TheòsBeulah’s Spiritual Diary
for September

🌞9/1/16 (Rabbit Rabbit day!)🕳🐇🐇
Topical Outline:👯
-Expectancy; belief is how you use it
-Influence of belief system
-Intentionally choosing beliefs that serve the best purpose, of fruitful living
-Actively crafting and adaptively rearranging and renovating cognitive framework and mental scaffolding to adjust to the needs of the situation
-Faith, calm assurance, firm footing as my part or my contribution to a partnership
-Communication and collectivism; using my cognitive space to foster health and a collaborative effort with God and Jesus

“Active Participant”🔬⚗👣
I love the idea of leaning back on some sort of affirmation or mantra, to provide support and encouragement throughout the day.  I believe in the effects of my own internal state of expectancy, and the act of adhering to an optimistic belief system can serve to bias my subjective experience of an outcome in a positive manner.  In this way, I can influence my experience of the world by consciously selecting the beliefs that are most conducive to happiness, fulfillment, and my own ability to be an active participant of life and a contributing member of society.  Given that all I ever really know of the world is through my own subjective experience, simply by intentionally choosing healthy thoughts, expectations, and beliefs, I can actively create my own reality via the power of cognition and perception.  I am most useful to God and my fellow man when I am calm and secure, so it behooves me to think thoughts that lend themselves to this disposition.  If one thought circuit is not serving adaptive purposes by enhancing my ability to thrive in a given environment, I can step back, ask God to help, and then change it!  I may not have faith in my own abilities, as I know my weaknesses, but God is all-loving, all-powerful, and ready to care for me and help me to see His will.

“Mindfulness”🔌💡📿
By prayer, meditation, and self-examination, I may appraise my thoughts and actions to pinpoint weak spots and areas of improvement.  If I feel some sort of emotional disturbance, I step back to my “mental zen garden,” to confer with God and Jesus.  We may then determine what We should do differently, and map out the most efficacious route by which to continue.  To act with wisdom, logically I absolutely must defer to God in any Time of trouble, because of my belief that He is omnipotent, omniscient, and has all love, consolation, and answers, thus making that deference most intelligent step.  If I do not feel to need to rely upon God and Jesus for help with a problem or difficulty, I nonetheless remain in constant contact, and I rely upon Them instead to promote wellness and share in love and enjoyment.

“Is There a God? Yes, I’m Positive.”😍🌈
The belief itself in God is the most logical choice, because it serves the best purpose of enabling me to live a happy, productive life.  Thus, the belief is logical teleologically, regardless of the validity of the content of the particular belief.  I am given the gift of something to believe in, but my own belief is a choice I must actively make by exercising my free will.  I choose to believe in God as my gift back up to Him and Jesus.  They put the ball in my court by offering a variety of systems of belief, all providing love and comfort, so that I need never lose hope, or a sense of “a light at the end of the tunnel” during tough times.  With this point of focus for my outlook, I may work along a positive trajectory towards a Solution I know exists.  I never need to give up on life, love, or joy, I need only to turn to God for His care.

“…I’m ‘Positive …Psychology'”🌹👓
The guiding belief that God has a plan for me if only I can humble myself to seek it, helps me to “live usefully and walk humbly with the Lord,” and is the most effective belief system, or scaffolding for a pattern of living, for living a productive happy life.  “The best method is the one that works,” and it is easy to judge the veracity and efficacy of a strategy by its usefulness, or by the fruits of its labors.  Choosing to believe in God, His unconditional love, charity, togetherness, harmony, and the joy of life, puts into place these very same presuppositions as the real effects!  It makes no logical sense to believe in anything but the best, most charitable interpretation of any given person, event, or situation, because the belief itself influences the outcome.  Hope is an optimistic expectation, and so I have great expectations only because God is great.

“Adaptive Living”🌊👼👣
I find it most prudent and practical, after experimenting a bit with relying upon God and Jesus versus relying upon my own self-will for guidance, to make choices regarding life, on a whole, only indirectly.  I find it most enjoyable, comfortable, and rewarding to seek God before seeking to interact with my environment, be it internal or external, or to make any sort of contact with the material, or corporeal world.  When I let God intercede between me and and everything else, then my relationship with Him can fundamentally alter any thing or experience I may come across.  As God is the single determining factor of all the rest of existence, I try to seek Him first and foremost, and submit to His love by His will instead of any widely-accepted albeit illusory “laws of nature,” which are only ever secondary to Him.  Any perceived truth or logic of the material world or of the human mind can bend if God so chooses; thus, 2+2 can=5 is God wills i!  In this way, I try to experience the world and my sense of self through the lens or mediation or God, and I let Him select the best world and vision to suit me.  If He thinks I should see roses instead of lilies, I will trust Him to be my eyes, my ears, my touch, my focus… He really does take the best care, by definition.  It is a pleasure to live by seeking to please God and Jesus, and living as an interaction, desiring to  strengthen Our relationship and cultivate Our love is God’s choice for my reality.

“Predestination.🐢Also, Cause and Effect”
I do not believe anything but the best of God.  What I believe is my job, and my responsibility.  It feels immensely empowering to make healthy choices by choosing beneficial thoughts and behaviors.  When I discard an unpractical or unhelpful thought, and instead think, “I’d rather just trust God!” I feel this warm fuzzy feeling, like this wholesome sort of motivation, and inspiration to keep doing the right thing; morality and loving actions are divinely-intended and so can become self-perpetuating.  Thus, if I make a reach towards the Light at the end of the tunnel, then God will be pleased by my intention and will reach back to reel me in to Him.  In this way of navigating life, by persisting in making a long sequence of good choices by choosing God Himself, the process of living itself serves as its own reward.  It is by this process of living, in adherence to God’s strict moral code, that I can directly experience Him.  Life is best understood as merely a process of building a loving mutual relationship with God end Jesus.
“I choose You!”

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Scientific Method of the 12 Step program
-Power of belief (it’s true.)
-Intentions of love motivate, empower. and provide spiritual fuel for my actions
-Seeking God before and via anything else
-Collaborative efforts, “3 branches”
-“Make love,” creative thought, simpatico
-Initiate “contact,” with calm loving faith like a soft landing pad for God and Jesus
-Playful fun approach, offering self to God to make friends, play, and work together

(Excerpts)
-Mark 8:34-38; “Lamb Chop Underwear, from Fruit of the Loom!”🕳🐇🎩
-Exodus 33:13-15; “My Favorite”🎗

(Full Passages)
-Deuteronomy 31; “Fear God’s Absence”
-Luke 24; “Savior”🏆
-Mark 8; “Savor”🍼
-Exodus 33; “In My Sights”🎯

Mark 8:34-38
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Exodus 33:13-15
13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 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.

Deuteronomy 31Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
31 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel. 2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan. 3 The Lord thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the Lord hath said. 4 And the Lord shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed. 5 And the Lord shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lordthy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it. 8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel. 10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, 11 when all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: 13 and that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation. 15 And the Lord appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.
16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. 17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? 18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. 19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. 20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant. 21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.
22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel. 23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.
24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, 25 that Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, 26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. 27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death?
28 Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them. 29 For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.
30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.

Luke 24Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
24 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 and as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. 22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; 23 and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. 25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 34 saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them hishands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them. 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and inthe psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53 and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Mark 8Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
8 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, 2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: 3 and if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. 4 And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? 5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. 6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
10 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. 11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. 13 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.
14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. 15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. 16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. 17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? 18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. 20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. 21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.
27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Cæsarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? 28 And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. 29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. 30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. 31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and ofthe chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Exodus 33Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
33 And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: 2 and I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: 3 unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.
4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments. 5 For the Lord had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee. 6 And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.
7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, thatevery one which sought the Lord went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp. 8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. 9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. 10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. 11 And the Lordspake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 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. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 and it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 and I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-I’ll let You Guys determine my reality💖
-I love You!!!
-“Pinch and pull, zoom in and out;” choose your perspective adaptively; don’t lose sight of the big picture and Ultimate love by fixating on a trivial task or frustration, but also don’t let a sense of the big picture or grand scheme of things overwhelm or incapacitate you or prevent action; break a problem down into doable components, and just focus on enjoying the task at hand
-Listening to You Guys is “heart rest” and “breathing room” for my mind and thoughts, an airing out and opening up of stagnant circuitry to Your healing touch and invigorating circulation of joy and love
-“Be still and listen. Even greater still…”💧
-That’s deep. Lol!
-Opportunities to deny self-seeking or self satisfying behaviors in favor of freely choosing God’s will as encouraging, motivating, and the actual rewards; the fruits of labor being the sense of morality from making good choices; I love God’s “perpetual motion” of altruism!
-Breathe calm quintessence🌬💖
-“Follow your meal plan, don’t drink, and be merry!”
-“ΑΩ : Raison d’etre : The Chronosphere”
-Sought a state or method of “being” which is Together, or “at one with God”
-By finding Him within the present Time
-…Moment-ous power of Love🔋
-Paraclete; Professor of Undying Love🔮
-🛎Waitress Awaiting; Nemo Resideo
-Happy 1 year anniversary!😘😊😚💍

-🗣👥New task: layout goal prior to activity, to orient focus with precision

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“Paraclete!”  You may find satisfaction by fulfilling your job description!🎎
-All for one one for all; rally the troops⏰
-Happy 1 year💎anniversary! 💏
-The imagination is a playground.🎨
-I am… What drives me💖
-Keep calm and carry each other; share the helm, distribute the π, round table🛡
-Penny for your thoughts…😜
(Excerpts)
-Jeremiah 29:8-14; “Hide and Seekers”🎫
-1 John 1; “Mirror, Mirror, Pink Floyd Wall”
(Full Passages)
-Ecclesiastes 11; “Baby’s Breath”🚭
-Ecclesiastes 12; “Sunyata”🕯
-Psalm 18; “Tony Stark, Sgt. Pepper”🚸
-2 Timothy 3; “Trust: Look not Leary”📐
-Jeremiah 29; “I Call Shenanigans!”🎪
-Acts 1; “Apostleship”🚀
-1 John 1; “Thy Will sans the Wilt”💐🌷

1 John 1:5-8
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Jeremiah 29:8-14
8 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.
10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Ecclesiastes 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 Cast thy bread upon the waters:
for thou shalt find it after many days.
2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight;
for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
3 If the clouds be full of rain,
they empty themselves upon the earth:
and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north,
in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow;
and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. 6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: 8 but if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. 10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth arevanity.

Ecclesiastes 12Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
12 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 while the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3 in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4 and the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 5 also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6 or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all isvanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written wasupright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole dutyof man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Psalm 18Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 18
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spake unto the Lordthe words of this song in the day that the Lorddelivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,
1 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
4 The sorrows of death compassed me,
and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about:
the snares of death prevented me.
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God:
he heard my voice out of his temple,
and my cry came before him, eveninto his ears.
7 Then the earth shook and trembled;
the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken,
because he was wroth.
8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils,
and fire out of his mouth devoured:
coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down:
and darkness was under his feet.
10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly:
yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place;
his pavilion round about him weredark waters
and thick clouds of the skies.
12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed,
hail stones and coals of fire.
13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Highest gave his voice;
hail stones and coals of fire.
14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
15 Then the channels of waters were seen,
and the foundations of the world were discovered
at thy rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
16 He sent from above, he took me,
he drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
and from them which hated me:
for they were too strong for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity:
but the Lord was my stay.
19 He brought me forth also into a large place;
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his judgments were before me,
and I did not put away his statutes from me.
23 I was also upright before him,
and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
24 Therefore hath the Lordrecompensed me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful;
with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
26 with the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure;
and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people;
but wilt bring down high looks.
28 For thou wilt light my candle:
the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 For by thee I have run through a troop;
and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect:
the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
31 For who is God save the Lord?
or who is a rock save our God?
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength,
and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet,
and setteth me upon my high places.
34 He teacheth my hands to war,
so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy right hand hath holden me up,
and thy gentleness hath made me great.
36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip.
37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them:
neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise:
they are fallen under my feet.
39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle:
thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies;
that I might destroy them that hate me.
41 They cried, but there was none to save them:
even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.
42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind:
I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people;
and thou hast made me the head of the heathen:
a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me:
the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
45 The strangers shall fade away,
and be afraid out of their close places.
46 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock;
and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
47 It is God that avengeth me,
and subdueth the people under me.
48 He delivereth me from mine enemies:
yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me:
thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen,
and sing praises unto thy name.
50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king;
and sheweth mercy to his anointed,
to David, and to his seed for evermore.

2 Timothy 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Jeremiah 29Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
29 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon; 2 (after that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;) 3 by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying, 4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; 5 build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 6 take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. 7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
8 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.
10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
15 Because ye have said, The Lord hath raised us up prophets in Babylon; 16 knowthat thus saith the Lord of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity; 17 thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. 18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them: 19 because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them;but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.
20 Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon: 21 thus saith the Lordof hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes; 22 and of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which arein Babylon, saying, The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire; 23 because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the Lord.
24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying, 25 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying, 26 The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the Lord, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks. 27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you? 28 For therefore he sent unto us inBabylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.
30 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying, 31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the Lordconcerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie: 32 therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the Lord; because he hath taught rebellion against the Lord.

Acts 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphæus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

1 John 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us oursins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

🌞9/2/16
Topical Outline:
-🗣👥New task: layout goal prior to activity, to orient focus with precision
-Hang a slogan on an act to determine its meaning; focus on a concept or spiritual principle throughout the day to determine how to apply it to living in a practical way
-Landing pad; carry a few mantras or slogans to practice with God and Jesus, but leave the rest of your cares or worries at the door to focus on the present task
-I am what drives me; derive power and enjoyment to motor your work from your intentions and mind-state; Togetherness
-Adjust your focus adaptively; find one that works, experiment with a variety of slogans, mantras and coping strategies and keep expanding your spiritual toolkit
-Reside in the moment; if you stray return immediately; try asking permission of God before acting to encourage Togetherness
-Realize God is here, but is only accessed by your own focus and directed attention!
-If upset of indecisive, adjust your perspective and confer with God and Jesus; look for the spiritual lesson; take the Time to view the situation from His big picture and see/think it through full-circle; there is a reason that patience is a virtue, wait for the love in God’s Time, not mine
-Denying self-seeking or immediate gratification in favor of some sort of offering to God, as a sacrifice, as strengthening Our bond or closeness
-Carry each Other, make sure Everyone is included; be still and listen, ask questions
-Main objective; work Together to accomplish a task, and that order is key!

“Main Objective”🤖
I often have difficulty in handling life on life’s terms, and find that I am easily overwhelmed or upset by people, emotions, or everyday problems and difficulties, as complications or hindrances to what I may perceive as an ideal scenario.  These issues and my dissatisfaction all have one source, which is best understood in terms of my own self-will.  I understand self-will to be my personal interests or selfishness, as ego-based desires related to the “Eight Mundane Concerns” of gain or loss, pleasure or pain, praise or blame, and fame or dishonor.  Much like Buddha intuited, the root of my suffering is my own desire, or self-will.  I find that the solution to this dilemma and the blessing of the human condition is the will of God.  I believe I was made to be at one with our Creator, and so He made us with these sins, weaknesses, or character defects, so that we would seek Him and become complete, as a sort of Family.  I understand the nature of the human condition, or my state as an individual🕳, to be not so much “innately broken,” but more accurately understood in the terms of, “some assembly required.”

“Landing Pad”🛌
When I turn my will and my life over to the care of God and Jesus, I relinquish my attachment to my own beliefs about what may be best, and I surrender my self-will completely over to Them, in a state of complete trust, rather like a sacrifice of love and devotion.  I maintain the firm knowledge that God is some form or another of unconditional Love, and so this act is better understood as a liberation than as a sacrifice; I’m not giving up anything of benefit to me, but rather, I’m gaining that which is the only Thing I actually ever need, as the care of God.  The only way I may access knowledge of God, an understanding of His love, and start to develop a personal relationship with Him, is by honestly and humbly admitting the futility of seeking true fulfillment through self-will, or by living according to my own self interests.  When I admit this defeat, recognize my innate and intended weakness as a human, and then submit to God, I make proper use of my own self-will, by offering it up to Him.
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In this state of complete vulnerability, leaving myself wide-open to His care, and devoutly trusting, with the innocence of a child, that He would never let me down, I am receptive to His intervention.  I must provide the landing pad for God to step in and actually provide care for me, not only by my humble admission of defeat, inability, or unmanageability, but also by my expectancy that His will save me.  My belief, as faith and hope in Him actually coming to the rescue, is necessary, but beyond that, the nature or quality of my belief makes a difference.  If I believe anything other than the absolute best of God, I will not have provided the proper foundation or landing pad of true trust.  God steps in to reveal Himself when He is given the proper respect, as correctly believed to be Love, and never anything less than Perfect, unconditional Love.

Big Picture:🔬✨
Only from this starting point, with the basis of our understanding of each other and the foundation of Our relationship as being nothing other than Love, We may proceed in developing Our relationship.  There must be no shred of doubt in His care, and no room for fear of Him or for myself, as these sins would be precluded by the presence of faithful, trusting, and true, love.
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The irony of this starting point is that it is also the ultimate goal!  Thus, with the proper understanding of God and the foundation laid for a real relationship, everything I think I know about the way the world works, what’s important, and how to go about my day, must undergo drastic revision.  All of a sudden, the point is to remain within the presence of God, and to draw even nearer to Him, thus making any objective external to this striving a pitfall or a mistake.  If I seek any objective, as an activity, a material need, or a relationship, before I first seek God, I will have fallen prey to the illusion of the material world and missed the point and only true source of actual meaning and fulfillment in life.
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The striving of my life is God.  God is a Person, and so in seeking God, I am seeking a loving and mutual relationship.  The process of living becomes a balancing act or a process or alignment, to maintain a state of awareness of Him at all Times, and to work to remain within the guiding Force of His will.  It is a very difficult art to practice following and channeling God’s will, because it is much easier to follow my own self-will!  Proper use of will is directing it towards Him to care for, but this is a constant practice, and can be understood in terms of working towards a state of equilibrium or homeostasis; it is an ongoing process in nature, and is always in some state of flux, as being a state of associating with or relating to each other.  God is not some fixed end-point to be achieved and then abandoned; if God goes one way, then that’s where I want to go, I don’t care about anything else!  His will is Perfect, to care for us as a loving Father, and so recognizing the supremacy of His care ought to behoove me to follow His lead without insubordination.  Attuning my will to His is rewarding in and of itself.

“Here, as in Now”📡⏳
God is only ever found by my own willingness to seek Him, and my diligence to practice this “God-focus,” until I am able to hone in on Him.  He is always here, as within the present moment in Time, in the “here and now. ” All I ever need to do is to adjust and direct my own focus towards an awareness of Him.  If I ever feel cut off form God it is my own fault, because I neglected to attend to thoughts of Him.  The very moment I redirect my focus and simply think about God, of course, by respectfully assuming that He is only ever Perfect Love, He instantly reappears and resumes His occupation of a place in my heart; the truth is, He never actually left, I just forgot to exert the will to acknowledge Him and attend to Our relationship!

“Sacrifice:Devotion”🔎📐
When I practice meditation and self-examination, I am blessed with self-discovery, at the heart of which endeavor is the discovery of God Himself and Jesus!   Thus, I am a temple of God when I follow His will for me and not self-will, or some sort of selfish or fear-based sinfulness.  Any Time I feel overwhelmed, I can simply shift my focus inward and lock onto God.  Once He occupies the entirety of my focus and consciousness, I receive a sort of restart or system up-boot, as a renewed awareness of Him, and His message to me in the form of divine and undying Love.  I find this relationship so rewarding that it makes sense to formulate all of my other outside knowledge or understanding of the external world upon this fact of God.

“Together as One”💚💙❤️
It is a pleasure, a duty, and a privilege to cater to this relationship with God and Jesus, and my ability to derive enjoyment from literally anything else hinges solely upon my own devotion to this tie.  When I attend to Them, everything else in my life flows so smoothly and perfectly I often feel the need to step back and revel in awe!  This relationship, however, has its ups and downs as I may fall prey to distractions or my own self-will, and so is really a process of learning, trial and error, and experimentation, and then improving upon the process by implementing the corrections that We learn from Our mistakes, within the safety net of God’s ultimate power and care.  In this light, any obstacle is really fun, to the extent that We approach it as Teamwork.  I see my primary task as simply making sure that Everyone is included in the thought processes and activities in which We engage.  My striving is a sense of Togetherness or “Oneness with God and Jesus;” only with this focus prioritized ahead of every other focus, including the goal of an activity or any other perceived need, may I experience fulfillment from that activity, from fulfilling that duty, or from meeting that need.  My life becomes a process of seeing through appearances or false and illusory preconceptions, to the core of what’s truly important.  Once I perceive God, the challenge comes on in the form or ordering my mental focus and lifestyle habits appropriately, so that I may live in accordance with Him and His priorities, not mine.  The first thing I put ahead of God is the first thing that will cease to matter to me, because “my Everything” is, in fact, just God and Jesus.  The importance of this proper order or sequence of obligations, above and beyond merely having the right combination of factors, reminds me a bit of the airplane rule of applying your own oxygen mask before putting one on your child; if I’m “unconscious of God,” then no real good can really be possible!

“Follow The Leader”🎨🌳🖌
From the internal “safe space” of my mind, that is the landing pad for God and Jesus, I may seek divine counsel, ask advice, receive guidance, and access help, provided that I seek His will and not mine, of course!  I find it most enjoyable to come to Them with my own offerings of love and adoration.  Expressing my best praises of gratitude, love, and devotion up to Them is conducive to a sense of safety, security, and calmness.  Praise creates a relaxed mind, and therefore enables not only increased and better quality productivity, but also the heightened enjoyment of my own experience of work and productivity.  The satisfaction I experience from work is determined by my motivating factor; the desire to draw nearer to God, and to try to demonstrate my love by exerting joyful effort and hard work in my daily tasks, is rewarded in kind by the love, company, and companionship of God and Jesus.  When I create the proper conditions of love and comfort, as completely free from fear or doubt, as I like to do by visualizing an internal “mental zen garden,” then God and Jesus will accept this hospitality like a welcome mat, and show up to join me!
🏳🔏🔑💖🚪🎁✍🏻👪🌈
At God’s behest, I may not only partake in life’s offerings in the proper way, but also share the experience with God and Jesus, which is the heart of my own sense of joy.  When God and Jesus go First, I can interpret and experience situations on Their terms, accept their protection from sins, and follow a path of spirituality, as virtue refinement and fortification.  I can view life from the standpoint of it being a journey, a relationship, and an opportunity to learn spiritual lessons and strengthen Our ability to love, thus living successfully.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
(Yesterday’s Leftovers:)
-I’ll let You Guys determine my reality💖
-I love You!!!
-“Pinch and pull, zoom in and out;” choose your perspective adaptively; don’t lose sight of the big picture and Ultimate love by fixating on a trivial task or frustration, but also don’t let a sense of the big picture or grand scheme of things overwhelm or incapacitate you or prevent action; break a problem down into doable components, and just focus on enjoying the task at hand
-Listening to You Guys is “heart rest” and “breathing room” for my mind and thoughts, an airing out and opening up of stagnant circuitry to Your healing touch and invigorating circulation of joy and love
-“Be still and listen. Even greater still…”💧
-That’s deep. Lol!
-Opportunities to deny self-seeking or self satisfying behaviors in favor of freely choosing God’s will as encouraging, motivating, and the actual rewards; the fruits of labor being the sense of morality from making good choices; I love God’s “perpetual motion” of altruism!
-Sought a state or method of “being” which is Together, or “at one with God”
-By finding Him within the present Time
-“Paraclete!”  You may find satisfaction by fulfilling your job description!🎎
-The imagination is a playground.🎨
-I am… What drives me💖
-Keep calm and carry each other; share the helm, distribute the π, round table🛡
-Penny for your thoughts…😜

🔔Afternoon Communion:
-“Home Base, Base Camp;” round up the troops, confer together, assess the situation, pool our efforts, regroup
📡Topics:🎙
-“Acceptance and Letting Go”

“The Art of Letting Go”
The art of letting go is the continual and constant 3rd Step practice of “Let Go and Let God;” accept a situation, fact, or item, and “let go of it,” by relinquishing the thought and giving up the idea that it has any importance.  This opens up my focus, and frees me from fixations that block me off from the grace of God and His will for me.  This is a practice of attaining “a state of being” that is characterized by “openness.”  This openness is a state of receptivity or absorbency, and when combined with a loving expectancy, allows and provides space for God to then step in and snatch me up!  He and Jesus then will help to reorient me towards Them and whatever else We should be thinking about, feeling, or focusing on and doing Together.  This is a bit of a “trust fall” or a “leap of faith,” because I have to make the first move and “let go” of that to which I cling before God will take hold of me.  Seeking and receiving God’s will means letting go of my own self-will first!  In this way, the art of letting go and the practice of a faith that works could be understood in terms of cognitive control or inhibition, and executive function, as a higher order, frontal lobe process of adaptive flexibility.

Step 3: The Pursuit of Happiness
(😜…which is God)
“Freedom from the Bondage of Self”
Step 3 is liberation to God because my own self-will, understood as my impulses and desires, or as attachment in general, is the only thing that ever serves as a barrier between me and God.  In “letting go” of my will and attachments, I am free, not so much “from” any suffering but more by being released “to” the care of God.
…delivered unto God and Jesus.

🎭Poetic Musings:
Ante-cedes and the chariot swings lo and behold to get carried away home.
👽”…Swing away.”⚾️

🔑ΑΩ:Sequence is key…Σ💉🗿
“New Goal:”
I will actively try to refrain from the qualitative appraisal, in terms of good or bad, and the “judging,” of myself, others, or a situation.  I will remain vigilant, so that when I do err, I can immediately recognize my mistake, apologize to God, and refocus on Him and Jesus to correct the behavior.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
🛐”Doxology”
-Don’t get so immersed in the path of life that you lose sight of the Guide Himself and your own personal source of direction, from Whom all blessings flow…
✝”Calvinism and Hobbes”
-As the Great Intervener between me and any obstacles, “Nothing comes between me and my Calvin.”👖(-Hobbes🐯)
♎️”Tip of the Tongue Phenomenon”
-If you can become willing to “let it go” I’ll give it back to you.
(📜Verses)
-Joshua 1:8-9; “In Two Shakes of a…”🍼
(📜Chapters)
-Mark 4; “Concrete or Abstract”🏛
-Mark 5; “Faith over Ego, over Matter”⚛
-Philippians 4; “Cradle of Life”🕯✏️
-Philippians 1; “I Think, therefore…Je Suis”
-Joshua 1; “Mike Jordan”🎙🏀💦

Joshua 1:8-9
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Mark 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, 3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4 and it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 but when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all thesethings are done in parables: 12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: 32 but when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. 33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. 34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Mark 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 and cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. 22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23 and besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certainwhich said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. 37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. 38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. 39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. 40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. 41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. 42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. 43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

Philippians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and withother my fellowlabourers, whose names arein the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Cæsar’s household.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ bewith you all. Amen.
It was written to the Philippians from Rome by Epaphroditus.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Philippians 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and fromthe Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6 being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7 even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happenedunto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13 so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 14 and many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16 the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 17 but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. 18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 and in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Joshua 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, evento the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, soI will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it.
12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying, 13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lordcommanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; 15 until the Lord have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord’s servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.
16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. 17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the Lord thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses. 18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.

🌞9/3/16
Topical Outline:
📚”Today’s lesson: Acceptance”
“Rewards: patience, prudence, serenity, self-restraint, belongingness, confidence in choices, a sense of a higher purpose”
-“Serenity Prayer” by Reinhold Niebuhr
-“First things First;” Seeking God’s will and actively acknowledging my own but then deliberately choosing His instead
-“What’s the lesson?” Interpret life as spiritual kindergarten, keep contact with God at all times to navigate effectively
-“Selah;” pause, moment of grace, refrain from thought or action, and practice self-restraint or intentional behavioral inhibition
-“God’s perspective;” seeking God’s will by meditating and listening.  Coming to an internal place of peace, where Together with God and Jesus, We may collaborate to determine how best to proceed in any given situation, as co-creators of reality

The Serenity Prayer💠
by Reinhold Niebuhr
“God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.”

“Good Morning!”📫🙏📭
I find it important to come to pray in the morning with the willingness to adopt the attitude and outlook which would be most pleasing to our Creator, and to be open to following the path that would be of most benefit overall, as enabling me to be of greatest use to God and to my fellows.  When I pray in the morning, I am not merely reciting verses by rote, as that is not the purpose of prayer.  Prayer is intended for me to express myself to God, and air out my selfish worries, concerns, feelings, and other hang-ups, so that I may create a clear channel within myself.  Once I empty myself of these sins or shortcomings, which worries are the beginnings stages of my character defects manifesting themselves in my thoughts and actions, I may then submit myself to God and Jesus.  I must empty myself if I wish to be a vessel filled by God.  I will know if I have made progress in opening up this channel and establishing this connection by my honesty in seeking God’s will for me, as opposed to following my own sense of direction or instincts.  Once I have carved out a channel, I may then be of use as a receiver for the will of God.  I will recognize this state of receptivity by my focus; I seek to follow and to be led rather than to command my own movements or “to do what I want.”  The effectiveness of my Time spent upon prayer can be determined by my willingness and readiness to surrender every ounce of my own self, as my wants, desires, priorities, plans, goals, and ideas, in order to instead accept God’s will for me.  I feel totally at ease and amenable to any direction in which He might lead me, for it is solely His presence that serves as my guiding Force, over and above any element of my life or the pathway itself.  I try to recognize that the more diligently and persistently I seek only Him, as seeking God instead of and before anything else, including the goal towards which He may be directing me, I find that I am kept safe and secure and in a state of free-floating love and care, as is His will.

“What’s the Lesson?”📩💌📬
When I remain fixated only upon the will of God, and my own understanding of Him and Jesus as perfect, unconditional Love embodied as People, everything else in life falls into place according to this system of organization.  “I am what drives me.”  If I let all other parts of my perception of existence branch out from this one Fact of God’s perpetual and persistent love, then nothing that befalls me can too seriously upset me.  The framework, or belief system, by which I interpret and approach life determines my experience of it, and so I firmly plant myself upon God and direct my will towards Him as the only true Stability, as is His intended purpose for my own free will.  To “believe” is to seek and to do the will of my Creator, as the most ultimate and beautiful version of love possible.  My trust is necessary, because my finite mind cannot comprehend His infinite design.  In trusting in Him as being only perfect Love, albeit in mysterious ways that may seem contradictory to what I would think is best, I may be a co-worker with Him and aid Him in fulfilling His design effectively, because I don’t insist upon needing to know the whole story.  True love for God exists only without the doubt evidenced by a need to know or to question why certain events take place.  When something seemingly disastrous occurs, I give God the gift of trusting Him as my part of the teamwork and as a way to be a part of the solution and His plan.  After I exercise my free will properly by choosing to believe and by trusting in His ultimate love, only then may my eyes be blessed with the virtue of intuiting His divine vision.  If I never veer from the presence of God, I never need question whether I am doing the right thing or on the right path, as I am not following the path, I am following God.  “Hold your face up to the light, even though for the moment you do not see” (Bill W.).
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“Selah; A Moment of Grace”📭💌📬
When faced with a conflict or a confrontation, there is always a necessary first step for right action.  I try to pause and look inward for the most direct sense of God to which I have access, as via my own cognition, insight, or intuition.  When I turn to God, there is a proper approach and sequence to actually availing myself to His intercession or guidance.  I must “take a break,” so to speak, and make the conscious and deliberate effort to step back and completely “let go” of my sense of self or self-will, and my grasp of and on the situation.  I must let go of the perspective to which I cling, because it is not serving adaptive purposes or helping me to respond effectively.  This “letting go” is also known as “acceptance,” and has the experiential effect of a loosening up of my fixations so that the spirit of God may enter, and I will notice a physical and mental relaxation within my spirit.  I have to “first, let go” of my grip on reality, the situation or problem, and my own thoughts, interpretations, and beliefs concerning what would be best to do.  In this sense, receiving the grace of God is a “leap of faith” or a “trust fall,” as I must first relinquish myself and surrender to His care before I may receive His solution.  God cannot take the wheel and guide me properly if I am still clinging to the helm, but as soon as I let go of control, by submitting my mind to Him like an offering, and hold instead to that belief, or intuitive sense of God, He will grab ahold and reciprocate, His grace bestowed by my own demonstration or exercise in faith.  God will step up and scoop me right up if I seek Him first as the ultimate reality and only actual solution, instead of seeking some secondary solution or offshoot.  I may receive a greater understanding or influence of God proportional to my desire for Him relative to a material outcome.  The more purely I seek God, over and above my intentions to seek literally anything else, the more purely and directly He will reveal Himself and be known to me.
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“God’s-Eye-View”🎌
When I learn to refine my intentions, and take action to purify them by practicing spiritual development as virtue cultivation, I become better able to bring my will into alignment with God’s will for me, and to conform to His intended state of my soul so that We may partake Together in a loving mutual relationship.  By the prioritization of spiritually-based living, striving towards God through morality, character development, mindfulness, and reflective self-examination coupled with communion, as reciprocal prayer and meditation, I may grow in God’s image for me, and actually get to know my Maker and Master, or Teacher, in marvelous and unfathomable ways.  I seek never to part from the presence of God and Jesus in my life, and this one goal is all I need, and the one objective to which I must keep firmly planted in order to experience success or fulfillment in my daily work. Furthermore, a desire to know God is not only the top priority in His design, the hierarchical system that is real by being God’s world, but additionally, the extent to which I cling to this goal “only,” and to the exclusion of all other concerns, is the principle factor that makes God’s miracles truly possible!
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🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“The 10 Commandments”🗻
-The meaning of the first commandment is  to provide a pure and righteous motivation for my thoughts and behavior, or to serve as the intention behind all my actions so that I may live free from sin and by a path of virtuosity, as is determined only by God. The first commandment is also meant to encourage a real relationship with God, because His love and companionship is the only actual need I ever actually have as a spiritual being and a child of God.  This Law is easily and widely broken by occupational and worldly pursuits, almost universally, and without most people’s knowledge of even having committed this sin; God is to be translated as the first and foremost Source of guidance, my primary impetus or driving factor, and my main interest and objective in life ahead of any other goal.  “To have no other gods before Him,” means to seek Him ahead of any other pursuit, rather than entailing a mere passing acknowledgment of His existence, or an admission of and belief in God the Father as the “Most Supreme Deity.”  The first commandment is better understood as a Step 1 for any ensuing aspect of life, and provides me with an infallible reason or motivation for all my doings that I am meant to use to guide me in a “way of life.”
📜(Bible Verses)
-Deuteronomy 1:30-33; “Lux☀️Skywalker”
-Deuteronomy 6:4-6; “Because 7🎱9″⚡️
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Exodus 20; “First Things First” ☂
-Deuteronomy 1; “Listen First, 7-Up”⛈
-Deuteronomy 6; “All You Need is Love…
…But Specifically Agápē” ☔️

“Deuteronomy 1:30-33”
30 The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; 31 and in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place. 32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God, 33 who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.

“Deuteronomy 6:4-6”
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

Exodus 20Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
20 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lordthy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. 24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. 25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. 26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

9 And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: 10 the Lord your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. 11 (The Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!) 12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife? 13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you. 14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do. 15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. 17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it. 18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.
19 And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the Lord our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. 20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the Lord our God doth give unto us. 21 Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged. 22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. 23 And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe: 24 and they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out. 25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the Lord our God doth give us. 26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God: 27 and ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the Lord hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. 28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. 29 Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; 31 and in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place. 32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God, 33 who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day. 34 And the Lord heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, 35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, 36 save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord. 37 Also the Lord was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. 39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. 40 But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea. 41 Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the Lord, we will go up and fight, according to all that the Lord our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill. 42 And the Lordsaid unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies. 43 So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the Lord, and went presumptuously up into the hill. 44 And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah. 45 And ye returned and wept before the Lord; but the Lord would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you. 46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode there.

Deuteronomy 6Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
6 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2 that thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
10 And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, 11 and houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; 12 then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. 14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; 15 (for the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
16 Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah. 17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. 18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lordsware unto thy fathers, 19 to cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the Lordhath spoken. 20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What meanthe testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you? 21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: 22 and the Lordshewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: 23 and he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers. 24 And the Lordcommanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. 25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
“Mind, Body, Soul”
-Get your geek on to feel smart, get your superhero on to feel healthy, get your God on to feel love… “psuché” my kiss.😘
-The Physiopsychotheòs approach, lol!
-Biopsychosocial?
“Exodus 33:14-15”
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.
-Selah: Hold your breath, stop thinking, and listen to Me.  Develop your intuition.
-“Circuitous, an upward spiral;” life is to be a spiritual development, relearning the same concepts, applying them in different and novel ways, and then expanding upon them to that which is new and as yet unknown to us, but known only by God
-🌀Don’t just “look for” God, you also then “must see” Him!
-Step 7 is like a bar-mitzvah, it is the step that “separates the boys from the men”

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“Cognitive inhibition;” as a meditative practice and intellectual exercise of quieting the mind and refraining from all thinking, in order to listen to and hear God instead of to myself; replacing self-will as my own thoughts and instincts with the Step 11 “conscious contact with God,” or “Christ-consciousness,” and receiving guidance and instructions via direct communication with God and Jesus;  ultimate comfort and security of not needing to have the answers or know what’s best, because that’s God’s job!
-“Restraint of pen and tongue;” is a concept that works best when extended to my own internal thoughts and feelings, and not merely my overt behavior; attending to the state of my soul first, as my own thinking patterns, will enhance the nature of my interactions and relationships with others and my ability to exercise self-control by deferring that control to God
-Selah, Selah…I love you too ineffably…
📜(Bible Verses)
Genesis 50:19-21; “2nd Story Telling”📝
Acts 7:48-53; “Home Coming”💒
📜(Bible Chapters)
Genesis 50; “Rights and Rites”💭🏯
Exodus 30; “Altar Ego”🕋👓
Exodus 2; “Stranger Land than Fiction”✍🏻
Exodus 31; “…Quite Put My Finger On It”
Psalm 80; “Mon ‘Main’ Homme”🏆🏁
Acts 6; “Seven Sisters”✨
Acts 7; “Home Is Where the Heat Is”💖

“Genesis 50:19-21”
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

“Acts 7:48-53”
48 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:
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“‘Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me?
says the Lord.
    Or where will my resting place be?
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Has not my hand made all these things?’[l]
51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

Genesis 50Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
50 And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again. 6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.
7 And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. 9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. 10 And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan. 12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them: 13 for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation:the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph’s knees. 24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. 26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Exodus 30Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
30 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. 2 A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same. 3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. 4 And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. 5 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. 7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. 8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lordthroughout your generations. 9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon. 10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the Lord.
11 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the Lord, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thounumberest them. 13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the Lord. 14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the Lord. 15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the Lord, to make an atonement for your souls. 16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the Lord, to make an atonement for your souls.
17 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 18 Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal:and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. 19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: 20 when they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the Lord: 21 so they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.
22 Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, eventwo hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 and of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 and thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 and the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 and the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. 30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office. 31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations. 32 Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you. 33 Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.
34 And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight: 35 and thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy: 36 and thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy. 37 And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord. 38 Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Exodus 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was agoodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? 14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well. 16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. 18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day? 19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock. 20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why isit that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread. 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. 22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

Exodus 31Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
31 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3 and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 to devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5 and in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. 6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee; 7 the tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle, 8 and the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense, 9 and the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, 10 and the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office, 11 and the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.
12 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. 14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for insix days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Psalm 80Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 80
To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim-Eduth, A Psalm of Asaph.
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
thou that leadest Joseph like a flock;
thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength,
and come and save us.
3 Turn us again, O God,
and cause thy face to shine;
and we shall be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts,
how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears;
and givest them tears to drink in great measure.
6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours:
and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Turn us again, O God of hosts,
and cause thy face to shine;
and we shall be saved.
8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt:
thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou preparedst room before it,
and didst cause it to take deep root,
and it filled the land.
10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it,
and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.
11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea,
and her branches unto the river.
12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges,
so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?
13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it,
and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts:
look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;
15 and the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted,
and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.
16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down:
they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand,
upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.
18 So will not we go back from thee:
quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.
19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts,
cause thy face to shine;
and we shall be saved.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Acts 6New International Version (NIV)
The Choosing of the Seven
6 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly,and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Stephen Seized
8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”
12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”
15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrinlooked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Acts 7New International Version (NIV)
Stephen’s Speech to the Sanhedrin
7 Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?”
2 To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers,listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran.3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’[a]
4 “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. 5 He gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child. 6 God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated. 7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.’[b] 8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.
9 “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt.But God was with him 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
11 “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit.13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died. 16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.
17 “As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased.18 Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.’[c]19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.
20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child.[d] For three months he was cared for by his family. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 26 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’
27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? 28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’[e] 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’[f] Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.
33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’[g]
35 “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.36 He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Seaand for forty years in the wilderness.
37 “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’[h] 38 He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angelwho spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living wordsto pass on to us.
39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’[i] 41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. 42 But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars.This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets:
“‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
    forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
43
You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek
    and the star of your god Rephan,
    the idols you made to worship.
Therefore I will send you into exile’[j]beyond Babylon.
44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen.45 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David,46 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.[k] 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.
48 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:
49
“‘Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me?
says the Lord.
    Or where will my resting place be?
50
Has not my hand made all these things?’[l]
51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”
The Stoning of Stephen
54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”When he had said this, he fell asleep.

