TheòsBeulah’s Spiritual Diary
🐟”Dinglehopper: A Crossroads”
-Humility or Control?
-Relinquish: Letting Go + Letting In
-Dear: Drop Everything and Receive
-Milk of Compassion: …Better than Yours
-The Good Parts
-Knowing What: How to Ask for Help
-Whom: *Wisdom to Know The Difference
-Woe is Me: …But Then, My Bad!
-Motive-Checking: Mic Check 1-2
-*…And That Has Made All The Difference
-Tyed in and Bound Together: A Poem
🐟”Dinglehopper: The Crossroads”
At any given point throughout my day, I have the option to choose the high road, and the straight and narrow path of Christ, or I can take the low road of self-will and ego-driven, selfish, or material pursuits. There is virtue in taking the high road, as it leads to character development and internal, spiritual growth, which feeds the soul. The material path starves the soul because it occupies the mental space that was intended to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit. Faith in action means resisting the pressures of the fabricated and shallow material realm, such social pressures to conform to moral corruption, seeking money or personal prestige, and valuing the self based upon appearances or prideful conceits, all of which things entail the death of the soul as it strays from the path to Eternal Life. Faith means seeing the opportunity to worry, doubt, be afraid, or sinful, and choosing not that path, but choosing instead, to trust God. Having faith in God means trusting in His love, and that everything will work out for the best as I abide within His will, and resist the evils of the flesh, or of the material, worldly existence. At any point in Time, I could succumb to such evils and sins as fearing for my safety, which is doubting God’s love and denying His power to care for me, or I could choose the path of faith, as the high road. I choose not the sins of self-centered fear, but instead, choose to trust God and believe in His promises of love and care. If I ever choose to be afraid or to worry, I have sinned because that fear necessarily entails a lack of faith in God. Thus, I always have the option of love, but only by virtue of first choosing to trust God. The challenge is often in maintaining this trust throughout the most desperate trials and tribulations, and extreme or prolonged forms of suffering, without losing sight of the bigger picture and the higher goals that God has in store. Faith is continuing to choose to trust in God’s ultimate care, despite all evidence to the contrary, or when all of life’s challenges tell me to give up, or when any worldly or sinful sort of adversary will not relent; this sort of situation is the greatest opportunity possible for a faithful child of God. Through this process of longsuffering, one may develop the sort of fortitude and prowess of virtue that only the most severe of Earth’s conditions could provide.
“Humility or Control?”⛈🎩💛
Faith means that I have the humility not to insist upon needing to know how something will work out in order to believe that it will work out. If I am faithful, I will demonstrate unquestioning belief, not just in God, but in the fact that God is constantly and actively loving and caring for me, in ways that I could not fathom. If I believe in God, but believe not that He is taking care of me, then I am unfaithful. Being a believer means that I respectfully believe only the best of God, and thus am able to experience the love and safety of His care. If I do not believe that God loves me, then I will not feel God’s love. If I do not love God first and foremost, I will never know what love is, as it only ever comes from God, “from Whom all blessings flow.” The ability to let go of my selfish and egotistical need to know how and why things are as they are and how the solution of God’s love will transpire in my life is evidence of my own lack of faith and humility, both of which factors are requirements for actually experiencing the manifestation of God’s love. I can, at any point of discomfiture, choose my own ego, which entails doubt, sin, and evil, or, alternatively, I can choose to trust in God, which entails love and assurance beyond all reason, and beyond all and any other sorts of human limitations and weakness. The beauty of faith is that I may use my belief in the all-powerful and Almighty God to supplant my own fear, inadequacy, weakness, or sinful urges of my own human, finite understanding. I am meant to trust God where my own resources of virtue and goodness fall short, thus learning the most valuable lesson, of how to love without question. This sort of love, the love of blind faith and loyal, devout adherence to God’s glory and care, is the love of charity. There is there is no reason for which to feel this sort of unquestioning love, and so it is altruism. This charitable love is the perfect and selfless love that may only be had by virtue of a faith in God.
“Relinquish: Letting Go + Letting In”🎩⛄️
When I set my priorities as, “God’s will not mine be done,” I am affirming the value of letting go of my self-will, or my selfish wants and inclinations. In good faith, I will recognize that this sacrifice is not because God wants to deprive me of anything, but rather, is much to the contrary of any deprivation. I recognize that I must let go of my self-will and the desire to control things, out of respect and humility before God, in order to know that He is “perfect” love, and so His infinite vision necessarily must be greater than my own limited human potential or understanding. When I accept God into my heart, I must, and necessarily if I am honest, let go of my intention or desire for control over my life. Trusting God means desiring for Him to control, or handle, my living situation, because certainly God would know best! I often feel this intense desire to control that which is around me to allay my own fear, worry, or anxiety; however, this desire to control is slightly misconstrued. What I really desire, is the safety and remedy to my fear through God’s control, rather than an exertion of my own control by my own self-will. Understood in this context, the remedy to my fear, or my “addiction to control,” is had by recognizing that it is to be within the control of God that I crave, and not the control of my own self or ego. When I have the humility to admit that I do not have the ability to provide what I need for myself, and to admit that the idea of self-sufficiency is stepping upon the toes of God and His will to provide for me, then I may experience the “bliss of letting go” that is entailed only by “letting go to God.” The art of letting go is an exercise in futility if I am not letting go to God, and relinquishing my attempts towards control by surrendering it instead to God, knowing that His care for me, and His control over my life, is always going to be far greater than anything that I could ever imagine.
“Dear: Drop Everything and Receive”☃☂
Once I recognize my need for God, and let go of control so that I may receive His divine intervention and ideal guidance, then I may practice more of the art of loosening up than of letting go. Once I let go of controlling my life by self-will, I will be ready to let in and actually receive God, and knowledge of His will. At this point, seeking God will have been fruitful, but the difficulty remains in successfully following God’s will and maintaining obedience. It is far more difficult to channel God’s will than the self-will of my own ego, and it requires a constant balance of energies, through aligning my free-will to God instead of following my carnal instincts or impulses. I may recognize that my natural state of being is not meant to be consistent, but rather a state of being in flux and working towards the equilibrium of homeostasis. The state of “being” for a spiritual being is not solid and concrete, but rather, is fluid and amenable to changes in direction, thus entailing flexibility and further growth. Any sort of fixed state or mental fixation is to be avoided, as that sort of attachment, stemming from the fear inherent in self-propulsion, or ego-driven self-will, is the rigidity that impedes spiritual progress. I strive to be as cognitively and behaviorally flexible and free from attachments as possible so that I may be freed from self enough to heed the calling and flow of the will of God, over and above all other urges. This art requires much practice, through recognizing my instincts, impulses, and wants, and then chiseling away at them and their control over me, over the course of Time, by practicing reliance upon God to help me to abstain from indulging in them; impulsive or addictive behavior, and mental obsessions or fixations, will fade away over Time, but only with much persistent practice and the continuous maintenance of abstaining from my self-will, through following God’s will instead.
“Milk of Compassion:💦Better than Yours”
True humility comes only from my recognition of my standing with God. Unless God fills the position of King and Director of my life, that role is vacant and will necessarily be filled by an inadequate false idol, typically the self, or perhaps a significant other. As long as the role of God within the hierarchy of my priorities is filled by my own ego or some other human or false idol, I will not be able to enjoy a real, loving, and mutual relationship, because there will be a constant power struggle to maintain order or control via that top position. When I let God into my life, I may finally be right-sized, and able to live in true harmony with others, because I can see myself as their equal “under God.” If I do not create my life around God, then the control that I innately crave and need, which only He can provide, will be lacking, and will be evidenced by a need either to dominate my surroundings, or to cling to and rely upon others or my surroundings. My own abilities, and the abilities of each and every other person on Earth, to provide security and successfully manage control of any human life, are all equally inadequate; the only correct and proper form of reliance is dependence upon God.
“The Good Parts”🌊💧🌊
“Mary chose the good parts,” while Martha scrimped and scraped over material concerns which ought to come only second, if ever at all. If I do not actively fill the primary positions in my life, and spend the bulk of my Time upon the priority of God and following His path of spirituality, then I will never actually know spiritual existence. Only by letting go of these trivial, transitory concerns of material existence, and choosing instead to cater to the needs of my soul, through practicing spiritual principles such as the 12 Steps and Promises, or the virtues, gifts, and fruits of the Holy Spirit, may I come to know God’s will and Eternal Life. If I choose not the path of salvation, which is heeding the calling within my own soul, then I will remain bound by the shackles of convention and the illusion of material life. When I nurture my connection to God and strive towards His ideals of virtue perfection, instead of pursuing material, monetary, or ego-driven urges for acclaim, power, praise, or prestige, only then may I actually receive the Promises and Rewards of a spiritual lifestyle, which may only be enjoyed at the expense of material living. This sounds like a sacrifice, but my wants of material or selfish pleasures are fake and mistaken, and indulging in them only perpetuates the lie that I need these things, which keeps me cut off from God’s Kingdom of Heaven and Eternal Life. The gifts and fruit of the Spirit are beyond all human comprehension and understanding until they are experienced and received firsthand, by following the will of God.
“Knowing What: How to Ask for Help”☔️
God can be known and comprehended as long as I abide within His will, and follow His path for me instead of my own. As long as I work alongside and Together, or, in conjunction, with God, I will be privy to His insights and blessings. If I strive to think within the shelter of God’s mind, and with the knowledge of His care and love for me, then I may be capable of actually understanding what He wishes to share. I can understand God and His infinite wisdom, but only if I seek God’s help to do so, and then abide, or remain with Him. If God wills for me to understand the complexity of His unfathomable Eternity, or to comprehend His incomprehensible mystery, then, by His will, it will be done, but only if I rely upon His power and will, as His assistance, to facilitate this miracle.
*…Wisdom to Know The Difference”❄️
It is my responsibility to ask for help when I need it, through the life cultivated within my thoughts and prayers. Often it is difficult to determine what I may need, or to know what to ask for, but in this case, I ought always to assume that it is some form or another of God Himself. This is a good first step in solving any sort of soul craving that I may be experiencing, as no craving is ever actually for anything of the material realm, and what I truly need is only ever some form of God’s love. Realizing that the things I ought to ask for, as I need them throughout the day, are only ever spiritual tools, guidance, and virtues, I may feel better equipped to meet life’s challenges, as there is nothing I might need that is not readily available to me, or that God would not provide, if I but humble myself to ask. I must often ask for patience, gratitude, direction, or any sort of virtue or elevated type of thinking. I have found that I must even ask for help if I wish to be less preoccupied by shallow, meaningless, and material concerns. Any such prayer, as a supplication to be better equipped to know and to do God’s will, is always answered, but only within the Timeframe of His infinite wisdom, to be known by me only if I am faithful and abide within His plan for me, following along the highest path to His Most High Love.🌈
“Woe is Me: …But Then, My Bad!”
“Motive-Checking: Mic Check 1-2”
“*…And That Has Made All The Difference”
🛤”The Road Not Taken”
by Robert Frost
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
💫…The Path Christ Trod.🌟
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-🐟”A Fork” in the Road. 😉
-Humility for Outside Consultation: In seeking further direction, “Google” can certainly count as the “second opinion”☝️
-“Disparate:” Don’t compare to God’s work without recognizing that it’s God’s work, unless you want to be jealous. 😉
🗣”Herd the Hood News of the Go Spell”
-Oh noble steed, thou faithful typist!🦄
-I’m an ass, butt like on Palm Sunday.🌴
-Try not to shoot the messenger, plz.🗞
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– ”
…Follow my heart as the path of faith, by internally following my intentions and reasons of morality as the path, rather than making decisions superficially, based upon any external aspect or material path.
*Faith. What you believe about your choices makes all the difference. 🌬✨❄️
“I came to a fork in the road and went up.”
…The material road was not taken.
The High Road: It’s not so much about what you do as it is about why you do it.
The Difference: Between taking a concrete material path, or an abstract internal path.
Intentions of Virtuosity: The path by which we may be skyrocketed up to the higher dimension, of the spiritual thought plane.
💞”An Honesty Lesson”
A Warning: About the perils of choosing the glossy appeal of a material path, as it becomes harder and harder to choose the high road, as the spiritual level of living. Choosing the road less travelled by breaks the bondage of self constructed by habits.
I–(…The Sigh) of a “Storyteller.”
-To Thine Own Self …Be True.💙
-The “Tell-Tale Sign” of the Heart.💛🌈
In this poem, the “road not taken” was the “high road” of the Good Samaritan. Oftentimes, people aren’t honest with themselves about which is the path of morality and which is the path of sin, and will linger in self-will and self-deception to justify a choice of immorality, to choose the “low road” of material indulgence, which leads to more sinfulness. At the end of the poem, the poet “tells a story,” and simply lies about having taken the high road. The moral of the story being, that it becomes harder and harder to break free from the habits of sin and the “bondage of self,” or self-seeking and dishonesty, if the traveler does not intentionally choose the “high road,” of “God’s will and not mine,” as the path.
-“If it’s not love it’s not true.”
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-…We are not “Saint-Saëns.” We claim spiritual progress, not spiritual perfection. Reborn…
-“Ugly Ducklings” learning to quack.🐣
-I can “play favorites.” 📽 Lots and lots!
“Nina Ananiashvili, in The Dying Swan”
“All music jars when the soul’s out of tune.”(-Miguel de Cervantes, via “For Today,” p. 275)
🐟Try a “tuning dinglehopper.”🎣
-Get a Job. 😱(a boob job?)
1-4; “…Stand Up 8: by Forgiving.”🌬🎲
5-8; “Aspiring to Accommodate”🛎✝
9-10; “Serve a Purpose not Applause”🎻
11-15; “Overcome to Glorify God”🗻🎉
16-19; “Salvation⚜in the Act of Praise”
20-21; “That Stumblingblock?”👁💠Nai.
22-25; “Tackle Randle McMurphy’s Law”
26-29; “Ready: Moral+Nothing to Hide”📖
30-31; “Locked Out🏡Turned In-ward🙏”
32-33; “Up-right Value System:💓-Beat”
34-36; “Same Action Different Intention”
37; “🛰Eagle Has Landed:💜The Corps”
1-2; “Direct Hookup”💠🎙
3-4; “Hard🍎core Bulimia: Beulah🌹”
8-11; “Throne of the Stone” ⚒💎🌈
1 Timothy 1:
1-4; “To Elucidate Godliness”🌬🔔💎
5-7; “Humility and Openness”💛🔑🚪
8-11; “Seeking Corrections to Improve”🙇
12-14; “All Worthy of God’s🐛Corrections”
15-16; “Ah, Juicy Fruit (of the Spirit).”🌳🍒
17; “Ghostbusters!” 👻💠👁
Luke 17; “…Maybe not 72 Virgins.”🎱
Hebrews 1; “Emanuel Joy-Schtick Shift”⛽️
1 Timothy 1; “Faith:💛Seatbelt of the Soul”
Luke 17Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
17 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. 7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
Hebrews 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. 13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
1 Timothy 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 2 unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 from which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7 desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 20 of whom is Hymenæus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Topical Outline: 🌬💦
-Ignorance is sin. Forgiveness is bliss.
-“Magic Trick:” Hope is like pixie dust–just a pinch will do the trick! 🎩🐇
-“Consult the Wind” before taking aim, allow your prayers to fan into flame.🕯
-Hold onto Hope, Come What May! (15th)
-Caritas: The True Selfless Love of Charity
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” -JFK🇺🇸
“Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.” -Jackie O🕶
Hope is not incremental, but rather, it exists as either an absence or a presence. Even just 0.0001% hope is enough to carry one through any obstacle, and is sufficient to enable one to surmount any challenge, because this hope is simply the idea of a goal towards which to work. Hope is an optimistic expectation that provides some inkling of an aim or a “trajectory,” by which I mean, a belief that there is some sort of a “light at the end of the tunnel,” of God. There is no further virtue than the idea itself of God, towards which to work, as it is either present in one’s mind, or it is not.
There is a bit of a threshold effect for faith, as it doesn’t provide more benefit to the believer the more of it one has–rather, any amount at all of belief is sufficient for it to take effect; the difference between the effects of faith in people’s lives comes, rather, from the difference in the amount of effort to which they apply their faith.
“Faith without works is dead,” but even just a smidgin of faith, when combined with the necessary action or footwork, is enough to materialize God’s miracles. What enables God’s magic is not the amount of faith one has, as simply any idea of God to believe in will suffice. Rather, the effect of faith comes from the amount of work one puts into a task based upon that faith. The faith provides the belief, that the optimistic expectation of hope for God, will manifest, but the virtue of faith comes from how resolutely and persistently I apply my own efforts towards that aim, of “God’s will not mine.”
I view faith as the ability to maintain the optimistic trajectory or expectation set out by hope throughout each new difficulty and challenge, and thus, faith is my job and my skill to refine as part of the footwork. Faith is like any skill, as it becomes sharper with diligent practice. It is my job to put in the effort and work to refine my skill and strengthen my faith, through using it to help me to maintain motivation during times of struggle. Challenges are the sharpening stone by which I am meant to improve my faith. Quality faith is only evidenced by my actually making use of it, to help keep me on God’s straight and narrow path, when it would be easier to veer and lose hope, and succumb to faithlessness or sinfulness. God’s love never fails, and I will always see His miracles firsthand in my own life if I simply exert my faith, with work and effort, to see a task through to its completion. If I can maintain my hopeful trajectory of God’s love, with the footwork of my faith, throughout tests to my resolve, than I will emerge from the crucible of worldly life forged as a golden heart in God’s Eternity.
Faith is my gift up to God, rather than God’s gift to me. My work, and my applied faith, is demonstrated by my consistent and devout efforts towards the aim, or hope, of God’s ultimate love, by utilizing it as a source of comfort to power me through any and all of life’s challenges. With God as the direction of my compass, and keeping the idea of Him constantly close in my heart and in my head, I may see difficulties and obstacles as merely being opportunities by which I may demonstrate God’s power to overcome. Thus, God and Jesus and I may surmount seemingly insurmountable difficulties, and achieve seemingly impossible feats, so that Together, We may then step back in wonder and marvel at God’s handiwork, to savor all the beauty of life and love that He can bestow as the blessing of His miracle.
Faith is only effective to the extent to which I make practical application of it. I make use of my faith and practice it, by applying it through effortful exertion, to keep me resolute in my efforts so that I may eventually come to surmount life’s hardships. This persistence, or grit, of not wavering in the hopeful trajectory through encountering obstacles to that belief, is what constitutes faith, and this is what makes one’s faith real and demonstrable.
Faith means holding on to the idea of God’s supreme care no matter what, all throughout the long-haul of each and every one of life’s challenges. In remaining loyal to God all the way to the end, without giving up or entertaining doubts, I actually get to see it all work out as His solutions take shape in my life. God’s miracles always come to pass, as evidence of His care, if I work with Him.
“The 3-Fold Path”💙💘💛
Hope: Aim, Trajectory (God’s love for me)
Faith: Footwork, Resolute Loyalty
Charity: Intention, Selfless Love for God
Faith in God: My part of Our relationship and my side of the street, as my willingness and ability to maintain hope for God; through the test of Time, throughout trials and adversities, and through all challenges to my ability to maintain my steadfast belief in salvation from God. Faith is needed for the longevity, stamina, fortitude, longanimity, and perseverance to live up to my belief in God, by clinging to that belief no matter what. Only by my own works, to demonstrate the extent of my faith, may I realize the miracle of God’s outcome of Love.💛
🔔 Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Now that’s what I call a–
-“The Main Line” to Agápē-delphia.💉💛
-No, Bruce Wayne is not a Higher Power. Superman, on the other hand…🤓
-✏️Tip: Communion means conversation.
-Translate: Bagheera. 🐯
-…from bipedal to wiki-pedal.
-“Supplanted” with material existence, but not spiritual knowledge nor God’s Eternity.
-Ursinus: Why? “…I dunno.”
-Can I have empathy for someone who has no empathy? I can’t analyze that behavior.
-Chad knew. But worse than that, that knowledge was his reason for it. “Evil.”
-🏥🔩 I wasn’t the only one. 🕵⛏
-The Trumpeter Swan. Lake. (Carte Blanc)
-🌟”Gold Star:” Spitting out constellations like great balls of fire.💫 Ziggy Stardust.
-💝”The love you take is equal to the love you make…”
…But not because it comes back to me, but rather, because it is from the very act of loving selflessly that bestows a feeling of love to within me, which is agápē, the altruistic love that was designed by God, can only ever be reciprocated by God.
-“Anything for love like this: Meditation for a taste of agápē inspires all willingness.”
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
🌎”How nature loves the incomplete.
🌏If she drew a conclusion it would
(-Christopher Fry, via “For Today,” p. 276)
-⛲️”There is God’s will, and then there is everything else. If it is not God’s will, then it is the equivalent of the serpent of Eden.”
(Natalia Osipova, Don Quixote Act 1)
-…A Ballet Variation.💃🏻
2 Timothy 1:
1-3; “24-7 Prayer: God Consciousness”😇
4-6; “Gratitude is Memory de la Coeur”💋
6-9; “Courage of Conscience”⛑
10-12; “”Unseen Commitment.””💍
13-14; “Some Kind of Gateway”💠💭🏰
15-18; “St. Peter’s Cross:🗝Humility” (oh!)
1-3; “Tell-Tale💝: Easy to Read”
4-6; “Night Sketches: St. Emo’s Fire”🌬🕯
7; “A Joint Connection”🌾
8-9; “Drown Your Sorrows”🍹
10-12; “The Absinthe Fairy”🍬🌪🍭
13; “Maui Jim💉MAOI Wowie”🏩
14; “Hard Knock🚪Orphan Annie”💒
2 Timothy 1; “Silly Easter Rabbit…”🎩👯
Revelation 8; “The Son🕶Will Come Out…”
🌞👍”Rule of Thirds”🎶🎶🎶
2 Timothy 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 to Timothy, mydearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, andpeace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve from myforefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4 greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 11 whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 17 but, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. 18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
Revelation 8Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
8 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. 6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. 13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
“Baker’s Dozen: Paradigm Shift”🐣🐥
-Meditation as Preparation
-Set-Up Response Pathway
-Supervised Troubleshooting: Contemplate: Push and Pull of the Day
-Supplant: Choosing God not Worldliness
-God-Conscious Perspective: The Lead
-Letting Go to God: Relief From His Change of My Reactions not Conditions
-Seeking God is the Correct Response
-God’s Will Dictates My Life Experience:
…Deflect Reactions to God
-3-Fold Dynamic Guides the Way
-Tint with Love: Experience of Conditions
…My ‘Life’ is a Subjective Reaction
-Σ-Praise with a Purpose
“Baker’s Dozen: Paradigm Shift”🐣🐥
“Meditation as Preparation”🙌
When I come to pray in the morning, it is, as a first step, with the purpose of airing out all my petty concerns, grievances, worries, and anxieties or preoccupations about my life or the day ahead. I cannot be completely rid of my self-will, as the impulses of my ego and selfishness, as that would entail the loss of my free-will. My duty, however, is to recognize my own self-centeredness, and then to air out this trivial clutter from the channel of my will. When I open myself up in honesty, and voice all my prayers to God each morning, then I can finally let go of these trivialities or preoccupations which build up naturally over the course of the day. Once I express myself, I may be released from the bondage of these self-centered fears, as is the purpose of confession and honesty. In this way, I may clear the channel within me, which may be used either as a route to self-will and sin, or as a channel for God’s will and the higher goodness in life. When I take care to maintain receptivity to guidance from God by honestly praying to Him about what may bother me, then I can open up space within my mind and soul to let Him in to take the reins. Oftentimes, the only thing that comes between me and knowledge of God is my attachment to my own thoughts. I must be diligent in letting go of all “worldly attachments,” as these “non-God-centered points of focus” include the expression of self-will that is any sort of self-directed thinking; however, once I let go of the will to direct my own thinking, I may be receptive to God’s thoughts and ideas, instead of my own.
“Set-Up Response Pathway”👋
One of the hardest aspects of the art of letting go is surrendering my thought processes over to God to fill instead. I find that the main point of life, which I am to strive to fulfill over the course of my existence, is to deepen and strengthen my understanding of God directly, meaning, my personal and emotional mutual relationship with Him. This often means seeking Him as a person with Whom to connect, rather than as a Will for which to serve; by this, I mean, seeking to know God as a person and orient “towards Him,” rather than seeking His direction for my own life and selfish aims, as being oriented “with Him.” Often, the struggle of my focus, or the challenge of orientation, is knowing when to focus “upon God, as looking at Him,” in getting to know each other better, and knowing when to focus “with God, as looking in the same direction,” and united within Our aim of a common purpose, towards an activity. If I fail to first establish this focus of “towards God,” then the significance of any connection will be lost, because it is the personal and emotional level of Our connection that bestows the love, or agápē, that gives rest of life meaning.
“Supervised Troubleshooting: ☝️Contemplate: Push and Pull of the Day”
When I come to finish expressing myself to God and Jesus in the morning, I sit and linger with Them, to meditate Together. I think back upon mistakes I made the day before, and areas in which I did well and so would like to maintain with continued focus and work. For instance, perhaps I did well with the pace of my thoughts and in maintaining a sense of serenity, but needed to work upon following after God more diligently, as the point of doing God’s will is not the activity, but the fact that if I abide, I have the privilege of remaining within His presence. The point of seeking God’s will is to enjoy His company and spend quality Time Together. Thus, there are many facets to spiritual development, and a myriad of aspects in which We may improve, as a part of an ongoing process, and not for a concrete outcome or some sort of finalized or tangible product.
“Supplant: Choosing God not Worldliness”
Teamwork with God, in the process of nurturing a relationship, is vastly rewarding in its own right and as its own end, rather than being merely a means to a goal. I find that this reality runs in stark contrast to the priorities of the material world, and so I must spend Time in meditation before I begin my day to project about possible problems I might encounter, and, in a sense, study and prepare, by communing with God about the protocol that He would intend for me; in this way, I can start my day with some sense of the nature of my higher, spiritual purpose, and a concrete idea of what that would look like as applied to everyday situations or issues. Thus, I may spend Time with God and Jesus to voice my worries, and determine potential problems, so that I can anticipate how best to handle them, according to His will and not mine, and continue to improve. I may play out certain expected scenarios in my head, either of thought patterns that could become dejected or resentful, or of behaviors that could become maladaptive. Together, We can project an optimal course of action to follow, in the event of the most likely or expected challenges, and I can enjoy feeling the security of God’s care on a solid and concrete level.
“God-Conscious Perspective:✌️The Lead”
When I come up off my knees in the morning, it is not with confidence in myself, but with humble assurance that God and Jesus are with me always, and will never lead me astray as I abide loyally. When I leave the house, I have my priority in place, and try to understand God consciously as being right in front of my nose, and with this sort of cognizance of His presence, I feel steady and stable in any other of my activities, because with God in the forefront of my mind, I have placed God first in importance in my life.
With God mentally superimposed upon the rest of existence, I may choose Him and His ideals over and ahead of any worldly interest, which are all pitfalls of sin or material indulgence. Such worldly pursuits lead only to more sin, self-will, and the fear of the ego. This ego-fear is self-originating and is the root of all the evil that I may ever experience, because it is the true nature of the the human will, or of my “self,” if experienced without God. Amy aspect of my life will necessarily be experienced as either sinful or evil, if it is perceived in the cognitive absence of God, or without holding thoughts of God close within the mental framework of my being.
“Letting Go to God: Relief From His🖖 Change of My Reactions not Conditions”
When I keep God close, as constantly in my thoughts, then I may enjoy His love, security, and the freedom from the bondage of self and worldly attachments. This liberation is a shift from the material and self-centered existence that is impermanent, and so ultimately illusory, towards the spiritual level of thinking, of God-Consciousness. With the idea of a loving, protective God, as the Father Almighty, always in my mind, I may experience existence based upon the law of His will, rather than based upon finite human or material confines, which are understood as the laws of nature, logic, math, and physics. Any aspect of the material world is an effect of God, and subject to God’s law of unlimited potential.
“Seeking God is the Correct Response”👍
Upon any fork in the road, or cross-roads, I choose to follow the high road, which is the spiritual path of unseen abstract principles, of virtue, love, and goodness. The low road entails following a decision based upon a material incentive or fear, and is represented by the concrete, or tangible world, and the pursuit of indulgent or selfish pleasures. I choose to abstain from impure, selfish motives based upon any of the “Eight Mundane Concerns,” as it is this “motive” for my physical path, or behavior, that determines which road I am on, as the high road of God’s will and the virtues, or the low road of material satisfaction and gratification.
“God’s Will Dictates My Life Experience:
…Deflect Reactions to God”👈
Understood in this light, the correct path of life and of decision making is only ever to first and always seek and consult God. From this “Secure Base,” I may remain unhampered by the push and pull of the tides of my corporeal work or the temporal world, because I have a steadfast security with God, as a connection or attachment fastened tight and held firm by my faith, through constant mental effort to abide with God by keeping Him planted solidly as the foundation, fixture, or axis, of all of my thoughts, intentions, and perceptions. When seen from this light, I never seek to alter the worldly conditions that I am confronted with, but rather, I seek to alter my state of mind, as my attitude and outlook, by supplanting my own fear or other discomfort or distress with the practice of one of God’s virtues. Thus, I may follow God to elevate my mind state upwards towards His perfection of love, and qualities of character and morality.
“3-Fold Dynamic Guides the Way”🤘
With this prerogative, of enhancing my own spiritual strength instead of some temporary material condition, I will be abiding God’s will for me, which is to follow the high road to His Eternal Life. Only by cultivating God’s virtues within my own soul may I be receptive to His glory. Thus, I seek to improve my responses to life rather than to push back against life; from this perspective, of seeking to enhance and strengthen the goodness and virtue of my soul, I may desire life’s obstacles, as the greater challenges offer the greatest return of achievement. If I cannot be loving and gentle and kind through any discomfiture or difficulty, then I have not learned true kindness; thus, in order to become virtuous, personal hardship is absolutely necessary and beneficial, and is, in fact, the only route by which I may learn to embody God’s love.
“Tint with Love: Experience of Conditions
…My ‘Life’ is a Subjective Reaction”🙏
The reward of such a perspective of life is that I come to know God and Jesus on a personal level. They have this amazing way of making me feel life the most special person the room, without interfering with equality or inciting the inflation of my ego. When I offer praises and thanks up to Them as the pattern around which I weave my daily living, it has this otherworldly quality of “magic,” as if the process of living itself and all of existence is dynamic and somehow “alive” in synchronicity.
“Σ-Praise with a Purpose”👏
With my understanding cohering along the parsimony of the dimensions laid out by my “3-Fold Path,” I feel like life is vastly meaningful and marvelous, and I feel comfortable with intuiting the expanse of God’s Eternity as it sprawls out before me. When I winnow it down to my motivation of love for God, my action of faithful footwork along the path of spiritual growth and progress, and my aim or trajectory of God’s perfect unconditional love, then I feel complete, and finally free to gaze out in awe and wonder at this sparking riddle, this beautiful mystery of life, because I am now Together with God. His will, not mine, is done, as He intended. “As you wish.”🌼
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Hypothetical: “A man points a gun at your head, and says, ‘Do as I tell you.’ You turn to the man and reply, ‘Well, sure, just as long as it’s within reason.'” 😉
-Supplanted: But not that kind of “Patron”
-Curiosity and Teachability: Looking to ask questions, not to give answers; humility
AA: “One Day at a Time…”
Middle English from Old French from Latin patronus protector of clients defender’ from pater patr- father☔️
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Cheerleader:” 🎉You can do it!
“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” (-François Dee La Rochefoucauld, via “For Today,” p. 277)
-I am only able to believe in myself because I believe in God; my belief is that God is unconditionally loving, which entails that I believe that He believes in me.
-✳️”Come what May. …Came this May!”
-Peace is come by righteousness.
(Natalia Osipova, in Esmeralda)
1-3; “Build Up💒Shout It from Rooftops!”
4-6; “Tis a Gift to be Dimple…🎶”🎡
7-9; “Desire to Learn not to Teach”🌼
10-12; “Awe Inspires🐛Bliss of Growth”
13-15; “Wise: Seek to Correct Within”🎃
16-18; “False Prophets:🔮Ask God Within”
1-4; “…Rein in Rudolph,🕯Clear a Path”
5-7; “Lead by Example🌳Hippy-Campus”
8-10; “Go Ask God; Alice is 10′ Tall”🕳🐰
11-13; “Pull the Curtain: Glory of God”💖
15-17; “Mind your Manors”💠💭🚪
18-20; “Swatch⏱o’ Fabric of Existence”
21-23; “Love Within the Process”🌅🌄🌇
24-26; “It’s in the Job Description”😲
27-28; “In the Namesake of Love”😍💖✨
29-31; “We Proceed Upon the Path”😘💫
Proverbs 9; “A Template of God”🔎🗺📐
John 14; “The Rise and Autumn”🌞🍁⚜
👑”The Golden Age Upon Us”💛
Proverbs 9Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
9 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
2 she hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy isunderstanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 to call passengers who go right on their ways:
16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
John 14Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I amin the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come againunto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
“Adaptive Purpose: The Natural Selection”
-Adaptive Choices to Enhance Attitude
-Solution-Oriented: Neural High Road; pushing back against worldly evil is the low road; instead, I turn within, to take the high road, use worldly evils as the means by which to push off and up towards God
-“Big Picture:” Inward Social Comparison
-Challenges as Stepping Stones; to pave the way to God’s “better things.”
-Motivation: Goal-Seeking not Avoidant
-Nature of Responses: Non-Evaluative
-Stepping Stones to Trampolines
-Let Go of Self Supplant with Altruism; Choosing God’s will over selfish aims
“If the thought is not making you happy, pick another one.”🏳️🌈
“My reaction is what prevented the dream from becoming a nightmare.”💘
“Adaptive Purpose: The Natural Selection”
“Adaptive Choices to Enhance Attitude”
Interpreting life from within the context of the “bigger picture,” being that I am only one small part working within God’s world and His Grand Design, allows for the most advantageous interpretation of life events, in the sense that this interpretation serves the most useful and practical function. The best interpretation or perception of any given scenario is the one that serves the most adaptive purpose, or the one what works the most effectively to provide a happy and fulfilling experience of life. The best method is the one that works, and the most efficacious belief system and lifestyle practice that I have found entails a focus upon God as the foundation of my understanding of the world. With this solid stronghold of a sense of love and a higher purpose, I may proceed in the practice of spiritual development and focus upon self-improvement. Whenever I encounter a difficulty in the outside world, or am confronted with an aversive stimulus, I can intuit the correct action to be “turning inward,” in order to grow through the process of character-building, by refining my skills in the various virtues.
