐
In supplying the Love, “caritas,” “agape…”
“Here here!,” a time, place, and by “Good Action, Good Karma” is like a “pot luck!”🍀
Jack Pot… “Brother’s Keeper.”🔯🌈
Walk the Walk.💖

“Samuel L. Jackson Pollock”
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
(The single coolest line from Pulp Fiction)

“Pulp Fiction” …A Sharp Tongue🗡
Ezekiel 25:17
17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

Ezekiel 37New King James Version (NKJV)
The Dry Bones Live
37 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken itand performed it,” says the Lord.’”
One Kingdom, One King
15 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 16 “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.
18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’— 19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ 20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.
21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”’”

8/24/16
Topical Outline:
-Garden of Eden parable
-Active faith, actually relying upon God
-Self-love only by virtue of God’s love
-Visual imagery and a “safe space”
-Nurturing my mind as God’s property
-Prayer and meditation as a practice; as an investment and my primary relationship
-Benefits of meditative focus as calm in the face of any storm, to effectively deal with problems and remain unperturbed

“The Garden of Eden”🍎
I like to interpret this parable in the way in which it is most useful to guide me in healthy living, in this day and age. Regardless of the story’s origin, there is doubtless a lesson I ought to be inferring and applying to my own life and actions, for the sake of continuing with spiritual improvement towards God’s perfect, infinite, and eternal ideals, as He intends. I see the Garden of Eden as being analogous to my own mental space. I must be careful to actively seek God there and keep it safe and pure by casting out fears, as the root of my sins, and choosing instead to turn to God to help me with any difficulty, Together cultivating virtues.
💐”Garden”
One most helpful coping mechanism or problem solving tool I employ when faced with difficulties or “life on life’s terms,” is to make use of my imagination, and to summon up my abilities of visual imagery to create a safe retreat, of my “mental zen garden.” This safe haven, to which I may retreat at any given time, is a practical, ever-present, and instantly available “base camp,” where I can go to regroup with my Higher Power in a state of Love and harmony. I can make the conscious choice to create a gentle, happy, safe place, such that I may be hospitable and accommodating, and welcome God and Jesus into my consciousness, so that They may then help soothe and allay my fears, and guide me through life’s obstacles in a clean, upright path of morality.
🔯”Gardener”
Taking an active role in conjuring up this beautiful calming imagery gives me a sense of empowerment from taking an active role in problem solving, and places me in the proper place, as seeking Their help, thus being a part of the solution.
✝”My Standing”
In order to feel love or to live righteously, I must be cognizant of my Higher Power, of God and Jesus, and attend to my relationship with Them, because only through Their love for me can I ever really love myself and feel unconditionally secure. I feel the duty to love myself only out of respect for God as my Eternal Father, because it would dishonor Him if I did not love myself, and I would not wish to disrespect His love for me, as His child.
🍎”A Child”
In recognizing that I am a child of God, I can see that I am essentially God’s own private property. When I respect His standing in my life, I am no longer really at liberty to take my life for granted or to make poor choices, because I would not only be hurting myself, but I would be displeasing God! What a wonderful relief to have a valid and practical reason to live productively and wholesomely. In the past, I struggled with feelings of inferiority and had a hard time treating myself in a loving manner, because I didn’t think I was worth it. However, I will dutifully and joyfully nurture myself and strive towards well-being for God, and to honor His love for me. I couldn’t honestly do, really anything, for myself, but I would do anything at all for God! This reason is innately compelling and inborn by His design, and so serves as a natural and unfailing motivation for action and perseverance in the face of any sorts of difficulties. It was just… “meant to be!”
🛐”Together”
When, by virtue or my relationship to God and Jesus, I acknowledge and acquiesce to my responsibility to nurture myself, I may finally take part in the humble, useful, productive, and healthy living for which I was divinely intended. The basis of my life I rightly understand to be my relationship with my Maker, God, and thus also Jesus. This is the primary relationship in my life and ought to serve as the format for developing healthy, trusting relationships with my fellows. This primary relationship is one I may rely upon when those secondary relationships may fall away, as a result of being human and therefore fallible. My relationship with God and Jesus will never fail me, if I avail myself to Them. I see it as logical, wise, and my responsibility, to nurture this relationship by devoting to Them my undivided Time and attention, especially through prayer and meditation. These practices are just that, practices, and so require diligent efforts if I expect to experience the rewards or benefits, and see an improvement in my ability to focus, notice Their Presence, make proper use of Their help, and maintain calm in the face of any conflict. Like any relationship, I will get out of it what I put into it. I love to meld my rich inner life with external mundane duties to experience a “daily reprieve” when otherwise I might merely experience a “daily grind.” The more care I take to clear space to let God and Jesus infiltrate my life, the more wonderful and fruitful it becomes, as an ongoing adventure and quest of spiritual discovery.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Garden of Eden” parable expansion
-Defend and protect the sacred space of my mind, body, and soul from fears or sins by resorting to God’s help immediately rather than succumb to character defects, but also by being proactive and positive!
-“Living in the solution,” to diligently preserve, build, and actively cultivate hope, optimism, and a loving mind state
-Tending to the wilderness of my mind with God’s guidance to grow virtues
-Populating my mind with healthy brain food, as fruits of the spirit, soul food, or soul sustenance to maintain a positive trajectory of spiritual progress and love
-Care-taker responsibility, catering to God
-Aspiring to humble servant under God
-We came (here😘in order) to believe, lol!
-Grasping “willingness” to take the hardest route, and to follow it the whole way
-My breaking point enabling God’s powers of restoration; not giving up, just asking for His help; loyally practicing faith and virtues by patiently persisting while waiting for God to step in and shine as promised🌈
-“Joy of living” by approaching it (life) as a collaboration with God and Jesus
-Joyful living, as the Step 12 theme of service, charity, or “love in action” as an “Ode to God,” that makes it worth it, whatever “it” is. I’m just always happy… Because I got to have You!🚀
(Starship Trooper! …movie reference)
-“You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.” (-Vincent, quote from the movie “Gattica”)
-Deuteronomy 6; “That’s an Order!”🖖
-Psalm 92; “Faithful and Loving”
-An Experiment?🔬🔭
-The law of cause and effect constituting the concept of “predestination”
-Scientifically oriented; scientific method and experimental hypothesis testing
-Belief in God as logical by observation of effects that the belief causes; skepticism amounting to irrationality or insanity
-Quality of faith matters; “God is Love”
-Practical results; living wholesomely, as happy, healthy, and productive. 💖🌈
-Genesis 9:13, “Noah’s Ark”
-1 Kings 17; “My Ravens”🕊
-Right arm “Ravens” tattoo; scar cover-up and blessings out of the strangest routes
-“Om mani padme hum;” the maternal gift of compassion🍼 as like “milk”
-Mark 3:28-35; “Righteousness”
-1 Peter 3:8-22; “Forgiveness”

Deuteronomy 6New King James Version (NKJV)
The Greatest Commandment
6 “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’[a]
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one![b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Caution Against Disobedience
10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 thenbeware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you 15 (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
16 “You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you tempted Him in Massah. 17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you. 18 And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the Lordswore to your fathers, 19 to cast out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has spoken.
20 “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21 then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; 22 and the Lordshowed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. 23 Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. 24 And the Lordcommanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. 25 Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us.’

Psalm 92New King James Version (NKJV)
Praise to the Lord for His Love and Faithfulness
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath day.
92 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
3 On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute,
And on the harp,
With harmonious sound.
4 For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.
5 O Lord, how great are Your works!
Your thoughts are very deep.
6 A senseless man does not know,
Nor does a fool understand this.
7 When the wicked spring up like grass,
And when all the workers of iniquity flourish,
It is that they may be destroyed forever.
8 But You, Lord, are on high forevermore.
9 For behold, Your enemies, O Lord,
For behold, Your enemies shall perish;
All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
10 But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox;
I have been anointed with fresh oil.
11 My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies;
My ears hear my desire on the wicked
Who rise up against me.
12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Genesis 9:13🌈
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

💖”My Ravens”🕊
1 Kings 17New King James Version (NKJV)
Elijah Proclaims a Drought
17 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
2 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 4 And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. 7 And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
Elijah and the Widow
8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I amgathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”
15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lordwhich He spoke by Elijah.
Elijah Revives the Widow’s Son
17 Now it happened after these things thatthe son of the woman who owned the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him. 18 So she said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?”
19 And he said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him out of her arms and carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed. 20 Then he cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You also brought tragedy on the widow with whom I lodge, by killing her son?” 21 And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” 22 Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.
23 And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives!”
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now by this I know that you are a man of God, andthat the word of the Lord in your mouth isthe truth.”

Mark 3:28-35
The Unpardonable Sin
28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Send for Him
31 Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers[e] are outside seeking You.”
33 But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”

1 Peter 3:8-22
Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
11
let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered[b] once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which[c] he went and proclaimed[d] to the spirits in prison, 20 because[e] they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

🔔Dinner Communion:
-Gentle, breezy, calm and soothing breath
-Create comfort by the act of comforting, carry each other, picking up where the last leaves off, using division of labor and teamwork to complete any mission…ΑΩ😇
-I love you too, preemptively 😜
-Separation of powers, tripartite system; peace-love-truth✌️💖🖖 “trias politica”
-Holy Trinity 🚀🔭 💛
-“Blow my mind” by asking me why I love you, thus completely dumbfounding me
-Antipas, “against all odds,” for Christ
-“Faithful witness,” and Mawrtyr🕯
-“Heir” conditioning, classical📡👣ballet
-…No phones at the dinner table. Lol!🤓
-Matthew 13; “Believer”
-Genesis 6; “Still Playing Favorites”
-Matthew 24; “The Second Coming of Christ”🤓 …Jack-pot!🌈

New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Sower
13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
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For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should[a] heal them.’[b]
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
The Parable of the Sower Explained
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it,who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
The Parable of the Leaven
33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures[c] of meal till it was all leavened.”
Prophecy and the Parables
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
“I will open My mouth in parables;
I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”[d]
The Parable of the Tares Explained
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
The Parable of the Dragnet
47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, 48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
51 Jesus said to them,[e] “Have you understood all these things?”
They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”[f]
52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning[g] the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
53 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there. 54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses,[h] Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” 57 So they were offended at Him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Genesis 6New King James Version (NKJV)
The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
6 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive[a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
5 Then the Lord[b] saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and thatevery intent of the thoughts of his heart wasonly evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah Pleases God
9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
The Ark Prepared
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. 21 And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.”
22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.

Matthew 24New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple
24 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
The Great Tribulation
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He isin the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
The Coming of the Son of Man
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Parable of the Fig Tree
32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
No One Knows the Day or Hour
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant
45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

8/25/16
Topical Outline:
-Psalm 23
-1 Corinthians 13
-“All you need is Love!” Love as my contribution and my responsibility, to serve as firm bedrock upon which a happy and purposeful pattern of living is constructed; “willingness” as the cornerstone for sane, sober living, and as a placeholder to be filled in with God via much unwavering trust, devotion, unquestioning faith, dedication and hard work, in the process of virtue cultivation
-Power of belief, prayer and meditation; deliberately vocalizing intentions, and very real results of “self-fulfilling prophesy,” and “confirmation bias,” in a fulfilling lifestyle

“This above all: I Love…”💘(God)
When I come to pray in the morning, I try to let go of all distractions and refocus my attention to God. I remain on my knees until I am no longer distracted and am giving Him my undivided attention, not merely a portion, or an empty gesture. If there is anything worrying me that comes between me and thoughts of God, I lay it out before Him and clear up a channel with honest confessions of preoccupations or resentments. I must clean house like this regularly if I wish to keep this channel open and remain securely under His wing.