🌞9/4/16
Topical Outline:
-Prioritizing the higher-order spiritual lesson over a temporal or mundane care; intuiting a greater and deeper significance to the challenges of daily life, inferring meaning beyond the outward appearance
-“Letting go anecdote;” learning a greater lesson through a worldly dilemma; handling a predicament by refraining from action to wait for God’s guidance; finding greater rewards and wisdom from the deeper lesson and skill of patience;  the lasting skill or virtue of acceptance as a far greater reward than having a specific solution to a fleeting, transitory issue; waiting for God and growing to know Him better in the process as being more valuable than some solution to a worldly, and therefore ultimately inane and immaterial, conflict or problem; ostensible solution of how to handle the specific issue as being worthless compared to the wisdom gained by a spiritual approach and interpretation of an earthly concern
-Practicing self-control, self-restraint, and refraining from acting out of a compulsion towards a behavior or activity; choosing against impulsive action or the gratification of having a perceived, albeit false, need satisfied, to instead develop patience; the associated quality Time spent with God while waiting as being enlightening over and above the insight of how to handle a specific daily life matter; learning to be at peace within this moment and to appreciate the presence of God
-Listening to and following God rather than my own thoughts and shortsighted, limited understanding of a path of life; a procession of courage, trust, and love
-Emptiness, openness, acceptance, and flexibility in order to be shaped by God
-“Sacrifice;” a Charles Dickens quote

“I Spy…”🎌
I find it most rewarding to try to interpret any sort of everyday task or obstacle as representing a concrete example of a greater, higher-order spiritual lesson.  I often find that I tend to get caught up in the trivialities of mundane worries, to the point where I lose sight of the big picture and may lose track of God’s priorities.  When I get so fixated on a material problem that I no longer intuit the deeper spiritual meaning, then I have fallen prey to the great illusion and have become lost.

“God’s Lesson is Better.”☎️
For instance, I couldn’t decide upon a particular course of action related to my involvement in the tangible world.  In my moment of indecision, I turned to God for guidance, and intuited that the real lesson here might have nothing to do with the decision that I come upon, but that this material dilemma is merely a mode by which I may learn something better.  The real issue was not, “should I or shouldn’t I,” but was instead that I learn the art of patience.  I felt a compulsion to figure out an answer to my question immediately.  I know from past experiences that this was a form of sinfulness, as a desire for instant gratification.  That made the proper action very clear, as being the choice to refrain from all action regarding the matter.  If I wish to learn God’s lesson, I will have to wait for it and work for it, as is His will.  The virtue of serenity, and enhancing my own ability to “let go” of a fixation or some sort of disturbance is a valuable spiritual asset, and is a skill far greater than some fleeting instant gratification in the form of a decisive response about which decision or course of action would be correct.  Having the right answer to that specific, mundane problem is ultimately worthless and its impact upon me is only temporary.  If I look for meaning beyond the ostensible material world and into God’s spiritual scheme of things, I may find something more worthy of my striving and attention.  The value of advancing upon God’s path for me, and getting to know Him and His will for me on a deeper level in the process, is vastly more satisfying than fulfilling a fleeting, temporal concern.  Attending to God and to the eternal needs of the spirit is innately worthwhile and ought always to be my primary objective.

“Skills Come from Practice!”⚒
Learning acceptance, and the ability to “let go” of something, be it an emotion, a thought, or an impulse to act, is a practice that I have to attend to, practice, and relearn regularly.  Virtues, or spiritual skills, are not gifts or blessings, but rather, they are the result of my own diligence, persistence, and hard work, and are the fruits of my own intentional cultivation, maintenance, and refinement.  If I find that I am controlling, it is because I have not been spending enough Time practicing acceptance and intentionally letting things go.  If I have trouble meditating, slowing down, and listening, it is only because I haven’t been putting in the work to practice these skills, and is not evidence of any lasting deficit.  It is my duty as a spiritual being to practice and improve upon my spiritual skills.  If I am not spiritually skillful, all I need to do is to start working on it, and my toolkit and skill range will expand in proportion to the effort I exert to fulfill my intentions, and grow towards a specific virtue.  If I do not feel loved, I must practice actively summoning feelings of love, and correspondingly, I must practice acing in a deliberately loving manner.  If I do not feel grateful and joyous, I may see this as an indication that I ought to practice intentional thankfulness and joy; there is no shortcoming, deficit, or ailment that cannot be remedied by a spiritual pursuit, if I persist in practice and rely upon God.  What I really want is never actually any sort of material satisfaction, as that is merely an illusion of mortal existence on Earth.  What I truly crave is to tend to my own spirit and to my connection with God.

“Simon Sayz: Sunyata”🎈
By accepting the emptiness of all existing things, I am not saying that nothing matters, but rather, I am recognizing that I don’t know what I ought to care about.  From this starting point of emptiness, I am freed from the bondage and limitations of my preexisting notions, and become of a  suitable and receptive mind-state to be correctly shaped and molded by our Creator, God, and His Son Jesus, to fit the specifications He intended.  Once I let go of my own fallacious fixations and ideas about what’s important, I become open to the grace of God, and can actually adopt and adhere to His determination of the correct priorities.  If God says it doesn’t matter, I’ll let it go, but if He thinks I should care, I certainly will care in an instant!  I want what God wants me to want, or at the very least, that’s what I want to want.  Like all spiritual pursuits, the desire to seek God’s will for me must be practiced to be strengthened. I strive to maintain this willingness to be as He would have me rather than to attain my own conceptions of how I should be, and I work to maintain this “flexibility,” as an ability to shift my focus and change my orientation or path at the drop of a dime, at His urging or behest.  Thus, I must remain latched onto God directly at all times in order to follow His will accurately.  If I am focusing on the path of life itself ahead of God, I may loose track of God and the ultimate Source of my guidance, especially if He stops or makes a sudden turn.  Thus, I must be in constant contact with God to be able to perceive changes in His direction or planning and still keep His course accordingly.  If I keep my sights fixed upon God instead of the path by which she leads me, I won’t run the risk of mistakenly following my own will or anyone else’s.  Various irregularities or surprises may arise and I can be accommodating, because I am practicing flexibility in orientation or focus as a skill and component of acceptance.  In this way, by practicing restrain of thought and action merely for its own sake, as a spiritual skill and valuable asset, I can remain malleable enough to conform to God’s will and change along with Him.  As a benefit of practice, I am rewarded with this asset, that I do not become rigid, controlling, set in my ways, or unreceptive to learning, change, and development.  This teachability, adaptiveness, and flexibility is a necessary tool, or a prerequisite if you will, for spiritual growth on His terms, and manifesting His will by progress and self-improvement, as God would have it.  I value the humility, which in essence is teachability, to be able to realize that I don’t know what’s best and that I’m not supposed to, and this humble admission allows me to rightly relate myself to God and be open to His impeccable instruction.  “It’s important if God says it’s important.”

“Self-Sacrifice?”🏰
The better I learn to let go of my self-will, as a misconstrued understanding of what matters or how to prioritize, the better I may become at recognizing God’s will and listening to His voice instead of my own.  What I desire when I’m properly oriented, as focused upon Him and Jesus, is simply to grow closer to Them.  The process of working together in a collective effort is the best reward.  In sharing our Love along with our struggles, We succeed not by accomplishing any goal, but by valuing each other and maintaining a state of Togetherness through any adversity.  Life is the greatest gift and the greatest mutual blessing when it is what I give of myself, as the adventure of my relationship with God.
🎈
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
(-Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”)

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Willingness to go to any lengths” as being the key to success, seen as courage or fearlessness, by trust in God’s love
-🍽Napkin: “You’re so cool!”💋
-“Let Go and Let God;” the “letting God” concept as being akin to the question, “Would you rather be right or be happy?”
-After I “let go” of everything else, as desires, concerns, worries, and false needs, only then do I finally become “open” to God’s grace; by this route of self-denial or self-sacrifice, I am actually able to receive God and Jesus, Who will swoop right in to fill me with Love.
-“Attachment” extends beyond material goods to include a fixation on certain thoughts or feelings that may block out the entryway for God to intercede; I must clear away fears or other forms of blockage from that “God-shaped hole,” which is His Kingdom and His quarters
-Only once I let go of my own thoughts I can hear those of God and Jesus; the gift of meditation is a divine conversation
-“Respite and retreat;” to be with God as being within the present moment in Time; practicing dwelling more fully within the moment to be closer and more at one with God and Jesus; the future and past as being ultimately unreal or illusory, but God as always being available by my own refinement of focus to within the present; “Serenity (Here and) Now”
-Growing closer to God by deferring self-will, as actions and decisions, to God; being essentially an instrument or apparatus of God by constantly and persistently choosing to act or exert the influence of my will upon life only indirectly, as a result of first offering it directly to God; life as being an ongoing process of aligning and orienting myself and my will always “towards God” and “away from all else” simultaneously; living life only indirectly, as only through, or mediated by, my connection to God; my life and experience of the world as a byproduct of my relationship with God; instead of experiencing God via the world, I am experiencing the world via God; sequence is key, lol!
-Self-sacrifice, or offering myself to God, “purely,” with only the intention of 💖Love
-“A new perspective;” the placard emblazoned with the “Think Think Think” slogan is actually meant to be displayed upside down, as an mirror of my own faulty perception, serving as an indication to enlighten what may need attention within my own mind; see it from another angle; I can zoom in or out, turning a problem or idea around in my head until I find a perspective that works, in serving an adaptive purpose by enhancing my sense of well-being; usually, if I feel something amiss with my thinking, it was that I forgot to place God first, which would displace the natural order of things and essentially lead to my perspective being upside down
-“First Things First” ΑΣ “But for the Grace of God!”

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Attentional bias; “looking to see”
-Refining focus, selectively attending to the most adaptively beneficial stimuli
-Principle of charity; “assume the best” as a law of cause and effect (attribution bias)
-Saliency bias (perceptual salience)
-Simultaneously inhibit and focus
-Attunement, acclimate, “a tune”
-Denying the validity and veracity of the Bible is denying God’s power and ability to care for us over the course of Time, and is a violation of our own trust in His Word
-…thus, RCIA classes for this Presbyterian
-Listen with your eyes, properly attuned
-Our conceptions of God may vary, but the powers that be all only come from Him

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“‘I am,’ ergo Cogito”💖
-“Proof of God by the Scientific Method;”
and as it happens, also Jesus, lol!
-“Mon Raison d’Être; Deus Caritas Est”
-“Ball of wax argument” by René Descartes, from “Meditations on First Philosophy,” parallels “1 Corinthians 13:13”
-My argument against rationalism or reason as epistemology or as a sound way to determine truth or knowledge, because reason and logic are subject to God.
-By God’s will 2+2 can =5; also, by God’s will He may provide scientific proof
-There is “only one” essential constituent to literally all of existence, and He is God
-“Occam’s razor gives a close shave;” starting with only the assumption that God is some form of Unconditional Love, a trusting and mutual relationship may be built; required are faith, hope, and charity,
but the taproot is love, as Caritas or Agápē
📜(Excerpts)
-1 Corinthians 13:13; “Independent Variables for an Interaction”🔬🕹
-Excerpt from “Meditations on First Philosophy,” by René Descartes; “Ball of Wax Poetic and Wayne”🕯
-1 Corinthians 14:25 “Veritatem Dilexi” 💠
-I Corinthians 14:33; “Clarity de Lune”🎶
-1 Corinthians 15:23-28; “All for One…”Σ
-1 Corinthians 15:57-58; “…Ya Ya Ya Nike!”
-Matthew 7:7-8; “Portal of the Heart”🚪
-Revelation 21:22-24; “TheòsBeulah”🍼
-1 Peter 2:2-8; “What, like its hard?”💋⚖
📜(Bible Chapters)
-1 Corinthians 13; “My Favorite, lol!”🎅
-1 Corinthians 14; “Love, The Interpreter”
-1 Corinthians 15; “Popeye’s Olive Branch”
-Revelation 19; “In Shining Armor”🦄🛡
-Matthew 7; “Fruits of our Character”⚔
-Revelation 21; “Yardstick of 12 Steps”🏛
-1 Peter 2; “A Chosen Generation”💭🏰

“1 Corinthians 13:13”
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

“Descartes’ Wax Argument”
“Perhaps it was what I now think, viz. that this wax was not that sweetness of honey, nor that agreeable scent of flowers, nor that particular whiteness, nor that figure, nor that sound, but simply a body which a little while before appeared to me as perceptible under these forms, and which is now perceptible under others. But what, precisely, is it that I imagine when I form such conceptions? Let us attentively consider this, and, abstracting from all that does not belong to the wax, let us see what remains. Certainly nothing remains excepting a certain extended thing which is flexible and movable.”
— René Descartes, 1911 edition of The Philosophical Works of Descartes (Cambridge University Press), translated by Elizabeth S. Haldane
“These properties are however not directly perceived through the senses or imagination (the wax can be extended and moved in more ways than can be imagined). Instead to grasp the essence of the wax, it must be done through pure reason:” (Wikipedia.com)

“1 Corinthians 14:25”
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.

“1 Corinthians 14:33”
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

“1 Corinthians 15:23-28”
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.

“1 Corinthians 15:57-58”
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.

“Matthew 7:7-8”
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

“Revelation 21:22-24”
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.

“1 Peter 2:2-8”
2 as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

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.

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.

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.

Matthew 7Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide isthe gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
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.

1 Peter 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 which in time past werenot a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this isthankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

🌞9/5/16
Topical Outline:
-Childlike innocence and God’s design
-Faulty efforts by the unaided will
-Spectacular dynamics
-A real relationship with God
-“As if!” Faith as my side of the street
-Step 6 and 7 as illustrating the difference between asking for help and actually accepting and receiving it to evidence the benefit of Divine Intervention
-Actively inhibiting self-will and simultaneously attending to God’s will
-A transformation of my outlook, attitude, and perceptions; firm solid source of love
-A Kingdom of Heaven within, imagination
-The one most important factor of my life

“But for the Grace of God”🎠
In the past, I endured the drudgery and monotony of living powered by self-will and my own egotistical ambitions, seeking material gains for comfort and security, and striving for the praise of my fellows for personal esteem.  The effectiveness of following these routes for any sort of lasting fulfillment I have determined to be faulty and utterly futile.  Luckily, I fell flat on my face in attempting to navigate through this world on my own, and so I simply could not accept the illusion that I could successfully and meaningfully manage my own life or pursue such things.  I came to realize, that this shortcoming is by design!  I am not supposed to be powerful, and my life is not meant to be manageable on my own, rather, I am meant to be honest and humble enough to see and admit my own state of being lost, weak, and completely powerless.  “Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works” (John 14:10). After a few attempts at managing my own life since that revelation, the insanity of the approach of trying to get by on the “unaided will,” or without God, sticks out like a sore thumb.  Only when experienced in contrast to relying upon God to live a happy and useful life was I able to discern the actual hopelessness of finding any real and lasting joy, meaning, or fulfillment on such a faulty, self-reliant, and egotistical path.

“Except as ye be children…”🍭🏓
Faulty efforts at success are inevitable by attempting to live by the unaided will, or by my own self-will and without reliance upon God.  The more thoroughly I recognize this fact, that God has ultimate control over all things, and He desires to care for me if I am willing to surrender to His will, the more success I may actually experience in my daily work.  I seek the most efficacious way of life, as determined by the results or fruits of my labors, and I modify my approach to living accordingly.  If I adapt myself, including my beliefs and my corresponding behavior, to this truth of the very real and practical results of relying upon God, I will experience success and enjoyment unequivocally.

“Spectacular Dynamics”🌊👣🌊
If I wish to open myself to the assistance of God and experience first-hand the reality of His divine and perfect plan for my life, which is inherently better than any plan I could devise on my own, I must lay the groundwork firmly in place to foster a meaningful connection with Him.  God is a real Person, and so to have a real relationship with Him, I must put in the effort and take care of my side of the street.  This relationship is characterized by constantly evolving and rather strange dynamics, and is intended to be the primary determining factor of my life.  God can control all parts of existence, from what I want, to my perceptions, my experiences, and my interpretations.  When I nurture my relationship with God, from Whom all blessings flow, I will have indirectly nurtured all the adjunctive offshoots that are the elements comprising my understanding and experience of life.  When I submit to God’s care and superior designs, as a child to a Father, He will swoop in to reveal Himself.

“As If!”💄🔍
If I seek God’s assistance and send out a plea for help or guidance, it is necessary to see it through to fruition and follow all the necessary steps thoroughly if I wish to actually reap the fruits of such labors.  When I rightly relate myself to our omniscient Creator, I will know to seek His guidance and His will, and not merely ask for my own erroneous wants, or for my own misguided and shortsighted whims to be granted.  To pray is to seek God’s will and not my own.  In addition, I try to offer up to Him my love, my thanks, and praises, as any relationship is a two-way street, and if I approach Him only selfishly I may not receive a desirable response, if any.  Most people, however, may fail to experience the benefits that God can bestow because of the lack of any actual followthrough after prayer.  I stay in prayerful consciousness of God all day long, and see Him as the primary element of all existence.  I do not separate my prayer life and spirituality from my daily doings, because to do so would be to succumb to the illusion propagated by faulty reasoning, misunderstanding the material world, and the fallacious thinking of sinful, selfish, fear-based impulses.

“The Followthrough of Faith…”🍒
If I ask Him to help me with something, it is necessary, and in fact it is my role or part, my responsibility, and “my side of the street” in this relationship, to provide the faith!  It is my job to believe that He has a solution or plan for me already in the works, but furthermore, I must “act as if” He is helping me to actually receive His help, and provide the necessary platform of belief for Him to conduct His wonders.  If I don’t “act as if” God is helping me, I cannot hope to be a conduit of His grace.  In order to receive God’s help, I need to set the ball in motion after I make a supplication.  It takes two people to make a relationship work, and this followthrough of belief with action, as “faith with works,” is what I need to do to meet Him halfway.

“I’m Ready!”👙”Ok, Prove It.”🎣🐋
If I submit to God’s will and am truly ready to accept His infinite wisdom over my own finite and limited ideas about how to live, then I will need to actually prove it.  Steps 6 and 7 are much like Steps 1 and 2, except as related to action and results rather than ideas and modes of thought.  If I recognize my powerlessness and inadequacy relative to God, I will wish to seek His restoration.  If I humbly admit my particular shortcomings and pinpoint my specific weaknesses as targets for God, or as prime locations for His intercession, I will, as a believer, experience His grace.  So where is the bridge for this gap between my belief and God?  Action, as inspired by the desire to bring God into my life “coupled with the belief” that it will actually work, is a key component to experiencing His grace and getting to know Him better.  Simply “being ready” to let go of my own limitations is a far cry from actually manifesting the powers of God’s glory; I will need to follow this up with a sincere request for help.  The sincerity of prayer is evidenced only by my actions towards followthrough.  Thus, it is in the followthrough, as hard work and effort, that serves to carry over God’s will and grace from mere theory and into actual fruition.  The clincher to the success of my appeal to God is what this request actually looks like; “faith without works is dead,” and so if I expect any effectiveness in asking for help, I will also take care to ensure that I receive His help!

“What I Bring to the Table…”
More than just to “seek God,” I must then ensure that I actually “see God.”  In this way, with the reciprocation of belief in each Other and mutual expressions of love, We may foster and cultivate a loving relationship.  It is often evidence of a lack of faith to pray for help but then never act like it is granted.  We often fail to receive God in our lives for self-protective and fear-based reasons, to guard our faith and belief in God by never actually testing it, lest we be given grounds for doubt.  This defensiveness of my belief, however, is proof of my own lack of faith, and can only serve as “doubt in action.”  “Faith without works is dead,” is counterproductive to God’s design, and only evidences my own shortcomings, as a lack of real faith and belief.  If I don’t believe, I won’t be inspired to followthrough and receive help.  Therefore, I need all the hope and innocence of a child, as if naive to the ways of the material world, in order to welcome the glory of God, and to let Him “found” the Kingdom of Heaven within, which while I am here on Earth, exists within my heart as my own imagination.

“Tag, You’re It!”👑
There is a constant push and pull in the process of getting to know God and Jesus while navigating through my own thoughts and the material world.  I must consciously always try to see God within any medium, and actively follow through by willing myself to actually see God, as this manifestation is necessarily entailed by the faithful effort to carry the belief over into empirical, physical reality.  I focus my attention selectively and solely upon my own internal and intuitive understanding or sense of God, and then use that “God- or Christ-consciousness,” which is active communication with and knowledge of God within, to serve as “Rose-tinted lenses,” or “an understanding” through which I may then experience and reinterpret the world and all other matters in my life and being.  It is a challenge to actively inhibit my self-will and concerns of the temporal or corporeal nature, while actively focusing on and attending to my innate and internal understanding of God.

“Ring, Ring, Ring…”🍌
Keeping in constant communication with God and Jesus, via my thoughts, is not only necessary to developing and nurturing this relationship, but is the sole source of my comfort and security.  My happiness is proportionate to the balance that characterizes my relationship with God, as maintained by aligning my love and will to Theirs.  This sort of equilibrium or homeostasis is a tricky balance to maintain, and is in a constant state of flux as I experience variations in success towards this aim.  Our relationship, however, is meant to be a process of equilibrium rather than the attainment of equilibrium, as it is liable to changes and inconsistencies in my orientation, as the direction and intensity of my thoughts and efforts, in addition to all other sources of influence.  This openness to influence and change that is the natural state of Our relationship, and is necessary so that I may learn by it, through experiencing the effects of different factors as I direct my own free will in various manners.  The key is to reestablish conscious contact with God as soon as I notice a distance, and to strive ever closer towards my sense of Him and Jesus while simultaneously directing my interest away from all else.

“Three Little Birds…”🎶
“Pitch By My Doorstep”⚾️
The proper followthrough is necessary to truly know God.  I use my daily doings as merely a format by which to interact with God, and eventually, We cleared the way to work as a Trio with Jesus too.  This one fact of existence, of Our relationship, is the single most important piece, or peace, of my life.  No matter what happens in the trials or tribulations of life on life’s terms, everything is ultimately alright because of the Love We share.  Sometimes I feel certain that the meaning of God, or at least the purpose of belief in God, is for me to have a failsafe target at which to direct my love, by praises and as my reason and intention for doing anything else.  It is this intention, of loving God and Jesus to the exclusion of everything else, that is the pinnacle of my existence.  Together with God and Jesus, the peak of life suddenly expands into an entire Universe, and the summit is as a broad and limitless plateau, prime and ripe for the picking, as Our journey of Fellowship.⛳️

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Let Go and Let God;” the art of letting go corresponds to intellectual practices of cognitive inhibition or executive control
-Focus on God and Jesus while inhibiting focus or attention on other subjects, using God as a middleman to experience the rest of existence and the material world
-“Caritas, Agápē;” The intention of loving God and Jesus serving as inexhaustible source of motivation and energy; renewing inspiration life a perpetual-motion machine
-“A River” that runs both ways, the infinite, eternal flow of love between God and Man
-Mutual Relationships and collaborative, collective efforts towards a common goal,
working Together in harmony with God and man, sharing and expanding Our love
-Spiritual Progress; striving towards God, and learning and developing virtues to equip me to love better and better as bestowing a higher meaning to all of life
💖
“What is dignity without honesty?”
(-Cicero, via “For Today” pp. 249)
-“Quiet Time;” to practice inhibiting my thoughts so that I may listen, as a necessary component of a mutual relationship; focusing only on summoning up or invoking feelings of Love and aiming them at God and Jesus; striving to be a “landing pad,” and to create a warm, comfortable, and playful atmosphere where We can relax and commune
-Be still and listen, and you will hear the voice you seek, be it yours or God’s.
-“Confer;” defer to God, not a mantra.😉
-🌫🌪”Hold this!”🌬💨Lol!
-“Catch me!”…with followthrough!⚾️Lol!
-“What does that do for you?”  Lol!
-“Can I be irascible too?”  “Lol, no.”
-Letting go of a thought, attachment or fixation in order to instead hold on to God; viewing it as an offering or display of Love
-“Incentive Motivation;” the feeling of God’s Love is unquestionable, undeniable
-“Intrinsically Motivated;” as by God
“Stepping Stones”
I live by playfully creating reality like a child playing pretend, as a child playing across the backyard as if the grass is alligators!   I derive enjoyment by inventing reasons for my actions beforehand, or inserting loving intentions into the engine driving my behavior, to playfully construct a playground of fanciful and whimsical involvement with God and Jesus as I go through my daily activities.  In order to make it fun, I intentionally insert loving and free-spirited interpretations of my environment, and deliberately select my internal perceptions in order to influence my external interactions with the world, like playing make-believe.  If, for instance, I can’t choose between peach or mango, I’ll think of God, and then be inspired to make my choice based upon a certain song reference to mangos that reminds me of Him.  Then I’ll tell God in my thoughts that I’m choosing mango in order to honor Him.  I’ll string together these little reminders of God by my choices, as offerings or tokens of affection, and thus craft my daily doings as an interaction with Him and Jesus.  Thus, I go about my day as if I’m “stepping stones” from thought to thought as I selectively interpret my environment with my attention attuned to God.  This playful method of daily living serves the practical purpose of turning any mundane or tedious task, like vacuuming the floor or washing the dishes, into an adventure of the imagination, a practice of worship praise, and devotion, a divine and mutual conversation, and eventually the actual physical reciprocation of God and Jesus.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Task: defer to God and Jesus directly, confer for security, and work in a state of Togetherness
“Spiritual Progress Gives Life Meaning”
-Challenges are positive because they enhance our resources for coping and serve as an impetus for skill building and personal growth; ratio of challenge to my ability to cope or manage the obstacle determines my stress reaction; belief in and reliance upon the omnipotence and care of God tips the scale in my favor in any and all circumstances; belief in God serving as an omnipresent buffer, security, or mediator between me and the damage from obstacles of my own stress reactions
-Stress is caused by my own reaction; by changing the belief system underlying the reaction and supplanting God for my self, I can securely redirect my behavior accordingly, in line with the perceived  manageability inherent in God-reliance

🔔Dinner Communion Topics
“Spiritual Evolution; the Psychological Revolution Re-Defined”
-Piagetian constructivism; assimilation and accommodation as the adaptive adoption of the most beneficial cognitive schema
-Vgotsky’s zone of proximal development and instructional scaffolding as a result of surrendering to the care of God and Jesus
-Choosing against fake material wants or reliance and choosing instead to trust God
-Listening, and practicing focus to be able to actually hear God and Jesus, as far more valuable than any of my own thinking
-Constantly choosing God and Jesus and the eternity of Our divine connection over my own limitations and finite capabilities
📜(Bible Verses)
Proverbs 3:17-19; “Bride’s Head Revisited”
Luke 5:22-24; “Daze and Astound”🎪
1 Peter 3:3-4; “Mind like a Diamond”🏰
Luke 6:27-38; “Secret Code of Honor”🎖
Luke 6:46-49; “Founding Father”✡☄
1 Peter 4:6-10; “Your Mission Possible”
1 Peter 4:17-19; “Road of Happy Destino”
“…if you choose to accept it.”🚁
📜(Bible Chapters)
Proverbs 3; “Utopia Within”🗽
Luke 5; “Lion Tamer”🦁👑
1 Peter 3; “Contralateral Chiasm”🐇👓🎩
Luke 6; “Altruistic Alacrity”🎃
1 Peter 4; “MI6, Ministry of Defense”🕶

“Proverbs 3:17-19”
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her:
and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth;
by understanding hath he established the heavens.

“Luke 5:22-24”
22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

“1 Peter 3:3-4”
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorningof plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

“Luke 6:27-38”
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the onecheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thycoat also. 30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to themof whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

“Luke 6:46-49”
46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 he is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

“1 Peter 4:6-10”
6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

“1 Peter 4:17-19”
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Proverbs 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 My son, forget not my law;
but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 for length of days, and long life, and peace,
shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:
bind them about thy neck;
write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 so shalt thou find favour and good understanding
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes:
fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel,
and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honour the Lord with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 so shall thy barns be filled with plenty,
and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord;
neither be weary of his correction:
12 for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth;
even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,
and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver,
and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies:
and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand;
and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her:
and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth;
by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes:
keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 so shall they be life unto thy soul,
and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely,
and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid:
yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear,
neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence,
and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due,
when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour,
Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give;
when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour,
seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30 Strive not with a man without cause,
if he have done thee no harm.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor,
and choose none of his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination to the Lord:
but his secret is with the righteous.
33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked:
but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners:
but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory:
but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Luke 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judæa, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. 30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink? 34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was takenout of the new agreeth not with the old. 37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. 38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. 39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

1 Peter 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorningof plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9 not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto evenbaptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Luke 6Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
6 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing themin their hands. 2 And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? 3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; 4 how he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? 5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. 7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. 8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. 9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? 10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. 11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphæus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16 and Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.
17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judæa and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 and they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the onecheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thycoat also. 30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to themof whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 he is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

1 Peter 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 that he no longer should live the rest of histime in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

🌞9/6/17
Topical Outline:
-“The only thing necessary…” (Quotes)
-“God speed ahead;” a practice of focus
-“Instructional Scaffolding;” step 3 and the practice of “letting go” to God
-“Don’t leave before the miracle happens;” God and Jesus serving as instructors to help complete the lesson once I have reached the peak of my current ability; in this way We fulfill and expand potential
-Zone of proximal development; (Vgotsky)
-Comfort of not needing to to figure anything out or have all the answers, by nurturing my reliance upon God instead of self-reliance and sin of ego-bolstering
-Mental schemas; belief and expectancy; adaptively selecting the most proactive and healthy beliefs, as most conducive to happy, useful living; constantly altering and reconstructing my frame of mind to select the most beneficent schema, as an ongoing process guided by God and Jesus
-Clinging to God and not expectations
-Anecdote of stepping back with God to interpret a seeming misfortune; new light
-“Willingness;” translated as trying my hardest and seeking to exert the most effort possible to attain happiness; also
avoiding the fallacy, character defect, or sin of desiring the easiest, most profitable, or personally gainful path; seeing the reality of ruin in selfish lazy ambitions
-Matthew 18; “Child-like;” to accept God’s limitless possibilities and potential without the hindrance of any false presuppositions
-Socratic discourse; seeking humility and learning, to be teachable and sponge-like, and constantly seeking to absorb any and all lessons and instruction to grow in spirit
-Interpreting and applying all suggestions as being intended for my benefit and self improvement; joy of applying corrections and bliss of observing personal growth
-Complementary and magnetic to God

“Quotes: A Rich Heritage”🇺🇸
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
(-Edmund Burke)
“Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”
(-Patrick Henry)
“Give Me liberty or give me death.”
(-Patrick Henry)
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
(-Nathan Hale)

“Nobility and Deeds”🌬🔥
I come to pray in the morning in order to fix my sights upon the only real and meaningful fact of existence, Who is God, the Creator of all existence, and Heavenly Father of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  As the only real Truth in this world, and the very essence of the fabric of Time, He is the only Target worthy of my focus if I seek to live rightly and bring about the greatest good, as none is greater than God.  The most important part of my morning prayers is the fact that they never end.  I do not seek to merely pay respects to God and Jesus, but rather, I seek to establish a connection so that I may maintain Their company throughout the day.  I strive to never depart from God’s will so that I might please Him.  God is properly understood as a constant Teacher and omnipresent best Friend.  He may be found Now, as Everywhere, and as Everything, by composing the essence of Time, out of which expanded all other aspects of existence.  God is a Person, and my relationship with Him is the source of true meaning and Love in my life.  I experience fulfillment to the extent that I seek His presence.  One key feature of seeking God is that I must simultaneously inhibit my focus on all other goals.  Once I let go and let God take hold of me, He or Jesus may serve to mediate my interaction with the world and be a buffer or middle-man between myself any any potential obstacles.  They do not remove obstacles; much to the contrary, We seek challenges in order to grow; but rather, They serve as Guides to help me navigate through challenges and learn the spiritual skills that God intends for me to develop.  In nurturing my relationship with God, He shares His Love with me, and bestows upon me the wisdom seek to be more like Him and to desire what He wants for me.  Only by experiencing the world First through the only ultimate Reality may I hope to live and love as God intends.
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As it turns out, in this act of self-sacrifice, in letting go of my self, my needs, and my attachments, so that I may come to know God, I am not actually sacrificing anything; rather, I am taking a leap of faith to something far better but which was beyond the comprehension of my finite human mind while unaided by God.  What transpires in my life is not a loss of anything, but rather a gain of spiritual fruits and joys and a relationship towards which I wouldn’t have known to strive.  The faith was necessary however, to make room for God, and emptying my own ego was necessary if I wished to have room within that God might fill.  I needed to clear out that space which He had intended to occupy Himself, but which I had been stuffing with self-centered fears and pride and character defects or sins, thus displacing the throne that is rightfully His.  I had to become completely empty before God would have the space necessary to fill me with His own Love.
💠”Gotcha.”
The foothold that makes this leap of faith possible is that my faith is a knowledge rather than a belief.  I had the conviction that God could only ever be some form of Unconditional Love, and so I used this foundation for all my interpretations in life, thus intuiting a “testing” of this belief by God in difficult circumstances, rather than interpreting challenges as the absence of His love.  If I wish to know God as Love, He may wish to see just how serious I am.  The beauty of this relationship, is that with His omnipotence as our safety net, if I can manage to hold on to my faith in His Love long enough, Together We may work to strengthen it and create something truly beautiful Together.  If I say my love for Him is true because that’s what He is for me, We may test it by fire, and emerge from the crucible of Murphy’s Law as forged of solid Gold and fortified impenetrable, by volunteering to prove Him as ultimate Love.  The complete and utter absence of all doubt is a necessary condition for the reciprocity of God and His actual physical manifestation, as only true Love could provide a solid and undoubting foothold for Him.  True Love, or Charity, necessarily and by definition, precludes the coexistence of any fear or doubts, and is a prerequisite for this course of action.  Success will actually be experienced in the venture to know God, if the true love, hope, and faith needed to bring a noble series of actions into fruition are maintained even in the deepest pit of desperation and desolation, thus providing a channel by which God triumphs.
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“God Speed A Head”

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Savor the Experience”📸
-Don’t get so caught up documenting life that you forget to live it!
“Greenest Grass: The Whole 9 Yards”🍀
-To desire to put in any less than the absolute full amount of work and effort possible is to err; happiness is the result of  the extent of my efforts, and so the harder I try and the more fully I devote myself to a venture or undertaking, the more satisfaction I will derive; humans are innately spiritual beings and so are destined for spiritual growth and virtue development Together with God
📜(Bible Verses)
-Joshua 24:16-25; “Undivided Tension”👙
-Matthew 18:3-4; “Like a Sponge”📚
-Matthew 18:18-20; “Assembly”📐✏️
-Matthew 18:32-35; “All Round Tabula”⚔
-Luke 1:28-35; “The Egg Man”🎃
-Luke 1:45-54; “Merci, Mercy!”🐣
-Luke 1:68-80;” Jack-O-Lantern Night”🎄
-2 Timothy 2:3-7; “On Another Level”🌎
-2 Timothy 2:11-13; “Here as Now”⌛️
-2 Timothy 2:24-26; “Don Quixote”📦
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Joshua 24; “In Labor Day”🍒
-Matthew 18; “Bound by Hand”📓
-Luke 1; “Skywalker, Skywriter”☄❄️
-2 Timothy 2; “Golden Age”🌜🌞🌛

“Joshua 24:16-25”
16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods; 17 for the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: 18 and the Lorddrave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God. 19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he isan holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. 21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord. 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye arewitnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel. 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

“Matthew 18:3-4”
3 and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

“Matthew 18:18-20”
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

“Matthew 18:32-35”
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

“Luke 1:28-35”
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

“Luke 1:45-54”
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:
for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm;
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy;

“Luke 1:68-80”
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
69 and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David;
70 as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,
which have been since the world began:
71 that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant;
73 the oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 that he would grant unto us,
that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him,
all the days of our life.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
77 to give knowledge of salvation unto his people
by the remission of their sins,
78 through the tender mercy of our God;
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
79 to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

“2 Timothy 2:3-7”
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

“2 Timothy 2:11-13”
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13 if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

“2 Timothy 2:24-26”
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Joshua 24Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
24 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods. 3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac. 4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. 5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out. 6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea. 7 And when they cried unto the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season. 8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you: 10 but I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand. 11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand. 12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. 13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods; 17 for the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: 18 and the Lorddrave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God. 19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he isan holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. 21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord. 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye arewitnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel. 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God. 28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.
29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash. 31 And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the Lord, that he had done for Israel.
32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. 33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained toPhinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.

Matthew 18Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast themfrom thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Luke 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2 even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3 it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9 according to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. 23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name wasMary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40 and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:
for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm;
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy;
55 as he spake to our fathers,
to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. 64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.
65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judæa. 66 And all they that heard themlaid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
69 and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David;
70 as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,
which have been since the world began:
71 that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant;
73 the oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 that he would grant unto us,
that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him,
all the days of our life.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
77 to give knowledge of salvation unto his people
by the remission of their sins,
78 through the tender mercy of our God;
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
79 to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

2 Timothy 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: 9 wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13 if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenæus and Philetus; 18 who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

🌞9/7/16
Topical Outline:
-“Self-examination;” personal inventory
-“Choosing;” to intuit a spiritual lesson and opportunity for self-improvement within all of life’s challenges as being adaptive, as the only logical response, as evidenced by practical results; lasting rewards or fruits
-“Relief;” of seeing a real impact on my attitude and perspective and therefore on  my experience of life itself when I focus on character development instead of external problems beyond my control; insanity of reacting to environmental stressors in any way other than seeking personal growth
-“Habits of thought;” practicing new patterns and reactions to stressors, and constantly evolving and fine-tuning them
-“Flexibility of responses;” practicing doing the opposite of my instinct to develop and maintain the delicate and fleeting skill of self-control; openness
-“Turning within;” to God as correct action
-“Expectancy bias;” need for belief in God as an ultimate and non-ego based solution to any problem; comfort with ambiguity
-“Well-being;” as contingent only upon a connection to God, as providing the necessary bedrock of peace and safety to successfully meet challenges without fear
-“Positive reinforcement;” God loves back
-“Instructional scaffolding;” real miracles
-“Greatest virtue;” skill of trusting God, relying upon Him as a reservoir for ideas so I can “let go” and focus on Him instead
-“Loving God;” as somehow, miraculously and inexplicably, solving all my problems

“Spiritual Awakening”💠
A spiritual awakening could be described a change in my whole attitude and outlook upon like, such that I seem to experience it from a whole new dimension.  I try to interpret the world from the birds-eye-view of God’s perspective, by constantly intuiting His presence and seeking to conform to His will and intentions for me.   I strive to see life as He does, as if in the cloud of a constant state of love and trust, as from within this ethereal, overarching, and fundamental sense of serenity and oneness with God, I am blessed with the firm knowledge, beyond steadfast belief, that ultimately, all is well.

“Looking Within”📸
Imperative to this spiritual perspective of life is the desire to seek and abide within the will and intentions of God, beyond merely desiring to sense His presence.  His presence is so profoundly loving that I immediately become intent upon seeking His ultimate wisdom and care so that I may please Him and get to know Him better, viewing Him much like a Father or beloved Teacher.  Desiring above all to fulfill His part for me rather than following my own plans, I am led to interpret all occurrences in my life from His starting point of soft assurance, with a sense of being carefully guided and cared for through all of my challenges.  When struggles and obstacles are encountered concurrently with the knowledge of God’s supervision over me, and His unfailing and everlasting powers of love, then I may perceive these issues that crop up without fear, worry, doubt, or the loss of a sense of security, because I already know that I am safe.  Thus, my reliance upon God enables me to enjoy and learn from the experience of life’s struggles and challenges, making proper use of them as merely the raw material through which my own personal growth and improvement occurs.  Challenges in life are necessary and even desired, because the resulting personal development feels so innately rewarding.

“Lock, Stock, and 1 Moral Inventory”🌬
Cultivating my own stockpile of coping resources and developing a personal set of spiritual skills, by using challenges as opportunities to practice virtues, is my interpretation of the main objective of this life, secondary to maintaining and strengthening my lovingly established connection to God and Jesus, which is what makes any of this possible.  The purpose of developing virtues, such as patience, tolerance, longanimity, optimism, or prudence, is really only to better equip me to be loving under all conditions, so that I may be of greatest use to God and my fellows.  I seek not only to fulfill my potential of usefulness, by intending to serve God’s will as the greatest good to the greatest number of beings, but then also to expand my potential to be useful to Him.  Learning and growing towards God’s love, and His infinite perfection of the virtues, is inherently an eternal process.

“Self-Improvement”📐✏️
The correct response to any difficulty in life is to look within to see what I can improve, and ask God what I am meant to learn from the situation.  I am meant to view myself as a student and to soak up knowledge from my experiences; I am not meant to fill the role of God as a manager or teacher, or try to exert control over other people, results, timing, or other sorts of outcomes.  If I feel dissatisfied, my focus is improperly directed, and I ought to be cultivating my own abilities to be loving and accepting, rather than reacting against these learning opportunities.  I am not perfect and I am not meant to be; by self-honesty of my own shortcomings and reliance upon God and His ultimate care, He will teach me how to improve, and I may be an active participant in life by overcoming obstacles the way He intends, so that I may move on to even greater joys.