“Solution-Oriented: Neural High Road”
The correct pathway is never to succumb to the evils or sins of the worldly existence by butting heads with such hatred. The correct path, by which I mean the one that results in greatest perception of success, fulfillment, and well-being, is always to take the high road of God’s spiritual level of existence, and veer away from the material level of life. It is not merely the act of turning the other cheek towards someone who harms me that is virtuous, but further, it is additionally the act of then redirecting my focus away from that harm and towards God, Whom I may only ever find only by looking within. To properly and successfully handle life’s challenges, and overcome in accordance with the scriptures, I must not only turn away from evil, but also turn towards my faith, which entails being a part of the solution by engaging in proactive and productive behavior towards God’s will, of loving-kindness and compassion. If I am not actively seeking to be loving no matter what, than I am not afforded the love and protection of abiding within God’s will. Turning within towards God is necessarily entailed to be moral and virtuous, because the material level of existence represents the absence of God. Thus, if I seek morality, virtue, and spiritual fulfillment, I must resort to the internal, higher level of spirituality, which exists within my own cognition. The concrete material world carries no stand-alone significance, as goodness and the higher spiritual ideals, such as love and the other virtues, are abstract concepts, and so can ultimately only be based upon intentional thought. Thus, any material route to happiness is inherently empty, and cannot offer any fulfillment to a spiritual being. However, by turning inwards to God first, a spiritual interpretation may be intuited as juxtaposed around the inherently evil material world. Thus, by seeking God directly, one may come to reconcile the experience of the hatred innate to the tangible material world through the lenses of God’s sight, as a vision bestowed to those who follow the higher spiritual path of understanding that is serving God’s will.
“Big Picture: Inward Social Comparison”
The extent to which I detach myself from external influences and instead secure myself to my own internal understanding of God and higher-order spiritual ideals determines the extent to which I enjoy overall life satisfaction and success in maintaining a sense of purpose and serenity, no matter what befalls me.
“Challenges as Stepping Stones; to pave the way to God’s better things.”
When I turn within to the abstract spiritual path and let go of worldly material issues, then I am bestowed with the blessing of God’s understanding, as the higher, spiritual perspective, and ultimate love. When I let go of self-based concerns and instead turn within to seek God’s will, I may be freed from the bondage of self and the evil inherent in a material existence. When I let go of myself and material or ego-driven needs, and choose instead to deny self-seeking impulses and select the will of God and unconditional love to serve instead, then I will known real freedom, no matter what sort of chains my external circumstance may entail. God is only ever found within, and freedom is God’s love.
“Motivation: Goal-Seeking not Avoidant”
Properly construed, goal-oriented means God-oriented. I try to be cognizant of my motivation for engaging in any behavior, and if my reason for any action is selfish or fear-based, then I realize that to proceed with that action would be sinful and I will abstain. In this process of self-inventory, I may examine my reason, or motive, behind certain thoughts or behaviors and assess their morality, in order to keep my pattern of living clean and righteous, by pruning away my ego to keep my intentions pure. It is always a great relief when, after experiencing a disappointment or some sort of emotional pain, that this unpleasant feeling is originating from my own sin of selfishness, ego-based concerns, and the fear or hurt pride of seeking to serve my own needs instead of the will of God. Thus, if I feel hurt, I can see that it was my fault, because a hurt ego is the result of catering to self-will over God’s will; when I recognize the source of my uneasiness and see altruistic love for God as the path to correction, I feel a great wave of relief. If ever I feel emotionally upset, I can immediately take ownership over that feeling, and apologize to myself and to God for serving the wrong motivation. Reorienting myself towards acting upon my desire to please God instead of myself always heals any emotional disturbance. On cue.
“Nature of Responses: Non-Evaluative”
In appraising my own attitude or effort, as the only appropriate target for any of my corrections, I will want to refrain from making any judgments about good or bad, but rather, I will seek to look at what is working well and what is not working so well. If I feel a resentment, I must refrain from an appraisal of my worth as a person, because to do so would be disrespectful to God, through Whom I am inherently valuable, in equality with my fellows. I will want to note, however, where my abilities are falling short in my purpose to be useful in serving God and His other children, and what I ought to be working on to improve and expand my potential, or my ability to be function spiritually, and to live a humble, happy, and meaningful life. The character assets of the virtues are to be my skills, and constitute the personal resources that I must develop, maintain, expand upon, and enhance. If at any point I feel that I am struggling, I recognize that I ought to pray to God to help renew my energies in one of these areas of virtue, for instance patience, tolerance, fortitude, or hopefulness, so that I may to be able to continue to be loving and morally upright and see the struggle through to God’s will, in order to overcome and thus glorify God.
“Stepping Stones to Trampolines”
I must strive to channel my energies constructively so that I am working towards a goal of a higher-order virtue, which constitutes a good intention, rather than seeking to avoid harm to my ego or to achieve personal prestige, which motivations are fear-based and therefore sinful. If I am motivated by a selfish desire to gain or avoid loss, to seek pleasure or avoid pain, to receive praise or avoid blame, or to achieve fame or avoid dishonor, then I am engaging in sin. These are the Eight Mundane Concerns of Buddhism, and represent two sides to each coin, of either self-enhancing and prideful motives, or self-preserving and fear-based motives, all of which are ultimately understood as self-centered fear, and serve the purpose of the ego. The only viable or existing alternative to this evilness is to serve God’s will instead of my own ego. If I am not motivated to serve God’s will than I am necessarily serving a selfish motive, which will ultimately boil down to self-centered fear. In order to reorient myself to the path of righteousness from the sinful concerns of the ego or the material world, I must practice making the right choices, through the process of spot-check inventories to assess my motives. I find that very often I am driven, or propelled, by the impulse of fear, and this constitutes an “avoidance” approach to life; it is not conducive to serenity or enjoyment to feel the irrational compulsion of fear behind all my actions. I do find, however, that when I look within to notice the source of my motivation, I gain insight into my behavior, such that I am self-aware enough to see the folly of my own self-will, and I can choose the high path instead, and seek to serve God’s will. When I act upon the motivation to serve God’s will, by abstaining from selfish concerns and practicing the virtues, motivated simply out of my desire to please God, I find that I am free from fear and embraced by the security inherent in righteousness. It is in the practice of trying to do the right thing instead of the selfish thing, and by trying to be ever-more loving to everyone unconditionally, under any and all circumstances, that offers me a sense of fulfillment, meaning, and God’s love. The love of God, which is reciprocal, is ultimately the meaning of life, and this can only be known by abiding within His will.
“Let Go of Self: Supplant with Altruism; Choosing God’s will over selfish aims”
In relearning my reactions and then continuing to practice making the upright choices, by aligning myself to the virtuous intentions that are within God’s will, then I may enjoy continued progress on God’s terms, which is far greater than anything fathomable in the material realm of life. Suddenly, when I am presented with a problem, it is merely a stepping stone on a path to the greater things of God’s design, and I am no longer limited to the sinful confines of the ego, nor bound by the limits of temporary, worldly concerns. When I come to a cross-roads where I am given a choice, of following either God’s will of upright moral intentions, or self-will of ego-driven selfish desires, I will very naturally find a struggle, for perhaps a while, but if I am faithful and maintain the purity and goodness of my intention by persisting towards God’s love and mirroring it myself, then I find that these stepping stones of challenges are the trampolines by which I may be catapulted into the spiritual dimension, and enjoy God-Consciousness. When I choose God over myself, I receive the privilege of His loving and guiding presence and care to accompany me at all times. This Oneness with God and Jesus, and the process of forming a loving bond through Our interactions throughout the day, is the ultimate meaning of life. From this point, of having established a real and personal relationship with our Creator, my life and my understanding of the world is Eternally and existentially altered, by the protective cognitive layer of God’s steadfast love. All I need to do at any impasse is simply to steady myself against my idea of God, as the foundation upon which I have planted my soul and my being, and follow Him, as He and Jesus lead the way. In this state of Togetherness, I am inspired by the Love ahead of and all around me, and it is this outlook and attitude of omnipresent hope, and the virtue of upright living, that is my purpose as a child of God. Together, by “conscious contact,” We are United as One, within the unseen arms of Our Living, Loving, Heavenly Father.
“These colors of this covenant don’t run.”
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Relearning reactions: instead of turning to “avoidance” tactics, or running away from an issue as motivated by fear, by avoiding life or aversive stimuli and succumbing to dejection or other forms of sin or evils, resorting to “approach,” behavior by changing my point of focus to something positive and inspirational; turning within towards a hopeful idea of God to change motivation from one of fear to one of virtue, and realign outlook with goal-directed and solution-based behavior
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Faith: is the extent to which one actually behaves in accordance to one’s beliefs.
-Hope: defines a belief as being positive, while faith is applying it to one’s actions, which allows it to work and take effect.
-Faith entails the action to “walk the walk.”
-“I’d say the sky’s the limit, but that would suggest a limit.”🌝💫🌞
-Hope: an established optimistic trajectory
-Shooting Stars:🌟aim for “the Most High”
“Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they can dance.” (-Alexander Pope, via “For Today,” p. 278)
-“Even learning to take baby steps requires practice.”🚡
-“Look it up” in the diction-airy.🌬💠
1-3; “Volume V;📓Built the Nest”👑🐛
4-6; “Cognitive Disson-🐜🐜Conscience”
7-9; “Cinderella’s Carriage+The Works”🎃
10-12; “Artemis and Apollo 13″🌚🔑🌈
13-15; “Healing: One Day at a Time” 🚭💙
16-18; “Army of 1: The Little Engine…”✍🏻️
19-21; “I Spy…💠Fine PenmanShip”🗄🚀
1-3; “Translator: Bird🕊is the Word”
4-6; “Pruning💦Ego out of Eden”💭🌳🍒
7-9; “As You Wish🌼upon the Path”💫
11-13; “Melon Collie + the Infinite Joy”🎺
14-16; “Through a Glass Eye Darkly” 🐣🐓
17-19; “Spirited Away the Matrix” 🌬✨🌐
20-22; “Human Polygraph 🌬💠” 💨👓
23-25; “Forgiveness is Bliss💍Hit or Miss”
26-27; “Receptionist: Prayer☎️Delivery!”
Revelation 9; “Record Unbreaker:✝️-Files”
John 15; “Hugs of Bear Necessities”👥❤️
Revelation 9Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
9 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen weretwo hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
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.
“What You Believe in Matters.” ⚛️
-Under New Management: by God!
-Ante-Matters: Making Space
-Hope: Attitude Plots the Course
-Praise: The Day the Music Died
-Steering Wheel: Beautiful Struggle
-Faith is Traction: Effort and Momentum
-Voyage to the Bottomless Pit: “Caritas”
-Ante: Antecedent ❤️
“What You Believe in Matters.” ⚛️
💠”Under New Management”🚧
God: the “Manageability Maker”
🎶”…Rearrange me till I’m sane…”🏳️🌈
“Ante-Matters: Making Space”🌚💫🌝
When I arise in the morning, I must clean out the channel of my will and my soul that is all choked up and congested with my own ego, as my self-will and my thoughts and concerns for myself. When I voice these concerns and air them out to God, space may be made within my soul to receive and accommodate His will for me. Thus, by emptying out my worries and selfishness to God in prayerful confession, I may carve out a channel through which He may infiltrate my being, and in this way, I may supplant self-will and sinfulness, or the subjective experience of evils, with God and His will of perfect altruistic love. Before I can receive knowledge of God’s will for me, or experience the love of His presence by abiding within His will, I must let go of self-interest and self-seeking. “Seek and ye shall find,” and so if I wish to find God, I must make sure that I am seeking God’s will for me, and not not just pursuing my own self-will or selfish wants.
“Hope: Attitude Plots the Course”💫🌙🌞
When I “let go” to God, my attitude plays a critical role in determining the actual effectiveness of this “Step 3 surrender.” This surrender could be interpreted as giving up; however, the presence of hope for God’s superior ability to care for me creates a certain quality to this surrender, which is what leads to a “hallelujah effect.” When I “give up” on self-will, and admit my own powerlessness to manage my own life, I must do so with the hope, as the optimistic expectation, that God is waiting patiently for me to step out of the way, so that He can “work His magic,” and through His grace, show me His ability to care for me and provide manageability for my life. My own attitude sets the trajectory for my subjective experience of life, and so what I believe in matters. God means to care for me, and so my belief in Him, and His supreme love and restoration, is meant to provide the aim, or the goal, which leads me through the upright pathway of hope. I must endorse a positive and hopeful belief of God, to serve as that guiding light at the end of the tunnel, to help direct me through troubles to His positive outcome. I recognize that I must focus upon my attitude and keep the hopeful attitude in place, performing the necessary footwork of faithful action along this course in order to bring God’s will or goal into realization. I do not expect to know the specific outcome of God’s plan, but rather, I exercise my faith, and simply, lovingly trust Him, that it will be great, as “God is Great.” Practicing my faith means that I don’t insist upon knowing how His love will manifest or what His will entails, but rather, that I just lovingly and loyally follow Him “blindly,” as is entailed by innocent and pure love, as that of a child. With this purity of faith, as the hopeful and perfect belief bestowed by coming from a position of innocence, which is expressed as undoubting and unquestioning love, then I am equipped to be of maximum service to God. With the tools and course of action dictated by hope, faith, and charity, or love, I may be able to follow Him with the skills necessary to realize His perfect will. With the innocent pure love of a child of God, I may righteously follow His lead to a positive outcome that is, as of yet, beyond my knowledge or understanding. I meet God halfway, in a process of Teamwork, by mirroring within my own outlook and attitude an idea of the perfection of His love. Thus, by virtue of my own most charitable belief of only allowing for perfect and unconditional Love, in some form or another, to be the sole possible outcome dictated by God’s perfection, I may enable God to be as great as He is. Through the works of faith, the red door of a church’s entryway may be transformed to a red carpet and welcome mat, inviting God and Jesus, personally, into my life.
“Praise: The Day the Music Died”💫✨💖
Through the works of faith, the hope of God’s perfect love may find solid ground, and be provided a platform on which to manifest in its unhindered completeness. If I am actively trying to manifest God’s perfect love to the best of my ability, and seeking to demonstrate Jesus’s teachings, of selfless giving love and unconditional forgiveness, within the daily habits of my own life through my attitude and actions, then I may actually get to fulfill God’s promises of the scriptures, and know God’s love. When I do not sing praises of love, joy, and gratitude directly up to God, via my thoughts and the intentions guiding my physical behaviors and choices, then I do not know God’s love within my life. Without these songs of praise for God from within my heart, I may still sense His protective presence, however, God is a Person, and just like in any relationship, my interaction with Him is a two-way street. If I wish to know God’s love, as agápē, or charity, then I must provide a basis for reciprocation. Much like in the song, “American Pie,” I do not feel the blessing, or the full potential and true beauty of God’s presence in my life, if I do not provide the “music,” as the harmony provided by intentional expressions of love, to guide the nature of our interaction. The meaning of getting to know God and to abide within His presence, is ultimately, to “make love,” or to “make beautiful music Together,” as this mutual understanding, between a man and his Creator, is the humble epitome of God’s limitless love.
“Steering Wheel: Beautiful Struggle”💓🎠
When, over the course of my day, the music seems to “die,” I recognize that this is “par for the course” of the struggle inherent in the free-will of the human soul. I strive to channel God’s will and not my own self-will, but the hardest thing I have ever proceeded to learn is how to “let go,” in the “Step 3 surrender” to God. Without my ego, all that would be left is the single Person of God, and in order to have individuality and relationships, we certainly need our selfish egos and free-will. When I strive to use my God-given “free-will,” “ego,” or “self,” as a channel for God’s will, and not for my own ego or “self-will,” the resulting interaction that takes place is truly life-altering, and sets in motion a sort of “chemical reaction” within the very heart of my being, which is the soul. I must expect to have a struggle over the “steering wheel” of my will, and I would not necessarily want complete success in “turning it over” at all times, because God is His Own Person, and He is not me; the point of striving to surrender my will to God is to learn from Him in Our interaction, and to strive to follow His path, plan, or will, for me, which is perfect. I strive to measure myself only against his perfect “gold standard” of the golden rule, and I do not expect to achieve the goal or to usurp His perfection, but rather merely to gain insight into the proper goal and the proper method, which is of His choosing. When my own finite human powers entail that I fall short, God or Jesus will step in. To the extent that I am able to step aside and let go of “the wheel,” I may experience the divine intervention of God’s first-hand demonstration of His will, and be a part of God’s success, which miracle is naturally His contribution to Our Teamwork. Thus, God or Jesus Themselves will complete the task that We set out upon to achieve as being God’s will, as only God’s own will and grace can accomplish God’s miracles.
“Faith is Traction: Effort and Momentum”
I find that my enjoyment of the presence of God and Jesus in my life is really contingent upon my own “engine,” or “motor,” by which I mean my attitude and intention, or the state-of-mind that I provide as the “running start” for Our relationship. When I act as an instigator, and come to God with “perfect hope,” as the gift up to Him of my expectant belief that He is only ever perfect, all-inclusive, uncompromising, and unconditional Love, then I provide the “correct belief,” and may successful pave the way for a real, working relationship based upon compassion and mutual understanding, as Our “true love.”
I find satisfaction within the process of seeking to better understand and more diligently perform the will of God in my life. I know that God and Jesus are always with me, and this knowledge of Their loving presence is really all I need to feel motivated and inspired, regardless of my ability to fulfill my intentions of perfect love and righteousness; the bliss comes from being upon God’s path of the spiritual realm, rather than arriving upon some destination of the material realm. I’m happy as long as I’m trying my hardest, and striving to “give it up to God.”🏳🎉🏳️🌈
“Voyage to the Bottomless Pit:” upturned Hell by bringing God’s presence of Love ❤️
…To give the soul Eternal Life.
(An “inside job.”)
❤️”Caritas” is Latin. So is “Ante-.” 😉
Ante-Determined: to bring empathy into the hearts of those who need empathy.
Never leave a man behind. Not even an “ant.”🐜
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Above the Clouds.”🙄☁️👼Just looking.
-“Burning with the filament of Truth.”❤️
-AA is the closest thing to a utopia that I’ve found on Earth.🌈😇
👠”Heel: Training the Mind”🗞🐩
-Training myself unlock my iPhone by using the new behavior of clicking the “home button,” instead deferring to the ingrained habit of using the “slide-screen” motion, is is going to be a challenging relearning experience… But I’m “game!”
-Humor is Divine: Unintentional letting go; caught off guard, in the moment, by God
-🚡”Letting Go of Self;” in the form of my own thoughts, in order to have the mental space to converse with God instead
-Christmas Story turns in a new “Theme.”
-♎️Freed to Mr. Zodiac’s:⏱
“Stashing Fruit of the Spirit like a hamster who finally escaped the hamster wheel.”
-“Temper” like chocolate!😘Patience and fortitude to prepare the Fruit of the Spirt, and “Blow Kisses and Blow Your Mind!”
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-She blinded me with “science.” ✝️😉
“Learning: the Upward Spiral”🔬🔭
-Human: I am always so ready to blame my mistakes on others, but so relieved by the process of owning up to my mistakes.
-Resiliency: God as a Springboard, for Which to “fall back” upon to gain support, and from Whom to “bounce back” up.🎐
-🎈Red Balloon: a “ball of wax” argument?
“Redemption, of the Shawshank”🏳️🌈
-“RED: I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.” (-Freeman)
🕊”Hope Dangles on a String…”🎣✌️️
(The Arabian Dance from the Nutcracker, as choreographed by Maurice Sendak)
(A Ballet Performance Video)📽for reel.😉
1-3; “Lady Liberty: Walk the Line”🔥🗽🌈
4-6; “Suspended by Time:🚪Cue Eternity”
7-9; “Waxing Poetic: Beautiful Truth”🍼🍯
10-11; “Bitter Pill:🐞Red Herring Author”
1-2; “Desiring God:🌟High Road of Value”
3-5; “Focus Matters:⚛️Dejá avec Vous”
6-8; “Catch a Tiger by the Toe”🗿🗿🗿
9-11; “First-Hand⛵️1st-Mate Experience”
12-14; “…the Angels Win the Penance”⚾️
15-17; “Where’d You Go Joe DiMaggio”🙈
18-20; “I Strenuously Object”🎬
21-22; “Picasso’s Green Beret” 🌳🕊🍃
Revelation 10; “The Great 🌊: of Relief”
Proverbs 2; “Out of Left-Field: A Few Good
Revelation 10Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
10 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go andtake the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it,and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Proverbs 2Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
2 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 to deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
16 to deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger whichflattereth with her words;
17 which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
“The Best Intentions…💛Seek God’s Will.”
-Training and Untwining the Mind
-Imagination and Physical Dynamics
-Cultivate: Expand Upon Positivity
-“Two Women in a Field, One is Chosen…”
-Asking for Help and Making Corrections
-Using Thoughts to Influence Emotions
-Pause: Intentionally Elevate to God’s Eye
-Set-Boiling-Pt. to Growth-Mindset
-Interpret Cues: Plot a Change in Course
-Infuse Ordinary Events with Meaning
-Spiritual Ideals Sustain the Soul
-Attitude: Source of Virtue or a Vice
-Letting Go of Self-Directed Life
-“…It’s Not Going to Enjoy Itself!”
-Captivated: Noticing God’s Stage
“The Best Intentions…💛Are Only Ever to Seek God’s Will, not Mine.”
“Good intentions carried out through immoral actions are not good intentions.”
“Training and Untwining the Mind”💠🎈
The mind is a very fluid and flexible apparatus of the soul, and I find that I must train myself with spiritually-based disciplines in order to derive the most usefulness from this blessing of moral, intellectual, higher-order consciousness. If I wish to give my soul, or my will, spiritual value in God’s design for human life, I must practice and refine my ability to actualize goodness, as intentions of morality. My will, as my self, or my soul, is only worthwhile if I use it along the lines of its intended purpose, as a channel of God’s will of virtues and spiritual values.
“Imagination and Physical Dynamics”🌀
If I do not practice seeking spiritual worth, prioritizing upright living practices and principles of righteousness in my actual habits, and strive to better understand God and His intentions for me, then I will not have fulfilled the capacity of my soul with its potential for Eternal Life. The path to God’s Kingdom of Heaven is accessed from within, as a result of the preparations I make during this lifetime. When I cultivate virtues within my character, and seek to use life’s challenges as the stone by which to sharpen my spiritual skill-set, then I will be participating in this life within the bounds of God’s will, and therefore, may follow His guidance into salvation. The human soul, by virtue of free-will, is granted the freedom to choose its own path, and if I use my free-will to channel God’s will, which encompasses all forms of virtue and goodness, rather than my own self-will, which encompasses selfish pursuits and is inherently evil by the implication that it is the absence of God’s will, then I may follow God’s higher calling.
“Cultivate: Expand Upon Positivity”➿
God’s higher calling, to derive deeper spiritual meaning from life, beyond the shallow appearance of material existence, is His will for all of His children, but in order to receive God’s blessing of love and care, I must follow His directions. I can only experience God’s Kingdom if I follow His map, by using my moral compass to intuit the path that He has already set. The human soul is designed with an unlimited capacity for goodness, if it is implemented properly, as merely an instrument by which to channel God’s will.
“Two Women in a Field, One is Chosen…”
It was written, that the sign of the end of days would be that “two sisters are in a mill, and one is taken.” This is a reference to the role of intentionality in determining the morality, or goodness, of one’s actions. Two people may be engaging in exactly the same work or behavior, but one may be righteous while the other is not; this discrepancy is the effect of a spiritual outlook or attitude, and the intentions at play beneath the overt behavior. If I truly and honestly seek to perform God’s will, and not my own selfish whims, then my heart will be in the right place, regardless of the drudgery that I may be performing as my daily work.
“Asking for Help and Making Corrections”
The virtue of living comes from elevating my mind-state to the spiritual level. When I desire above all to do the right thing, at the expense of selfish wants and material desires, I will understand God’s will as perfect, selfless, altruistic love, and I will have successfully elevated the worth of my soul to be receptive to Eternal Life. If I do not follow God’s path of the spiritual plane, instead of the low road of sin on the base, carnal, material plane of existence, then I could not hope to enter Heaven, as if I wish to reach a destination, I certainly would have to follow the path to get there. Humans are designed to live and grow and experience love and joy, but these things are not meant to be “gifts to receive,” so much as they are to be “skills to refine.” If I wish to be virtuous, and prepare myself to be the spiritual being that God intends for His Eternity, then I will see the need to elevate my attitude, to understand His values, and to desire knowledge of His will. By simply thinking higher-order thoughts of altruistic ideals and loving intentions, I may start to direct my will towards God’s.
“Using Thoughts to Influence Emotions”
When I abide within God’s will of thinking kind, loving, patient, and compassionate thoughts, instead of being consumed by selfish ego-driven aspirations, or indulgent, material desires, then I may experience the bliss of His presence. The intuitive “sense of God’s presence,” or Oneness with God, may be instantly felt by remaining within His will, which is only ever some form of love and goodness. This sense of “His embrace carrying me along,” or a sense of “rapture,” helps to guide me and chart my course of His path. The sense of His protective presence from following the flow of His will feels like a very visceral and salient perfection of love. Thus, I can sense immediately if I am within God’s will or veering off course, by a either a sense of Oneness, or the sense of His absence, or of being “left behind.” This sense is the “fear of the Lord,” or the “fear of His absence,” and I may use this extra-sense of God’s love to guide me through this life, within the flow of His will.
“Pause: Intentionally Elevate to God’s Eye”
When I supplant my ego, or self-will, as the typical natural human inclination, with the desire to serve the will of God, I may embark upon the spiritual journey of righteousness, on the path of upright living, to God’s Kingdom. I use my moral compass to assist me in decision-making; thus, when I come to a fork in the road, I “go up,” within my mind and towards my understanding of God’s will, of altruistic, uncompromising, non-negotiable love, unconditionally and for all living beings. In desiring to do the right thing under all circumstances, I may at times be forced to sacrifice my own best interest, but God takes care of those who follow in the footsteps of Jesus’s teachings. With this faith in the goodness of God’s word, I need never fear for myself or about the consequences entailed by right action. Life is a partnership with God and I must trust Him to fulfill His promises to those who adhere to this code of morality. I strive to sustain this mentality, of the idea that I as long as I seek to follow God’s path and not self-will, is then all will be well. God’s path entails personal change and improvement, internal growth, and character development, in order to refine and cultivate the potential for God’s goodness that is inherent within each soul.
“Set-Boiling-Pt. to Growth-Mindset”
When I strive to overcome the rough edges of my ego, by chiseling away at my sins and character defects that are my own self-will, I may uncover the diamond of God’s will at the seat of my soul, if I can work with Him to turn it over to His care. With this recognition of God’s limitless potential to work wonders in my life, I may let to of the selfish, limited objectives of my ego and material-level existence, and abandon the idea of a set-point to my potential. In supplanting my desire for selfish things with the desire for selfless living and God’s will, I may enjoy the grace of God’s ability to perform miracles in my life, and adopt a growth-mentality, with the belief that there is no threshold to how far the spirit may advance, and there are no confines to the ability to grow, change, improve, and overcome. With God in my life, and the growth-mindset that His omnipotence entails, any challenge or personal shortcoming, character flaw, or sin, is surmountable. Thus, my approach to obstacles is not shaped by the question of whether or not We overcome, but rather my approach to problems may be shaped by curiosity, as childlike trust and wonder, of how God will manifest to reveal His care and glory in this unique new circumstance.
“Interpret Cues: Plot a Change in Course”
When I follow God’s path of change, to overcome sin by relying upon Him, I may be released from the confines of self-will and the death of the soul that is inherent in material pursuits, and be freed to the liberation of God’s supreme love and His guidance to lead my soul to Eternal Life. This growth-mentality is a gift, but it is meant to be used as a tool or a skill. Developing my capacity to act with virtuosity in difficult circumstances is the means by which I may grow spiritually, and so there is more virtue in admitting, facing, and overcoming a challenge, a character defect, or a “sin,” than there is in avoiding the experience of difficulty or struggle. I must challenge myself on life’s “obstacle course” if I wish to strengthen my fitness.
“Infuse Ordinary Events with Meaning”
The value of my character is derived from hard work, and God reciprocates in ways that are far more real or tangible than the impermanent pleasures of empty, material pursuits. The realm of the spirit may seem intangible and abstract, but it is far more substantial than the temporal or material level of existence. In fact, in God’s scheme of things, the spiritual level is the only reality or truth, and the material dimension is merely an illusion or a mirage.
“Spiritual Ideals Sustain the Soul”
Through elevating ones cognition to the contemplation of lofty ideals and virtues of love, or other such abstract concepts, one may gain understanding at the level of God’s will, or God’s intentions for us. With this spiritual interpretation of life, one may interpret a deeper meaning to life merely by virtue of one’s intentions behind one’s motivations and perceptions of the world. In this way, by leaning upon an internal spiritual understanding of the goodness of God’s will for us, I may intuit meaning from all things, and have the insight with which to infuse love into my fleeting corporeal experience of life in this material realm. By choosing intentions of love from which to base my behavior and motivate the growth of my soul, I may use this life as merely the means by which to advance towards the higher level, of the spiritual reality of God.
“Attitude: Source of Virtue or a Vice”
Pessimism and resentments are sins. The path to God’s love entails that I accept and trust His promise to take care of me, by following His will as expressed in the teachings of Jesus and the scriptures. I cannot hope to access God’s perfect love if I do not accept His pathway of that love. My own beliefs influence the course of my life, and my experience of the path ahead of me, and so it is necessary that I recognize that to find love in the end I must set of on a path with that vision within my heart, as my moral compass. This vision, within my mind’s eye, as my imagination, is what guides me along God’s path. I am only to refer to the gold standard of unconditional love in determining my choices and actions, as any other path is sin, and will carry me away from God’s will of altruistic love. God loves me, and I am to receive His gift of love with gratitude and appreciation. The reason for praising God, to sustain me through the day and infuse His magic into my mundane tasks, is because the act of praising is what leads me to feel blessed. Only God is perfect, and so only God, and by extension, also Jesus, are worthy of praise, but more than that, only They are able to reciprocate my offerings of love, devotion, and worship with agápē, or the unconditional love that comes from God. This love is unlike brotherly love between men, as it is qualitatively different by virtue of its divine origin. This reciprocation of love between God and man is the pinnacle of existence, and heralds the emergence of a new era, wherein the new dimension, of the conscious awareness of God’s presence here on Earth, ushers us into Eternal Life.
“Letting Go of Self-Directed Life”✨👑⚜️
In realizing that God is in control, I can let go of any sense of fear, or need to control or dominate my surroundings, because I can rest easy in the knowledge that God is already taking care of it, whatever “it” may be, and that I need to do is to work hard to remain on His path of upright moral living. I must remind myself that worrying, entertaining self-based fears or anxieties, or catering to feelings of resentment or disdain, are all sinful, and will steer me away from God’s path of learning and striving to be unconditionally loving, despite any adversity or challenge. With this beautiful new promise of God’s provision, and with love as my goal in life and God’s objective for me, I need never get too down on myself, too depressed, or too forlorn, because it is against the will of God to do so. Rather than succumb to negativity of sinful hopelessness, I am to take responsibility for a positive attitude and outlook upon life, and simply try my hardest to do the right thing. This effort of willingness, to go to any and all lengths to remain within the will of God and act with love in my heart, is the only path that will sustain my soul past death, to Eternal Life.
“…It’s Not Going to Enjoy Itself!”⚜️🎉🌈
In realizing the fallacy of material pursuits and trivial and ungodly pleasures or motivations, I can more clearly and more assuredly continue with my daily business, but it will be anything but business as usual. With the knowledge that God is with me at all times, I may realize that it would be respectful to express my thanks for the blessings that come my way, and I may wish to collaborate with God as an active participant in His Grand Design. It is not God’s will for me to thirst after inherently unsatisfying indulgences of the flesh, or of the material world, but rather, I am to strive after the sustenance of the spiritual plane, and the Fruit of the Spirit. It is not God’s will for any child to experience hatred, sin, or evil of any sort, and these evils exist only on the material plane of living. The path to freedom from the sins and evils of the world is within, by seeking God through the understanding of the cognitive spiritual plane. My thoughts and imagination provide the entryway to the Kingdom of God, and only the love of my heart may bestow the key of insight.
“Captivated: Noticing God’s Stage”💐🕊
When I overthrow false idols, or my own ego, from the seat of my soul and the throne of my heart, I may finally enjoy life, and sit back as a spectator to savor the wonder of God’s mysterious workings. When I correctly intuit that I am not meant to be the director or the star, but rather a member of the audience, I realize what it means to be a child of God. When I seek to thrive and express gratitude to God for the glorious gifts that he has set before me, I may marvel at His creation, and feel within the very core of my being just how much He loves us. He made this world out of love for us, His children, and it is such a miracle to be able to thank Him for it.
-“I still get high on those lofty ideals.”
Yeah, the Most High.😉Evermore so.
-🗻”I crave more obstacles, so that I may experience God’s love as We overcome.”
-Spiritual growth, through diligent discipline and hard work, feels good.
-This activity of the soul is what my heart desires, and with this occupation, the loving presence of God lingers.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Le Mystère de la Trinité”💬
-“God may wish to be a mystery to bestow the gift of amazement in His profundity. Perhaps God’s complexity is not meant to be figured out, so much as merely beheld with wonder, and appreciated as His gift.”
-…I dunno, it’s a Mr. E. 😉
🌳”Root of Life”✡️
-The Pomegranate Tree is “showing.”🍒
-That “shed some light” on the matter.🎄
-Seeds grow after they’re kind.🐣
-Heady laden with Fruit, ripen+enlighten.