“Desiring God’s Will not Mine”🏳
Eventually after laying out my feelings, thoughts, potential concerns, hindrances, or roadblocks in my desired path of usefulness to God and my fellows, He will redirect my thinking to the “straight and narrow” that He wills for me. Reciting prayers expressing undying love or selflessly good intentions, and trying to embody those sentiments invigorates my spirit and prepares me for the day ahead, aimed in the right direction, with God.

This above all, I strive to be loving in all of my thoughts and actions, and to remain as close as possible, and to grow ever closer, to God Himself and Jesus. I know whether or not I’m on the right track by my intention; I am always either drawing closer to God or further away; there is only either progression or regression, as complacency or an attempt to maintain the status quo is only ever the beginning of a backslide. Unless I am actively improving, I am deteriorating, as progress, or the “divine life instinct,” does not hold still, it is innately compelled to evolve toward ever greater things, towards God’s eternal and infinite Perfection. I absolutely adore each day of my life when I perceive it as a sort of playground or training ground in which to seek and follow God’s will, for instruction in spirituality as virtue and character development. When I correctly intuit that my life is not my own, but is His, and approach life’s obstacle course with this ever present “Good Company,” and view itv as a team effort, Together with my Creator and Jesus, what before may have seemed a disaster now only appears as a complex puzzle from which to learn some fascinating solution. Each day is like a new mystery to unfold Together; I don’t need to ever worry about the fact of a solution when I work in a cooperative effort with God and Jesus; rather, I can remain in the moment and focus in joy and tranquility on the process itself of problem-solving, or overcoming obstacles in living life on life’s terms.

“Amen: Write This Down…”📝
I’m always trying to be vigilant of what I am intended to learn, as I interpret my role eternally as God’s child and student. The idea that a state of development could be maintained without being improved upon is a fallacy. I try to emulate a sponge and be humbly receptive to His wisdom. As He intends to teach me, I feel supremely loved and cared for when He reveals to me some new marvel or more advanced method. God is a Person, and is always striving spiritually Himself, and so I try my best to keep up with Him and Jesus in this act of growth, helping each other along in loving harmony, as the proper use of His Eternity.

“My Gift”💝
I come to God with some sort of prior understanding that I am meant to supply the love myself, as a sort of offering or as my contribution to this relationship. In this way, I take initiative, and serve as a sort of instigator, in the interest of growing to know each other. God won’t just step in to help me, I just play my part and actively seek Him, and when I do look expectantly, He is there instantaneously. Belief is a requirement, but in itself is insufficient, as the nature of the belief has an effect. I do not expect Him to help me unless I approach Him in the proper manner and explicitly ask for His help. When I ask for God’s help, I know to be respectful in assuming He would be thrilled to instruct me, but that He will only do so on His terms, showing me His will for me instead of granting me my own selfish wants or the desires of my own self-will. His will for me is inherently “the best care,” and is Loving beyond what I could ever fathom.

“Reciprocity”💞
Proper use of my own self-will is offering it up to Him, so that He may guide me in His infinite wisdom, in ways beyond my finite human understanding. The prerequisite for this “willingness” to submit to Him completely is the generous and charitable assumption on my part that He is the very embodiment of Unconditional Love, and it is my responsibility to bring this belief, “that God is Love,” to the table. My belief in only the best in God is my gift to Him, and a display of respect. This offering is the necessary foundation for developing a trusting and healthy mutual relationship, based upon the reciprocity of Our Love.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Vocalizing intentions in prayer as healing by infiltrating my soul and reorienting me towards God, as my discontent is only ever the result of misplaced aspirations or a lack of actively loving on my own part
-Good intentions creating “my world,” as I interpret and understand it with my own mental schema; reality as being actively created and invented when with working Together with God; my life as dependent upon my intentions, and consciously co-crafted by my own belief system in conjunction with God; factual basis of “philosophical idealism,” and the “principle of charity;” a charitable disposition as welcoming and inviting to the grace of God
-“Instrumental” and classical conditioning as having spiritually blurred lines; love becoming an involuntary reflex by intentional spiritual training; discipline and practice to develop “creative design,” and cultivate “God’s seed💛” as the inborn capacity to love selflessly, growing toward His caritas, agape, or Unconditional Love
-God’s standards as the only real ones😉
-Isaiah 26; “Rock of Ages”
-Isaiah 27; “Oh, Go… Tell It on the Mountain!”🤓

Isaiah 26New King James Version (NKJV)
A Song of Salvation
26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city;
God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
2 Open the gates,
That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.
3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.[a]
5 For He brings down those who dwell on high,
The lofty city;
He lays it low,
He lays it low to the ground,
He brings it down to the dust.
6 The foot shall tread it down—
The feet of the poor
And the steps of the needy.”
7 The way of the just is uprightness;
O Most Upright,
You weigh the path of the just.
8 Yes, in the way of Your judgments,
O Lord, we have waited for You;
The desire of our soul is for Your name
And for the remembrance of You.
9 With my soul I have desired You in the night,
Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;
For when Your judgments are in the earth,
The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 Let grace be shown to the wicked,
Yet he will not learn righteousness;
In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly,
And will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see.
But they will see and be ashamed
For their envy of people;
Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.
12 Lord, You will establish peace for us,
For You have also done all our works in us.
13 O Lord our God, masters besides You
Have had dominion over us;
But by You only we make mention of Your name.
14 They are dead, they will not live;
They are deceased, they will not rise.
Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
And made all their memory to perish.
15 You have increased the nation, O Lord,
You have increased the nation;
You are glorified;
You have expanded all the borders of the land.
16 Lord, in trouble they have visited You,
They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.
17 As a woman with child
Is in pain and cries out in her pangs,
When she draws near the time of her delivery,
So have we been in Your sight, O Lord.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain;
We have, as it were, brought forth wind;
We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth,
Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19 Your dead shall live;
Together with my dead body[b] they shall arise.
Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust;
For your dew is like the dew of herbs,
And the earth shall cast out the dead.
Take Refuge from the Coming Judgment
20 Come, my people, enter your chambers,
And shut your doors behind you;
Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment,
Until the indignation is past.
21 For behold, the Lord comes out of His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
The earth will also disclose her blood,
And will no more cover her slain.

Isaiah 27New King James Version (NKJV)
27 In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong,
Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
Leviathan that twisted serpent;
And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.
The Restoration of Israel
2 In that day sing to her,
“A vineyard of red wine![a]
3 I, the Lord, keep it,
I water it every moment;
Lest any hurt it,
I keep it night and day.
4 Fury is not in Me.
Who would set briers and thorns
Against Me in battle?
I would go through them,
I would burn them together.
5 Or let him take hold of My strength,
That he may make peace with Me;
And he shall make peace with Me.”
6 Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob;
Israel shall blossom and bud,
And fill the face of the world with fruit.
7 Has He struck Israel as He struck those who struck him?
Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?
8 In measure, by sending it away,
You contended with it.
He removes it by His rough wind
In the day of the east wind.
9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered;
And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
When he makes all the stones of the altar
Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust,
Wooden images[b] and incense altars shall not stand.
10 Yet the fortified city will be desolate,
The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness;
There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down
And consume its branches.
11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off;
The women come and set them on fire.
For it is a people of no understanding;
Therefore He who made them will not have mercy on them,
And He who formed them will show them no favor.
12 And it shall come to pass in that day
That the Lord will thresh,
From the channel of the River[c] to the Brook of Egypt;
And you will be gathered one by one,
O you children of Israel.
13 So it shall be in that day:
The great trumpet will be blown;
They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria,
And they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt,
And shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Structural-functionalism
-Division of labour
-Epistemology reduced to “ask God”
-Innocence being caritas/charity or love
-Philosophical idealism as intuition
-Intuition + innocence = an answer
-If God wills it, 2+2 could =5; reason, logic, and intellect as forms of experience and empiricism, and as products of the human mind, are subject to and a part of direct experience and “observable” nature
-Rationalism/logic as unstable source of knowledge, as being subject to God’s will
-Intuitive, innate, introspective knowledge of God as only determinant of anything
-Empiricism and rationalism as unstable sources of knowledge with belief in God as being the “all-powerful Creator of reality”
-Foundationalism as a suitable method by which to understand influence of God upon our ability to know truth, with God as the Creator being the “only foundation”
-Coherentism; God-foundational theory “hangs together;” judge the method of knowing truth by practical results; fruits of successful happy living by applying theory
-Skepticism as inevitably going nowhere by its definition, as it fails to provide any premises; fallacy as it “begs the question;” working much like “confirmation bias”
-Belief in God as the ultimate Source of determination as being proveable if He wills it, and therefore direct evidence of God is subject to the scientific method, by experimentation and hypotheses testing, not via a philosophical logical argument
-Belief is a premise, God =consequent
-Independent Variable: Belief, D.V.: God
-As a “mutual” relationship is the goal, God starts as the dependent or outcome variable; my beliefs, including “hope” for the best, unwavering “faith” to see my belief the whole way through to fruition, and “love” for God as an action or practice, are the independent factors
-We “interact” with reciprocity so that if the experiment works, He and I both become both the independent and dependent variables, and play off each other; the experiment will start working from two directions, as we both take the role of experimenter, causing effects from both of Our two different perspectives.
-Jesus is necessarily a side-effect, lol!
-I.V.s: belief as hope, followed through the whole way with stalwart faith, and love
-1 Corinthians 13; “Hope, Faith, and Love”

1 Corinthians 13Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift ofprophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there beprophecies, they shall fail; whether there betongues, they shall cease; whether there beknowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

🔔Evening Communion Topics:
-Ty means to “share the win,”
…or “thank You!”
-Appreciating a field trip to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, “The Church of Jesus Christ The Church of Latter-Day Saints”
-I’m a “nucleus.”👓🔬
-Through the forest…🛐
-The Wilderness mural room was my favorite! But then again they all were, lol!
-Through the fornix …up up and away!🚀
-1 Corinthians 4; “For X’s Sake!”
-1 Corinthians 5; “Selective Communion”
-Joy and self-esteem from following Commandments, instructions, rules; desiring more discipline to have more opportunities to show how much I care
-Sudden gentleness when I realize it’s not necessarily my feelings that need soothing
-Let’s do; “Faisons!”
-Matthew 24; “Mormon Trumpet”
-Matthew 25; “Husbands and Wives”
-1 Peter 3; “Move Along, Nothing to See Here.”👮
-Psalm 86; “Speechless, but Still Trying”😘

1 Corinthians 4New King James Version (NKJV)
Stewards of the Mysteries of God
4 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court.[a] In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
Fools for Christ’s Sake
6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. 7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
8 You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you! 9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You aredistinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. 12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; 13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
Paul’s Paternal Care
14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not havemany fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

1 Corinthians 5New King James Version (NKJV)
Immorality Defiles the Church
5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named[a] among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! 2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.[b]
6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.[c]8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Immorality Must Be Judged
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”[d]
Footnotes:
* 1 Corinthians 5:1 NU-Text omits named.
* 1 Corinthians 5:5 NU-Text omits Jesus.
* 1 Corinthians 5:7 NU-Text omits for us.
* 1 Corinthians 5:13 Deuteronomy 17:7; 19:19; 22:21, 24; 24:7
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Matthew 24Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains: 17 let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 and shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that werefoolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that isthine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth hissheep from the goats: 33 and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

1 Peter 3English Standard Version (ESV)
Wives and Husbands
3 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you[a] of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
11
let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered[b] once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which[c] he went and proclaimed[d] to the spirits in prison, 20 because[e] they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Psalm 86New King James Version (NKJV)
Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of the Lord
A Prayer of David.
86Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
For I cry to You all day long.
4 Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
Nor are there any works like Your works.
9 All nations whom You have made
Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And shall glorify Your name.
10 For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.
11 Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
13 For great is Your mercy toward me,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14 O God, the proud have risen against me,
And a mob of violent men have sought my life,
And have not set You before them.
15 But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,
Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
16 Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me!
Give Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign for good,
That those who hate me may see itand be ashamed,
Because You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

🌞8/26/16
-Topical Outline:
-An except from “The Gospel of Thomas”
-A quote from Cicero
-“12 Steps to Heaven” as a format by which to explain “True Love (God)”💖
-“The Gospel of Thomas”
-Psalm 16; “A Michtam of David”🔯

“The Gospel of Thomas; Saying 30, 77b”
(30) Jesus said, “Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him.” 
(77b) …Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.”