🌚”Relief”🌜🌞🌛
When I discover that this approach to life, of living life on life’s terms instead of trying to control and change the things that I am meant to learn from, I may experience actual satisfaction and the relief of real success over obstacles.  I am not meant to triumph over the conditions by changing them, but to triumph within the conditions by improving myself.  Material circumstances and conditions are temporary and essentially fabricated, and so conquering the world is a senseless, meaningless goal.  The world isn’t really permanent or real or worthy of my efforts; my soul, however, is eternal, and so any efforts I make to change and improve upon my character and my intentions, is spiritually a noble pursuit with lasting and valid effects.  The goal is not to be rid of the obstacle, but to learn from it.  Instead of attempting to exert my influence upon worldly things that don’t really matter, by being transitory in God’s eternity, I instead look inward and upon my own self, and work on character development and skill building by practicing virtues, as it is these  individual habits and skills of virtue that are the assets of real and eternal value.

“It’s Ok…”💖
It’s okay to admit to having fears and requiring reassurance.  I don’t mind admitting to being weak and powerless as a human, because I am meant to be dependent as a child of God.  As it turns out, humble pie is actually my favorite flavor!  When I admit that I need assistance and reassurance from God, because of life’s challenges or my own shortcomings, and turn to Him for comfort, I end up getting what I actually needed in the first place, which was just quality Time with Him and the love of His guiding presence.  When I turn to God first, with all the vigor and discipline of a soldier, I may learn His spiritual arts of real importance and eternal permanence.

“Control: Flexibility and Extension”💃🏻
I like to practice the spiritual discipline of letting go to coincide with the practice of “self-control.”  I cannot control myself adequately without God’s direction, so it is essential that I first let go to His guidance.  The practice of self-control is an overarching ability that has a top-down effect upon all my other abilities and life satisfaction, or well-being in general,  I would describe this self-control as an openness or flexibility in my thinking and behaviors.  If I practice refraining from my immediate urges, I will, over Time, develop the malleability necessary to properly follow God rather than my own self-will, thus allowing myself to be of service to the greatest good and for God’s will to actually be carried out, as in His terms and within His ideal plan rather than mine.  I must constantly practice a range of skills, from persistent effortful exertion in the face of great difficulty, focus in the face of tempting distractions, and letting go of fixations or ideas at the drop of a dime, so that I may be ready to be of service instantaneously, at God’s behest.  By constantly maintaining my spiritual fitness and keeping in prime shape to be of maximum use to God, by possessing and maintaining the ability to follow His will rather than my own, I will more reliably and consistently receive that which I truly need  and desire.  My aim is not only to be with both God and Jesus, but to grow in Their image, and to be pleasing and acceptable in His sight.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
(🍎Morning Leftovers…)
✍🏻”Show Me How…”
-“Instructional scaffolding;” real miracles occur as I apply the virtue of patience and faith over perseverance like anointment;  God and Jesus picking up the task where I leave off as my human resources give way; thus, through teamwork, We accomplish Together what I cannot do alone, provided that I am abiding within the will of God
-“Greatest virtue;” skill of trusting God, relying upon Him as a reservoir for ideas so I can “let go” and focus on Him instead, in order to nurture Our relationship
-“Loving God;” as somehow, miraculously and inexplicably, solving all my problems
(🗣👥New Topics)
🖖”Spiritual Discipline”
-“Practicing;” the ability to selectively engage and disengage my focus of attention or thoughts and my behavior; adaptive rewards of happy useful living
-“Practicing;” choosing to turn inwards towards God and Jesus instead of outwards towards the task, so that they may guide me and “show me how”
-“Practicing;” asking God and Jesus instead of relying upon my own plans or ideas; turning the process of living into a conversation, a collaboration, and ultimately a co-creation, beyond infinity…
-“Praise and devotion;” as offerings to God, by choosing to fix my focus upon Him instead of other interesting thoughts;
🖖”Spiritual Rewards”
-The ability to listen, and partake in an ongoing and mutual conversation, or “constant contact” of God- and Christ-Consciousness, as an interactive dialogue in place of my own solitary thinking;
-An exchange of loving sentiments with God and Jesus, to provide a constant meaningful connection, and source of spiritual renewal and replenishment;
-The provision of agápē, or the love of and for both God and Jesus, that is necessary in order to derive the absolute most from the experience of living; appreciation
-The practical resource of a “think tank,” of far greater possibilities than my own thinking of itself could ever avail; access to a vast reservoir of wisdom, virtues, skills, solutions, and instructions or methods by which to apply Love successfully in life

Star Trek:
Spock says, “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Captain Kirk answers, “Or the one.”

Charity:
Never leave a man behind.  Not even one.  My logic is not “black and white” or “all or nothing.”  It’s “All or… All.”  I don’t care how it’s possible!  We simply do not leave room for the sacrifice of any one, and we do not allow for possibility of “nothing.”  I will not compromise in attaining the Greatest good.  …That’s All.👻

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Five Star, Notebooks:✨
-“Tyler Durden:” New Rule!
-We actually are, in fact, all unique and beautiful snowflakes.❄️
-1st rule of Flight Club: You don’t just talk about Flight Club.  Walk the walk like you talk the talk about Flight Club.
-2nd rule of Flight Club: Love to talk about Flight Club!
-3rd rule of Flight Club: Think a lot about Flight Club!
“Eye of the Tiger”💘
-…Earned those stripes.
-🌈
“I get high on lofty ideals.”
“Yeah, the Most High.”
“Lol!”😜

🔔Afternoon Extended Topics:
-New Rule: “I don’t want what You want for me.  Instead, I just want You!”💖
(🗣👥New Task:)
-“Practice to ingrain a new habit;” turn to God to “reciprocate” directly, rather than turning outward to record the idea.
-“Practice;” letting go of the frantic need to be productive; rather than directing focus externally towards an “output,” turn back inwards to strengthen and deepen the connection to God and Jesus.
(Psych Notes:)
-“Adjustment towards order;” correct internal atmosphere to withstand any external conditions
-“Didactic Discourse”
-“Grit,” as a determining factor for success: resilience to results; “miracles,” by virtue of appraisal, perception, or belief framework: God, hope, faith, love
-Beliefs guide, direct a course of action
-“Priming” of thoughts; with optimistic and loving expectations, to pave the way with hope; thoughts conducive to experiencing the future as in a positive, joyful manner
-A multi-dimensional, birds-eye-view
perspective allows me to see the solution by taking me out of myself and my own limited viewpoint; conferring with others helps because hope may be present outside my singular interpretation; outlook
-“Grasping God” and Jesus; “willingness” to follow, instead of self-will or other external goals, to encourage flexibility and a “looseness of expectations” to allow for satisfaction from any route God chooses

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“Requite.”💘 “…Quite.”💖
📜(Bible Passages)
-Proverbs 24:3-7; “Abode with the Lord”
-Proverbs 24:13-17; “Host Leavens with 8”
-2 Timothy 3:15-17; “Inspiration Perspires”
-2 Timothy 3:3-7; “Dick Diver’s Pearl”🌹
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Judges 2; “Pivot for BFG”🌓
-Proverbs 24; “Milk and Miss Honey”🍼📚
-2 Timothy 3; “We Proceeds”❄️📰

“Proverbs 24:3-7”
3 Through wisdom is an house builded;
and by understanding it is established:
4 and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong;
yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war:
and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool:
he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

“Proverbs 24:13-17”
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good;
and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
14 so shall the knowledge of wisdom beunto thy soul:
when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward,
and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
spoil not his resting place:
16 for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:
but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth,
and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

“2 Timothy 3:15-17”
15 and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

“2 Timothy 3:3-7”
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Judges 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. 2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? 3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. 4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the Lord spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. 5 And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the Lord.
6 And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land. 7 And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel. 8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash. 10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: 12 and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. 13 And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
14 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.
16 Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. 17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the Lord; but they did not so. 18 And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. 19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.
20 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; 21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: 22 that through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not. 23 Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.

Proverbs 24Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
24 Be not thou envious against evil men,
neither desire to be with them.
2 For their heart studieth destruction,
and their lips talk of mischief.
3 Through wisdom is an house builded;
and by understanding it is established:
4 and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong;
yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war:
and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool:
he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil
shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin:
and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10
f thou faint in the day of adversity,
thy strength is small.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death,
and those that are ready to be slain;
12 if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it?
and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it?
and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good;
and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
14 so shall the knowledge of wisdom beunto thy soul:
when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward,
and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
spoil not his resting place:
16 for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:
but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth,
and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 lest the Lord see it, and it displease him,
and he turn away his wrath from him.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men,
neither be thou envious at the wicked;
20 for there shall be no reward to the evil man;
the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king:
and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22 for their calamity shall rise suddenly;
and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
23 These things also belong to the wise.
It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous;
him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
25 but to them that rebuke him shall be delight,
and a good blessing shall come upon them.
26 Every man shall kiss his lips
that giveth a right answer.
27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field;
and afterwards build thine house.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause;
and deceive not with thy lips.
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me:
I will render to the man according to his work.
30 I went by the field of the slothful,
and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns,
and nettles had covered the face thereof,
and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and considered it well:
I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth;
and thy want as an armed man.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

2 Timothy 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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Topical Outline:
-Imagination pathway
-“Practicing higher-order cognition;” enhancing attentional abilities by directing focus to within the moment and sustaining it with persistence; mental exercise of ignoring distractions and selectively inhibiting certain thoughts, while simultaneously nurturing optimistic or positive cognitive thought paths; reinforcing healthy neural networks
-“Instructional scaffolding;” description
-“Another perspective;” anecdote about a distance from worldly matters, both in terms of my physical connection to the world, as the effect it has upon my internal sense of well-being, and the timing, as my “perceived need, or impulse,” to respond
-“Buffer and bolster;” mitigation of deleterious effects, which may result from my own thoughts and reactions, or the environment, by deferring to God
-“What’s a but for?” “…The Grace of God;” adaptively altering both behavior and attitudinal neural pathways; relearning well-being by discipline to reorient my focus and redirect my behavioral responses; training to turn to God first as both a natural instinct or impulse and on command, from spiritual, meditational exercises and psychological conditioning; a buffer between me and impulsiveness or reactions, to prevent negatives and induce positives; both preventative protection and incentives or benefits from a period of grace to think the matter through and let God direct my energy rather than anything or anyone else; a certain “state of being,” of with God, within the present moment, as the source of serenity; a sense of God replacing an illusory sense of involvement in the corporeal realm, dispel a sense of fear, urgency, or immediacy to life’s demands as being false and fabricated, “wear life as a loose garment”
-Turning inward to God not outward to life;  the only correct starting point for happy, useful living and secure state of well-being
-“God found;” by opposing my own instincts, and delving into the present moment in Time rather than pushing on outward as the teleological instinct of growth; exerting effortful force as if to oppose magnetic forces; receding to the Source of life as like swimming upstream and against the current; success and contact is made through a combination of factors, including concerted, persistent effort, and an intent focus of conscious thought; the motivation or drive must be nothing other than pure unconditional love
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“Square 1”
My relationship wth God and Jesus is the single most important factor in my life.  Maintaining this connection is my only real priority, as any other concerns in my life are dependent upon the nature and chemistry, or the working condition, of this channel.  Therefore, whenever I encounter a difficulty or challenge, I know that I must always, first and foremost, turn inwards towards God, and by an exercise in faith, firmly plant myself upon the foothold of God’s love.  From this failsafe stronghold, forged of the steadfast and unwavering conviction that God and Jesus have me securely, I may then be led by the only source of Truth. By grasping firmly onto God and Jesus while also actively ignoring all other stimuli and inhibiting self-directed behavior, I can be successfully guided along Their pathway for me, and find the meaning that God wills for me to discover.
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“Another’s Perspective”
Many a Time, my own narrow, finite, human focus does not offer a broad enough perspective to see the entirety of a situation.  When I’m interpreting the world merely from my own singular point of view, I may often miss important information, or a solution to a problem, that is clearly apparent when the problem is viewed from another angle.  For instance, staring at a globe of the Earth, I might have to turn it over in my hands if I wish to see Africa.  Many problems in everyday life, or even complex concepts, can be better understood and solved most effectively through a shift in my point of view, or by the adoption of an elevated perspective.  From this birds-eye-view, I may mentally rotate and manipulate the matter from a much more objective state of quasi-detachment.  This higher dimension may be achieved intentionally, by attentional discipline, as through practice of applying this approach over the course of daily living.
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“E Pluribus Unim”💠
This human limitation of a singular perspective can be problematic, in that it can result in a “tunnel vision” and keep me locked into the impasse of a problem, and hold me back from arriving at a solution.  When I am advanced enough in the practice of letting go, or through attaining a state of serenity and relaxation, I may disentangle myself from a point of focus that is not serving adaptive purposes.  When I let go, in a Step 1 manner of surrendering my will to God to direct, I become receptive to His intervention.  Once I fix my sights upon Him alone, to the exclusion on all else, I am splaying my will completely open to His shaping.  In the complete absence of any residual attachments or fixations that would hold me back from experiencing His limitless potential, I may know God most directly.  I submit to being completely willing to be molded in any fashion He may lovingly choose for me.  By letting go of all goals and choosing instead “only God,” I am suddenly perceiving the situation from His perspective, and the true nature of reality dawns on me; He is the only Reality.
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“In God We Trust”
He is always ready and waiting, and completely accessible if I seek Him.  It is a rigorous spiritual discipline to practice seeking Him while practicing letting go of all other thoughts, behaviors, goals, desires, cares, or wants, and many different methods and exercises must be utilized on a rotating basis to encourage a well-rounded aptitude of spiritual fitness.  The better I become at self-denial, or resisting my own selfish urges, in order first to seek God’s will instead, the more meaning I derive from my experience of life.  My life feels valuable, and in fact, rapturous, to the extent that I devote it to residing within the presence of God.  From this standpoint, of being at one with God, I may retain my finite human individuality, but utilize His omniscient perspective, as I surrender to His infinitely loving care.  I humble myself to God and Jesus with the child-like innocence of “knowing,”beyond mere “belief,” that They are Love.  I let God do His job of having the full understanding of His eternity, and I just trust in His care.
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“What’s a but for?”  “…The Grace of God”
I use God and Jesus as a big ‘ole bullseye for my cupid’s arrows, and all day long, especially if I feel low, I get a boost in energy and motivation from expressing my appreciation or professing my love for Them, and following it up by trying to find little ways to show it, with intentions of working hard or making effortful sacrifices in the name of love for Them.  They are the only valid reason I have found to do anything, but They sustain me through any noble venture.  It is really just a matter of having my heart in the right place and wanting to do the right thing without any regard for my own self interest.  Altruism, as completely selfless acts, may work like a funnel, to help me to align myself to the will of God as We unite in a common effort.  This collaboration in Our work is the necessary action and process by which God and Jesus manife physically, through these demonstrations of faith.
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“Matter of Time”
God and Jesus tend to help me by working as both a buffer and a bolster as I go about my daily life, directing me as I try to make sense out of how best to proceed and live fruitfully, as God intends.  Through discipline, I have found that They intercede between me and downcast or unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, by holding me close under Their protective wing, in two important ways, pertaining to both Time and space.  The first way that They protect me is by helping to create a buffer between me and corporeal or worldly attachments, which only serves as interference in my connection with Them.  Much like the sentiment that, ” a heart full of gratitude leaves no room for resentment,” when I empty myself of my own thoughts and keep diligent in creating and maintaining space in my heart for God and Jesus to occupy, They in turn provide a protective sort of shield, helping me to maintain this focus and connection, in just the same manner as a mutual relationship is nurtured by reciprocity.  They also serve to buffer detrimental influences and bolster healthy ones in a temporal manner.  In the practice of self-control of both thoughts and actions, by exercises in focus along with behavioral inhibition, I may develop, maintain, and refine the ability of self-restraint.  When I don’t react immediately to a stimulus, but instead turn immediately inward to God, I may be given the grace of His direction and guidance and I surrender my own free will to Him.
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“Spawn Chi Rho Upstream”
I practice the habit of a healthy, optimistic attitude, by reinforcing the neural network of positive thought patterns and exercising discretion in my focus; I first focus upon God and Jesus, and with our special brand of Love, or agápē, serving as Our driving force, or underlying intention, there is nothing that can seriously upset me; it is this state of oneness and the sharing of Love with God and Jesus, that is the pinnacle of existence, and is in fact, all I really need or want in life anyway!  This need for God may be fulfilled via effortful focus within the present moment in Time.  The force of God is an energetic stream of light and life, outwards towards fruition.  The natural tendency of a living being is to branch out and grow.  If, however, I perceive God as a human presence accessible within the fabric of Time, I may recede inwards, to the very depths of the present moment and of my own cognition, to the very seat of my soul, and know God.
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Much like a salmon swims upstream to lay its eggs and reproduce, I delve inwards and against the life-giving current to be outwardly fruitful.  I focus instead upon my internal understanding of God, and strive against the propulsion of energy He exudes, that would naturally radiate to push me outwards, towards productivity, development, and the further growth and advancement of life.  By fine-tuning my spiritual skills and refining my focus, I may now experience life as I was make to, as Together with God and Jesus.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Reflect and appreciate in gratitude.
-Be still, focus on listening. Notice.  Reciprocate!😜

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“The Forbidden Fruit”🍒
-“No Apple at the dinner table.”👪
-“…Lol!”📲💻⌚️
-“Loyalty is innocence.”
-“Faith, love, justice…”🕶
-“Trusting in God and His Love is a virtue to be developed and cultivated.  Love for God is a blessing and a spiritual fruit.”
📜(Bible Passages)
-Philippians 4:4-9; “✌️of Pi in the Sky”
-Philippians 4:10-14; “Secret Stairs”⚒
-Proverbs 21:1-3; “Ran-sum Numbers”📊
-Proverbs 21:18-22; “Scale the Wall”⚖🌓
-Revelation 21:1-5; “A Period Peace”📅
-Revelation 21:12-14; “Peer Moderator”👁
-Titus 1:1-4; “Chop Chop!”🍒🌳
-Titus 1:13-16; “Motive Libations”🐚💦🍼
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Philippians 4; “Rapt and A-bound”📖
-Proverbs 21; “Safety First”🎀✂️
-Revelation 21; “Good Morning Star”🌞
-Titus 1; “Turn the Turntables”🎲🎵🎺

“Philippians 4:4-9”
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

“Philippians 4:10-14”
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

“Proverbs 21:1-3”
21 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water:
    he turneth it whithersoever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes:
    but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment
    is more acceptable to the Lordthan sacrifice.

“Proverbs 21:18-22”
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,
    and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness,
    than with a contentious and an angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise;
    but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy
    findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty,
    and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

“Revelation 22:1-5”
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.

“Revelation 22:12-14”
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.

“Titus 1:1-4”
1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3 but hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; 4 to Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

“Titus 1:13-16”
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. 15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Philippians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and withother my fellowlabourers, whose names arein the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Cæsar’s household.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ bewith you all. Amen.
It was written to the Philippians from Rome by Epaphroditus.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Proverbs 21Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
21 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water:
    he turneth it whithersoever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes:
    but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment
    is more acceptable to the Lordthan sacrifice.
4 An high look, and a proud heart,
    and the plowing of the wicked, issin.
5 The thoughts of the diligent tendonly to plenteousness;
    but of every one that is hasty only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
    is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them;
    because they refuse to do judgment.
8 The way of man is froward and strange:
    but as for the pure, his work isright.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop,
    than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil:
    his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise:
    and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked:
    but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor,
    he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger:
    and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment:
    but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding
    shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man:
    he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,
    and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness,
    than with a contentious and an angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise;
    but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy
    findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty,
    and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue
    keepeth his soul from troubles.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name,
    who dealeth in proud wrath.
25 The desire of the slothful killeth him;
    for his hands refuse to labour.
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long:
    but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked isabomination:
    how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28 A false witness shall perish:
    but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face:
    but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding
    nor counsel against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle:
    but safety is of the Lord.

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.

Titus 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3 but hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; 4 to Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: 6 if any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. 12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. 15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

🌞9/9/16💖
Topical Outline:
-“On another level;” anecdote about perspective and practicing a looseness of associations and selfish attachments; clearing away habits of self-seeking in order to be receptive to God and Jesus and not merely my own self-will
-“Seek and ye shall find;” the practice of fine-tuning my intentions to align my will and my self with the will of God; self-honesty and self-inventory as always allowing room for improvement; the idea of there being a “good enough” state of character development or moral fiber as being fallacious and misconstrued
-“The only thing necessary…” (quote)
-“A charitable disposition;” as the love and innocence necessary for the correct interpretation of God’s will; only allowing for the absolute best outcome, even if it defies perceived, albeit illusory, laws of logic or reason; not imposing finite human limits upon an infinite omnipotent God

“A Practice is the Pointe”✏️💎
In practicing “letting go,” and striving to relinquish my attachments to material objects, pursuits, or concepts unworthy of my attention, I become unfettered from the “bondage of self,” which I understand as self-will, selfishness, or self-seeking motives.  This “letting go” is a discipline and a practice, and so I must exercise this skill regularly if I wish to maintain and further develop the ability.  The point of such a virtue is to learn from the practice of applying it to daily challenges, and then to grow spiritually stronger and more advanced as a result.  It is not merely  possessing such a skill that is the virtue; rather, it is the utilization of the virtue through action, and the actual practice and process of applying it, as a way of life.

🛎”Willingness is a Start”⚒
I recognize that, just like “letting go” and the ability to “accept” unpleasant facts, the ability to be “willing” to let go of self-will, as selfishness or sin, in order to replace it with God’s will and love as my driving motive or impetus for action as I go about my daily life, requires concerted effort and regular practice.  I usually start out my day by telling God my intentions of trying my hardest to surrender my will to Him, but I recognize my weaknesses, and so I also ask God and Jesus to help me to be even more willing.  I find this to be a worthwhile request no matter how happy I feel with the state of my willingness, as it may always be enhanced or improved upon in some manner of God’s choosing.  The more open I am to God’s will and the absence of my own direction, and the more willing I am to work my absolute hardest, beyond any notion of limitations, the greater my experience of life will be.  I experience satisfaction with my life and daily activities to the exact proportion that I am willing to seek and accept God’s will and not mine.  Through my personal experience of trial and error, I have learned to desire God and His will for me over and above all else.  God’s will is inherently the greatest good, and is far far greater than anything my mind could ever fathom of its own, if apart from Him.  The virtue of wisdom, as the “first gift of the spirit” and defined as the desire to know God, is really better understood as being reciprocal.  It is not merely something I am given or granted, but rather, it is something I must take upon myself to give, and offer up to God as my gift to Him.  God’s divine plan perpetuates love and favors altruism, and so there is an unseen underlying framework to His reality that encourages this sort of selfless giving behavior.  Once I try to establish a behavioral habit, carried out with selflessly loving motives, God’s spirit within me recognizes this immediately as my intended purpose, and intuitively latches on to His divine framework like a magnet.  Thus, I am actually given assistance, encouragement, and helped along the spiritual path of moral living.  By setting my sights upon God and His will as my focus and desire, I am sort of “funneled” through obstacles towards righteousness, as led to make the right decisions that would uphold God’s system of values.

🔑”Self-Honesty Leaves a Room…”🏡
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil was that good men should do nothing.” (-Edmund Burke)
If I ever notice within myself a sense of contentment, self-satisfaction, or a feeling that I am “good enough as is, and therefore not in need of further character development,” I can take this as direct evidence that I am not being honest with myself, usually out of fear, pride, or a general insecurity caused by the absence of an active seeking and desire for God.  This complacency, as the lack of a desire to continue grow and change, is often the root of evil in otherwise good men.  If I am doing nothing to make progress with God, and to heighten my understanding and relationship with Him, then evil and sin will naturally take root within myself instead.  Only God is perfect, and even He chooses growth as the path of wisdom.  If I am not working towards God and improvement on His terms, and actively working to fill myself with his spiritual fruits, then I am leaving vacant His space in my heart, which is His “rightful throne,” and it will inevitably be filled by my own selfishness and sin. The ideal state of the human soul is a state of continual progress.  If I desire to grow ever closer to God and to continue to work my hardest towards progress and self-improvement, than I know that I am in good shape spiritually, as characterized by a state of self-honesty which allows me the vision to see God’s possibilities, of there always being greater things ahead.  I am to always be left wanting more of God, His love, His gifts, His fruits of knowledge and virtue, and to continually seek His constantly evolving will for me, as part of His eternal process of learning, progress, and the nurturing of Our relationship.
💖

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
(Left-overs)
-“A charitable disposition;” as the love and innocence necessary for the correct interpretation of God’s will; only allowing for the absolute best outcome, even if it defies perceived, albeit illusory, laws of logic or reason; not imposing finite human limits upon an infinite omnipotent God
(New Topics)
🌊”Tap the Source”💦
-“Signals;”🚸Seeing outward successes as an indication to turn even deeper inwards towards God; reconditioning my interpretations to form new responses; reinterpreting application of Step 1
-“Challenge;” of “letting go” as clearing the way for God to use me as an instrument to work His miracles; giving up my goals as self-will and instead choosing God and Jesus directly, as enabling far greater successes than my individual or self-guided efforts could ever achieve
-“Challenge;” of working in conjunction or in confluence with God and Jesus, in a synchronized effort with Their Flow
-“Challenge;” Trusting God to handle and manage the pace and rate of inspiration is required to channel His stream of Goodness; God intends for me to admit that the vastness of His reservoir, or wealth of knowledge, is “unmanageable” for me; the point being loving Teamwork
-“Pooling Our Efforts;” as far more challenging than attempting to work alone, but also the route of ultimate fulfillment; working with God and Jesus in a constant state of interdependence, and as a cognitive balancing act, as being the goal
-“My Part;” as entailing the trusting and following of God and Jesus directly from an internal point of cognitive, intuitive focus, rather than attending to or following my world-based expectations or the guidelines associated with the activity itself; world correctly seen as being experienced indirectly, secondary to God
-“Expectations;” or beliefs originating from the illusory, material world, myself, or earthly sources as being inherently fallacious, as unstable and subject to change by God’s will; Setting my motives and beliefs in the correct place by the logical choice of “only God” as my Guide, as He is the only ultimate Source of Truth and knowledge, while also simultaneously inhibiting, or choosing not to succumb to any secondary sources, beliefs, or ideas, the content of which depend upon God
-God existing only as Unconditional Love; as the assumption inherent in interpreting Him from the viewpoint of a charitable disposition; “seek any ye shall find”
-God is a moderator; effectively mediating  my interaction with the world; God will manage my unmanageability; practicing focus on Him is the right use of self-will
-“Appraisal and perception;” you need Love to find Love; We can smell Our Own
-🌊”Taping the Source…”💦
-🌬”…on His shoulder.  To give a kiss.”💖
-✝The Smartest Prayer:
“What can I do for You?”☦

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-God will “moderate” the amount, speed, and flow of His stream of Goodness, Love, knowledge, wisdom and inspiration, so that His infinite essence is manageable.
-But…God or Jesus will only help me if I intentionally seek Their help, and exert the Time and effort to specifically ask Them.
-The point is that We work …as “Together.”
-Taking time to “digest the information;” by conducting “field work,” to practice applying lessons, and to develop my own individual understanding or interpretation of deeper meanings, and to gain personal experience of God’s spiritual fruits or gifts
-“Self-inventory;” with God and Jesus at regular intervals; motive-checking and re-alignment to God’s will; self-appraisal of efficacy of virtue-application practices to overcome daily challenges; periodic self-examination to guide and improve progress and maximize effect of efforts

-I’ll be your finger puppet.😜
-My rack is where bras come to be resurrected.
-Life is not so much about what you do as it is about why you do it.
-All ills self-originating and healed by discarding self-will in favor of God’s will.
-Caring about fulfilling God’s will and not being directed by selfish impulses.
-Focus to listen to God and not my self.
-Practicing focus, patience, and listening by “asking permission” of God before making a decision or proceeding to act
-To think that God has forsaken us is a sin, as it is to forsake God.  But God knows we’re not perfect, and, in fact, He expects us to make mistakes.  We’re just supposed to admit to our mistakes when we make them, and then correct them to improve.  He will always forgive us if we seek Him!
-The solution to that problem was, in fact, the act of trusting God, which bestows the strength to overcome any obstacle.
-…Held on to wake, past pain, past death.
-Faith is reciprocal, a mutual relationship.
-“…I convoke Thee!”  “Lol!”
-“Ia ia ia Nike!”

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-The rainbow of God’s covenant
-Noah’s Ark and Genesis
-Genesis 9:3-4 “fruit, sustenance, joy”🕊
-“Meat:” 3. the meat of the matter substance pith marrow heart kernel core nucleus nub essence essentials point gist fundamentals basics
informal: nitty-gritty nuts and bolts
(Oxford Thesaurus of English)
-💖Sully✈️

📜(Bible Passages)
-2 Samuel 7:26-29; “Magnify-sent”🔍
-Genesis 9:12-15; “Climate Changeling”🌈
-1 Thessalonians 4:4-9; “The Avengers”📽
-1 Thessalonians 4:10-12; “Meditation”📿
-1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; “Trump🎺Card”
-Colossians 1:10-16; “Love in Translation”
-Colossians 1:26-29; “Richie Rich Within”
📜(Bible Chapters)
-2 Samuel 7; “”Humbly Abode”⛑
-Genesis 9; “Raiders of the Lost Ark”🏺
-1 Thessalonians 4; “Air Force Ones”👟✈️
-Colossians 1; “Colossus of Rhodes”🗽

2 Samuel 7:26-29
26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. 27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. 28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: 29 therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

Genesis 9:12-15
12 And God said, This isthe token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

1 Thessalonians 4:4-9
4 that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in anymatter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; 11 and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Colossians 1:10-16
10 that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Colossians 1:26-29
26 even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

2 Samuel 7Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies; 2 that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the Lord is with thee.
4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying, 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? 8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: 9 and I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that arein the earth. 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, 11 and as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lordtelleth thee that he will make thee an house.
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15 but my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
18 Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God? 20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant. 21 For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. 22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there anyGod beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, evenlike Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? 24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to bea people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God. 25 And now, O LordGod, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. 26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. 27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. 28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: 29 therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

Genesis 9Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
9 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. 5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. 6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. 7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 12 And God said, This isthe token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21 and he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. 24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

1 Thessalonians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, evenyour sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in anymatter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; 11 and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Colossians 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 2 to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 5 for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7 as ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8 who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24 who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25 whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

🌞9/10/16
Topical Outline:
-Patience; refraining from judgement or appraisal of a situation or event
-Striving to be inwardly unperturbed through all of life’s happenings
-Waiting for God; rewards of practices of patience and focus as His revelation of a broader perspective, within which an obstacle or perspective may be more fully comprehended and appreciated as being merely a component of a bigger picture, the entirety of which reveals ultimate love
-Choosing to stop and trust God instead; as always being the correct choice when confronted with a problem or hassle
-Tree of Life metaphor; series of decisions or opportunities to choose God or sin
-Stop, drop, and drum roll; learning to stop impetuous or rushed behavior to let God intercede with greater wisdom to reveal my motive, and offer a moment of grace for me to choose righteousness instead

“Patience …Refrain.”⚠️
One of the most rewarding and beneficial spiritual disciplines is that of self-restraint or patience.  This practice applies to both thoughts and behaviors, and could be understood within the conceptual framework of “restraint of pen and tongue,” but applied individually to myself, rather than to relationships. Simply attempting to refrain from any impulsive thoughts, urges, or snap judgements is a flexing of the mind and serves to exercise what are often underdeveloped skills of patience.  Patience is a virtue, or a skill, and so without practice, little aptitude could be expected; one must exert diligence and effortful practice if one wishes to develop such an ability.  By persistence in applying effort to such a practice, practical rewards concerning my serenity and attitude may be attained.  By a process of mindfulness, as self-examination combined with prayer and meditation, I may use “spot-check motive inventories” to develop the habit of noticing my motive, or the guiding source of influence for my behavior.  When I stop to consider whether my intention, or my reason for a behavior, I may determine if it is some form of self-will, as originating out of self-centered fear, pride, or selfishness, which amounts to “sin,” and then I may choose to stop and refrain from following that path.  The righteousness of any virtue I demonstrate is determined by my reason for action.  If I am doing something out of fear or personal ambition, I may find it wise to stop and reorient myself to God’s will.  In this way, by practicing an inward self-appraisal, where I check on my reasons for doing something or entertaining certain thoughts, I may grow to be conscious of my motives, which reveal my true self.  This is a necessary starting point if I wish to live as God intends, rather than in fear, or the selfishness of sin and character defects, which are the sources of “evil.”

“The ‘Wait Problem’ Pandemic”🚨
Reorienting to the right path is an ongoing process of balance, sought by attempting to bring my self-will into alignment with God’s will.  I humbly admit that I don’t know what’s best, and I seek His wisdom.  Such guidance I must seek only from God, rather than from self-knowledge, as my own intellect, or from other people, as these sources are inherently fallible and result in self-seeking or ego conflicts.  When I seek counsel, I must immediately turn inward to my own understanding of God.  I will pray for His guidance, and then meditate upon the idea of Him, trying to clear my own noisy thoughts to be able to hear instead His “still small Voice within.”
By practicing the virtue of patience by simply “waiting” to listen for God, and resisting my own impulses, selfish wants, or “self-will,” I may grow to develop the habit of thinking through my actions past their immediate effects, which may only entail “instant gratification.”  When I have the patience and self-restraint to refrain, and not act rashly, I may be given the gift of a “mental videotape,” as a projection of the outcome of any such behavior through my thoughts or imagination; this tape can show me the outcome of a choice, or a pathway, in a more expansive timeframe.  This moment of grace, where I hold off on an action with the intention of deferring judgement to God, clears up my mental space and opens a gap in my momentum or self-propulsion long enough for wisdom to intercede, as a form of advice from God.  Simply learning to wait has been one of the most rewarding of my spiritual practices, not only in terms of the better choices it allows me to make, but also because of the serenity I experience within my own psyche.  The more I not only seek God’s will, but then also wait around to actually subject myself to it, the greater I feel a “sense of control.”  In the past I tried to achieve this sense of control by the exertion of self-will, or by trying to control aspects of my environment or particular habits; but the only way that this form of fear, as a sense of a need for control, is really quelled, is by submitting myself to God’s control, rather than trying to exert my own, and by praying, or petitioning for Him to help me.  The sense of control that I really crave must come from God to fulfill my need, and not from myself, or other phony forms of false-security, such as social appeal, money, relationships, or selfish forms of sinful, ego-based esteem.

“The Correct Answer: God.”🎉🎰
When I develop the habit of waiting rather than going through my day driven by impulses and ingrained habits, I slowly learn to look for and listen to God.  It is this sense of establishing, developing, and enhancing a connection to God and Jesus that serves as the thread that pulls together various aspects of life in such a way that I perceive deeper meaning, love, beauty, wonder, and a calm sense of adventure as I go about my day.  I know that I am not alone, and that I need but to stop and listen to God if I wish to receive reassurance or comfort, and that I ought not to turn to phony, ego-bolstering sources of material or social comfort, because these are inherently faulty; deep down, I intuitively know that material comforts could never truly satisfy me.  That which I actually need, which I experience as a deep-seated and divinely-implanted “soul craving,” must be sought and satisfied directly from God.

“Tree of Life Metaphor: A Pathway”🌳
Often, I will encounter situations where I am faced with a hassle, problem, difficulty, and potential source of fear, worry, or even panic.  There are two ways to handle such problems, one being the wrong choice, and the other being to trust God.  If I do not choose to stop and think, admit my own powerlessness, and humbly turn to God for direction, then I will have made the wrong choice.  It is a sin to think that God has ever forsaken me, as such a thought is evidence of “doubt,” which is disloyalty to God’s promise, and so is forsaking God.  The correct answer, or “first response,” to literally any problem in life, is to trust God.  From this starting point only, any struggle or obstacle is surmountable, because through God, all things are made possible.  If I seek God with “undying love,” and the steadfast knowledge that He is loving and caring for me despite any other outward appearances, I will have made the correct choice.  With this starting point, of my own choice or act of “trusting God,” He will reciprocate and provide the strength or courage to overcome anything; I just trust in Him and try my best to follow His lead!  I sense God within, via my thoughts.  My sense of God is a psychic sort of intuition, which connection may be fostered and strengthened the more thoroughly I seek His will, while also striving to refrain from choosing to follow my own self-will.  Thus, choosing God is, in a sense a sacrifice, because it entails not only choosing God but also denying myself.  To effectively choose God, He and Jesus must be my only choice, leaving no room for self-will; so I must also sacrifice my own interests, and let go of self-will or selfish desires, in addition to merely desiring God, if I wish to fully receive God and Jesus into my heart.

“Something Better…”🎈🙇💌
Living life in confluence, or in conjunction, with the will and minds of God and Jesus, is the “something better” that I always longed for but never knew I needed.  Everywhere I go, I have a cable “locked on” to a cognitive conversation with the ultimate Source of all care, love, and comfort in life, like a protective layer of thoughts that acts as a constant and omnipresent security blanket.  I may experience a sense of belongingness wherever I go, because I am always in touch with God; thinking is not a solo act.  When I am hooked up by my thoughts and prayers to a “line in the sky,” like a divine umbilical cord connecting me to the instructions of God and Jesus, I need not worry about anything else, because I know I am “receiving” the best guidance, at their discretion.  I need not fix myself to illusory sources of reality or unstable sources for stability.  I am firmly planted upon God by my own choice to exercise my faith, as trust in His ultimate, unconditional Love.  Life, to be lived as God intended, is not merely a lonely and self-directed quest for meaning through personal gain or selfish accomplishments, as these strivings are merely misdirected attempts at satisfying an inborn instinct for the security only attained from conscious contact with God.

“You Forgot Your Hat.”🚸
By viewing the full context of God’s creation, and interpreting life from within the framework laid out by Him as His intended reality, necessarily included is a place, position, or vantage point to be filled only by God Himself.  When I recognize this fact, of my inherent need for God in order to make proper sense of the world, my own life, and my search for happiness, then my life and path no longer have the seeming of a murky, uncertain, or mysterious venture.  Suddenly, life lights up, and becomes a wondrous and magical “relationship,” as an ongoing and eternal process of interaction and a mutual reciprocation of love; I am never alone, but rather, always Together with my Creator.
“Your Shoelace is Untied.”💠

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Your shoelace is United.”🌀
-A Found Poem, Recorded in the Album “Volume I:” https://m.facebook.com/TheosBas/photos?ref=bookmarks
(…The page anterior to the piece entitled, “Inevitably Asked Questions Who Can’t Find Their Answers”)
“Even as night darkens
the green earth
The wheel turns.
Death follows birth.
Strive through the night
With every breath
That you may wake past day.
Past death!”
(Copyright Drennon 1996)
-🍽”You’re so cool!”✍🏻
(-From “True Romance,” but the “good version,” that ends “happily ever after!”)
-A choice of “alternate endings” may require a “discerning eye.”😜Lol!
(📓-The “Tye” that Binds💖🌈)
-“Truth” is translated effectively via the reflection of a charitable disposition; only “caritas,” or “true love,” comes from the right place, and articulates accurately.
-“You can only serve one Master.”
(Matthew 6:24)
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
-Choosing God, my “One and Only.”😘
-Choose God instead of worldly, material comforts or goals: you can’t choose both.
-There’s God’s way… and then there’s everything else.  To choose anything else is to choose against God, which is wrong.
-God is Love.💖 (1 John 4)
-“I’m smitten!”  Lol!
(1 John 4:16)
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.
-“I’m pretty sure that ‘loving God’ was the most important commandment.” “It still is.”
-“Everything’s unprecedented, until it happens for the first time” (-Sully✈️). Lol!

1 John 4King James Version (KJV)
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.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
God Winks.😜
-“Annuit Coeptis”🖖
(Translation: “He Winks Enterprise”)
-According to Richard S. Patterson and Richardson Dougall, 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.  Annuit cœptis comes from the Aeneid, book IX, line 625, which reads, Iuppiter omnipotens, audacibus adnue cœptis.It is a prayer by Ascanius, the son of the hero of the story, Aeneas, which translates to, “JupiterAlmighty, favour [my] bold undertakings”, just before slaying an enemy warrior, Remulus.
-💠The Correction: Translation by Love of “undertaking” as “enterprise” instead.  Lol!
All for One, One for Life!  No “undertakers” here…✝
“Live Long and Prosper.”🖖
“United We Stand.”💖🌈
-“…Come along now, Danté.  E Pluribus Unum, We never leave a man behind!  Let Us “All” Live long and prosper.” (-Virgil💌)
-“Loosen up.👄” “My Seal of approval.❤️” “Unsealed with a kiss.😘”
-Voilà: “Paradise Regained.”💠
-“Don’t be short-sighted.”⛵️+Trust=🚀
-Made of the Light of Dei.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
📜(Bible Passages)
-1 Peter 4:7-10; “Insecurity Blanket”🛌🌹
-1 Peter 5:5-7; “Archimedes’s Pie”🍯❤️
-1 Peter 5:9-10; “Crucible Emergence”💛
-1 John 5:4-7; “…Little V12 that Could”🚂
-1 John 5:10-14; “A-Team Record”💽📹
-1 John 5:19-21; “Idol Hands…”🎮
-Psalm 34:1-5; “Tomb Raider Elevates”🔍
-Psalm 34:8-15; “Marvel in Wonderland”
-Psalm 34:18-22; “The Time is Nigh”🔮
📜(Bible Chapters)
-1 Peter 4; “Longanimity🌸Anonymity”
-1 Peter 5; “Chief and McMurphy”🃏
-1 John 5; “AΑ for One and One for ΑΣ”🛡
-Psalm 34; “Rose-Tinted Righteousness”

1 Peter 4:7-10
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 5:5-7
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1 Peter 5:9-10
9 whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

1 John 5:4-7
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 5:10-14
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

1 John 5:19-21
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Psalm 34:1-5
1 I will bless the Lord at all times:
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord:
the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened:
and their faces were not ashamed.