⛲️”Fountain of Eternal Life”🕊(Ghost-like)
Holy Grail: “It’s ok, I’m here pour you!”🏆
1-3; “Measuring Stick:✳️1 Day at a Time”
4-6; “Mother Earth+Child of Peace”🌳🍒
7-9; “Resentment: Quash Inner Demon”🌡
10-12; “Rapt with Rapture:⛅️Pink Cloud 9”
13-15; “Milk-quake: Heaven to Earth”🍼
16-18; “…But Thou Art Restoration!”🎨🖌
19; “Testa-Mentos, The Fresh-Maker!”❄️
1-3; “From Ashes to Diamond” 🔥🌬💎
4-6; “The One Ring in Rohan”💋💍
7-9; “The Boomerang Turn-Table”⚔️📀
10-12: “Donnie Darko’s Cellar Door”🐰🚪
13-15; “Saved by the Belle”⏱🔦🔔
16-18; “Gave Proof through the Knight”🏳
18-21; “Instruction💠Emmanuel: Open”✡️
22-24; “Fruit of Spirit:🛐Your Biggest Fan”
25-27; “Cast Light on the Dark Side”🌗🗽
28-30; “The Heart Sings of Agápē”🕯💌
31-33; “Ring of Fire” 🌬🔥❤️
Revelation 11; “Rebis:🗽Wait of the World”
Isaiah 30; “Tie That Binds the Breach”🏳️🌈
Revelation 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; and,behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Isaiah 30Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
30Woe 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.
“There’s a Reason For That:⚜️The Higher Meaning in Faith by Following God’s Love”
-Evolution of Thoughts and Memories
-Pathway to Overcome Challenges
-Branching Out: Dendritic Focus
-God’s-Eye-View Encompasses Reason
-Interpretations Based Upon Charity
-Anterior Agápē: Aim with Attitude
-Seeing Results: Ear to the Ground…
In God’s Hands: Nose to the Grindstone
-Goal Set As: Only God
“There’s a Reason For That:⚜️The Higher Meaning in Faith by Following God’s Love”
“Evolution of Thoughts and Memories”🐢
When I plant my understanding of myself and the world firmly upon the foundational idea of God, and specifically as my faith in His supreme care and unconditional love, then I have provided my mind and soul with the necessary support by which to interpret any disheartening or challenging circumstances in such a way that I may derive deeper meaning. In this way, I may intuit the presence of God’s lovingly crafted path hidden in my struggle, and I may follow Him to overcome the hardship. I may follow the teachings of Jesus, which entail striving towards perfect tolerance and patience through all adversity, and holding no exceptions to God’s law of unconditional love for all within my heart. With this neural framework laying out my belief system, I may realize the joys of following God’s will as I practice these spiritual principles with upright living. I practice deferring to God’s will, as laid out by the spiritual principles, or the virtues, to serve as my moral compass and assist me in decision-making and problem-solving.
“Pathway to Overcome Challenges”🌈💭
When I adhere to my conviction in God’s unwavering and incorruptible plan of love, I can accept any difficulty ahead of me or any emotionally-charged memory from my past, because I recognize that it fits into a much larger design, and that I am only privy to a limited scope of God’s pattern.
“Branching Out: Dendritic Focus”🌳🌸
With a sense that uncompromising love is at the core of existence and is God’s will for us, then I may work my way outward from an impasse or trouble spot in my life, and proactively partake in the solution, or engage in the problem-solving process, Together with God by virtue of my belief. I have the hope, as belief in the all-inclusive perfection of God’s love, to set the course with an unlimited and loving trajectory, allowing no room for anything less than God’s unconditional love as the outcome.
“God’s-Eye-View Encompasses Reason”
With the assurance that only comes from this perfect understanding of God along the vertical axis, I may proceed to branch out my perceptions horizontally, in order to interpret grievances or obstacles. I cohere to my hope of God as perfect love with the necessary constructive actions of faith, and I meld my knowledge of these difficult facts of life into a broader understanding, of God’s plan for us, and in this way, I may forge ahead with charity along God’s path.
“Interpretations Based Upon Charity”
I only ever accept all-encompassing love as being true to God’s will. When I try my hardest to embody His will through my own thoughts and behaviors, I will have torn down and barriers blocking out the grace of God’s restoration and salvation in my life. By refraining from imposing limits upon God and His will to love His children, then I am finally being charitable enough in my interpretations and expectations to receive His love. In assuming only the absolute best of God and His intentions towards us, I “hit the nail on the Head.” The generosity entailed by my conception of God as being perfectly loving instigates a response from God; from this beginning, with the most charitable understanding to serve as the basis for the reciprocation of pure and mutual love, We may develop a truthful, real, and meaningful relationship.
“Anterior Agápē: Aim with Attitude”📐💘
With belief in only the best of God to serve as the trajectory for my understanding of His will, I may relax and focus on my willingness to go to any lengths to get us there, by providing the effort and hard work. I find that maintaining a positive attitude is often difficult, but whether or not I fall short of my ideal, I always Rest In Peace at the completion of the day’s efforts when I maintain my desire for God.
“Seeing Results: Ear to the Ground…💛📝
In God’s Hands: Nose to the Grindstone”
When I adhere to the principe that the virtue is in my effort and my willingness to try my hardest to abide by God’s will, then the outcome is not immediately relevant, as my sense of fulfillment is bestowed by my intentions and efforts to try my hardest. Thus, in valuing my efforts ahead of any results, I may enjoy the experience of success regardless of whether or not I attain some specific outcome. Seeking God is the only truly worthy goal in God’s eyes, and so by dedicating my focus and my efforts towards maintaining this course and trajectory, I am connected to His love.
“Goal Set As: Only God” 🏁😉💭
Furthermore, I am meant to entrust the fruit of my labors to God to handle, as my own limited human expectations could not fathom the height and greatness of the wonders that God is arranging for me. When I abandon my limited objectives, I open myself up to the grace of God. Thus, I have ambiguous, flexible, and often non-specific goals along the lines of God’s will in order to accommodate His plan rather than to be confined to the limits of my own shortsighted will, and I refine my belief and faith to the hope of “great expectations,” because “God is Great.” 🏆💋😉
A Vast Spectrum of Greatness…
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“Golden Tickets All-Round!”💛
-“Factory Operation;” conceptualization of spiritual functionality, as a process of continual development to maximize productivity and the experience of happiness and quality of life; held in contract to the conceptualization of achieving spiritual fitness by attaining finite goals or end points; striving to improve the method by which one functions, on in a continually evolving basis, rather than merely striving to complacently maintain functionality; working to improve my way of life, as the process or the method, rather than striving towards a product of my methods
“Separates the Boys from the Men”💠
-Abandoning my limited objectives in order to collaborate with God and Jesus; holding onto my faith and willingness and detaching from arbitrary societal or selfish standards by which to measure my worth; personal worth as only ever bestowed by God, and fulfilled by following Christ’s path
(-Σ of Step 6, from AA’s “The 12 & 12”)
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-💒Founding Father: “Dumbfounded.”
-👑New Rule: God is tangible. The corporeal reality of God is logically and necessarily true, because He is real.😉
-This dove is no clay pigeon.🕊
-“What Comes Down Must Go Up Over🌈
And Under White Light Strikes Internal
Fruit of the Loom Brush Stroke of Genius
Tenderness Renders Love Unto Eternal.”
(-Poem by “Anon-Amos”)
-“The first point of courtesy must always be truth.” (-Ralph Waldo Emerson, via “For Today,” p. 281)
1-3; “Divine Impregnation: Deliverance”🗽
4-6; “Lamb-PFC+Spiritual Program” 🔯
7-9; “Get Ghost: Last Line of Defense”🛡
10-12; “Winged Victory Prevaileth”🎖
13-15; “Shaken not Stirring” 🎄🐀
16-17; “Hattori Hanso: Lil’ Bo Peeps”⚔️🖊
1-3; “Spiritual not Material Pursuits”💘
4-6; “God Surpasses Laws of Nature”💫
7-9; “Innocent Love is Pure Faith”💛🔥🌞
10-12; “God or the Illusory Law of Man”🗜
13-15; “God’s Path is Eternal Life”☦️
15-18; “God’s Promise🌈Transcends Law”
19-21; “Situational💠Value Hierarchy”🎈
22-24; “Turn in Homeworks of Faith”✏️💝
25-27; “Daddy’s Home:♠️Suit Up”🙈🐵
28-29; “Free-will: Freedom+Willingness”
Revelation 12; “Embryo Time Travel” 🏛
Galatians 3; “Faith is Come, As You Are”🕉
Revelation 12Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
12 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred andthreescore days.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring usunto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
“The Magician’s Assistant”🎩🐇
Hope: Take a Stand like Lemonade
Love: Mantras Kindle the Flame of Truth
Hope’s Magic Trick: Curiosity not Doubt
Hope’s Safety Net: Standing for Values
Good News Stand: The Most High Values
Key: Only All Love Precludes All Fear
Faith: an Exercise of the Intellect
Pioneering a Path: Machete Misgivings
Foot-work Soldier: Meet in the Middle
Creativity: A Positive Thinking Challenge
“The Magician’s Assistant”🎩🐇
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” -Alexander Hamilton
“God’s will, not mine, be done. May I do Thy will always.” -Testament
“Hope: Take a Stand like Lemonade”🍋🍋
If I do not actively endorse values and ideals and hold them firm and dear within my heart from the get-go, then I cannot hope to live up to ideals of virtuosity when I come to a cross-roads, an impasse, or a moral dilemma. When I take a stand for my beliefs and values first thing each morning, before I even start my day, I will have a default setting when I come across temptation, as an opportunity to act either selflessly and in the interest of God’s will, or to succumb to the evils of selfishness or material interests. When I affirm my standing with God devoutly each morning, I reaffirm my values and conform to within His preventative safety-net. This is a necessary daily act, because I will cease to hold such values upmost in my mind and heart if I do not intentionally summon them to the forefront of my focus. If I do not actively fill my mind with thoughts and intentions to do the right thing, then my mind will be filled with whatever is most handy, relevant, proximal, salient, and tempting instead. I must take intentional and proactive measures to fill my heart with the desire to seek and perform God’s will, or it will be left prone to self-will.
“Love: Mantras Kindle the Flame of Truth”
Thus, if I do not actively seek to do God’s will, I will succumb to evil and sinfulness; the channel of my soul will necessarily be filled with evil or sin if I do not seek God, because self-will, or evil, is what exists in the absence of a desire for God’s will. There are only ever two options towards which to direct my free-will, which are a desire to serve God’s will, which encompasses all that is moral and good, or the absence of God’s will, which as self-will is necessarily selfish, sinful, and evil. Thus, the desire to act out of selflessness and in the interest of God’s perfect love is the affirmation I make each morning, as the only path to righteousness, and to Eternal Life for the soul, is to take a stand for God, upholding His will as perfect love.
“Hope’s Magic Trick: Curiosity not Doubt”
When I stand for God, and tune his station to be a preexisting default setting each morning, then when I encounter some difficulty or impasse over the course of the day, I have the proper priorities, as the value system of God’s will, already in place to fall back upon. Thus, by constantly filling and refilling my consciousness with thoughts of God and of His goodness and virtues, then I have the foundation of my soul properly tended and fathered, by my morality and love-based belief system. If I do not keep my thoughts occupied with intentions to do the right thing, then I cannot hope to uphold righteousness when I reach a temptation of self-will. It is only by actively thinking about God and spiritual principles, as moral values, that I may render myself immune to the evils of the world and of my own selfish nature. With my solid love for God in place, and His love for me as the root of my heart and soul, I can live free from the fear entailed by the absence of Our love, or Our agápē. When I am filled with God’s will rather then self-will, and act as a channel by which to exchange expressions of Our love, then the presence of any fear is precluded. I keep the faith, and fulfill God’s will to be my brother’s keeper, when I avow the perfection of God’s love. I glorify God’s love by recognizing that it only ever holds true as God’s perfect love if it holds true and perfectly for everyone. Thus, if I wish to carry out God’s will, I must mirror God’s perfect love, and apply it to my actions by being unconditionally loving to everyone, no matter what. Only by adhering to the principle of unconditional love in my thoughts and actions do I uphold this value, and only all love precludes all fear. The only path by which I may know God, know the rapturous bliss of His agápē, and welcome Him into my heart and my life, is to weed out all my fears, by trying my best to endorse and embody His perfect love.
“Hope’s Safety Net: Standing for Values”
When I select the utmost standards of morality and decency to serve as my guidelines for living, as my daily conduct, then I don’t need to worry about the evils of the world, as I have already made my choice and dedicated myself to God. When I know in my heart what I stand for, and when I live up to this priority by enacting it in all of my daily actions, then I know what I will be left with as the evils of the world befall me and human powers fail me; I am constantly tending and nurturing my relationship with God, and so when all of my own resources of perseverance or preservation are depleted, I know that I will be left with God, and so I need never fear. The material world knows not the spirit, nor the values of love in the spiritual realm, and so will hate me, and even the best people are imperfect as humans and so will betray me, but this need not affect me because I am steadying myself against the bedrock of my soul that is God, as the foundation of the temple that is my being.
“Good News Stand: The Most High Value”
The path of ultimate, uncompromising, and all-inclusive or unconditional love is the path that Christ upheld and laid out. No matter how much I am hated by the world, I am only ever to love it, and each and every one of its inhabitants, without exception. The world will only know the love that I myself bring to it, by bridging the gap between the spiritual plane, of abstract principles of goodness and virtue, and the material plane, of empty and inherently meaningless existence. When I infuse my daily living habits, or my lifestyle practices, with spiritual intentions, then I may successfully bridge the gap of body and soul, or body and mind, and I may live as God intends. If I do not act with the intention in my heart to love God, and all of His creation, then I will not find value nor meaning in life no matter how worthy the action may seem of its own. If I am a doctor in an ER and I save a life, but did so without my best efforts towards intentions of care, then it was for naught. Conversely, if I spent my day bussing tables or washing dishes, but do so with songs of love and praise for God in my heart, my actions are blessed and beloved to the Lord. Thus, the righteousness of my actions is determined by God alone, and by the extent to which I seek His will. God’s will is only ever unconditional love.
“Key💛: Only All Love Precludes All Fear”
Faith is not easy, and it was not meant to be, else it would not be a virtue towards which we could strive throughout the endless extent of God’s Eternity. I am meant to view my faith as the tool by which I may implement my hope. Hope is my belief in “only the best of God,” as that God is only ever perfect and unconditional Love. My hope provides my vision of God, and serves as the “target,” or “aim” of my actions, and is meant to guide my mind and intentions with virtuosity. The only accurate guide for virtuosity is God as the perfection of love, which is unconditional, uncompromising, and all-inclusive Love. When I am confronted with challenges, I am to see these as a test of my faith, or rather, as the means by which I am meant to sharpen, develop, and refine my faith, which is the extent to which I uphold my hope of God in my actions of daily living.
“Faith: an Exercise of the Intellect”💛✨
I will be constantly confronted with the evils of the world that will impose their fear, through social convention, falsely-held materialistic or monetary values, sinful trends or habits, or any other temptations to my self-will and carnal impulses. These horrors are not meant to be retaliated against, but rather, I am meant to see them as the means by which I may try to prove to God just how much I love Him by my ability to believe the best of Him no matter what evidence I may receive to the contrary. When I demonstrate my belief in God’s perfect love, by adhering to His values through my own actions, then I am exercising my faith. Faith is the footwork of my belief and hope for God, and this action is a pivotal component to the Christian teachings, or the Christian path, as “faith without works is dead.” My belief is meaningless if I do not abide by its love. I must carefully interpret all of my encounters, or the influences of the world, only within the context of my faith in God, if I wish to adhere to His will and His love. The only way by which I may do this is though the exercise of the intellect, or the practice of intentional cognitive focus, to constantly occupy my mind with thoughts of God, in efforts of expressing praise and gratitude.
This intentional “God-Consciousness” consists of thinking about God constantly, literally, and results in a collaboration of Our efforts. “Seek and ye shall find,” means that if I diligently seek God’s will instead of my own selfish interests, then He will make Himself known to me. This “God-Consciousness” has a “halo effect” upon the rest of my thinking and my subjective experience of life and the world, and serves much as a protective shield against the evils or difficulties that I may encounter, if I am willing to work with Him.
“Pioneering a Path: Machete Misgivings”
If I diligently strive to put God’s will in the forefront on my consciousness, He will always guide me lovingly. My faith comes into play because oftentimes great difficulties and challenges are required if We are to follow His will and fulfill His plans, and so I must exercise my belief and uphold His values with faithful actions. In this way, I follow blindly, and I do not question the reason for God’s path, but rather, see a difficulty as “my cue,” to “keep the faith” and remain loyal to God.
“Foot-work Soldier: Meet in the Middle”
With my unwavering hope, as belief in only the best of God, I may proceed to act with diligence, and in “good faith” remain loyal to His path, despite all the obstacles ahead of me. It is only by approaching these evils, challenges, or pitfalls with the steadfast knowledge of His loyal care for me that enables Us to ultimately surmount them, and thus, demonstrate God’s love, fulfilling His will of miraculous salvation. I may only bring glory unto God if I am willing to play the “Magician’s assistant,” and let Him “saw me in half,” so that He may then pull the curtain and reveal His divine powers of love and restoration. If I am willing to be the “damsel in distress,” and be tied to the train-tracks, then He may swoop in and be the Hero, and work “His magic” in performing the impossible.
“Creativity: A Positive Thinking Challenge”
In this way, with my faith as the footwork for my solid belief in God, provided that I am following within His will, I may work with Him and Jesus as a collaboration, and my life is graced with endless magic and a boundless abundance of wonder. One of the greatest blessings that I am learning is to let go of my egotistical need to “know,” as the selfish drive to “know how” or to “figure out” how God prevails, and to step back with humility to merely appreciate Him instead, and to allow myself to be awe-struck and inspired as His gift to me. It is such a blessing to merely behold His majesty, and to marvel in wonder at the joy of His creation, and praise His work as art.
God’s “creation” is best understood as a “work of art” to be appreciated, rather than a puzzle or riddle to be understood.
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
🍋”Take a Stand like Lemonade:” 💛
-A lemonade-stand of optimism stands as solid as a newsstand of the Gospel.
-“When life gives you lemons…”
…Make “Good News!” 📰💒
-Trail-Blazing Advent with Surety…
-Using the “kartika” of compassion to forge ahead in the imagination, slicing through ignorance and dispelling fears with the indisputable Truth of God’s Love.
…looks like a “balanced equation.”😉
-Gratitude is using your gifts. The imagination and human capacity for positivity, love, and wonder, is a gift.
-“Playfulness” is extremely compatible with “hard work,” magnetically so, even.
-Joyful effort and enthusiasm are the gifts that I am responsible for supplying. If I am lacking in any capacity of virtue, it is my responsibility to ask God for provisions.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-And We were “home” all along… I just hadn’t taken the Time to notice God. All I need is to exert my focus upon “the idea” of Him, and God appears, because He is already here. God may always be found by focusing upon the present moment, as He is the very fabric of Time and space.
…with “Triune clicks” of my ruby slippers.
💆”Braiding Jacob’s Ladder”⛅️
“The man who acts the least, upbraids the most.” (-Homer, via “For Today,” p.282)
-I’d rather “braid up” myself than upbraid.
-Self-examination and honesty about God’s altruistic values entails tolerance. This means that I must try my hardest to refrain from judging or criticizing others, so that I may instead look within to build up my own virtues. Only when I honestly look within will I see that God’s will is for me to use the obstacle as a way to grow myself; if I abstain from directing blame to others, I can build up my own soul’s virtue by practicing empathy and compassion. Love only exists if it extends to everyone.
👠”…The Other Slipper”💛🌈
-Cinderella’s True Love is a Key.🔸🔑💠
-The Eye of Providence has a “mate.”✡️
-My “heart of glass.”❣️
-The Holy Grail: “Sharing!”😄
-“Friend of all–the foe, the friendless…”
(-“I Would be True,” by Howard A. Walter)
1-3; “Man Cub in a Suburban🏡Jungle”🐉
4-6; “Architect in Spirit, not by Trade” 💒
7-9; “A Ghost by Name, Alive at Heart”💠
10-12; “Oh Brother Where Art Keeper”🕵️♀️
13-15; “The Three Racketeers”🐲👪
16-18; “2 Lots: 656 West Valley Rd”🕸
1-3; “The Chosen: Answers the Call”☎️👼
4-6; “Zion the Soul:💛🌈Art Restoration:”
7-9; “Trust God✝️Moral Path🙏Pink☁️9”
10-12; “Hop and a Skip: ❤️-Line Beat”🛤
13-15; “St. Peter’s ☦️:Humble💓Abode”
16-18; “Telltale Heart:⏰Floorboards Tick”
19-21; “Headdress:☠️Indie Burial Ground”
22-24; “From The Get-Go:🌹Of All Time”
25-26; “Gave Forth Their Lots”🕸💦🌱
Revelation 13; “Haunted: Strange Fruit”👻
Acts 1; “Lucky📚Charms:📅Baker’s 12″🐣
Revelation 13Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
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.
“Cupid’s Bow: American Pie in the Sky”
-Charity: Artemis Takes Aim
-Hope: Trajectory is God’s Love
-Faith: A Constructive Purpose
-Intention: Filters Towards Its Purpose
-Focus: Emotions Directed via Thoughts
-Love: The Fuel of Action
-Charity: Humility in Anonymity
-God: Takes Aim Gives Selfless Love
“Cupid’s Bow: American Pie in the Sky”
“Charity: Artemis Takes Aim”💘
I have a choice. God bestowed the gift of free-will, and it is my own option and responsibility to determine what I ought to do with my free-will. There is only one viable choice if I wish to use my free-will rightly, and that is to offer myself up to God in the interest of serving His will. Properly understood, as interpreted from a place of charity, God is only ever Love. Love is the greatest aim and the highest truth, and to seek God’s will as anything less than perfect and unconditional love, to extend towards all living creatures, would be a shortsighted or futile endeavor. It seems self-evident that the height of the potential of human soul, as the human will, is to love as perfectly as God does. Of myself I am nothing; if I direct my free-will by my own self, which is the human ego as self-will, then my soul and my actions will be inherently selfish, self-serving, and ultimately sinful and evil. If I wish to act in the interest of love, I necessarily must relinquish attachments to self-interest, as I cannot serve both God any my own selfish ego. A soul may only serve one master, and so if I wish to serve God and the perfect love of which He is capable, then I must give up selfish pursuits. Only by the act of self-sacrifice, of making the choice to give up my selfish needs, may I be able and equipped to serve God and love. It is this willingness, to give up any and every part of myself to God, in the interest of fulfilling His perfect love, that is charity.
“Hope: Trajectory is God’s Love”⛅️✨💛
Only God is capable of unconditional and perfect love, so if I wish to be loving and serve the greatest good, I will recognize that this can only ever be the will of God. Thus, the only righteous intention is to serve God with the belief that He is unconditional love towards everybody. Any motive other than to serve God directly is inherently sinful; if I do not use my will to channel the will of God, then it is necessarily the absence of God’s will, and so entails evil by being self-serving. All that is good is encompassed within the will of God, and if I do not direct my free-will, and my soul, up to Him to direct, then I will inevitably be motivated by a selfish, self-serving, or ego-driven intention. Only selfless giving falls into line with God’s perfect standards of altruistic love. The human will, if not directed towards God, will naturally and inherently fall victim to sin, as selfish motives and egotism. The only path by which to live righteously and morally upright is to live for God and not for myself. In this way, of living only for God, I will not be motivated by sinful egotistical desires, because only God Himself, as embodying His ideals laid out by the virtues, is my reason for any of my actions. Only by serving God’s will instead of my own may I escape the sin of selfishness and egotism. Even if I think I have good intentions of my own, they will ultimately be polluted by my own ego if I try to pursue them directly. The only way to be truly loving, and avoid self-seeking as a conflict of interest, is to detach my will from my soul and my self as its director. When I let God serve as the middleman between me and my goals, and directly seek God as the greatest good, then this allows Him to determine the best and highest path. Only by giving my will to God am I able to bypass self-interest and the temptation of the ego to follow its own desires down a path of selfishness and sin. If I truly wish to do good, then I will seek God, as God Himself is the greatest good.
“Faith: A Constructive Purpose”💭⚒🏰
I am what drives me. If I wish to know love and to be loving, then I will see that this quality comes from my intention to love. The only way in which one can know love, as perfect and unconditional true love, is to try to channel God’s will, as only God is perfect and able to love perfectly. God’s will is the greatest possible good, and so if I have good intentions, I will necessarily intend to serve God, as He is far greater than anything that my ego could generate. God is only properly understood as being perfect, unconditional, and tangible love. I will recognize, as a true believer, that God’s presence necessarily must be tangible, if He wills it, because God is real. If I wish to live as a person of faith and a child of God, I will fully expect Him to work miracles in my life, to the extent that I seek to serve His greatness over my own self.
“Intention: Filters Towards Its Purpose”
When I set my sights upon God, in all His glory of salvation and perfect love, something within me just “clicks.” I know, as soon as I focus my thoughts and mind upon the idea of God, that I am “home.” I come to God with nothing less than this offering of my entire self, so that I may be of maximum service to the Lord. My own intentions towards faith, hope, and charity bestowed upon me the knowledge that He will never forsake a believer, and never does one cling to God’s love in vain. The more diligently I nurture my faith and my spiritual progress towards His ideals, the more tangible His love becomes in my life. If ever I feel saddened or disheartened or upset, I simply realign my motives and my intentions and refine my soul down to this one fundamental truth: God loves me and I love God, endlessly and for all Time. From this point, of “square one,” I have the only proper intention in place as my foothold and my stronghold, which ultimately, is just my will to “love God.” Only in clinging exclusively to this one truth, of God’s love, and relinquishing all other facets of existence, may I overcome any obstacle, because anything aside from this highest and most basic truth is merely tangential.
“Focus: Emotions Directed via Thoughts”
When I encounter a difficulty with my emotions, such as a feeling of anxiety, irritability, resentment, indignation, self-righteous anger, sadness, or self-pity, I can perform a spot-check moral inventory and see that these feelings stem from the motives of my ego and self-centered fear. The solution to any of these self-based difficulties is to look within and recognize that I am at fault; my folly is of catering to my own ego and selfishness instead of seeking to selflessly serve the will of God. To live righteously and morally is to live selflessly, by serving God’s will of perfect love and dedicating my actions to Him, and while also refraining from pursuing selfish goals, acting out of self-interest, or making choices with my own best interest at heart. If I act with the intention of bringing glory up to the Lord, then I act selflessly and may avoid the sins and evils that are inherent in serving the drives and ambitions of the ego, or my own self-will. Thus, if ever I feel discontent or upset, I can recognize that this feeling originates as a result of catering to the interests of my own ego, and that if I sacrifice my own self-interest to serve God instead, I may receive His blessing of immunity to my self-centered fears, and freedom from the feeling of hurt pride from blows to my ego. When I live to love God, then my own self and ego is not what’s important to me, and so attacks to my person do not affect me; I am living for the purpose of glorifying God, and not myself. I cannot entirely avoid the pitfalls of the ego, because I am my own person with my own individual soul, and God is His Own separate Person. God will not replace me, take over my soul, or impinge upon my own free-will, but He will guide me if I seek to use my will to channel Him, and try to flow within His will for me. Thus, I will always fall victim to the cares of my ego, because I am not God, but the beauty is in leaning upon God and coming to know His love and restoration as He teaches me and guides me through the challenges of life. The purpose is not to entirely rid myself of my self-will, ego, or the distinctiveness of my soul, but rather, to refine the virtue within my soul by trying to be more as God would have me. I am trying to learn from God, not usurp Him. Only by giving myself to God, and trying to channel His will and goodness instead of my own self-will and selfish impulses, may I gain insight into His teachings and the altruistic and perfect love that is His will. God’s will does not replace my self-will entirely, but I may direct my will with the intention of abiding within the flow of His will; therefore, I will only receive God’s protective grace to the extent that I follow Him, and exert my will to surrender to His.
“Love: The Fuel of Action” ❣️
I am a highly emotional being, and extremely sensitive; however, far from being a liability, this emotionality can be an asset, when I dedicate myself to God. My emotional intensity may serve as a great resource for motivation and inspiration, and the capacity to feel very deeply entails the capacity to love very greatly. I may not get to determine which emotion I feel when I take part in “life on life’s terms;” however, through God all things are possible, and so with this hope, I know that I need never actually be defeated by the mere feeling of defeat, nor succumb to the emotional experience of a hardship. With the idea of God and Jesus always beside me in my mind, They may help to direct the intensity of my emotion towards a constructive outlet, by channeling it upwards with positive thinking. Simply directing a painful emotion towards my cognitive idea of the eventual outcome of Their love, via my attitude of hope and optimism, brings me out of the darkness of my pain and into the manifestation of my idea of a light at the end of the tunnel. Simply clinging onto the idea of the hopeful outcome of God transforms my attitude and restores me to a positive affect. Just the idea of God alone is enough to inspire a change in course for my emotional drive. When I am overcome by grief or overwhelmed by sadness or frustration, I can direct my cognitive focus up to God, and He and Jesus may act as a sort of irrigation system, or cognitive filter, for my emotions. I may be beside myself with self-pity or fear, but if I use my thoughts to channel that emotional energy up in a positive direction, by thinking of God, then the emotion does not control me, and I am free to make wiser and healthier choices instead of succumbing to emotional impulses. I may use my cognition, by virtue of my hopefulness and gratitude, to direct my emotions towards a positive channel, as up towards God. Only God Himself, understood as perfect, protective, and unconditional love, may be the channel by which to overcome. I’ve tried myriad other methods, and there is only one solution to the bondage of self, and that one is God, as the loving Father.
“Charity: Humility in Anonymity” 💘
The only real and true love is love for God. The material world and its collection of human wills and souls are all unreceptive to love, naturally and inherently, because they are only able to know it indirectly, by virtue of God’s role of the conductor. If I wish to love my fellow man, I must first love God, because God Himself is the Source from whence all love originates. If I do not love God, then I do not love. I am only capable of serving God and knowing His love to the extent that I offer my own love up to Him selflessly, and the more I intent to love God, the more I feel loved, because He truly does love back. This inborn umbilical cord, or connection to my Creator, is inherent in all beings, and Our exchange of love, through prayers, meditation, praise, and acts intended as worship, is my lifeline to God’s spirit, which provides my soul with sustenance. The only thing I ever truly need is to offer and reciprocate sentiments of love up to God, and with this agápē, or charity, as Our shared love, in my fuel tank, I will be provided the motivation to succeed in any venture ahead of me, as I abide with God.
“God: Takes Aim Gives Selfless Love” 💛
The greatest thing in the world is merely to know love. The beautiful paradox is that love is felt, but only to the extent that I intend to bestow that feeling to others. Only selfless altruistic love is ever truly love, or could bestow me with the sense of being loved. The reason for this paradox of love is that it is apportioned out to us by God; all love only ever comes directly from God, and it is His will that we should love selflessly. When I abide within His will, He fulfills His end of Our relationship, and renews my resources and provisions, bestowing a sense of love. If I wish to know true and perfect love, then I will offer my intentions of love up towards God, and I will love my Creator. The best way to love is to love God, first and foremost, and then to let Him “call the shots,” and direct my cupid’s arrows to where they’re needed most, as only He could possibly know. Directing my will up towards God, solely with the intention to love Him directly, to the exclusion of any other intention, is the only true love, as that of agápē or charity, which is the love between God and man.
🔔Lynch Communion Topics:
-In God’s Corner: “All Living Things.”🎖
-“American Pie,” by Don McLean 🍎🏹
-“…The devil’s only friend,” 🕊 of pure innocence and true love, was needed to bridge an alliance against death, and thus, prevail on God’s terms, as salvation for all of Life, freeing each soul to God’s Eternity.
-Moral Compass: “true love for all” can be a “bloodhound,” as a way out of any hell.
-“Just like life, love will find a way.”
…Like the back of my Hand.😉
-“Innocent Love:” could not discriminate; innocent love only ever loves all beings.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Tear in My Heart”🛡♥️💦
-In a moment of struggle or hardship, when I break down in tears, turning to God and saying “thank You thank You thank You,” fills my heart with gratitude, and that emotional intensity is miraculously redirected from despair to euphoric love.
-Offering the up my sentiments with the playful challenge of, “I love You more…”
“Moral Inventory: Rite of Welcome”🙇♀️
-I’m sorry for saying that Presbyterians are basically pagans. I’m still just a candidate.
-“The moral deteriorations attendant on a false and shallow life are among the most pitiable wrongs that mortals suffer.” (-Nathaniel Hawthorns, via “For Today,” p. 283)
-Catholic: “I take the Word of God literally.”
-Progress: “I’m working on it.”
“For Whom the Belle extolls”🔔🌬✝️
-Tinkering with my sera-bellum.
-Seraphim dispel the grim. Voilà le grin.😅
-Coo Coo Conceived:🕊The “Egg man” commeth. I Am the walrus, when I’m taking Step 3 and using my chopsticks.
-“Body Ritual among the Nacirema,” by Horace Mitchell Miner (Wikipedia.com)
1-3; “Cuckoo Cachoo Hosanna”💿🖊
4-6; “12 Step Movable Feast”🌜🌞🌛🏳️🌈
7-9; “Reflect:🍼Milk of Compassion”💋
10-12; “Self-Exam: Patient Practice”🙇♀️
13-15; “Passion In Heat:🍒Fruitful Labor”
16-18; “Ananke’s Thread-Bears”📰🍇
19-20; “Trail of Tears of Joy”🌬💦❤️
2 Kings 5:
1-3; “…if He Were Sought” 🙏⛅️
4-6; “🅰️Letterhead: Spiritual Malady”💌
7-9; “Kaleidoscope:🌈Word gets ‘Round”
10-12; “Contempt Prior 2🕵️♀️Investigation”
13-15; “Alley-Oop: Air Like Jordan”🌬💦
16-18; “Offering: Kneading to Kneel”☦️
19-21; “Profiteering by False Proxy”🔩💛
22-24; “False Profit: Underhanded”🙌
25-27; “God’s Work: Given not Sold”🏳️🌈
Revelation 14; “…The World on a String”💠
2 Kings 5; “Unclean: Stole from🖍God”👑
Revelation 14Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
14 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3 and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
2 Kings 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. 4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that isof the land of Israel. 5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. 6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewithsent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. 7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. 16 But he said, Asthe Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it;but he refused. 17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the Lord. 18 In this thing the Lordpardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon thy servant in this thing. 19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.