“Numquam munis solus quam cum solus.”
(Never less alone than when alone.)
-Cicero

💜”Step 1: Admit Defeat”
God must live “between a rock and a hard place,” because whenever I’m there, He’s there too! My own personal admission of hopelessness and powerlessness casts out my former illusory ideas regarding self-reliance, and leaves a vacant space where my ego used to reside. This space made within my soul bestows upon me the humility to honestly seek God while rightly relating myself to Him, as completely and utterly dependent upon His good will. Having most thoroughly recognized this truth, that I am completely at the mercy of His good will, from having been under the lash of unmanageability, or “insanity,” I am blessed with the realization of all that God is and could be if I avail myself to Him.

God will not puncture the armor of the ego, but when, by the gift of desperation, I completely give up on my own power and seek to plant myself instead firmly upon Him, as a result of having seen the truth and futility of my own resources and attempts at living by self-reliance for manageability, only then with this admission and the resulting surrender in complete humility to God, can His glory and healing restoration be known to me.

💞”Step 2: Believe”
I give up on myself, but with the imperative assets of “hope, faith, and love for God” and His grace, this surrender allows me to place myself in the hands of God, and thus open myself to far greater possibilities than could have been brought to fruition by my own unaided will. I keep no shred of the former illusion that I am in control of really anything at all, except my ability to rely upon God and turn my will and my life over to His care. The idea that I ever have power or control over anything, except indirectly as a result of God’s grace, is fallacious, as God is all-powerful and the Source and Creator of all existence.

💛”Step 3: The Quality of Belief Matters”
Believing only the best of this Supreme Being, I avail myself to His Divine Intervention, and carry through my responsibility of faithfulness by believing that He does and will intervene when I surrender to His will and His terms of assistance. I let go of any attempts to assert my will or my false preconceptions about what might be best or what I need, as all of these things can ultimately be changed by God. I may not need food if instead He means to lift my hunger, and so I surrender to His will without my former arrogance or intellectual egotism. I recognize that God can change me or the world in order to care for me and show me how to care for myself. The more thoroughly I recognize my own weakness and His ultimate authority over reality, the more receptive I may be to the fantastical ways in which He could exercise His powers of love, and the creative ways that He would most prefer to employ in caring for me, by helping me to learn how to be happy and live usefully, as He intends. The more I let go of my own prior beliefs, which only impose arrogantly determined limits and serve to Hinder His willingness to step in and reveal His limitless marvels, the more open I am to conviction that He would exert His powers of Unconditional Love, and is ready and waiting to demonstrate them, for the sole sake of true love.

“Great Minds, 2 (or 3) of a Feather”👼
I am not naive, I am not intellectually inferior, and I am not ignorant of the ways of the world. When I am subjected to deceit of hateful behavior, I choose to utilize the spiritual tool of caritas, or charity, as love in action, and believe the best even if it defies reason. I make this choice intentionally, not out of denial, but out of love. I have faith in God and know that He will bring the scenario around full circle if I demonstrate my own faith in His ultimate Love, and in this way, I try to do my part to work with Him to see it through. I know that a supremely wise being would also regard love as the greatest truth, and this conviction gives me the courage to “tow” the line, thus catching the “eye of the tiger,” and befriending it, for no other reason than out of respect, loyalty, and love for God. This approach has graced my with such deep joy, in literally any endeavor, that I firmly hold it as the only worthwhile reason for doing anything. If I’m acting purely and only out of love for God, it is worthwhile. If, however, my motive is ever contaminated by an interest in any of the eight mundane concerns, or selfishness as gain, loss, pleasure, pain, praise, blame, fame, or dishonor, then I stand to forfeit my own ability to experience God’s display of unlimited affection, as the righteousness of the motive and action would be compromised. I believe that God will reel Himself in to reciprocate, if and only if I put myself out there as being completely at His mercy. I give it “my all,” as pure, unadulterated, undiluted love, which is granted the virtue of being “true” by being “only for God.”💖

Gospel of Thomas Fragments from Oxyrhynchus
Prologue and Saying 1 (pOxy 654.1-5)
These are the [hidden] sayings [that] the living Jesus [sp]oke a[nd Judas who] is also Thomas [recorded.] And he said, “[Whoever finds the interpretat]ion of the[se] sayings will not taste [death].”
Coptic version of same saying as found in the Nag Hammadi manuscript:
These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.  And he said, “Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.”

Saying 2 (pOxy. 654.5-9)
[Jesus said,] “Let the one seek[ing] not stop [seeking until] he finds. And when he find[s he will marvel, and mar]veling he will reign, an[d reigning] he will [rest.]”
Coptic version:
Jesus said, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”

Saying 3 (pOxy. 654.9-21)
J[esus] said, “[If] those pulling you [say to you, ‘Look,] the kingdom is in the sk[y,]’ the birds of the sk[y will go before you. Or if they say t]hat it [is] beneath the ground, the fish of the se[a will go in, preced]ing you. And the king[dom of God] [i]s within you [and outside you. Whoever] knows [himself will] find this [and when you] know yourselves [you will know that] you are [children] of the l[iving] father. [But if] you will [not] know yourselves, [you are] in [poverty] and you are the pov[erty.]”
Coptic version:
Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”

Saying 4 (pOxy. 654.21-27)
[Jesus said,] “A per[son old in day]s will not hesitate to ask a ch[ild seven day]s old about his place in [life and] he will [live.] For many of the f[irst] will be [last and] many of the last will be first and they [will become one].”
Coptic version:
Jesus said, “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same.”

Saying 5 (pOxy. 654.27-31)
Jesus said, “K[now what is in fr]ont of your face and [what has been hidden] from you [will be] revealed [to you. For there] is [nothing] hidden that [will] not [be made] cl[ear] and n[othing] buried that [will] n[ot be raised].”
Coptic version:
Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”

Saying 6 (pOxy. 654.32-40)
[His disciples qu]estioned him [and s]aid, “How [should we] fast [and how] should we [pray,] and how [should we do charitable deeds a]nd what [food law should we] observe?”
Jesus said, “[Do not lie and that which] you [hate], do not do [because everything is evident before t]he tru[t]h. [For there is nothing hi]dd[en that will not be made clear.]”
Coptic version:
His disciples questioned him and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?” 
Jesus said, “Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered.”

Saying 7? (pOxy. 654.40-42)
[bl]esse[d] is [ . . . ]
Coptic version:
Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man.”

Saying 24? (pOxy. 655d.1-5)
[it] is [ . . . l]ight [ . . . w]orld [ . . . i]t is [ . . . ]
Coptic version:
His disciples said to him, “Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it.” 
He said to them, “Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness.”

Saying 26 (pOxy. 1.1-4)
“. . . and then you will see clearly to cast out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”
Coptic version:
Jesus said, “You see the mote in your brother’s eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother’s eye.”

Saying 27 (pOxy. 1.4-11)
Jesus said, “If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the kingdom of God. And if you do not keep the sabbath a sabbath, you will not see the father.”
Coptic version: 
<Jesus said,> “If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father.”

Saying 28 (pOxy. 1.11-21)
Jesus said, “I s[t]ood in the midst of the world and in the flesh I appeared to them. I found everyone drunk and none thirsty among them. My soul worries about the children of humanity because they are blind in thei[r] hearts and [they] do [not] see.”
Coptic version: 
Jesus said, “I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent.”

Saying 29 (pOxy. 1.22)
“[. . .he dwells in th]i[s] poverty.”
Coptic version: 
Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”

Saying 30 + 77b (pOxy. 1.23-30)
[Jesus sa]id, [“Wh]ere there are [th]r[ee] t[hey ar]e [without] God. And [w]here there is only o[ne], I say, I am with hi[m]. Li[f]t the stone and there you will find me. Split the wood and I am there.”
Coptic version: 
(30) Jesus said, “Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him.” 
(77b) …Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.”

Saying 31 (pOxy. 1.30-35)
Jesus said, “A prophet is not acceptable in h[i]s homeland. Nor does a physican perform healings for those who know him.”
Coptic version:  
Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him.”

Saying 32 (pOxy. 1.36-41)
Jesus said, “A city that has been built and established on the summit of a high [m]ountain can neither fa[l]l nor be hi[d]den.”
Coptic version:  
Jesus said, “A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”

Saying 33 (pOxy. 1.41-42)
Jesus said, “What you hear [i]n your one ear . . .”
Coptic version:  
Jesus said, “Preach from your housetops that which you will hear in your ear. For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets it on a lampstand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its light.”

Saying 36 (pOxy. 655i.1-17)
[Jesus said, “Do not worry f]rom early u[ntil late no]r from ev[ening until m]orning. Worry neither [for y]our [food,] what [you] will eat, [nor] for [your] c[lothes,] what you will wear. [You are] [mu]ch gr[ea]ter than the [lil]lies wh[ich n]either ca[r]d nor s[pi]n. When you have n[o c]lo[thing], what do [you wear]? Who can add to your time of life? H[e it is who w]ill give you your clothing.”
Coptic version:  
Jesus said, “Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear.”

Saying 37 (pOxy. 655i.17-23)
His disciples said to him, “When will you be visible to us? And when will we see you?”
He said, “When you undress and are not ashamed.”
Coptic version:  
His disciples said, “When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?” 
Jesus said, “When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid”

Saying 39 (pOxy. 655ii.11-23)
[Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scribes] to[ok the keys] of [knowledge. They] hi[d them. They did not] go in, [nor did] they [allow those] trying to go [in to do so. You,] however, b[e wi]se a[s snakes and i]nnocen[t as do]v[es.]”
Coptic version:  
Jesus said, “The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”

🔯
Psalm 16New King James Version (NKJV)
The Hope of the Faithful, and the Messiah’s Victory
A Michtam of David.
16
Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
2 O my soul, you have said to the Lord,
“You are my Lord,
My goodness is nothing apart from You.”
3 As for the saints who are on the earth,
“They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
Nor take up their names on my lips.
5 O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
7 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Internal “locus of control;” focus on God
-Mindfulness as prayer, meditation, and self-examination all taken together, understood through Steps 10 and 11
-RX: keep saying “thank You,” “I’m sorry (to refocus and implement skills towards self-improvement),” and “I love You” as prescriptive “pick-me-ups” all day long
-Mindfulness: constant communion; being in a conversation with God and Jesus, via “conscious contact,” aka, “God-consciousness, or Christ-consciousness”
-Importance of “undivided attention,” and devotion by “Time apart” for heart-rest and communion with God and Jesus
-Luke 10; “Martha, be a DEAR…”
-D.E.A.R.: Drop Everything and Respite!”
-Chinese fire drill! Musical chairs…Rejoice!