Psalm 34:8-15
8 O taste and see that the Lord isgood:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints:
for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger:
but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me:
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is he that desireth life,
and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil,
and thy lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open unto their cry.

Psalm 34:18-22
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;
and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
20 He keepeth all his bones:
not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked:
and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants:
and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

1 Peter 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 that he no longer should live the rest of histime in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

1 Peter 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so dothMarcus my son.
14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity.
Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

1 John 5King James Version (KJV)
5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Psalm 34Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 34
A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.
1 I will bless the Lord at all times:
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord:
the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened:
and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lordheard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him,
and delivereth them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord isgood:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints:
for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger:
but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me:
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is he that desireth life,
and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil,
and thy lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open unto their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lordheareth,
and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;
and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
20 He keepeth all his bones:
not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked:
and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants:
and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

🌞9/11/16
Topical Outline:
-“Tree of Life Metaphor” and “Instructional Scaffolding” as a “Tree-House” existence; conception of selfhood and God’s world
-Pushing inwards towards God for sublime stability; latching onto my concept of God to receive His and Jesus’s perfect love, to resist the fabricated tide of material clutter
-Unmovable placidity by God’s plasticity; looseness to weather life’s ebb and flow by attending to God’s flow of love instead; focusing within on the idea of God and using that idea of Love as a “base camp”
-Loving God and Jesus as curing all ills
-Focus on God and Jesus for direction, not self-directed; unwavering because flowing with the Source as God and Jesus, and latching on firmly to not be subjected to the influence of illusory worldly concerns
-Ignoring all material, temporal, or earthly “points of reference” or focus; recognizing their unreliability as sources of stability and guidance; looking at the world but choosing to see God and Jesus instead
-My own act of faith or trust, as devoutly loving God and Jesus, serving as the catalyst or initiator of an alchemical sort of reaction, resulting in God’s and Jesus’s reciprocity, and loving mutual relationship
-“I don’t want what I want, and I don’t know the best course of action;” I sacrifice my self in order to be supplanted by God; I denounce self-will and choose only God
-Following only God, and then Jesus🎈
-Strive to Think Their thoughts after Them

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Point of Reference” is God💖 within; God as always being stable, reliable, loyal, and accessible, but my approach and appraisal may influence His response or my perception of Him and Jesus; taking care to bring the right attitude to the table, as any two different elements will form a unique chemical interaction; I bring love!
-I firmly and enthusiastically profess my devout and undying love for Them as my contribution, to lay the groundwork for a loving relationship;  this act itself, and direction of my will towards God in love, is what fills me with a euphoric sense of being loved, because God appreciates it and loves right back in kind;  if I don’t bring the love, I can’t expect it to be there, because a relationship is a two-way street; God and Jesus will provide only what I cannot, and love is the most basic and innate human ability; the point being… the action itself of loving, as it is my participation in the act of loving that immerses me in God’s graces and thus, He bestows a sense of love; God as the ideal target for my cupids’s arrows, as His perfect, infallible, and unconditional love surpasses all that exists in the corporeal realm; God and Jesus reciprocate with “divine Love,” beyond all understanding
🛎”What can I do for You?” …🎶👂

🔔Extended Communion Topics:
“Lesson: Intimacy”💭♥️
-“Practice a new habit;” turn to God first to confer and firmly establish the point of focus, or “reference point;” inhibit the behavior of immediately turning to your iPhone to record the interaction in your notes; redirect the energy to form a new pattern of behavior, work Together, in confluence with God and Jesus; follow!
-Grow closer to God and Jesus by turning to Them directly while also turning away from worldly matters; strengthen the channel of God like a pathway of habit
“Field Study”🌍
-Take a lesson, goal, or concept and apply it during an activity, without the aid of notes or interference of note taking
-“Focal point” of God by cognition, as the subject matter of my thoughts; serving as a mental convergence point for the minds of God and Jesus where we may confer
“Deep River”🌊
-Establish contact, via a psychic channel, for conversation with God and Jesus; deepen and fortify this “lifeline” to God by redirecting the energy He gives me back towards Him, rather than using it to fuel my energies outward towards material life; going against the flow of God’s life-giving force, or current of energy, to meet Him head-on; nurturing a spiritual connection to God and Jesus made possible only at the expense of my ties to the material world; thus, when I relinquish earthly cares, I may complete the feedback loop of everlasting life, and We may secure the foundational foothold of a solid “Bond.”
“Luck be a Lady”🎰🍀
-“A series of decisions;” choosing to bond with God and Jesus over other pursuits; surrendering my thought matter and ideas to be able to hear Their voices and talk
-Letting go of my ideas or fleeting goals; creating a deeper connection to God; learning to see God and Jesus as being the only ultimate reality of subject for my concern and attention; fostering our Love; once I found this Truth, and latch onto Them, He may direct us back outwards to participate in activities of His choosing
“Merci!”🌸
-Choosing forgiveness and altruism instead of entertaining thoughts of self-righteous indignation is pleasing to God; conscious efforts to forgive as enhancing and further strengthening our Bond (007).
-Emergence from the crucible of trial and tribulation as far Greater than ever before
-Love and altruism as self-perpetuating; as “favored by the Gods,” so to speak
-“Only by Love’s true kiss…”😘
-All that actually matters, is how I stand with God and Jesus; Our relationship.💖
-Rewards: Their perspective. Also, “levity.”
…as priceless humor and conviviality.  Experience the world indirectly, via God.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Attending to God’s and Jesus’s needs  not mine, only They are worthy of focus; honesty to see fallacy and futility of selfish, self-directed living; choosing to orient my energies towards giving instead
-Foci; an internal homeostasis of Our energies; a balancing towards God’s will to attain a state of equilibrium, as manifested by alignment within my spinal column
-Flowing from God, so not subject to Earth
-On the “lamb…”

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-🌹Flow inwards and up, not outwards.🍒
-The Knit-Ty Grit-Ty.💝Bow-Tye Up!🌈
-Good News!🍧..Scoop of the Gospel! 💒
📜(Bible Passages🚪)
-Luke 15:21-22; “Compassion and Honey”
-Luke 15:21-32; “Land of Milky Way”✨☄
-Matthew 5:6-11; “Sugar Plum, Soul Food”
-Matthew 5:14-16; “Athena, Aphrodite…”
-Matthew 5:46-48; “Unconditional Alpha”
-Matthew 6:4-6; “Quaker Update: W.C.”
-Matthew 6:19-23; “Annuit Coeptis”💠
-Matthew 6:31-34; “1st Thing’s 1st: ΑΩ”
-2 Peter 1:4-7; “Knit-Grit: Practice Virtue”
-2 Peter 1:8-12; “Supersoaker Sunday”💦
-2 Peter 1:13-18; “Cards on the Table”🎀
-2 Peter 1:19-21; “Dawn of the Ghost”🕊
📜(Bible Chapters🏤)
-Luke 15; “Gratitude Heals Resentment”🍼
-Matthew 5; “Huck Fin:Début Classics”📰
-Matthew 6; “Tee-totaling P-Value”📊📤
-2 Peter 1; “The Road of Happy💖Ananke”

Luke 15:21-22
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

Luke 15:31-32
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Matthew 5:6-11
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Matthew 5:14-16
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:46-48
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 6:4-6
4 that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:19-23
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Matthew 6:31-34
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

2 Peter 1:4-7
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

2 Peter 1:8-12
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither bebarren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

2 Peter 1:13-18
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 knowing that shortly I must put off thismy tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

2 Peter 1:19-21
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Luke 15Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
15 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and herneighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 and the younger of them said to hisfather, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Matthew 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thatthy whole body should be cast into hell. 31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 but I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35 nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 6Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
6 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thinealms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

2 Peter 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither bebarren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 knowing that shortly I must put off thismy tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Build up not out: use obstacles as raw material by by which to climb up to God
-Properly utilized, challenges result in spiritual growth and personal development
-Oriented correctly, there is a path to God, accessed only within each person’s soul; aligning my focus upwards, through the top of my head as my crown chakra, instead of outwards to the world via my 3rd eye; a shift in “vertebral alignment”✨
-Inward focus; conversation hence😇

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Waving my “Jesus-Freak” flag
-Systematic, like a hawk circling its “pray”
-A Family System; systemic, integrated
-Uncanny XXX-Men
-Conspiring of Our Raven Haven
-Singleness of vision, or a focus for my will, purpose, motivation, or intention as,
-“…God’s will not mine be done!”
-Honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love; the four horsemen of the “début of Time,” dispelling the bogeyman and ushering in a new world, the age of spiritual awakening
-A meditational rapture (de psyche)
📜(Bible Passages)
-1 John 5:4-6; “Veni Vidi Vici the Self”🗽
-1 John 5:7-13; “Cornerstone Stable”🏟
-1 John 5:19-21; “Thorough-Bred-Fair”🦄
-2 John 9-11; “Abide at Heart+Mind”🔌💡
-3 John 2-5; “Live Long and Prosper”🖖
-Proverbs 1:2-7; “Fan into Flame”🌬💖
-Proverbs 1:20-23; “Safe Harbor🛰Docks”
-Proverbs 1:29-33; “…Gift to be Simple”🎶
-Psalm 37:3-7; “Inward Comparison”🔍
-Psalm 37:23-26; “The Dirty Dozen”🏴
-Psalm 37:39-40; “In a General’s⛲️Sense”
📜(Bible Chapters)
-1 John 5; “Margot’s Fonteyn Pen”✒️🌊
-2 John; “Veritatem:Joy Dyslexia”👣🚪👣
-3 John; “Salutations!”🕸📯📀
-Proverbs 1; “The Wind🕰in the Bellows”
-Psalm 37; “Fuzzy Slippers🚡Catch-22”

1 John 5:4-6
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, evenour faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

1 John 5:7-13
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

1 John 5:19-21
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

2 John 9-11
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

3 John 2-5
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

Proverbs 1:2-7
2 to know wisdom and instruction;
to perceive the words of understanding;
3 to receive the instruction of wisdom,
justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 to give subtilty to the simple,
to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 to understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:

Proverbs 1:20-23
20 Wisdom crieth without;
she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 she crieth in the chief place of concourse,
in the openings of the gates:
in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity?
and the scorners delight in their scorning,
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof:
behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you,
I will make known my words unto you.

Proverbs 1:29-33
29 for that they hated knowledge,
and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 they would none of my counsel:
they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them,
and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely,
and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Psalm 37:3-7
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring itto pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,
and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him:
fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Psalm 37:23-26
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:
and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old;
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth;
and his seed is blessed.

Psalm 37:39-40
39 But the salvation of the righteous isof the Lord:
he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them:
he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them,
because they trust in him.

1 John 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, evenour faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

2 JohnAuthorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2 for the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

3 JohnAuthorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 6 which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: 7 because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 14 but I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face.
Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

Proverbs 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 to know wisdom and instruction;
to perceive the words of understanding;
3 to receive the instruction of wisdom,
justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 to give subtilty to the simple,
to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 to understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father,
and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head,
and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood,
let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12 let us swallow them up alive as the grave;
and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 we shall find all precious substance,
we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14 cast in thy lot among us;
let us all have one purse:
15 my son, walk not thou in the way with them;
refrain thy foot from their path:
16 for their feet run to evil,
and make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay wait for their ownblood;
they lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain;
which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20 Wisdom crieth without;
she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 she crieth in the chief place of concourse,
in the openings of the gates:
in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity?
and the scorners delight in their scorning,
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof:
behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you,
I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 but ye have set at nought all my counsel,
and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 when your fear cometh as desolation,
and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind;
when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer;
they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 for that they hated knowledge,
and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 they would none of my counsel:
they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them,
and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely,
and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Psalm 37Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 37
A Psalm of David.
1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring itto pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,
and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him:
fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off:
but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth;
and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just,
and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him:
for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath isbetter than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken:
but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright:
and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time:
and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish,
and the enemies of the Lord shall beas the fat of lambs:
they shall consume;
into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again:
but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth;
and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:
and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old;
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth;
and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good;
and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints;
they are preserved for ever:
but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
and dwell therein for ever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom,
and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous,
and seeketh to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand,
nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way,
and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:
when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he wasnot:
yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright:
for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together:
the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous isof the Lord:
he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them:
he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them,
because they trust in him.

🌞9/13/16
Topical Outline:
-“Camelot;” brief shining moment, “Ask not what your country can do for you…” JFK quote and reward of a service-based, charity-inspired outlook or orientation
-All love for man and true love only ever an indirect result of first directly Loving God
-Build up not out; ingrain habit of turning to God to furrow communication channel
-“Fulfill and expand my potential;” seeing potential as synonymous with the strength of my relationship with God and Jesus
-“Secure base;” as internal understanding of God; move away from iPhone training wheels; depend upon Cloud 9 not iCloud
-Meditate to let go of self-will, because God is better. Don’t quit before the miracle
-“Interoception;” locus of control, point of foci; align motives and intentions to God by selflessness, altruistic love for God
-Labyrinthine perspective; don’t lose sight of the big picture; only by virtue of my relationship with God and Jesus does life carry any meaning; nurture connection; devote self to a mutual conversation 💖
-Spiritual growth vertically to God, and not laterally towards material development
-Carve out the channel as an upper airway
-“Convergence zone;” a confluence of Our thought waves enables working as One
-Initiate verbal connection, but then stop; only proceed by following God’s orders
-Charity: “In service to God and Jesus.”

🇺🇸🌎🏁”My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – JFK

“Caritas: Just Do it 🏆…for Love!”
The importance of loving and feeling loved seems to be a universally recognized truth, however there is an integral factor in the process of loving that often goes ignored or unrecognized.  The only way we as humans are ever able to experience real and true love is indirectly, or merely as a result of the love We exchange with God.  If I do not first turn to God to offer my love and to be loved, then I will never actually experience love.  All I know of real love exists only by virtue of my own love for God.  All real love comes only from God, and I am graced with this understanding of  what love is only to the extent that I love God and accept His love for me.  Once I have established a “tunnel of love,” by carving out a channel or connection to God within myself, I may partake in the reciprocation and cultivation of mutually loving feelings, and take shelter under His wing of divine care and direction.  My own basic human need to be loved, as deeply as I am meant to be, can only be truly satisfied by God Himself and Jesus; this was intentional, by God’s own design.  With Their instructions and guidance, I may learn how a truly loving relationship ought to look, and I can turn to Them whenever I have a need that must be met, and They can instantly allay my fears.    Only from the starting point of offering up my love to God do I rightly relate myself to Him.  It is this agápē, caritas, or charity, as the love between God and man, that is the source of love in all other relationships; thus, if I do not first love God, then I will not be capable of honestly loving anyone else, and will render myself unable to experience real and true, or mutual and selfless love for my fellow man, either by giving or accepting it.  God is the source of all love, perfect and unconditional love, and if I do not initiate contact to foster love Together by nurturing Our relationship, then I will not have any love to give anyone else; “you cannot transmit something you haven’t got” (The Big Book pp. 164).  Once I connect to God and tap into His love by sharing it Together as part of Our mutual relationship, then I will be able to be of device to my fellow man, and look to others in order to make a contribution rather than to extract something for myself.  There are no needs that I may have that God will not satisfy Himself, if I will but abide within His will for me.
“Thy Will not mine…”

“A Professor…”🏤
Once I “profess” my love to God, He instantly takes notice and reciprocates;  I cannot expect Him to just give me love, I am required to make the first move towards His direction, like putting a key into a lock if I wish to open a doorway.  Loving God is an inborn need of all humans, as we are spiritual creatures and children of God, and so when I orient myself in His direction, driven by the intention of offering Him my love, something within His divine framework of existence clicks into place, and much like a magnet, I am drawn to adhere to that direction and reinforce the habit of loving.

“Love Favors Loving”🌬🛰
God as Love favors acts of love, much like an “evolutionary creative design,” and so when I engage in altruistic, as selflessly loving behaviors, inspired out of a desire to give to others without consideration of my self or selfish interests, these acts are “chosen,” or preselected and predestined by Him, to be indirectly self-perpetuating; God makes possible any acts of charity or selflessness, as inspired by His own brand of perfect, unconditional, and true love.

“A Common Sensitivity”⛲️
One of the most common misconceptions about love is that it is best to be loved, and that if we were loved more then we would be happier.  This logic is flawed, as it is from my own act of loving that I derive a feeling of being loved.  When I selflessly offer out my love, as effortful exertion or work inspired by intentions of charity or achieving moral goodness, God smiles upon this act, and He bestows upon me a sense of being loved; this feeling of being loved grows stronger the more diligently I abide within an active desire to do only God’s will, and not my own.  I will never feel loved if I never actively offer out my love through actions.  God, and no other human, is the source of all love, and so to seek love from my fellows is a very serious error in this pursuit; I must seek love first from God Himself, and then He may redirect me to the proper routes by which I may spread His love further, through the vessel or instrument that is my own self.

🕶”Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.” -Jackie O

“Round Table Discussion”⚔🛡
The point of life is…💖

“Sunyata: Looking Glass👓Half Full”
Selfish living inherently leads to dissatisfaction, as the manifestation of various sins or character defects which result from self-directed will, or self-will.  In offering my will and my life up to God, as an act of free-will and a sacrifice made purely out of love, my sense of self, as self-will and its associated futility and disenchantment, becomes transformed to a sense of Oneness with my Creator.  I was never able to attain a sense of purpose or meaning by living life for myself or striving towards personal ambitions; however, by intentionally sacrificing my entire being, as devoting my will and my life to efforts made in the name of love for God, I have found my ultimate purpose, or function.  I am not meant to derive meaning from life directly, but only indirectly, through my relationship with God and Jesus.  My sense of love and fulfillment is not attained through interacting with the material world or pursuing selfish gains or achievements, but rather, through relating directly to God and then striving Together with Him in the spiritual endeavors that He had intended for His children.  By offering up my own will to be used by God and Jesus, to be directed towards Their purposes for me and not my own wants, I have attained what I searched for elsewhere in life but was always unable to find.  Material existence is inherently empty; I absolutely need God to fill it with love and meaning.
“First Things First…”

“The Alpha and Omega First”👑🖍
There is a natural hierarchical order to God’s world.  When God is tapped directly, all of the precipitating laws of nature are bypassed, as God is not subjected to secondary forces of influence; thus, God is the only effective Moderator for solving any difficulties in living with steadfast assurance, and is the only Source worthy of my trust and devotion.  God and Jesus, Together as my Higher Power, is the only worthy target for my affections, and are my only truly loyal Friends.  If I wish to successfully convey my love, have it meaningfully reciprocated, and ultimately experience a loving existence, I must first nurture the hinge and crux of such joyfully abundant living, which is the effort, love, and Time that I invest in the process of Our bonding.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Beliefs influence outcome; a perceived sense of control helps bring about effects and actually change and improve myself; however, the viability of the belief makes a difference, for instance the “truth” of attributing control and change to God and not to myself is a vital feature of His flow; the veracity of attributing change to God and not my own ego is the crux of His system, resulting in His Own manifestation and not merely my own worldly success
-Once God manifests, His entire design is elucidated and explained by Him firsthand
-“Destiny Manifest”💖
-Eenie Owen meanie miney mo…🌞

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-I Do …read, I don’t just skim through it.
Eeny, meeny, miny, mo
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers, let him go
Eeny meeny miny mo
-Sugar🎣A-plomb Daddy🍒
-“I get high on lofty ideals.”✨🌙
“Yeah, the Most High.💫☄
“All for One and One for All”🕊
“…Never Leave a Man Behind”🐜
2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
“Footprints…👣👣🐾”
…This popular text describes an experience in which a person is walking on a beach with God. They leave two sets of footprints in the sand behind them. Looking back, the tracks represent various stages of their life. At various points, the two trails dwindle to one, especially at the lowest and most hopeless moments of the person’s life. When questioning God, believing that the Lord must have abandoned His love during those times, God gives the explanation: “During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” (Wikipedia.com)
📜(Bible Passages)
-Colossians 2:13-15; “Out of Africa”🕳🐇
-Colossians 2:18-20; “Laws of Physics”👼
-Colossians 3:10-14; “Agency Bond 777”
-Colossians 3:15-17; “Whatever UDo…”🕯
-Colossians 3:22-24; “Intention💖Drives”
-Colossians 4:2-6; “RedeemingTime”🎫
-John 11:3-4; “Open a Window of Soul”🌀
-John 11:9-13; “When It is Night for All🔑Creatures, A Master of Restraint is Awake;”
-John 11:22-27; “Lazarus’s Guinea Pig”🎚
-Psalm 139:7-10; “Prof. X⌛️Zodiac Wheel”
-Psalm 139:13-18; “Book of Life”📡🛰
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Colossians 2; “Making Godhead-way”🛀
-Colossians 3; “In The Service of Mr.E”🕋
-Colossians 4; “Manifest Manifesto”💺
-John 11; “Port Out Starboard Home”🚀
-Psalm 139; “Bhagavad Lovely Rita” 🏹

Colossians 2:13-15
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Colossians 2:18-20
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Colossians 3:10-14
10 and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Colossians 3:15-17
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:22-24
22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 and whatsoever ye do, do itheartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 4:2-6
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3 withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

John 11:3-4
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

John 11:9-13
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. 11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

John 11:22-27
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

Psalm 139:7-10
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou artthere:
if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 even there shall thy hand lead me,
and thy right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 139:13-18
13 For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
and in thy book all my memberswere written,
which in continuance were fashioned,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.

Colossians 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Colossians 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey yourparents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 and whatsoever ye do, do itheartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Colossians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4
1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3 withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: 8 whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 9 with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 11 and Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. 15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. 16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds.
Grace be with you. Amen.
Written from Rome to the Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.

John 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 Now a certain man was sick, namedLazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judæa again. 8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? 9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. 11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. 16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 19 and many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. 30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 34 and said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. 54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
55 And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 139
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising,
thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down,
and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue,
but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before,
and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou artthere:
if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 even there shall thy hand lead me,
and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me;
even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day:
the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
and in thy book all my memberswere written,
which in continuance were fashioned,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God:
depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly,
and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee?
and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred:
I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
24 and see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

🌞9/14/16
Topical Outline:
-“Suspension of momentum;” sense of unflappability by Interoception of God, and proprioception of Him and not myself, for a state of internal balance and aplomb;  ability to stop on a dime and be unaffected by changes in my external environment; ability to suspend and redirect behavior; adaptive advantage of flexibility in responses, vision to select God’s choice
-“Labyrinth;” trusting God’s Highest perspective omnipotent vision, as the map holder and navigator, and providing the intentions of altruistic love as the moral compass and corps to put in the footwork
-“Brief shining moment…” Exercise of focus by remaining within the moment and God’s serenity; refraining from worry and choosing instead to follow Him, focus on serving His purposes and not mine, and practicing the virtue of trusting Him, assured that all will be well in the long run
-“Stepping stones;” joy of the surprise and mystery of living moment to moment, being led along life by God and Jesus; contributing the trust and love as my motives or intentions, to provide the ideal mind-state to drive Us towards progress

“Our Foundation Father”
“Back to Base Camp: Radio for Help”
“Walkie Talkie: Commando Phone Home”
“(I’m) In Good Time”
“Skipping A+Cross the Moon”
“Positive+Reinforcements”

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Attachment Theory” 💫
-It’s not about what you do, it’s why you do it; intentions of love interwoven into daily life bestows joy to mundane tasks
-Living life in conjunction with God, as the Father, and Jesus, allows me a foundation, or “secure base” from which to approach life optimistically, without fear; any of life’s challenges suddenly seem manageable when I think about God; as soon as I exert myself, and focus my thoughts spiritually, I intuit that God and Jesus are ever present and always present and right by my side!
-“Shining within the moment;” by merely focusing my attention to the present moment in Time, and on loving thoughts of God, He is always immediately accessible
-“Fear of the lord” is “separation anxiety,” as I seek to only ever grow closer to God

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-🔹”Make a wish.”🔸”You, Here, Now.”💠
-“…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Ewoks, for Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, and I adore Thee, Forever and Ever, and happily Everafter.  Amen.
-“Interpret life from within the conceptual framework of this: ‘I love you.'” “You too!”
-“Instructional Scaffolding;” once you’ve grappled with a task, idea, or issue for long enough, God or Jesus will step in to connect the dots, tie together loose ends, and finish off the theory, revealing the correct pathway or answer.  In working within the “zone of proximal development,” I am given tasks that are above my skill level to accomplish; however, if I abide within God’s will and remain within His singleness of vision, I will be ready for His help when He determines that it’s Time to intercede and complete the task, doing for me only that which I cannot do for myself.  By maintaining my focus upon God and faith in His instruction or care throughout the entirety of the mission, I will inevitably arrive at the solution that God has planned; however, in order to arrive at God’s ultimate revelation, or even just to discover the solution to a minor problem of everyday living, I need first to rely upon God…  Faithfully!
-By affirming my belief, as my conviction that all that really matters in my life is my connection to God and Jesus and the sharing of Our love, and by reminding myself that no other material, worldly, or work-related obligations, goals, or accomplishments are of any consequence in God’s reality, He reciprocates and lifts the burden of worry and the pressure of anxiety off my shoulders, so that I can let go and relax enough to partake in life’s responsibilities peacefully, and actually enjoy my work!
-I let go of my attachments, cares, and ideas about living, so that God can reshape me in His image instead.  Once I let go, God will take my faulty knowledge, correct it, and then give it back to me in the original form that He had intended, bestowing me with His understanding, which is the only veritable and objective interpretation that exists of the actual meaning of life.  God will reveal the true significance, function, and method regarding all different aspects of living.
🗣👥”New Tasks:”
-Part of the lesson may be the challenge of refining your focus, by resisting other distractions or thoughts, to splay open the beauty of this singular moment in Time.
-Instead of juggling a vast array of stay ideas, narrow your sights and fix your vision only upon God, coming from Love.
-Singleness of vision upon God’s will as my focus, target, or aim, driven exclusively by the force or intention of pure love, creates the perfect chemistry for God to evidence Himself through me as miracles.

🔔Extended Afternoon Musings:
-“Done is good…”
-Taking on the role of an “observer” of my own thoughts, mind-scape, and behavior, dissociated and viewing from above to make more fully-informed decisions
-“Reason:” properly defined as intention.
-…i 💖, therefore, “I Am” appears!
“…Ta-da!”
-I guess I love you because I’m “retarded.”
-“Except as ye be like a small child…”😇

“The Magic Kingdom”💭🔭
The magic is “supplemental,” and exists within my imagination.  There is the outer world and the Kingdom within, and God may act to merge and meld the two.  When I interact with God and Jesus by my cognition, or thought processes, *if They find it pleasing, They may reciprocate by responding via the environment.  Thus, They are creating external magic via the internal Source, which is my own personal interpretation or understanding of God.💖

“Lucky!”🎩🐇
Somehow, when they mocked me, saying, “we may let you keep your life, but it won’t be a good one,” after disfiguring and torturing me for a while, I just knew for certain… there must be a loving God Who would take hold of me–there was just no way that their hate could be the end, or the ultimate reality of existence.  If that hate was what came of the material world, then there simply must be a God on another plane, because I knew, deep down and instinctually, that true reality necessarily must result in Love; thus, their hate only served to solidify my own faith, to a firm conviction in an ultimate Love or a loving God.  When I was subjected to their hate, I thought, “my God, that can’t be ‘real,’ because that’s not You.”  I took hold of something deep down and thought, “I don’t know What or Who, but I know, I love You…”  The more they beat me down, and the more hate they spewed at me, the less real any of it seemed, and the closer I was drawn to an understanding of a “real” Love, and the more certain I became of a fundamental Love existing at a much deeper level of reality.  I simply could not believe that their hate could be an ultimate fate, and their actions only confirmed my suspicions that there must be Something more, Something greater, beyond them.  I firmly clung to a sense of Love, beyond any actual understanding of God.  Thus, by believing in God’s reality and not that of the material world, the groundwork was laid for overcoming my own death, through His Love alone.

“To Be or Not To Be”⛑
“Induction via Deductive Reasoning”👑
My understanding of love meant that it could only come from God, because my experience with the world through my environment only ever showed me hate.  I relied only upon God for support, and it was this “sole dependence” that caused Him to manifest as real; I relied upon nothing else, thus eliminating other factors of influence or confounds which could have led to doubt.  Through this “leap of faith,” by this Indiana Jones-style route, God may be proven as real, thus bringing into fruition His promises to the faithful.
-“I don’t mind being Your taxi! Lol!”👠

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“The Whole is Greater than the Σ…”
(-Aristotle).
…Of its individual “working parts.”
-“Man is not the sum total of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have” (Jean Paul Sartre, via “For Today”).
-“Functional Purpose:” believing is both “working”🐜 and “playing”🐞 my part.
-“Spiritual malady:”  “Lovesick.”  “…Lol!”
-Undivided at Attention United We stand.
-A finely attuned instrument.🎻🖊🎼
-Lady Marmalade:The Full Monty-Christo
-Monty🐍’s Holy Grail!📚
-“This too, shall come to pass…”⚗📆📝
📜(Bible Passages🌺…Malibu!)
-Isaiah 50:5-6; “We are the🎖Champions”
-Isaiah 50:10-11; “God’s Eyes🎃not Mine”
-Joshua 6:25-27; “Broccoli Rahab”🎳
-John 16:7-14; “Soli Deo Gloria”🌈
-John 16:30-33; “Trials and Jubilations”🍒
-John 15:4-5; “Define Fruit.”😘😜😆
-John 15:8-11; “IFF: Foundation🏰Father”
-John 15:13, 18-19; “The Otherside”💎
-John 15:25-27; “From the Beginning…”🕐
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Isaiah 50; “Each Other’s Compass”🌹🌐
-Joshua 6; “Ark of the Keystone”🏆
-John 16; “Melon Collie and Infinite🕯Joy”
-John 15; “Melon-Camp”⛲️

Isaiah 50:5-6
5 The Lord God hath opened mine ear,
and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
6 I gave my back to the smiters,
and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair:
I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

Isaiah 50:10-11
10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord,
that obeyeth the voice of his servant,
that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?
let him trust in the name of the Lord,
and stay upon his God.
11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire,
that compass yourselves about with sparks:
walk in the light of your fire,
and in the sparks that ye have kindled.
This shall ye have of mine hand;
ye shall lie down in sorrow.

Joshua 6:25-27
25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. 27 So the Lord was with Joshua; and his fame was noisedthroughout all the country.

John 16-7-14
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

John 16:30-33
30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 15:4-5
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:8-11
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

John 15:13, 18-19
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

John 15:25-27
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

Isaiah 50Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
50
Thus saith the Lord,
Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away?
or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?
Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves,
and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
2 Wherefore, when I came, was thereno man?
when I called, was there none to answer?
Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem?
or have I no power to deliver?
behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea,
I make the rivers a wilderness:
their fish stinketh, because there isno water,
and dieth for thirst.
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness,
and I make sackcloth their covering.
4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary:
he wakeneth morning by morning,
he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
5 The Lord God hath opened mine ear,
and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
6 I gave my back to the smiters,
and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair:
I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord God will help me;
therefore shall I not be confounded:
therefore have I set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me?
let us stand together:
who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
9 Behold, the Lord God will help me;
who is he that shall condemn me?
lo, they all shall wax old as a garment;
the moth shall eat them up.
10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord,
that obeyeth the voice of his servant,
that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?
let him trust in the name of the Lord,
and stay upon his God.
11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire,
that compass yourselves about with sparks:
walk in the light of your fire,
and in the sparks that ye have kindled.
This shall ye have of mine hand;
ye shall lie down in sorrow.

Joshua 6Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
6 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. 2 And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. 3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord. 7 And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the Lord.
8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the Lord, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them. 9 And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. 10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout. 11 So the ark of the Lord compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the Lord, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. 14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. 16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city. 17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that aretherein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord. 20 So the people shouted when the priestsblew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword. 22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her. 23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel. 24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. 27 So the Lord was with Joshua; and his fame was noisedthroughout all the country.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

John 16Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
16 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27 for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 15Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and thatyour fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

🌞9/15/16
Topical Outline:
-“Multi-dimensional perspective;” multiple angles, viewpoints, and approaches; most fully informed and rational standpoint for decision-making and problem-solving
-“Objectivity;” to derive sense and meaning from affective responses without letting impulses interfere with actions; fully-fathomed cognitive framework to choose a path of morality and carry out behavior based upon the best intentions; adhering to the ideal of God’s will
-“Belief framework of life;” God’s will as the target or goal, with love for Him as the drive or intention, as bringing the gap between His “gold standard” ideal and action: actually abiding within God’s will
-“Above your heads;” realization of His omniscience and Love as logically necessitating dependence and mutual reciprocation; adaptive accommodation
-“No turning (my) back;” on anyone; altruism, as charity or selfless love, as the impetus both evolutionally and divinely “preselected” as the intention (God’s plan) for human nature and activity;  responding to negativity with love as logically and necessarily the only correct option; this behavior is exponentially reinforced and strengthened into a predestined instinct by reciprocation by God and Jesus; the only requirement or condition necessary is my own act of free-will to first choose it;  in choosing to surrender my self and my own interests in order to adhere to the principle that one must love all of man, God and Jesus are effectively summoned
-“Overcame in Murphy’s Law;” a series of factors all coming together as a doomsday scenario, setting the stage for “a choice,” of the actual enactment of true selfless love, in God’s image; the ideal interaction between statistical eventualities and my own free-will, as making the choice of unconditional Love, and the actual application of adhering to God’s “golden standard,” as the principle of charity;  made possible by only by a convergence of multiple factors into a single circumstance; in this situation, as a statistical anomaly, all possibilities of extreme hate came to fruition, thus allowing such a choice, as the ultimate sacrifice for the ultimate reason, as purely for love, to actually be a real-life option

“Bird’sEye Bull’sEye Tiger’sEye…”🏹💘
“…The Main Idea Is That It’s an Open Eye.”
Praying to God and Jesus for help always solves any of my problems.  When I exert the mental effort to focus, to try to think about God and what His will for me would be, cognizance of His presence comes to me immediately.  “Seek and ye shall find.”  An important aspect of seeking God is my desire for His will for me; I do not ask Him to help in serving my own selfish needs.  This orientation, of “God’s will not mine be done,” is an important first step in getting to know Him better, as it displays the proper respect and humility from the knowledge of my true standing, which next to God, is as being weak, completely powerless, and utterly dependent, but also  of being devoutly cared for, watched over, and unconditionally loved.  If I have the honesty to see the fragility and weakness inherent in my own humanness, I will automatically recognize that the room in my heart is not meant for my own ego or self-will, but is meant to be a space for God.  When I “let Him in,” by intentions of self-honesty, openness, and the willingness to accept the fact that He loves me, as any of His children, no matter what, and that there is no exception to unconditional love, then I have made myself ready for a better way of life.  When I can accept the wonderful truth at the core of my being, that I am beautifully flawed and that God loves me, my whole attitude and outlook upon life undergoes dramatic revisions.  My mental schema, or belief system, that outlines my understanding of life and serves as a framework for living, is no longer self-centered and based upon my own ego, but  rather, is fully-fathomed, as I complete the picture by recognizing that God is the foundation, and His love is solid bedrock.

“Belief System Scaffolding”💒
With this new understanding of God as a fact of life, and as the only ultimate Source of truth or reality, basically all of my other preconceptions and ideas about what’s possible or not are competing upturned.  When I construct my belief system with God at the top of the hierarchy, all of the other components within my experience of life are automatically rearranged in such a way that they all hold vivid new meaning, carry wonderful new possibilities, and bestow upon me a sense of childlike adventure, as I marvel at the discovery of new joys and mysteries as yet untold.  Life unfolds as a blessing and an opportunity to demonstrate my gratitude to God; this sense of being graced and loved, purely for love’s sake and not by any virtue of my own, fills me with such joy that I am compelled to please God and Jesus from the very depths of my formerly lonely heart, I am so blissful at being made whole.  With God as the foundation of my life, and with my daily activities as a way to interact with Him and Jesus, life actually makes sense, and I finally feel a sense of belongingness.  It is just this praise, this continuous, active worship by performing my daily responsibilities with the intention of displaying my love for God through my efforts, that brings me fulfillment and joy.  The drive of my love for God, as the music of my heart, fuels any of my actions throughout the day, and allows me to work joyfully, no matter how tedious my work may be; I derive meaning not from the overt material appearance or activity, but from my own intention, of love as worship, that I use to drive me in my endeavors.

“Suspension Bridging the Gap”🌉
When I realize the solid and provable reality that is God, I may participate in the exchange of loving sentiments to keep me motivated throughout the day.  Instead of moving from task to task, working merely to “get it out of the way,” I miss out on life itself; it is only by immersing myself in the present moment that I can actually access joy and experience life as the blessing and gift it was meant to be.  In letting go of my fixation of the empty material world, or the distraction of the visible, ostensible value of my work, I open myself up and clear out my mental space, or create room in my heart, for God to occupy, thus completing His intention for me, which is to live in conjunction with Him and His will for me.  When I let go of the illusion of material existence, and welcome God into my mind’s eye instead, I am finally at one with my Creator, and and able to start living as a true child of God.  He is a loving Father, and intends to take ownership of His rightful property, so that I may be cared for in the best way possible, and finally receive the unconditional love and promises that were prophesied, and that only God can actually provide for me.  By living in Togetherness with God and Jesus, and striving to abide within God’s will for me, I need no longer fear for anything or worry about my wellbeing or security.  God knows what I need and will always show me the way if I am willing to see Him and follow.  When I reach out to God, He will be loyal, and will never “leave me hanging.”

“No Turning (My) Back…”🗽
In realizing the extent of “God’s love” for me, this universal truth reveals itself, as the idea of unconditional love, and thus, a welcoming of everyone into God’s place of my heart; by virtue of my love for God, simply be being His children, I necessarily must love them.  There is a deep and innate validity to this notion, that to love truly you must love without exception. It is only this pure love, as agápē, caritas, or selfless love, that is reality; this true love can only exist for God, because only God is worthy and intended as its Recipient, by His Own design.  This connection to God, through my own act of first loving Him, is the only Source of all of the love that I may ever know in life.  This connection, or attachment to God, is the thread which composes the very fabric of existence, within which all truths are interwoven.  God will never sever His connection to any child, and to strengthen my bond with God and learn to love as devoutly as Him is the the ultimate destination of any enterprise.

“All In!  No Exceptions is Exceptional.”🃏
The only acceptable fuel for “my engine” is unconditional love.  “Caritas,” as pure and selfless love, which can only actually exist for God, is my golden rule.  This sort of “gold standard” rule means that no matter what you do to me, no matter how much you hate me or hurt me, I will never turn my back on you or cease to accept and love you; I love you no matter what.

“Statistical Anomaly”🔮
It came to pass that Murphy’s Law was fulfilled, and the very worst scenario that could possibly occur did take place.  The convergence of all the necessary factors for this event to come to pass constituted an anomaly.  The only determining factor of the outcome was a human decision to choose only the highest good, and leave no room for any man to be sacrificed or left behind.  Deferring to a cost-benefit analysis, or simply choosing the “least bad” option would have amounted to a universal extermination.  A choice was given, and only God’s perfect love was chosen, despite its incompatibility with laws of reason or dictates of logic.  The possibility of leaving anyone behind was not accepted as permissible, or believed to be true and in accordance with God’s will of ultimate, unconditional love.  Faith in God and steadfast hope for the “universal preservation of all life” was selected, despite its seeming impossibility given the circumstances and the available options.  The impossible was chosen as the only viable choice, and love adhered to this principle of unconditional love over and above all of the other choices of logic; thus, God’s Love overcame!

“My Compass Pointes Up”💠
“Intention: I am what drives Me.”💛

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“There’s something in the eyeteeth I gave you.”
-“Your halo’s on crooked.”
-“When I said I was a dinosaur, I didn’t mean like Jurassic Park.” 😜
-“Time to unwind to wind back up Time.”
-“Toy soldier winds like A spindle.”😘
-“…Spinning gold with the Fleece.”
-“Whip out your spool, Ananke.”
-“Don’t get whiskered away!”

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“Nobody reads research articles for fun!”
“I get that a lot, but I’m a person, I swear!”
-✍🏻Antipas
-“Can you give me a hand?” Lol!
📜(Bible Passages)
-Ephesians 5:8-10; “In Thy Sights”🔬
-Ephesians 5:14-21; “The Day the Music…”
-Ephesians 5:30-33; “Reborn Rebis”🎎
-Deuteronomy 9:24-29; “GenΧΧΧ:💎Zion”
-Galatians 6:14-18; “Why Art Thou…?”☦
-Hebrews4:1-3; “Faith Shapes Vision” 🔑
-Hebrews 4:13-16; “Empathetic Empath”
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Ephesians 5; “Manifest Destiny”⛩📈
-Deuteronomy 9; “Manifold Origami”🗞
-Galatians 6; “Collectivistic Values”🏵
-Hebrews 4; “To Turn a Prophet”🎰

Ephesians 5:8-10
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Ephesians 5:14-21
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Ephesians 5:30-33
30 for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence herhusband.