20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, asthe Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. 21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw himrunning after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? 22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. 23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him. 24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. 25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. 26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? 27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
“Fountain Pen Originality:🖋Novel Origins”
-Spirituality: Roots of Creation
-Prayer: The Never-Ending Story
-Meditation: Focus and Inspiration
-Confluence: Continual Communion
-Ebb and Flow: Moral Self-Examinations
-Testing the Waters: Balancing Acts
-Letting Go: Letting God Seep In
-The Source: Ego-Focus to God-Focus
-Fluidity: Loosening of Constraints
-God’s Will: Fruits of Creativity
“Fountain Pen Originality:🖋Novel Origins”
“Spirituality: Roots of Creation” ⛲️💦
It is important for me to recognize each new morning just what my standing is in this world, and to reaffirm my true nature as a spiritual being and a child of God. As a human, I am bestowed with God’s gift of an inner spiritual life, I am therefore responsible for the state of my soul, the morality of my choices and actions, and the upkeep of my spiritual fitness. My first and only priority in the morning, and then throughout the rest of my day, is to nurture the moral condition of my soul with my thoughts and actions, and to try my best to remain in alignment with the will of God. The will of God is analogous to a River, or a divine stream of goodness that runs through all of existence. This stream consists of God’s will, or His intentions of supreme goodness, and all of the virtues are encompassed by the range of His will, which is much like an umbrella of unconditional love. God’s unconditional love is the Source of all other virtues, and from this most simplistic form of God’s will all other values originate, branching off to flow out into their own distinct streams, characterized by their own unique and specific strengths, aspects, and facets.
“Prayer: The Never-Ending Story”💧🌊
My job as A child of God and as a spiritual being is to keep my focus upon my unique and inborn sense for God and His will, which is my conscience, or as I refer to it, my moral compass. This gift, which is my third eye, and the Eye of God, is an extra-sense for morality that is within each soul. All beings, regardless of their upbringing or external influences, are given this gift from God, and so the path of upright living and righteousness “in God’s eyes” is open to anyone and everyone, unconditionally. Thus, if I ever make a poor decision or proceed in an immoral action, I must take responsibility for that, because I was born with the ability to know better, regardless of intellectual acuity, by the grace of God.
“Meditation: Focus and Inspiration”🌊💦
I find this innate, omnipresent guidance and supervision Of God reassuring, because if I ever find myself off of Christ’s path, of the “straight and narrow” stream of God’s will, then I will know exactly what to do. When over the course of my day I run into a dilemma, problem, or hardship, I know to seek God from within as the only infallible source of guidance, and often, He may steer me towards His will by speaking to me through my own thoughts, as the “inspiration” for a certain choice, or the “idea,” or intention, for a responsible and morally upright action. The first step for right living under any circumstances, and to overcome any difficulties on God’s terms, is to seek Him directly for counsel. The voice that God chooses for His reply to my queries is His choice, and I may receive direct guidance in proportion to my desire for His will ahead of my own.
“Confluence: Continual Communion”💦💧
Even the desire to seek God ahead of my own selfish will is a pursuit that must be practiced; I may not come to wish for God’s will and knowledge of His values and spiritual things if I do not pray for Him to help me to want these things. Learning to live spiritually, and to think and behave as an actual child of God is by no means accomplished without His assistance; in fact, what it means to be a child of God is to actively rely upon God, first and foremost, and often exclusively, for care, protection, and guidance in all matters. If I wish to live as God intends, I must make the effort to intentionally turn to Him and seek Him out, as He exists for each of us as simply “the idea of God” within each human mind, and I must seek His support directly to sustain and nurture my soul. In this way, I may come to know God personally, and develop a real, loving, and actual working mutual relationship with my Creator, which is His will for each of us. It is only by the act of relying upon God instead of other tangential resources for comfort and guidance that I may come to know Him on a deep and personal level.
“Ebb and Flow: Moral Self-Examinations”
The more that I rely upon God, the more He will support and bolster me in my efforts to seek and abide within His will. I have often found the world so repellant of me that God was literally the only Thing left to which I could cling; but rather than this being a devastating experience from my realization of the hatred of which this world is capable, it was the source of my greatest strength, as otherwise, I would never have needed to depend so fully and entirely upon God, and upon nothing else. I now believe that these sorts of desperate hardships are a type of blessing, as a form of the “gift of desperation,” because these scenarios allow me to know the reality of God in ways that I never could otherwise. Furthermore, through the process of elimination, I was able to look back and see that it could only have been God and His grace working in my life to help me overcome the hardship, because I had literally nothing else working for me. “Never do we cling to the Lord in vain,” and this is a lesson I will gladly relearn at any impasse. The extent to which I lovingly and expectantly seek out God to help me through a challenge, by seeking to follow within the omnipresent solution of His will, as a “divine escape route,” and an incorruptible path to salvation in any worst-case scenario, is the extent to which I will find myself marveling at His miracles.
“Testing the Waters: Balancing Acts”🌊👣
God is ready and willing to care for all His children, as the perfect loving Father would, but He can only help me to the extent to which I seek and follow Him. My faith is constantly evolving, and I find that, through Our progress in getting to know each Other, the challenge has developed past merely “seeking God” or desiring His will, and has become more of a striving in “seeing God,” and focusing my mental efforts to realize that He is already here with me, showing me the way. God will always appear instantly and as if by magic if I allow myself to let go of my self-will, or self-direction, and open my self and my mind up to the idea of direction by His will. This loosening up of my grasp upon the control and care of my being enables me to see God and His will of supreme care instead of just myself and my own wants. The ability to actually see God, beyond merely seeking God, is the inevitable and eventual outcome, as His gift to me for my faith in Him, if I persist towards Him and His will for long enough, and seek Him as diligently, faithfully, loyally, and lovingly as He would intend for me, even while in the absence of any positive intercession.
“Letting Go: Letting God Seep In”💦☂️
When I loosen my grasp upon the reins of by being, as the steering wheel of my self that is my soul, I may relax the constraints of my finite human potential that limit the mortal soul, and distinguish us from God. The ability of any human power is necessarily finite and limited, because only God is omnipotent, and so if I try to power my being by self-will alone, without the assistance of God’s care, I will necessarily be bound to the confines of the material world and the laws of man, or nature. If however, I surrender the cockpit of my soul over to the highest and greatest good, as the ultimate and omniscient good-will that is God’s will Most High, then I am no longer limited by the finite potential of the mortal soul, and may instead enjoy the awe-inspiring miracles of God, whose power knows no limits and cannot be restrained by the laws of man, which are the laws of physics, nature, logic, reason, and mathematics. God may allow 2+2 to =5, if it be His will. Thus, when I relax my sense of being the one in control, and instead step back in faith to allow God to work through me, I may be receptive to His powers of restoration, and experience first-hand His will to help me to overcome challenges and succeed, if I seek to fulfill His will of charity, love, altruistic goodness, and selfless giving.
“The Source: Ego-Focus to God-Focus”☔️
When I constantly practice surrendering to God, to try to loosen my attachment to my own ego, which is expressed through my “desire to control” and is often termed “self-will,” as being the selfish drives and impulses of my own ego, I may finally may know the peace and freedom from this “bondage of self,” or self-will, that is the release over to the care of God instead. I cannot receive the care and control of God if I am trying to play the role of God in my own life. If ever I feel a desire for control in my own life, as a perceived need to control myself of my surroundings, I now know that it is actually a misconstrual of my desire to feel myself within God’s control, rather than a need to exert control myself.
“Fluidity: Loosening of Constraints”☔️💦
Thus, the path of serenity was only ever blocked off my my own ego, as my lack of faith or humility to seek God, and my own self-will revolving around self-centered fears, emotions, and impulses. It is such a relief to realize that simply the act of letting go and surrendering to God is enough to set me in the right direction.
“God’s Will: Fruits of Creativity”💦❄️💙
The beauty of living for God, instead of for myself, is that the outcome or destination of my efforts is irrelevant, as I’m merely striving to work hard and make God proud. My aim is actually deferred to God, and so I have no stake in the results which means that I cannot judge myself in any way other than my efforts to abide within God’s will and try my hardest to maintain the course. Generally speaking, I don’t even question where God leads, not do I seek knowledge the resolution that He is planning; rather, I just blindly trust Him and lovingly follow.
-Falling for every possible pitfall, venturing through every wrong turn, and making every possible mistake, in order to find the path through any obstacle and figure out a way to surmount all of life’s problems, and then documenting the method of success to chart out God’s path of His solution.
-In having all faith, hope, and charity, success on God’s terms, of perfect love, is inevitable, which uniquely qualifies one for such a task as overcoming Murphy’s Law.
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“Problem-Solving 101: Break it Down:”
-12 Steps to Heaven🏳️🌈
-Necessities: “H.O.W.” as my starter-tools
(Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness)
“What is Willingness?”🙋
(…Lots of room for different wording.)
-Readiness to serve God’s will, not mine.
-“Willingness: to go to any lengths…” to achieve sobriety, which means going to any lengths to perform “God’s will.”
-“Sobriety” is correctly interpreted as dedicating my fee-will to God, as the route by which I may be freed from self-will.
-“Self-will,” as self-centered fear, drives of the ego, and character defects or sins, is understood to be the root of my problems.
-“The Source:” supplant my own self-will, or ego, as my driving motivation, with the intention to seek and perform God’s will.
-“Willingness:” intention or motivation, the driving force, impetus, motive, or reason for my thoughts and actions, direction
-“Willingness:” direction of my free-will, as either directed by self-will or to God’s will; self-seeking as serving my selfish needs, or seeking God to serve His will of love; proper use of will is to surrender it to God; surrendering my will to God is the only path by which one may know and enact morality, righteousness, and altruism, as the greatest form of goodness; serving God’s will to the exclusion of self-will is the only way in which to truly love selflessly.
-“Willingness:” to drop everything and be of service to God, and not my own self
-“Willingness:” to offer my free-will to God
-“Willingness:” as the readiness to do the right thing without any thought of myself; giving up self-interest for the greatest good, which is only ever God’s will
-“Willingness:” to give my utmost efforts and try my hardest to do God’s will and the right thing; relief of not needing to worry if it’s possible by virtue of striving to do God’s will, which defies the very existence of impossibilities; release to focus of my effort with the comfort of knowing that God’s solution is inevitable, as long as I try my hardest to follow Him.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Trial and Error”🕸🔍❄️
-“You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.” (-William Blake, via “For Today,” p. 284)
“Jane Doe:🚺Poetic License”
-Trip the Light Fantastick: to dance lightly
-Excerpts from “L’Allegro” by John Milton
“In Heav’n yclept Euphrosyne,❣️
And by men, heart-easing Mirth,❤️
Whom lovely Venus at a birth💛
With two sister Graces more💚
To ivy-crowned Bacchus bore” 💙
-“Trip the Light Fantastick…”
“Com, and trip it as ye go,💜
On the light fantastick toe.”💖
-“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare
“Before you can say come, and goe,💕
And breathe twice; and cry, so, so: 💞
Each one tripping on his Toe, 💗
Will be here with mop, and mowe.” 💓💘
“Sugar Plum Fairy”💋💜👑
-…Came and hit the streets,
-Looking for soul food… (-Lou Reed)
(Ballet: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker, Royal Opera House)
-…and they were singing, bye bye Miss American Pie…🎶💜💓
1-3; “Through the Looking-Glass Eye”👑
4-6; “If You Build It They Will Come”⚾️💭
7-8; “Trust God💛Inventory💠Help Out”
2 Corinthians 8:
1-3; “Leaps and Faith Abounds”👟🌔🇺🇸
4-6; “✨In Proportion to🔑Willingness”
10-12; “Followthrough:⚒Act by🏰Faith”
13-15; “Utopian by Ability: = In Effort”🕋
16-18; “Ante-Christ: Good News!…”🗞🕊
19-21; “My Halo?✨Thinking with God”☄️
22-24; “Evidence: Ante up…God!”⚡️😉
Revelation 15; “Key to His Kingdom”💭🏰
2 Corinthians 8; “Proof of Love for God”✍🏻️
Revelation 15Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
15 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, andover the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thouonly art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 6 and the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 8Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
8 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. 12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supplyfor your want: that there may be equality: 15 as it is written, He that had gatheredmuch had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19 and not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: 20 avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 21 providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. 23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
“The Labyrinth and the Ball of Thread”
-The Labyrinth: The Great Escape
-Square 1: The Right Angle
-Altruistic Love: Square and Compass
-Mother of Invention: A Path Created
-Working Parts: Know Yours
-The Way: Follow the Leader
-Theseus and Ariadne: Hope on a String
-3 Branches: Division of Power’s Labor
-Happily Ever After…
“The Labyrinth and the Ball of Thread”
“The Labyrinth: The Great Escape”🔑🏳️🌈
Sometimes, one of life’s challenges may be so vast or complex that it appears insurmountable and impossible to overcome. However, there is always a solution to any challenge that one may encounter, and the answer may be found by adjusting my own perception, or in changing the perspective that I assume in approaching the obstacle. When I have a problem, it is necessary that I first lay out a blueprint, to “break it down” into smaller components, so that the task ahead is better understood and appears doable. If I disassemble the issue into smaller and therefore more manageable pieces, then I may take a “step by step” approach towards the solution; conversely, if I try to solve a problem as one singularly vast and convoluted issue, it may be too complex or overwhelming to perceive as manageable, and so I may be incapable of actually working my way through it successfully. Thus, whenever I encounter a problem, no matter how hopeless the scenario may seem, I know that there is a “Step 1” that I may take in order to get started in the right direction. In putting God first, as “First Things First;” I know to turn to God in prayer and admit the unmanageability of my position and my powerlessness over the circumstances. I will lay out the issue before Him and clear the air of my own fear in the face of the issue and my sense of being overwhelmed by the expanse of the work ahead of me. When I rightly relate myself to my Creator, I am coming from a place of both humility and honesty. I recognize my own utter powerless as a human being, but I also make sure to acknowledge the omnipotence of my Creator, and when I turn to God I do so with the most charitable understanding of Him, as being eager to show me His path, and willing to lead me to His solution.
“Square 1: The Right Angle”📐💛💠
I fully expect that God has a loving plan for me and desires to care for me, if only I seek His will instead of mine, and attempt to follow Him to a solution on His terms. With this right understanding of God, as being eager to guide me through my difficulties, but only within the range of His will, I may follow the straight and narrow high road, so that I may uncover the greater meaning from working through my difficulties, and gain the jewels of wisdom from learning their spiritual significance. This “Square 1,” as the correct definition or understanding of God, is absolutely essential if I am to work Together with Him, and actually see the miracles that He has in store, by first working through His path and overcoming the obstacles ahead that would necessitate such a miracle. Only the best possible interpretation of God is acceptable if I wish to work with Him, because I need to trust Him devoutly and unquestioningly, offering Him the complete weight of my being and complete control over the outcome. The only allowable conception of God is that He wills only unconditional love, and is the absence of any evil or harmful intentions. God is the greatest, and so if I wish to lay down the foundation for a real and working relationship with Him, I must recognize Who He is and what He stands for, so that We are on the same page and have a true basis for a mutual understanding. Only the most charitable understanding of God gives Him the proper credit, and only a true and honest basis of understanding is solid ground for a meaningful relationship. Thus, if I ever think anything less than the absolute best of God, which is perfect, uncompromising, and all-inclusive love, then I will shut my self off to His true will, and I will not be able to receive Him to demonstrate His miracles within my life. God is the perfection of virtues and morality, and so if I expect les than perfection in God, then I am not paying Him the proper respect, and could not hope for a mutual understanding or a relationship with collaborative efforts. God will not cater to a falsehood or to a dishonest motive, and so I must recognize Him as He truly is, which could only ever possibly be the best version of love, if I wish to get to know Him and learn of His love and of the values within His will.
“Altruistic Love:💛Square and Compass”
Through God, all things are possible. If I wish to find my way out of whatever form of a labyrinth lies ahead of me, then I will take my Step 1, and let go of my desire to control the outcome or determine the solution to the problem. Instead of trying to call the shots, I will make room in my heart by removing my ego from the pilot’s seat, so that God may step in to the position of prominence within my mind. When I let go of trying to take the role that is rightfully reserved for God in my life, then I may finally be receptive to His will of divine intervention, and witness first-hand His working of miracles within my own life. When I approach the problem ahead of me from the “right angle,” by which I mean, from within the context of God’s love for us, then I may correctly intuit that He is waiting for me to seek His help, so that He may reveal His perfect love as the solution. God is the best, and so nothing less than the best would be acceptable to His sight as my own view of Him; thus, charity, as applied to my interpretation of God and of His will, is indispensable and pivotal if I wish to gain true knowledge of God. It is my side of the street in Our relationship to summon up the charity to only assume the best of God. When I define God’s will as being “only unconditional love,” in some form or another, this generosity, or act of charity, in addition to the factual accuracy of this assumption, pricks God’s ears, as being a cognition properly in-tune with His will. At this intersection of our minds and hearts, of having honestly and correctly fathomed God’s ultimate nature of reality, then God and I are now on the same page, and We can proceed to work Together.
“Mother of Invention: A Path Created”🎨
Truthful understanding is necessary for God to intervene, as only the true interpretation of God is conducive to the trust necessary, of true love, for the firm foundation by which His miracles may be set on solid ground and become manifest. Once I provide the platform of faith, by virtue of clinging steadfastly to my own belief that God could only ever be perfectly and unconditionally loving, then innately and naturally, I will start to fall into confluence with His will and see His love infiltrate my life. Guessing properly at the reality of “Rumpelstiltskin,” works much like “Open Sesame,” however I do have to pull my weight and provide the faith myself, by instilling my conception of God as love into the most seemingly desperate of life’s scenarios. God wishes to work Together with great efforts to generate love, and not just to grant empty wishes. My side of the street of Our relationship is to cling to my values firmly, and when I am confronted with some sort of hatefulness, or challenged in my convictions that God is love, by a temptation or a test of being led to face down an evilness, it is my job to infuse my interpretation of that scenario with the glory of my belief in God’s love. When I cling to this charity, as my belief in only the best of God, despite all evidence to the contrary, then I pass the test, and He will step in to reveal His solution of love. In this way, my faith and loving trust are requirements to know God and work with Him, because if I don’t pull my weight by supplying the faith, especially in the absence of any overt displays of God’s care, then I cannot hope to do all of the footwork necessary to persist in His will, and arrive at the solution of His miracle.
God sort of watches over, and gives me an obstacle or a course, but then He may step away, and test my ability to maintain the course in the absence of His presence. If I can maintain my footing and continue to work hard towards His will, and trust that He is watching overhead, then I may pass His test, as this is sort of like an evaluation period to observe my learning. He is supervising me the whole Time, but I am to learn to strengthen my ability to demonstrate love and trust under any and all circumstances, and to provide these efforts myself in the face of hate, and I learn to do this by working, for periods of Time, in the absence of His guiding love. The greatest skill He would teach us the ability to be loving and to cling to His trajectory of perfect love no matter what, under any and all circumstances. This work is accomplished by an ebb and flow, or two steps forward and one step back, and really, life’s challenges are intended to sharpen my acuity of the virtues, and to strengthen my sense of love and trust in God come what may. It is through this process of working Together with God through life’s challenges that We build up Our love for each other. In approaching life’s challenges as a divine collaboration, or as an obstacle course intended to be overcome by a Team effort, then We may expand and enhance our love and trust for each other Eternally, as is God’s will for us.
“Working Parts: Know Yours”💚❤️💙
In working Together with God and Jesus, We may constructively channel God’s inexhaustible resources of goodness, love, and compassion to good purpose. The cultivation of such love is necessitated by the process of overcoming life’s obstacles. I recognize that my part is not to know the outcome, or even to be working towards a display of results; rather, my role in my relationship with God is to kindle the fire of my faith and nurture the Truth of His Love. Mantras of compassion, sentiments of affection, expressions of love, and acts of devotion are the fuel by which I foster my sense of love for God. Whenever I feel that my energy supply, or inspiration, is low, I “rev my engine,” by making a effort in the name of God, and I initiate an action with the purposeful and deliberate reason, or intention, of demonstrating my love to God through my efforts, and I praise God. Spot-check moral inventories are necessary, because when I feel depleted or dejected, I must take a moment to assess this feeling and see that it stems from self-will and catering to my own ego. The proper solution to any uneasiness that I may experience comes from reaffirming my ultimate goal and aim in life, which is “God’s will, not mine, be done,” and then I may find the joy and satisfaction I crave by striving to please God and express my love to Him. Living for God is God’s intention, and is naturally and innately satisfying, whereas living to satisfy my own needs is the essence of sin, and the root of all the evils I may ever experience in my life. Selfishness, as a form of greed and fear, originates in the intention for my actions. If I do not intentionally seek to perform God’s will, as the only route of morality and as the only “greatest good,” then my engine, or my motivating force, will inevitable by filled with my own ego, as selfish, sinful, and godless motivations. Thus, I constantly must “keep the faith,” and fuel the “celestial fire of Our love” with my own thoughts and acts of devotion, and the worship of “conscious contact,” as offering my mind to God with constant thoughts of Him, such that it becomes the shared territory of “God-Consciousness.”
“The Way: Follow the Leader”💛🏹💛
When working through a maze, it is a good strategy to start out at the end point and then work backwards, untwining the path of the solution back to the start. In beginning at the end of the maze, We may unfurl out and reveal the correct path, or the necessary steps that must be taken, in order to arrive at that designated solution. This process of working my way through a maze, or the “mythical labyrinth,” is a good analogy for problem-solving by using my faith in God. My hope, as my belief in only the best of God, is “the aim” and dictates the ultimate answer, and so, necessarily and inevitably, I will arrive at God’s perfect solution if I follow through my hope with the footwork of faith, working to follow the path with the trajectory set forth by hope. My faithful effort serves as the works, or the “ground troops” and necessary action, that is required to put God’s vision into effect, as tangible within material reality. With the deliberate intentions of my own selfless love, as my motive of charity, to guide our efforts towards God’s perfect love and help maintain the trajectory set by hope, We may enact, fulfill, and actually materialize God’s plan for His creation.
“Theseus + Ariadne:🎣Hope on a String”
When over the course of Our work I become overwhelmed, flustered, stressed, or have my feathers ruffled in some way, I know to drop everything and “let go.” If I feel the the evils and sins of discontent, I know that I have taken back control over my will, as these are evils to which I am prone only through the absence of God’s guiding presence. The absence of God in my life only ever occurs by my own act of self-will, because this attempt at control upturns the hierarchy of priorities, and displaces God by stepping on His toes. When I let go of self-will, as my will to control my own life, I am no longer at the mercy of my own human weaknesses, nor my natural limitations of shortsightedness that will inevitably lead me to make a tangle of “Ananke’s thread,” or my Fate. When in hopeful and childlike submission I put up my hands, and offer my will and my grasp upon “Jacob’s Ladder” up to God, so that he may take care of it properly, I will have availed myself to His grace. In relinquishing control of myself to God, I will have reestablished God’s intended hierarchy, and may then be privy to this, “God’s Own perspective,” by conforming and aligning myself to God’s Almighty will. Through the act of willingness and letting go, I may surrender my will to God, and let Him play His rightful part, which of course is God. I will always naturally fall victim to the impulse of my own ego at some point, and I will eventually act upon self-will as the instinct to control my life, instead of admitting powerlessness, surrendering myself, and following God’s will for me. Following self-will, which ousts God from His position of Caretaker and Director of my life, is a hard but necessary learning experience, and is part of being a child of God; I am imperfect as a child of God, rather than perfect as is only God Himself. It is a necessary step to learn how to refine the urges of my self and my own ego, in order to be more as God would have me. These moments of weakness keep me humble, and are meant as opportunities for me to uncover more of the weaknesses that are inherent in my own ego, so that I may learn how to replace these defects of character with the virtues of God’s will, and thus, follow in His footsteps to “grow.”
“3 Branches:🌳Division of Power’s Labor”
Whenever I get overwhelmed, I know to, in a way, “stop, drop , and roll,” because that feeling indicates to me that “my engine,” or the “celestial fire of Truth,” that is my “undying love for God,” has been bogarted by my own self-will and selfish concerns for myself. My I let my own ego fuel my engine, my “fire, or passion” is directed only by own self-will, and so manifests in the form of the lonely feelings that are inherent in the human ego if working in isolation, or apart from God and His love. When I let go of controlling my life with my own ego, I am no longer susceptible to the sense of loneliness or futility of self-will, and I may replace the guilt of self-seeking with the joy and praise of serving God. Thus, when I let go of my grasp upon myself, and the entirety of my perception of existence, I am lifted out of the tangle I have made of its divine threads. When I surrender the thread and my control over to God, I am ushered back to “square 1,” and I just recognize the single ultimate truth of my love for Him. In this way, when I let go of my grasp upon self-will, as worries, fears, ideas, feelings, and all the other forms of tangled understanding, the mire of self-will is lifted. From “square 1,” when I recognize only the fact of God’s love, He will intervene to rework the divine thread within my mind, and He will set Us back on the course of His pattern for the fabric of existence, of unconditional love, as only the Eternal perspective of God’s Most High and Almighty Vision ever could.
“Happily Ever After”
In the Pursuit of Happiness:
…Peace, Love, and Truth.💠🏳️🌈
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Reunited:” Ananke and Chronos
-“A Golden Age”💛
-“Nuclear Family:” the Holy Trinity
-💠”There’s a perspective for anything.” My job is to leave the “vision” to God, and fulfill my end by providing the footwork.💘
🔔Dinner Communion Topics
-“Instrumental” by Design.👻🎻🕊
-Q+A: If there is a God, why is there evil in the world? Because God gave us free-will. “God’s will, not mine, be done.”
-Being dishonest simply wouldn’t occur to innocence, and neither would any less than the most loving and charitable interpretation of any given circumstance.
-A Mask: “…I think it was for warmth! But I guess it could have been jealously…”😇
-Bringing the “sunshine” might be my job, and I ought not to expect the Son to shine if I don’t supply that optimism with my own attitude, by offering praises up to the Lord.
-Only God’s “unconditional love” makes self-honesty, with the admission of all of my sins and defects of character, possible.
-“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” (-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, via “For Today,” p. 285)
-If you are innocent, you will be thoroughly honest in your intentions, and tell those who mean harm to you that they can hate you, defile you, and persecute you all they want, and that you will only ever love them all the more, try to protect them from their own actions, and forgive them for any and all of their sins. Then you will be willing to make good on this intention and carry the weight of their harmful actions in secret.
-Tie Means: “to Share the Win”
(Bolshoi Ballet: Dance of the Little Swans)
-“Hole in One+One for All”🌹⚔️🛡
(Nina Ananiashvili, the Black Swan Coda)
-The Time Has Come… to save the day!⌛️
(Save the Dei and the Date)
1-3: “Yes Sir, May I Have Another!”🙌🌎
4-6; “TNA: Sequence is Key”👙👣🍒
7-9; “…Your Mother with that Mouth?”💋
10-12; “Against the Current🦁Grain”⛲️⌛️
13-15; “Kiss a Lot of Frogs…”💋🐸👑
16-18; “My Milkshake Brings…”🍼⛳️
19-21; “Heavy Reading Homework”📚🍇
1-3; “Highest💘Aim is Humble Servant”🛎
4-6; “Foster the Inner Child”💠👼
7-9; “Love God: Entails💛Friend+Foe”
10-12; “Under-Stood the Test of 👑Time”
13-15; “AA Utopia: Best Stuff on Earth”🍑
16-18; “Rein by Love not by Fear”❤️🎅👑
19-21; “Believe in Love 🎤…But You First!”
22-24; “Freemason: Faith Past Death”👻
25-27; “Promised Ark:👙Cradle of Life”🌈
28-30; “Pursue the Spirit to🏰Eternal Life”
31; “Free Spirit: Turned Her Key…”🔏🚪🌈
Revelation 16; “What’s In The Box?”📦
Galatians 4; “Neo-Born: Heaven’s Gate”🕶
Revelation 16Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
16 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
Galatians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. 13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it isnow. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
“God’s Violin d’Ingres: An Instrument of Peace”🎻
-“Quotes of Heroism”
-Attitude: What Can I Do for God?
-Willingness as a Byproduct of Caritas
-Self-Care Supplanted with God-Care
-Relief from Serving God not Self
-Refining Focus: to Behold the Moment
-Redirecting Instincts: Loosen My Grasp
-Letting Go: Lets God In
-Wind: Spiritual Temperament
-Reception: Changing with God’s Flow
-St. Francis Instrument: Tune and Retune
-Iron Apparatus: Fluidity of Thought
“God’s Violin d’Ingres: An Instrument of Peace”🎻
(“Le Violin d’Ingres,” by Man Ray, 1924)
“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”)
“Dizzy: Rico, I’m dying.
Johnny Rico: No Diz, you’ll be fine.
Dizzy: But it’s OK, because I got to have you.” (-from “Starship Troopers”)
“Attitude: What Can I Do for God?”🎈
I find that I require an objective each morning, in order for my life to feel meaningful and worthwhile. I have tried in the past living just for myself, by pursuing my own occupational goals or my own material wants and cares, but this sort of living has always left me feeling empty inside. I think that deep down, part of my soul knew that catering to my own cares and fostering my own selfishness was a sin, and I could not find that deeper meaning that I crave in that self-centered lifestyle. Ultimately, living for myself, and directing my own will towards selfish aims, inevitable left me feeling hollow and guilty. My conscience knew that something was amiss, even though I didn’t know exactly what was out of place. It is such a relief to have figured out what had gone awry in my life, and to be able to understand and take responsibility for my part in the solution. It had never occurred to me that I was meant to be living for God, and not for myself. Only with the selfless lifestyle practices of seeking to live up to spiritual principles and ideals of virtue, based upon my desire to serve God’s will and not my own, am I able to feel a sense of meaning in my life, and a higher spiritual purpose that stands firm, regardless of my “self.” My priority and source of well-being has naught to do with my own personal welfare, my wants and needs, my specific situation, nor my current circumstances, but rather, is contingent upon my sense of God, as ultimately, He is all I care about. When I wake up and wonder what I need, I am filled with anxiety, apprehension, worry, and myriad forms of self-focused fears about whether or not my needs will be met. I think that this anxiety is a sort of “cognitive dissonance” type of reaction to the sin of selfishness; innately, I know it is wrong to worry after myself, and my mind tries to tell me that something is amiss. The solution to the natural tendency, but sin nonetheless, to cater to my own ego has but one solution, which is to offer my will and my life up to the service of God. Any form of charity other than to serve God’s will is unworthy of the dedication of the human soul, as none but God is deserving of, or capable of reciprocating, my acts of devotion and my intentions to cater to His interests. Only God’s will is an Almighty and unconditional good-will, and is Love beyond any finite human capacity.
“Willingness as a Byproduct of🌹Caritas”
Sequence is key in situating my mentality and my prerogatives to be of maximum service to God and His children. When I offer my will and my life to the service of God, there is a proper order and a system of priorities to which I ought to adhere. I struggle with worries of self-esteem and personal inadequacy, which are the sins of self-centered fears. When I approach God in the morning, I find that if I let go of any concern for myself, these fears disappear. However, if I do not take care to actively oust these ego-driven fears from my mind, by actively and intentionally inserting replacement thoughts, of my dedication to God and what I could do to care for Him, then these fears will crop back up. Thus, by implanting the landscape of my mind with prayers of selfless love and intentions of altruistic service, I may lay the solid foundation for the conception of a loving God to take precedence over my entire life. My conception of God absolutely must be based upon the notion that He is perfectly and unconditionally loving towards the entirety of His creation, and that He would only ever will the very best care for me. Serving God is much like serving one’s country; I offer my life to the greater good, and that “Greatest Good” takes care of me in return, and so my own well-being is essentially a byproduct of my own charity. I find that oftentimes I may be lacking in willingness, but this is only because the sequence of my interests is out of order. The solution to problems of willingness is not necessarily that I am pursuing the wrong things, but it may be more that I am pursuing them in the wrong order. My willingness, as my motivation and readiness to seek and serve God’s will ahead of my own, comes as a side-effect of my expressions of love and thanks up to God. When I voice my love, devotion, and praises up to the Lord, He appreciates this offering of my “heart and soul,” and He reciprocates by filling me with a sense of love, His very own incomparable and divine love of “agápē.” This love from God serves as a positive reinforcement, and bestows me with the “willingness, to go to any lengths,” to serve Him on His moral path of upright living. In this way, by demonstrating my love for God by offering Him thanks and praise, He will love me back and supply me with the energy and willingness to maintain my intentions of serving His will and not mine. I find that I even feel a whole new type of self-esteem based upon my dedication to God, over and above and to the exclusion of any other care. I would call this “God-esteem” an emotional perk and benefit of striving to do the right thing, as dictated by God.
“Self-Care Supplanted with God-Care”🕊
When I prioritize God, the Father, as the Thing in which I am most interested, and the fulcrum of my life’s design, then all the evils inherent in self-centered concerns, and the guilt that such preoccupations entail, are lifted entirely from my psyche. When I offer my love and my life to God, the care that I was trying to provide for myself is directed to God’s higher purpose, and I receive, in turn, His care for me instead of mine. The care of God is disparate to the love or care from any other source. When I strive to linger within the will of God rather than to follow my own cares and inclinations, I receive the strength of God as like a protective fortress. My own emotions and concerns are liable to change and shift with the influence of my environment, and so I cannot depend upon myself as a source of steadfast stability; I am simply too human and fragile to be impervious to my environment and fluctuations in my mood. If I tried to live based upon my cares, and standards that I myself dictated, then I would inevitably crumble away in despair when I received a disappointment, a blow to the integrity of my person, or if my feelings became saddened somehow, and my ability to care and stay motivated enough to continue on anyway would be too flimsy to sustain me upon God’s path. When I give up the placement and organization of my cares and values over to God directly, then I don’t collapse like a house of cards when life hands me a raw deal, because I am not determining what I care about, rather, I am leaving that up to God to decide for me by clinging only to Him as what’s important to me in my life.