Luke 10:27-28
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

Luke 10Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
10 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. 5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. 7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. 8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 9 and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. 15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. 16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: 24 for I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Agápē
-William Penn quote
-Embodying the Sun, Moon, and Sky
-The “Book of Life” like Noah’s Ark
-Mindfulness and psychological “flow” as serenity in the power of the present
-Meditative attentional practices
-Let go of goal once you begin, as it’s an illusory or arbitrary aspiration, hold God instead to enjoy working in the moment
-Specifically thanking God Himself directly, recognizing that any blessing is from Him as making a difference
-Belief that there is always a solution, but that I just don’t know it yet, as affecting the problem-solving process; also life😉
-“What, like it’s hard?”💋⚖
-Perseverance to not give up, but to change my 💠perspective and approach
-Literal: physically shift to birds-eye-view
-Isaiah 26; “My Body, Temple of God”⛩
-Psalm 87; “Pearls of Wisdom”
-Psalm 89; “City of Agape Love”🏯

“Agape (Ancient Greek: ἀγάπη, agápē) is “love: the highest form of love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God.”[1] Not to be confused with “philēo” – brotherly love – agápē embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends, that serves regardless of circumstances. The noun form first occurs in the Septuagint,”
(Wikipedia.com)

-“City of Brotherly Love”😻
“In his prayers he says, ‘Thy will be done’; but means his own, at least acts so.”
(-William Penn, via For Today pp. 238)

Isaiah 26Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
26 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah;
We have a strong city;
salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
2 Open ye the gates,
that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for in the Lord JEHOVAH iseverlasting strength:
5 for he bringeth down them that dwell on high;
the lofty city, he layeth it low;
he layeth it low, even to the ground;
he bringeth it even to the dust.
6 The foot shall tread it down,
even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.
7 The way of the just is uprightness:
thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.
8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee;
the desire of our soul is to thy name,
and to the remembrance of thee.
9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night;
yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early:
for when thy judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked,
yet will he not learn righteousness:
in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly,
and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see:
but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people;
yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.
12 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us:
for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.
13 O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us:
but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
14 They are dead, they shall not live;
they are deceased, they shall not rise:
therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them,
and made all their memory to perish.
15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord,
thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified:
thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.
16 Lord, in trouble have they visited thee,
they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.
17 Like as a woman with child,
that draweth near the time of her delivery,
is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs;
so have we been in thy sight, O Lord.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain,
we have as it were brought forth wind;
we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth;
neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19 Thy dead men shall live,
together with my dead body shall they arise.
Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust:
for thy dew is as the dew of herbs,
and the earth shall cast out the dead.
20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers,
and shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself as it were for a little moment,
until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:
the earth also shall disclose her blood,
and shall no more cover her slain.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Psalm 87Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 87
A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.
1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me:
behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia;
this man was born there.
5 And of Zion it shall be said,
This and that man was born in her:
and the highest himself shall establish her.
6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people,
that this man was born there. Selah.
7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there:
all my springs are in thee.

Psalm 89Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 89
Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lordfor ever:
with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever:
thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
3 I have made a covenant with my chosen,
I have sworn unto David my servant,
4 thy seed will I establish for ever,
and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
5 And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord:
thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord?
who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee?
or to thy faithfulness round about thee?
9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea:
when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
10 Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain;
thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.
11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine:
as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
12 The north and the south thou hast created them:
Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.
13 Thou hast a mighty arm:
strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne:
mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound:
they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.
16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day:
and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
17 For thou art the glory of their strength:
and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
18 For the Lord is our defence;
and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
19 Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one,
and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 I have found David my servant;
with my holy oil have I anointed him:
21 with whom my hand shall be established:
mine arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not exact upon him;
nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 And I will beat down his foes before his face,
and plague them that hate him.
24 But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him:
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand also in the sea,
and his right hand in the rivers.
26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation.
27 Also I will make him my firstborn,
higher than the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore,
and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
29 His seed also will I make to endurefor ever,
and his throne as the days of heaven.
30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
31 if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
32 then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him,
nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
34 My covenant will I not break,
nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
35 Once have I sworn by my holiness
that I will not lie unto David.
36 His seed shall endure for ever,
and his throne as the sun before me.
37 It shall be established for ever as the moon,
and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
38 But thou hast cast off and abhorred,
thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.
39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant:
thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges;
thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.
41 All that pass by the way spoil him:
he is a reproach to his neighbours.
42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries;
thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
43 Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword,
and hast not made him to stand in the battle.
44 Thou hast made his glory to cease,
and cast his throne down to the ground.
45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened:
thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.
46 How long, Lord? wilt thou hide thyself for ever?
shall thy wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is:
wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death?
shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
49 Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses,
which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants;
how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
51 wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O Lord;
wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
52 Blessed be the Lord for evermore.
Amen, and Amen.

🌝Evening Musings:
-“What Time is it?”😘 “Forever.”💐😇
-“Bagheera (Hindi: बघीरा / Baghīrā) is a black panther (black Indian leopard) who is a fictional character in Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book (coll. 1894) and The Second Jungle Book (coll. 1895). The word bāgha(Hindi: बाघ) means “tiger” in Hindi.”
(Wikipedia.com)

🌞8/27/16
Topical Outline:
-Evolution of prayer to communion
-Meditation, practicing focus, mindfulness and cultivating love
-Classroom, always under supervision
-Mindfulness throughout the whole day
-Approaching life together with God and Jesus as affecting my experience of life
-Approaching a problem while believing in a solution as enabling enjoyment of the work without stress or worry about the outcome; ability to consult the Supervisor at any Time for further direction😄
-Ability the “let go” into God’s arms of the present moment and focus on Him and love, and working on the given activity as only secondary to this; letting go of the specific goal once we choose a direction so that nothing stands between me and God and Jesus, thus enabling an uninterrupted Communion and reciprocation of love via the activity
-Life as a spiritual collaboration
-End game: Loving mutual relationships and progressing (spiritually) Together

👤”Prayer…”🙏
When I come to pray in the morning, I am careful to recognize the purpose of this act. I am submitting myself to the care of God, and offering up to Him and Jesus sentiments of devotion, a desire to please Them, a request for guidance, and a sharing of feelings, in aligning my focus towards Theirs and summoning up Love. Once I cleanse my mind of worries and distractions, I refill my thoughts with prayers of altruistic loving intentions. After expressing and acknowledging my own selfish concerns, I try to let go of my own wants or desires, or reactive feelings such as resentment and emotional pain. I offer myself to God, so that He may use me as an instrument of His will, instruct me in His ways, and show me the path by which I ought to live, with happiness and purpose.

🗣”…Meditation!”👂
I recognize that if I ask for guidance, it would serve me well to stick around and listen for God, and invest in this two-way relationship! It is a very real relationship with a real Person, so if I really seek God’s will for me, I won’t just pay empty lip service by reciting prayers as part of a shallow routine; rather, I will pray and actuality expect an answer. I am eager to learn God’s will for me, and often I remain at my altar for some Time, no only to receive inspiration, as divinely implanted thoughts and feelings, but also to reciprocate, and express praise and thanks for these gifts! God’s natural response to my act of devotion or state of reverence, is to bestow upon me the somewhat “rapturous” sensation of “oneness with God,” which I would term as wonder or awe, as the seventh gift of the Spirit. Sometimes I am given so much astounding love and beautiful creative thoughts that I must request that He apportion out these wonderful ideas at a manageable rate… “Be careful what you pray for, lol!” Sometimes I get so inspired I must be careful not to rush off ahead of Them and begin an activity without their cooperation and the serenity of working Together, within God’s pace. It feels good to remain in my prayer space to exchange these expressions and feelings with God and Jesus, and this is how I invest in this relationship; just like any other mutual relationship, I will derive as much from it as I put into it. My relationship with God, however, is of the utmost importance, as it has the power to influence the sense of fulfillment I experience in all my other relationships and in all my daily affairs.

👥”Evolution: Sharing!”👫
The natural evolution of prayer, if I see it through faithfully, is to a conversation with God and Jesus. Prayer is talking to God, meditation is listening to God, and communion is an active conversation or dialogue. The single most important fact in my life is my relationship with God. No matter what else transpires around me, when I keep close to the secure foothold of His care, I feel safe within a sort of fortress or swaddling, wearing His love like a protective forcefield. I can traverse life’s “minefields” of daily struggles while remaining fundamentally unperturbed when the foundation for my understanding of anything and everything is the single fact of God and His Love for me.

“Security of Willingness”🔑
I grasp tight to these thoughts of praise which course like beautiful music through my veins. I approach life with the primary expectation that everything will work out somehow or another, and with my own willingness to try my hardest, knowing that that is all that is required of me. Whenever I may feel flustered, I can always retreat to the safe assurance of the fact of my own willingness. I have already made the commitment to do anything and go to any lengths, intentionally choosing the hardest path as the one offering the most enrichment; thus, when I submit to trying my hardest, giving my best effort and “my all,” there is no room left to worry if it will be enough, because it’s already the most that I can ever give and can ever do! In this way, “willingness” is key because it simply leaves no room for me to doubt.

“Under Supervision”👼
I approach life like a classroom and playground, with the assurance that everything is under God’s control and supervision, and so I can come straight to Him to allay any fears and address any concerns I may have. When I approach life’s daily struggles with pre-existing knowledge that any problem is solvable, and that I am not meant to be in control myself or to know all the answers, I can properly see myself as a child of God and a student. I can focus on learning rather than feel like I should be teaching. The desire to instruct and control others will manifest itself in me to the extent that I ignore God, thus shutting myself off from the deep security that is His reciprocation to me when I surrender my will to Him.

“Solutions”🙇
When I approach life with the expectation that there’s a solution to any issue, I just don’t know it yet, I can relax and focus on working with my best efforts and in a state of serenity, and actually enjoy and take pleasure in my responsibility to contribute to society and be productive! When I am freed from worrying about the outcome or result of my efforts, and from trying to force my will upon a Time-frame, and from the impact of other people or any external or emotional factors, all of which are beyond my control, I am at liberty to attend solely to that which I can control, which is what I do with my own self-will. At any point I can choose to turn to God for instruction and love, and I can choose to focus on exerting and maintaining my efforts to do the right thing. I can make the decision at any Time to give myself over to God and just do the right thing, which is always what His will would be. Whenever I try my best to serve God’s will, and act with love, all is necessarily well.

“Ante-Flow”💃🏻
By consistently and constantly abiding with God and Jesus, via “conscious contact,” or “God- and Christ-consciousness,” which is the ongoing communication and reciprocation of loving sentiments, I am free to experience the joy of living as it was meant to be, under the constant care of God, immersed in the peace that is within the present moment and understood as “psychological flow.” This intentional act of thinking my thoughts to God and Jesus, listening to Their responses, and focusing on actively providing love, is what gives me this sort of “warm fuzzy feeling” and an infinite sense of comfort, like a deep “inner glow.”

“Action + Intention”💝
What I can control is what I do. I try my hardest to make God proud and act loving no matter what, to admit mistakes and take corrections, and to always do anything with my attention inwardly focused on my own understanding of and communication with God and Jesus. When I keep my intentions, or self-will, properly oriented towards God’s will, as unconditional Love, my life is beautiful. Thus, if ever anything seems amiss, I know just what will fix it, and that I can always submit to “the solution” and God’s care.