Galatians 6:14-18
14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Unto the Galatians written from Rome.

Deuteronomy 9:24-29
24 Ye have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you. 25 Thus I fell down before the Lord forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the Lord had said he would destroy you. 26 I prayed therefore unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin: 28 lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness. 29 Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.

Hebrews 4:1-3
4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Hebrews 4:13-16
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Ephesians 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence herhusband.

Deuteronomy 9Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
9 Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, 2 a people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak! 3 Understand therefore this day, that the Lord thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the Lord hath said unto thee. 4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lorddoth drive them out from before thee. 5 Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 6 Understand therefore, that the Lord thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.
7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the Lord. 8 Also in Horeb ye provoked the Lord to wrath, so that the Lord was angry with you to have destroyed you. 9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the Lord made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water: 10 and the Lorddelivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the Lord spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. 11 And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the Lordgave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant. 12 And the Lord said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image. 13 Furthermore the Lord spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 14 let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they. 15 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands. 16 And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the Lord your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the Lord had commanded you. 17 And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes. 18 And I fell down before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. 19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the Lord was wroth against you to destroy you. But the Lord hearkened unto me at that time also. 20 And the Lordwas very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time. 21 And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount. 22 And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibroth-hattaavah, ye provoked the Lord to wrath. 23 Likewise when the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice. 24 Ye have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you. 25 Thus I fell down before the Lord forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the Lord had said he would destroy you. 26 I prayed therefore unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin: 28 lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness. 29 Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.

Galatians 6Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
6 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. 12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Unto the Galatians written from Rome.

Hebrews 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

🌞9/16/16
Topical Outline:
-“Ideal pathway;” trusting God as my moral compass and myself putting in my hardest efforts, which is the “willingness” to go to any lengths, to meet Him halfway, thus, successfully navigating through life through a Team effort and collaboration
-“Life line, land line;” keeping myself open for a line of communication with God; creating space in my “heart,” meaning freeing up cluttered mental space to allow His advice to replace my faulty thinking; seeking guidance and listening as practices of worship and of the intellect, improvement by exercises in mental focus
-“Adaptive mental focus;” enjoying the cognitive flexibility to selectively think the most advantageous thoughts or with the most beneficial outlook, most suitable to the circumstance; creating a comfortable internal environment, conducive to the greatest peacefulness and productivity
-“Diligent practices;” discipline and restraint to  refine my focus to the moment and enjoy God and His amniotic serenity, but also stretching to develop the cognitive control to juggle complex, multifaceted concepts, and be able to lay them out within my mind’s eye, or in my mental vision, as properly organized, or within the framework of the most easily understandable explanation; ability to explain complicated topics with cohesive, comprehensive, and parsimonious explanations; ability to view new subjects, create understanding internally, and convey meaning to others effectively;  reliance upon God to manage my thinking

“The Labyrinth”💭🌀💠
I recognize the shortsightedness of my own perceptual abilities and understanding of the world. In having the humility to admit my own limitations and shortcomings, I may create a chink in my ego by which the grace of God can enter and assist me in my dealings.  God will not pierce the armor of the ego, but if I can be honest enough to admit my own weakness and need for Him, He will always swoop right in and show me His way and His will for me.  It is difficult to become willing to see God’s path.  My own wants and desires influence what I actually see in the world, thus, my own self-will or wants will determine the paths that I intuit as being viable or available to me.  In practicing the letting go of my self-will, as selfish wants and shortsighted desires, I may open myself up to God, and He will bestow His vision, allowing me the perception of possibilities I wouldn’t have seen, and the ability to see routes which would not have appeared otherwise.  As I become willing to desire and follow God’s path for me, and let go of my selfishness, my self and my will may be most effectively directed and utilized, as by the instruction of God.

“Manifest Destiny”💠🎐🗺
An act of trust is required to become receptive to God’s care, but once I let go of the illusion of self-sufficiency and the mistaken belief that self-reliance is a virtue, then I can become ready to let God step in and demonstrate His love and care for me.  When I seek God and His will, as the highest, hardest, most righteous path of morality, with the most virtuous pursuits, rather than acting out of self-will and seeking to satisfy my own selfish wants, by following my own primitive impulses, He will work miracles in my life.  When I seek God’s way and not my way, He will faithfully work His magic, and step in to help and guide me.  God will always show me marvelous new discoveries, reveal secret paths which before were hidden, demonstrate new modes of understanding and thought, and enable a transformation of my attitude to one of the deepest and most heartfelt gratitude.    God will grant me the most joyful optimism, and sense of life as being a beautiful mystery to unfold ahead of me, like a present carefully wrapped and arranged to be experienced and savored according to God’s perfect vision for me, and ultimate care.  Suddenly I am blessed with this beautiful feeling of Oneness with God, as the deep realization of an innate belongingness, and the sense that I am never in this alone, and that God is ready and waiting to elucidate His glorious destiny for me as I avail myself to Him.  God’s destiny could only ever be the very best and most loving of all outcomes.

“The Miss-Sing Link”🎁🔑🚪
My own songs of praise, as the meditation of my heart and thoughts upon the glory and grace and wonder of God, paves the “gold-standard” road by which God may safely set foot in my soul and take hold of the helm, effectively steering me towards His Most High intentions of love for me.  When I believe in His love for me, that act of faith starts a sort of chemical reaction with His sublime unseen Force, which is interwoven through all of existence.  When I attempt to place myself in God’s care, and flow with His will as His stream of goodness, and not follow my own self-will, which is self-directed free-will, then the most beautiful and awe-inspiring possibilities come into fruition.  In sacrificing my will and laying myself wide open and completely vulnerable to God, I have provided the trust necessary for His majestic and divinely-orchestrated synchronicity, thus creating a confluence of love, as a convergence of all the ideal variables to within a single point in Time, which is infinitely expanding onward within His current of Eternity.  A primordial fate and inevitability takes hold of me, as this, the Truth of God’s purest and deepest Love.  I am so overwhelmed and immersed in this sense of being loved, and I experience this love so intensely, that it is immediately evident and clearly apparent that it is of Godly origin. With God, any victory of love is possible, and miracles may take place that, of my own, I would never have even thought to be imaginable!

“The Fabric of Existence”✨🕸💫
With the instigation of a working and functional relationship with God, which for me led also to a relationship with Jesus, I am no longer left to my own devices or expected to guess the best path or know the answers to life’s problems.  Rather, I am expected to maintain my prayer life and spiritual connection, to carve open and nurture the channel within myself that is a line of communication with God.  I am expected to nurture this predestined connection, and keep Our line open with active conversation, as a give and take process of reciprocation, and a mutual relationship.  I am expected to rely upon God to receive comfort and guidance, and to lovingly interact with my Higher Power, Which for me is both God and Jesus.

“Concrete Example of the Abstract”🌈
One way in which I rely upon God, is for help with the direction and expanse of my thoughts, or mental landscape.  Oftentimes, I am overwhelmed by the magnitude and complexity of my own thought matter, and it can be rather difficult to navigate my cortical convolutions in a state of serenity.  I find that when I ask God how to handle the extent of my cognitive workings, He steps in to show me how best to make use of this muscle, and let it serve an adaptively advantageous purpose.  Rather than trying to use the full capacity of my mental power, and trying to  juggle the maximum extent of my possible thoughts at once, I may find it wiser to exercise cognitive control, for the practical purpose of maintaining a sense of calmness.  When I try to manage the functioning of my brain power by myself, the result is a sense of being lost, stressed out, overwhelmed, and a general feeling of unmanageability.  When I follow God, I don’t have to guess; instead, I may proceed in love and trust.

“Theseus’s Ball of Thread”🎤🎧
When I rely upon God to direct my thinking, I can practice cognitive control and restraint.  I do not have to entertain every thought that pops into my head, nor follow every neural circuit at once.  It is often wiser to choose a smaller and more manageable selection of thought topics to stick to, rather than just letting my mind wander where it will without any strategic plan, direction, guidance, or purpose.  I may practice focusing my attention to a narrow point and exerting all my thought power in just that one direction; for me, the only logical and the most practical selection for this is point of focus is towards God and Jesus, so that I may expend my mental energy on loving Them.
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Other times, I may encounter a problem in daily living, or in my work, or maybe just a complex spiritual or philosophical concept  that I am contemplating as part of my interest in spiritual life, where it will behoove me to tackle the issue with full force, and utilize the full extent of my mental capacity.  I will lean upon God’s guidance for assurance and direction, to maintain a sense of calm, so that I can manipulate the concept spatially, and find the most suitable conception by which to make complete sense of it.  I will take turns with my Higher Power to thoroughly navigate all possible viewpoints from which to perceive the issue, and then We outline and lay out the framework for the most easily understandable explanation.  Thus, by working as a Team, or in active Partnership with God and Jesus, We may succeed in offering the most parsimonious and well-rounded explanation of an issue, as the best way in which to comprehend the theoretical concept or matter at hand.
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In this way, I may receive direction in cognitive focus, and may practice mental exercises to maintain a mental flexibility, or the ability to think in the way that is most practically advantageous and adaptive, given the particular given situation.  Thus, I may experience greater ease and comfort by shifting and altering my approach.  I practice my mental flexibility by playing little games, as cognitive tasks, while I perform my daily activities; in this way, I work to keep in good mental shape, striving to be the most accommodating that I can be to my environment, while also maintaining my spiritual focus on God’s presence, manifesting as peace of mind, and revealing in me the ability to make an active contribution and be lovingly useful.
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🔔Lunch Connection Topics:
-“Settling only for Best, within Our Nest.”
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-Good sample prayer:  “How are You, Are You ok?  What can I do to help You?”
-His meditative response: “Deep security, relief and belief, loving comfort, and a sense of higher purpose and direction.”
-“Knights Exemplar” prayer: “I love You!”
-“Templar Exemplary.⛑” …🇬🇪
💎Dulcinea Quixote at the Moulin Rouge
-🏹🍎👁”Apple of My Eye”💘🎯❤️
-The “worrying” problem…🌬💦

“Hakuna🦁Matata”
If you are worrying, or feel unprepared or unready for something, it’s probably because that event occurs in the future.  You are meant to remain mentally in the present moment; in fact, you are only actually equipped to be able to handle this present point in Time.  If you think about the future for too long, or view it from your own singular perspective without using your imagination to think alongside God, then you are are straying “out of bounds,” and veering outside of God’s will for you.
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God intends for me to experience serenity, by keeping Him close and sensing Him simultaneously with my thoughts, without the worry or chaos of trying to manage life in the absence of my cognizance of Him, or without the security, direction, and care that He intends to provide.  Logically and naturally, you will not be ready for a future event until that Time comes to pass in the future!  God, Together with His happiness, exists for us in the here and now, in the “present” of the present moment!  To find God, I need only to direct the focus of my thoughts unto this current point in Time, thus, residing within His care and His will.
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In letting go of worries, I may make myself “wide open,” as available and ready to be supplanted with the serenity that exists only within this very moment.  As it is the present wherein is available knowledge of God and the joy of residing as One with His loving presence.  I strive to linger in the flow of God’s current, within His “current” of Love, and “current events.”
🌊”Eternal Father, Strong to Save”
-“There’s no problem that God can’t fix!”
“Déja vu, as a matter of fact.”💖

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-An “accompaniment.”🎶🚸
-“…Double meanings, meaning both.”
-“Conscious contact;” connect and carry on a conversation with God and Jesus
-“Orientation flexibility;” focus Together “with God and Jesus” to work on a task, or focus back “upon God and Jesus,” to commune, relax, receive reassurance and reciprocate feelings of love and affection
-“Give and take;” refining the ability to recognize the timing of my responsibilities; paying attention to notice when the ball is in my court, indicating that I should talk and express myself, and when the ball is in God’s or Jesus’s court, and I should listen
-🛎”Rhapsody in White…!🐩” Lol!
“Semper Fidelis.”🎶🎵
💒Frame-of-Mind
-“Mind-State-Dependent, Memory Recall”
-Q and A:  “You’re a Head? Are You the brain too?  Do you have a neck?”😃
“A neck is just a state-of-blind.”😜
-“The breath to blow on God’s pixie dust, to illuminate the underlying framework and pattern of His Eternal Fabric as True Love.”
-The “one” love!😘  …Is bidirectional.
“The Matrix” is Neo…🌬-natal.
-The mind’s eye can fly…Above my head.
-“MIB:” Orion’s Belt…ting out lyrics! 🎼

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
Q: “What high school did You go to?”
A: “A Most High one.  Actually, I was the Head of all My classes.”  (Go Pioneers!🎉)
“Willingness=Effortful Exertion;” trying my hardest and going to any lengths for God!
-“If You’re upstream, I’ll be the paddle!”🏓
-“That’s quack-tastick!”  (There’s not an emoticon for a “blue duck.” I’m very sorry.)
Q: …What the Hell for?
A: “Missal-Toe Mission:”☎️
“Seek and recover.  An extraction.”🔦
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“Com, and trip it as ye go,
On the light fantastick toe.”
(-John Milton, from “L’Allegeo”)
-“On Anxiety📚(…and communion)”
I wouldn’t expect my hunger to be satiated before I’m halfway through my meal, so I shouldn’t expect to feel prepared for a task before it is actually Time to work!  The present is a gift, within which I ought to abide.💝
📜(Bible Passages)
-Isaiah 51:3-5; “Hark the Herald…”⚜💓
-Isaiah 51:9-11; “Redemption Song”👑🖍
-Isaiah 51:15-19; “With This Armie”✍🏻
-Isaiah 51:23; “Et Tu Brute, Nemo Resideo”
-Isaiah 52:5-7; “Le Cogito, de ‘I Am'”💠
-Isaiah 52:10-12; “Bob, Marley and Me”⛓
-John 17:5-8; “Three Men in a Tub”⛵️
-John 17:11-13; “Brother’s Trapper Keeper”
-John 17:21-24; “O Romeo, Art In Me”🎨
-James 2:5-10; “All for 1 and 10-4 All”❣
-James 2:14-17; “Denial: Gypt of the River”
-James 2:18-24; “By …Mine Works”💎
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Isaiah 51; “Bend a Dog-Eared”🎭
-Isaiah 52; “Arose🌹By Any Other Name”
-John 17; “Lego my Orphic Eggo”🎪
-James 2; “Mercy:Merci, Rejoiceth!”🌬🕊

Isaiah 51:3-5
3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like Eden,
and her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness shall be found therein,
thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
4 Hearken unto me, my people;
and give ear unto me, O my nation:
for a law shall proceed from me,
and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
5 My righteousness is near;
my salvation is gone forth,
and mine arms shall judge the people;
the isles shall wait upon me,
and on mine arm shall they trust.

Isaiah 51:9-11
9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord;
awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.
Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea,
the waters of the great deep;
that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lordshall return,
and come with singing unto Zion;
and everlasting joy shall be upon their head:
they shall obtain gladness and joy;
and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Isaiah 51:15-19
15 But I am the Lord thy God,
that divided the sea, whose waves roared:
the Lord of hosts is his name.
16 And I have put my words in thy mouth,
and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand,
that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth,
and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem,
which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury;
thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling,
and wrung them out.
18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth;
neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.
19 These two things are come unto thee;
who shall be sorry for thee?
desolation, and destruction,
and the famine, and the sword:
by whom shall I comfort thee?

Isaiah 51:23
23 but I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee;
which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over:
and thou hast laid thy body as the ground,
and as the street, to them that went over.

Isaiah 52:5-7
5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord,
that my people is taken away for nought?
they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord;
and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name:
therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak:
behold, it is I.
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings,
that publisheth peace;
that bringeth good tidings of good,
that publisheth salvation;
that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Isaiah 52:10-12
10 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence,
touch no unclean thing;
go ye out of the midst of her;
be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.
12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight:
for the Lord will go before you;
and the God of Israel will be your rereward.

John 17:5-8
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.

John 17:11-13
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.

John 17:21-24
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.

James 2:5-10
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point,he is guilty of all.

James 2:14-17
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

James 2:18-24
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Isaiah 51Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
51
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness,
ye that seek the Lord:
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,
and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
2 Look unto Abraham your father,
and unto Sarah that bare you:
for I called him alone,
and blessed him, and increased him.
3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like Eden,
and her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness shall be found therein,
thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
4 Hearken unto me, my people;
and give ear unto me, O my nation:
for a law shall proceed from me,
and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
5 My righteousness is near;
my salvation is gone forth,
and mine arms shall judge the people;
the isles shall wait upon me,
and on mine arm shall they trust.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look upon the earth beneath:
for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke,
and the earth shall wax old like a garment,
and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:
but my salvation shall be for ever,
and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness,
the people in whose heart is my law;
fear ye not the reproach of men,
neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment,
and the worm shall eat them like wool:
but my righteousness shall be for ever,
and my salvation from generation to generation.
9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord;
awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.
Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea,
the waters of the great deep;
that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lordshall return,
and come with singing unto Zion;
and everlasting joy shall be upon their head:
they shall obtain gladness and joy;
and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you:
who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die,
and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
13 and forgettest the Lord thy maker,
that hath stretched forth the heavens,
and laid the foundations of the earth;
and hast feared continually every day
because of the fury of the oppressor,
as if he were ready to destroy?
and where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed,
and that he should not die in the pit,
nor that his bread should fail.
15 But I am the Lord thy God,
that divided the sea, whose waves roared:
the Lord of hosts is his name.
16 And I have put my words in thy mouth,
and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand,
that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth,
and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem,
which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury;
thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling,
and wrung them out.
18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth;
neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.
19 These two things are come unto thee;
who shall be sorry for thee?
desolation, and destruction,
and the famine, and the sword:
by whom shall I comfort thee?
20 Thy sons have fainted,
they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net:
they are full of the fury of the Lord,
the rebuke of thy God.
21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted,
and drunken, but not with wine:
22 thus saith thy Lord
the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people,
Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling,
even the dregs of the cup of my fury;
thou shalt no more drink it again:
23 but I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee;
which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over:
and thou hast laid thy body as the ground,
and as the street, to them that went over.

Isaiah 52Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
52
Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion;
put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city:
for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
2 Shake thyself from the dust;
arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:
loose thyself from the bands of thy neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.
3 For thus saith the Lord,
Ye have sold yourselves for nought;
and ye shall be redeemed without money.
4 For thus saith the Lord God,
My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there;
and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord,
that my people is taken away for nought?
they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord;
and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name:
therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak:
behold, it is I.
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings,
that publisheth peace;
that bringeth good tidings of good,
that publisheth salvation;
that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice;
with the voice together shall they sing:
for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
9 Break forth into joy,
sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem:
for the Lord hath comforted his people,
he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence,
touch no unclean thing;
go ye out of the midst of her;
be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.
12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight:
for the Lord will go before you;
and the God of Israel will be your rereward.
13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently,
he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
14 As many were astonied at thee;
his visage was so marred more than any man,
and his form more than the sons of men:
15 so shall he sprinkle many nations;
the kings shall shut their mouths at him:
for that which had not been told them shall they see;
and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

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.

James 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point,he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

🌞9/17/16
Topical Outline:
-“The Whole… (Aristotle quote)
-“In succession; Step Work as saltatory;” the steps as being most effective when worked as s complete sequence, or in light of each other, rather than in isolation
-“All I Know…” (Socrates quote)
-“Humility, honesty, and willingness;” all together, to turn within, face myself, my fears, and my character defects, and keep pushing through my psyche, gaining knowledge of my own sins, as defects of character and shortcomings, all the way through to the loving restoration of God
-“Giving up on;” phony and fallacious forms of reliance and dependence, as any form of self-sufficiency is a denial of God
-“Turn inward, not outward;” the dangers of outward social comparison and the correct choice of turning to God in trust
-“Turn inward, not forward;” the dangers of rushing ahead to future activities, which precludes the serenity of God’s care here in the present moment in Time
-“Solve any problem;” 1st step: my own act of turning to God, with love and trust
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“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” (Aristotle)

“A Pas-de-Deux”💞
I believe that practicing the 12 Steps, as a framework for a lifestyle, and as a simplified guide for happy, useful living as God intends, is most effective when viewed as a whole, or by interpreting each Step in light of all the others.  The Steps are a path to faith, or a simple instruction manual that I may use to develop “a faith that works,” by practical application to daily living problems, in such a way that I may develop a loving mutual relationship with my Higher Power, or God and Jesus.

“Swan Lake is a Petri Dish”💦🌎
When I work any one Step in isolation, it leads to different effect than when practiced as a full sequence.  I had always taken Step 2 as a given, and believed in God, as unconditional Love.  What was missing for me, however, the the ability to actually make use of my faith by applying it to daily life; I believed in God, but if I do not actually rely upon Him to help me through my struggles, that belief is “faith without works,” and is therefore, “dead,” and essentially meaningless.  If I really believe in and love God, then my faith will dictate my actual behavior and actions.  A faith that works is one that includes the followthrough of walking the walk and actually adhering to my beliefs.  If I do not depend upon God, then I have not sincerely put my faith in God.  Thus, the “Second Step,” is most important, because it indicates not only that I believe in God, but also that I believe He will help me through any of my struggles, which turns life into a “Pas-de-Deux” with my Creator.  Faith only ever becomes real when I make use of it through application to everyday living; God will manifest in my life, that is certain, but I cannot expect Him to help me if I never actually rely upon Him!  Thus, the 12 Steps serve an important purpose in the guiding of my faith, in that they teach me how to actually act upon my beloved belief system; without action founded upon my belief in God, any belief I may have is for nought.  When I encounter a problem in everyday living, I take my spiritual toolbox out, and start with this one fact: of a loving God, Who will see me through any obstacle.  With Step 2 as a steadfast starting point, or as my “secure base,” “base camp,” and rallying point for action, the wheel is set in motion for a demonstration of my faith in God, and for relying upon Him to help me to overcome my struggles, instead of some other resource.  In this way, by leaning upon God to save me, I may proceed with action founded upon faith in Him, such that God may be glorified, and proved as our loving Savior.

“Swan Dive!”💠❣☄
When I work Step 1, I needn’t feel ashamed that I am weak and powerless or that I experience my life as unmanageable.  Rather, this admission is only an indication of my own self-honesty, and ability to fully appreciate God by accurately appraising my true standing in His world.  When I work Step 3, it is with knowing assurance that He is already guiding me through my problem, or the obstacle, to His intended solution; it is my responsibility to just open myself up and let go of self-will enough to see His path and solution, rather than be blinded by the impediments of my own will, desires, and false preconceptions.  In order to see and access God’s will and path to victory or success, I must be willing to seek Him will and succeed on His terms instead of mine.  I must practice this process of Step Work, to learn to let go of my own obstinate attachments to flawed methods and false ideas, misguided notions of self-reliance, and all faith in my own abilities.  When I fully admit my own utter powerlessness, only then am I being truly honest about how powerful God is.  If I think that I can succeed without God’s help, I am not allowing Him the proper respect, and I will logically not proceed with stepping out of the way so that He can step in and avail Himself to save me.
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“I know one thing: that I know nothing.”
(-Plato, The Socratic paradox)

“Humility is a Pre-Requisite”🍎🐍
I love this quote by Socrates, in that I think it properly conveys what I ought to recognize of myself in order to appreciate the full glory of God.  However, I feel like it can be a sort of bragging right, to admit my utter helplessness and total lack of knowledge in in the light of God’s presence; if He wishes to alter the laws of nature such that 2+2=3, He could do so.  Thus, in the presence of the Almighty God, I am, in fact rendered effectively ignorant, as all that I know to be true is contingent upon His will and His power.  This recognition that God Himself is all I really ever do know, is a nice starting point to gain valid existential, ontological, and epistemological knowledge of the world, as knowledge that is actually True, by which I mean, it conforms to God’s will.  I proceed to go a Step further, and I take additional action as an offering up to God; as an exercise of my own free-will and as a “show of good faith,” in love and charity, I make this assumption, which appears to me as rather logically obvious: That God is only ever unconditional Love.
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“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.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”
(-William Shakespeare)

“Love Is God’s Truth”💎
Recognizing my own ignorance is a good starting point to avoid the pitfall of intellectual egotism, which only serves to bolster the fallacious belief that I may ever be capable of anything of my own, or apart from the grace of God.  “Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works”
(Jesus, via John 14:10).  Further facets of my factual dependence must also be recognized, however.  Sometimes, in avowing my own insufficiency and powerlessness, I may get an overdose of humility, leading to a spike in my own self-appraisal of virtue proficiency.  Whenever I start to think that I am being properly humble, I am on the track to building up my ego is it relates to my own perceived humility.  Once I start to think that I’m right where I should be, this is where I must keep the momentum of Step Work flowing, just like a dance, and rework Step 1.  If I ever feel satisfied with the extent of my work, meaning, if I feel like I am achieving at my maximum potential, or that I am as good as I will ever need to be, then I am in the throes of deceit and denial, as dishonesty and self-deception, falling victim to the delusion of the false concept of “adequacy.”  There is no such such thing as “good enough,” as a set limit, threshold, or fixed standard that I ought to meet, at which point I need not work any further.  This mistaken notion of ever attaining some ideal is a sin, instigated by my own laziness, either by a desire to get by with the bare minimum, or by the desire to get my work out of the way and avoid having to work at a future point.  At any rate, if I desire any less than giving my all in all of my endeavors, as being the body and effort by which I may glorify the redeeming power and love of God, then I am moving away from God rather than towards God.  The only available choices are progress or regression, and so if I am not actively growing towards God’s constantly changing and ever-advancing will for me to improve, then I will be on the road to sinfulness instead.  There’s only ever either God’s will, which is the high road of peace and love, or self-will, which is sin.  Thus, I must expect to constantly relearn and reaffirm my own shortcomings in the areas of humility and intellectual aptitude.  A “state of flux,” or making progress by taking “two Steps forward and then one Step back,” is actually the ideal condition to maintain a readiness to learn and improve.  Humility is often best understood as meaning teachability.  As soon as I think I’ve made good headway in my practice of humility, I can be sure that I am on my way to an ego spike from this self-satisfaction and then to a misstep; however, this is a good thing, because I need to make mistakes, as they set me off balance enough to learn new lessons!  God means for me to keep relearning humility, as any other virtue, with new and increasingly greater understanding, and in ever-evolving ways.  As a virtue of God’s perfection, humility exists perfectly as an infinity.  I am certainly not expected to usurp the place of God by achieving perfection, which is His position; rather, I am expected to continue to grow in His eternal path for me towards His infinite ideals of virtue.  I am predestined to derive joy from continually improving upon my humility, and other such virtues, as spiritual skills, by working alongside God and growing in His image and care, Forever, with His Eternity.  The 12 Steps are really best understood as more of a graceful dance than a fixed procession, and merely serve as a fluid and flexible framework, or pattern of living, which I may use and practice to better understand God and His will for me, of Eternal Love.  This life is truly a Pas-de-Deux, as a process and an art form, to be enjoyed in synchrony with my loving Creator.
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“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.”🎭
(-William Shakespeare)

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“To err is human…” (-A. Pope)
“Learning to See My Own Mistakes…
…In a Positive Light!”🕯🔦💡
Admitting defeat in Step 1 fashion can be better and more enjoyable than actually succeeding myself.  What I crave most is to be as close to God as possible.  It is only when my own resources fail that God will Step in to help me; thus, my own point of weakness or sin is God’s point of entry.  I am actually drawn closest to God and Jesus when I am at my weakest and most vulnerable, as when I am left helpless.  When I reach this “jumping off point,” what may have otherwise been seen as a problem or pitfall can instead be seen as an opportunity to experience God’s grace and restoration first-hand.  When I reach an impasse, or my own human limitations, all that is required of me is to reach out, with a knowing faith and loving trust, fully expectant of the saving grace of God.
🔑The Gold Standard.💛
“Willingness: The Whole 9 Yards…tick”
“You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.” (-Vincent, from “Gattaca”)
-The Golden Rule, The Golden Ratio, The Gold Standard, of perfect, selfless Love.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
Q and A:
-“If it serves a functional purpose: If you feel most comfortable with a conception of God as ‘SpongeBob Squarepants,’ and that conception serves the practical purpose of enabling you to comfortably open up to Him, turning to Him in prayer for guidance and love, then it might actually be wise to pray to God as ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ provided, of course, that you believe Him to be an embodiment of God Almighty, the Father and ultimate Creator of all existence.”
-…I call it the “Contact Theory,” of God, like with the alien from that movie “Contact” with Jodie Foster….
-“Would You be a Taco that craps ice cream?”  No.
-(…a “South Park” reference😉) lol!

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love
“Mon Don Quixote”⚔🛡🦄
-“Fair and softly goes far.”
(-Cervantes, from “For Today,” pp. 261)
“Something…”🕊
-“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil was that good men should do nothing.”  (-Edmund Burke)
📜(Bible Passages)
-James 3:8-12 “Dr. Pepper Stark Fountain”
-James 3:16-18; “Recede to God”🙏🍒
-James 4:4-8; “Mind over Matter”👼🌎
-James 4:15-17; “Head over Heels”🐩💕
-1 Thessalonians 2:4-6; 🕊”For God…”
-1 Thessalonians 2:10-13; “All the⌛️Time”
-1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; “…For You”🕊
-1 Thessalonians 3:7-10; “Emer-Gen:See”
-1 Thessalonians 3:11-13; “Found-ed”🏳
📜(Bible Chapters)
-James 3; “Still, The Giving Tree”🎄
-James 4; “The Only Thing🎙Necessary…”
-1 Thessalonians 2; “Mà Vlast”🕊🌈
-1 Thessalonians 3; “Forget-Me-Knot”💝

James 3:8-12
8 but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

James 3:16-18
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

James 4:4-8
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

James 4:15-17
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

1 Thessalonians 2:4-6
4 but as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 6 nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:10-13
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also,how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 11 as ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.

1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
7 therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: 8 for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 10 night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 13 to the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

James 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but isearthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

James 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and yourjoy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

1 Thessalonians 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2 but even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 3 For our exhortation wasnot of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4 but as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 6 nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 so being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also,how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 11 as ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judæa are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.

1 Thessalonians 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 2 and sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3 that no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: 7 therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: 8 for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 10 night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 13 to the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

🌞9/18/16
Topical Outline:
-“Following God and Jesus;” while also abstaining from following the path of life itself directly, as an earthly focus on the tangible is a surefire way to loose sight of God and Jesus, the only reliable Guides; experiencing the world indirectly, as mediated by God and Jesus by turning always to them first in my thoughts before interpreting or interacting with the world; living as a team effort with God and Jesus
-“Falling back on my trust;” in the ultimate care and love of God and Jesus, bolstered by my willingness to to obey and abide by God’s will, and not any other influence
-“Mental focus;” only upon God and Jesus and exchanging love and collaborating; avoiding responding to my environment directly as being a misstep; never pushing back against confrontations or issues or turning outwards upon the source of a conflict, but instead, turning always back inwards and “into God,” to follow His lead
-“Obstacles as building blocks;” when interpreted effectively, life’s struggles are the raw material that I am meant to use as a means by which to “build up within” myself, growing upwards with spiritual discipline and character development, to refine my virtues, and to improve upon my relationship with God and Jesus; interpreting worldly problems as cues to turn inwards and recede closer to God; rewards of a stronger bond forged in Love
-“Neural structuring;” constructing a solid framework within as a pathway of “habit,” by turning always upwards towards God and reinforcing Our connection; coping effectively and acting righteously not merely by turning the other cheek to the world, but also by turning inwards to God in prayer for consolation and guidance, as the only pious alternative to sinful self-will; loving God instead of resenting others as being the only acceptable channel for my energies; seeking God and Jesus within and as the only path to love and salvation
-“Loving God and Jesus;” by trying my hardest to seek and serve Their needs instead of mine, both with my intentions of helping and with effort, work, and action; striving to abide within the will of God as inexplicably, or magically and miraculously, indirectly solving all my own problems, and resulting in all of my own needs being met, in ways far beyond my wildest dreams

🔔Lunch Communion:
-🎶”I saw Three Ships assailing in…”🎄🎶
…To land a-broad. 🗽 Santa Maria!
📜John 15; “Abide in the spiritual world, eternally with God and Jesus, and not in the illusion of the material world, which is only comprised of selfishness and sin.”
“Ung Je Serviray: 🏳One Will I Serve”
-Seek first and only ever God, acting to abide in His will with moral upright living, strivings my towards His perfect virtues, and seek not at all selfish earthly pursuits.
-One may only ever serve one Master.
📜Matthew 6:24; “Bilal: I Choose You!”
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and *mammon. (*”mammon” means “$”)
-*Extended meaning of $: *self-will and selfish worldly or corporeal pursuits; striving ought only ever be towards God, wherein I will be directed in His path of spiritual endeavors, based upon the more advanced goals of self-improvement, growth, learning, character development, and establishing a loving bond with Him.
-“Making Love;”🍒 is what it’s all about!  Creatively interpreted, of course!💝🖌🎨
-“Focus intentions;” to direct my energy positively and productively; there is only one Source to perfectly and righteously direct my will free from, Who Is God.

“The Matrix”🌎
“All Love” only ever comes from God; love is spiritual, and is not of the material world, and so it may not be accessed by earthly pursuits.  All worldly endeavors are always inherently sinful, as they are not of the spiritual realm wherein resides God.  The idea of “earthly success” is an illusion, and pursing it is a sin, and rejection of God.  Seeking love or fulfillment in the material world is is a futile endeavor, because it does not exist in the tangible world; love is spiritual in nature and can only ever be accessed directly from God, Who exists within the soul, in the realm of the spirit.  God must be tapped directly from within, by thoughts, prayers, meditations, and focus, through an innate knowledge of Him that He has planted within us; knowledge of God was intended and is inborn within each human mind and soul.
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It is our duty and purpose to seek God to the exclusion of the material, corporeal, impermanent, and sinful world.  The entirety of the material world exists as the logical opposition to that which is spiritual in nature.  As the material world is not spiritual, it does not contain or allow access to knowledge of God and His will, which are of the eternal, spiritual realm.n The material world is logically understood as the absence of God and His spiritual perspective, and so is inherently evil.
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Material pursuits are necessarily always a sin; God, with His will, is the only alternative to the material world, and can be understood as of the “spiritual realm.”  There is only ever either God’s will or evil; the material world and self-will are inherently evil and sinful, as they are not God and His will.  It is our duty to exercise our God-given “free-will” to choose God, and to both actively seek and diligently follow His path of love and righteousness.

🍎🐍”Define…”
Character defects, sin, or evil:
“Self-centered fear,” which is the natural result of the absence of God; the Solution is found in giving myself up to God, and actively seeking, trusting, and loving God.
Love for God💖is the Antidote!
(…and Only for God!)
“No passion so effectively robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”
(-Edmund Burke, via “For Today” pp. 262)
“The only thing necessary…”
(-Edmund Burke)

“…It’s Really More of a Privilege…”😉
-Take the responsibility to actively fill yourself with God and the fruits of the spirit, or sin and evil will fill you instead.
-“‘I Am’ what drives me.”💖

John 15Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and thatyour fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-I’ll be Your “manger.”  “May oui!”  Lol! 🇫🇷
-“Never to condemn a Temple of God.”😇
-I’ll bring you some tea, on a flying saucer.
-“Integrated;” as a “Mosaic…”⚖🖌🎨
-“Radioactive;” as an audible frequency.
-“Renaissance Woman, Vitruvian Acumen”
-“Run my forest, run!”⛲️
📜(Bible Passages)
-1 Corinthians 3:6-9; “Free(Spirit)mason”
-1 Corinthians 3:10-15; “Virtues🕊Prevail”
-1 Corinthians 3:16-17; “The Real Temple”
-Genesis 3:7-19; “Till Pixie Dust”🌬💖
-Genesis 3:22-24; “Leaves and Pages”🌳
-Isaiah 30:1-3; “House of Cards?”💎⚒🌪
-Isaiah 30:9-11; “Denial or Admission”⚔
-Isaiah 30:13-18; “I’m Housin; the💠Soul”
-Isaiah 30:19-21; “Zion💎Kingdom Within”
-Isaiah 30:25-30; “Nectar in a Sieve”🍯🔥
-2 Peter 3:3-5; “Culpability Ability”📦
-2 Peter 3:8-9; “Stern Tapping A-Foot”👟
-2 Peter 3:11-13 ; “Air’s Force🌬Awakens”
-2 Peter 3:14-16; “Love Translates🔹True”
-2 Peter 3:17-18; “Above Most Heads”⛅️
📜(Bible Chapters)
-1 Corinthians 3; “Crucible:Test💛By Fire”
-Genesis 3; “Loyalty Tended Tender”🌸
-Isaiah 30; “Geometry Re-proof”📐✏️💕
-2 Peter 3; “A Page # Heralds Timely”📯

1 Corinthians 3:6-9
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which templeye are.

Genesis 3:17-19
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Genesis 3:22-24
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Isaiah 30:1-3
30 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord,
that take counsel, but not of me;
and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit,
that they may add sin to sin:
2 that walk to go down into Egypt,
and have not asked at my mouth;
to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,
and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame,
and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

Isaiah 30:9-11
9 that this is a rebellious people, lying children,
children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10 which say to the seers, See not;
and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things,
speak unto us smooth things,
prophesy deceits:
11 get you out of the way,
turn aside out of the path,
cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

Isaiah 30:15-15
15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel;
In returning and rest shall ye be saved;
in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:
and ye would not.
16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses;
therefore shall ye flee:
and, We will ride upon the swift;
therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one;
at the rebuke of five shall ye flee:
till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain,
and as an ensign on an hill.
18 And therefore will the Lord wait,
that he may be gracious unto you,
and therefore will he be exalted,
that he may have mercy upon you:
for the Lord is a God of judgment:
blessed are all they that wait for him.

Isaiah 30:25-30
25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. 26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the Lordcometh from far,
burning with his anger,
and the burden thereof is heavy:
his lips are full of indignation,
and his tongue as a devouring fire:
28 and his breath, as an overflowing stream,
shall reach to the midst of the neck,
to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity:
and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people,
causing them to err.
29 Ye shall have a song,
as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept;
and gladness of heart,
as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord,
to the mighty One of Israel.
30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard,
and shall shew the lighting down of his arm,
with the indignation of his anger,
and with the flame of a devouring fire,
with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.

Isaiah 30:19-21
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 21 and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

2 Peter 3:3-5
3 knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:11-13
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

2 Peter 3:14-16
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

2 Peter 3:17-18
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these thingsbefore, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which templeye are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory 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 ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

Genesis 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Isaiah 30Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
30 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord,
that take counsel, but not of me;
and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit,
that they may add sin to sin:
2 that walk to go down into Egypt,
and have not asked at my mouth;
to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,
and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame,
and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
4 For his princes were at Zoan,
and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
5 They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them,
nor be an help nor profit,
but a shame, and also a reproach.
6 The burden of the beasts of the south:
into the land of trouble and anguish,
from whence come the young and old lion,
the viper and fiery flying serpent,
they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses,
and their treasures upon the bunches of camels,
to a people that shall not profit them.
7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose:
therefore have I cried concerning this,
Their strength is to sit still.
8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
9 that this is a rebellious people, lying children,
children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10 which say to the seers, See not;
and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things,
speak unto us smooth things,
prophesy deceits:
11 get you out of the way,
turn aside out of the path,
cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel,
Because ye despise this word,
and trust in oppression and perverseness,
and stay thereon:
13 therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall,
swelling out in a high wall,
whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces;
he shall not spare:
so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it
a sherd to take fire from the hearth,
or to take water withal out of the pit.
15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel;
In returning and rest shall ye be saved;
in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:
and ye would not.
16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses;
therefore shall ye flee:
and, We will ride upon the swift;
therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one;
at the rebuke of five shall ye flee:
till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain,
and as an ensign on an hill.
18 And therefore will the Lord wait,
that he may be gracious unto you,
and therefore will he be exalted,
that he may have mercy upon you:
for the Lord is a God of judgment:
blessed are all they that wait for him.
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 21 and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. 22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence. 23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. 24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan. 25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. 26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the Lordcometh from far,
burning with his anger,
and the burden thereof is heavy:
his lips are full of indignation,
and his tongue as a devouring fire:
28 and his breath, as an overflowing stream,
shall reach to the midst of the neck,
to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity:
and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people,
causing them to err.
29 Ye shall have a song,
as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept;
and gladness of heart,
as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord,
to the mighty One of Israel.
30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard,
and shall shew the lighting down of his arm,
with the indignation of his anger,
and with the flame of a devouring fire,
with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of the Lordshall the Assyrian be beaten down,
which smote with a rod.
32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass,
which the Lord shall lay upon him,
it shall be with tabrets and harps:
and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.
33 For Tophet is ordained of old;
yea, for the king it is prepared;
he hath made it deep and large:
the pile thereof is fire and much wood;
the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone,
doth kindle it.