“Relief from Serving God not Self”💛👑
When I value God and not myself, it does not seriously affect me when I get hurt, because I know that God is still okay. Thus, by prioritizing God in my life, I am given the strength to keep going and persist in His will and upright living, no matter what befalls me. I find that I can even “match calamity with serenity,” because I am not relying upon myself, but rather, upon the indisputable love of God. My weakness is God’s strength, and so when my own human frailties overcome me, this is merely the precursor to the climax, as this is the point at which God will step in to overcome in all His glory. My point of weakness is God’s point of entry, and if I keep the faith in Him as my savior during the exhaustion and depletion of my own resources, then God will have that solid foothold in my heart by which to demonstrate His powers of restoration and His will, as strong to save, love, and care.
“Refining Focus:📯to Behold the Moment”
When I prioritize God, and let Him dictate my wants and cares, then no situation, circumstances, event, person, emotion, or seemingly “earth-shattering” news can ever shake me too strongly, because when I fall back on God, He catches me and sets me back up in the right direction. I don’t let my own feelings call the shots in my life or dictate my actions, but rather, I defer my cares and interests to God, so that He may lead me in His will of perfect love. God is actually the only thing that I am supposed to care about to begin my value system, so that when something falls away, He can step in to fill that gap, as only God Himself directly is all-sufficient. This is the meaning of Mosaic Law and the First Commandment: that I should place no matters ahead of the importance of God in my life, and first and foremost, I am to love God Himself directly, with my thoughts and prayers, and also with the intention behind my actions, as efforts dedicated up to God alone as my worship. When I practice refining my focus to be directed towards thoughts of God and His most supreme, altruistic good-will, then I may enjoy the serenity of surrendering to the moment, and His heavenly bliss, which is that of a clean conscience, from abiding within His will. My happiness depends upon what I intend and whether or not that conforms to morality and the will of God. My thoughts at this very moment are the source of my serenity, and when I just focus upon my intentions to love God and do the right thing by following “His will,” which is really just an umbrella term for moral, upright, and righteous behavior, in accordance to the virtues and higher-order, altruistic principles of goodness, then I may experience the freedom from worry that doing the right thing entails. When I spend my day by just trying my hardest to do the next right thing, within the flow of God’s will, then there is no reason to worry about the future. When I tend to my own morality in this present moment, this action precludes any worries about the future; I am already doing all I can by focusing upon giving my best efforts. When I give all that I am to my work along God’s path as I go forth in life, by surrendering to the moment and wholly devoting my best efforts, then fear for the future is illogical, because there’s literally nothing more that I could do to live rightly.
“Redirecting Instincts: Loosened🎺Grasp”
Thus, by staying focused upon the present moment, my love for God, and devoting my all, as my best efforts, to my work in His name, then I am on God’s path of upright, moral living, and I am privy to the blissful clean conscience of abiding within His will. This adherence to God’s path is what frees me from fear and the bondage of self, along with all the sins inherent in selfish concerns and materialistic cares. When I abide with God and follow the urging of the spirit rather than the selfish sins of the ego and the flesh, then I may follow God with reasonable ease in this life, and gain entrance to His Kingdom in the next, as this life is meant merely as a preparation, or an opportunity for me to ready my soul for God’s gift of Eternal Life.
“Letting Go: Lets God In”🔔💭🏳️🌈
I strive to loosen my grasp upon my will and my life so that God may step in and relieve me of my self-constructed prison. Any soul existing in the absence of the idea of a loving God who is in control is bound by the shackles of material existence, and thus, is confined to the impermanence of the corporeal realm. When I follow God’s directions and His intentions for me, and strive to uphold His virtues and selfless priorities in my daily living, then my soul may be properly primed to cling to these Eternal truths at my Time of passing, and thus, my spirit may be strong enough to continue on into God’s Eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven. If I have not nurtured my spirit and developed my capacity for the various virtues by upholding such values in my daily living, then there may not be any real spiritual substance to my being, and my spirit may not be hardy enough to exist past the death of my flesh and the natural impermanence of corporeal existence. If I wish to follow God into Heaven, I must do my part in this lifetime to build my spirit. My striving is for my soul to be acceptable only in God’s eyes, and no one else’s, because God alone is the source of all virtue and goodness, and only God can and will guide me righteously to freedom. If I follow the urging of my surroundings, then I will be led to sin. Only by steadying myself, and the foundation for my sense of being, upon God, by upholding the path that Christ laid out for us, may I follow in righteousness, as the cares of what my fellow man thinks of me are rooted in the ego-driven fears and my own selfish concerns, and so conforming to social influence instead of to God’s will is a sin, and will only drive me apart from God. When I let go of my attachment to these selfish and sinful cares and influences, and steady myself only upon my idea of God’s unconditional love, then I will be immune to the sins and evils of the world and may overcome temptation by relying upon God, and thus will advance through spiritual development to God’s Heaven.
“Divine Wind:🎷Spiritual Temperament”
I strive to maintain, albeit with much difficulty, a spiritual temperament, as a looseness of my grasp upon my self and the world, so that I may follow the urging of my spirit and God’s will instead of external and sinful stimuli or influences. When I remain cognitively loose, in terms of the ideas to which I cling, my locus of control, and my attention and my focus, and secure myself only to my connection to God, then I may follow His will of infinite possibilities, instead of being bound by the constraints of the laws of nature, or man. In this way, by faithfully holding to my idea of God and nothing else, I may bypass the limitations of the human world, and I may instead receive God’s miracles for me, while still mortal, and within this lifetime. This reality of God is the promise of God’s covenant, as His gift to those of true faith.
“Reception:🎼Changing with God’s Flow”
In seeking only God and valuing only God, I will, in effect, dictate what I will receive. When in proper tune, by aiming my sights upon the single worthy aim for any human pursuit, which is “only God,” then I may go through my day and perform my duties with the joy of knowing that I am part of a higher purpose. My daily tasks are suddenly infiltrated with “God’s magic,” as the deeper meaning and significance entailed by spiritual contemplation. Wondrously, going through my day is become like a spiritual scavenger hunt of love letters between myself and God, and at the point of an impasse or a problem, I can step back to the emotional security of my knowledge of God; I can rest assured in knowing that He is watching and giving me the obstacle as a chance to grow spiritually and refine my skill-set of the virtues. In intuiting a higher purpose to life’s difficulties, I can proceed in working through them with serenity, because I don’t have to worry about whether or not there’s a way out. I already know that there’s a solution. With God always in my thoughts, I can just wonder after what His solution, or way out, may look like in this new scenario, then try to learn the spiritual lesson that He is teaching and absorb the new jewel of insight that He wills for me.
“St Francis Instrument: Tune🎻+Retune”
I enjoy fostering a mental landscape filled with the virtues of a spiritual existence, as this new dimension of living, that ushers me into God’s loving hands, is the direct result of my own contribution of efforts. I take reprieve in my desire to do the right thing no matter what, and find great joy in learning to value spiritual principles and the will and Person of God over and above myself and all the sinful cares of the flesh, or of my own ego and it’s natural, evil habitat of the material realm. When I cater to the values of the spiritual realm, the bliss of God’s presence becomes a little more tangible. The more often I make choices in my life based upon the desire to be closer to God and to do the right thing, the more God closes in upon me and answers the call of His child. I find that I feel successful in my day’s work the extent to which I used it merely as a means by which to exert effort in the the name of my love for God, as a display of my affection. It is by virtue of my intention that I feel God’s presence, as He is always patiently waiting for me to seek Him. When I strive towards God with the proper respect of a child for a Father, as on the terms that He had laid out and not mine, then He is Here.
“Iron🛡Apparatus: Fluidity of Thought”🎶
I am striving towards an “openness of spirit” to let God work through me, and to be merely an apparatus, or an extension, of the will of God, in order to fulfill God’s will rather than to assert my own self-will. Aiming to follow God and channel God’s will is much more difficult than directing myself and channeling self-will, but it is helpful to try to think His thoughts after Him, and to stick to His mind by the intentional sacrifice of my own cognition. When I embody the open-mindedness of the spirit, through the willingness to serve God and none other, then I may enjoy the ease of living that He intends for His children, as a taste of His vision for me, and a hint of the better things to come.
💐”Joy is Plucked…”🎸
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Now+Here (never no-where)!
“A Description of the Spirit”🌹🕊👑
-“A Striving of Focus:” physically orienting my mental focus, or my attention, to within my mind, balanced at the “seat of my soul”
-“A Process of Homeostasis:” consciously aiming the natural fluctuation of vital energies towards a state of equilibrium, by balancing out the flesh against the spirit, with an efflux of ego and an influx of God
-“Find Your Center:” a conception of God situated physically at the “crown chakra”
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Air to the Throne”🙏👑🎸
-I had thought that I needed praise and support from those around me, and I craved encouragement and care, but it turns out that what I actually needed was to be the one offering praise, and to let my heart sing out with love for God above.
-The encouragement that I truly needed was that which I was meant to give, as none that I have received could possibly have satisfied that craving of my soul, which was simply to play an active role in the process of life by working towards the solution and following God’s path for me.
-This misconstrual of my intended part in life, and the all the irritability, restlessness, and discontent that inevitably follows, is the natural result when the position of prominence within my psyche, which is intended for God, is left vacant, and so becomes filled with my own ego instead. With God reinstated upon the throne of my heart and my soul, He may thwart the evils of selfishness, and dispel the heartache and soul-sickness caused by my self-will.
“A Guide to…?”🌳(One Day at a Time)
-“…To live usefully and walk humbly with the Lord.”
-“Success can corrupt;
usefulness can only exalt.” (-Dimitri Mitropoulos, via “For Today,” p. 286)
-“Meat:” means the good parts, the core, the substance and the heart of the matter, the source of joy and pleasure (not food!)
-“Fornication:” means earthly pleasures of the flesh, as catering to sinful and selfish drives of the ego and material desires, rather than pursuing spiritual goodness
1-3: “Jumped Sponsor-Ship”🏖🏊♀️🚣
4-6; “Plead the 5th Step: Et Tu, Brutus?”
7-9; “Lasting Emo Scars+Bribe Seeker”🗡
10-12; “+Family Business: Wages…”💼🔩
13-15; “Propheteering in Cahoots”👋💰
16-18; “Clientele Aghast at Scam”💸👛💄
1-3; “Welcome Mat for God’s Will”🙏🚪
4-6; “Fellowship: True to the Word”⚓️⛱
7-9; “Persistent Seeker:🎀Bound to See”
10-12; “Ask for Gifts of the Holy Spirit”💝
13-15; “Judge⚖️by Fruit of (Spirit) Labor”
16-18; “God Will Not Work by Evil”💠
19-21; “All Powers Come from One💛God”
22-24; “Prodigal Son Always Welcome”💒
25-27; “One is too Many, and 1,000…”🕳
28-30; “Socratic Method: Oh Really?”
31-33; “Song for Someone”💋🕯📖
34-36; “Aiming for God and only God”🌈
37-39; “Good Word:🍑Spirit Sustenance”
40-42; “Virtue: Charity does not Mean💸”
43-45; “Wherein Lie Your Values?”🙏
46-48; “…For Good Men to do Nothing”
49-51; “Boyz II Amen” 💔🚸💛
52-54; “A Generation Lost in Space…”
Revelation 17; “Charlatan Charade”🏨🔮
Luke 11; “Goodwill: Turnkey in Kind”🎈❣️
Revelation 17Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
17 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, andthe other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Luke 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he aska fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. 15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. 16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. 19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. 21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. 30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. 34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. 39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. 40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? 41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. 42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. 44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also. 46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. 49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51 from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. 52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 54 laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
“The Mothership: Eagle has Landed”🚀
-Base Camp: of the Pyramid
-Navigation: Willing and Suited Hand
-Pow-Wow: A Collaboration
-Teamwork: Rally the Troops
-Seeing: Scope of Vision and Action
-Together: Meaning and Purpose
-Great Heights: Useful and Humble
-Hand in Hand: Matters Beyond Matter
-Truth: is Everlasting
“The Mothership: Eagle has Landed”🚀
“Base Camp:💛of the Pyramid”
When I try to develop a working model and description of what it is like to live a spiritual existence, the analogy of a vessel, or a mothership, comes to mind. Living spiritually, as in conjunction with my understanding of God, is a process of ongoing upkeep, maintenance, and improvement, to maintain spiritual fitness and seaworthy resilience, or hardiness. I view my being as the private property of God, and I assume a humble position of stewardship over His blessed craft. I see it as my job to keep this ship in good working order, which requires a Captain, a full crew, a mission, and a set of directives. I recognize the need to have a firm and steady backbone to this vessel, as the source of strength to the hull. I would call this need for reliance upon a base, from which could branch out the ribbing, masts, and body of the craft, much akin to my need for reliance upon my idea of God. My own conception or understanding of God serves as the foundation and substrate of my being and my sense of self. This base camp, or starting point for interpreting life, is self-determined, as only I can ultimately choose what to believe. When I lay a solid foundation based upon ideals of love, virtuosity, and altruism, then I will create the basis for a safe haven within my soul, to whence I may recede at any time I approach rough and troubled waters in this voyage of life. I believe the idea that the self is meant to be a Temple of God, but I find the idea of a seafaring vessel to be a logical evolution of that analogy, as it takes into account both the mobile nature of the self, and the progression, or journey of the soul through various obstacles, over the course of life. I try to provide the right attitude and a system of upright beliefs as the core, or the base camp, of my being, to bolster my efforts and lifestyle towards my vision of God’s ideals, and to guide my thoughts and actions so that I may fulfill that vision. My “secure base,” is my own idea that God is perfectly loving. This seems to me the only logical idea of God, because it is the only conception of God that will provide practical advantages if I apply that idea to my daily living practices. Only the idea of an unconditionally loving God provides the sense of safety and security that I crave and that could enable me to push ahead in life even if I suffer a blow or a setback. Within the context of my idea of God as the core and heart of my being, no challenge is insurmountable, and any hardship is only just part of the process of arriving upon some preexisting solution, as the mysterious unfurling of God’s love, which miracle is God’s artistry and mystery, of leading up to joy and wonder. “Seek and ye shall find,” and so when I seek God with this charity of my belief and expectation, that He could only ever be some form or another of unconditional Love, which is Perfection, then I will have properly “set up camp,” to receive Him as He is, and He will stay true to His promise and crown off my efforts with His own finishing touch, of His Eye of Providence.
“Navigation: Willing and Suited Hand”🃏
With my sense of self and my conception of God adhering to God’s objective reality, as in accordance with His actual Truth, I can finally start to live as He intends for me, as a child of God. I recognize that I am merely a small part of a larger whole, and that my finite human mind can only perceive a limited scope of His grand design. I admit my powerlessness and see that without working in collaboration with God, and His panoramic, omniscient perspective, I could not determine the best path in life, according to His Will of the greatest goodness. I wish to live as God would have me, taking the altruistic high road and upholding only the highest standards of morality and virtuosity. My will is to do the greatest good, but with my finite human mind, I could not possibly know what that would be to its perfect extent, nor would my idea of that perfection live up to God’s infinite glory. Thus, if I really wish to do the right thing, and serve the Highest Good, I will seek to serve God directly, rather than any other objective originating from my own mind. When I leave the directives up to God and let Him navigate my waters, I may follow a path of goodness beyond what I could comprehend with my finite perspective. If I trust God, and follow His will instead of my perception of a concrete path, I may uncover joys and blessings that I could not have known even existed. If I am willing to trust God and follow Him, even though the route may not make sense immediately, I may eventually realize His intended outcome, as a realization far greater than the one that my own sights and narrow scope of vision would have landed upon. God’s master plan, or “Grand Design,” is Eternal, infinite, and vastly convoluted, such that only His own mind and Eternal scope of vision could hope to make sense of its great mystery in its entirety. Thus, if I wish to fulfill His will according to His design, I must cooperate with Him and follow Him directly, as my Captain and Navigator, as otherwise I would become lost in the complexity of His creation. Thus, I must believe only the best in God so that I may trust Him and His vision unquestioningly. Only by believing that God is perfect and unconditional Love, as extended to everyone without exception, could I eliminate all room for doubt within my own mind of His will care for me. So this belief in God as perfect Love is not only charitable and generous and so a display of my own virtuosity, but is also functional and logical, in that it is the only conception of God that can be applied in real life to serve a practical purpose, of equipping one to meet and overcome life’s challenges, with love and peace of mind. Thus, with such an “ace up my sleeve,” of my willingness to extend my love to everyone, friend and foe alike, in accordance to my belief of God, and incidentally, also in accordance with the scriptures, I can always fall back upon this idea, that all is well, based upon my knowledge that God is good even where others fail me. This idea of God as Love is evidence of my own inclination towards His ideals, as only my own choice to uphold this belief lays a solid foundation. My belief serves as a placeholder, and when I nurture my thoughts and actions and ready myself for Him, God will eventually be needled enough to accept the persistence of my efforts, and He will step ashore onto my lovingly crafted welcome mat, entering through His very own personal gateway of my carefully constructed “red-painted church doors.”
“Pow-Wow: A Collaboration”🔬💠🔭
At this point of confluence, having made extensive and prolonged efforts to welcome God into my life, through a lifetime’s worth of efforts in practicing morality to live up to my faith in His love, never faltering through thick and thin, then God finally emerges, fulfilling His promise. Finally, when I recede into my safe haven of my own imagination, of my vision and belief of His perfection, He is there waiting, and ready to share His own vision. The foundation of my life was faithfully laid and kept, through following the lifestyle set forth by Jesus, and in being loyal to my beliefs about love by actually living up to these ideals through my actual behavior. I was led to believe that all I have to do is to try my hardest, and that it’ll be enough–because that’s all that I ever really can do. With this soft assurance, I can take refuge in my lifestyle practices and in knowing that I am trying my best in doing the right thing in the eyes of the Lord, and so any other judgement of me is irrelevant. This world has never loved me, but it was never meant to, because that is the role of God. And so, when I reach an impasse or an obstacle to my sense of well-being, I can view that challenge as par for the course of life on life’s terms, and I can turn within instead, to my own mental landscape and safe space wherein I commune with God. With my understanding of God, and His generous reciprocity to that loving understanding, as the firm bedrock for my very being, I can brace myself against His solid footing at any source of heartache, and persist in my actions to maintain the course without falling victim to self-pity. Thus, I fully expect to be discouraged and downtrodden, and to receive negative influences from the external material world, because this sinful world does not know God, nor the love of His will. Now when I receive such painful responses from this material and corporeal plane of existence, I know to turn to God, accessed from within through the spiritual plane of thought, that is the human imagination of my own cognition and moral conscience. When I turn the other cheek by turning to God for love, I am taken under His wing and led through righteousness along the path of His will, upward and onward to the greater things that He has in store for me.
“Teamwork: Rally the Troops”📡🛰
What I have come to determine is that I was not meant to live my life alone, by which I mean without the constant companionship of God and Jesus. Through holding Them close mentally, as having the idea of Them omnipresent in my thoughts, I may perceive life true to form, as a Team effort. I was intended to follow my faith and rely upon my Creator, and to turn to Him to be my Savior, literally, letting His will of loving strength supplant the powerlessness of my human condition. When I feel the sting of my weakness and human fragility, I am not to allow it to dishearten me, but rather, I am to turn to my faith. When I act upon my faith, I lift up my eyes in hope, to my belief in God’s will to love unconditionally, and then I proceed to take my next step in accordance to this belief, thus ensuring that my behavior is congruent to my values and moral ideals.
“Seeing:🚡Scope of Vision and Action”
God will always step in to do what I cannot do for myself, but He will not do for me that which I can do for myself. In this way, belief in God entails living life as a Team effort and as a process of Teamwork, as I am meant to shift the weight to Him when I can no longer shoulder the burden. I am never meant to fail in God’s eyes, as the perception of failure, if one is actually living the path of faith, is merely evidence of my own limited vision of God’s plan. One of the greatest spiritual lessons that I’ve learned, is how to stick to my values and cling to my willingness to keep trying for God’s will, even when my efforts appear to fall short or I perceive that I am a failure. The ability to let go of my own ego, as valuing my own opinion of myself, is necessary if I wish to hold myself to no judgement other than God’s standards. Falling prey to my own low self-esteem is a sin of my own egotism, because I am not meant to judge, and this applies not only to others, but also to myself. When I let go of my own perceptions of myself and relinquish the importance of my own opinion of myself, and stop judging myself by how I stand in relation to a desired outcome, then I may live as God intends, within the sheltering peace of His unconditional acceptance. At this point, I may enjoy the serenity of residing within His will, and so may proceed in trying my hardest at my day’s work as a freed spirit, and released from the shackles of my own judgement and fear over a future outcome. In letting God take the reins over the future and the results, I may enjoy the freedom of His love, rather than suffer from within the bondage of my own egocentric fear of inadequacy. I view my part in Our collaboration as to focus only upon trying my hardest from within the moment, and to give my best efforts in the name of love for God, and to try to live up to His standards without judging my own goodness, as that is God’s role. Instead of striving towards the outcome or towards desired results, I strive directly for God instead, and in this way, We may work through division of labor to achieve His vision. If I wish to achieve God’s vision, I must let Him work out that part of the plan and let go of trying to control or dictate what it might be myself, because that would only hamper His Almighty potential.
“Together:🚀Meaning and Purpose”
This trust in God’s plan and vision, and following His delegation, means that I must act on faith, and without knowledge of How His outcome will come to fruition. I accept that I am only responsible for a limited segment of Our work, much like in an assembly line. This blind faith means that I never need to fear personal failure, as even that cannot seriously upset me, because I have my eyes inclined instead towards the more distant fruit, of God as my judge. In this way, I can overlook the physical results of my labor, including any failures, as they are incidental, and merely tangential to my primary aim, of God Himself. When all other parts of my life crumble away, I will remain, because I am founded only upon God, as His Temple. Furthermore, I am powerless as a human being, and am not actually meant to succeed in any of life’s challenges. All power only ever comes from God, and so the praise for any achievement, and the role of the Champion, is meant for God. Thus, when I live life as Together with God, then everything always makes sense within my understanding of the world, and any sort of misfortune or personal shortcoming falls into its proper place within my mental schema, as having a greater meaning and leading to a higher purpose, and this is because I let God arrange my mind according to His will. When I let God call the shots in my life, I can interpret it according to the meaning that He had actually intended, and so as I abide within His will, I may enjoy the Truth of God’s unconditional love as my reality.
“Great Heights:🗺Useful and Humble”
I strive most towards the aim of being useful to God, and this sense of a higher purpose for the Lord is what gives my life unshakable meaning, despite any rejection I may receive from other earthly sources. With my aim to be useful and of service to God, I need not fear the devastation of, for instance, a job loss, divorce, financial loss, social disappointments, a bad grade, or any of the Eight Mundane Concerns elaborated upon in Buddhist thought. These egocentric cares are pitfalls and traps of material existence, the solution to which is to serve the interest of the greater good instead of myself, which is only ever the will of God above. I trust in His perfect wisdom, which logically dictates that unconditional love, as all-inclusive and extended to everyone irrespective of merit, is the epitome of goodness, the highest truth of wisdom, and therefore, is the only acceptance conception of God’s will and intentions. He has given us free-will and a vast range of experiences, as a full spectrum of good and evil, and it is our duty to choose good for ourselves, and turn to Him to seek His loving-kindness and His will as our path in life. There is only evil in the world because we have free-will and autonomy as a gift from God. If I choose to seek God’s will, in the interest of the greater good, instead of pursuing my own self-interest, then I will have made proper use of my free-will, by using it to choose the goodness of God. Evil only exists because people do not exercise their freedom of choice to do the right thing and submit to the will of God. Evil is only the absence of choosing God. Thus, if I choose God’s will, I may avoid the subjective experience of evil, as evil only exists to me from within my own mind in the absence of a truthful idea of God. God is Love, and so His will is necessarily the absence of any and all forms of evil.
“Hand in Hand:🚸Matters Beyond Matter”
When I proceed through life as “hand in hand with God,” then I am privy to the vast array of wonders within the expanse of His will, or what He would intend and wish for me in His infinite wisdom. God’s will encompasses all the virtues within the umbrella of unconditional love, and the many varieties and flavors of goodness that are known within the spiritual plane of existence, as originating from the power of thought and contemplation. The spiritual realm is understood in contrast to the material realm of existence, which is the temporal and corporeal reality and the Earth as it exists without an infusion of higher meaning, which is bestowed only by an understanding of the spiritual realm. These dimensions, or realms, fit into place like “nesting dolls,” or concentric circles. The material realm, and interests in concrete and tangible facets of existence, such as money and other material goods, occupational advancement, food, sex, and other carnal lusts and sensual pleasures, are only significant or meaningful as a result of a tangible material form or object. When the material object disappears, any striving or desire towards it, and even the very idea of it, retains no higher value or lingering significance, as it’s worth was based solely upon its material qualities. This level of existence is, by its very nature and definition, godless and without higher spiritual significance. Material existence is fleeting, transitory, and innately impermanent, as it exists and carries meaning only because of the material aspects of the objects that it represents. Abstract principles, in contrast to these concrete examples, exist only by virtue of human thought, and by being ideas that originated from the spirit, they can exist past the elimination of any form, or of a corresponding material representation. Higher ideals continue to carry meaning beyond the passing of a tangible reality, as even in the absence of a basic material form, or concrete example of the virtue. A virtue can be recognized as being true over and above any empirical appearance, or an actual existence in corporeal reality. If I wish to know God’s will and enter into His Eternal Life that is given to my spirit, then I must follow His will of lasting truth and build upon my spiritual understanding. If I have only ever followed self-will by catering to the sins of selfishness by feeding material desires, then my spirit will have not be composed of God’s substance of Eternal truth and lasting goodness, and so may not withstand death into Eternity. Thus, if I live by the law of man, desiring and seeking money or material wealth, or following the drives of the ego towards selfish pursuits, then my soul will not be developed into God’s Eternal truth, of the virtues. Only by feeding the craving of my soul with God’s wisdom and goodness, by working towards spiritual progress, may I hope to exist beyond the passing of my mortal body and enter into God’s Heaven. If I have clung my whole life to material cares, and followed only self-interest, then I have not followed God’s will of serving the greater good, nor followed the path of Christ to develop my own moral goodness, love, and personal skill-set of the virtues. Only spiritual goodness is recognized by God as being worthy, based upon His judgement, for existence in His Eternity and fit for Eternal Life in His Kingdom. Thus, if I have only ever pursued material goods, or the world of the flesh, then my soul will not be of the “spiritual substance” by which it may live on past my own death.
“Truth: is Everlasting”💛💠🌈
If I follow God’s will and pursue only goodness in life, through practicing upright living and refining my intentions to be selflessly loving and serve God’s will, and not mine, as the only greatest good, then I may nurture and build up my soul by cultivating an interest in spiritual things instead of ego-driven cares. When I serve God and His abstract spiritual values of charity and altruism, as goals that do not directly benefit me, and strive for selfless love rather than my own selfish needs, then my soul is no longer imprisoned by the bondage of self, as the sins and evils that are inherent in serving my self-will. This self-will is of self-seeking and the pursuit of self-interests, and of making self-serving choices based upon fleeting sinful pleasures of the material world. When I let go of my self-will, as the drives of my ego for material satisfaction, and instead seek the higher meaning in life of serving God’s will, which as being of God can exist independently from me and my corporeal form, then I may latch onto the Eternal God instead of my own finite self. When I serve His Eternal will, my mortal soul becomes enmeshed into His Eternal wing, and rather than be bound to my own finite human potential and eventual bodily and physical death, I may live on with Him. Thus, by supplanting my will to serve myself with the will to serve God, the core of my being becomes comprised of God and the Eternal nature of His spiritual substance. With God, and not myself, as the “One will I serve,” the path that my soul will follow at my death is Eternal Life. Thus, by serving God, I may live past the fate of dust that is destined of the flesh, and instead, by the spiritual striving of my soul, I may continue to follow God to His Kingdom of Heaven and His Eternal Life.
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
Why’d you go to hell?
Curiosity killed the cat.
“No, that was Schrödinger.”
-A “Soul-Searching” Expedition.😉
…It was always for you.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“A Cartesian State of Being”🃏(wild card)
-I am… congruent to my intentions.
-I am… what drives me.
-I am… the content of my thoughts.
…Therefore, think with love!
-“I am” is, therefore I think.😉
-I am… content to the extent to which I contemplate God and not myself, with the intention of expressing my undying love to Him. I maintain this serenity bestowed by my knowledge of God through fulfilling my intention of loving Him with honest and heartfelt efforts towards praise, as my own physical demonstrations of gratitude, and with humble acts of worship and devotion.
-…in the service of the King.👑
-…Welcome aboard Humpty Hatchling!🐣
-Q+A: Who was your favorite prophet?
…I dunno, like Jay-Z maybe.😉
-What about the forbidden fruit?
…An “Apple product.”📲😉
1-3; “False Gods in Effigy of True Love”🐲
4-6; “On Rocky’s Steps: 0 x 2= 0″🔇
7-9; “Love💛is: Sympathy for the Devil”
10-12; “Ace Serves: Racketeers Miss Out”
13-15; “The Anthill Eruption”⛳️🐜🐜🐜
16-18; “Castles Made of Sand…”🚀🌊🚣
19-21; “B/C: Saintly is as Saintly does”🙏
22-24; “To Thine Own Self be True” 🎭
1-3; “Blessed be Spiritual Progress”⚒💠
4-6; “Founders Keepers: In💛, We Trust”
7-9; “Mr. E: Riches of Goodwill”❣️🚀
10-12; “Put To Goodly Purpose”🔦🗽
13-15; “The Great Seal:🌈of Approval”
17-19; “Virgil’s Virtue: Prays+Praise”📓📚
20-22; “To Get a-Head in Life…”💒😉
23; “All for One and …Godhead”🦄⚔️🛡
Revelation 18; “Goose(Golden)Egg”🐣👑
Ephesians 1; “Artist: Virtue💠💎Virtuoso”
Revelation 18Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12 the merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23 and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Ephesians 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
“Imagination: 🌳My Mental Zen Garden”
-Hope Quotes: Music of the Heart+Soul
-Almighty Artist: Instigating a Dedication
-Safe Haven: Nurturing Nature
-Roots: Intention of Love
-Gateway: Creating the Welcome
-Artistry: Crafting an Attitude
-Bird of Pray: Invitation Invictus
-Reception: A Choice and a Chosen
-Praise: Sincere Imitation of Christ
-Pure-Heart: Soul Attachment
-Nest: Providing Encouragement
-Scaffolding: Positive Reinforcer
-Sugar Plum: Pruning and Cultivation
-Zion: A Kingdom for God
“Imagination: 🌳My Mental Zen Garden”
“Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be awesome!”
“Andy: I had Mr. Mozart to keep me company…[He points and taps his head] It was in here. [And he gestures over his heart]And in here. That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you. Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?…Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so we don’t forget…that there are places in the world that aren’t made out of stone, that there’s, there’s somethin’ inside that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. It’s yours.
Red: What are you talkin’ about?
(-from “The Shawshank Redemption”)
“RED: I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.”
(-from “The Shawshank Redemption”)
“I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free. Andy Dufresne: That’s the beauty of music.”
(-from “The Shawshank Redemption”)
“Almighty Artist: Instigating a Dedication”
I often use the concept of my imagination as being like a mental zen garden, as a place wherein I may find refuge from the troubles of the world. Through the use of visual imagery and pictorial thinking, I create my own safe space, or happy place, and I retreat to this source of security when times are tough, as an ever-present fortress within my own cognition. I recede to this mental landscape within my mind’s eye, and I reside there to seek comfort, release, and shelter from the evils of the world, by using it as the platform by which I may commune with God and Jesus. This mental zen garden is the spiritual product of intentionally trying to cultivate a sense of peace and serenity within myself, so that I may find heart-rest and renew my strength, energy, and motivation to work happily and productively in my daily life. My zen garden within is to whence I retire to build up love and inspiration with God.
“Safe Haven: Nurturing Nature”☁️💫
I first found this refuge accidentally, as a natural reaction to a turbulent external environment, but I’ve found this use of my own thinking processes, as intentionally directing them towards the generation of a positive outlook, and a sense of protection and love that no one could take from me, to be an extremely effective and spiritually fruitful method for coping with challenges. As it turns out, what I craved in all my striving through life towards a sense of safety and well-being was not actually any external set of circumstances, nor some selfish achievement or attainment of some fleeting desire, but simply an internal “state of being,” wherein I could know serenity and experience the peace of mind that had always, somehow, eluded me.
“Roots: Intention of Love”❣️🌳
After spending much Time in this garden of my imagination, I find that it is only an effective source of solace by virtue of my own efforts and intentions to work towards a state of love. With the will to generate love as being the true nature and intention of God above, these efforts towards an internal sense of love and peacefulness were immediately recognized by Him, as they run in confluence with His Own almighty will, which is to love. So it was quite by accident that I first came upon the Eternal flow of God, as simply the idea of Him, within my own mental framework.
“Gateway: Creating the Welcome”🗝🚪
Through devoting much effort towards attaining a state of love, by my own mental processes exerted towards nurturing a playful imagination within, I have come to know God as a Person, Whom I may always find when I turn within to seek Him. It turns out that He smiles upon any such efforts that run within the range of His will, or any efforts towards unconditional love. In this way, by merely striving to be loving, I accidentally happened upon the Source of that love and goodwill as God Himself. Now, when I turn within, I recognize that it is God from Whom all that love originated, and that He was merely facilitating my own ability to create the love that I sought but could not find, because that was His will. It is a beautiful realization to finally know that God is not merely some amorphous Force of love, but that He is an actual Person to Whom I may turn for real and human comfort and care, just as a Father.
“Artistry: Crafting an Attitude”💠🖌🎨
Now when I turn within, to that beautiful garden that I create within my own mind, I do so knowing that God and Jesus are there, and that I may use this internal landscape of my own cognitive crafting to enjoy spending Time in Their company. It is a beautiful relief to know that any such knowledge of God, as being most purely just the will to love, is inherent within the human psyche, regardless of any prior knowledge of God or of any specific religious beliefs. I hadn’t known much of Christianity, but I knew that just to love, purely and unconditionally, simply must be the true essence of it all, of this existence. As it turns out, this truth, of the greatness of perfect and unconditional love, is in fact God’s Own personal belief, and His will.