💑”The Point: Loving Mutual Relationships with God and Man, and Working Together towards Spiritual Growth”🐣
The aim of my life is to attend to my relationship with God and Jesus, and to completely let go of attachment to any other goals, with are only ever derivative or erroneous. Any goal or concern of the material world is only ever merely subject matter to use as a format for an act of collaboration with God. He may utilize any medium at His discretion, but if ever I seek that material goal before I seek to be with Him, I will have committed a folly, and will have to stop and correct my perspective and prioritization. When I let go of all other attachments, as my focus on the arbitrary goals of the activity as well as the opinions of other people, then nothing stands between me and God, and I can live as I was meant to, Together with my Creator, actively receiving instruction, guidance, protection, love, and care, from God and Jesus directly.👪

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Practicing listening and patience by refraining from activity, devoting my undivided attention to God
-Intentionally summoning up feelings of love to exchange with God and Jesus
-Meditation as an excellent technique to strengthen powers of the intellect, as higher order processes of cognitive control or executive function, like focus, attention, and response inhibition, understood as “cognitive flexibility”
-Ability to selectively focus on the positive aiding in emotional well-being; ability to sustain attention in the face of distractions as contributing to success; increased flexibility of thought and orientation of behavior as serving adaptive purposes
-Resulting enhancement of creativity, as unique, novel, or innovative thinking and ideas, and problem-solving practices
-Archimedes’ “Eureka!” bathtub story👑
-Practice God’s💠 perspective: “💡!”
-1 Corinthians 13; “My Favorite!”🎅
-1 Corinthians 14; “The ‘Wingman✈️Cometh,’ with Hope and Edification”☃
-Revelation 5; “My dear, be a Lamb…”👣

1 Corinthians 14:24-25🚀
“24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 25 and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.”

“Stay Frosty”⛄️
1 Corinthians 14Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
14 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men toedification, and exhortation, and comfort. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? 7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. 21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. 22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. 23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? 24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 25 and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If any thingbe revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

“My dear, be a lamb…”😍🐾😇
Revelation 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Problem-solving: the approach matters…
-Restart: all that matters is God, Jesus, and the Love that We share; with this as the starting point, any problem becomes diminished to its actual proportion, and becomes manageable, as it is seen from within the proper scale, in this, the proper perspective, as “Together with God💠”
-“Step 1: We admitted that we were powerless over x (insert “problem x” here; i.e. my mother, lol!) and that our lives had become unmanageable.”
-Step 2: “Came to” with God and Jesus, and gratefully, We believed.
-“Ya ya ya, …I love you too.” (…Royals, it’s oil in Our blood…🎵)
-Shakespeare: “world’s a stage” quote
-I’m always either moving towards and with God, or away from God; I have the choice, freedom, and duty to change my mind and my direction at any Time😜 if ever I veer off course; admitting mistakes and seeking and implementing corrections are good choices; stopping to turn around and seek God is always rewarded in kind
-Come to God with gratitude rather than neediness, as a display of faith in His help
-“Praising God with love, come what may, brings only the Best.”
-“…Come which May?” Lol!
-Lewis Carol quote: about the present moment in Time and God (in His eternity) as being what He intends for our focus
-Psalm 68; “Bryn Mawr!”🛬
-Hebrews 13; “Step Work: Descending via your Prayer-way to Heaven”
-Revelation 3; “Key of David”🔯
-Revelation 7; “Seal of God”💠
-“The Whole is greater than the Σ of its parts.” -Aristotle (Trinitas Invictus)
-“…kalo kale, Ia ia ia Nike!”

-Excerpt from “The Screwtape Letters”
“The humans live in time but our [God] destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which our [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present — either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.”

Psalm 68Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 68
To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.
1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered:
let them also that hate him flee before him.
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away:
as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad;
let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name:
extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH,
and rejoice before him.
5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,
is God in his holy habitation.
6 God setteth the solitary in families:
he bringeth out those which are bound with chains:
but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people,
when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
8 the earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God:
even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain,
whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein:
thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word:
great was the company of those that published it.
12 Kings of armies did flee apace:
and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.
13 Though ye have lien among the pots,
yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver,
and her feathers with yellow gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
it was white as snow in Salmon.
15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan;
an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
16 Why leap ye, ye high hills?
this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in;
yea, the Lord will dwell in it for ever.
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels:
the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men;
yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.
19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits,
even the God of our salvation. Selah.
20 He that is our God is the God of salvation;
and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.
21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies,
and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan,
I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:
23 that thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies,
and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.
24 They have seen thy goings, O God;
even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.
26 Bless ye God in the congregations,
even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
27 There is little Benjamin with their ruler,
the princes of Judah and their council,
the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.
28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength:
strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.
29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.
30 Rebuke the company of spearmen,
the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people,
till every one submit himself with pieces of silver:
scatter thou the people that delight in war.
31 Princes shall come out of Egypt;
Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth;
O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
33 to him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old;
lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe ye strength unto God:
his excellency is over Israel,
and his strength is in the clouds.
35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places:
the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people.
Blessed be God.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Hebrews 13Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5 Let yourconversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. 23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. 24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
Written to the Hebrews from Italy by Timothy.

Hebrews 13Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5 Let yourconversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. 23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. 24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
Written to the Hebrews from Italy by Timothy.

Revelation 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 7 ►
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1And after this, I saw four Angels standing over the four corners of The Earth and holding the four winds, that the winds would not blow on The Earth, neither on the Sea, neither on any tree.2And I saw another Angel ascending from the dawning of the Sun and having the seal of THE LIVING GOD, and he cried with a loud voice to the four Angels to whom it was given to harm The Earth and the Sea, 3And he said, “Do not harm the land, neither the Sea, nor the trees, until we seal the Servants of God on their foreheads.”
4And I heard the number who were sealed – one hundred and forty four thousand, from all the tribes of Israel:
5From the tribe of Yehuda, twelve thousand; from the tribe of Reuben*, twelve thousand; from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand; 6From the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand; from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand; from the tribe of Menashe, twelve thousand; 7From the tribe of Shimeon, twelve thousand; from the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand; from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand;8From the tribe of Zebulon, twelve thousand; from the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand; from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand sealed.
9After this I saw many multitudes which were impossible to count, which were of all people, generations, nations* and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, and wearing white garments and with palms in their hands.10And they shouted with a great voice, and they were saying, “Salvation to our God, and to him Who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb!”* 11And all of the Angels were standing around the throne and The Elders and The Four Beasts, and they fell before the throne on their faces, 12Saying, “Amen! Glory and blessing and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength to our God for the eternity of eternities! Amen!”
13And one of The Elders responded and he said to me, “Who are these wearing white garments and from where have they come?” 14And I said to him, “My Lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are those who came from great suffering and they have purified their garments and whitened them in the blood of The Lamb.” 15″Because of this, they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in the Temple and he who sits on the throne will dwell with them.” 16″They will not hunger, neither will they thirst, and the Sun will not assail them, neither any heat.”17″Because The Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and will lead them unto Life* and beside fountains of water, and he will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

🌝Evening Musings:
-Anassa Kata
(Bryn Mawr College Cheer)
Anassa kata, kalo kale,
Ia ia ia Nike,
Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr!
Translation
Queen, descend,
I invoke you, fair one.
Hail, hail, hail, victory,
Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr!

🌞7/28/16
Topical Outline:
-Charity, “caritas,” service, love in action, as being human nature. Action of service as natural progression of love within, or tapping into that source which is God.
-Constant self-examination to ward off evils or sins, as self-originating with selfishness, hatred, dishonesty, and fear.
-“Where there’s a Step 3, there’s a way.” Turning to God and Jesus for consolation, believing They will show me how to overcome any problem as I remain willing and keep my face up to the Light in hope. -“Living in the solution” as characterized by my orientation and efforts towards love and progress through hardships, and not an absence of hardship. “Pain as the touchstone of spiritual progress,” and the rallying point, or a point of entry, or a coming Together, where God and Jesus can play Their part and “save the day!”

“I’m a Sad Panda.”🐼
I do not ask for an easy path or for my troubles and problems to be eradicated, but rather, I ask for God to stay with me and hold my hand through the rough times. By turning to God as my “constant best Friend,” and always consulting God as my first resort, I needn’t live in a delusion, or a state of denial about the evils that exist in the actions or minds of other people. I needn’t feel futility from my own human weaknesses and inevitable personal defeats, and I needn’t ever give up hope, because I know that God is with me, and He and Jesus are always here to love and comfort me. God and I can always work Together to surmount any obstacle, thus transforming life’s challenges into opportunities by which We may strengthen Our bond, and Together with Jesus, We work to strengthen Our ability to summon up Love under any and all circumstances. “Never do we cling to the Lord in vain,” and provided that my faith persists, and is directed by hope, as love, God is good to His word! He keeps His promise and He never lets me down!🌈

“Step by Step”👣
When the weight of the world, trials and tribulations, or mundane earthly worries start to get me down, I can perform a Step 10 “spot check inventory,” to realize my role and my responsibility to immediately look within for my intuitive understanding of God. In this way, I may use my free will to choose God over a temptation towards sin, and thus, it is never necessary for me to fall prey to the self-originating evils of selfishness, hatred, dishonesty, or fear. When I notice some form of evil crop up, be it in the actions of others, in my environment, or within my own mind, I turn instantly to God, seeking guidance to follow His path. He will see my desire for Him and my inclination to do good and resist temptation even in my state of weakness, and swoop in to scoop me up on the spot, placing me under His wing, never to lead me astray. Maintaining purity of thought and action requires constant vigilance and is an act of teamwork, as I cannot succeed of my own; Together with God and Jesus, however, any sort of spiritual victory, or triumph of virtue, is possible. The “four horsemen of the apocalypse,” of fear, selfishness, hatred, and dishonesty, which as thoughts in and of themselves are sins, and could incite my own actions towards physical transgressions, may turn instead to God’s path of righteousness, and become the “four horsemen of Cinderella’s carriage,” serving as God’s intended motives of courtesy, kindness, justice, and love.

“Living in the Solution”☀️
For me, living in the solution does not entail an absence of hardship or constant happiness. Rather, I expect difficulties as the necessary conditions by which growth, as character development and personal improvement, is made possible. “Pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress.” If I seek God’s will for me, which is to grow, to make spiritual progress by developing my personal skill-set of His virtues, and to further enhance my ability to utilize them readily and appropriately, then I will also desire the challenges He will place before me, as these obstacles are necessary if I am to actually serve His will and grow.
“Quid Pro Quo: Take my Hand…”🙏
I experience living in the solution as more of an optimistic expectation that, no matter what, everything will be ok, regardless of my present circumstances. Thus, this sane, “sober thinking,” is more accurately characterized by an overall orientation, as a direction or trajectory towards the positive, than by the state of my actual current situation. I take refuge not from being in a certain position in life, but rather, in knowing that I’m “headed in the right direction.” A ship sails towards a destination not to the destination itself; my experience comes more from my outlook than from my current standing, and thus, my hope is a blessing I must nurture and diligently maintain. Life is best understood and valued as a journey, a voyage, and an ongoing process, and never in the terms of some distant and illusory end-goal or romanization of the future; with this recognition I may experience the beauty and amniotic serenity that may only be found within the present moment in Time.