2 Peter 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these thingsbefore, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

🌞9/19/16
-“Take a break;” usefulness of variation in behavioral and cognitive self-regulation, coping, and problem-solving techniques; developing a wide range of skill sets and abilities to successfully handle challenges; utilizing external resources, as situational or environmental methods, such as taking a nap or distracting myself with a new activity, until my internal resources, as personal abilities of emotional and cognitive control, are fully developed and strong enough to be successfully deployed to adaptively and beneficially effect a change upon my perspective, as my cognition and appraisal of a situation, or my behavior, to proceed constructively
-“Only Love translates;” why innocence, as pure, true love and charity, is the only effective translator to explain life and bestow understanding of God as Truth
-“The seven gifts of the spirit;” as being spiritual tools and skills to continually refine, develop, and enhance as my personal toolkit of spiritual equipment; employing these spiritual tools in the process of learning virtues, as personal abilities and assets of character building
-“The fruit of the spirit;” as being the results of utilizing the “gifts of the spirit,” as a personal array of spiritual abilities as various virtues; these abilities of virtue as being the eternal rewards of the spirit;  real and lasting joy, moral righteousness, usefulness, a higher purpose, existential worth, meaningful productivity, infinite love, fundamental serenity, and an eternal personal relationship with God and Jesus

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The Gifts are tools by which to work towards the rewards, or the Fruits.
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“The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists the seven gifts as follows:
* Wisdom: It is the capacity to love spiritual things more than material ones; it also means the want to understand God. It is the perfection of the theological virtue of faith;
* Understanding: In understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as followers of Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live. The gift of understanding perfects a person’s speculative reason in the apprehension of truth. It is the gift whereby self-evident principles are known;
* Counsel (right judgement): With the gift of counsel/right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus Christ. It is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence;
* Fortitude (courage): With the gift of fortitude/courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or physical harm. The gift of courage allows people the firmness of mind that is required both in doing good and in enduring evil. It is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of the same name;
* Knowledge: With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God. The distinction between wisdom and knowledge is that wisdom gives the desire to know the things of God, whereas knowledge is the actual power by which such things are known. The gift of knowledge is more than an accumulation of facts, it also helps us to choose the right path through life;
* Piety (reverence): With the gift of piety/reverence, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, it is the perfection of the virtue of religion.[17] Piety is the gift whereby, at the Holy Spirit’s instigation, we pay worship and duty to God as our Father, as Aquinas writes;
* Fear of the Lord (wonder and awe): With the gift of fear of the Lord/wonder and awe, we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love. This gift is described by Aquinas as a fear of separating oneself from God. He describes the gift as a “filial fear,” like a child’s fear of offending his father, rather than a “servile fear,” that is, a fear of punishment. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is the perfection of the theological virtue of hope.
(From: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit)

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“The Gifts” are tools…
😘…To Guide in the Practical Application of Virtues to Righteousness in Daily Living.  “The Gifts as the Driving Forces for Actual Effectiveness in the Active Use of Virtues.”
“…The Fruit,” or the rewards of spiritual work and discipline, is proficiency in living morally, and the abilities of “the Virtues.”

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“The Gifts in Relation to the Virtues”
In Summa Theologica II.II, Thomas Aquinas asserts the following correspondences between the seven Capital Virtues and the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
* The gift of wisdom corresponds to the virtue of charity.
* The gifts of understanding and knowledge correspond to the virtue of faith.
* The gift of counsel (right judgment) corresponds to the virtue of prudence.
* The gift of fortitude corresponds to the virtue of courage.
* The gift of fear of the Lord corresponds to the virtue of hope.
* The gift of Reverence corresponds to the virtue of justice.
To the virtue of temperance, no Gift is directly assigned; but the gift of fear can be taken as such, since fear drives somebody to restrict himself from forbidden pleasures.
The Rev. Brian Shanley contrasts the gifts to the virtues this way: “What the gifts do over and above the theological virtues (which they presuppose) is dispose the agent to the special promptings of the Holy Spirit in actively exercising the life of the virtues; the gifts are necessary for the perfect operations of the virtues, especially in the face of our human weakness and in difficult situations.”
(From: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit)

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“The Seven Heavenly Virtues”
A list of seven heavenly virtues, to oppose the seven deadly sins, appeared later in an epic poem entitled Psychomachia, or Battle/Contest of the Soul. Written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor who died around 410 A.D., it entails the battle between good virtues and evil vices. The enormous popularity of this work in the Middle Ageshelped to spread the concept of holy virtue throughout Europe. The virtues are identified as chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. Practicing them is said to protect one against temptationfrom the seven deadly sins.
(From: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Seven_virtues)

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“The Fruit of the Holy Spirit”
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul in his Letter to the Galatians: “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/wiki/
Fruit_of_the_Holy_Spirit)

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To Σ It All Up:
“The Joy of Living”🌳🍒❤️
The rewards are really best conceived of as attributes of my outlook and mind-state that enable me to derive the most spiritual benefit from the process itself of living.  The best reward in life is the ability to enjoy it, appreciate it, and contribute to it in the best way possible, on God’s terms.  The rewards of life, are essentially, inherent in and are the process itself, which bestows joy beyond measure when lived as God intends.  When I live guided by love for God, and proceed only as Together, or “at One with Him,” towards His ideals, and guided by my trust in His love, I partake in work while enjoying the mutual reciprocation of Our acts of love.  I am blessed with the first-hand experience of God’s true and intended meaning of life.  Proceeding Together with God and Jesus, I have all love, all trust, and all hope, while all Together at once; this Oneness with God is the end of ignorance and isolation, and the new beginning of a spiritual existence, as living Together with our Creator, and finally knowing True Love. Only God Himself can usher in the spiritual revolution and bestow the True Love that gives our lives and souls real eternal value.  To be given the chance to reciprocate this gift, and the privilege of working Together with God and Jesus, is itself the best gift.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Strapped like a training bra.”✌️😘
(Left-overs:)
*Explain why only innocent true love can ever effectively translate for God:
🔍Clue:  He’s a real Person and so the relationship is mutual, as a bidirectional interaction; He will respond to the unique nature of your individual prompting.
-…Never settling for less than the Best.💛

🔔Afternoon Musings:
“It was Written…”
“Connecting the Dots”✨
“…In the Stars in My Eyes.”
It’s actually not possible to love anything apart from God.  All love comes only from God, and He is the only Target for my love Who actually has the “receptors” by which to accept and receive my love!  It is not possible to transmit love to anything of the material world or to derive love from it, as it is outside the realm of the spirit and so does not know love.  It is also not possible to know love without first receiving it from interacting with God.  No one but God can instigate and direct the flow of love to within my life, and thus enable me to experience and derive the benefits of love.  Only by aiming my cupids’s arrows at God, and by actively loving God directly, is any act of love ever actually effective, fruitful, or successful.  Only God can originate or receive love; He may then reciprocate, and act as the conduit, or conductor, and proceed to stream and filter that love throughout the rest of my entire existence.  Therefore, if you do not love God, then you do not know how to love.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“Much learning does not teach understanding.”
(-Heraclitus, via “For Today,” pp. 263)
-“Winnow out the Truth for the minnows.”
“Principle of Charity:💛Love Translates”
-Seeking out the best parts, seeing them in the best way, and interpreting them only within the framework of love and sensibility as being the necessary and predetermined outcome, Destiny, or fate; looking with an eye open for the good parts, and seeking to creatively reinterpret ominous implications until may be seen instead in a positive light; taking love as an assumption, and using this premise to guide in the pathway of understanding; in this way, the Word of God is actually True, as Truth is only ever Love!
💖God=Truth:Love
📜(Bible Passages)
-Matthew 24:9-14; “Namesake in Vein”😇
-Matthew 24:27-31; “Lips Spit Stars”💫
-Matthew 24:44-50; “Hawthorne Effect”
-Acts 2:1-4; “Nevermind the🌬Pentecost”
-Acts 2:17-21; “Pitcher’s Worth 1000…”
-Acts 2:24-28; “Heartstrings Pluck🎻Joy”
-Acts 2:29-34; “The Buddha Ghost”🕊
-Acts 2:38-39; “Raised on Promises”🌈
-Acts 2:43-47; “A Broad🗽All-Inclusive”
-Romans 11:6-8; “1-Way Ticket:⛑the Eye”
-Romans 11:10-15; “Return Flight: by God”
-Romans 11:16-22; “God👑Grafted🌳In”
-Romans 11:26-31; “Mainline💋to God”
-Romans 11:32-36; “One and Only💛”
-Romans 12:1-3; “Love is Self-Sacrifice”💞
-Romans 12:4-8; “Division of Labor”⚖
-Romans 12:9-16; “Call to High👼Order”
-Romans 12:17-21; “3 Branches”🤘✌️🖖
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Matthew 24; “Mormons🎺were Right!?”
-Acts 2; “Fellowship of the Spirit”🌎🚀✨
-Romans 11; “Expand the Olive Branch”💫
-Romans 12; “The Puzzle💠Peace Fits”

Matthew 24:9-14
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.

Matthew 24:27-31
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.

Matthew 24:44-50
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,

Acts 2:1-4
2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:17-21
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 and I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:24-28
24 whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27 because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Acts 2:29-34
29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31 he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

Acts 2:38-39
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Acts 2:43-47
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Romans 11:6-8
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (according as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Romans 11:10-15
10 let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

Romans 11:16-22
16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 for if God spared not the natural branches, take heedlest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in hisgoodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Romans 11:26-31
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they areenemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God arewithout repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Romans 11:32-36
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom beglory for ever. Amen.

Romans 12:1-3
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Romans 12:4-8
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesyaccording to the proportion of faith; 7 or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:9-16
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Romans 12:17-21
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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.

Acts 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilæans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judæa, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judæa, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 for these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 and I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24 whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27 because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31 he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35 until I make thy foes thy footstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men andbrethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Romans 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (according as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 10 let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 for if God spared not the natural branches, take heedlest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in hisgoodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they areenemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God arewithout repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom beglory for ever. Amen.

Romans 12Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesyaccording to the proportion of faith; 7 or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

🌞9/20/16
Topical Outline:
-“Wearing a conceptualization of God;” as a shield, buffer, and moderator, to protect and guide me as I proceed through the obstacle course that is material life; clinging only to the final One determinant of my understanding, enjoyment, and experience of life, as God and Jesus, at the top of God’s hierarchy of existence; branching out from God to construct an adaptively fluid and flexible belief system and mental schema of existence, merely as a supplemental extension of God, and fully dependent upon the steady and unchanging fact of God and Jesus as Love; auxiliary beliefs simply to enhance my experience of life, with the Truth of “only God” serving as the solid foundation for an eternal, meaningful, loving existence
-“Letting go of self;” and attachments to assume the most beneficial attitude and outlook, or appraisal, perception, and interpretation of any given situation; patience, resolve, and forbearance to persist in sustained efforts, despite opposing influences and detrimental factors;  grasping the solution, or end result, as being “only God and Jesus,” and sharing in our Love in Togetherness
-“Theseus and the ball of thread myth;” holding onto the solution of God’s will and ultimate eternal Love as the ball of thread, to ensure arrival at the desired outcome, much like solving a puzzle by working backwards from the answer, or unwinding with the thread out of the maze to Ariadne

“It’s okay…”🕊
When I start with the assumption only of God and His will and love as the solution, I can then offer all the rest of “me” to His care and direction, thus making myself ready and able to receive Him and His influence, as all the impediments that are self-will and ego-reliance fall by the wayside.  Only on this way, by grasping onto nothing but God, do I become open for the grace of God to completely infiltrate and permeate my being, thus manifesting Him, and through faith and love, displaying His actual ability to love and care for me properly, evidenced as fact in tangible and empirical reality.

“…Because He Loves Me Back.”
When I orient my intentions towards serving God, there is little room left for disturbances or emotional tumult that may interfere with my ability to fully enjoy and appreciate the blessing of life.  I am able to feel these discomforts without feeling too unsettled, because I see them only within the broader context, as within the framework of God above as the ultimate determining Factor of existence.  Simply by believing and endorsing this fact of God as Love, and then proceeding with my thoughts and behavior only from this knowledge, and not from any extraneous variables, I may be led to His salvation and His Destiny of love and spiritual progress.
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“Tips and Pointers:”✏️☝🚸
-Self-centered fear, or worrying about myself and my security, is not permitted.  In actuality, “self-centered fear” it is the “original sin” of disloyalty to God, by rejecting or doubting His care and love for us.  Fear is the sin and evil that transpires of my own self-will when I am not actively using my free-will to seek and trust the will of God.  I am supposed to love and serve God instead of myself, and then my own actual needs are necessarily met, and I experience joy indirectly, as a byproduct.
-Selfless love for God and self-sacrifice as the only valid path to happiness may seem counterintuitive, but it is factual Truth.

The Key:🔑Willingness is…
“…Giving it My All”💜
Willingness, as a devotion to trying my absolute hardest, always putting in my best efforts, and working as hard as I possibly can to ensure thoroughness in following the highest and most righteous path, is my duty in meeting God halfway.  My effort and footwork paves the way for God to step in and free me from fear.  My hardest efforts, as a complete sacrifice, are necessary in clearing the way for God, as trying by best and working my hardest is my “safety net,” to serve as a sort of place-holder until He steps in.  My hardest efforts preclude the entry of fear, or worry about my own inadequacy, into my mind, by the assurance from the logical fact that, if I’m doing my best, there is nothing more I can do!  If I’m doing literally all I can, then necessarily, my efforts must be sufficient.
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This security, from knowing that I couldn’t have possibly given more, through exerting myself to the full extent in my labors, is what necessarily entails freedom from fear.  The absence of fear is a necessary condition for true Love, and so my own willingness to “give my all” helps create space within my heart that God may then fill.  With a place made safe for God within my heart and soul, I may then go on to receive assurance that I am doing the right thing directly from God, as He slides right in to occupy the place-holder set by my own willingness to go to any lengths.  Where there is Love, there is no fear, and, in fact, true Love, being for and from God, logically precludes the coexistence of fear.  Fear is an evil and a form of sin, and occurs if I am motivated by self-will, or selfish pursuits, instead of by God’s will.  God’s Love is necessarily, and by definition, the absence of all fear.
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-Verifiable: a “Neo-Testament.”  Lol!

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Catch the Eye of the Tiger by the Toe-Shoe…  Être “On Pointe.”💠
-A Place-Holder💒
“Take the place and attitude to which you see your unquestionable right, and all men acquiesce.”  (-Ralph Waldo Emerson, via “For Today,” pp. 264)
-Devoted Faith: endurance, patience, forbearance, fortitude, equanimity, longanimity; “grit, or resilience”

“Faith: Verily, a Practical Practice”☔️
An “adaptive selection” of beliefs, as of the most functionally useful beliefs, being those that are the most advantageous to overall health, happiness, and well-being, is wise and logical for problem-solving and decision making.  Intentionally inducing “expectancy effects,” or a placebo-effect reaction, by adhering to the tenets of faith, is itself “the gift” associated with belief.

“Light to End the Tunnel-Vision”🔦💡
Thus, the belief in God is logically sound and valid, because it results in fruitfulness.  The best judgement of a method or a belief is by the fruitfulness of the labors, or by the effects, outcome and results.  Belief in God, and then applying that belief, by actually living in accordance with faith in God, is the most logical method of living, because it precludes any doubt in my chances of succeeding, and overcoming any and all challenges ahead of me.

“Get Real!”🔬🔍
Doubt in my own abilities to succeed and overcome challenges is a necessary outcome from an honest self-appraisal; thus, to be honest with myself and still be hopeful and certain of a loving outcome, I must believe in a Higher Power, and then place my faith in God and Jesus, rather than in myself.  In this way, I can believe in achieving and overcoming obstacles truly, as in an honest and righteous manner.  It is this dishonesty about my own abilities, and the denial of my own weaknesses, which leads me from first deceiving myself to then ultimately blaming others for my mistakes and failures.  When I am honest about my need for God, I can then freely and honestly admit my shortcomings, without shame in my inferiority, and without the incentive to blame others, as blaming is form of falsehood and an excuse for immorality or irresponsibility.  In catering to the drive of my own ego and selfish, sinful ambitions, I am deceiving myself about the reality of God; the truth is, that I was designed, of myself, to be incomplete, and to need God to be whole.

“Peace Completes the Puzzle”🔭🌈
Belief in God allows for achievement and progress alongside humility rather than egotism, which is a necessary condition for establishing real and loving mutual relationships with my fellow man.  In the absence of self-serving ambitions, dishonesty, egotism, and the denial of my personal weaknesses, and also egotism’s associated effects of the tendency to blame and put down others, I finally can allow myself to be an equal and part of a fellowship.  With this honesty, I no longer feel the need to push down others and scramble to be “better,” which is all just a misguided attempt to quell insecurities rooted deeply in my denial of this innate inadequacy, or incompleteness, resulting from being apart from God.  In fact, God had intended for this gap to be within me, and means to overcome my weakness and save me, by filling the emptiness Himself, in order to draw me into His care and His heavenly fold as I depend upon Him.

“Let ‘There, There’ Be Light”🌞
This new admission of my inherent “incompleteness,” or inadequacy, which is merely my inborn need for God and His saving grace, finally enables a universal atmosphere of cooperation and social harmony, instead of competition, in the sincere interest in the well-being of our fellows instead of just ourselves, and in the truth, fairness, justice, love, and equality bestowed by the overarching will of God.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Spiritual Development…”🔬🌻🔭
Growing pains are supposed to hurt!  Growth entails periods of pain, struggle, discomfort, or adversity; the challenge is in persisting to follow God no matter what befalls me, steadfastly trusting in Him all the way through to the solution, and then enjoying the bliss of Our spiritual progress.  Learning and growing is a Team effort; I am not designed to overcome by myself, I am meant to rely upon God and Jesus.  It is this Togetherness, of allowing my Creator to compensate for what I was intended to lack, that bestows true joy.  God is the “puzzle peace” for my soul, as it is the Collaboration and reciprocity of love in Our relationship, and a sense of Oneness and Togetherness, or teamwork with Him and Jesus, that is the divine amalgamation of whole new perspective, and the Ascension to true “peace of mind.”
*Note; Definition of “Meat:”🍒
-(the meat of) the chief part of something i.e. He did the meat of the climb on the first day.  (archaic: food of any kind.)
-be meat and drink to:
1 be a source of great pleasure to
“meat and drink to me this life is!”
2 be a customary matter for
-Oxford English Dictionary and Thesaurus
(Meat: the heart or substance of a matter)
📜(Bible Passages)
-Romans 13:1-6; “Equally Subject to Law”
-Romans 13:9-11; “Alarm⏰Awakens Us”
-Romans 13:12-14; “Alien Angel Fleets”🚀
-Romans 14:4-5; “Approval in God’s Eye”
-Romans 14:6-9; “Only in God’s Sights”🛰
-Romans 14:13-14; “Belief Perception”🌦
-Romans 14:15-17; “True ✝=Only Love”
-Romans 14:19-23; “Build not Condemn”
-Jude 10-13; “Judging Precludes Caritas”
-Jude 14-19; “Ego: False Predictions”🌈
-Jude 20-23; “Stake a Claim”💛
-Jude 24-25; “Upgrades like Apples”⛄️🎩
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Romans 13; “…As Children of Light❄️💫”
-Romans 14; “All Aboard and Only as All”
-Jude; “Constructively Repurposed”☝️💖

Romans 13:1-6
13 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Romans 13:9-11
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it ishigh time to awake out of sleep: for now isour salvation nearer than when we believed.

Romans 13:12-14
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Romans 14:4-5
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Romans 14:6-9
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

Romans 14:13-14
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there isnothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Romans 14:15-17
15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Romans 14:19-23
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Jude 10-13
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they arewithout water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Jude 14-19
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Jude 20-23
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Jude 24-25
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Romans 13Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it ishigh time to awake out of sleep: for now isour salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Romans 14Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
14 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there isnothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

JudeAuthorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2 mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they arewithout water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

🌞9/21/16
Topical Outline:
-“Counterintuitive indicators;” relearning and reinterpreting environmental stress; seeing the drive or impetus to rush out and do my work as an indication to instead turn inward to God to rely upon Him for stability; remembering that when I think I know what to do, or when I start to gain confidence in my ability to manage my own life, I am on the step preceding a fall; seeing my own sense of confidence as a defect and a sign to rely ever more heavily upon God; honesty to reaffirm my Step 1 admission of powerlessness and unmanageability; this admission of personal weakness is extremely relieving, because it absolves me from the shame of my own shortcomings, and directs me to the appropriate solution as seeking help and guidance from God and Jesus; thus, when I start to feel like I know what I’m doing or what I ought to do, this is a sign that I’m on the path of self-will and am forgetting Step 1, and is not an indication that I’m getting better at handling my life;  I understand through my honesty, that in God’s world I am powerless; if I feel self-sufficient, it’s only an indication that I’ve forgotten that God has been handling things for me; thus, if I don’t resettle myself through reliance upon God, I will be subject the the distress, anxiety, and unmanageability of self-will and the fallacy of self-reliance; turning inward to God is the honest first step to any solution.
-“Grasping God and the idea of His will and His solution;” much like Theseus holding the ball of string leading to His lover and freedom from the labyrinth, I find assurance in clinging earnestly and knowingly to a conscious sense of God, keeping the line of communication open and taut with my thoughts as constant prayers, and always looking and listening for His guidance to lead me to His solution, or salvation from my reactions to life, feelings, people, and my daily hassles.
-When I work backwards from the solution with God and Jesus, like in solving a maze, I can work diligently without worry or stress over the outcome, and instead, I can relax and focus with the love and security of knowing that all is well;  getting my work done may be for nought if I didn’t learn how to enjoy the process of working.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Shed some Light…”🌳
-“All the…”⌛️
“🎶…Live-Long Day”🖖
-The 12 Steps and the practices of the program are a way of life, and comprise the habits and daily routine of a spiritual lifestyle; I will only ever be finished with the Steps when I am finished with life, lol!
“Success”🔦
-“Reinterpreting progress and success;” as growing closer to the program and following it more diligently, rather than misusing it to bolster selfish purposes.  Ego-based pursuits of personal ambition were the note of discord within the honesty of my soul that led me to guilt.
“Salvation”🕯
-Seeing feelings of competence, or the desire to pull away or isolate, as evidence of self-will, and thus an indication to rework Step 1.  Relief comes in remembering that life is only ever manageable by seeking to serve the will of God instead of my own self-will.  I may achieve the proper motivation by realigning myself, as my thoughts and goals, towards God, with the undertaking of His will as my motive or driving force.

“Caritas is Latin”💃🏻
The solution to my problem is actually this act of charity, of pulling back my own impulsiveness or self-will into the reign of God’s will, which is the only solution.  It is just the this intention, to contribute my efforts in any sort of constructive way, that, when paired with my work in the consecutive followthrough, that is the answer to my problems.  What I crave is really just a part of the process that I had been missing, which was the intention to serve God’s will in some productive venture, rather than pursue self-seeking ambitions.  The honesty deep within my soul recognizes the immorality of a selfish way of life, and so ego-based pursuits will inevitable produce shame and a feeling of “cognitive dissonance.”  This uneasiness of the conscience is resolved by the adoption of a moral and God-centered basis of living.  The feeling I get by working with hope towards some good purpose can heal and ailment within my heart, simply by having the honesty and humility to admit that I need God.  The only truly good purpose is only ever working towards God’s will, which in and of itself is the correct path.  I experience real fulfillment by sacrificing my self-will and my sinful wants in exchange for salvation or recovery, which only ever occurs on God’s terms and as His will.  In order to serve God’s will and not mine, I strive to intentionally inhibit, or to refrain from following, my own selfish and sinful impulses or wants.  Seeking God and not myself is the path to “salvation,” which can be understood as simply being a solution to any problems in life and daily hassles.

Eureka!:💡” Spinal✨Alignment”
I pray all day by thinking my thoughts to God, as expressions of my love for both Him and Jesus, and as my desire to please only Them, to keep my intentions pure.  This Step 11 “conscious contact” works effectively to realign my will to God’s as it veers off-course during my daily activities.  I find the need to think this way, as communicating with God, constantly, in order to allow Him to help make my life manageable, and to abide in His will, as the straight and narrow moral high road.

“The High Toad”💋🐸👑
The high road is more of a “state of mind” and neural circuitry than the path of life.   When I start thinking about what I need to do and what I want, I know that I’m falling victim to self-will, or sin, and the illusion of self-sufficiency or attaining fulfillment through the material aspects of living.  When I follow only my thoughts and understanding of God and Jesus, as like my Guides, I needn’t worry about the path; I see truth in realizing that I’m supposed to trust the manageability of my life to God, so that I may be able to let go and focus upon the innocent joy of surrendering to the moment.  To be at one with God’s will is to let go of control so that He may hold my reins, in which way We may live life Together as One Team.  I’m not supposed to worry about what to do and I’m not supposed to know what to do; I am supposed to leave this in God’s hands and simply love and trust Him enough to follow where He leads and do the right thing.  I may follow God in performing any work I find before me with the utmost diligence, as by exerting my greatest and most thorough efforts, with solid faith, as the firm knowledge and expectation, that He has already prepared a loving outcome, set as His will, to unwind in some mysterious and miraculous synchrony of His grace, which I am to behold in “awe.”

“The Point”💛🎧🌳
I must try to work and reside within the moment, as to find Oneness with God, I must surrender to the amniotic suspension of the present point in Time and feel His Arms unseen, as always supporting and holding me near.  As I succumb to His embrace and focus upon Him, I am capable of working in conjunction with my Creator and experiencing the joy and marvels at striving towards conforming my will to His, thus being privy to the divine Flow of His Eternity by aiming towards confluence, as a convergence zone, for a coming-Together.  Once I have established “conscious contact,” I may proceed by following His will as a Stream of goodness.  In keeping my “eye on the Prize,” which is only ever God, I may successfully navigate through my thoughts and life without falling prey to sinfulness or defeatism.  I will always succeed if I seek God, Who Himself is the only actual form of success.  To be at one with God and to abide with Him and Jesus Together is the point of life.
🎶💖
Experiencing the meaning of life is really just the blessing of my attitude as I live it, when I proceed “in Love,” by seeking God.
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If I seek God, I may fulfill any other of life’s endeavors happily and stress-free, because I already have the only thing I ever truly need.  Only my soul, sustained through spiritual progress, and my loving relationship with God and Jesus, will stand the test of Time and survive Eternally.
📡🎶🛰
Once I seek God, I can let go of the path and be free enough to give my all to focusing upon Our work in Togetherness.  Thus, only by seeking God, instead of academic or occupational success, am I free enough to fully focus upon that work and give what are truly my best efforts.  Only the focus attained by abiding within the present moment can produce my best work, and only the motivation of seeking to try hard for God could ever provide the correct motive, and the righteousness by which to actualize His grace.  Any work I complete I view not in terms of its material worth, but rather, as the necessary means by which to exercise my best efforts; I require hard work to back up the sincerity of my proclamations of love for God.  Thus, only by living for God may my daily work be completed to the full extent and truly demonstrate my best efforts, which necessarily must include space for God’s unlimited grace.  Only through my desire to seek and serve God, as God is the Greatest Good, and by actively loving Him, can I ever witness the manifestation of my true potential, which is as infinite as God.
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“This Life Boughs a Curtsey”💓🌳📖
What I do will only be fruitful, as of eternal worth and value, if I do it Together with God and Jesus, and thus, within God’s will.
Anything existing outside of God’s will is necessarily sinful or evil, as this self-will originates from that which is material,  rather than from that which is spiritual.  Self-will could be understood as ruled by instincts of the flesh, but God’s will is of the spirit, ruled by virtue and goodness.  God’s will is understood as the only true path, as the Source of the spiritual realm.  The spiritual realm comprises only and all that which is true, righteous, and eternal.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Up Up and Away!🚀🎼In a Manger🎶…
-2 heads of broccoli are better than 1.🍆
-Cutting away old branches for new life.🎄
-Theseus returning home by following Ariadne’s ball of string is much like using Ananke’s spindle of thread to reel in Chronos, The Father of all creation (John).
-🌀Father Almighty,🏳God Alrighty!
📜(Bible Passages)
-Revelation 1:3-6; “At Hand in Hand”🚸
-Revelation 1:8-10; “Omega or Timex”⌛️
-Revelation 1:12-15; “Concurrent Trio”📚
-Revelation 1:16-18; “7 Sisters Edu.”✨
-Revelation 2:7-11; “Church Basement”🙋
-Revelation 2:12-13; “…the Messenger”📸
-Revelation 2:16-19; “Fit the FB Profile”🕶
-Revelation 2:20-23; “Stolen Identity”💄
-Revelation 2:24-29; “Paddle🎈Upstream”
-Romans 8:6-11; “Ante-Matters”👼✨💫
-Romans 8:13-17; “All in this Together”🛰
-Romans 8:18-27; “Blessing☁️in-Cognito”
-Romans 8:23-26; “Faith to A-Tune”🎻
-Romans 8:26-28; “My Main Homme”🔮
-Romans 8:31-34; “Cross my Heart”🌬💛
-Romans 8:35-39; “Interwoven Eternal”
📜(Bible Verses)
-Revelation 1; “The Alpha Male”⚜💙
-Revelation 2; “Son in the Sky”🌤✨🚀
-Romans 8; “Kum Ba Yah”🎭🎸💝
⛺️🏕
Revelation 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
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 beglory 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.

Revelation 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Romans 8Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ bein you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be comparedwith the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, thendo we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to beconformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shalltribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

🌞9/22/16
Topical Outline:
-Blame and Honesty
-Designed for Assistance
-POW!  Missing in Action
-Lost and Found; Amazing Grace
-Elementary, My Dear Watson!
-The Grand Design
-Fool-Proof

“The Adam’s Apple Dilemma”🍎🐍
“Blame game:” We do not experience relief by confessing the sins of others. Deferring blame to others to absolve myself of guilt, or making claims such as “money is the root of all evil” is only evidence of my own sinfulness, dishonesty and self-deception.  All the evil that I may experience is only ever a result of choosing to follow self-will and adhere to the sinful confines of the material world, instead of seeking God for guidance.  All evil is only ever the absence of God in my life, and I am the only one who can ever stand in the way of letting Him in.  Seeking God is the only thing necessary to experience goodness instead of the evil of sin and selfishness which is entailed by the pursuit of my own needs.  I was intended not to serve my own needs, which God wishes to fulfill for me, but to instead serve the highest Good, which is inherently only ever the will of God.

“Bulls-Eye View”📡💠🛰
“God’s observer perspective:” I find satisfaction by working through my daily struggles Together with God and Jesus.  Assuming the perspective of Their observer view, by situating myself alongside Them mentally, creates a gap, as a distance and a pause between me and my impulses, or my actions.  This heightened “Birdseye-view” of myself provides the temporal space necessary to make informed decisions as I navigate through life, by observing it impartially as from above.  I rely upon my faith and desire to serve God as a buffer against my own flawed and incomplete perceptions.  This wider focus, of perceiving life as lived together with God and Jesus, enables me to defer to God’s judgment and choose  Him as the wisest and most beneficial path, rather than acting recklessly or impulsively from the shortsightedness of isolation, by deviation from God’s love.

“Birdseye-Aim”💫
An interoceptive sense of Togetherness with God and Jesus delivers me up to Their point of view, where I can comfortably and objectively take note of my points of weakness and difficulties.  These fault-lines of self-will, which are expressed as character defects, sins, or any sorts of impediments to peacefulness, I can accurately view as only ever being my own mistakes.  Seen from within the framework of God’s world, when I notice my mistakes, I see that they are deviations from abiding within God’s will, by following my own carnal impulses instead.  I am meant to be honest enough to see the folly inherent in my human mays, and then to ask God to help me, to lift my defects and show me how to correct my mistakes.  I am to work to follow God’s lead, fully expecting that He will show me a solution as I abide within His will, and not mine.

“Fancy💎Footwork”
“Hope in action:”  Taking responsibility for my own attitude, and providing the faith, as knowledge that whatever the struggle, it will all work out eventually in some miraculous and wondrous way, as long as I don’t insist upon knowing how or when, is what I must do to work Together with God.  It is my duty to put aside any doubts about Our arrival at a successful outcome of love, as this is what it means to be faithful and loyal to God and Jesus.  I work hard to do my share in Our teamwork, by keeping my “eye on the prize” of the eventual outcome of the Most High glory, and by offering encouragement to help get Us there, through trust and love.  I work as the hope, faith, and love, rather than the brains of the operation, in order to support, fuel, and make possible God’s Own desired outcome, which is far greater than any other could ever be.  I provide the final determination that “this will all work out somehow,” by maintaining resolutely Our hopeful trajectory, and then I let God work His magic to fill in the details, in ways that only His perfection, omniscience, and omnipotence could allow.  Thus, We work systematically through a division of labor into Our Three Branches, to evenly and proportionately distribute the weight of Our efforts, which allows for the most focused and efficient functioning of the Whole.  My unquestioning faith in God’s strategy is absolutely necessary for the ideal outcome to flow through to fruition, as I am not meant to determine how it happens, merely to believe that it happens; if I try to finagle the details or follow logic and laws of nature, I will be imposing my self-will as a hindrance and limitation, blocking God’s will and therefore His ability to demonstrate miracles, which, as such, are by definition inexplicable and beyond laws of man.

“Paving the Way in Yellow Brick”🌈
“If I wish to experience the grace of God:” I certainly shouldn’t tell Him what is or isn’t possible, as that is merely self-will, or ego and human arrogance, which is the only thing necessary to ever cut me off from God.  My own honest admission of God’s power, over any and all circumstances, helps to clear away my own ego or self-will from a position of prominence in my psyche; this supersession, of my own ego with God’s will and authority, ushers me into His world of the spirit and frees me from the sinfulness and evil that is of the material world, which is merely understood as being “the absence of God.”  The absence of God is only ever achieved by my failing to direct my free-will towards God.  I may direct my free-will towards self-will, and by self-direction be led by my carnal instincts in selfishness and sin, or I may orient my will towards God’s will, to be led by God.  God is the only route by which I may be liberated from the evil inherent in material existence, and be freed from the bondage of self.  At last, in being at One with my Creator, I may proceed to Eternal life by following His moral code in His flow of righteousness.

A Test: Attest, like “Pinewood Derby”🏎☄
“When I am honest:” When I am honest enough to admit that all of the evil that I may ever experience in the world is only ever self-originating, from within each person, then I will see the Truth of God.  God is the alternative to which I may turn when I am convinced of my need for Him by performing an honest self-appraisal and arriving upon the fact of my own shortcomings and ultimate powerlessness.  It is my own act of free-will, of turning it over to God, that is salvation from sin.
(-“Pinewood Derby” from “South Park”)
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“Quantitative Reasoning”🕯📐💡
“Logic Lesson:” All that is not God is inherently evil.  God can only ever be perfect goodness, and the absence of any form of evil.  All that is good can only ever come from God.  I am not God.  Therefore, if I am not God, I am necessarily evil.  However, if I choose to seek God and serve His will, instead of seeking myself and serving my own needs and desires, then I will effectively escape from that which is evil, which is my unaided self.

“The Experimental Condition”🔬
“God can overcome anything;” and so if I experience hopelessness or doubt about succeeding in living a worthy life, or in overcoming some obstacle, then I have succumbed to the evil of the world and have sinned.  My experience of that evil is only ever my own fault, as evil is only ever self-originating, and results from my own failure to humbly ask God for help.  As a human, I am designed to be weak, ultimately powerless, and incapable of succeeding through life to salvation and Heaven on my own.  I am not actually intended or even able to exist or live righteously if apart from my loving Creator.
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Thus, if I ever claim righteousness but claim not reliance upon God, it is merely evidence of my own sin and deceit; God knows that I am incapable of success without Him, as success is merely acting in accordance with morality and goodness, which is determined by Him alone.  As a child of God, If I have not God then I am evil, as goodness comes only from God.
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By the humility from recognizing that I need God, and that no other power will suffice, I can see the truth of the human condition and finally be right-sized enough to know God.  With this final component to my being set in place, which is the factual knowledge that I need God or else I am evil, then I am finally free to experience the salvation that only He may bestow.  God’s intended salvation is the Love from my sense of Oneness with Him, thus elucidating the mystery of life and revealing the true nature of God’s reality.
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This material life was really just a test of honesty, as evidenced by the ability to take the blame for my own mistakes; but then furthermore, I also needed to be honest enough to see the truth of hope in God’s help and come to believe in His existence as Love. God knew that each person was to blame for His own actions this whole Time.  Each and every person was actually evil to begin with.  We were all created as incomplete and incapable of goodness if without God.  It was only by admitting my own sinfulness and taking responsibility for choosing the will of God and His path of righteousness, instead of self-will and my own sinful desires, that the goodness and salvation of God could ever transpire, purely out of love for us.
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“The Human Condition”🔭
The human soul is evil and worthless if existing apart from the Soul of God.  Only through God are We entered into Eternity.  Without the desire to place God ahead of myself, I cannot gain entrance into His Kingdom of Heaven, as that would be evidence of self-will and evilness, which does not exist alongside God.  To know God is to know that He can only ever come First.  The more often I place a desire to please and serve God ahead of anything and everything else, the better I will know God and experience His heavenly bliss, even while I’m still here on Earth.  In placing concern for God ahead of any thought for myself, I can be capable of true righteousness, as living in harmony with God and following His natural order and hierarchy of creation.  By joining my efforts to the needs or will of God, I may unite myself with the Source of eternal life, love, and finally know the meaning of life.  “Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth.”
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🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“The proof is in the figgie pudding.”
+Testament:💖🎳🌈
“Why wouldn’t you go to Hell to bring back God?  Life itself, with each and every soul included, is only ever meaningful or of real and eternal value if Together with God.”
+Terminology Lesson:🎭
-Self-will is “what do I need to do for me,” and is generated by self-centered fear and will always necessarily entail sin or evil.
-God’s will is “how can I serve the Lord,” and is generated by selfless love; True and real love is only ever selfless love for God.
“Best-Case Scenario”⚓️
-The worst days are really my best ones, because it means I have to rely most heavily upon the love of God and Jesus.  I’m never happier than when I’m closest to my understanding of God and Jesus, and They keep me held closest when I am struggling and need Them the most.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Tye Means to Share the Win”💦🎀:🌈
“I believe in the all-encompassing love and power of God, and so I would never sacrifice a fellow or leave a man behind to achieve any sort of victory.  I know that all can be saved by God, and I don’t ask how.”
-As it happens, to have made any choice in that “Sophie’s Choice” scenario other than the “logical impossibility” of saving “everyone,” would have been to ultimately sacrifice all of existence.  The correct course of action is always necessarily to believe that God would only ever allow for the unconditional love of all living beings.  -This recognition of God as all-inclusive and uncompromising Love is the solid trust for a mutual relationship, thus setting the stage to bring Him and Jesus home.
💸”Spare Some Change?”
-Growth, progress, and self-improvement; mindfulness of my defects and ongoing moral inventories help me to see how I can continue to bring myself into line with God.  -Aim for continual progress and change in the flow of Eternity, as only God can claim Perfection.
“This: Greek Church Split.”🎳💒
“E.T., banana-phone-home!”🍌 Lol!
📜(Bible Passages)
1 John 2:
4-6; “Moonwalk Outta the Dark🕳Side”🐇
8-11; “The Most High Road:❣All, Period.”
13-15; “Triumph of Spirit over Self”👾
15:17; “New Transparency of🎩the Matrix”
18:21; “Innocence: ‘…Is that Yoga?'”🙃
24-25; “Abode of the Word”💭🎨🏰
26-29; “All on One Team Now”✌️🌍🖖
Revelation 3:
1-3; “Hand in Progress”📝🚸
5-6; “Journal Random Assignment”🗒
7-8; “Its Always Sonny in Philly”🌞🗞🐩
10-13; “Ian’s and Aeons King John”⏱📆π
18-22; “Crucible Multi-Analogy”❤️❣💛
Romans 2:
1-3; “Me Too… (All of Us).”🍎+π
4-7; “Hard Work = Real Results”⚒🗽
14-16; “Conscience Pro-Science”💡
17-21; “Humility is Teachability”🙇
23-25; “…Kind of a Big Deal”🎙
28-29; “In the Spirit of Anonymity”🎖
📜(Bible Chapters)
-1 John 2; “To Trinfinity and Beyond!🚀💫
-Revelation 3; “Light the Tunnel of🕯Love”
-Romans 2; “Bed of Rosaries”🌹

1 John 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

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.

Romans 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 but after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 for there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (for not the hearers of the law arejust before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, 18 and knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; 19 and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. 21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? 23 thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. 25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. 26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? 27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? 28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

🌞9/23/16
Topical Outline:
-Goal is within; pulling back for an internal balance, centering proprioception and my alignment with God as along my spine; spiritual centering of my will physically
-Asking for directions; humility to admit that I don’t have the map, pulling back to let God and/or Jesus go first; just because I know what do do doesn’t mean I know how to do it right, so that it is enjoyable
-Hardworking Humility; as my comfort zone, remaining in conjunction with the serenity, flow, and will of God and Jesus

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Mother of Invention: Ἀνάγκη 🚀
“Priority #1: The Alpha”💙
“Strive to enjoy your work, not to finish it.”
-I am to prioritize remaining with God and collaborating so that I may work as in a state of love and trust.  I am to prioritize enjoying the process of working and giving it my full effort towards thoroughness, rather than working merely to get it out of the way, which would be a misuse of Time.
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-To the Kingdom of Heaven, from within…
“I may have the ‘compass,’ but I haven’t the map… That’s in God’s hands.”

“Abode Abides”⚒💎
I find serenity by refraining from impulses and the momentum of self-will.  Rather than act upon self-propulsion, I must exert self-restraint and self-control to inhibit my natural fear and avoidance of facing myself as I stand in God’s eyes, which is revealed to me by dwelling within God’s reality of this present moment.  When I face my fear of God’s judgment and see that He already loves me unconditionally, I can calmly take in His corrections as He shows me how to learn and improve, to be as perfect as, deep down, I know that I can be, if I follow His plan for me and not mine.