“Bird of Pray: Invitation Invictus”🙏
Uncovering the true Artist behind my attempts at artwork and the creation of love in my life inspires me so much more acutely than just the mere belief in love. Now when I go through life, and attempt to proceed with my intention of being loving, I know that this is not just a whim or fancy or a preference, and that I am not left to my own devices to succeed in these efforts. Now I know, that my lonely heart was meant to be lonely, so that it might collide with God’s Own heart, and thus, We might complete each Other. God and I were two Souls destined for a divine collision, just as if we were two lonely atoms, Each with incomplete valence shells in Our electron clouds. To love unconditionally, as the ultimate aim in life, was my pursuit, and is indeed God’s will for us, and so in sticking to this course, the eventual crossing of Our paths was inevitable. My intention in life ran into confluence with God’s intention for me, and so He eventually revealed Himself as the Source of my perceived higher calling.
“Reception: A Choice and a Chosen”🗽
The knowledge that this striving to love is not merely my own wish, but is in fact God’s will, is extremely reassuring to me, and adds a whole new dimension to my own efforts toward this aim. Now I know that God will always help along any such efforts towards love, and I have gained the wisdom of the beauty of selfless love, as the charity that I may experience by offering my efforts to God and Jesus directly, rather than to an evil world that will only despise me for my loving nature.
“Praise: Sincere Imitation of Christ”✍🏻️🕯
When I dedicate my day’s work to God, with the intention behind my actions of demonstrating my love to Him through hard work and my exertion of efforts towards the goodness that I believe of Him, then He reciprocates with His care. By seeking to serve God’s will and not my own, I may actually experience the benefits of loving selflessly and trying to be as virtuous as I believe His will to be. Only in serving God do my efforts feel worthwhile or meaningful, in that I may perceive that some good may come of them, because God actually appreciates them. In the past, I always felt victimized, because I loved for no purpose, and I had no sense that my actions meant anything beyond simply aligning to my own moral compass, or conception of what’s right. Thus, in that mode of understanding life, it was very easy to suffer dejection or a sense of futility, because I had no idea conception of God as a real Person, to Whom I could turn for compassion and mutual understanding, and Whom I could tap into as the Source for the actual reciprocation of such love. Now, with this knowledge of God, I know for a fact that my efforts are not in vain, and so I need never succumb to negativity or sadness; basically, I know that I’m not alone in this.
“Pure-Heart: Soul Attachment”💛💠🌈
Now I can love with security and joy rather than emptiness, because I know that it’s actually being received and appreciated by God, as only He ever actually could. When I take refuge in that mental zen garden within, its serenity carries over and is infused into my external reality, because my “unfinished business,” of feeling like there was a meaning or purpose for my love, is fulfilled by God, as He intends. I can now, myself, actually take pleasure in my offerings of goodwill and experience the feeling of love that come from giving love, because I know that it pleases the Lord, and thus, brings my life full-circle. This intention, of trying to create a positive internal environment as gesture of love and an act of goodwill, when made to God, completes the incompleteness of my soul, and unites the pieces of my heart, to Him.
“Nest: Providing Encouragement”🐣
I enjoy the experience of exerting an influence if it is towards a greater good in an act of love. I have found that trying to affect a positive change in the material world around me does not necessarily result in fruitfulness that I can observe, but that when I attempt to make a change for the better upon the state of my soul, as my own ability to stand strong against life’s challenges as a stronghold of God’s love, then I may always enjoy the fruit of my labor, as the satisfaction of growth, my further development in spiritual progress, and a new and greater understanding of God and the miracles His will may bestow. I use the safe haven of my imagination as a convergence zone, or a private refuge where I may calmly seek God’s will and feel a freedom from any environmental disturbances that could ruffle my feathers. Herein I may realign myself to my understanding of God as Love, without the distraction of external vexations or the negative influences of the material plane of existence that would temp me away from God’s higher purpose and His will. At this base camp of my soul, I can pow-wow with God and Jesus, by offering Them my mind as a Temple and place to commune. Together, We share Our thoughts and prayers as a conversation within the landscape created by the unique capacity of my imagination for visuospatial thinking. I find that whenever the world gets to be too overwhelming or stressful for me, I can turn within, to the spiritual realm that exists within the plane of higher thought, and I commune with God and Jesus for heart-rest and a renewal of my motivation by the direct experience of Their love.
“Scaffolding: Positive Reinforcer”🚀✨
When I revamp my energies by first letting go of all my attachments to the material realm of the flesh, then I may allow the expanse of my spiritual roots in God, in Our secret place of the soul, to take hold of me. In this way, by nurturing my connection with God through a rich internal prayer life, I am still on solid ground when my whole world crumbles away beneath my feet. By maintaining and enhancing my dependence upon God, over and ahead of anything else, then I am safe and sound on dry land even if some other parts of my life fall by the wayside. With my love for God and His love for me, We, Together with Jesus, may enjoy the exchange of Our loving sentiments and the reciprocation of Out efforts to bolster each Other up, in the true spirit of camaraderie. It is this connectivity to each Other’s love that helps Us to face life squarely, without losing hope or faith in a greater meaning and an ultimate goodness, despite any circumstances of pain or misfortune. God alone is capable of providing such solidity, and I may enjoy the refuge of His goodwill in direct proportion to my own willingness, or receptivity, to His values of importance. When I prioritize a higher ideal, as an idea that is good to strive towards for its own sake rather than for my benefit, I will be in line with His will, or His intention for me. As a loving Father, Co-Pilot of Our vessel, and my constant Companion through thick and thin, He only wants the best for me. God only ever wants the best for any child, but the decision to choose God’s will, which entails an act of love and faith, to trust Him without insisting upon knowing His specific plan for me, is my choice alone, and so I am the only one who can ever ultimately decide my own destiny. I find great strength in constantly making the conscious effort to choose God’s love.
“Sugar Plum:🌸Pruning and Cultivation”
In the freedom of my own imagination, I may lean upon God and Jesus to be the Targets that I require for my deep-seated need to express and demonstrate love. Furthermore, I can rely upon Their reciprocation, as God’s agápē, to help direct my own spectrum of emotional energy into a single-pointed focus, and winnow my perceptions down to just my understanding of God, and thus attain a singleness of vision with His Almighty will. When We have Our intentions oriented in the same direction by my obeisance to Him, then I may enjoy the psychological “flow state” of serenity from fulfilling my purpose according to His will for me. God’s will is only ever perfect love, beyond my ability of comprehension from within the boundaries of my mortal soul, which exists within the confines of this present moment. God’s infinite, loving wisdom understands His vast Eternity all at once and in its entirety, and so He can lead me on a path of goodness that I, as a human, cannot see. God’s Infinity extends beyond the scope and understanding of my own vision, which is limited, by my mortality and human, corporeal nature, to the confines of time and space. Only by God’s will or in Heaven above may one grasp the complexities of God’s design as He does. While I am still living on Earth, my virtues are developed and cultivated by first loving and trusting God, in an ongoing process of strengthening this relationship by relying upon Him guide me righteously. I may follow God to develop the virtues as my own personal skill-set of spiritual tools, and may view all of life’s challenges as merely opportunities to practice these strengths, and as the stones by which to sharpen my moral acuity and faith in God. I may wish to view myself as a side-kick to His heroic handiwork, and Together We may enjoy the fruits of Our garden, as the jewels of wisdom and blossoms of love that pave His path of upright living, for the glory of God, all the way to Heaven above.
“Zion: A Kingdom for God”💭💎🏰
The eye of my mind is my entryway to the moral path of living that I must follow, as the flow of goodness that is God’s will, if I wish to arrive at His Kingdom in the afterlife. My only ultimate source of joy is to know that my work is acceptable in His sight, and this positive reinforcement, from God Himself, is the divine spiritual nourishment that will sustain me when the material world and other resources fail me, as in fact, the material world is meant to forsake me, so that God can be my Savior. As the fleeting and selfish desires of my ego’s instincts and fleshly cravings are whittled away from my garden, through the ongoing process of choosing God’s will and not mine at each impasse or opportunity of temptation, I may free my psyche from the weeds and shackles of self-will, and enjoy the ripeness and joy of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, as my own personal array of character assets and virtues, of God’s intentions of goodness. In practicing applying the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and seeking the altruist goodness of God Himself before anything else, I may reap the harvest of God’s love and insight, through the spiritual abundance of His will.
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-I got the idea of a “mental zen garden” from Tweak on “South Park.” (Lol!😄)
💐”A Spiritual Lifestyle”🌱
-The reward is the path itself, as the process of living based upon spiritual principles is God’s loving purpose for me.
-“Looky looky, I’ve got Hookie.”
-It’s only real, true love if it’s for everyone. If you do not have love for all of God’s children, even the “lost boys,” then you do not know love, nor do you know God. God’s will is only unconditional, true love.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“H.O.W.: Humility, Patience, Labor”⚒💎
(Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness)
-“Willingness to go to any lengths” for a spiritual experience, or to do God’s will, could be interpreted as the willingness to try my hardest and give my best efforts, by putting in “labor” and hard work.
-…or to go to any lengths in the name of God to retrieve a stray lamb, or a lost soul.
-God can do literally anything and cure any ailment in an instant, and so I ought never to worry over whether or not a problem can be solved. In facing any sort of hardship, I can take comfort my knowledge of His will and power to love, and see it merely as a juncture, or an opportunity, wherein I must choose for myself, as a show of good faith, to believe that God will step in to save me when the Time is right. With this right use of faith I can just focus on the main point of the challenge, which is to strengthen my own ability to trust God unconditionally, and to develop the patience and fortitude to persist through the problem to learn the lesson of a virtue that He intends for me.
-“The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.” (-William Shakespeare, via “For Today,” p. 288)
1-3: “Blankets+Coco If Thou Seeketh…”☕️
4-6; “Goodwill: Great Wave of Relief “🌊
7-9; “Communion: Full Discourse Meal”🍒
10-12; “Every Color of Crayola”🌈🖍
13-15; “Soften a Sharp Tongue”💋⚔️🦄
16-18; “Sustenance to All of Life”🌳🍒🕊
19-21; “Big Bird: Open Sesame St.”👼🐣
1-3; “Truth+Clarity:🔮God is Revealing All”
4-6; “God’s Will: That’ll do 🐷, That’ll do.”
7-9; “Honesty is a Real Policy”☁️👑⛅️
10-12; “God’s Truth Precludes Fear”💛💠
13-15; “Good: is not Material Goods”💝
16-18; “Not to Rest on Our Laurels”📚
19-21; “Virtue is in the Daily Practice”⚒
22-24; “Thought Matter: Selfless Virtues”
25-27; “Thy Will…😉b/c God does it Best”
28-30; “Faith as a Soul Provider”🕯🏳️🌈
31-33; “Seek God Directly to Eternal 💎”
34-36; “Spiritual Value: 💠💭Ode to God”
37-39; “Vigilant Moral Mindfulness”🙇♀️
40-42; “Man is a Temple of God”⚒🏰
43-45; “Glory in the Work of Faith”🎉
46-48; “Intention: Aligning to Goodwill”⚖️
49-51; “New Life: Prune the Excess”🌱🌸
52-54; “All Quiet on the Western Affront”
55-57; “Earth Mother: Visibly Shaken”🍼
58-59; “Spock’s🖖: Speck of Truth”👙😉
Revelation 19; “Iron Man💛Shining Armor”
Luke 12; “God’s Will:😇Your Best Interest”
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.
Luke 12Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
12 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. 4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. 8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 but he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12 for the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. 14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, andbe merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thoufool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36 and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find themso, blessed are those servants. 39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 the lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 for from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.
“In His Majesty’s Secret Service: A Bond and the Great Escape Route” 🎰☄️
-Hope Quotes Float: God’s Will and a Way
-Doorway: Open Sesame
-Willingness: Bestows a Key
-Attitude: Latched on to Unlatch
-Alignment: Swing Low Sweet Hinge
-Escape Hatch: Lucky Charms
-Follow Your Heart-Felt a Change
-Sign-Language Unsealed Deliverance
-From Flambé to Cherries Jubilee
-1 Corinthians 13: These Three…
“In His Majesty’s Secret Service: A Bond and the Great Escape Route”🎰☄️
“God’s will, not mine, be done.”
“Where there’s a “Step 3,” there’s a way.”
“Through God, all things are possible.”
“Doorway: Open Sesame”💭🚪✍🏻️
I find great solace in the process of working towards a solution, and in fact, merely taking part in the problem-solving process is an effective method of coping and dealing responsibly with any of life’s challenges. When I make the conscious decision to believe in God’s solution for me, a wondrous and alchemical sort of change occurs in the very constitution of my being, as the spirit of the Universe recognizes and heeds this calling of my soul, and responds with loving guidance. The decision to choose God’s will is a choice that only I can make for myself, but when I seek Him, His essence will infiltrate and alter the very nature of my being. When I seek God’s will of unconditional love, beyond all comprehension, that love is grafted within me through the inborn seed of His divine planting. When I seek God’s care by seeking His will, the love that He intends for me receives a spark of life. God’s love is implanted as a seed within my soul, but if I wish for it to take root and actually grow and manifest, then I must consciously accept His gift and nurture that love within myself. God’s love does not occur by happenstance or without my desire for Him and my cooperation with His guidance for me. If I wish to develop God’s gifts within myself and choose to seek Him as love, then my entire perception of the world changes as a result of my acceptance of Him, as He reciprocates by His presence within me. As I venture out of the confines of my own ego and the selfish desire to play the hero role of God, I may humbly open myself up to Him, with His will to love and care for me, as my Savior. God exists inherently within each soul, as a choice or an option. If I acknowledge Him, accept His love, and actively seek Him, God will manifest, and make His will and love known to my heart. I found that the very act of loving, when coinciding with the faith of loving without knowing, opened a portal within my heart and soul, from whence emerged God. The decision to choose to believe in love when I am shown only hate, and to choose to give love to that which is evil or that which I do not understand, is evidence of true faith, as the belief that God is love, and that God’s love always conquers all evils. When I act with the faith that if I make a stand for love in the face of evil, then God will see me through, then this hope strikes a chord with God’s will, and He swoops in. God is true to His Word, and will always act as loving, Eternal, and strong to save.
“Willingness: Bestows a Key”🛎🗝
When I endorse the spiritual principle of willingness, as the willingness to go to any lengths, with hard work, persistent effort, and diligent labor, then I provide the action necessary to manifest my faith, which is necessary to follow in the path of Christ, because “faith without works is dead.” Only by putting in the footwork and trying my hardest to fulfill God’s will can I hope to meet His requirements of “meeting Him halfway.” God does not expect me to succeed, as He knows that as a human I am powerless, but God does expect me to demonstrate my faith by acting upon the belief that if I try my hardest to do what’s right, He will step in to finish the job. God fully expects me to fail in an undertaking of His will, and once my full efforts are exerted and my personal resources are entirely depleted, He smiles upon me, for a job well done, and meets me halfway by doing His job, which is to provide the outcome and His desired form of success. My job, as a child of God, is to provide the work to arrive at the solution, and not the actual solution. My job is to learn to be selfless by giving a righteous endeavor my all, as sacrificing every ounce of my soul in the interest of the greater good, of God’s will. God’s will is unconditional love for all, and so in upholding this value above any concern for myself or my own well-being, I may actually come to know His care. To accept anything less than perfect love for all as a goal worth striving towards would entail the eventual victory of evil or hatred, as this impurity would filter through any attempts towards good and poison all efforts towards God’s perfection of love. Thus, only by making the conscious decision to love unconditionally, and also to love selflessly, would the true nature of goodness be realized. If this necessary and unique combination of factors, as the ingredients of God’s will, is demonstrated in a real life scenario by an action of sacrifice with the intention of God’s love, then the correct understanding of God converges with the fulfillment of His will, and so true to His covenant, God emerges. When this potential to enact God’s will is actuated, His promise “clicks into place,” like a key in a lock, thus bringing forth the actual presence of Almighty God into this world and at this Time, as empirical reality.
“Attitude: Latched on to Unlatch”💘🍼💦
With the proper understanding of God to serve as my target of hope, or the aim and goal that determines my trajectory and path through any sort of problem, I provide the attitude and mentality that determine the eventual actual outcome. “Seek and tell shall find,” and in this way I play an active role in the crafting of my own destiny, as laying the groundwork for a sort of self-fulfilling prophesy. My biases and expectations play a direct role in my subjective experience of reality, and my beliefs and appraisals will serve to influence and dictate the choices that I make. In this way, with the path I take in life as being determined by the choices that I make, which are influenced by the beliefs that I hold deal, then my belief is what sets the actual course ahead of me. If I cling to a belief of hope, as an optimistic expectation, this ensures my eventual arrival at an optimistic outcome, provided that I act in accordance to this hopeful attitude. When my attitude is oriented towards my hope of God’s perfect love, this gives me the courage and motivation to put in the effort and footwork to see this desire through to its completion. I need to rely upon my beliefs and hope as a source of guidance and as the reservoir of virtue and goodness from which to draw strength. My hope is simply an intentional belief, as merely an idea, to which I may cling in tough times and difficulties, that acts as my compass. When I am presented with an obstacle and I don’t know what to do, I turn to my belief in God, and use this as the hope to guide my behavior. Hope is application is much like a compass rose, and shows me the direction towards which I ought to aim my efforts, as if towards that hope as my destination. In this way, hope is an aim, and a necessary component to finding my way in life along the path of God’s will, as the path that Jesus laid out for us as God’s children in His teachings of the Gospel. When I latch onto this understanding of God and His perfection of love to serve as my hope, my lodestar, and my point of focus, then my mind is directed towards the eventuality of that hope, for as long as I cling to it and follow it. When I follow that hope through with persistent labor, as the followthrough of hard work by the action of faith, then I will arrive at the destination preset by my hope. As long as I mentally focus my thoughts upon that hope and fuel that fire of my faith, I will remain on course and in alignment with God’s will.
“Alignment: Swing Low Sweet Hinge”💌
Hope is not a gift, and I must deliberately choose to think hopeful thoughts when I have the opportunity to be discouraged. I must use the spiritual tool of my “charity,” as the “intentions” that fuel my efforts towards my hope, and encourage my own efforts and power my willingness to forge ahead. I receive fuel to power my efforts of faith from the virtue of my intentions, as being of charity, and I provide the intention of selfless love actively in my thoughts by exalting God, with praises of how He would never let me down as long as I keep trying, and by professing the extent of my love for Him. This positive and loving style of thinking, of being consumed by a focus upon my love for God, is like my mojo, and is the mindset that helps keep me going, so that, by God’s will of this true love, I may continue working past the pain and eventually overcome the difficulty, to actually arrive upon His divine solution. My own expressions of love and devotion, as my will directed towards the virtue of “caritas,” “charity,” or “agápë,” dictate that my efforts will take the form of this love. When my intentions fall into line with God’s own will, which is in fact this same charity and selfless love, then literally anything is possible, as the force at work is God’s pure will and so is beyond limit. Whenever I feel low, depleted, or lacking in motivation, I know how to renew my inspiration my reaffirming my aim of “God’s will, not mine, be done,” and “if it be Thy will.” I complement these little efforts at realignment towards the right goal with the necessary offering of my own goodwill to this effort by expressing to God, in my thoughts, that I love Him. This ongoing dialogue, communion, and line of communication, is my connection to God and Jesus, which They will use to reel me into Them as Their act of saving grace. As long as my sights are set upon my hope of God, powered by my intention of love, and fulfilled by the footwork of faith, this combination will never steer me wrong, and will unlock God’s will and ability to perform miracles for me in my own life.
“Escape Hatch: Lucky Charms”🍀🎈
As it turns out, like a key in a lock, this internal recipe of factors, of hope, faith, and charity, or selfless love for God, is the necessary and perfect combination to overcome literally any challenge in life. However, far from being the easy street, this unfailing solution is the deliberate choice of the path of greatest hardship, as the one that entails the most possible effort and hard work on my part, and the most dedicated thoroughness in seeking only the best of God’s will, of pure love. When exert my own will as charity, as my own choice to believe that only the best is in store for me if I follow God’s will in the path of altruism, then I am a child of God. This reciprocation of His goodwill lays the foundation, of unconditional trust in God, that enables me to lean upon Him, as my idea of Him, in literally any situation, no matter how dire. With such a solid and firmly held belief as this, my attitude may be bolstered, and my driving force, or intention, may be refined enough towards His own purity of heart for God to find the solid ground of truth, trust, and love in my hopeful expectations. By actually living up to my beliefs and literally relying upon my faith and working off of it as if bedrock, by treating God’s grace as a known fact, then I will have laid the framework through which God may fulfill His loving will to serve as my Savior. Thus, my own works of faith are necessary for God to bring my hope of Him into actual fruition, so He may deliver as truth His promise of salvation.
“Follow Your Heart-Felt💠💛🌈a Change”
There is no earthly comparison to the feeling of God’s love. The only way that one may experience God’s love is by instigating a relationships with God oneself, as the perfection of God’s love, as agápē, only ever comes directly from God. I will only ever know God’s love by taking the initiative to make the first move, or by offering my love to God while still having no direct knowledge of Him nor any personal evidence that His will is loving. The greatest gift to God is to give out love for literally no reason, and to no greater purpose other than for its own sake. This altruistic love is God’s Own love, and is a worthy goal in His eyes because it is still valuable in the absence of any results or outcomes in the physical, material realm. In this way, this type of ideal, as selfless love or altruism, is of the spiritual realm and so is a virtue leading to Eternal Life. When one builds upon selfless virtues, as being worthy goals and ideals irrespective of correlating to any material or worldly gains, then one builds upon God’s spiritual substance which lasts beyond corporeal loss or bodily death and into His Eternity. Thus, if my strivings while on Earth are spiritual in nature, as aiming towards altruism and selfless love and goodness, then the composition of my spirit, and the true nature of my soul, will be composed of Eternal matter, and so it will be capable survival all the way into God’s Kingdom.
When I consciously choose to let God into my life, by intentionally offering my love to Him directly and seeking to follow His will and let go of my own selfish nature, then He will reciprocate that love and provide guidance according to His will for me. This means that I must humble myself to accept that He truly loves me no matter what, and that my own opinion of myself is irrelevant. With this knowledge that I am exactly as I am meant to be at this moment, as merely human and so divinely designed to be powerless and imperfect, then I can make an honest moral inventory of my shortcomings, sins, and defects of character. These flaws are intentionally placed within me by God’s Own design. I cannot ever be finished or perfect if I wish to live by God’s will of spiritual progress for the length of His Eternity, and furthermore, if one ever thought that one was perfect, then there would be no room for God in that one’s life, which would make that one evil by God’s absence. In actuality, my own points of weakness are God’s points of entry, and as being the sources of distress in my life, these flaws, or defects of character, allow Him the access point by which He may step in to demonstrate His ability to care for me. These weak spots are necessary, in that they necessitate my need for God, and so lead me to seek Him. Without seeking God in my life, its actual significance, as His intended purpose for me, would remain a mystery. The point of my life is really whatever God decides at that moment, and so I must maintain my connection to Him if I wish to experience His omnipresent but ever-evolving will. The greatest fact of life is God’s Own love for me, and so my faults are blessed as they lead me to seek His loving salvation.
“From Flambé to Cherries Jubilee”❣️🍒
Life is a celebration. Realizing this fact, that we are only here because our presence brings joy to the Lord, inspires me towards humility and bestows the desire to express my gratitude by showing Him how happy I am with His wonderful gifts. God would never let anything bad happen to us, and wishes for us to make proper use of our autonomy and free-will by surrendering to His will and desire to provide for us. When I think about all that God has done for us, and recognize that, “of course,” He wants us to be happy, I am filled with the God-given desire to live as He means for me by following His upright path of moral goodness to His ultimate intention for us, of Eternal Life with Him, existing Together as His Family in His Kingdom of Heaven. God’s will for any of us, no matter what the extent of the sin committed, would only ever be for us to accept His path of repentance and redemption, and to follow Him in a lifestyle of righteousness. In founding my life upon the knowledge of God as the pure perfection of love, I may pursue progress and spiritual development in His name, and thus enjoy the good living, clean conscience, and freedom from fear that is entailed by hard work, a wholesome pattern of living, and righteous intentions. When my mind, body, and spirit are all in alignment and centered around my soul, I may find sustenance from my lifeline of “God Consciousness” by occupying my thought life with perpetual prayer to God. “Seek and ye shall find,” and so with righteous striving, God and His love will find a way. There is no obstacle that cannot be overcome, and there is nothing in existence that cannot be surmounted, when I seek love by God’s will, not mine.
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-1 Corinthians 13; “Hope, Faith, Love”⛲️
-The “Undeadly” Combination.🔏🌳(Life!)
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.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
♠️”3 of a Kind: Nice Set”🃏🃏🃏(wild)
“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” (-Victor Hugo, via “For Today,” p. 289)
-“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” -Victor Hugo
-“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo
-“To love another person is to see the face of God.” -Victor Hugo
-Les Misérables: “He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.” -Victor Hugo
-“There is no misfortune that loving God won’t fix! Loving God, somehow or💋another, always solves all my problems.”
-Jesus, stop being a bad influence! lol!😜
-I guess that’s why “Bird is the Word.”
-Well, if you can’t laugh at yourself…
-“I’m still learning how to take a joke.”
-You still need to learn how to tell one!😉
-OK, here goes:
-“So which of the holy Trinity are you?
…I dunno, I guess the “retarded dog.'”👻
💿”Sterling Record:🅰️High Marks”
-After a certain childhood “home address,” hell was really “no big deal.”♣️♦️♥️♠️
-Merely the choice of a lofty ideal towards which to work, like unconditional love, altruism, forgiveness, mercy, gratitude, patience, or tolerance, is empowering enough to work a little magic into my mind, and steady and soften my thoughts in preparation for God’s alley-oop, to step in and “seal the deal” with His slam dunk.
-“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
-“Amazing Grace” by John Newton
1-3; “Song Stuck in my Head: ‘Tis the 🎄”
4-6; “1st: Awakened⏳Second to Spare”
7-9; “Consumed by Emotion”🏓🔥😡
10-12; “Ghostbusters Diaries:🕊No Lie.”
13-15: “Bermuda’s Triangle:💠Must Read”
1-3; “Pitch in: Footwork of Faith”✨🗻
4-6 “Deep River: Tap the Source”🌊✍🏻️💦
7-9; “Vantage Point:🌤Lemonade Stands”
10-12; “Make:🍋🍋+Fellowship Scaffold”
13-15; “Foible to Forte:⛓Reel in Refuge”
16; “As it was in the Days of Noah…”🛬
Revelation 20; “🎶But Now Am Found”😉
Exodus 17; “The Rock is Smitten”💋🌊
Revelation 20Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Exodus 17Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
17 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord? 3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? 4 And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. 5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: 16 for he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
“Sunday Best: Conception🕊Interception”
-Nursery: Rhymes and Reason
-Meditative Focus: Intention to Love
-Prayer: Undivided Attention
-Interoception: God Within
-6th Sense: I See-Through
-Conception: Thought Life
-Inner Child: of God
-Secret Santa Ana: Pollyanna Mana
“Sunday Best: Conception🕊Interception”
“Nursery: Rhymes and Reason”✝️
“…Catch a Tiger by the toe, if He hollers let Him go, eenie meanie miney mo’…
My mother said to pick the very best One, and You are It!”💛 (-💠Eye of the Tiger)
“Meditative Focus: Intention to Love”🏹💛
When I start my day, I do so each morning with fresh eyes, and a brand new outlook. The first thing I do is recognize my utter powerlessness and need for the presence of God. I come to Him to pray in the morning with the understanding that, ultimately, God is all I really need, and He is always with me if I direct the focus of my thoughts and mind to seek Him. I humbly offer myself to Him, because I know that He is all-loving and all-powerful, and that He created me as His child to come to rely upon Him as a Father. As part of His creation, of course God loves me and wants me to be happy, and so I try to honor Him and His goodwill by expressing my gratitude and appreciation. When I approach God, I try to be as respectful and deferential as possible. This means that I assume only the best of His intentions, and humbly accept His will to love me. I try not to let my own ego color or limit the extent of His love or the magnitude of His power as Almighty God. I come to Him recognizing His will to take care of me, and I offer Him my praises. When I properly relate myself to God, I see that but for Him and through Him, I am nothing, and that all power only ever comes from Him. I am filled with awe to behold such a Force as His that wills for nothing more than to love and provide for me in ways beyond my understanding. I try to focus in upon His glory of goodness with prayerful expressions of exaltation, and I let His reciprocation overwhelm me, filling me with a sense of being blessed beyond any measure or comprehension. This holy exhilaration, bestowed only by the love of God Himself, is my inspiration. I remain on my knees before His altar until I have thoroughly vanquished my own ego and willfulness, and become sufficiently prepared to perform His will and not mine. I wait patiently with God and Jesus in this process of surrendering my will, until I am cleansed and relieved of any of my own self-serving intentions, and desire instead only to follow wherever God may lead me throughout the day. I remain in a state of prayer and meditation to fasten and secure my lifeline of this connection to God and Jesus, which is Our line of communication and the dialogue of Our communion. I do not arise until I am overcome with my own sense of devotion to God, and can honestly profess to Him, “If Thy presence will not go with me, carry me not from this place!” (Exodus 33:15).
“Prayer: Undivided Attention” 💭🕯
The single most defining feature of prayer is that it is not meant to ever be complete. If my prayer up to God, as the expression of my thoughts, feelings, struggles, and intentions, feels thoroughly aired out, then that is my cue to turn to Him and listen. A prayer-life entails a conversation and an ongoing dialogue. When I pray correctly, I do not pray for myself or for my own wants, but rather, I pray to be cleansed of my selfishness and sinful wants, so that I may be more as God would have me. God’s will is selfless love and altruism, and I pray for God to show me His will so that I may follow Him and serve the greater good, rather than the limited and finite needs of my own self. I pray for His help to grow to be better suited to perform His will instead of mine, and so I ask for willingness to follow Him instead of my own self-centered impulses, and I pray for continued spiritual development towards various and specific virtues, so that I may be more useful to Him and His purposes. I ask for God to guide me in the path of spiritual progress so that I may continue to improve towards His Eternal vision for me. I align my will along my desire to please God, and to be evermore acceptable in His sight, and only in His sight. I recognize my personal weaknesses and defects of character, and ask for God to help me to work through them, and to rely upon both Him and Jesus so that We may overcome them Together. I always try to reaffirm the main point of my prayers, which I understand to be merely the opportunity to be in the presence of God. This blessing, of the personal knowledge of God and sense of Oneness with Him, is a divine love so tangible and intense that it is physically palpable, like a “rapture” to be maintained while still here on Earth. I keep this knowledge and sense of God within me at all times, as a line of thought that is always nurtured and expanded upon. This perpetual prayer and ongoing dialogue with God and Jesus becomes stronger and more rewarding the longer I cultivate Our connection, and leads to an entirely new and different state of awareness that is known as “Christ Consciousness,” or “God Consciousness.” By keeping the idea of God ever-present in my mind, I am capable of receiving His responses, and become specially primed, or tuned, to perceive His will for me in various form of love, and as myriad challenges by which I may achieve the spiritual progress and growth that He desires for me. In this way, I may come to know His will to love me as His solution and my salvation, as when He finally steps in to reward my faith and effort by revealing the truth of His mystery, as a miracle of love. It is always such a wondrous moment when I finally see His solution to whatever hardship I may have been experiencing, and learn some new jewel of wisdom and understanding. My whole perception of the world and of life is always enhanced by the further expansion of my knowledge of God, through learning a new facet of His will by working Together to overcome challenges with His lessons.
“Interoception: God Within”🔎💠
The perseverance to work diligently towards my hope, or idea, of God is the faithful action necessary to transform my perception of a problem, by the miracle of God, into the fact of a blessing in disguise. When I pray at a Time of difficulty, I do not pray for a solution, but rather, I pray for His loving presence to remain with me. I just ask God to please not leave me, and I seek comfort in my knowledge of being with Him. I ask that He guide me along the path and flow of the goodness of His will, and in following His goodness directly, We always end up happening upon a solution. I know that what I really need is never actually any sort of physical or material circumstance relating to my situation in life, but rather, my true need is just to feel my understanding of God as the loving Father and Almighty Eternal Companion that He wishes to me for me. God is loving and He only wants the best for me, and so I can feel safe in knowing that if I seek Him directly, before any other sort of desire, outcome, or solution, I will always arrive at the best solution anyway, as an aftereffect of His true will, to love. God only ever wills the very best of love for any of His children, and so the proper approach to handle any of life’s challenges is always to consult God in all matters before acting, and to seek Him swiftly and straightaway. God must come first in my thoughts if I wish to give Him the proper respect, and I try to seek Him to the exclusion of any other pursuits. I will experience the joy of life and the loving care of God’s miracles to the extent that I seek to follow His will only, and latch only onto my desire for Him without any other thought, priority, goal, or incentive ever coming between Us. This wonder or awe, as a sense of reverent adoration and complete and utter reliance upon God and upon nothing else, is what it means to be a true child of God and to live as He intends, in the faith of Christ’s path. God’s will is vast and multifaceted, within the root, or umbrella, of unconditional love, and so His will may take on the multidimensional beauty of any of the various virtues, all of which are forms of love within the vast reservoir of His will.