“PI in the Sky”👼
I do not know what to expect in my life, but I do know for certain that whatever may transpire in God’s path for me, I am not alone in my striving as He is always with me. Just to sense the presence of God and Jesus satisfies my most basic need as the only one that ever will truly satisfy me, and so anything else that may happen in my life is, in a sense, irrelevant! I am liberated to enjoy life as it comes, and without attachment to the illusion of material existence; I can appreciate the blessings while letting go of the losses, ever remaining spiritually sound and, at heart, undisturbed. I already have the only thing I ever actually need, as an ongoing, working mutual relationship with God and Jesus, and so I can shake off any earthly, material dissatisfactions and “accept life on life’s terms.” Merely having the knowledge that I am in God’s care, and that there is always a solution to literally any problem, pitfall, or mistake I might make, enables me to trudge forward with “my face turned towards the Light,” always in a state of steadfast, faithful hope, and with a deep sense of His inner calm and resolute peace. I have set myself upon God, and so reside with His peace and serenity. With God Himself and Jesus as my firm bedrock, supplanted by an act of selfless love, and with His pathway to Peace as Our collective striving, I am blessed with the knowledge of this fundamental Truth, and the intuitive understanding that, ultimately, all is well.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Archimedes’s bathtub story; “Eureka!”💡
-“Selah;” moment of Grace, “Semper Fi!”
-I know from direct experience, beyond my own faith or intuition, that love of God (as selfless love, service, agape, or caritas/charity) is divinely-intended as the true nature of human beings, because any ailment from which I may be suffering is always healed when I praise You, or by expressing an interest and desire to help, and by comforting and serving You always
-Psalm 29; “Exalting God Heals me”💠🌈
-Psalm 30; “My Pet Rock of Ages”💎🐣
-Revelation 1; “Welcome Back”💒

Psalm 29Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 29
A Psalm of David.
1 Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,
give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name;
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:
the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars;
yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf;
Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;
the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,
and discovereth the forests:
and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood;
yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
11 The Lord will give strength unto his people;
the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Psalm 30
A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.
1 I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up,
and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee,
and thou hast healed me.
3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave:
thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his,
and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong:
thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried to thee, O Lord;
and unto the Lord I made supplication.
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me:
Lord, be thou my helper.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing:
thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
12 to the end that my glory may sing praise to thee,
and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Revelation 1King James Version (KJV)
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
King James Version (KJV)
Public Domain

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-In the interest of change and growth, my own mistakes are actually good, serving as instigators for me to learn progress
-When I experience the joys, benefits, and rewards of progress, culminating as real development by actually applying wisdom in times of difficulty, I learn to desire ever more ways to continue to improve
-Welcoming, seeking, and learning to desire “corrections and interruptions,” as God’s interference serves to teach me improvement, freeing me from rigidity, fear, stagnancy and complacency, or any of my other inferior ways, which are merely His points of access to “shed some Light” while We get to know each other
-“Responding” with openness to learning instead of annoyance, irritability, or fear of inferiority; I’m not supposed to be perfect, I’m supposed to be a work in progress!
-Learning or growth as an Eternal process
-Loosen up, focus on an act of loving God, let go, learn to enjoy the process of living, and don’t take yourself so seriously…😜
-“Cute Kitten” clip: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TDX_IceYtOk

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Cultivating love as a team effort Together with God and Jesus; this “Time apart” with Them for “heart rest” is pivotal as the fulcrum by which to hoist Our spirits; Love serving as the hinge by which the portal of the heart is opened, encouraging Us to stop, savor, and appreciate life; once renewed and invigorated, We may carry on with the day’s work exerting effort joyfully
-“Love lifts us up…”🎶💠
-1 Thessalonians 5; “Stay Thirsty, XXX”
-1 Corinthians 15; “The Matrix Awakens”
-Revelation 19; “White Easter Rabbit”🐇
-Revelation 21; “Imaginationland”🦄
-Revelation 22; “Hazah!”🕹🔬

1 Thessalonians 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ bewith you. Amen.
The first epistle unto the Thessalonians was written from Athens.

1 Corinthians 15Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 and if Christ be not raised, your faith isvain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:38 but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, andanother of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as isthe heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Revelation 19Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
19 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: 2 for true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. 3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. 4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed arethey which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him wascalled Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which swordproceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Revelation 21Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 and had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city waspure gold, like unto clear glass. 19 And the foundations of the wall of the city weregarnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb isthe light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 22Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
22 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, andyielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings arefaithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed arethey that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ bewith you all. Amen.

🌝Evening Musings:
“This Little Laugh of Mine…”🕯
Sometimes I feel like I’m being given a “deliberately impossible” task, not so that I might find a way to succeed and complete it, but rather, so that I can learn to remain gentle and good-natured in the face of frustration, hardship, or defeat, and better learn the habit of turning to the Lord to relax Together, so that He may show me how to laugh it off, “lighten up,” take it easy, and loosen up enough to enjoy life!

🌞8/29/16
Topical Outline:
-“Openness to experience,” as both a personality facet associated with creativity, and the valuable spiritual tool of “open-mindedness,” to be personally developed and always further refined with discipline, hard work, and practice!
-“Open-mindedness,” as an openness to whatever life has in store for me, and a willingness to accept whatever comes my way. Flexibility to let go of my fallacious or short-sighted preconceptions about what’s best, what I ought to do, or how things should work out; not imposing my human limits on God’s limitless perfection.
-“Willingness” to try my absolute best at any sort of challenges ahead of me, with “openness” by letting go of self-will to be receptive for God’s better plan, and to be used in conjunction with “humility,” as teachability and the understanding that in God’s world, I don’t know best, He does!
-The result is serenity, peace of mind, and a deep inner-security in place of self-centered fear, which is often manifested as anxiety, stress, panic, or worry.
-“Honesty” about my own limitations, shortcomings, and worries, so I can “admit defeat,” reach out for help, and start taking proactive measures to live in the solution; starting with the assumption that there’s always an answer or solution to any problem, and God will lead me through His ideal plan for as I become willing to follow.
-“Series of experiments:” I’ll try my hand for a bit at working through an issue, and then take a break. I can reflect upon what mistakes I’m making that are impeding my progress or interfering with a peaceful mind-state, and ask God to help me with these specific problem areas. He often help by facilitating the utilization of personal skills or other external resources, such as materials, people, ideas, or tools.
-“Trouble-shooting:” working in a sort-of practice round, with an eye out for potential problems, taking note of all my inevitable errors, defects, and personal mistakes; then stopping and taking a step back to consult God and reflect; then We can take a go at it again, Together with God and Jesus, and actually enjoy work!
-Don’t miss the point…”Whatever you do, do it with Love!”💖

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Spiritual Bootcamp”🎗

“Spiritual Discipline 101:”💜
Spirituality, as the virtues and gifts and fruits of the Spirit as being a responsibility, a choice, a duty, a privilege, and a lifestyle, or “way of life;” serenity, patience, self-restraint, and love as skills to learn and personally develop, enhance, and maintain by rigorous hard word and daily practice.

“Definition of Gift🎀”
The act of giving and exerting effort in the name of love (or for God) is itself the gift, as an activity offering fulfillment, security, and God’s own reciprocation. Charity (caritas), agape, or selfless love, as action carried out purely for the reason of altruism, morality or “because it’s the right, good, and loving thing to do,” is itself the reward, and the idea of some return or repayment as being the reward is false.
“🎁…some assembly required, lol!”

Tools to get started:🛠
-H.O.W., “Humility” plus, “honesty,” “open-mindedness,” and “willingness” as personal assets to utilize as spiritual skills
-Prayer, meditation, and self-examination; taken all together as “mindfulness,” as checking my motives, admitting faults, making corrections and aligning my will or intention with God’s will, love, and virtues

First Lesson:📿
Patience: Calm to Match the Storm

“Spiritual Discipline Homework”
-Practices of patience by intentionally inhibiting my self-will, as initial reactions or immediate reflexes in the form of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors characterizing desires or impulses, thus providing the framework of cognitive control to intentionally summon up “serenity” in difficult situations
-Working on meditative practices of attention and focus constantly, to select intentions of love and discard all others

“The Real Priorities”
-My relationship with God and Jesus as the only constant in life and the sole, chief determinant of all other priorities; secondary priorities consisting of sharing and growing Our love through actions, spiritual discipline as virtue cultivation and character development; lastly, material pursuits are understood as arbitrary, and education, as many varieties of learning, is valued merely to facilitate the primary spiritual practices, as a format to provide life’s obstacles or challenges, by which to enable my strivings of a spiritual nature.

Extended Lunch Topics:
-Devote quality “Time apart” to God and Jesus, without distractions, to practice “undivided attention,” listening with compassion and empathy, and sincerely focusing on attending to Their needs
-Letting go of my fixation on myself or my needs, because they’re basically just an illusion anyway, as always being ultimately dependent upon God and Jesus; God (and by association, also Jesus) is the only thing (as a Person!) that is actually real!
-Relationship with God and Jesus as being crucial to deriving infallible, as real and lasting, meaningful happiness, security, peace, fulfillment, eternal belongingness, and true enjoyment from daily living💖
-Role of “comforter” as soothing my own nerves and providing my own happiness indirectly, as a byproduct of loving God
-“First things First: Alpha and the Omega”
-“God is Love. If you don’t know Love, you don’t know God.” Devote Time and love, and invest in this, the most important and primary foundation of life, Our relationship!
(Paraphrasing Jesus, via “1 John 4:8”)
-“Prioritizing” takes care of the rest…
-With properly placed priorities, any daily life scheduling issue or Time-management dilemma seems to “manage Itself,” lol!

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-“Back to Basics:” If I start to feel like “I can handle this,” or like or “I got this,” I need to step back and rework Step 1
-“On Your Knees:” Physical displays of respect and demonstrations of humility carry over into my thoughts and feelings, “carry the body and the mind will follow”
-“Exchange 1st Rate:” Exchanging sentiments of love and affection, as a method of endowing mundane life with the beauty and whimsy of imagination and child-like playfulness, perceiving life itself as an adventure composed of love letters with God as a scavenger hunt; living artfully as an active physical conversation with God and Jesus, using the earth and material existence in creative ways, as merely the mode by which we commune
-“Means of Conveying:” Always interpreting everything as some method, apparatus, or appendage of God, and thus never seeking an object directly, but rather, always seeing through it as a mere illusion; seeking beyond the material world, and reaching all the way to God
-“Tapping the Source to give It a kiss…”
-“It’s Time:” A series of small displays of respect or sentimental tokens of affection, such as refraining from checking the Time on the clock, as a persistent effort towards the display of devotion, and as a practice of my own patience, intended solely to honor God; consciously, intentionally, and actively choosing to display my love for God, as trust and devotion, “as expressed by my actions,” which then makes that love and belief real, as only the faithful followthrough with actual action ever could; effortful exertion of faith to prove my own love for Him, and “walk the walk”

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-H.O.W.; “A Poem”🌹
(Excerpts…)
-Acts 4:8-12; “Cornerstone”🔑💒
-Acts 5:29, 38-39; “Smart Smart Smart Smart Smart!”🎺😇
-Luke 11:34-36; “Eye Eye Captain”🎈
-Luke 12:48; “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”🕸
-Luke 12:28-34; “May the Force be with You. ….Wa Alaikum Assalam”🖖
(In Context, The Whole 9…)
-Acts 4; “Belief, Signs, and Cymbals”🌈📯
-Acts 5; “Honesty is Good News!”🌳🌸🍒
-Luke 11; “Let Us Pray”🏡
-Luke 12; “I’m Ready, I’m Ready!”🐋

“How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)”🌹
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death
(-Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

“Acts 4:8-12”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’[a]
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

“Acts 5:29, 38-39”
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!
38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

“Luke 11:34-36”
34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

“Luke 12:48”
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

“Luke 12:28-34”
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Acts 4New International Version (NIV)
Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin
4 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’[a]
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”
18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising Godfor what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
The Believers Pray
23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.[b]’[c]
27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
The Believers Share Their Possessions
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Footnotes:
* Acts 4:11 Psalm 118:22
* Acts 4:26 That is, Messiah or Christ
* Acts 4:26 Psalm 2:1,2
New International Version (NIV)
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Acts 5New International Version (NIV)
Ananias and Sapphira
5 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body,and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord?Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fearseized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
The Apostles Heal Many
12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
The Apostles Persecuted
17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the partyof the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”
21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people.
When the high priest and his associatesarrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles. 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, 23 “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to.
25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” 26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the peoplewould stone them.
27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,”he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviorthat he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit,whom God has given to those who obey him.”
33 When they heard this, they were furiousand wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicingbecause they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good newsthat Jesus is the Messiah.