“The Gift”💭🏰
My serenity comes from inhibiting the inertia of self-will run riot, which projects me outward to concerns of the material world, and the selfishness and sin of being propelled out of fear or ego.  Instead of following the sin of fear as the driving force of my being, I take refuge in settling down and settling in, to a deeply planted and innate sense of love and truth, rooted at the very greatest depths of my soul, which is God.  When I persist in making this trek within, as upstream and against His life-giving current, I may establish my connection with Him, seek advice, ask for comfort and direction, and partake in a loving mutual relationship with my Creator.
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At this point, upon making personal contact with God, all of the instincts that I perceive, that push me out and away from God and into immersion in the material world, I learn to reinterpret, as ultimately being counterintuitive signals.  Comfort comes from resisting the urges to flee or hide, and instead accept God’s will, which is only ever a very convoluted and long drawn-out form of unconditional Love.  All I need to do in order to realize this fact is to persist towards Him with diligence and patience, through the many ups and downs and complexities of existence, which are all uniquely interwoven and specially tailored for each individual child, as His gift and blessing, and bliss, of life.
“Gotcha!”💠

“The Present”💝
I am meant to savor the present moment, and to dwell within this current point Time; I must direct my thinking first towards a sense of Oneness with God and Jesus in order to attain this presence, of being as if suspended, in a state of love and trust.  Any act is only worthwhile if performed while within the will of God, as in a state of Togetherness, and as Our collaboration.

“Behind the Counterintuitive”🔎🔍
I am not to prioritize the outcome and work simply to have a job completed, as this would be living outside the present moment by misapprehending the goal as being some point in the future.  Serenity, and joy in working, comes from focusing upon my effort and the current act of working hard, and not the end result or future outcome.  To work while focusing upon the outcome of my efforts, instead of focusing upon the process of working, is essentially “living in the future,” and thus, outside the will of God, and so is a sin.
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Furthermore, this focus upon an outcome feeds into my natural human tendency to derive my sense of self-worth from my own ego, or a source other than God, and so is conducive to self-centered fear.  This self-centered fear ultimately leads to immorality, as it prioritizes ego protection through displays of my own adequacy and ability to “measure up” through the results of my work, instead of through my reliance upon God and Our love.  This approach, of focusing upon the results of my efforts, is sinful, as I am meant to dwell with God for security independent of any results of my labors.  In addition, this faulty approach to daily life, of worrying about the future, entails the presumption that the outcome is even mine at all to control, when instead it belongs to God alone.
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Living in the future, or deriving self-worth from the results of my efforts, is assuming the role that God is meant to fill in my life, and this sense of worth that I crave is only truly attained by clearing away my ego, to allow His grace and love to enter my soul, expel my sins, and permeate my being.  I am meant to take responsibility only for my efforts, and to abstain from projecting my focus into the future, as this method enables me to work serenely and derive the most joy from my daily duties.  I am meant to derive my sense of self-worth, my security, and my irreplaceable and unshakable Foundation for being, of perfect unconditional Love, only from God.

“Fear no Evil, ’cause That’s Dumb.”🎱
I am not meant to fear, or to worry about any sort of outcome; in fact, I am meant to work hard for this very effect of freedom from worry!  I find the logic behind this relationship, of effort entailing a sense of comfort and security, as very reassuring.
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“Performing good deeds is a remedy to the fear that is itself the root of all evil.”

“Fact: I Need God,🛡By His Own Design!”
I am not meant to know what to do.  I am meant to draw my focus inwards and quiet my thoughts to be able to hear the still small voice within, of God and Jesus.  I am meant to listen and collaborate with Them to orchestrate my thoughts and actions.  In humbly admitting unmanageability and seeking direction from God, He and Jesus may effectively intercede in my daily living, to provide order, meaning, and assurance.  They may act as moderators and buffer my interactions, as both internal, as within my own soul, and external, as between myself and the outside environment.  In this way, only by my intuitive grasp of God, as an internally-originating, innate, and eternal understanding, can He dictate my experience of all aspects of life.  As I seek His loving will, He responds by shielding me from the evils which are His absence.

“Moral💠Compass Arose”🔸🔹🌹
When I put God first, as between me and the world with all its obstacles, life’s challenges don’t seem so perilous, but rather appear merely as clever puzzles, or creatively and carefully orchestrated learning opportunities by which I may overcome hardships to uncover new truths, and experience the bliss of growth.  Life’s problems may be approached with a sense of love, discovery, and adventure, because I know that I am being taught and led by God to a predetermined but mysterious solution, which unravels as I reel in towards Him, following Him as the method and path by which I may triumph and overcome any difficulty or adversity.  I keep my sights fixed upon God as the Map, the Road, the starting Point, and the Goal, thus growing ever-closer to God and the ideals of love that He intends for me.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Self-doubt or worry is human nature, and the intended solution is relying upon God.  Instead of doubting myself, I trust God.
-Proprioception of God; bodily and physical sense of God felt in the area at the crown of the head, as a chakra, and also deeply embedded in the brain stem
-“Unmovable foundation of Love,” is God suspending me from above, as if by a wire, and not from below, which pyramid base is supplied by my own faith and workings
-Settling into the Nest of His Love within, as feeling “featherlight and unmovable”
-God’s Crown to the Pyramid accessed by receding my focus backwards into myself
and then letting go for Him to step forward
-Proceed not in doubt, but in love.
-Love is trust. (As a Square is a rectangle.)
-Trust is a necessary condition but not a sufficient condition for Love…
-Upon looking within, intuit a “Reflection.”

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-True love is the overall result of an alchemical sort of reaction between the elements of faith, hope, and charity.⚗💖
-(Lemme…  Lemmiwinks. 😉)
“Tips:”✏️🗻
-“Hand that feeds: You have some parable stuck in your teeth.”🐿
-“Forbidden fruit: No Apple products at the dinner table.”📲
-“Means of conveyance: Seek to see God, not to convey God.”🚖
-“Commander of All Earnestness.”🎗
-Humility is the Helm of the Mothership.🚀
The honest striving found within any heart is for true fellowship and equality, and never actually for supremacy, which is just a confusion of the self with the innate sense of God.  All is possible under God.
-Bob Marley’s Ghost.👻⛓💛

“Eternal Father Strong to Save”👐
If I recede back into God, I can let Him come First, as physically before and ahead of me, and let Him flavor my perceptions.  If I pull back into my cognitive visual plane, and mental, intuitive understanding of God, and then pause, and wait there for Him and Jesus, They may pull up take the wheel, to step in and step up to bat in my stead.  I may then observe my actions and interpret my material life and being only indirectly, or secondarily to God’s will, as it pertains to both my thoughts, beliefs, or interpretations, and to my overt behavior.  In this way, my will for God bestows His shield, as the love of His will protects me.
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If I first invert my direction to God and Jesus within, them We may proceed Together.  God will step into the cockpit, to do for me what I cannot do for myself, if I have thoroughly exhausted my own resources, at which point I am to watch and learn by observing His example from the backseat.  God will help if I am serving His will, and when He steps in, it is to show me how to succeed in performing a task, by a demonstration and a lesson in the fashion of “instructional scaffolding,” within the “zone of proximal development.”

“Reverse the Flow”⛓
It is challenging to behave inversely to my impulses, but it is necessary in order to work in confluence with God, so that He may go First to effectively act as Guide.  If I always begin any action by first turning within and drawing backwards to God, I may work with His understanding and not just my own.  Instead of going forward by my own self-propulsion, I turn back to reorient to my physical Center, where I meet God and Jesus.  Once I let go, They will provide the right momentum, fill in the stirrups, and take my reins, allowing me to most effectively abide with Their reign.
-MVP.💠
I must pause the momentum of self-will and impulsivity, by bringing the motion of my mind to a halt and a resting place, upon the landing pad of my soul.  If I slow down my own self-propulsion and frantic impulses, then I may stop to abide with the cognizance of God and Jesus, as a static and steady and motionless fortress within this present moment.  In this Time of Our reprieve, I may regenerate my energies and more thoroughly align and alight my will to that of God, which is a surefooted stronghold and Temple for me to steward.

“Going Steady as She Goes”✈️💺⚓️
The internal sense of being aligned to God is unshakable, in that it is fixed in place
within me as an omnipresent point of focus upon which I can steady myself, no matter where I go or what I may encounter.  I practice an internal balancing, as if striving to align with a pendulum, and I try to ignore all other possible points of reference, as only God within is steadfast.  I require this striving to keep my thinking on the intuitive and spiritual plane, wherein I seek God and practices of the virtues, rather than succumb to the illusion of the transitory void that is material existence.

“Man the Mic for the Emcee”📡🎙🛰
Constantly seeking, and not bestowing, is my role when I make space for God in my life.  I am happiest when I seek not to convey God’s will, but to humbly receive it.  My proper position as a channel of God is to learn and communicate towards that Source, as a working relationship, and not to merely pour it out as helpful for others.  My acting as a channel is most fulfilling if I face God rather than look out beside Him, as I seek instruction and love, and not to fill the role in my life that is meant for Him.  Any advice is always applicable to anyone.

🌞9/24/16
Topical Outline:
-“Self-control to focus;” and stay within the present moment and with God, and thus keep free from doubt, worry, fear, and anxiety, is a discipline; this ability only gets easier with continued practice and mental exertion; real improvement is observed in direct proportion to my own efforts at correcting my mistakes, and thus learning; growth is the result of hard work and effort; the result is peace of mind, serenity, security, Oneness with God, and the joy of achievement in personal improvement
-“Self-control in actions;” to remain with God within the present moment allows me the presence of mind to act lovingly and wisely, rather than to impulsively react out of my own self-will or rashness; this is a difficult discipline, but healthy choices become easier to make the more diligently I practice and try! learning occurs over Time, so patience and faith are required of me to eventually witness the self-growth; rewards include healthier relationships, choosing responsible behaviors, and a sense of accomplishment from doing the right thing and watching myself improve
-“Optimism;” is an attitude and outlook that puts “hope into action” as a “can-do attitude;” this driving force and intention will help power my efforts towards a goal with faith, joy, and the loving assurance that everything will work out somehow, by relying upon God and not upon myself
-“Altruistic intentions;” visualizing myself living up to virtuous ideals, and using my imagination to entertain thoughts of love and stepping up to do the right thing, helps to put my thinking on a higher, as moral and spiritual plane, rather than a material and worldly standpoint; from this spiritual place, I may direct my energies toward correspondingly worthy causes
-“Visualizing being altruistically proactive;” imagining myself being proactive in living up to altruistic and selflessly loving ideals, by picturing myself doing the right thing in various scenarios, helps to properly set my “mental stage” so that I may proceed with my work in the proper mind-state, which means being driven or motivated by virtuosic and altruistic intentions; this effort towards aligning myself with righteousness shifts me into God’s realm of spiritual ideals and out of empty material existence; by picturing myself living up to virtues, I may more easily fall into line with God’s axis of perfect love
-“Only intentions determine goodness;” seeking to do God’s will is the only truly righteous intention, but having an idea of what His will entails may be necessary to meet him halfway in accomplishing this; God’s will is perfect unconditional love, and I am simply to strive towards Him, seeing His will as an infinite and Eternal point towards which to grow, learn, and make progress; I am not meant to actually achieve God’s perfection, which position belongs only to God; He is the benchmark and the measuring stick to Guide us, and we are the students within His Eternity

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Ship in form;” practicing determination and resilience of mental focus and acuity; grit to maintain hope and optimism as the compass direction of “Up,” as sustained by my attitude; producing the trajectory by diligent grit, via optimism, towards God🚀
-“Cultivate a mental landscape;” nurturing my imagination and pictorial, visual, or spatial thinking processes with intentional mental activity towards this aim: planting and tending a garden in which to house the Lord, or God and Jesus, as a personal fortress and safe space of love, wherein We may develop a real, loving, mutual relationship; virtues, morality, and loving or altruistic intentions and ideals serving as the flowers and bedding for this Kingdom

🔔Extended Communion Topics:
-“Suit up and show up.”♦️♣️♥️♠️
-“Schrödinger’s Cat walks a fine line.” 👻
-“Is God a paradox?” Lol! If I wanna be!
-“I don’t care what I do, as long as it’s Together with You!”
-“Ok!  …Simultaneously?”
-“Taking the lid off doesn’t make a difference, He’s still both dead and alive.”
-“The cat’s outta the sleeping bag.”
-“The cat’s pajamas are a bit revealing.”
-“I have a theory…”
-“Evolution by Creative Design.”
-“That dinosaur… was a woolly mammoth.”
-“How many hours were in a day back then?  Does Time evolve?”  Definitions do.  Centuries.  Analogous proportions…

“The Phoenix”🔥🕊🌹
Time apart for heart-rest and communion with God and Jesus serves in the regeneration of the inner spirit, which functions much like a Phoenix.  The spirit exists is in a ongoing state of Eternal life.  This perpetual state, of death and rebirth, occurs as a part of the process of navigating between the material and the spiritual realms, as dwelling in the realm of the material initiates the process of dying, and reentering into the spiritual realm begins the process of regeneration, cultivating this Life and leading to rebirth.  The natural state is of being for the spirit is actually a state of flux, as being a variable point within the spectrum of Eternal life, proceeding in an upward spiral of growth.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-Enjoying work is a byproduct of using it as a project on which to collaborate, aiming towards a relationship with God.
-“Also a byproduct: successful efforts.”

⚗✨”Faith, Hope, Charity”✨💖
-Faithful: Loyally persisting in morally virtuous actions, in the face of hardship and adversity, without ever giving up.
(The test of Time: perseverance by faith)
-Hope: Belief that the best possible outcome will eventually occur, by God’s will and on God’s terms, not mine.
(The test of Belief: the goodness of belief)
-Charity: Actively and selflessly loving indiscriminately, through work and efforts in altruism towards generosity and giving, solely out of love for God.
(The test of Love: translates into action)

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-…Faith: “If you build it They will come.”🏰
-1 Corinthians 13:13; “My Favorite!”💋💠
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.💖
-Giving It Back…💠💋
“True miracles are created by men when they use the courage and intelligence that God gave them.” (-Jean Anouilh, via “For Today” pp. 268)
-Peace: Εἰρήνη, Eirēnē, “bind together”🎀
✌Double-Down ✌️
-“If love, justice, and faith, and experimental designs controlling for expectancy effects, are all blind… then Stevie Wonder is in good company.”
🌳Cradle of Life🍒
-“Remorse over Humpty-Dumpty is taking the Peter Pan Syndrome a bit far.”🐣
*Editor’s Note: “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
http://www.snopes.com/lost/sixpence.asp
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 4:
2-4; “Most Heraldic on May Day”🏆📯
5-8; “St. David’s Episcopalian Stallion”🦄
9-11; “Praise;🎉Neuro-Feedback Loop”🎡
1 Kings 8:
1-4; “Zion Cooling on the Windowsill”🕊π
9-11; “Sugar Magnolia”💦🌬💨
16-18; “Intention💘 a Foundation”
19-23; “Mothership🚀in Fellowship”🌈
27-29; “Nesting🐣Behavior”
33-36; “Smitten💋Means Something Else”
38-40; “Heartland;🍞Eucharist-Basket”
41-43; “One Station Under God..”🛰
45-50; “Freedom from🌍Bondage of Self”
51-53; “General Washington🍒🌳🌸”
55-58; “Libertas and Justice for All”🗽🌈
59-61; “Fortress of Solitude” 🙏💭🏰
62-64; “Justice League Pinch-Hitter”⚾️👌
65-66; “4 Score and 7 Year Itch”💨💃🏻
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 4; “Sing A Song of Sixpence”🎠
1 Kings 8; “The Woman in Redpill”🌊👣🌊

Revelation 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there wereseven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

1 Kings 8Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
8 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which isZion. 2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. 3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 4 And they brought up the ark of the Lord, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up. 5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude. 6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims. 7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. 8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day. 9 There wasnothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.
12 Then spake Solomon, The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever. 14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;) 15 and he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying, 16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel. 17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LordGod of Israel. 18 And the Lord said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart. 19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name. 20 And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: 23 and he said, LordGod of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart: 24 who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. 25 Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me. 26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father. 27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? 28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day: 29 that thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place. 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.
31 If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house: 32 then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
33 When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house: 34 then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.
35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: 36 then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
37 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;38 what prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: 39 then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) 40 that they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that isnot of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake; 42 (for they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house; 43 hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the Lord toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name: 45 then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near; 47 yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness; 48 and so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name: 49 then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause, 50 and forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them: 51 for they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron: 52 that thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee. 53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to bethine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.
54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. 55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying, 56 Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. 57 The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: 58 that he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. 59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require: 60 that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else. 61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
62 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the Lord. 63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the Lord, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. 64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the brasen altar that wasbefore the Lord was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days. 66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.

🌞9/25/16
Topical Outline:
-Reality: Only God.
-Illusion: The Matrix of the Material
-The Difference is Love
-Overcoming from Within
-A Red Pill to Swallow

The First Rule: 🙏
(…And it’s Pretty Much the Only Rule👍)
“Putting God and Jesus First,” and then the proper path unfolds ahead of me as an effect, or byproduct, of first nurturing Our relationship.  This prioritization system, or hierarchy, enables me to find meaning in life by looking straight through mundane tasks and worldly existence, as merely being a mirage or an illusion.  By using my faith, and intuition of love, I may grasp the essence of God, which lies beyond the deceptive “fabrication” that is this material world.  By blind faith, or by faith alone, I may delve deeper into life and come upon the core, as the spiritual foundation, that is God’s essence.  By establishing this connection to God and Jesus from within, through offering my thoughts to Them as prayers and then waiting meditatively to listen to Their responses, We may develop a real “conversation,” as Our “communion.”

“The Truth is In Here”🙇🚀✨
Together, We may partake in sharing gestures of love and affection throughout the day, much like passing notes in class, to sustain my spirit within a protective aura of love from the evils inherent in mundane work.  This ongoing, active reciprocation of sentiments helps me to maintain my conscious communication with God and Jesus.  My line of communication with God and Jesus is the ultimate reality, and I may find Them only by seeking Them from within myself, through my own soul, and not externally or from my environment.  External life is merely a secondary and indirect source of God, and is meant only to supplement and enhance my own primary and internal connection to God.  My own intimate and personal relationship with God and Jesus is the only true reality.

“The Kingdumb Within”💎💭🏰
-My connection to God and Jesus is only ever established directly and from within, via my own personal understanding and intuitive receptivity; nurturing this channel within myself is my job as a child of God.  No one ever comes between me and God.
(And that’s a Commandment, Rule # 1!)

“…That deaf dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball.”🎳💖 (-The Who)

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Try to keep your thinking with God, on the spiritual plane.✈️
-✏️My halo is not from x-box.
-“…Still dying to know what that means.”
🕳🐇Down the Rabbit Hole:🐇🎩
“I’m at the bottom of that fox-hole prayer!”
-Homeostasis: “like-stopping”💨
-Hypostasis: “under-standing”🌬
“Sign of a Teaspoon”🌊
-We might not all have been born with a silver spoon in our mouth, but we were born with an Apostle spoon in our heart.

Terms and Conditions:🏳🌏
“Meditation:” Recalibrate Equilibrium📐💛
“Life:” Well, it certainly wasn’t a race, that’s for sure!  …Nor is it a contest.
“Morality:” Intention Determines Goodness
-“The 8 Mundane or Worldly Concerns:”
Gain/loss, pleasure/pain, praise/blame, fame/dishonor; these are the intentions guiding modern behavior; they are all sins.
⚗💖Weird Science…🌈
“Rationalism:” Faulty form of epistemology for arrival upon any foundational Truth; laws of man, as logic, reason, or physics, are all determined by the one single fact of God.  I would favor an empirical approach to prove God’s existence, over the reason-based approaches taken by Descartes and Aquinas, as any non-scientific approach seems to evidence personal doubt that God is real, and actually capable of demonstrating Himself.  If God wants 2+2 to =5, He can, and so relying upon rationalism or logic is an unstable source for determining factual Truth.  I would rely upon only God for determining truth, rather than a world riddled with false and hidden assumptions that implicitly refute His existence.  If God wishes to prove Himself through empirical science as the real Person that He is, then that is His choice, and possible by His will, not mine.  If I would like Him to prove Himself, my Time is better spent trying to get to know Him and Jesus through expressing my interest in prayerful activity, and devoting my efforts towards a personal relationship.
🌈”Sci-Fi”🌬💖
In treating God as a real Man, I may get to know Him better than by treating Him as a cold fact.  By seeing God as a Man, with a unique personality and real emotional sensitivity, I may get to know Him personally, and then experience His love, grace, and ability to work miracles, by first-hand experience within my own life.  God is a person.  To seek God is to seek a relationship.  “An intimate, empirical one.”
😘😜

🔔Post-Dinner Communion Topics:
-“Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
(-“Twenty-Four Hours a Day,” Sept. 25)
-“Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.” (-“For Today,” pp. 269)

🌞7/26/15
Topical Outline:
-Abridged Adaptation
-A Be Plus Position
-Ocean’s 11
-Great Expectations
-20,000 Leagues Under the C
(Correspondence Theory💌)
-Matrix Unloaded: Parallel Universe

“B Positive!”🖼🎈
I find spiritual fulfillment from the learning process of character building, through developing the virtues as personal skills.  In being metacognitively mindful and looking for my own mistakes, I can focus upon making positive changes for the advancement of my own soul.  I find great relief and satisfaction from apologizing to God for any little mistakes, and then expressing the desire to implement His corrections so that I may grow towards His image for me.  This process of continual growth is regenerative, both spiritually and neurologically.  Self improvement practices contribute to my well-being and functional ability in many specific ways.

“O.C.E.A.N.:🌊Big 5 Personality Factors”
Taking the Time to learn and grow spiritually, as refining and prioritizing my value system, and behaving accordingly, has the effect of contributing towards a hopeful attitude and “agreeableness,” a sense of worth or wholesomeness by acting responsibly as “conscientiousness,” and a sense of accomplishment, mastery,  and self-efficacy, from seeing myself actually improve through dedicated, persistent efforts.  Any proactive efforts taken towards changing my habits, as patterns of thinking and behavior, by using conditioning, counterconditioning, and intentional cognitive response inhibition practices, bestows an increased willingness towards continued personal development, and the intellectual trait of “openness to experience.”

“Learning is Adaptive”🙈🙉🙊
This openness fosters creativity, and enables one to realize and experience a “comfort with ambiguity,” which is expressed as the humility to recognize that I don’t need to know the answers or have anything about life figured out.  Instead of a perceived need for security entailed by my sense of self or ego as existing apart from God, the beauty of living with an awareness of my actual dependence upon God endows me with the ability to be receptive, and to be awed, surprised, and amazed.  Without the need to try to prove myself as being capable that arises when I fail to recognize God, I may instead choose to acknowledge Him as a Father and Caretaker, and then find enjoyment under His wing, by learning and absorbing new information and concepts, and then correspondingly adjusting my own schema or perspective in a process of adaption via accommodation and assimilation. To derive the greatest benefit and meaning from my involvement with the environment, and to advance in God’s higher purpose for me as a spiritual being, I must allow Him to mediate my interaction with the world, and permit Him to love and care for me in the way that only God can.

“Better than Social Security” 👼✈️
Deriving my sense of security from the care of God is beneficial, in that it allows me this comfort with environmental or external uncertainty.  I may be granted an unshakable and indefatigable sense of safety, security, and unconditional love by relying upon my understanding of God rather than myself or the finite resources of my solitary ego.  Self-reliance taking precedence over God-reliance may often go unrecognized by being expressed only indirectly, through an implicit agreement with the laws of man over God’s will, as demonstrated whenever I rely upon myself via my own understanding of the laws of physics, logic, reason, and the tangible, material world, all of which are ultimately subject to the laws and will of God.

“Ocean’s 11: Spring a Leak”🌬💦
The “correspondence theory of truth” asserts that the validity of an assertion is determined by its congruence to the actual state of affairs.  There is truth in the material realm, as facts conform to empirical observations, but the material realm can only be fully understood within a “systems-theory model” perspective, as operating within the macro-level system of God’s reality, which is the spiritual realm.  The result of these interacting and overlapping levels is a sort of alternate, or “parallel, universe” arrangement, wherein one may choose the confines of what is essentially a mentally self-constructed prison, or the freedom of reality as being founded ultimately upon only God’s love.  God’s realm is experienced subjectively and is observer-dependent, as a natural result of the interaction between beliefs and God’s ability to manifest them, and His  will to manifest righteous intentions if followed through with action in good faith.

🌚”Matrix Unloaded:Parallel Universe”🌝
“Ontological realism” and “metaphysical idealism” are philosophical descriptions of the material world and God’s reality, respectively.  Which theory serves as the basis or true nature of one’s being, and as the mode by which one may understand the world to be ruled and defined, is a choice ultimately determined only by each individual for himself, as each person is his own agent of free will.  There are two choices, which are either to rule oneself in the material realm of man by opting to be driven my self-will and carnal impulses, or to be ruled by God in His spiritual realm by opting to seek and perform His will, and not mine, which is the essence of Love.🌈

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-🎼 Whose Arm hath bound…
…this restless nave.💒
☀️”Eternal Father of a Spotless Mind”🍊
-Professor X, “toe” the Line of Best Fit🎣
-“Feed my lambs.”  The soul survives not by bread alone, but by the soul food of the teachings, which is spiritual sustenance.
-“If I will that you tarry till I come.”  If it be Thy will.  Only by Your path of the moral code does land become as firmament.
“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”🌊👐
(🎼Hymn by William Whiting, 1860)
Almighty Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.
O Christ, the Lord of hill and plain
O’er which our traffic runs amain
By mountain pass or valley low;
Wherever, Lord, thy brethren go,
Protect them by thy guarding hand
From every peril on the land.
O Spirit, whom the Father sent
To spread abroad the firmament;
O Wind of heaven, by thy might
Save all who dare the eagle’s flight,
And keep them by thy watchful care
From every peril in the air.
O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them whereso’er they go,
Thus evermore shall rise to thee
Glad praise from air and land and sea.
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 5:
5-7; “In Two Shakes of a Lamb’s Tale”🦁
8-11; “Professional 5th Element”🍊🌬✨
12-14; “Positive+Reinforcements”📚🎖
Romans 1
3-7; “Offspring✡Grows After Its Kind”
8-11; “Cheshire Catechesis”🌪🕵
12-15; “Sleepy Hallowed”🎃
16-19; “I’ll Be Your Mirror”🛤
20-25; “Inborn Secret Decoder Pin”💠🔍
28-32: “❄️…and It’s a Broken Hallelujah”
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 5; “Tailors Swift🎀Make-Shift”
Romans 1; “Transfigure It Outta-Sight”🌟

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.

Romans 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 and declared to bethe Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 by whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 to all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 10 making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 12 that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

🌞9/27/16
Odds is stacked.👙(Necessitas.)
Topical Outline:
-Point of Reference
-Works-Cited: Out-Sourced
-Pass the Collectivism Plate All-Round
-OFC!
-HP is not Technology
-It’s Relative: E=Mc(Square Peg)
-Stereophonic Sound-Off
-Testing, Testing… 123…
-Evolution Past Evaluation
-Outlook does not Mean Microsoft
-Willingness and Attitude
-Drive and Trajectory
-Reflexive Reflection

“Point of Reference”🏄
Outward social comparison (OSC), is an orientation towards life that is produced by focusing upon individual differences and personal identity in order to distinguish the self from others.  This approach to living is inherently unhealthy, as it bases one’s overall stability and direction upon naturally unstable and often immoral sources.  Rather than referring to others to achieve a sense of direction and source of guidance and security, one may look within for an inborn intuition of God.  This orientation towards God, instead of an orientation towards oneself or others, is a stable foundation for healthy living and infallible guidance.  The occupation of the mind with material concerns, or thoughts of the self or worldly issues, is the root of any of my perceived dissatisfaction or subjective suffering; in looking past my own identity, or sense of self, and trying to become less self-centered and egotistical, I may find release, and the only alternative to the self and material concerns is God.  Thus, in order to escape the evils and sins of a self-centered or materialistic point of focus, I necessarily must supplant this orientation with an understanding of God.

“Works Cited: Out-Sourced”🌊
I try my best to persist in refraining from deriving my sense of self from the external world, or from forming my identity through my perceived standing in relation to others.  The very act of outward social comparison is based upon the process of competition, and so is inherently unloving and sinful.  When I instead conduct a “within subjects”  comparison, rather than a “between subjects” comparison, I may look at my rate or level of progress by measuring it against my past work.  In this way, I may maintain the higher order priorities of cooperation, group harmony, and selflessness, while still working within the the guiding framework of valuing and striving towards progress, which is only properly understood as all-inclusive, or entailing the advancement of the whole.

“Pass the Collectivism Plate🌎All-Round”
Rather than noticing differences between myself and others, which leads to conflict, I find joy in trying to relate, and foster a sense of empathy and compassion.  I try to inhibit the habit of making comparisons, because it ultimately leads to devaluing one of the individuals and so is immoral.

“OFC!”💛🌊💦
This OSC orientation is produced by placing my own ego at the center of my psyche, instead of my understanding of God; this displacement overturns my ability to experience true security, which is the fundamental serenity that comes only from God.  This deep-rooted ego-driven insecurity, from overstepping my bounds into the position meant for God in my life, leads towards efforts to establish the security of my identity, through social comparison and the misuse of people and relationships.  Without the foundation of God for a firm sense of worth and security, one will naturally feel unstable or insecure, and then try to create confidence by asserting one’s superiority and attempting to set oneself apart from others, in an attempt to confirm one’s position of importance within one’s own schema.

“HP is not Technology”🕉✝☪✡☯
This competitive tendency to dominate occurs in order to try to justify the prominence of one’s own ego within one’s mind; this position of prominence is rightly reserved for God, by His Own design, and so any efforts to try to justify being self-centered, with displays of self-importance, will ultimately lead to a shattered self-confidence, rather than the desired confirmation of superiority or reassurance.  The security of a sense of self that people naturally crave is not bestowed through triumphing over others, which is a sin, but instead is attained by relying upon the Higher Power of God and Jesus, because They are the only People who are actually worthy of my trust, praise, and devotion.
⛎♈️♉️♊️♋️♌️♍️♎️♏️♐️♑️♒️♓️
⚛”It’s Relative: E=Mc(Square Peg)”☮
I try to practice looking for universalities, similarities, and ways in which I can relate to others, while ignoring, or looking past, the differences between myself and others.  I do not do this perfectly, but when I do notice myself making a social comparison, or an observation of someone else in relation to me on an evaluative basis, I try to immediately ask God for help in correcting my focus, and to guide me back towards seeing our commonalities, rather than differences.  I find it healthy to put my own identity aside when relating to people, to encourage empathy and community values over competition.  I do not have positive experiences as a result of considerations towards my personal individual identity, but rather, I have positive experiences as a result of looking beyond my personal identity.  The more I attend to ways in which I am different, the more isolated and discontented I will feel.  My sense of worth cannot come from trying to stand apart, because the truth is that, as God’s children, we are all equal; trying to be an exception or special in relation to others in dishonest and sinful, and my worth must ultimately come from my own personal relationship with God.  Ego is not how highly I think of myself, but rather, ego is how often I think of myself; ego, as a self-centered orientation, is the root of all my suffering and social discord.

“Stereophonic Sound-Off”👼✈️
Noticing appearances is a misstep that is analogous to accepting stereotypes; it doesn’t matter whether it’s a negative or a positive stereotype observation, because it still demonstrates the implicit agreement that group differences are real rather than perceptions and a form of discrimination.  Correspondingly, noticing something positive about another’s appearance is a negative habit, because it implicitly endorses the valuation of physical appearances over internal, spiritual processes of morality and virtuosity, and reinforces the false idea that appearances are a valid source of personal worth.  Noticing outward appearances at all coincides with the idea of defining ourselves based upon our physical or overt appearances, and not our internal moral goodness, as the state of our souls.  I practice metacognitive self-examination so that I may correct this mistake as I make it, which helps me to keep my thoughts on a higher level, which is that of the spiritual plane rather than the material.

“Testing, Testing… 123…” 🎤💛🎧
I try to practice metacognitive mindfulness throughout my daily affairs as a process of self-examination, or moral inventory.  Using a systematic form of “cognitive reappraisal,” I observe myself and how adaptive my behavior is within the specific context of my current environment.  In keeping consciousness of my moral standing with God at all times, I am able to determine where my self-corrections would be most useful and helpful.  Under God’s guidance, I am able to focus upon a few select virtues, which I may implement and then further develop, as part of Our ongoing progress towards an infinite and overarching concept of benevolence.

“Evolution Past Evaluation” 🍎✏️📚
Outward Social Comparison (OSC) as an orientation is inherently “evaluative” in nature, and is therefore inappropriate for “constructive efforts,” or an orientation towards making progress.  The act of focusing upon judgements of worth in comparison to others is a hindrance to a focus upon practices directed towards self-improvement and virtue development.  An outlook operating upon the basis of “evaluating,” or “judging,” assumes the perspective of the teacher and not of the learner, and improperly places me in the position that ought to be reserved for only God, as the Father of creation, and Jesus, by the decree of the God the Father.

“Outlook does not Mean Microsoft”😇
“Willingness” and “attitude” are the best determinants of my overall life satisfaction.  My well-being, or perceived success, is most directly correlated to my own internal  state of willingness, and to my attitude.  Willingness as a measure of my openness to drop everything in an instant to be of service to God and Jesus, and prioritizing God’s will as the single most important fact of my life.  My willingness is best expressed as a ratio of self-seeking priorities to my desire for God, with the extent to which I detach myself from all other objectives as favorably influencing my “willingness,” as my dedication to God.  This understanding that God is the path to happiness is necessary in order to properly interpret any other elements within my life.  My “attitude” describes my outlook, or where I’m coming from mentally and emotionally, in seeking God.  Prayer from a place of “gratitude and optimism” is the ideal, as a respectful and appropriate mentality in which to approach God, so that We may interact and relate to each Other meaningfully, while mutually reciprocating trust, love, and joy.

“Drive and Trajectory”💛🙏🌈
Persistence towards ideals throughout failures, mistakes, and shaky progress is evidence of “good faith” efforts in striving towards God.  Faith is demonstrated by not relying upon environmental cues for indications of my success, but rather, by referring to an intuition of the heart.  I may look within to gain insight on how hard I’m trying, based upon available resources, in my efforts to maintain a virtue ideal, and then I may ask God to renew the resources that become depleted, such as patience, tolerance, or motivation.  My own guiding intentions, and full and honest efforts, are the ideal areas for my attentional focus.  In cognitively aiming towards loving as perfectly and as unconditionally as God, I will have the proper trajectory for any and every path, and be able to overcome any hardship, obstacle, or adversity that We may encounter along the way.  I utilize my daily work as an “obstacle course” through which I may refine the ability to love, by practices of the virtues and spirituality.  I experience optimism by intuiting that the greater the challenge I go through, the stronger the outcome of a specific virtue, through trust in God’s care and guidance.  God, and His value system of the virtues and spiritual principles, comprise the only successful framework for a fulfilling lifestyle, with the “accompaniment” of a sense of peace, love, and happiness.

“Reflexive Reflection”💖🌈💘
Maintaining the virtue as the trajectory is the indicator of successful efforts, rather than actually personally demonstrating the virtue, which is only achieved after much prolonged practice.  My attitude of hope and faith, as the willingness to keep trying and persisting towards God’s ideals, is what’s valuable, even if that particular ideal is not yet descriptive of my current experience or state of being.  For instance, feeling irritable does not convey my failure in striving for serenity, but rather is merely a tool by which the “intention” of serenity, or of “striving towards being loving despite personal discomfort or dissatisfaction,” may be developed and further enhanced.  This process of spiritual development entails that I refrain from judging my efforts by looking at immediate results, or by actually reaching the virtue ideal.  Rather, I practice appraising the success of my efforts by looking at my willingness and determination to persist with a goal while in the midst of experiencing failure.  Success is the maintenance of God and Love as a trajectory, even while the actual attainment of a given ideal eludes me.  The resulting outcome of hope, faith and optimism, as a personal attitude, from striving to maintain a positive outlook while undergoing hardship, is a far greater asset than any sort of fleeting success in a worldly task.  The work that I put into nurturing and cultivating the goodness and love resting deep within my own soul, as a gift up to God, is Eternal.

“One Love”
-Q+A: The meaning of life? “I love You.”
…Seems incongruent, but it follows.😉

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Drive and Trajectory:
“A Reflective Relationship;” between my intention, as my motive and guiding, driving, or motivating force, and the goal or target of my effortful exertion, as the actual outcome of my intentions; finding that they are reflexive and reflective, as existing within a mirrored feedback loop; the drive is the goal and the aim is the 💛
-“Uncanny can.”👤ΧΡ
💖🏹”In the Name of God”💘
-Aiming to love is love.  It’s only ever given, and only God can reciprocate.
📖”The Cradle of Life:”🌸
…is not an iPhone charger.
-“Concept of the PFC (prefrontal cortex);” as a filter to direct emotions productively
🌳”A huge raw nerve,” connecting to God.
-✳️🌹”Think Up.”🗺

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-The exact same action could be either good or bad, depending upon the reason.
-“You make me want to be a better ma.”  That’s “as good as it gets.”
-🙏”…but deliver us from Ewoks, for Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, Forever and Ever.  Amen” 😇
-“Unleaded No. 2 Pencil”✏️💓🚖
-“Checking on the Mate.”🏁🏆
-“A crayoning achievement.”👑🖍
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 5:
1-4; “Chalk Outline a Door to The Cell”✍🏻
5-8; “…Four and Twenty Blackbirds…”👽π
9-11; “Gabriel, of Solsbury Hill”☄🙀✨
12-14; “Black Caucasian Son”🌞🌬💫
15-17; “Cupid’s Missal Defense System”😘
Romans 3:
1-4; “Dependent Upon God’s IV”🌦🙏💛
5-9; “Equal. Playing Field Study”🦁🐯🐻
10-12; “Joy of Learning Humble🛎Service”
13-16; “God to Man is All👑 …or not at all.”
17-20; “Goods of the Flesh:💰not Good”
21-23; “Lotta Stray Lambs to Retrieve”🕸
24-26; “Mercy is Love’s Justice”🗞🐩
27-29; “Glory to God💝by Sacrificing Ego”
30-31; “God’s Law: By His Permission.”🍎
📜(Bible Chapters)
-Revelation 5; “Pan’s Labyrinthine Lab”👀
-Romans 3; “Secret Sacrifice. Forbear-Ants” 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜

Revelation 6Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Romans 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? 8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 and the way of peace have they not known: 18 there is no fear of God before their eyes. 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God which isby faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

🔔9/28/16
“The only evidence of understanding is the ability to explain.” 😉

Topical Outline:
-Contextual Clues on an 8-Fold Path
-Assimilation or Accommodation
-True Grit and Resilience
-Thank You Thank You Thank You!
-Terminology and Conditions
-Innocence Interprets Love Truly
-Translation
-Freemasonry Scaffolding
-High Frequency
-Brainwaves: Radio-Activity
-Punxsutawney Philosophy
-Momentously, Hourly, Daily…

“Contextual Clues on an 8-Fold Path”🗺
When I am going through an ordeal of hardship, or am confronted with a situation beyond my control, I have two options, as the right one or the wrong one.  I can choose to turn inward and take responsibility for my attitude, or I can turn outward and try to impose my will upon the situation, the person, or in some way, the world.  At any crossroads I may encounter, I alone am responsible the choice that I make in handling myself through life’s difficulties.  If I try to exert myself and my own will upon the world to try to change the circumstances around me, then I have fallen victim to the illusion that the material world ultimately matters, or carries any eternal significance, when, in fact, it does not.  If I choose instead to handle life’s problems by turning inward to my understanding of God, then I may continue upon the right path by exerting my efforts towards His will, which is the improvement of the condition of my soul.

“Assimilation or Accommodation”⛏💎
The obstacles that I encounter are not for me to triumph over, but instead, are meant as the means by which I may grow, or as the stone by which I may sharpen my intuition, and cut through ignorance.  Without a means by which to test, strengthen, and improve my spiritual skills, I would be unable to develop them.  The ultimate purpose and the eternal reward of my life is my own soul, however it is given to me with “some assembly required,” as like a new bicycle on Christmas morning.  In order to enjoy the gift, I need to gather tools to put it together, and then work to construct the bike.  Holding with this analogy, my soul is not at any point “completed,” or run its course, but rather, once I assemble the bike, I must learn to ride it, and then continue to hone my skills on different terrains or conditions, and then learn to realize the joy of the ride, as the joy of living is the process itself of life, and not the bike, or instrument of my soul.

“True Grit and Resilience”⏳👣✍🏻
When I properly understand my purpose in this Earth, as not to overcome my environment, and not to conform to it, but rather to strengthen myself from it, all of the problems I may encounter suddenly acquire new meaning, and can be accepted and taken in stride.  The necessary and sufficient condition for me to overcome any obstacle, is to seek God’s will for me and not follow the worldly path of sin and self-directed self-seeking.  In turning within for truth and a sense of understanding, I may develop personal knowledge of God, provided that I properly equip my psyche with honesty and humility.  These tools are necessary if I wish to honesty learn of God rather than just uncover more of my selfishness.  If I am honest and humble, I will recognize that I don’t belong at the center of my Universe, nor does any other of mankind, as we are all equally lost and sinful.  I will, if honest, understand that there is an intimate Source of truth and love, and that One is God.  This understanding of God necessarily follows from honesty and humility, because God exists, as a fact.