“6th Sense: I See-Through”💠🐯👓
With my own perceptions finely-tuned by my desire to show my love to God, as the guiding intention behind any and all of my endeavors, then this singleness of vision, of my focus directed only into my idea of God, allows Him to actively filter and sieve all of my cognitions so that I may derive the most joy from my experience of life. I try to “seek God” by putting Him first in my thoughts, as in the forefront of my mind, so that I may then actually proceed to “see God,” and thus follow His will. I try to live life through the rose-tinted lenses of my knowledge of God so that I may lean upon Him and use His Own understanding to fulfill His will for me, and thus, I may make the right choices, abide by the right path, and live by the right actions. Only through God is anything possible, and I try to infuse this reverence into my attitude, to help inspire a sense of gratitude, and to establish a point of reference and locus of control, or “command center” within my thoughts. Whenever I return to this innate and internal understanding, the divine “extra-sense” of the perception of God, merely by offering my love and my life to Him in my thoughts, my whole outlook upon life is resituated according to His will, and so it suddenly carries all the beauty of the divine. Any intentional expressions of my mind, as my heart and soul, directed towards God in an offering of my love to Him, serve as a key to unlock the potential of His will, as this offering is the reflection, or a mirror image, of His Own true will towards me. By my own efforts to make the first move and initiate a relationship with God, by offering Him my own soul in an act of devotion made purely out of love for Him, to break the ice, I have provided the “open sesame,” or the correct and true combination of necessary factors, of the selfless love for God and the fulfillment of corresponding works of faith, to open the portal by which God may enter my life.
As I allow the constant exchange of love, thoughts, sentiments, and perceptions between myself, God, and Jesus, to guide my state of mind and determine the nature of my being and experiences, then my empirical reality is no longer bound by the laws of nature, physics, or logic, and I may actually be receptive to God’s limitless potential. I try to let my understanding of what’s real rest only in my own internal perception of God, as the idea of Him within my mind. In connecting my self and my soul to Him by the power and freedom of my imagination, He may take hold of me and actually play the role of God, by blessing me with His presence, showing me His guidance, and working His miracles as I abide within His loving will. My thoughts must be oriented towards my idea of God at all times, and I must be willing to quiet my own mind with meditative training to be able to listen for Him, and actually see and hear His guidance. To pray to God rightly is to humbly admit my own powerlessness and to respectfully seek His will for me instead of my own. Thus, meditation is necessary, because if I pray for guidance, I must then sit and wait to actually listen for it. If I wish to actually receive knowledge of God’s will and the blessing of His love, then I will of course be willing to work for it, and offer Him my persistent efforts to show that I truly do love and cherish Him. God may reciprocate and offer guidance in any number of ways, including divinely intervening upon my mind to inspire and direct my own thoughts and ideas. If I truly love God, I will take pleasure in the opportunity to prove it with the sacrifice of my own self-seeking and selfish interests, and with displays of vigorous efforts towards displaying virtue of character in times of hardship, pain, or suffering. The beauty of my love for God is that I can always interpret life’s struggles as a chance to dedicate my efforts to God, in performing them with the intention of loving Him; the harder I try and the more challenging the task is, the better will be my demonstration of love, as the work required for the display of true faith. God takes offerings of love seriously, and He smiles upon such acts in His Own way.
“Conception: Thought Life”🌐💠🌎
There is a gateway to the Kingdom of God innate within the soul of every living being, as the Eye of Providence that He has planted within each of us. It is my job to practice God’s Own will and to emulate His perfect and unconditional love in the face of any sort of evil or hatred, and to rely upon my faith in the power of His love to overcome all evils in accordance to His promise and His Word. When I am presented with evil, temptation, or sin, I am to choose to act on my faith and stick to my belief that God’s will is only ever perfect and unconditional love, and that this all-inclusive and infinitely expansive love will inevitably overcome any evil, by nature of it being the will of God Almighty. This, it is my responsibility to be a steward of the Lord and dispel any fears with my own affirmation of the power of God as the perfection of true, unconditional love. With my steadfast belief in this, the true nature of God, I am equipped to meet any challenge and overcome it by God’s love. God is all-powerful, all-loving, and true, and so I ought never to turn in fear from anything, but rather, I ought to turn to God for the strength to face down that evil, danger, or fear in His name, knowing that His love, and only His, must inevitably conquer all that is not unconditional love.
“Inner Child: of God”🐣👑
In nurturing the child of God within me, I will find Eternal and infinitely evolving beauty and meaning in life, such that it unfolds in some marvelous new dimension at each new turn. I forge humbly ahead, hand in hand with God and Jesus, through the twisting convolutions of my mental landscape, and We use this power of the imagination to intentionally infuse deeper spiritual, or ideal-driven and virtue-based, meaning into my perspective of life. With this spirituality-based interpretation of existence, I may be privy to God’s Own outlook and understand what is valuable and worthwhile in His Eyes, and so I may actually receive His vision to know the true meaning of life. In elevating my thought-plane to the spiritual level wherein God resides, my perceptions of my self and my surrounding environment undergo drastic alterations. This new state of being, of living within the thought-plane of virtuosic ideals and altruistic love, which is the higher consciousness of God’s Own spiritual level of being, constitutes a spiritual awakening. This new spiritual and God-focused approach to life bestows a unique and personal revelation of God to each individual, and ushers in the dawning of God’s golden age of enlightenment.
“Secret Santa Ana: Pollyanna Mana”🕊
In recognizing my life as being ultimately contingent upon God’s grace and love for me, as upon our Heavenly Father Almighty and upon nothing else, I may live as a Co-Creator in cooperation with Him, and play an active role in manifesting my destiny. My relationship with God is a beautiful and unique interaction, and so His response to me will change along with alterations to my thoughts of Him, just as my approach and considerations of Him will change in the process of navigating this life’s path. I may find that if I express and follow an interest in any material, selfish, and non-spiritual matters, as those that are based upon self-serving interests, then I will not know God, nor His perfection of love, nor will I have followed His will. If instead of following my own selfish motives I follow God’s will, as being motivated by the desire to please the Lord for His Own sake or to uphold an ideal of virtue or a greater good, as one that is worthy apart from any connection to my own self, then I will know the divine and unconditional love of God. As I linger within God’s will and abide by my own sense of His presence, which is merely the idea of Him within my own mind, I find that I am carried through life within the harmony and synchronicity of God’s guiding Force and the unabated flow of His will, of love and goodwill to all.
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-🗣”Be Still and Listen.”👥
-I may have the blessing of “caritas” by my nature, but that’s about my only virtue. I need to rely upon God in order to realize any of my potential for higher goodness.
-The greatest realization of the human potential is merely to love all living things.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“My Sunday Best”💒💛🕊
My “Sunday best” is the outward effect of glistening white linen that is only come of a rich internal spiritual life and a nurtured state of my soul, as outfitted meticulously to be loving, pure-hearted, and true to God’s will, wearing life as a loose garment.
-“How shall we expect charity toward others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves?” (Sir Thomas Browne, via “For Today,” p. 290)
“One Love (Or Two…✝️)”
-Sometimes thinking about God Himself is far more comforting than seeking His will.
-“…Anything for You!”😘😍
1-3; “Homecoming: Abode Abides”🛎🎈
4-6; “Watch⏱Time Fly a Pilot Pen”🖋⛲️
7-9; “Fort-a’Tude🗽1st: Outta the Matrix”
10-12; “Precious:💍Seal of the Spirit”💌
13-15; “Gold Ruler:👼12 Stairs to Heaven”
16-18; “Lodged Masonic Pyramid”💛☄️
19-21; “Yellow Brick:🌈Main Line to…”💫
22-24; “Faith: Foundation Father” 🙏🏰
25-27; “Imaginationland: Hot 🗡Through”
2 Timothy 3:
1-3; “Indie Whips a Backlash: Wonder”💞
5-6; “Pearls are of Wisdom”⚒💭💎
7-9; “Smug of Fear:🗜Clouded Mind”🌆
10-12; “Marilyn Monroe Doctrine”📖🏳️🌈
13-15; “Child of:✝️God-Sense Within”
16-17; “Taking Causes as Effects”☀️🛌🌹
Revelation 21; “Eyes Wide Shutters📸” 💠
2 Timothy 3; “InSpired💒Delivered Anew”
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.
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.
“Sugar Plum’s🍒Soul Food:💛Intentions”
-The Force: Guiding Intention
-Cling-On: The Rock Steady
-Silver Linings: Dejà Game Plan
-Play Book: Up Pops Life’s Pages
-Reanimator: Infuse Imagination
“Sugar Plum’s🍒Soul Food:💛Intentions”
🎶Inspiration: “Walk On The Wild Side”
(A Song by Lou Reed)
“The Force: Guiding💛Intention”🕯🌬🎨
I find that my experience of life is dictated by my interaction with God and Jesus, and that whatever I bring to the table, as my contribution to Our relationship, will influence my the nature of my existence. When I take the role of being loving and come to Them with my own intentions of pure and unconditional love, then They may accept and manifest my pure-hearted offering and make use Their infinite power. God is sort of like an omnipotent maestro or conductor for my own driving force, and that energy, as the intention or motive behind any of my endeavors, is what I bring to Our relationship. My intention, or my offering, is meant to be virtuous, as it is magnified by the all-powerful nature of His being. When I come to God, I do so by humbly offering Him my self and my will. I must be careful to bring to God only the best possible intentions of unconditional love for everyone without exception, or I will find His power magnifying the impurity in my intention, and I may suffer the brunt of my own misalignment to His goodwill. Even if I do not have the perfect present state of being, by feeling angry or sad, as long as I uphold firmly the higher ideal of perfect love as my aim and priority, then God’s ability to actualize this goal will make use of my higher intention and provide the means of conveyance for my driving force, impetus, or reason. I am to focus my efforts upon refining the purity and goodness of my intentions, which are like fuel, and He will see to the destination. I am to provide the reason, or the intention of being loving and of providing happiness and benefit to all beings as the “why” behind any of my thoughts and actions, and I am to let God’s Almighty goodwill be the “how,” because through His will any and all things are possible, beyond human powers of explanation. God’s infinite and unlimited potential is the exact definition of His power to perform miracles. God, by definition of being omnipotent, doesn’t need to adhere to the laws of reason or physics that limit us as mortal souls, and so if He wills something, it will happen, regardless of any obstacles to His desired outcome. I try to let God work in my life unhampered by the limits that my will would impose, and so I surrender my efforts to control any future outcome, and I instead, just stay in the moment, to focus upon my efforts towards the proper good intention and peaceful state of mind to most effectively drive and power my work. As I reside only within the moment, I am free from worry, because things that extend beyond this moment, such as an outcome or my security in the future, are beyond my control; this is because it is God’s role as God to handle these things. Thus, by working in cooperation with God and Jesus, I may enjoy fruitful efforts, as my experience of the process of hard work is from whence I derive the fruit of labor.
“Cling-On:🎼The Rock Steady”🖖⚒💎
I am only able to control what I stand for at this present moment in Time, and to abide within the moment is not only necessary to enable God to do His job, but it is also necessary if I wish to do my own job in Our relationship. I am responsible for the fuel, or providing the proper thought matter, as of pure intentions of love and goodwill through the contemplation of Him and His virtues. When my mind is occupied with spiritual subject matter and my thoughts are comprised of good intentions, then this elevates my soul, or my state of being, up into the realm of the spirit, wherein God resides. His own thoughts and cognitive existence reside at this spiritual thought plane, as merely the idea of Him within my mind. When I cater to spiritual cares with my mental focus or cognitive power, in the form of deliberately choosing and then directing my intentions such that they coincide with altruistic ideals, as those that retain importance irrespective of my own self or my relationship to them, then I may know the truth of God. God’s will is only ever known truthfully as being the ideal, as the most pure and selfless will to love, unconditionally, infinitely, Eternally, without reason, and without exception. God is the perfect Being Who intends only unconditional love for all of His creation. It is my responsibility to adhere to this true understanding of God’s will as an ideal, or the measuring stick, by which to guide my own efforts in progress towards Him, and thus grow in His image along with Him for all of His Eternity. When I let God work in my life as the Provider He wishes to be, then I can focus upon the good things in life, of working hard, developing my faith and trust, enhancing my ability to provide comfort, and learning to admit humility, all without fear or worry, as in the place of that fear will instead be the idea, as the conscious knowledge, of God as love. I will not know goodness without upholding and intentionally thinking about God’s good things, as the Eternal virtues, and as long as I practice focusing my thoughts upon these matters, I am freed from the bondage of self and false views about reality, or imposed misconceptions of this sinful world that posits its own priority and importance. I must remain within the workings of the earthly material realm, but strive not to let my mind become attached to these matters, and I must be vigilant to not fall victim to the illusion that these things are actually of any real significance. The only thing that matters is the state of my soul and my standing with God, which is fostered with the practice of the virtues, merely by using my mundane work as the raw material, building blocks, or platform, by which I may challenge my abilities and thus enhance my skills, learn, and grow along spiritual lines. I must constantly be mindful of God and lay out explicitly in my mind what my true objective is in any task, because it is my nature as a human to get sucked into my work. I must keep on my toes to try to be cognizant of God and His intended higher purpose for me, so I can keep pruning back the weeds of my ego and loosen the grip of material, mundane concerns, of the worldly realm of the flesh. I find I need periodic breaks from my work to loosen its grip on me, as the idea of it as actually carrying any importance within my mind, so that I can clear out that channel of my focus and reforge my connection to God, and the true soul sustenance of His spiritual goodness. The external cares of the material world will start to come between myself and my thoughts of God and His will, in terms of their importance to me, their priority in my life, and the extent to which I am able to think of God to the exclusion of all other thoughts. Thus, I must diligently provide myself with spiritual upkeep to cleanse my thought content, and empty myself of all my cognitive attachments to material cares. The more I practice clearing out the channel of my mind, as my attentional focus, the more I will know of God and His love, because the more of myself I will have offered Him. It seems strange, but the less I seek my own cares and the more I cleanse my spirit through practice and meditative self-restraint, the more fulfilled I feel because the more I am filled by God. A key aspect of this practice is the point of focus, or intentionality. When I clear my thoughts in meditation to try to hear God’s voice instead of just mine, I must have the expectation, as the hope of my faith, that God’s will is perfect love to all. Further, I will need to focus upon my own intention, or what I would like to contribute, and try to focus my mind to strike upon the divine vein, that heart of gold, that is innate deep within each life, and is the source for my offering of love, as my gift up to God. I must strive to live up to His perfect will, and express my intention to reflect that.
“Silver Linings: Dejà Game Plan”✒️📓🌤
Regardless of my ability to carry out any perfect intention, I must uphold such an intention to fuel my efforts in seeking God’s perfection, as the hope, aim, or idea towards which to direct my efforts. I must try to be the mirror image of that which I seek, and try to cultivate the intention of unconditional love in order to know God as pure, infinite, and unconditional true love. ln order to be of service to God, I must follow His lead and abide within His will of love, as His will would not settle for any less than the best, which is the perfect motive of pure love by which to fuel my work and efforts. I need not worry about what’s possible, because He can make all things possible if I am willing to work with Him. In fact, to worry is disrespectful to God’s position of God, and to His goodwill and desire for me to be loved, cared for, and free from fear. If I am respectful to God, I will offer Him my belief of only the best of Him, which is the virtue of charity. This interpretation or understanding that I choose to make of God dictates the direction that Our relationship will follow. Thus, to know God as love, I absolutely must expect this and only this of Him, leaving no room to doubt His will to take only the best care of me, as a both a show of respect and of trust. As a good-faith effort, or as an offering, I try to express my reverence by emulating His Own love. If I step on God’s toes and try to do His job, or fill the role in my life that He is meant to occupy, than I cannot receive the bliss that He would provide if I let Him fulfill His will. I try my best to love God and demonstrate that love through my trust, by faithfully relying upon Him and only Him as my rock.
“Play Book: Up Pops📖Life’s Pages”💭🏰
I am essentially just the product of my thinking at this singular moment in Time, and I exist independently from any point in my past or the future. The nature of my being, as a finite mortal soul, is temporal, as bound to the confines of Time and space. If I wish to live as God intends, I find that I must focus my thoughts, and deliberately restrict my attention to this point, and only this point, in Time, as being my intended safe place within His Eternity. If I allow my mind to wander beyond the confines of God’s will for me, which is only ever within the safety and serenity of this present moment, then I will not be able to experience the love and serenity of His will. God is found, as merely a focus upon the idea of Him, by exercising my mental faculties to inhibit all preoccupations of my thoughts so that I may zoom in upon Him. When my thoughts carry me into the idea of a future event or into the past, I will be susceptible to the effects of fear or worry, because my God Who protects me from such things exists for me as that idea that I left behind to explore such thoughts. In this way, I am never cut off from God’s grace but for my own wayward instincts, selfish impulses, and lack of self-restraint. If I wish to enjoy the privilege of God’s presence, then I must abide with Him. God wills to take care of me always and to determine the best course for my life to follow, and in order to let Him play the role of God, I must let go of my own will to control my own specific course or path.
“Reanimator: Infuse Imagination”💭🌈🖌
To enjoy God’s presence, I must allow Him to work in His mysterious ways, and not question how it will work out, because His power defies the laws of logic and nature. If God wills for 2+2 to =5, then it will. Thus, it is necessary for me to try my hardest to see my place in God’s world, and to be humble enough okay with not knowing certain things. God’s will for me, as His child, entails comfort with my own ignorance, or my own personal lack of God’s level of power which is omniscience, as a comfort with ambiguity, and actively trusting God by relying upon Him, with the focus of my thoughts, in the face of any fear of uncertainty. I am meant to live as properly reliant upon God, instead of falsely reliant upon my own limited self. As a child of God following in Christ’s path of faith, I am to actively provide my own sense of serenity indirectly, by relying upon my idea of God, and allowing Him to occupy and transform my mind as I think my thoughts as prayers of love up to Him. If I linger outside the bounds of God’s will, as His intentions for me, than I cannot receive the gifts inherent in keeping His path of faith. The path of faith is much more than some external path through life, and in fact, to a large extent, it is actually based upon the idea of rejecting this route of a physically-based, worldly, or material path entirely. I am supposed to derive significance from life by virtue of taking the high road, which is rejecting a carnal or base-level understanding of existence in favor of a spiritual, moral, and internally-derived value system of higher-order principles, or altruistic ideals of intentions. I do not find joy in an activity because of the nature of that activity, but rather, I find joy in an action as a direct result of the projection of my intentions into my overt behavior. I find fulfillment from living within the flow of God’s will by means of occupying my thought-life with these higher-order ideals, or abstract principles, of selfless virtues, instead of filling my thoughts with concerns of material goods. Material goods are understood to be the physical aspects or earthly qualities of an activity or a pursuit, or its defining and comprising features if it exists as purely of the flesh or material plane, as experienced without the value and higher meaning that is bestowed by residing within the spiritual plane of existence, which is the interactive infusion of a virtue-driven thought-life. In residing within the higher plane of life, I may find fulfillment in an activity merely as the result of the virtue and hard work I demonstrate in the process of working. Thus, in refraining from fostering any attachments to the worldly or mundane concerns that block me off from spiritual matters, I may follow the high road, as the path that Christ trod, and focus upon the ideas within the elevated spiritual plane of God’s will. Now, Together as One, We may proceed to enjoy Eternally the grace of God-Consciousness and enlightenment.
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“Flow State of Love and Trust”🎶💠🏳️🌈
-Peace is the beauty and flow of staying in the moment, Together with God, to savor the experience of giving my full effort of focus and hard work to the task at hand.
“Signs and Cymbals”✌️️🚸🎺
-Magic is exchanging secret messages of love with God and Jesus, as little tokens of affection, through letting Them direct my focus towards these as symbols and reminders of Our love, as they are simple joys and are only meaningful to me by my association of them with the loving role of my Savior that God has played in my life.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“The Persistence of Memory: Good Time” “My Forgiveness is Integral:”💜⏱💛
With fresh eyes, I am better able to accept my past and to understand that the source of my feelings of guilt was from the fact that I had not offered my forgiveness. The opportunity to make the choice to forgive and move forward in a positive direction is one of the most valuable opportunities for growth towards God’s will for us that any of us may ever receive, and is, in fact, the only path by which healing takes place. Love springs forth along the path of God’s will. Forgiveness will always eventually heal all emotional pain and resentments, because offering mercy, as forgiveness, is morally righteous, and so is smiled upon and favored by God simply by being an act of goodness and “the right thing to do.”
-Time heals all wounds.
-“We carry our homes with us that enable us to fly.” (-John Cage, via “For Today,” p. 291)
“Milk of Compassion”🍼💦
-My Job? Of “boob” origins.😅
-If I can’t muster sentiments of love, it’d be just as well to exalt His love for me instead.
-Diagnosis: Christian Religious Experience
“God; Not Otherwise Specified”
-There may not be a cure.😉
1-3; “Ante-Flow:🍒Fountain Pen Bleeds”
4-6; “Circa💛Rhythm:🕰Internal Clock”
7-9; “Be Held:🌬Overcome with Elation”
10-12; “To Good Cheer:🙏Here(in) Here!”
13-15; “Alpha Mail Opens Up”💋💌⛲️
16-18; “Take Me2💒:Word of Mouthpiece”
19-21; “Eternal Father Strong to Save”🌈
1-3; “A Cause: And Ripple Effect”💙🌊💦
4-6; “Rock of Ages:⛵️Hope Floats”👙
7-9; “Trussed in God: Scat-Her🎺Ashes”
10; “Pay it Forward:💓Miles to go Be4…”
Revelation 22; “ΔForce: River’s❣️Mouth”
Psalm 112; “Seedpod: 💒Light in the Attic”
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.
Psalm 112Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord.
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
“Boot Camp: Quan Yin’s Discipline”🌬🎏
-Plato’s Play-dough: Fresh Recruit
-Prototype: Willingness Model
-Golden Standard: Bench the Mark
-Arm Canon: Visuospatial Guidelines
-Earned Stripes: Eye of the Tiger
“Boot Camp: Quan Yin’s Discipline”🌬🎏
“Nemo Resideo:” No One Left Behind
“Semper Fidelis:” Always Faithful
“Semper Paratus:” Always Ready
“Nunquam Minus Solus Quam Cum Solus:” Never Less Alone Than When Alone
“Plato’s Play-Dough: Fresh Recruit”💔
I find that I experience serenity and peace of mind to the exact extent that I admit personal powerlessness and utter defeat, regarding my ability to successfully manage my own life, as determined by my subjective levels of happiness, my perceived usefulness, and a sense of higher purpose or meaning to my life. I must reaffirm this standing, as the fragile and inherently fractured state of my own isolated ego, or self, each morning as I humbly kneel before God in prayer. I find this physical display of humility extremely reinforcing to the attitude that I am trying to develop, which is one acknowledging my true standing in relation to my Creator. “Carry the body and the mind will follow,” and so I know that simply by getting my body directed and moving in the right direction, I may begin to build up energy as momentum, and follow my own inertia by submitting to an intention with the entirety of my human being, by taking the physical state of my body into account during my various forms of worship. Through sustained and persistent efforts at meditation, by prying apart the hold of my own ego and self-will upon my psyche, I am able to thoroughly realize my true state, as that of the human condition. My natural state of being is that I am formed and fashioned as intentionally incomplete by God, and I am actually, after receiving the insight from an honest self-evaluation, inherently incapable to live as God means for me, and I cannot experience the actual joy of living that is the true meaning of life. I am sculpted by God, in His image, as His Own child, as as such, I am meant to rely upon Him directly for everything that I may need in life. If I do not rely upon God, I cannot know life’s actual beauty and higher meaning and goodness, because God designed me to be a component of His Own self. All mortal souls require a connection to God, as Our Source of life, in order to be graced with the ability to understand this life and function within it in such a way that it is worthy and fulfilling. Only by the ability to be true to myself, as honest enough in my own self-assessment to be able to realize and admit my innate inferiority and lack of value or worthiness, may I come to realize that this is the fact by which the grace of God’s design may reach me. Only by realizing my own inadequacy and inability to sustain myself may I come to the “jumping off point,” or as I like to think of it, “the rallying point,” wherein I will raise my sights up to God. In surrendering the shattered pieces of my ego up to the Lord, by surrendering my will to control my own life up to His care, then, finally, God may complete me. I am not meant to exist apart from God, and my own sense of self or state of being is only ever properly understood as being merely an offshoot, or an appendage, of God. With the honesty and humility to admit my factual weakness, and by evidencing the proper attitude and endorsing the hope that God will be my Savior, then I may solve the mystery of this life and know God. I must demonstrate my own charity with the belief that God is only the best, and so could only possibly be the perfection of unconditional love to all. With this belief and only this belief of God, any shadow of a doubt in my belief of His will to care for me in the best way possible may be entirely eliminated from my mind. Thus, I absolutely must believe in God as Love to believe in God, by which I mean, upholding and making use of my belief by applying it to my daily living experiences. With this factual belief of God, it follows that He will certainly help me to do what I cannot do for myself, which is to enjoy the value of my soul that only He can grant, as the substance of virtue that will carry me on to Eternal Life. Only by being honest enough about my own shortcomings, natural sinfulness, flaws, and defects of character, may I be saved by His very real influence in my life. Sins are innate to all humans so that we may know God, merely as the result of the need that they inspire. I am to admit that I am neither designed nor intended to life independently, the idea of self-sufficiency is an illusion, and I am meant to rely upon God, as all power only ever comes from God; “of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works.” God is waiting patiently for each of us to learn this fact for ourselves, and to unfold the mystery of His blessing and love for us in our own unique paths, to the miracle of a living and working relationship with Him.
“Prototype: Willingness Model”❣️
I try my hardest to allow my conception of an all-loving and all-powerful Creator guide my understanding of all the circumstances that I encounter in this life. My vision of God is of the perfect Being, Who loves all living things without exception. I use this idea of God as the foundation of my own sense of self, by which I mean, to guide my thoughts in what such a Being would like and expect of His child. When I feel low, dejected, or disheartened, I generate a mental picture of Who God is for me, and I imagine the image that provides me with the greatest sense of ease and comfort. My vision of God should be such that it is easy for me to turn to Him and open up about my struggles, and to seek Him out as the shoulder upon which to lean for comfort, love, and support. I humbly admit that my own opinion of myself is not a stable source of self-esteem, and that I cannot love myself nor believe in myself without God. I believe that God loves perfectly, and so I am forced to accept the fact that He loves and believes in me, and so in this way, only by believing in God, am I able to love and believe in myself. All of the potential of my self and my life is only ever derived from God, and so in understanding this truth of God’s omnipotent nature, I must also see what this fact entails about my own nature. If God is all-powerful, then I logically must be powerless, because all power is His. Ultimately, my capacity to do anything at all depends upon Him and is the result of His grace, as unmerited love or favor. To actually respect the Almighty power of God, then my own admission of absolute weakness and utter dependence upon Him must necessarily follow as a consequence. Thus, anything that I may experience is only ever because God chose to bless me with the free-will to be a free agent of my own destiny. It is only by the goodwill of God that I have the freedom of choice in my life. Pondering the depths of the concept and nature of God the Father always fills me with a sense of being cradled and cared for, and this sense of being swaddled, “rapt,” and held closely, is a very tangible result of these meditations. It is this knowledge that only comes from direct experience of God, through seeking Him persistently in prayer and meditation, that bestows the euphoric love, or sense of “rapture” from Our shared “agápē,” or “caritas,” which is the the divine, or true and unconditional love, that only exists between God and man. This Oneness with our Creator is the epitome of the human experience, and is unquestionably and undeniably physically felt as God’s love. When you know, you know, and there is no mistaking the presence of God’s love. With God, this sense of love is so intense that there is no need to wonder; if you are not sure if it is God, then it is not God. God leaves no room for doubt when He actively loves us, as the sense of God’s Own love, of agápē, is literally palpable. I try to go through my day with thoughts of God’s love ever-present in my mind, as a Source of inspiration to keep me active and motivated throughout my day’s work, especially in times of pain or hardship. This type of thought process, as revolving around my idea of God and His love, is the basis of God-Consciousness, as the constant awareness of God by always being cognizant of His presence within me, as simply the venerated idea of Him within my mind. I let this idea of God serve as the fulcrum for all of my other thoughts, and serve as the foundation of my understanding of myself and the world. In generating reverent thoughts of God, and offering Him my entire mind by only ever thinking my thoughts up to Him, as the bait for a conversation, I partake in the practice of caritas, which is an active form of love, rather than a mere feeling, or a tacit reception. The love between myself and God is more of a practice and an art, or a discipline, as the cooperation of Our efforts aimed towards a single focus, or purpose, of generating more of this love to go around, and to proliferate this, His gift. Love, as God intends it, is an approach to life, a way of life, or a lifestyle, and it entails that I be an active participant in this process, seeing my life as a Team effort. I recognize that I am not meant to live apart from my idea of God, and in relying upon Him, I may come to be a co-Creator of my own destiny, living Together in harmony with God, and therefore, all of His creation. As I lean on Him, I receive the strength that He is thrilled to provide to any of His children, and He scaffolds me so that I can keep going in the face of adversity. When I submit to God’s care, through holding onto hope instead of succumbing to a defeatist attitude, then I inevitably uncover a jewel of spiritual wisdom and the bliss of growth that was His desire for me, as His gift for persisting in the path of faith all the way through the challenge, to realize His ultimate goal and vision, His will of love. Thus, my prototype and working model of God, as the idea of Him that actually works to enhance my subjective experience of life, is as the Love that provides me with the willingness and ability to successfully cope with any and all of life’s possible challenges, and to experience true love, joy, meaning, and His Own higher purpose.
“Golden Standard:✝️Bench the Mark”💜
A part of believing in God is actually acting upon those beliefs, and upholding the idea of God that I cherish so dearly by allowing my idea of Him, as the vision or prototype of a perfectly loving Heavenly Father, to dictate my thoughts, choices, and actions. If I believe in God but not in an all-loving God, then I do not actually believe in God, because God is perfect, and so must be perfectly, as unconditionally, loving. If I believe in God but do not believe that He loves me, then I have disrespected and mistrusted the love and goodwill of God, and therefore, I have not believed in God. If I believe in God, but do not act in line with my belief of Him by trying to uphold His will of all-inclusive love, to foe and friend alike, as the path laid out by Jesus, then I have not believed in God because I have not brought my belief to life and fruition by actual action, as the works of faith. If I claim a belief in God, this claim is only meaningful if it influences my actions. If I do not act by adhering to the straight and narrow, intending only the best for everyone, then I do not believe in God. The golden rule is often misunderstood and interpreted nearly as entailing that we love one another, but this is only a half-truth. The primary component, and the most important Commandment, is to love God directly, through my daily affairs, and to keep Him as my top priority. If I do not put God first in my life, as that idea which carries most importance to me, and if I do not consider the thought of God first, by deferring to Him before making decisions, then I have broken the First and most important Commandment. Human beings are not capable of love except indirectly, through the love of God. If I do not love God, then I am incapable of loving my fellows, and neither am I loved by them. God’s love is selfless, as action devoted to the greater good simply because it is right. God’s love must be selfless, as it means that I give no thought or consideration to myself or my own best interests. This love is only possible in the name of God. The only path of righteousness is to love for no other reason than because it is the best thing to do, purely for its own sake, which is the meaning of “Soli Deo Gloria.” If I love to be loved in return, then I do not love, as love is only ever actually given. The selfless giving of love, of the act of caritas, is reciprocated by God Himself, who nods upon any such act in His Own mysterious way. Thus, I can only ever be loved directly by God, and by other people only indirectly, as God is the connective matter by which our various effort towards giving love may actually be transmitted. If I have been looking for love, I will find it nowhere but from God Himself, and to know God’s love entails the consequential impulse to pay it forward, as the desire and willingness to continue on in the path of God’s will and perform more selfless acts in the name of God, or in the name of His love. God’s love is self-perpetuating, much like a domino effect. Thus, altruism and charity are evolutionarily preselected by God, as favored through His Own reciprocation of divine love as positive reinforcement, and this love determines our teleological will towards advancement and so ensures our eventual arrival upon God’s intended virtue and goodness.
“Arm Canon: Visuospatial Guidelines”💘
I take great satisfaction in the idea that I am never alone, and that I have a constant companion and designated best Friend, that no one can take away from me, no matter what. This idea, that if I abide by my moral conscience and strive to live up to my idea of God as a role model, allows me to find great strength from His image, whereas, left to my own devices, I would have been left in the dark. To be honest is to know that human nature is evil and sinful without God. In accepting the idea of a perfect man, as Jesus was here to provide, I may defer to my knowledge of what He would do in a given circumstance to guide my behavior, because my own impulses are selfish. Thus, in using my imagination to lovingly craft an idealized image of Who God is and what He means to me personally, I may receive the benefit of guidance from that image or model, as it is ever-present in my mind and so is ever-ready to serve as my guide. As I cater to my understanding of God and the internal artistry of my mind and soul, by actively filling my imagination with only the best and most loving ideas and intentions, I may nurture and cultivate love by the virtue fostered within my thought-scape. The more effort I put into trying to be only the best that I can be, the more of life’s goodness I will enjoy and the more God will speak back to me and reciprocate. It is this weaving of my thought-life into the empty material plane of existence that is spiritual living, and God is the maestro and conductor by which this sense of magic, or synchronicity, as the electricity that carries love’s harmony, is orchestrated.
“Earned Stripes: Eye of the Tiger”💛💠🏳️🌈
In feeding into my imagination with the soul food, or spiritual sustenance of God’s virtues and higher ideals, of selfless love, altruism, universal and uncompromising peacefulness, and absolute sure-fastness in my belief in the inherent goodness, beauty, and meaning of God’s creation, in its unfathomable and all-inclusive entirety, then I lay myself prone to the reality of God’s miracles by believing accurately, hitting the nail upon the head, and tapping into the deep Eternal and Universal Truth of God’s creation. To live up to God’s destiny for me, I must strive to adhere to these higher principles of God’s will, of perfect virtuosity, while under the most harrowing and adversarial circumstances. Only in clinging the the truth of God’s love in all circumstances may I be receptive to the workings of His mysterious ways and His miracles. In being presented with two options, of an evil and a lesser evil, with no other possible options, as a child of God on a path of faith I must choose neither. A child of God lives by faith and does not negotiate with evil. I know in my heart, that if it is the good thing and the right thing, even if it’s not logically possible, it will happen if I rely upon God’s will of love. I let my knowledge of God dictate my path, and so I only ever choose unconditional, all-inclusive and uncompromising love as a viable option, and I leave the method and artistry of His miracle up to Him. I just try my hardest to give my full efforts towards this intention by putting out the most work possible, and I trust that He will then be true to His promise and meet me halfway. If I am given two choices, for instance to sacrifice one of two lives, and I choose neither, and instead choose God’s will of the greatest good of keeping both lives, without succumbing to doubt or disbelief by questioning how this could be possible, then I allow Him to work His magic, and may thus secure the win of God’s victory. If love is not always extended to everyone without exception, then it is not love, and so God’s power will not carry that intention through. Only in upholding the well-being of the entirety of Our Universal Fellowship, as “all living things,” may the true power of God take effect, as the miracle of His love.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Calvinism and Hobbes”🐯
-“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” (-Aristotle, via “For Today,” p. 292)
“Right in Front of your Nose”💡
-“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (-Dumbledore, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
1-3; “Can’t Withhold What is Unknown”⚡️
4-6; “Run of the Mill Moral Inventory”🚭
7-9; “Soft Spot🌉for a Certain Supplicant”
10-12; “Yoke:🌹Thursday’s Child”
13-15; “DNA Flow:🍯Sweet Ant Jemima”
16; “Flintstones Old:🌊🕊It’s a Living!”