Luke 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he aska fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. 15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. 16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. 19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. 21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. 30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. 34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. 39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. 40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? 41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. 42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. 44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also. 46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. 49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51 from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. 52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 54 laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

Luke 12Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
12 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. 4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. 8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 but he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12 for the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. 14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, andbe merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thoufool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36 and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find themso, blessed are those servants. 39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 the lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 for from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.

🌝Nightly Musings:
-“I gotcha.”👐
-“Step up to the plate, lol!” 👻
-“There’s a 1st Step for every-Time!”🕰

-“What are you here for?”😈
“Square-dancing.”😅

🌞8/30/16
Topical Outline:
-“Suspended in Time”
-“Grasping God” directly, before my own plan or goals, to enjoy living in the moment
-Every day as totally new!
-“Willingness and flexibility,” as giving my best efforts and seeking hard work, while trying to loosen up rigid thought patterns
-“Constant” need to reaffirm priorities and reorient to God, because I lose track of them with conflicting societal messages
-“Troubleshooting” while under the supervision of God, understood as metacognitively inhibiting perturbation, expecting mistakes to correct and learn, aiming to work with serenity and joy by keeping in conjunction w/ God and Jesus
-“I interpret” enthusiasm, optimism, and a positive attitude as my job! “It’s a living…”
-“Start with the assumption of God,” and knowledge of His solution, then ensuing problems exist only within the context of being already answered, and thus solvable
-“Create a comfortable atmosphere:” my work is internally crafting a cozy frame of mind, and providing a safe mentality; then using this meditative cognitive space, or utopia, to spend Time with God and Jesus
-“Super Best Friends!;” if this is not the way I relate to God and Jesus, I am underutilizing this resource of well-being and fundamental relationship of real Love
-“What can I do for You?:” my approach to life matters; trying to meet my own needs leaves me disenchanted, but desiring and striving to please God is infinitely fulfilling
-“Recall;” my ability to summon up thoughts of God is a resource, skill, and healthy decision, and it causes inspiration and wonder from His perfect love; when I come to God it is to offer Him my love and to please Him, and He reciprocates or responds within the same vein, current, or channel of my own approach to Him, as this is an actual mutual relationship!
-Life with God and Jesus as a team effort; collaborate, work together, share the road!
-Time with God as my primary interest anyway, follow His pace to feel the love
-Don’t be misled by a sense of urgency or need to rush, keep with God’s solid calm
-Keep the foundation firm and cling fast to God, don’t be led astray by worldly worries
-“…No thanks, I’d rather trust God!”😜

“Suspended in Time”👑
I experience “success” by maintaining an awareness of God and Jesus at all times. When I grasp directly onto God and humbly forfeit any attachment to worldly affairs, selfish desires, and even earthly logic and reason, I am bestowed with a sense of oneness with God and the sudden realization that His presence is, in His reality, all that I ever really need. Once I’ve honed in on “my Goal,” my striving becomes a process of maintenance, perseverance, and an actual relationship, rather than some distant achievement or arbitrary endpoint. I’m striving to keep as close as possible to God and Jesus and their loving ways of wisdom and care.

“Abundant Living”☂
With the bounty of this “moveable feast,” I let go of external aims and rigid thinking or established, fixed, thought patterns about what I should do or what I need, and I refrain from making definite plans to guide me; rather, I follow only my own innate understanding of God’s will for me. I seek God with the intention of bombarding Him with love and trying to serve Him in the manner of His choosing, not mine. When I approach God, it is with an innocent and child-like expectation of extreme love, and with the query of “what can I do for You,” rather than, “please do this for me.” I find that seeking to do God’s will, purely out of love, has a strange effect of satisfying any of my needs indirectly, as divinely-inspired actions are innately fulfilling. Altruistic, God-inspired activity seems to inevitably lead so a sort of self-sustaining spirituality, as a homeostatic internal environment.

“Grow”🍒
I am constantly striving to be ever closer to God, and I find that I’m either moving towards and with Him, or away from Him. There is no such thing as maintaining a status quo, and there is no room for complacency or resting on our laurels in the realm of progress, as there is only progress or regress, and no in-between. I must take care to monitor my impetus of behavior and make sure I am inspired by a reach toward God and not some erroneous worldly pursuit, which would lead me to a sense of emptiness, or disillusionment. I am constantly confronted with fallacious information from society and the material world about which priorities matter, what I need, what I should want, and what brings happiness and satisfaction, and so it takes much practice, many mistakes from which I must learn, and an intense focus by prolonged mental exertion, to make the correct choices, as being God-centered, to successfully navigate through the everyday living challenges of the world.

“Reach out and Touch Faith”📡
I take comfort in my “willingness to go to any lengths,” as this commitment or promise of dedication to choosing the most difficult path, as the one offering the most growth, entails hard work, and so I needn’t bother with distracting shortcuts. There’s no need to wonder if I’m doing ok or if things will turn out alright, because I’m already doing my part by trying my absolute hardest. My best is all I can ever do, and so I derive security, serenity, and steadfast comfort from my own “willingness” to work my hardest. Part of my willingness includes exerting my effort joyfully, and so I interpret it as my job to provide an outlook conducive to fun and enjoyment, as a firm scaffolding of hope, optimism, and the resolute conviction that there’s an answer to any problem, if I follow God’s path for me the whole way. Faithfully, I follow, in order to experience God’s power of restoration to the full completeness of His entirety, which we all know deep down, could only ever be Love.

“Super Best Friends!”🗯
If I don’t perceive and utilize God and Jesus as my constant best friends, then I am not properly utilizing Them. They serve as my Source of undying love and eternal comfort, as well as my personal Guides and Instructors through this obstacle course that is life. When I tackle life’s problems Together with Them, They share with me Their wisdom that all is well, and so I can experience life on life’s terms as being “manageable,” rather than feeling out of control if something doesn’t go as I would have wanted or expected. When I remain in contact with Them, I don’t have to guess if I’m okay or worry about what needs my attention, because I’m already receiving assurance and attending to the only thing that ever matters, which is my relationship with Them. I am constantly communicating with God and Jesus via an psychic dialogue and meditative channel.

“Safe Space”🚀
I come to God knowing that He is waiting to help and comfort me like a loving Father. I love the idea of composing a “God of my understanding” in which to believe in and to Whom I may pray, because this allows me to nurture my connection to Him in a comfortable manner. Sort of like the alien in that Jodie Foster movie, “Contact,” I find it sensible to envision God in whichever way will best facilitate my devotion and entice me to spend my Time and attention on Him. My understanding of God ought to encourage me to participate with Him in an active, working relationship. It makes sense to entertain a conception of God that allows me the most peace and comfort, so that I may actually enjoy catering to and nurturing this crucial tie, and open up to Him about my problems with ease and assurance. By taking the action and initiative to lay down the foundation, as an offering of my own trust and belief in Their ultimate Love, God and I, Together with Jesus, may then develop Our relationship. This relationship will constantly evolve as God reveals evermore of Himself to me, in the mutual and reciprocal endeavor of companionship, as a collaboration of Love.

“Hakuna Matata: …I’d rather trust God!”😜

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Choosing to “trust God;” by proactively selecting His “wonder” instead of “worry” as a healthy mind-state and approach to life, and feeling empowered by making the right decision and abstaining from fear
-Constantly stock the library of mind with prayers of love, and fill the imagination with the inward vision of a beautiful garden, as a welcome and offering up to God and Jesus; proactively providing a safe, happy place where We can commune
-“If you build it…”⚾️
-Keep your face up to the Light… Hope and love no matter what… God will come.
-“Here here!”
-A leap of faith is caught mid-air… and then held close in Your breath.
-Choke up on the Batman, lol!
-Psalm 40; “Come Again?”🎺
-John 16; “Verily, Verily, Verily, Verily, Life is but a Dream!”⛵️
-John 17; “Soli Deo Gloria”🌹
-Joshua 21:45; “Solemn Pinkie Swear”🌈
-John 18; “Not of this World”🚀
-John 19; “Gave Up The Ghost”🕊
-John 20; “Pull Hither My Finger”🦁
-John 21; “…Long Walks on the Beach, Resurrection…”🍹☔️
-“..I’m a believer, I couldn’t leave her…”🎶

Psalm 40Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 40
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock, andestablished my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust,
and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done,
and thy thoughts which are to us-ward:
they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee:
if I would declare and speak of them,
they are more than can be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire;
mine ears hast thou opened:
burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come:
in the volume of the book it is written of me,
8 I delight to do thy will, O my God:
yea, thy law is within my heart.
9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation:
lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.
10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart;
I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation:
I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord:
let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about:
mine iniquities have taken hold upon me,
so that I am not able to look up;
they are more than the hairs of mine head:
therefore my heart faileth me.
13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me:
O Lord, make haste to help me.
14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it;
let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.
16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee:
let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.
17 But I am poor and needy;
yet the Lord thinketh upon me:
thou art my help and my deliverer;
make no tarrying, O my God.

John 17Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
17 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Joshua 21:45
45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

John 18Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
18 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. 3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. 6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. 7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: 9 that the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. 10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, 13 and led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. 14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. 16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. 17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not. 18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. 20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. 21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said. 22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? 23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me? 24 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.
25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not. 26 One of the servants of the high priest, being hiskinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? 27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. 29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? 30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. 31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: 32 that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? 34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? 35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. 37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?
And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. 39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 40 Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

John 19Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
19 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilatesaith unto them, Behold the man! 6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. 7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 9 and went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Cæsar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Cæsar.
13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cæsar. 16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.
And they took Jesus, and led him away. 17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 18 where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. 21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. 22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34 but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
38 And after this Joseph of Arimathæa, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

John 20Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
20 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12 and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace beunto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: thencame Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Perceiving it as my duty to maintain calm, and relying upon God for help to do so
-Making healthy choice; wise decisions from God’s perspective of serenity
-Refraining from the character defect of rushing, and asking God to set the pace
-Looking for new, lingering, or reappearing weaknesses or defects that I can ask God to help me with; my fragility as a point of entry for God to step in and make contact
as a restorative, awe-inspiring Miracle…
-“…My Hero!” Lol!🦄🛡⚔
-God is found within the present moment;
only evil or sinfulness propels us to rush ahead past an awareness God, and beyond this present moment where we find peace; by noticing the here and now and dwelling within this moment, we may find personal, direct knowledge of God

-“What brought you here?”😈
“Bacon.”😵
“Bringing home the bacon.”😲
“Kevin Bacon.”🤐
(Lol!)

-“The only thing you have to change about your life is everything” (AA).
-With a little help from my Friends, willingly “brainwashed” into being happy… “…Yes, very lucky!” (It needed a bath!💦)

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
(Excerpts)
-Isaiah 55:8-11; “Rain Dance Baptism”💃🏻
-Galatians 5:22-26; “Fruits of the Spirit”👻
-Isaiah 11:2-6; “Here’s looking at you, Kid”
-Exodus 19:4-6; “Listen Up”🔝🗻
-Psalm 32:7-8; “For Reel!”📽
(Full Context)
-Isaiah 55; “Footloose Praises”☔️🎀
-Galatians 5; “Be Fruitful”📚🎸🎨📝💝
-Isaiah 11; “Seven Gifts of the Spirit”🌈
-Exodus 19; “The Third Dei Hospitable”🛎
-Psalm 32; “The Highway Broad”🗽

Isaiah 55:8-11
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thingwhereto I sent it.