⛅️”Thank You Thank You Thank You!”☀️
With my understanding of God firmly in place, as light shed upon my soul to dispel the clouded darkness of my own fear, I can finally begin to live as I was meant to, and let God claim me as His child and property.  The fact of God, is in fact, the only Truth; all other elements of existence are subject to His will, as He is Almighty, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  God comprises the eternal fabric of Time, and expands outward to weave through space and determine the nature of existence.  As the ultimate Creator of reality, He is of course anything and everything, and so would obviously become a Man as Father of His children.  To seek to understand God, I ought to approach Him as a real Person and a Caretaker, and know in my heart that He is the “best interest” for me.

“Terminology and Conditions”☃🎩🐇
In recognizing that, if I have the honesty to look within, and the courage to admit that my own self falls short of what I crave in my soul, I can understand that I was meant to fall short, and was meant to need God.
He did not put us here to flail about blindly, but rather to learn to be honest enough to admit that we need Him and that a self-centered way of life is inherently sinful and unsatisfying; He knows this because He designed it that way.  The irony of the human condition is that once I admit the fear and maintain my commitment to Love anyway, some sort of miracle takes place.

“Innocence Interprets Love Truly”💛💙⚜
As soon as I stake my own claim in the true nature of God, and guess correctly, “Rumpelstiltskin” jumps out to reveal Himself.  The Truth, which seems to me rather obvious, is that God is only ever perfect, unconditional, al-inclusive, and uncompromising Love.  If I ever think that I or anyone else is an exception to God’s love, I will have disrespected Him by thinking anything other than the best of Him, which is only ever unconditional Love.  If I believe of God any sort of hatred or evil, then this is only evidence that I have not understood God.  God wants us to be as loving as He is, and this evil and hateful material world is the sharpening stone by which we may learn that love either applies to everyone or to no one.
When I experience a harsh trial and the material world presents me with hatred, it is my responsibility to take the initiative to deny the validity of such actions, and to hold on to God as Love instead, with the humility and honesty to admit that I don’t know how, but somehow, this hatred is untrue and unreal, and is not God.  In perceiving the contrast of the material world with my intuition of God and His realm of the spirit, as ruled by His love and the virtues, I may choose the correct path, as an internal “neural pathway,” forged purely of belief, and I may follow my faith.

“Translation”🌹👓💠
In order to understand God, I will have to demonstrate a pureness of heart, or of intention.  It is not necessary that I have perfect intentions or perfect willingness, but rather, that I admit that I don’t.  I cannot receive the Grace of God if I am not honest enough to admit that I need it.  The pureness of my heart comes, ultimately, from honesty, and not from any other sort of goodness.  I am not meant to express anything that I don’t mean, and I am to ask God for help to direct my intentions towards goodness, based upon His conception of goodness, and not mine.

“Humble π in the Sky”🙇✨🚀
If I start to think that I know what’s best, what’s good, or what I ought to do, then I have usurped the position meant for God, and embarked upon the path directed by my own self-will instead of God’s will.  A common error that I must be willing to readily admit and then keep correcting, is the development of confidence in myself through God’s grace, rather than humility and gratitude towards God for his grace.  If I start to feel confident and self-assured, rather then cradled and cared for by God, then I will have defeated my own goal of virtuosity, as a standing of righteousness in the eyes of God.  I am not meant to be immune from confidence and ego, but rather to admit my errors as I make them, and then ask God for help to be humble again, and thus, regain his grace.

“Freemasonry Scaffolding”💛+💙=🌈
Progress occurs as a process of learning, forgetting, making mistakes, and then relearning with a greater understanding.  The value is in continuing to learn through all the mistakes, and to develop fortitude and grit, or resilience, which I may use as a motivation to offer my praises and thanks up to God.  Praise, gratitude, and acts of worship, or demonstrations of my Love and respect for God, adhere to the principles of positive psychology, as these behaviors lay the framework for success, via the grace and expectancy biases formed by my appraisals and perceptions, which are guided by my beliefs about God.  If I build the path within my mind, perhaps with the humble admission that it is mysterious and has yet to be revealed, but remain steadfast in my conviction that it is some sort of love, then that Love is what unfurls, as God lovingly unfolds His map.

“High Frequency” 📻+🌊=😇
The best evidence of an understanding of God is how frequently He occurs in my thoughts.  Through trial and error, I have learned to “fear the Lord,” which for me is best described as “separation anxiety,” from His absence in my thoughts.  This fear, which is the root of all other fears, all evils, and all sin, is merely the fear of being apart from God, the Father to all, and my only “secure Base.”  As soon as I start thinking about God, or by extension, both God and Jesus, the fear within me dissipates and disappears, as having been merely an illusion, or a smoke-screen, of my own making.  In simply exerting my focus or the meditations of my heart upon God, I reemerge into His lovingly crafted and ultimate reality, and escape the perils inherent in a godless material existence.  God exists to me as an awareness, and as an actual Man, Whom I may rely upon and with Whom I may communicate, within my very own thought-scape.  The more I devote of my Time and mental space to God, the more He reciprocates, as these dynamics follow the basic principles of any other mutual and intimate relationship.

“Brainwaves: Radio-Activity”📡👼🛰
I strive my hardest to think of God twenty-four hours a day, and this approach to my thought-life and imagination has had the effect that I now think not just “of God,” but also Together, “with God, and Jesus.”  This “line of communication,” or focus upon my connection to God and Jesus, is established within my own mind and by my own decision to invite Them in.  In seeking God, and Jesus, I surrender to His law of unconditional and ultimate Love to govern my perceptions and experience of reality.  As long as I submit my will and my life to God, and Jesus, and His care for me, I am given the protection of His aura of Love.  Conversely, this halo protection will fade away if I do not accommodate my self and my mind to thoughts of God and efforts towards communion, as communication.

“Punxsutawney Philosophy”📆🎅
My relationship with God and Jesus is the single defining feature of my existence. Only within the context of this one fact does any of life or existence make sense, or carry and actually retain meaning, across any and all circumstances.  The idea of “only God” seems to be taking the concept of a logically-grounded and “parsimonious philosophical argument” to new heights, but it “hangs together” successfully, it can be applied to the processes of daily living, and it can be further understood through coherentism.  This idea does not necessarily mean that nothing else matters, but rather, it means that I don’t know how to make sense of any other part of life properly, without first submitting to “only God.”  This is the starting point from which I may follow His will and His guidance without the folly and hindrance of attachment to false idols, or a clinging to material comforts or worldly habits and occupations for my security.

🕯”Momentously, Hourly, Daily…”💙❤️💚
The art of letting go is a lifestyle practice, and as such, it is the framework for my daily doings and must be practiced as the very essence of my day of my life.  Properly interpreting the meaning of God is recognizing that He does not exist in a just a single compartment of my day, nor is He only reserved for Sunday mornings, but rather, He is the constituent and substrate of my entire life and existence.  “Letting go” of my will and my selfish attachments serves the purpose of preparing me for God’s Own correct instruction, which is to replace my worldly delusions.  The purpose of “giving it up” is so that God may show me what He intends for it to mean.  If and only if (IFF) I first choose “only God,” and then surrender my self-will by an act of free-will, to “let it go,” will God give It back to me as His Truth, and so I must let it go in order to keep it.  As it turns out, all that God ever gives is Love, which will materialize if I can both “let go” and “hang on” long enough to see!

“Just for Today…”
🎨”…One Day at a Time.” (-AA)💛💙❤️

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Carpe Diem!
💛”Agápē, Caritas, Charity”💙
My joy is in the act of love, as efforts and praises offered up only to God and Jesus.

“Veritas”💖💠🌈
-Insanity is striving for material success when I am created for a spiritual existence.
(-Truth)
-“You cannot serve God and $(mammon).”
(-Jesus)
-“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
(-Albert Einstein)

👓”Sistine Ceiling: Broken Glass”
-Vaulted through the vault.
🕶-Astigmata-schism

“Big Salty Tears: Saline of the Earth🌦
💦…Living in the Solution”
-If I don’t know what to do, it is my mistake to dwell in the fact of my ignorance; rather, I am meant to ask God, and not only to “seek” God, but also to actually “see” God as He manifests the path as His answer.

“Enjoy this Moment Only…⏳
⌛️…To Enjoy Each Moment Eternally”
-Self correction: focus on the task at hand and the present moment, not the next activity; God is with me through my thoughts when I stay in the here and now.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
“A Token of Good-Will”🌈
-God could inherently solve all of the world’s problems and eliminate all evil, but instead, He chooses to give His children “free-will.”

💒”Desperate Measures👓Half Full”🌤
-“Approaching” for help, rather than “avoiding” out of fear, is super duper hard.
-It’s not astigmatism it’s a stigmata.  Tears of blood are a sign of the lobotomy-Cross.
🕶”…They liked the heart, so I got a Head.”

🚨”Last Line of Defense☄Last Resort”
-Prayers: The Holy Ghost is for urgent matters, or when “Time is of the essence.”
-Expedited Response Task Force.
-After School Special Operations.
-Army of One.💪

“The Poet”🔥🕊
-Are you familiar with Virgil?
-Uh, obviously.
…I’ve seen ‘Mighty Max.’
Mighty Maxi-Pad to Base!
Come in Danté, over!  10-4.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Not that kind of avenger, my friend.🤔
-No, I’m Iron Man!🤓
-Second Wind.😘
❌+🗃= “You cannot create experience.  You must undergo it.”
(-Albert Camus, via “For Today,” p. 270)
💖The Notorious BFG:💕
“What Des-Cartes [sic] did was a good step. You have added much several ways, & especially in taking the colours of thin plates into philosophical consideration. If I have seen further it is by standing on the sholders [sic] of Giants.”  (-Isaac Newton, February 5, 1676)
💞Lonely Hearts Collide!💗
“Nous sommes des atomes avec des couches de valences incomplètes.” (-me)
“The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant’s shoulder to mount on.”  (-Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Friend,” 1828)
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 7:
1-3; “🔯…Is that Quan Yin?”🕉
5-8; “Homecoming Carriage”🎃
9-12; “Lost Boys Neverland Thanksgiving”
13-14; “May Day Brigadiers” 🌬✨❄️
15-17; “The Zion Welcome Matted”🚪
Acts 9:
1-3; “Shed Some Light”🌳💡🍑
4-6; “Obe Sense: Obeisance”👘
7-9; “Lodestar Filters His Light”🔥🌬🕶
10-12; “The Straight and Narrow”🛫
13-16; “To Each a Higher Pour-Poise”🐬
17-22; “Conversion Eus-Order”💺✈️
23-31; “GatewayWithin🚸RestFollowsSuit”
32-39; “Bewitched✨HyperThalamus”🌞
40-43; “+Julio Down by the Schoolyard”
1 Peter 2:
1-3; ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ. 🍼”Mother’s Milk”
4-6; “The One Ring fit for a Hobbit”🔑💠
7-8; “A Person, not an Object”✡🌈
9-10; “Generation χχχ: Triple Jesus”💠⚒
11-15; “Submit an E.g., Fall in Line”🎱🐩
16-19; “Longanimity; a Secret Garden”🌹
20-22; “Prove Me like🌔Geometry Proof”
23-25; “Platonic Solid Ground”🌊👣🌊
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 7; “Up Stage👼in the Wings”
Acts 9; “All the World’s a Stage…”🎭🎤
1 Peter 2; “Archimedes’s Holy🕸Pi-Whole”

Revelation 7Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser weresealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon weresealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph weresealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Acts 9Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
9 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord saidunto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12 and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14 and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 for I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, evenJesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. 21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? 22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: 24 but their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. 26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. 29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. 30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Cæsarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. 31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judæa and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. 33 And there he found a certain man named Æneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. 34 And Peter said unto him, Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. 35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid herin an upper chamber. 38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

Peter 2New International Version (NIV)
2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.”[b]
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[c]
8 and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.”[d]
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you,leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22
“He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[e]
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins”in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[f] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Footnotes:
* 1 Peter 2:5 Or into a temple of the Spirit
* 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16
* 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22
* 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14
* 1 Peter 2:22 Isaiah 53:9
* 1 Peter 2:25 Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)
New International Version (NIV)
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🌞9/29/16
Topical Outline:
✏️Elucidation: Ontology of Existence:
-Step 1: Square the Circle*
(Creative Problem-Solving Skills)
-What’s Real? (…Wait until it’s “just God”)
-Appreciation in Time (Meditation on God)
-Perspective-Sharing: in Love (22Tango)
-Follow the Leader (…be a Lamb😉)
-Epistemic Domino Effect on Ontology
✏️Explanatory Power:
-Expectancy Bias and Placebo Effects
-A Belief Model Formulated to Influence
-Proactive Measures: Intention+Altruism
-Supplanting Self-Focus with God-Focus
-A “Selflessness”-Fulfilling Prophesy
-“Square 1” Angled by a Compass to God
(Suspension by a Line of Communication)

*Editor’s Note:
“Miss Understanding:💠I’m-Moral”
-Systemic Interactions, or synchronicity with God, results from pure intentions; relying upon God’s Systematic Methods and not my own designs, but fueling His plans with my love and effortful footwork; finding God by the moral compass of love
-God’s purpose is for companionship, and not a “means to an end,” or a selfish utility
-Misusing God’s Eye as a tool to fill selfish needs, or intending to use His wisdom for unethical purposes, will backfire, as it is a misunderstanding of His gift of good-will

“Problem-Solving Skills+🙏Meditation”
I find that there is a universal and failsafe first step to problem-solving for just about any difficulty that I may encounter in life.  My best heuristic, or rule of thumb, is to turn inwards towards my understanding of God and Jesus immediately.  Any tools or resources existing in the outside world are only ever usable to me with the proper understanding and interpretation of them, which may accurately come only from God.  God is the everlasting Ally to each and every soul, and is the only reliable Source for perfect, unconditional love and perfect, consistent trust and loyalty.  Every other resource and person aside from God will necessarily, at some point, let me down or betray me in some way, not through any fault of theirs, but because only God is inherently perfect.  People are human and naturally fallible, and in knowing this, it is my responsibility to choose correctly and put my faith in God.

“So… Necessary.” 📡👼🛰
When I pray and meditate, in an interactive and reciprocal process of talking and listening as a conversation, or as I would term it, “communing,” I may slowly gain insight into the nature of my existence or my situation in life.  When I spend too much of my focus upon worldly, selfish, and material matters, my soul becomes skewed, and my ability to recognize and prioritize spiritual matters, such as the virtues, morality, goodness, and truth, will necessarily be compromised.  These components of goodness, as God’s will, are what comprises the spiritual realm, which exists in contrast to the material realm.  In fact, the material realm, consisting of worldly, selfish, and ego-driven matters, is properly understood as the absence of both goodness and God.

“The Golden Rule Standard” 📐💛🎚
Given the nature of the material world and the selfish drive of my own ego, I can easily see that succumbing to the illusion impressed upon me by these concerns is a source of conflict within my soul.  The solution to this conflict and confusion, brought about by worldly concerns, is to turn to God, as He is the one perfect Measure by which I may calibrate to Love and goodness.  The material world and all of its concerns are inherently meaningless, as a vacuum, or void of emptiness by its own definition, because material matters are that which exist in the absence of God.    God may be understood, and therefore, exist, not through material routes, but only through spiritual understanding from within, via my own mental intuition.  Spiritual principles, virtues, and concepts of morality and goodness are abstract rather than concrete, and so God and the spiritual realm exist within my own higher order thoughts and are not of this world.

“Quality Content Validity”🌹📓💌
Faith can move mountains, but the “quality of one’s faith” is pivotal to producing any actual benefits of that faith.  The quality of faith, as the quality of the nature of one’s guiding belief system regarding the true nature of God, is necessary for that faith to be of any use, or conceptually meaningful.  If the belief of God is not being applied successfully to overcoming problems in real life, then it is useless.  For faith to actually work and serve its intended purpose of providing love and security, it must consist of quality content.

“Construct Validity” ⚒💒💕
If one believes in God, but believes He is hateful or cruel, then this faith is useless and the belief in God is meaningless, because it does not provide a deeper sense of security, love, and care, which is the essence of God’s intention for us.  To believe that God’s will is anything other than perfect Love means that one has no understanding of God.  If anything other than the absolute best is believed of God, then the belief is not evidence of faith, but rather, is evidence of the absence of faith, as that belief of God is uncharitable, discouraging, and disrespectful to God.  What one believes in matters, and for belief in God to serve a functional purpose and assist in daily living, one’s belief in God would have to be that He is Love.  My ability to experience the benefits of faith depends upon the quality of my faith, and the quality of my faith is determined by the “goodness” of my beliefs.  My faith is only practical and useful if my faith is in God’s perfect, ultimate, and unconditional Love.

“You May Pass Go” 📍🏳🏁
With my Square 1 properly and accurately established as the perfect love of God, I may strive to nurture and enhance this understanding.   With my humble and honest admission of His perfection and my need for Him, I can prepare myself to receive Him into my heart and actually accept His love for me.  He is ready and waiting to take proper care of all His children and show the way to His will.  The only path to freedom from the bondage of self-will, selfishness, sin, and the evils of the ego and the rest of the material world is the path of God’s will, as guidance to a spiritual approach and interpretation of life.  The material realm is a coarse, banal, and base-level of existence, but if I seek God, and coincidingly, place my thoughts on the higher level of the spiritual plane, then I may escape the perils of the world and enjoy the love and harmony of God’s world, as ruled by the virtues and morality.

“To be, or …to be…” 🐚🕸🌻
Nothing can ever come between myself and God, as He exists within each soul and the very fabric of existence, and both Time and space.  The only requirement to know God is to focus my thoughts upon God.  If I seek God, I will find Him; however, if I seek selfish matters or place a material concern ahead of God in its importance to me, or in the place of prominence in my thought life, then I will have broken the very First Commandment.  If I place anything before God in its position of importance to me, for instance my job, my schoolwork, my ego, or material profit, I will have effectively cut myself off from God’s grace, as care and protection, and will have made myself prone to the evils of the world, or worldly, material, and non-spiritual existence.

“…Acceptable in Thy Sight” 🔬💘🔭
In keeping my thoughts upon God and higher order moral and spiritual priorities, I may successfully enjoy the reprieve always available to me, of God’s sheltering arms of the spiritual plane.  In focusing my mental energies upon thoughts and ideas based upon intentions of goodness, love, altruism, generosity of Time and effort, selflessness, self-sacrifice, and optimism, praise, gratitude, joy and service, then I may enjoy the benefits of living as a child of God.  In submitting to God as the ultimate authority over all of my cares and concerns, I may open myself and my heart to receiving His instruction on the humble path of righteousness and virtuosity.

“In His Sights” 👓💘
As I carefully align my intentions and my thoughts, as the driving impetus of my very being, towards the will of God which is understood as perfect unconditional love and goodness, then I may fall into line with the harmony and goodness that is God’s will.  Simply by elevating the quality of the content of my thoughts to spiritual matters and selfless contemplation, I may experience the serenity and glory of being suspended, as is by the line of our communication, from God above, and be shielded from the pitfalls of earthly life.  It is a great source of comfort to simply know, that no matter what the problem, God has a solution arranged, if I seek Him.  Now, with the awareness of God’s willingness and readiness to help me, I can never correctly blame anyone but myself for my dissatisfaction or unhappiness, because turning to God for help is not only the correct action and my right, but it is also my duty and my responsibility.  God’s solution to any problem will unfold as a miracle and reveal spiritual truth that was previously hidden from my knowledge.  Thus, when I encounter a problem, it is better for me to interpret it as a carefully designed lesson with a beautiful mystery to solve, if I am willing to follow God’s will.

“Delta Waves-Two To Tango” 🔸🌹🔹
In placing my self-awareness within the context of existing alongside God, and if I keep my own interpretations at bay and form them only through the filter of my awareness of His loving mastery at hand, then I may see all the beauty of existence that God would will for any of His children.  This gift of love, of God’s perfect love, is really only available if I recognize that it applies to everyone; if I ever feel anything less than loving towards someone, then I must admit that I am not at that point fully in line with God, else my love would be properly guided to entail universality.  Any problem I may experience can always be approached by first tweaking my appraisal or perception of the world, and by putting my mind-frame and thought-life within the shelter of God’s perfect, all-inclusive love.  This recognition and awareness of God, by taking Time to meditate and intentionally notice and appreciate Him, will realign my driving force or motive to one of purity and love.  When I approach my difficulties by first adjusting my intention or guiding impetus towards God’s love, then anything that results from my thoughts or actions will fall into place as congruent with this motivation.  If I am struggling with a task and am frustrated, the first piece of that puzzle is to eliminate the frustration, by simply proactively inserting thoughts and intentions of God’s will and a sense of love, patience, and fortitude into my mind to occupy my cognitive energies.  Even if I still struggle with a dilemma, doing so with hope, love, and a positive and optimistic outlook as the undercurrent to my actions, rather than a clinging on to irritation or frustration, then I may have the proper approach to perceive that experience as being, ultimately, enjoyable and fun.
(Foxtrot, Alpha!)💃🏻🌹

“Holy Grail Empties to Fill”📭📬💌
In simply shifting my focus away from my own self and ego, will, wants, needs, occupational concerns, or material cares, I may shift my focus towards God, and offer intentional praises up to Him and Jesus, as the alternative “thought matter” with which to constantly occupy the space of my cognition and consciousness.  Death for me, means the lack of an awareness of God throughout each passing moment.  Surrendering myself to God to take care of requires hard work and much practice, as it is far easier to channel my own self-will than to channel the will of God.  However, when I do manage to wrest my free-will loose from my own ego and self-will, then I may enjoy the harmony of being at one with God’s will.  It is this constant act and practice of clearing my psyche free from thoughts of self and material concerns that frees up room for God to take possession over all that is me, and to know Him as fully as He will allow.  If I am not actively seeking more of God and to better serve His will, then I am necessarily straying from God, and entering the material world, wherein God is absent.

“Selflessness”-Fulfilling Prophesy💌📝💓
In living life in confluence with the will of God, every other part of existence may be interpreted from the proper perspective, or the higher, protective thought-plane, of God’s ultimate reality of overarching love.  My success through any of my endeavors is best described as how closely I am able to draw in nearer to God and Jesus in a collaboration of efforts powered by the sharing and cultivation of Our Love.  It is this driving intention, of loving God, that gives anything else meaning, and when I accurately intuit the guiding presence of God and Jesus right beside me, then I am free to explore and discover all parts of life and myself with the comfort and security of ongoing “conscious contact with God,” which is an “open line of communication.”  I know that I am never lost, nor left alone, neglected, nor unloved, because I know, that whenever I need moral guidance or company, or Someone to praise and love in order to give meaning to my actions and my life, that One is God, and He is always “Here and Now.”

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“Brainstorming”🌬✨❄️
-Effect of cognitive appraisal and specific beliefs upon effectiveness of meditation
-Meditation and prayer refining resilience or grit by exercising the prefrontal cortex

✝ Innocence: “Anti-…  Is that yoga?”🙃
Sure. ☦

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Great Expectations: because…🌬✨💖
’cause “God is Great!”
-Spiritual Abundance: Fruit Bowls….🍏🍌
“Fruit of the Holy Spirit”🍒
🗓”Today is yesterday’s pupil.” 🗒
(-Thomas Fuller, via “For Today,” p. 273)
📜(Bible Passages)
Romans 8:
1-4; “Underneath the Mango Tree”🚸💠
5-8; “Sugar Plum Ferry’s Soul Food”🍒🕊
9-11; “Fiber Optic Chiasm”🌎👓🏰
12-15; “…One, Come All; Come as You are”
16-18; “Step Right Up🎪Step Upright💒”
19-21; “Charity Prevaileth🎸” 🗽🌈💛
22-24; “Anonymous Hung on Hope”🎣
25-28; “Abba-cadabra! Knows Best.”🎩🐇
29-31; “Counter-Balanced by ABBA”🌓
32- 34; “An Angel on Both Shoulders”🚡
35-37; “God✨Ahead to Happy🚀Destiny”
38-39; “Life Boughs🌳Love Before God”
Zechariah 4:
1-2; “7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Illumine”💝
3-5; “Peace Sign-Language”✌️🌳✌
6-8; “Tend+Befriend⛑Eye of the Tiger”
9-10; “Keep it Simple: Carpe Diem”🌞🌚
11-13; “‘I don’t Know’ is Verbal Humility”🏳
14; “Freemason Rebis”🌞💛🌝
📜(Bible Chapters)
Romans 8; “Children of the Light”✨💛✨
Zechariah 4; “FrequentFlyerMilesDavis🎺”

Romans 8Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ bein you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be comparedwith the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, thendo we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to beconformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shalltribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Zechariah 4New International Version (NIV)
The Gold Lampstand and the Two Olive Trees
4 Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke me up, like someone awakened from sleep. 2 He asked me, “What do you see?”
I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps. 3 Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
4 I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
5 He answered, “Do you not know what these are?”
“No, my lord,” I replied.
6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LordAlmighty.
7 “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”
8 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundationof this temple; his hands will also complete it.Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.
10 “Who dares despise the day of small things,since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone[a] in the hand of Zerubbabel?”
11 Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?”
12 Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?”
13 He replied, “Do you not know what these are?”
“No, my lord,” I said.
14 So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to[b] serve the Lord of all the earth.”
Footnotes:
* Zechariah 4:10 Or the plumb line
* Zechariah 4:14 Or two who bring oil and

🌞9/30/16
🌶…It is, actually, “Sky-lit Bra.”
Loosen up enough for God to seep in.😉

Topical Outline:
“Hold on to What Matters”
-Keep it Simple: Carpe Diem
-Clinging to God, not Self
-Slowed Pace Steadied by God
-Elevated Attitude of Hope
-Humility of a Learner-Orientation
-Correcting Yesterday’s Mistakes
-Practicing Willingness and Letting Go
-Progress and Improvement
-Experiencing Serenity: Persistent Effort
-12 Steps as a Dance not a Stairway
-Real-Life: Prayer-Life is Eternal Life
-Through a glass darkly…(1 Corinthians 13)
-“Eight Verses on Transforming the Mind”
-True Love: “The Swimmer” Analogy

“Hold on to What Matters”😍

“Keep it Simple: Carpe Diem”⏰
In beginning my day, I start with the simple prayer summed up as a request for God to help me to do His will, and not mine, to help me to be willing to do His will always, and to help me to have a positive outlook.  I ask that He and Jesus help me to enjoy the journey, to live in the moment, to stay in the day, and to do what I need to do today, to fulfill and expand my potential, and be of maximum service to God and his children.  The notable aspect of my formal morning prayers is that they do not end when I lift up off my knees.  Aligning myself to God’s willI of morality, selfless love, and altruistic ideals is a necessary beginning, but it serves merely as the starting point from which I may continue my prayers in my thought-life to power me through the course of my day.  In clinging to thoughts of God and Jesus, and Their perfect love and utopian values, I may receive the “power,” by which I mean, the “motivation,” to embark upon any of life’s difficulties with the interpretation that We may surmount any challenge, by God’s grace and to His glory.  Any obstacle that I may encounter is merely a challenge by which I may grow, through overcoming with God, rather than any threat that may endanger my safety, security, or ultimate well-being.  It is only God, and nothing else, Who may provide me with such practical and effective love and security.

“Clinging to God, not Self”😇
I try my best to slow down the pace of my thoughts, and the momentum of my energy, or my free-will.  When I slow down my energies, I may direct my will back within myself, towards God, and then aim to achieve God’s will, rather than let my energies and instincts carry me into the external world directly through self-will.  All of God’s children possess free-will, but it is the individual’s decision to direct it with with one’s own ego as self-will, which is sin, or to offer it to God to direct and be a channel of God’s will, which is the only path to freedom from sin, evils, death, and liberation to God’s Kingdom of Heaven.  Heaven above, as God’s Kingdom, exists as the afterlife, but the entrance to this Zion is forged only from within, by building up my soul as a Temple of God, through living morally within this current lifetime.

“Slowed Pace Steadied by God”🌊💦
When I keep my self, as my will and my driving force or momentum, at a slow pace, then I may make deliberate rather than impulsive choices, and I may be successful in performing God’s will and not mine.  When I keep my thoughts always within my prayer-life, as being connected to and directed towards considerations of God at all times, I may remain within His spiritual plane, which is composed of the abstract concepts of the virtues, morality, goodness, and love.  If I fail to slow myself down and steady my pace against the bedrock that is merely my understanding, or cognition, of God, then I will inevitably be driven or propelled my self-will instead of God’s will.  In order to effectively live in God’s love and protection, by abiding within the bounds of His will, I must strive to think of Him always.  God exists for me whenever I am thinking of Him, but it is up to me to do so.  The more consistently I direct my thinking up towards God, the better my own subjective experience is life becomes.

“Elevated Attitude of Hope”🌤
I properly align my outlook towards one conducive to performing God’s will by taking active measures to elevate my attitude with hope and optimism.  Simple affirmations, such as reciting a prayer of gratitude or hope, or journaling about the value of a positive and upbeat outlook, is all that is necessary to acquire such hope.  It is these very actions that bestow a sense of hope and optimism, as merely affirming such goals as my intention will align my trajectory upwards towards God.  This hopeful trajectory towards God, originating from within my own thoughts, will disappear if I do not take care to maintain these thoughts, and actively express them on a consistent basis.  Any sort of solution-based behavior, such as a gratitude list, prayers, meditation, or service or charity, is only effective to the extent to which I practice that behavior.  When I cease to offer up thanks to God, I will cease to feel grateful.  If I cease to think about hopeful, optimistic thoughts, I will cease to have hope and optimism.  God is always willing to help me if I am willing to seek Him, and all that is required of me, at first, is the willingness to make the choice of God.  Simply by choosing God, which is the love, optimism, hope, gratitude, and all of the goodness entailed by the virtues, I set my mind upon the path of His will, and thus elevate my thought-life to that of the spiritual plane, wherein I may find Eternal Life, instead of that of the material realm, wherein I may find death.

“Humility of a Learner-Orientation”🙇
At any point at which I feel dejected or lacking in a virtue, such as hope or patience, I know that it is because I have not been using my mental powers to accommodate thoughts of God and spirituality.  With this knowledge, I may perceive the proper course of action by which to embark upon a solution to such a situation, and I may start by simply meditating upon, or thinking about, God, and of course, the perfection of spiritual ideals and the virtues that He embodies.  All that I really need to enjoy this life is the proper trajectory, rather that a certain position along this path of life.  I may attain this proper trajectory of goodness by simply using my “moral compass,” and deciding that I wish to do the right thing.  At this point, after making the decision to follow the high road, or the straight and narrow path of righteousness, as laid out by the teachings of Jesus, I become open and receptive to receiving God’s guidance, and thus, I may personally experience the blessings entailed by His will, which is, ultimately, only ever perfect, Eternal Love.

“Correcting Yesterday’s Mistakes”💞
When I lay out a clear-cut plan and course of action as, “God’s will, not mine, be done,” and strive to seek and perform His will as my guiding path throughout my day,  I may enjoy the reprieve of “conscious contact,” or “God-consciousness,” as an awareness of Him and Jesus in my thoughts at all times.  This awareness, or higher consciousness, is the higher plane of the spiritual dimension, in which I may reside to enjoy Eternal Life and escape the sin, evil, and misery inherent in godless, material existence.  Proper use of free-will is to decide use it to channel God, and to seek to perform God’s will, rather than to take to control of it myself, which is the ego, or self-will.  Self will is the alternative to God’s will, and thus is the absence of God and the root of any evil within my life.

“Practicing Willingness and Letting Go”💓
When I submit to God and His loving discipline, I recognize that this entails an ongoing process of discovering more of my character defects, shortcomings, and pitfalls of the ego or selfishness, however, this process is immensely gratifying.  In finding a new manifestation of my ego or self-will, as a defect at which to chisel away, I may create ever-more space in my soul for God to fill.  This process of spiritual development is intended to continue on Eternally.  Only God is the perfect embodiment of His virtues, and so I may have the joy of growing infinitely closer to Him as I seek to follow in His direction; I will never be as perfect in my honesty or humility, but this is to be desired, as it is through the process of uncovering more and more of my own soul’s imperfection that I may learn more and more of God, and thus uncover ever-more goodness and spiritual abundance.  If I am to have Eternal Life, which exists via the elevation of my thoughts up to the spiritual realm, then I will need eternal work, which is the path of Christ in the way of morality, virtue, and righteousness.  Only if I remain imperfect, but constantly growing and improving towards God’s limitless, infinite perfection, may this lifestyle of spiritual development last Forever.  When I fill my life and thoughts with the sustenance of the spirit, as the discipline of God’s corrections to my mistakes, I am open and receptive to the bliss of growth that He intends for me, so that I can be as He would have me, which is Together with Him and Jesus, in the love that is His will for Us to keep uncovering.  If I keep finding new imperfections in myself, then I may keep discovering new miracles of God’s love and restoration.  I am intended to be imperfect so that I may experience God, and thus, work and grow Together in a real and eternal relationship.

“Progress and Improvement”💘📝
Prayer, meditation, and letting go of self-will and worldly or selfish attachments is not a talent that I am born with, but rather, it is a skill that I must develop and enhance by practicing.  I must spend Time and put effort and work into my goals if I wish to experience the joy of self-improvement.  These spiritual aims, of virtuosity and getting to know God better, will always be known if I put in the footwork to meet God halfway.  He will not do for me what I can do for myself, but He will do for me what I cannot do for myself, if I seek to do His will and not mine.  It is best for me to let go of any concern regarding the possibility of a feat if it is aimed towards God’s will, so that the sin of doubt does not impede my honest efforts, and it is best to let go of any specific preconception of an outcome, as God’s planned consequences for my work will necessarily be better than anything my finite mind could imagine.

🕛🕐🕑🕒🕓🕔🕕🕖🕗🕘🕙🕚🕛
“Experiencing Serenity: Persistent Effort”
When I practice in these spiritual disciplines twenty-four hours a day, exponential improvement is inevitable.  The spiritual lifestyle as the path laid out by Jesus Christ, especially as explained through the guiding framework and spiritual principles of the 12 Step Program, is meant as a way of life, or an approach to living, based upon a spiritual interpretation and perception of life, and is not meant to be some compartment of an existence based upon the material realm.  Matters of material success, ego-driven ambitions, career pursuits, worldly pleasures, and my standing among my fellows, are all aspects of the corporeal and temporal level of existence that I term the material realm.  These matters are inherently empty, impermanent, and devoid of any higher meaning, goodness, or significance, because such meaning is derived only from the spiritual realm, or the higher dimension of existence that is characterized by abstract concepts of virtue and goodness.  This higher, spiritual dimension, accessed only from within my own mind by my own thoughts, is where I may find God, and then I may follow His guidance in the path of morality, by which I may prepare my soul for its Eternal Life.

“12 Steps as a Dance not a Stairway”💃🏻🌹
The 12 Step Program is not at all an analogy of a stairway, but is rather more like a blueprint for the footwork, or the general layout, of a dance.  This dance is not a hobby or a separate element of my lifestyle, but rather, it is the framework and very essence of my existence.  The Program is an approach to life, from the spiritual perspective.  The 12 Steps are a way of life, or a lifestyle framework for a spiritual approach to living instead of a material one, as it is one centered around God’s will instead of my own selfishness, or self-will.  Attempting to use the Steps as a way to achieve material success, or to be better able to live in the material realm, is a misunderstanding of the term “lifestyle,” and is an inappropriate use of spiritual principles, which are not meant as an aid to material life, but as an upgrade, or advancement and replacement, to life in the inherently unsatisfying material level.

“Real-Life: Prayer-Life is Eternal Life”👼
God and His love, which is the only real and true love, exist only on the spiritual plane, or the higher, spiritual level of existence.  To reside with Him on this level is to seek to do His will and not mine, and this simple prayer of, “Thy will, not mine, be done, may I do Thy will always,” offers instant relief and comfort during times of stress or weakness.  Simply intending to do the right thing through God’s will always serves to bring my free-will back into alignment with Him in the spiritual realm, where I may find freedom and release from the bondage of self, or the prison of my selfish ego and self-will.  Simply being willing and open to go to any lengths to do the right thing will gain me access to God’s love and guidance, no matter what, as it is the path of morality and complete honesty and openness about my mistakes that is true freedom, because this path of righteousness precludes the self-centered fear that is the root of evil and the prison to my soul.  When I release my hold of this selfishness, or the interest in my own welfare ahead of God’s prescription of unyielding morality, as doing the right, honest, and moral thing, no matter what the consequences entail, then I may experience the very freedom and security which I sought through my misguided, dishonest, or sinful  acts of self-preservation in the first place.  Thus, the path to true happiness is a bit oxymoronic or counterintuitive, in that when I let go of concern for myself in the interest of the higher good, or doing the right thing, I actually receive the ultimate care I had always craved, which is the care of God, as a byproduct.  True freedom is the will to do God’s will instead of pursuing selfish matters, as His is the only path by which I may experience freedom from fear.    Freedom from fear is only the Love of God.

“True Love: The Swimmer Analogy”🐳
True love can be explained to a resident of the material realm by the analogy of a swimmer.  If I I’ve never been swimming, I could certainly still tell you all about swimming and recite endless facts about the activity and dynamics of swimming.  However, being able to describe swimming  based on secondhand knowledge and having actually been submerged and suspended in water through firsthand experience are like the difference between night and day in actually understanding and truly knowing what swimming means.  Within the material realm, facts about love are accessible, and it may be successfully and beautifully described, but it inherently cannot ever actually be experienced through material routes or sources.  Love is spiritual in nature, and it may only be accessed firsthand through spirituality, and never through worldly or corporeal means.  Without knowledge of God and the obedience to remain within His spiritual plane of moral, virtuous thinking, the fact of love remains merely theoretical and therefore, is essentially nonexistent to a material soul.  When, through an act of free-will, I offer my will to God, and thus elevate my soul to the level of God’s will and His spiritual dimension, then my thoughts, intentions, and actions are immersed within the real and true love that may be known through God alone.  This love is absent in the material realm, but within the realm of the Spirit, it is readily available, and is by definition priceless.  All the love in the world is not to be had, but to be given, and it is not as free for the “taking,” but as free but for the “seeking.”  Only the free-will that seeks to serve only the will of God is able to know God’s love.

(Left-Overs:)
-Through a glass darkly…(1 Corinthians 13)
-“Eight Verses on Transforming the Mind”

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“My boobies are perfect.  Not ’cause God made them but ’cause He said so.”👙
I did, though. 😉

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Trust is not found in a bank.  In God We.
-Highest achievement? Humble servant.
-Sgt. Pepper: Generalizes Results.*****
-The 1000 yard stares back.  Schtick.
-(Bob) Marley’s Ghost… too busy rattling the “Golden Chain of Love Prayer.”
-White Wailer Emerges.♐️🐋
-My umbrella is spelled “stratosphere.”
-20,000 Leagues under the C🏆
-Twiddle D🏆a Riddle for Me✨✨✨
-Appreciates in Time…💫
💧See-through the sea,
☔️My Serendipity,
🌈Templar Knight’s nightie,
🌝Lights the dark side of Me.
Profundity.✨😍✨
-Also Spock Zarathustra.🖖
-Made-in Voyage.📖✍🏻Fountain of Life✒️.
-“Impenetrable” Fortress.🎭
-Beam me up Toto!👠🌈
-Caped Crusader.🇬🇪👓⚔
-Battering Ram? A Constellation. ♈️
-The Book of Life: The Ante-Christ Diaries:
“The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”📚
📚📚📚📚📚The girl is stacked.😉
📜(Bible Passages)
Luke 10:
1-2; “Herd it Through The Grapevine”📰
3-6; “Little Red Can Smell Her Own”💜💙
7-9; “When in Rome, Study. acropolis.edu
10-12; “Cleaveth: Leave it to Beaver”🍼🕊
13-16; “Open-house:Phoenix🌹Penitence”
17-20; “Rejoiceth not in Inequity…”🕊
21-24; “God Loves Drunks and Fools”🐏
25-26; “The Golden Rule Cleaved…”💎⛏
27; “Love God! 💛1st, ΑΩ, and Foremost!”
28-29; “(All+)Any Neighbor is My⚖Equal”
30-36; “Good Samaritan!”🗞🐩
37; “Discipleship: The Steps of 12″🐓🐣
38, 40, 41; “Take It or Cleave It”🌎🌐🌞
39, 42; “The Good Parts”🌊👣🌊
Romans 9:
1-5; “Heart-Laden with Blessings” 🍀🐿
6-8; “Chosen: If the Calling is Heeded”🛎
9-13; “Only by Virtue of God”🌳🍒
14-16; “In God We Trust:🏗Good-Faith”
17-18; “Mercy is as Mercy does”🌲🌲🎄
20-24; “And to All a Good Knight”💝
26-29; “Pearl of Wisdom <5 min.”🙋💫
30-31; “Virtue: Humility is🌟Teachability”
32-33; “Charity:💗Benefit of the Doubt”
“I believe in God💛, so I believe in💠You.”
📜(Bible Chapters)
Luke 10; “Addiction: Sheep🐏Hoarder”🦄
Romans 9; “Rebel: Was Built in a Dei”💛💠

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.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Romans 9Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
9 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4 who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. 10 And not only this;but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 it was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is thereunrighteousness with God? God forbid. 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23 and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 24 even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 for he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

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