1-3; “Charity: Undefiled by Ego💪Stains”
4-6; “Altar:🙏Worship in the Bedroom”
7-9; “Open💘Discourse: From the Heart”
10-12; “Invitation: 💌Thy Will not Mine”🚸
13-15; “Each According to His Works”📬
17-19; “Anon.🎃: No Sympathy-Seeking”
20-21; “Frequent Flier:👼Spiritual-Plane”
22-24; “Focus:🔍Interest in God not Self”
25-27; “Lamb:🗣Herd God’s Thoughts”💞
28-30; “Faith:🗞🐕Follow God not World”
31-33; “Priority:😇Virtue or Career?”
34; “Pace Maker:⛲️Cross that Bridge…”
Job 42; “Miss Congeniality Re-Runs”👙👑
Matthew 6; “God 1st:🌊💦Trickle Down”
Job 42Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
42 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
7 And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lordsaid to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.
10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. 12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. 15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. 17 So Job died, being old and full of days.
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.
“Nights of the Round Table: The Crusade for Thy Kingdom Come”🦄⚔️🛡
-“The Lord’s Prayer”
-…Lifts Us Up
-Happily (Forever and) Ever After
“Nights of the Round Table: The Crusade for Thy Kingdom Come”🦄⚔️🛡
(An Inside Job.)
“The Lord’s Prayer”
Pater noster, qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum,
adveniat regnum tuum,
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum supersubstantialem da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne inducas nos in tentationem;
sed libera nos a Malo.
…For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, Forever and ever. Amen.
“May I do Thy will Always.”
I take refuge in knowing that any system based upon immoral values, sinfulness, evil, or hatred is fated to reformation and redemption. I recognize that the power of love will always inevitably triumph over any obstacle because love is God’s will. I know that whatever the extent of the injustice and the injury that I may experience at the moment, it is destined to pass as long as I hold onto hope, as the light of God at the end of the tunnel, and continue to uphold my moral values and do the right thing. As I continue upon the path of God’s will, by intending nothing less than perfect love for anyone, no matter how evil that person may be, or how hateful the circumstances, I know that with the faith and persistence of longanimity, God’s will inevitably must come to pass because I am upholding it. God’s will is only ever accessed through the beautiful intention of the golden rule, of offering only altruistic intentions of perfect love to all beings, both friend and foe alike. In this way, I can tap into the vast potential of God’s strength and love merely by affirming Him as goodwill to all. If ever I lay a condition upon God’s love, I will effectively cut myself off from the knowledge and power of His will in my life. When, however, I lay hold of this virtuosic value in the face of my own destruction, defeat, and degradation, then I may latch onto God’s power to carry me through the impasse or the obstacle, clear across to the other side of that moat and to victory.
Within the context of God’s undying and unlimited power of love, and His Own will to fulfill any efforts abiding in perfect love, I will always receive all the strength and resources that I may need to persist in faith through any hardship or struggle. I know that I have the key to overcome, as the willingness to keep going and to go to any lengths in loyalty, and to make no compromises in my moral belief system as the guide to my choices, and therefore, I may succeed in the path of righteousness. In never surrendering to the evil and corrupt ways of the world, but instead following only my heart and my knowledge of God, I know that His will and His mysterious ways will always eventually free me from any dungeon of this life’s struggles within which I may find myself. My clinging to this ideal, that for it to be true love and for it to be God’s will, any vision of goodness and freedom must necessarily extend to everyone, even to my own captors and executioners, serves as the foothold and the fortress of a deep and Eternal Truth, Who holds onto me right back, and by Whom We overcome.
“💛…Lifts Us Up”🏗🗻
Thus, the path to God’s freedom is known through overcoming life’s challenges, as release from the bondage of self and into the arms of His altruistic intentions of love. This virtuosic mentality, or the schema of God’s set of perfect ideals to serve as my belief system and outline the path of life before me, is the key by which to unlock the solution to any problem, because it is the very same mentality and belief system by which God Himself abides. Thus, by converging upon God’s Own will towards this same purpose of love, this path, as made by a leap of faith, is necessarily made possible, whereas by the unaided will of man alone it is only ever impossible. In upholding the perfection of God’s will of love in all my thoughts and actions, I may effectively practice the art of surrendering my soul to His care, and abide and remain in confluence with God’s Own intentions. Through the steadfastness and faith of my adherence to this altruistic standard of perfection, of intending goodness beyond all powers of man, and by believing that through God any such goodness is truly possible, then I may serve God and be the instrument by which He may work, and by which His Own vision will come to pass.
In this way, I never need fear the darkest depths of despair, because I know that love, God’s perfect selfless altruistic love of charity, can never fail, and that God’s will always surmounts evil because the perfection and truth of love lifts us up. The highest and greatest truth of all of existence is the simple fact of love, as incorruptible and unconquerable love. When love is unconditional and extended to all the life within God’s creation, then it has hit upon the fundamental truth that is God’s Own intention, and thus, is subject to the divine flow of His will. In following God’s will, my own potential is no longer limited by the finite nature of man’s laws, and I may instead be subject to the infinite power of miracles that is entailed of pure love and true faith in our Almighty Father.
In persistently surrendering my efforts to the power and the glory of God above, I may sacrifice all of myself, and I may lay down my life and lay down my arms in the service of the King, completely free from any of the sinfulness of fearing for myself, because I choose to trust in God instead. I may even find that it of benefit to be submitted to the most sordid persecution and the most heart-wrenching of trials, because when I am brought to the very depths of the all the evil and despair that this world can know, I can bring with me, through the loyalty of faith, the Almighty love of God as a blessing to these realms. In this way, I may serve the greater good by travailing to these depths of despair, to extend God’s grace and majesty to these dark trenches, as the places where the light and hope of His love is needed most. In fact, the more desperate and horrific the circumstance of the evil, the greater will be the force of the love that We then cultivate as We emerge to God’s victory, as a force of greater and greater evil necessitates, and actually facilitates, the development of Our even greater love.
“Happily (Forever and) Ever After”🌈💛
Thus, in the highest reality, of facing down challenges with God, the experience of being subjected to stronger forces of evil may actually be more rewarding, because these evils entail that We generate, and therefore get to experience, even stronger forces of love by which to overcome them. That evil is the raw material that We may use as a springboard for the workings of the transformative power of love, and so a stronger evil only ever leads to an ever stronger, and ever more rewarding, love. Only by the willingness to surrender to the bottomless pit and the workings of the devil may I be able to face down such evils and allow the power and grace of God to work through me, and as the mission of a missionary, to convert those evils to love. This trust in God, as the courage to face down evil and to love the devil directly, empowers the force of God to prevail upon the depths of Hell, so that He may finally realize His Own fate, of being our Savior and conquering all evil, by overpowering it with the Truth of Our sharing of true love. In this way, We may actually fulfill God’s will to triumph over all of the worlds evils, and successfully extend His helping Hand of unconditional love to all of His creation. In fulfilling His prophesy, by manifesting the destiny of love within all of the deepest crevices of His creation, We may finally receive the glory that is the life here on Earth of the Eternal, One True Living God.
🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“How to Work with God…”
🗣”Lay Down an Objective”👥
-It’s my job to actively ward off fears and worries as I travail through my day, within both my thoughts and my actions, so that I may fulfill my role of providing an attitude of hope and optimism to determine Our trajectory, and therefore, Our outcome.
-Cultivate an attitude of love and serenity within my work. Ward off and disregard any concerns about the timeframe of my work along with worries regarding its completion. Oust the idea that the goal of my work is merely to finish it, as this will lead me astray into mundane material cares not of the spiritual plane. Seek out and send into exile all those mundane fears, keeping the Kingdom of my mind, body, and soul, pure, as true love for God.
-Love and serenity is the pureness of my soul that results from these spiritual efforts towards the aim of higher virtue.
The goal of my work ought not to be some external product of completion, but rather, the cultivation of an internal state of being.
-I ought to orient my efforts towards a state of equilibrium with the will of God rather than towards a material-level goal. In this way, I must direct my aim and my sights within myself towards my idea of God, and not outwards towards the world.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Crimson and Clover”🍒🍀
-I am like a hemophiliac of emotion. Sometimes, all that I can do is just to be patient and ride the wave, until God steps in and cauterizes the tear in this pulsating artery of His heart, that letting of love.
“Get busy living or get busy dying.” (A Mantra -both Andy and Red, from “The Shawshank Redemption”)
-If I could be doing any better, I would. My effort is only directed “towards” progress, and is not the actual arrival upon a specific product, attainment, or result. My job is only to provide the effort, as the end result belongs to God. Maintaining hope through a difficulty is a success in its own right, and that is all that is expected of me. It is the intention behind my efforts, or the thought behind my actions, that counts, because the all of the rest is determined by grace, as the powers that be that connect my efforts to the final outcome, which are the works of God. Trying my hardest in hope towards a better state is what determines the goodness or value of my work, regardless of any overt results.
“Only in a hut built for the moment can one live without fear.” (-Kamo no Chomei, via “For Today,” p. 293)
1-3; “Liberty:🗽Claimed in the Living of It”
4-6; “Faith:🙏Activated in Prac☦️ice”
7-9; “One Happy Thought✨to Neverland”
10-12; “Virtue:💫Overcoming of Hardship”
13-15; “Let God🌬Release the⚡️Passion”
16-18; “The Emperor’s Knew Purr-Suit”😇
19-21; “The ‘Self-Will’ Syndrome”🔩⚖️
22-24; “Self-Sacrifice: 💝Goods ‘R Free”
25-26; “God’s Will Suits Mine”🎩🐇👯
2 Corinthians 4:
1-3; “Hug the Shoulder:🌊Part of Your🌎”
4-6; “Faith in Him the Light in Me”🗯💡
7-9; “The Seal: Kissed by Arose”🌹🌓
10-12; “Hold the Glory Up to Light”💦🕸
13-15; “Lay the Groundwork to Rays”🌞
16-18; “Aim Most High:🕷🚿Raise Hope”
Galatians 5; “King Me:👼One Size Fits All”
2 Corinthians 4; “Up💧the Waterspout”⛲️
Galatians 5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
2 Corinthians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We aretroubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present uswith you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen areeternal.
“The Top-Down Translator” 🌊🕊✒️
-Co-Pilots: Share the Road
-Lost in Found
-Salute: To the Brim
-Draw Back: the Curtain
-Revealing the Grail: Bottoms-Up
-Wind Blown Kisses
“The Top-Down Translator” 🌊🕊✒️
“Co-Pilots: Share the Road”🛣
I understand the entirely of my self, the world, and my subjective experience of this life to be completely dependent upon God, and how I relate myself to Him. The true meaning of my life is to know God. God is a Person, so to seek God is actually to seek a relationship, and not some murky or amorphous Force of creation. God is receptive to social influences, just as any other being, and so what I bring to the table in seeking God will influence His response and my interpretation of Him. I find that to maximize the potential for goodness in Our relationship, I must come to Him in prayer, for Our communion or dialogue, with the content of my heart as utterly refined towards one single vision. Through the meditative focus upon my ideal view of the powers that be, I carefully craft the intentions of my heart and soul around this idea, as my axis or fulcrum. The inevitable conclusion reached through honest and humble seeking, by sustained and persistent efforts towards God’s truth, is only ever unconditional and all-inclusive, pure, true love. I use this understanding, of God as perfect love, as the focal point of reference within my cognitive schema, and as the concept by which I align my attentional aims, my guiding intentions, my perceptions, and my interpretations of existence and my experience of this life.
“Lost in Found”🚡
This mind-state of God-Consciousness, as revolving around the understanding that God is only ever some form or another of perfect, unconditional love, is the one fact and the sole foundation of my existence. Furthermore, this knowledge is accurate according to the true will of God, as it aligns with His actual intentions for us as His creation. In extolling this Truth of God with the entirely of my being, and seeking Him out for loving support based upon this and only this unwavering vision of Him, He acknowledges my intentions and is found.
When I seek out God, I really only seek to be of service to Him and to receive His company and companionship. This hope and approach of childlike innocence in my expectation of God, as only pure love, is evidence of the purity, or righteousness, of my own intentions. My intentions are charity, because I come to God expecting only goodness and seeking only to serve. With this approach to God, asking after His Own well-being rather than seeking to enhance my own, We arrive upon the chance of a mutual understanding and the basis for an actual relationship, based upon a common interest of selfless love. When I posit that He is only love, pure and unconditional and without exception, I may provide the proper belief to serve as the foundation of unquestioning trust to erect a solid and faithful reciprocal relationship.
With my own intentions to act as charity, I am made ready to serve as the role of translator for the Word of God. Only by endorsing and extending His goodwill to all forms of life and all levels of His creation, through the avowal of His pure and true unconditional love, do I have the proper singleness of vision and uniformity with His Own actual vision for us to not only receive His message, but also to convey it. I only ever interpret life in the best light possible, and if something seems harsh or unkind, I must take an active role in the interpretation process to infuse my own intention of love into its deeper meaning. I actively refuse to believe that anything but the absolute best is God’s intention behind any of His messages. Thus, when the sharp tongue of a quick wit starts to take shape, I may play a role in tempering the Word, cooling down God’s intensity, and smoothing over the rough edges. I may offer my own redirection to God’s line of thought to keep us aligned to His charity. As being merely the mouthpiece to His Source, I do not dictate God’s thoughts, but I may exert my own influence, and in fact to do so is part of my job description. I translate so that the ultimate meaning of the Word remains intact, but also true to its purpose of expressing love, and so is accessible by being put kindly, softly, and gently enough to be heard. I allow God’s Word to be interpreted in a softer light, to be more understandable and easier to take, and to serve the well-being of all life.
“Salute: To the Brim”🙏🎖
I view God as both the Source and the true beauty of life. I know that if I do not continually turn to Him and Jesus for guidance and to give thanks, then I will no longer perceive a meaningful path of life, and neither will I be able to appreciate it. When I do not seek guidance, I do not receive it, and when I do not offer my expressions of gratitude as prayers and praises up to God, and exert efforts to notice the good things in life, then these gifts do not appear to me. In this way, I find that for life to carry and retain any worth or meaning in my eyes, I must actively submit to the glory of God as the way in which I may behold such meaning.
I infuse my thoughts with my idea of God, and I allow the elevated outlook and mood that thoughts of Him always entail dictate my own vision or interpretation of my life. If I view the world from behind the rose-tinted lenses of my love for Him, then I may perceive even the most desperate or disappointing situations in a positive light. The idea of God serves to resurrect my attitude of optimism when it inevitably deflates, and lifts my sights back up towards hope. From this renewed and refreshed perspective, from this viewpoint of a Oneness with God, I can carry on in any sort of labor with a sense of peace.
“Draw Back: the Curtain”💧🕶💫
If I do not allow my understanding of God to precede my own interaction with the world, then I inevitably find myself melting into a puddle of tears at some point over the course of the day. I find that these peaks and valleys of my experience are a necessary and natural part of being human, and is always a breath of fresh air when I realize the origin of my folly. As soon as I refocus my thoughts around God, that protective airbag that is like a shield of Our love cushions me from the harsh impact of the world, and raises my sights and expectations back towards virtue, goodness, and spiritual fulfillment.
“RevealingThe Grail: Bottoms-Up”🏆⛲️
I like to feel useful, and self-serving or selfish goals and purposes have always left me feeling guilt-ridden and empty. When I try to let go of self-interest and my own needs and concerns to instead be of service to God, I feel whole and complete. I like to exchange sentiments with both God and Jesus, and I find that to feel like they need me for their Own purposes gives me a sense of value and worth that I was never able to experience of my own. I am able to conjure up expressions of love, and offer comfort, encouragement, and consolation to God and Jesus in efforts that I would not be able to fulfill for anyone else. Whenever I sense that maybe there is something upsetting God, I can step in to try to ease the discomfiture and lighten the load with my own trust and devotion. I find that feeling as if God needs me to mediate His Own irascible tendencies gives me a sense of purpose, but also, it obligates me to the duty of generating love. In this way, through serving God, I am bestowed the loving nature that I need to feel goodness and worth in my own life. When I sense that a tenseness, worry, or uneasiness within myself is actually from God or Jesus instead, then I am better able to devote my efforts towards the spiritually significant purpose and healthy outlet of drawing that silver lining of hope. I find that God and Jesus will fill the role of Spin Doctor and Mr. Brightside when I become pessimistic, and feeling like They need me to play the same role for Them when They get down gives me a sense of usefulness that I require to experience any meaning or importance to my being alive.
“Wind Blown Kisses”🌊💋💦
I recognize that God is this deep river and infinite Eternal Source of creation, from Whom all blessings flow. I like to see it as my job to play the mouthpiece of His fountain pen, and soften any rough edges of His sharp tongue. I try to keep His power focused and aimed in the upright direction, as determined by the sharing of altruistic sentiments and ideals of His love. For God’s Truth to come out as pure love, as the message of blessing that it is, I must use my own pure intentions and will towards charity to filter His flow, and blow kisses of holy breath to invoke the Word. When I play the the translator for God, Our own personal chemistry influences the result, and thus serves as quality control. I am not willing to settle for anything less than only best intentions of pure love to extend as the ultimate destiny for all of God’s creation, and so when I interpret for God, I may add the finishing flourishes and the final touch of a woman to express love, and present His purest perfection of Truth.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-“Patience is a bitter plant, but it has sweet fruit.” (-German proverb, via “For Today,” p. 294)
“The Dark Side 💗🌓🌈…of the Heart”
-Sometimes finding “Mr. Brightside,” is a challenge in creative problem-solving.🎃
-To each a turn to be the light.📀In turn….
-“The Dark Side of the Moon” got pink! 😻
-This set “hangs together” nicely.
1-3; “Spiritual Blessings:🔦On The Road”
4-6; “Follow the Instruction Emmanuel”🛐
7-9; “Set in Motion: Hop on Pop”🎠🎢🎡
10-12; “All for 1 and 1 for…Oliver Twist”💃🏻
13-15; “Promised as The Tale of Genji”🎎
16-18; “Greenery:🎄The Quiet American”
19-21; “A Tale of 2🌌Great Expectations”
22-23; “🌞…Also Rises A Moveable Feast”
1-3; “Right and Left of Passage”🏛
4-6; “Buddha’s Phrygian Bonnet”⛩
7-9; “Travels with My Aunt”🕊
10-12; “Abiding Certain Deis”🏟
13-14; “Tyrian Purple: Sea 🐚’s+🐋+🐕”
15-17; “Sugar and Spice and…🕊”
18-20; “Those Meddling Apostles!”🏅
21-23; “Earned Some Stripes”🎖
24-26; “Stocks and Bond’s, James…”💺
30-32; “Simple not Easy”🙏
33-35; “Faith is🕯Always Daylight”
36-38; “…Was Built in a Dei”☁️🏰🌈
39-40; “Nautilus:🐚🔔Golden Rule Ratio”
Ephesians 1; “ΔCoepis:Paradise Regained”
Acts 16; “Every Time a 🛎Bell Rings…👼”
Ephesians 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Acts 16Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
16 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2 which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. 11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; 12 and from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.
13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20 and brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21 and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. 36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. 37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. 38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. 39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
“A State of Being:🔥Phoenix Love+Trust”
-“Walk by Faith…”🌱
-“Ring Of Fire”❣️
-Lifts Life’s Circle🍂🌳🎋
“A State of Being:🔥Phoenix Love+Trust”
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”🌱
(-2 Corinthians 5:7)
“Ring Of Fire”❣️ by Johnny Cash
“Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
And I fell right into a great ring of fire and
And I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down as the flames were rising higher
It burns, burns, burns,
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire…”
As I go through my day, I try not to strive towards any external incentive, ego-driven ambition or goal, or material pursuit. I do not strive towards a product of my efforts. Any sort of material, or earthly, result or outcome of my work is merely a byproduct and is not itself the real fruit of my labor. I have found that as I go through my day, I am walking a thin line between the idea of Heaven and Earth, or life and death, as the spiritual and material realms of existence. As I navigate through the process of living a spiritual lifestyle, I see the material world as it really is, as inherently empty, being of corporeal and impermanent substance. I reject these worldly matters, as they are of no lasting significance or moral goodness. The part of this life that carries any actual value and Eternal consequence is the pursuit of spiritual understanding and the growth and improvement, or ascension, of the state of my soul. With the accurate perception of reality, I orient the focus of my thoughts around God and towards the cultivation of His everlasting values of moral goodness, altruistic love, and the virtues, in His spiritual realm of existence. I forfeit the selfish, sinful and evil cares of my own ego for material fulfillment, and I instead seek the thought-based sources of real and everlasting value, with God. These higher spiritual values and virtues are worthy of my striving in the absence of any bearing upon myself, and so they may live on long after the death of my body, all the way into rebirth in God’s Eternal Life. As I cater to the needs of my spirit over the needs of the flesh, I cultivate the virtue within my own soul and prepare my self to be acceptable in God’s eyes, and thus, to carry on after death with Him in Heaven.
In participating in God’s reality of the spiritual realm and denying myself the sinful pursuits of the material realm, I am able to actually enjoy life, and to live it the way that it is meant to be lived. I avow the importance of God and spiritual matters, and I sacrifice my own self-interest in order to follow this path of faith, with God. I find that material pursuits are like a sticky web of entanglement, as when I succumb to the illusion that they are of any actual importance, I am transported out of the peace of dwelling in the realm of the spirit and instead I am subjected to the evils of this sinful material world, that knows no higher goodness, virtue, or lasting value. I only have two choices, being either the death of my spirit and the Eternal death of my soul through choosing to believe in the value of the material realm and selfish pursuits, or the Eternal Life of my spirit and a deep sense of serenity, by choosing to develop my virtuosity and skills towards morality and upright living. In following after the well-being of the spirit, through altruistic and God-focused goals, instead of following after my own ego in trying to satisfy my own selfish needs, I may see the truth of this life and perceive God’s path of self-sacrifice, by which my soul may carry on into Eternal Life after death.
Walking the line between life and death, I strive towards God’s spiritual goodness existing within the thought-plane of my own mind, as a preoccupation with the higher order virtues of God’s will, such as love, altruism, and any matters of spiritual significance. I must constantly relinquish the control of my will and surrender myself over to God, because any matters of the material world, such as selfish worries after my own well-being and the mundane trivialities of daily work, are constantly taking hold of my attention and pulling me down from the higher spiritual plane of life. While I am still here on Earth, I am not yet in God’s Heaven, but I am no longer bound within the illusion of a fleshly existence, and so I am alive within a whole new state of being, which is spiritual transcendence. I am in a constant state of both death and rebirth as I navigate the convolutions of my mind and my path through this world, and if I dwell too long in thoughts about myself, my needs, or mundane and non-spiritual aspects of my earthly obligations, then my spirit deteriorates and soon dies. However, by virtue of the mysterious ways of God’s Eternal Life, and from within the shadowy workings of God’s redemption, as soon as I refocus my thoughts to seek the idea of Him and His perfection of love and higher goodness, my spirit receives that divine breath of life, and I rise from the ashes of my scattered mind after the fashion of a Phoenix, reborn to live again.
It is a perilous path that I follow to thirst after matters of the spirit in this sinful world, but it is the only path by which I have found happiness, joy, and God. I am okay with this continuous process of dying just to be reborn, because with each cycle of life that I complete, I learn a new facet of spiritual development and uncover a new jewel of wisdom through the earthly, concrete application of theoretical virtue. These little lessons, of facing a challenge, succumbing to the extent of its pain or difficulty, and then discovering the insight of God’s solution for me, bestows the true meaning to life and transforms hardships into stairways, leading up to the climax that is the revelation of God’s infinite love.
“Lifts Life’s Circle”🍂🌳🎋
In following the path of enlightenment, or the path that Christ taught, I transcend the boundaries of the illusory material realm, and traverse beyond the transitory level of existence that is the experience of life in the absence of God-Consciousness. I must constantly experience death at the hands of my own attachments to self-will and non-spiritual considerations, and then the bliss of regeneration as my thought life ascends back up into the higher order state of existence, to dwell with God in the Eternal realm of spiritual considerations. As life’s little worries bring me down to the pain and suffering inherent in a fallacious, or worldly, understanding of existence, I learn new dimensions of my own soul. I uncover other sides of myself as the sins and defects of character expressed by my self-will, and then God and I may work to shine the light of His spiritual perspective upon the darkness of my heart Together.
Oftentimes I must reach the very depths of my own despair and painful emotions so that God’s healing touch may be carried unto these heartaches, and thus illumine and dispel such darkness with the Light of His love. Once We arrive upon the depths of that pit of darkness and fear Together, We may unfurl the wisdom of God’s light by spreading out the understanding of love’s wings. One We have prevailed, and shine with the light of love from within the fiery pits of indolent passion, there is only one way to rise back up from these ashes. In a state of humble release, We let go of Our very selves and Our Own lives, and Together We allow the levity and buoyancy of lighthearted laughter to lift Us back up to the restoration of life, in a new genesis. Only the bubbling forth of this new birth of hope, from the lightness in Our hearts, can provide the Wind to raise up Love’s wings.
-If you fall down, laugh your way back up.
(If it’s laughing, it’s probably Jesus.)
-OK, I have to ask…
-So what’s with the Godzilla top paired with Captain America shorts?
-“Sergeant Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.” (-from “Full Metal Jacket”)
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“The Rose Stops to Smell”🌹
-“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” (-Aldous Huxley, via “For Today,” p. 295)
“This Rib-Caged Bird Sings”🌊👑🕊
-Sometimes a change in my setting and a forced break from my current situation or activity is necessary if I am latched on too firmly to my own self-will, or if I attach to an engagement before fixating upon God. The willingness to put God first is vital to my enjoyment of life, and it requires hard work to keep following that priority. If my willingness to serve God’s will ahead of my own will ever starts to peter out, I can rest assured that it will always return if I work for it, and that I have all the spiritual tools necessary to help ease my will back into the hands of God: Right Where It Belongs.
“Catch and Release”🌬💦🎣
-This process of releasing my will and then catching my mistakes helps God and I to get to know and understand each other better, and it is a necessary part of the further development of Our relationship.
-The willingness to serve God’s will, and not mine, is my understanding of freedom. 🕊
1-3; “Practice: Raise the Virtue Barre”💃🏻
4-6; “Des-Carts🚗Driver Seat of the Soul”
7-9; “Elevated Captivated Rein-Stated”🎅
10-12; “Full Circuit Circulatory”❣️🔥💦
13-15; “Third Eye Rock On-Star”💠🛂⚠️
16-18; “Power Rangers Power Up!”🙏🌞
19-21; “Grow After the💧Thirsts We Fill”
22-24; “Virtue of🎸Thoughts Entertained”
25-27; “Groundskeeper🍃God’s Willie”🌻
28-30; “Work It Out+Tie It Back In”💝
31-32; “Maid+Made: 💒Housekeeping!”
1-3; “Come As You 🎸3Rs🏳in εἰρήνη”
4-6; “Like a Leper Messiah…”✨🕷
7-9; “Candle in the Wind Instrument” 🎷
10-12; “Don’t Shoot Up the Messenger”💉
13-15; “Social Convention🐏Stray Herd”
16-18; “Contempt Prior to🗄Investigation”
22-24; “Lean-To: On Stand By Me”💜🎙
25-27; “We Keep It In Our Family”💚💙❤️
28-30; “Anonymous:🛌🌹Just For Today”
Ephesians 4; “Spin🕸Dove-Taled Jawns”
Matthew 11; “Expectancy Bias💐Pick Me!”
Ephesians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, andcunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with hishands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Matthew 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke iseasy, and my burden is light.
-Focus not on “what to do,” but instead upon “how to be.”
-Seek the Source of God’s will, not the product of it.
-Relinquish your sense of self, and instead attach to God and relate to Him with love. God: “One Will I Serve.”
“A State of Being”🌳
-Need: “to be,” not “to do.”
-Practice applying your lessons, and relate your skills “in the field” of life. Realize that your need is “to be,” and not “to do.” Take a reprieve from the compulsion towards productivity to calm and slow your mind.
-Try to let go of the “training wheels” of your iPhone notes and your writing prop, and experience instead a new closeness in your relationship with God and Jesus. Enjoy being with them more directly.
“Soothe to Serenity”🌊💦💧
-Mind-state (body-state) -dependent memory recall; heightened sensitivity to memories of past trauma when in a form or bodily state congruent to the state of being in which the trauma occurred
-Applying effective coping to different states of being, or mind-states, is like learning to dance ballet en pointe. Just because you can do a pirouette on flats does not mean you can do one en pointe, you must learn to dance all over again. Expanding my sense of self to encompass that which it was during certain past traumas entails that I relearn recovery. I am totally freaked out but We can make it just fine if We take it slow. First things first, easy does it, “…I love You…”
Goal: a way to be, as “with God+Jesus.”
Follow your understanding of them, not a series of the day’s activities. If They don’t go first, the PTSD will knock you down.😂
“Freedom from Frenzy”🙏
-Don’t lose where you are to get somewhere you don’t need to be.
-There’s nothing you “need to do” so that you can become ok, you already are ok.
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
-Humility is being true to yourself.
-“Be who you really are and go the whole way.” -Lao Tzu
-“The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain.” -(-Henry Miller via “For Today,” p. 296)
-Through God, all things are possible.✝️
-I was “raised” Catholic.😉
“Time Loves Destiny:🌈Orphic Egg”
(“Destino” featuring Pink Floyd: A Short Film by Walt Disney and Salvador Dali)
-My “Rock.” XoXoX💋
-Just Lion “in wait…” 🛎
2 Timothy 4:
1-3; “Confirmation Bias:The 7 Yr Glitch”💃🏻
4-6; “Need a Hand?”🙋✍🏻️
7-9; “Halo:😇Call of Duty not of X-Box”🎖
10-12; “Luke Skywriter:✈️iCloud Cover”
13-15; “Invisible Cloak👥Free-Hand”
16-18; “Good🗞! Paperboy’s a Lioness”🕵️♀️
19-21; “Linus’s New Security Blanket”🙏
22; “Le Main Man:🕰Second Helping”
1-3; “Rock-a-Bye to Rough Waters”⚒💎
4-5; “Dirty Paws:❄️Purity Is Within”
7-9; “Knock Knock! Who’s🚪There There”
10; “Star Gate:✡️Open Eye Invitation”
2 Timothy 4; “Le Good Fight:🕯No Arms”
Psalm 24; “Root of David:🦁Lion-heart”
2 Timothy 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished mycourse, I have kept the faith: 8 henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: 10 for Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. 12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. 13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: 15 of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. 16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. 21 Do thy diligence to come before winter.
Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
The second epistle unto Timotheus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians, was written from Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second time.
Psalm 24Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
A Psalm of David.
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
“Landing Pad” 📝✨🚀
When you start to find yourself falter and fall, recognize that within this vast ocean of life, there is one Rock upon which you are fated to stand. As the weight of life’s stress weighs upon you and tosses you about in this whirlpool of desperation, focus your mind upon that steady Rock. Whenever you lose your way and your attitude of hope plummets to despair, simply let it go, and let God lift you up. He is always right beside you, and whenever you let go of control to the idea of Him, God will immediately come to the rescue. There is no need for your notepad to land upon in times of distress; rather, bypass that middleman in a leap of faith and fall directly into the landing pad of your trust in God, with nothing coming between Us.
When you start to notice a skewed attitude or outlook upon life, lean against your trust in God, and let Him be that which you find lacking within yourself. Father Almighty will always be for you that which you cannot be for yourself, if you remain willing to seek Him and humble to abide within the care of His loving will. Stay mindful, and stay frosty, and when you start to notice a chill to your heart or a yearning within your soul, allow God to be the One provide that love for you and fill the longing that only He is meant to fulfill. A child of God, and a soul claimed in love, does not fly solo. When you start to fall and teeter off-kilter, lift your sights and your thoughts up to God in hope, and allow Him to be the Peace to fill in your puzzle, to be the square peg to your round God-shaped hole, and to be the measure of a counterbalance to complete His “you.”
🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“My Life is an open book.”📖
-An open and shut “case.”📚📚📚
-“I am what I am.” (-Popeye)👁
-“Discord gives a relish for concord.” (-Publilius Syrus, via “For Today,” p. 297)
1-3; “Feint of Heart:💔Bird of Pray”❣️❤️
4-6; “Who You Work With Matters”⚛️
7-9; “Humility to Need Rescuing”🌊🚁
10-12; “Honest Faith:⛑A Need for God”
13-15; “Deferent:🌱Path of Improvement”
17-18; “Teachable: Clay for God’s 👐”
19-21; “Born of Sin for God to Save”🗺✳️
22-24; “Money Takes Up💠God’s Space”
25-27; “Soul Lives by Pursuit of:💛1 God”
28-30; “God Is All⏱…Love Is All…🎶”
31-33; “Unto 12: The Bewitching Hour”✝️
34-36; “Blind Faith:🎆God Crafts A View”
37-39; “Free Peace:💧Honest Expression”
40-42; “Miracle:👁Way Beyond Any Eyes”
43; “The Point! A Worthy📯Jubilee”🎉
Luke 18; “To Glorify God Anoints the 💛”
Luke 18Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
18 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when hisdisciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. 20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they that heard itsaid, Who then can be saved? 27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. 28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 and they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 36 and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. 37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. 38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 41 saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.