Galatians 5:22-26
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Isaiah 11:2-6
2 and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord:
and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,
neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 but with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins,
and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.

Exodus 19:4-6
4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Psalm 32:7-8
7 Thou art my hiding place;
thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.

Isaiah 55Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
55 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?
and your labour for that whichsatisfieth not?
hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good,
and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me:
hear, and your soul shall live;
and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people,
a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation thatthou knowest not,
and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee
because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel;
for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found,
call ye upon him while he is near:
7 let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the Lord,
and he will have mercy upon him;
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thingwhereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree,
and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree:
and it shall be to the Lord for a name,
for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Galatians 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Isaiah 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord:
and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,
neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 but with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins,
and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed;
their young ones shall lie down together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain:
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord,
as the waters cover the sea.
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse,
which shall stand for an ensign of the people;
to it shall the Gentiles seek:
and his rest shall be glorious.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day,
that the Lord shall set his hand again
the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left,
from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros,
and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar,
and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations,
and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel,
and gather together the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart,
and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off:
Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west;
they shall spoil them of the east together:
they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab;
and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea;
and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river,
and shall smite it in the seven streams,
and make men go over dryshod.
16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people,
which shall be left, from Assyria;
like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Exodus 19Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
19 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come tothe desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. 3 And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord. 9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.
10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, 11 and be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: 13 there shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.
14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.
16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. 20 And the Lordcame down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. 21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish. 22 And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them. 23 And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. 24 And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them. 25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.

Psalm 32Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 32
A Psalm of David, Maschil.
1 Blessed is he whose transgression isforgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence,
my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me:
my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee,
and mine iniquity have I not hid.
I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord;
and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found:
surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place;
thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule,
which have no understanding:
whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle,
lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked:
but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous:
and shout for joy, all ye that areupright in heart.

🌝Evening Musings:
-🎼…Selah, Selah, My Boyfriend’s back!
-I understand own advice to be intended especially for myself because I’m aiming to channel God in order to learn from Him, and not with the intention of teaching others; I interpret all of my own words and all of the suggestions of others as being always directly applicable to myself, and even meant particularly for me and my own benefit; in this way I may maintain humility and keep growing and improving, in Togetherness under the sheltering wing and supreme care of God and Jesus

“Choose not the Illusion”⛅️
-Spiritual principles as intended not to better prepare and equip me for life in the material realm or the “rat race,” but to give me a taste of true joy, real meaning, and lasting fulfillment, so I don’t fall prey to earthly concerns or desires but rightly desire and seek God and spiritual fruits, on His path of virtue and righteous living

-Slightly obsessed with the act of praising God…😘

8/31/16
“Process of Problem-Solving”
-🔑God’s will not mine be done…
-Be calm, happy, and work hard, and spend quality Time with each other; even my journals mean nothing in Light of Our relationship, Togetherness, and love
-Determine real objective; set goals and priorities according to spiritual principles, avoid illusions of egotistical goals or deluded priorities of material world
-Starting point as God…
-Work backwards; like a maze, start with the solution and wind it back to the start
-Calm start with solution-based approach
-Mantras to encourage, motivate, and inspire teamwork, as a loving collaboration and keep Us on the spiritual track and not be distracted by material worldly pursuits
-Ignore other people’s standards and refrain from outward social comparison
-Troubleshooting under supervision; constant awareness of God and Jesus
-Forced-breaks; stepping back my focus to God’s perspective, to reflect on mistakes and opportunities and methods of improvement, with God and Jesus
-Looking for the spiritual challenge in any given condition, always seeking to learn
-Buddha quote; seeking new work in any circumstance; applicable to each moment
-Comfort within the moment, sensing God
-Shakespeare quote and Veritatum Dilexi

“Your work is to discover your work, and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” (-Buddha)

“Problem-Solving”🔦📿
In working to accept life on life’s terms and meet daily challenges of living, I find my own approach to this process as being absolutely pivotal to my success. My attitude often has deterministic effects upon the outcome of a given situation, beyond my own understanding, so it behooves me to take the Time to fasten myself to an optimistic outlook, and charitably, to interpret any situation in only the best light, which entails God’s love.
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My priorities are best summed up as “God.” For me, this means working in conjunction with God and Jesus and adhering to a rigid moral code of spiritual principles. I strive to refrain from any egotistical pursuits or material concerns, and am primarily interested in virtue cultivation through diligent practice and discipline, for the well-being of the soul. The point of any activity for me is always to grow nearer to God and Jesus, by working Together to collaborate in some creative fashion. The actual activity, be it my journaling, my artwork, or my studies, I accurately perceive as being incidental, and transitory in the grand scheme of things. I try to fix my sights upon God. I let go of what I understand to be important, and instead, I defer this judgement to God, letting Him dictate what ought to matter to me. Thus, I take direction from only one ultimate Source, and I use the framework of spiritual growth and principles of virtuosity to guide my understanding of His system of priorities. Any focus on the judgements of other people, societal or cultural standards, priorities of the material world, or any other types of outward social comparison, I must recognize as a mistake on my part. I make these mistakes of misdirected focus on a regular basis, and I seek to immediately correct my missteps by stepping back and reorienting my focus toward God and Jesus. Correct prioritization, by God’s standards and in God’s spiritual world, is an ongoing practice. I wish to improve by aiming towards God and His Perfection, but never aim to surpass Him by attaining it! I don’t want to be Him, I just want to be with Him.
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“Phase 1: Collect Underpants”
In life’s daily concerns, I would employ a “problem-solving” approach, and begin the process of daily living by starting with the goal or result as an assumption, and then I would work my way back to determine how to arrive at that solution. In this way, the process is much like untangling my way through a maze. When I take some form of a solution as a given right from the start, I don’t need to worry about the future outcome, or whether or not things will work out; rather, I can just be free to just devote my focus and efforts to my present work, and calmly enjoy the process with a healthy mind-state, free from anxiety, stress, or worry.
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“The Only Goal”
My goal is always “God’s will not mine be done.” Any other goal I take to be misguided or less than worthy of my attention and striving. Aiming for God’s will also takes the stress of knowing what’s best off of my own shoulders. I’m not supposed to know best, so trying to would inevitably be stress-inducing. I find it much more practical, in the interest of working effectively and enjoying life, to leave God’s responsibilities of running the show and calling the shots in His control, and not trying to impose my own will or preconceptions upon my circumstances. I interpret God’s will as being some far-reaching version of unconditional Love, and so I don’t let it bother me if I don’t understand it all the Time; rather, I just faithfully assume that the outcome of love is mid-procession or still in progress.
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I will constantly seek God through any given activity or thought; however, it is easy to lose track of what’s important in a self-seeking, consumer-driven culture. I enjoy using mantras regularly to reaffirm my goals and priorities, so I don’t lose sight of the spiritual realm while engaging in the educational offerings of the material realm. My favorites are “I love You, please help me, thank You, and I’m sorry,” which serve to keep me on the right track, and to encourage my own priorities of love, gratitude, dependence upon God, and a desire for self-improvement. Using these mantras helps me to keep my eye on the prize, to pinpoint my mistakes, and to implement corrections, which then facilitates development as I learn and grow in the direction of God’s choosing.
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“Restart!”
Forced breaks are necessary for a renewed outlook and a fresh start. For a short period after extended attention to a matter, I will not allow myself to work on that project or problem, so that I can practice cognitive flexibility and selective focus, but also to devote myself and my Time to higher purposes of greater importance. Time apart with God is necessary to invigorate my spirit and cleanse my mind from mundane worries or distractions which hinder my spiritual well-being. I must take care to air out my emotions or frustrations regularly, to maintain a general sense of serenity and to keep my spirit free and clear from fear, ego, or other spiritual impediments. Time apart with God and Jesus, as not just Together, but Together while completely free from any other distractions, is a vital practice for proper self-care, so that I can offer my relationship with God and Jesus only the very best of my love, as focused, intense, pure, and unadulterated.
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“RX:”
“Your work is to discover “your work, and then with a your heart to give yourself to it” (Buddha).
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“My Work: Understood Newly in Each Moment, Under God’s Direction”
In any given scenario, I will interpret some new lesson or wisdom to be ascertained, and, under the care and supervision of God and Jesus, I will try to utilize the experience for the benefit of my own spiritual awareness and advancement. With this approach to my environment, I can always practice spiritual discipline, and I keep striving towards the jewels of God’s wisdom, as being that for which I truly thirst. In this way, I may find a sense of meaning, satisfaction, and value to life, as an ongoing process of worthiness and fulfillment, in any endeavor before me.
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“The One.”
My awareness of God is the chief determinant of my own well-being, and I rely upon this relationship to guide me. To the extent that I rely upon this relationship and nothing else, I am directed to make proper and appropriate use of any other sorts of ventures and enjoy life’s offerings.
God and Jesus are Everything…💌
This above all… I love You!📢

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
(-Shakespeare, via Polonius in Hamlet)

📡…The highest Truth is Love.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-In desiring to please God, I should try to actually enjoy this life He’s given me!
-Gratitude in action is using your gifts.
-“Just Do The Next Right Thing;” I practice morality by seeking to do what I think God would choose for me and working hard at it, until He steps in to make His will clear
-My intention matters; I do what I do solely for God; altruism/caritas is its own reward
-Whatever you do, do it for love; I can derive satisfaction from any mundane or trivial action indirectly, by virtue of my intention; I devote my effort as an act or display of love, and an offering up to God
-The purity of intention makes a difference
-The power of intention…💖
-“Faith with Works;”…a little elbow Greece
-Now go do your homework.😜

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Insight problem solving and spirituality; Selah, moment of grace, taking a break in order to overcome the impasse
-Thanking the Author of the solution💖
-“Thinking outside the box;” the 9-dot problem; innovation and novel thinking
-“Creativity” by brainstorming as teamwork with God and Jesus
-Convergent and divergent thinking
“Perspective and Focus:”🔬🔭
-The idea of using multiple efforts from different directions to converge upon a single point, rather than using one high intensity laser that would overwhelm the system; “convergence of thought”
-“Confluence”😂
-🕵Magnum PI: Public Info, lol!

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Luke 4; “High Quality Anonymous Faith”
-Luke 7; “Prerequisite: ForGiving”🎫
-Luke 23; “Behold and Be Held”🎣
-Ephesians 4; “Gifts to Receivers”📞

…Appreciated in Their Time

-Luke 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10 for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11 and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? 23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. 24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26 but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, 31 and came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying, Let usalone; what have we to do with thee, thouJesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. 36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. 43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. 44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

Luke 7Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 for he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.
11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. 17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judæa, and throughout all the region round about.
18 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. 19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. 26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. 27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. 29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! 35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.
36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 and stood at his feet behind himweeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Luke 23Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
23 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellowperverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. 3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it. 4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and tothe people, I find no fault in this man. 5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place. 6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilæan. 7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. 9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. 11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: 15 no, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. 16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him. 17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) 18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: 19 (who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.) 20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. 21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. 22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. 23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. 24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. 25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will. 26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. 28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. 29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. 30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. 31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. 33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. 35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. 36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, 37 and saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. 38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. 47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. 48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. 49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.
50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: 51 (the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathæa, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. 53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. 54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. 55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Ephesians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, andcunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with hishands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

🌝Evening Musings:
-The Ring hadn’t known much of the Fellowship, until the Lord delivered.⚔
-Catch me!💨
-You’re the Cat’s pajamas.😻

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